Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (embarkation)
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Overnight cruise to Mohacs. (D)
Day 2: Mohacs - archaeology, architecture, and an ancient watermill
- Classic: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with
its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
- Classic: Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
Evening/overnight cruise to Osijek. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Osijek, Croatia - history and culture of Croatia
- Classic: Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confl uence of
the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrda, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home
of many educational institutions.
- Discovery: Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of
Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.
This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopacki rit,
where you can choose among multiple activities such as fi shing, biking or canoeing.
Eveing/overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B,D)
Day 4: Belgrade, Serbia - fortresses and folklore of Serbia past and present
- Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.
- Discovery: Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic
Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
Overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Donji Milanovac. Excursion to Lepenski Vir - Iron Gates Gorge - ancient art, archaeological artifacts, and gauntlet of the Iron Gates
- Classic: Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site
chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and
artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Afternoon/overnight cruise to Vidin. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria - rocks and ruins—yhings of beauty in Bulgaria
- Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the
remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
Afgternoon/overnight cruise to Rousse. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi - cliff houses, castle ruins, fortresses, and folklore
- Classic: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its
ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, OR:
Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive
Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Active: Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
Overnight cruise to Oltenita. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Oltenita, Romania (disembarkation) - a night in Bucharest - the 'Paris of the East'
- Classic: Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined
boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)
Day 9: Bucharest
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time. In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary