2019 : From the Danube Delta to Prague - Cruise Only (WOD0) - Passion
16 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Prague
From Romania, to Germany, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.
After embarkation, you'll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the Danube Delta's rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special "Kilometer 0" celebration of the mighty Danube's 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.
Sail through the Balkans, and on to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Visit Bratislava and vibrant Vienna. Seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed. We invite you to join us on this great adventure from the Black Sea Delta to Germany.
Cruise at-a-GlanceDay 1 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation):
Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 St. Gheorghe:
Excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration Day 3 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta:
Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi:
Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 5 Vidin-Belogradchik:
Guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik
Day 6 Iron Gates-Donji Milanovac:
Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 7 Belgrade:
Guided sightseeing; lecture on boardDay 8 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs:
Guided tour and organ concert in PecsDay 9 Budapest:
Day at leisure
Day 10 Budapest:
Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 11 Bratislava:
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's CathedralDay 12 Vienna:
Guided tour, see the Kuntskammer's collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticketDay 13 Dürnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk:
Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 14 Linz:
Day 15 Passau:
Guided walkDay 16 Deggendorf (Disembarkation):
Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:Complimentary Wi-Fi Panoramic windows Elegant, contemporary design & decorFriendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise DirectorSky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium loungesCovered Observation LoungeClub Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day
Suites & Staterooms:Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmnessEgyptian super-combed cotton linensBathrobes & slippersPremium L'Occitane bath productsLarge bathroom featuring shower with glass doorFlatscreen satellite TV with free movie channelsIndividual climate control and in-room safeComplimentary bottled water dailyAnd, much more.
Health & Fitness:BikesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitness and wellness activitiesFitbits®All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM
DiningFlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner Early and Late Riser breakfast options Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options. Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests Cocktails available on the Sky Deck Fresh fruit available throughout the day
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:Classic
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.Discovery
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.Active
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
Day-By-Day Itinerary(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.Discovery
After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE
(B, L, D)
ST. GHEORGHE. DANUBE DELTA EXCURSION
From the Black Forest to the Black SeaClassic
Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe's deltas -2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer "0"-the end of the Danube River's 2,845 km journey-from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA
(B, L, D)
CERNAVODA. CONSTANTA EXCURSION
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black SeaStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.Classic
Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
(B, L, D)
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna"Classic
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Sail to Svistov, OR:Classic
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, as well as the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
(B, L, D)
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in BulgariaClassic
Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B, L, D)
DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA-IRON GATES GORGE. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates Before lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania.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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B, L, D)
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 sites, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox Church.
You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots.Discovery
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
(B, L, D)
Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture Classic
Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
With a free day to explore, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of EuropeClassic
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B, L, D)
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery HallsClassic
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin's Cathedral.
Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
Enjoy live entertainment on board tonight as you prepare to sail.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and SachertorteDiscovery
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's Habsburg Dynasty collection.
Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or join in more Guided Sightseeing of Vienna.
You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through Kärntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride to a local cafe for Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and CobblestonesClassic
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins for a spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau ValleyClassic
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.
Enjoy the flavors of the Wachau Valley at a Wine Tasting on board.
Later, enjoy live entertainment as you sail.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ
(B, L, D)
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!Classic
Take a Guided Walk through the historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column.
Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Ceský Krumlov.
Alternatively, feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz's beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.Classic
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
Spend your free time hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF
DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (DISEMBARKATION) Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
NotesIn the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights not available.
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $426
B / Sapphire Deck / $2462
A / Sapphire Deck / $2569
P / Royal Deck / $2784
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4712
- Special Interest Cruise: Habsburg & Royalty July 2
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