2019 : The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest - Cruise Only Westbound (WOB0) - Illumination

9 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Budapest

This deluxe river cruise through Eastern Europe stops in fascinating cities in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary-and offers exciting inland excursions.

Join your river cruise vacation in Bucharest with a transfer to Fetesti where your journey along the Danube River begins. Sail to the mouth of the Danube, where it flows into the Black Sea, and cruise through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria's ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik's eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pecs, Hungary. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you'll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe concludes in Hungary's capital of Budapest. You'll disembark from your Suite Ship in this "Pearl of the Danube" with many new experiences to share, and new sights on future adventures to come.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 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 Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 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 site
Day 7 Belgrade: Guided sightseeing; lecture on board
Day 8 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pecs
Day 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

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 & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club 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 firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM 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 CHOICE

    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

    Day 1
    (D)
    BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    Welcome to Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
    Flights into Bucharest must arrive by Noon.
    Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon.
    FETESTI (EMBARKATION) 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

    Day 2
    (B, L, D)
    ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
    A Mighty River's Entrance into the Sea
    Classic
    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.
    Discovery
    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

    Day 3
    (B, L, D)
    CERNAVODA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
    Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
    Start 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

    Day 4
    (B, L, D)
    ROUSSE, BULGARIA
    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:
    Active
    Go for an Active Run 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 (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in 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

    Day 5
    (B, L, D)
    VIDIN
    Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
    Classic
    Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

    Day 6
    (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-forming 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

    Day 7
    (B, L, D)
    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 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 MOHACS

    Day 8
    (B, L, D)
    MOHACS, HUNGARY
    Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
    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

    Day 9
    (B)
    BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
    Flights should not depart Budapest before 9 am.

    Notes

  • In 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.
  • Details

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2018
    Duration
    9 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Illumination

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Fetesti  
    Day 2St. Gheorghe  
    Day 3Cernavoda  
    Day 4Rousse  
    Day 5Belogradchik  
    Day 6Donji Milanovac  
    Day 7Belgrade  
    Day 8Mohacs  
    Day 9Budapest  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    July 31, 2019Quote
    September 11, 2019Quote
    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $208

    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 / $227
    B / Sapphire Deck / $1313
    A / Sapphire Deck / $1370
    P / Royal Deck / $1485
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2513

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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    Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required for Avalon Waterways to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • The following charges are not included in the land/cruise vacation price unless otherwise noted: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; intra-vacation air, unless specified in the itinerary; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees, including the September 11th Security fee up to $11.20 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $4.10 per segment, and U.S. and international arrival and departure and other government-imposed added by the airline and applicable at time of booking; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship's crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Avalon menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; optional excursions; additional activities and excursions purchased online; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection; and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Additional airline-imposed fees for seat assignments may apply and are not included in your total package cost. Please refer to carrier websites for seat assignment policies and applicable pricing.

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    Our volume buying power saves you money. We may be able to provide you with flight arrangements from your gateway city. Avalon Waterways offers 2 air options: Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Early Airfare Price Guarantee locks in a price that is guaranteed not to increase. Air pricing and schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date in the itinerary. At that time the best air price will be utilized and a new invoice with the air cost and confirmed schedule will be sent. The identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier's codeshare partner, will be assigned and disclosed at this time. If the guaranteed price is the lowest, the schedule with the lowest fare per contracted classes of service will be booked. Any voluntary change to the confirmed flights negates the guaranteed price and is subject to air pricing at the time of the change.

    Guaranteed air-inclusive prices - air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional non-refundable air deposit of $300 per person is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked by Avalon in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus a non-refundable per person service fee of $30 (North/Central America), $50 (Europe/Middle East) or $80 (all other international destinations). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and Avalon has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.

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