From the Danube Delta to Prague

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Introduction

This fascinating holiday takes you from Romania's Bucharest, to the mouth of the Danube where it flows into the Black Sea, and all along the Danube to Nuremberg, ending in Prague in the Czech Republic. Explore the Danube Delta with its unique birdlife, celebrate the end of the Danube's journey as it flows into the Black Sea, and sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge. See the sights with a Certified Local Guide in Romania's lively capital of Bucharest, Constanta on the Black Sea, Bulgaria's...

“The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing”

The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
The food & endless glasses of fine wine were amazing
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The Avalon experience

Included Highlights

  • BUCHAREST Guided sightseeing; onboard welcome reception
  • ST GHEORGHE Excursion to the Danube Delta
  • CERNAVODA Excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum
  • ROUSSE Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi-Svistov: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
  • VELIKO TÂRNOVO Guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch's Church
  • ARBANASSI Guided visit of the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity
  • VIDIN Visit the fortress
  • BELOGRADCHIK Excursion to see the rock formations
  • IRON GATES GORGE Cruise the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge
  • LEPENSKI VIR visit archaeological site
  • BELGRADE Guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
  • MOHACS Excursion to Pecs
  • BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing, visit Fisherman's Bastion
  • VIENNA Guided sightseeing
  • DÜRNSTEIN Guided walk, Stiftskirche
  • MELK Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting
  • PASSAU Guided walk
  • REGENSBURG Guided sightseeing; beer tasting
  • MAIN-DANUBE CANAL Cruise on the canal
  • NUREMBERG -ROTH Choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg
  • PRAGUE Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock; visit Hradcany Castle grounds
  • CAPTAIN'S RECEPTION, WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNERS

Included in the price

  • Your personal Avalon chauffeur service by executive car for you and your travelling companions to and from your chosen UK airport (limit 100 miles each way)

  • Flights Prices are based on 2 people sharing a Category E Deluxe Stateroom flying from London. In addition a wide range of flights from UK regional airports are also available.

  • 13 nights deluxe accommodation in a spacious stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection® style beds, ensuite facilities and river views. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a French balcony in most staterooms. 3 nights at the InterContinental Prague (or similar) and 1 night at Athénée Palace Hilton (or similar), Bucharest

  • All meals on board including full breakfast , buffet lunch and waiter service evening meal; afternoon tea with cakes and sweet treats; midnight snack, choice of premium teas and coffees & soft drinks throughout the day. Wine and beer is included with lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast in Budapest and Prague

  • Included excursions and sightseeing trips with Local Guides and a choice of optional tours; headsets provided on excursions

  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director

  • Gratuities for Cruise Director and crew

  • On board lectures, activities and nightly piano music

  • Captain's Welcome Reception, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Gala Dinner

  • A choice of pre- or post- holiday extensions

  • All transfers, local port charges and airport taxes

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Day 1 Bucharest.

Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to the Athenée Palace Hilton hotel (or similar) for one night.

Day 2 Bucharest - Fetesti. ( Embarkation )

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Much recent history has taken place in Romania's capital city, and its wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name 'Paris of the East'. During your INCLUDED TOUR this morning, see the main sights including Royal Palace Square, was the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later, a coach ride takes you to Oltenita, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (B, D)

Day 3 St. Gheorghe.

Excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; on-board lecture This morning during breakfast, dock in St. Gheorghe, from where the excursion into the DELTA will start. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe's deltas, this area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometres in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Depart St. Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small CELEBRATION to mark Km "0"—the end of the Danube's journey. This afternoon a chance to relax and to learn more about the fascinating Delta at an ON-BOARD LECTURE. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cernavoda.

Included today: Excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum; From Cernavoda this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the NATURAL HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is included. This afternoon relax on board as you cruise westward to Rousse (B, L, D)

Day 5 Rousse, Bulgaria.

Included today: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. A comfortable coach ride away is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the ROYAL FORTRESS, and the Patriarch's Church. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria's history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain on board and join an INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will rejoin the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Vidin, Bulgaria. Excursion to Belogradchik

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Today, enjoy a leisurely day morning of sailing before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS, known as 'Baba Vidin', is the town's primary landmark. It served as Vidin's main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Iron Gates.

Included today: Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe's Alps in the Northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. After lunch dock at Donji Milanovac from where a short drive takes you to the impressive LEPENSKI VIR EXHIBITION CENTRE housing archaeological artefacts found in this area and from where you have unique views of the Danube Gorge. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Belgrade, Serbia

Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress Early today, arrive in Belgrade. One of the oldest cities in Europe, the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A Local Guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world's largest orthodox church. Also visit the city's principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS, which showcases the history of Belgrade. Built in stages between the 1st and 18th centuries, the fortress witnessed many battles and observed the courage of those trying to defend the city from conquerors. The surrounding park is the most beautiful and largest park in Belgrade. In your free time, be sure to check out the city's lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. Perhaps visit one of the many art galleries or museums, relax in the park, or walk along the city streets and browse the local shops. Late tonight, depart for Vukovar in Croatia. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Mohács, Hungary. Excursion to Pécs

Relax on board this morning before arriving in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a Local Guide, visit the UNDERGROUND TOMBS—now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site—many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an ORGAN CONCERT. Pécs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafés. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion. This morning you arrive in Budapest. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Hungary's capital is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for hand crafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On an INCLUDED TOUR with your Local Guide, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Budapest - Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of relaxation on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the 'City of Music', it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Vienna

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your LOCAL GUIDE will show you during an included CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! (B, L, D)

Day 13 Dürnstein - Melk

Included today: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included WALKING TOUR and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a GUIDED VISIT of the magnificent 11th-century BENEDICTINE ABBEY, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Passau, Germany

Included today: Guided walk Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to medieval Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world's largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included GUIDED WALK. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Regensburg

Included today: Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights of your GUIDED WALK include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included SNACK at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. After dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers. (B, L, D)

Day 16 Roth - Nuremberg

Included today: choice of guided sightseeing in Roth with visit to the Industrial Museum, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg. This morning the choice is yours—join a Local Guide for GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of nearby Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Alternatively, join a Local Expert for a GUIDED SIGHTSEEING of Roth.This delightful Bavarian town, with its half-timbered houses and market square, is also an industrial center for textile manufacturing. Visit the interesting INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM and then in contrast, take pictures of Schloss Ratibor, an ancient hunting lodge, built in 1535, with a most picturesque inner courtyard. (B, L, D)

Day 17 Nuremberg ( Disembarkation ) - Prague

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by coach to Prague, the 'Golden City'. (B)

Day 18 Prague.

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A LOCAL GUIDE shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge. (B)

Day 19 Prague

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum or take an optional excursion around the Jewish Quarter. Sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do. (B)

Day 20 Prague

Return travel to the UK. (B)

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In the Path of Dracula - Translyvania extension
Extend your Bucharest to Prague cruise itinerary with two extra nights at the beginning of your cruise.
Day 1 Bucharest. Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transfered to the Athénée Palace Hilton hotel for two nights.
Day 2 Bucharest. Excursion to Transylvania. Visit Bran Castle, of Dracula fame, built in 1377 and once home to Vlad the Impaler. Later, drive amidst the Carpathians to visit Sinaia monastery.
Day 3 Bucharest. Join up with day 1 of the Bucharest to Prague cruise itinerary. A free day to visit the city's attractions. Your Cruise Director will suggest things for you to do.

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WINDOW Window Window Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony Panoramic window with open air French balcony
BEDS Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony Two twins or a queen size bed facing open air French balcony
BATHROOM En-suite bathroom with full shower En-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower Larger en-suite bathroom with full shower and separate toilet
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