Balkan Discovery

Experience the best of Eastern Europe on this engaging Balkan adventure. After two nights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest, head south on the Danube for guided sightseeing at each city stop along the way. Highlights include visits of the eclectic rock formations of Belogradchik, Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and Arbanassi's Ethnographical Museum. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge to finish your holiday in Bucharest, Romania's vibrant capital.

Itinerary

Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest map

Day 1

Budapest

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fly to Budapest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights (InterContinental Budapest or similar).

Day 2

Budapest

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fishermen's Bastion and Heroes Square 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 your included guided tour of the city, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion 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 want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. This afternoon is free. Perhaps visit St. Stephen's Basilica for marvellous city views from its viewing platform, or stroll along Váci utca, the main shopping street.

Day 3

Budapest (Embarkation)

Meals included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning is free for you to enjoy Hungary's exciting capital. Visit one of the many museums, take a walk to see some of the remaining statues from the communist era, shop at the Great Market Hall to purchase paprika and embroidery, or stroll along Vací Utca main shopping street. Transfer to your ship and meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Hotels

Athenee Palace Hilton

Built in 1914 and set in the heart of the city, Athénée Palace Hilton is perfect for visiting Bucharest's spectacular sights. This beautiful hotel boasts fantastic views of Revolution Square and is close to the former Royal Palace and Romanian Athenaeum. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Located in central Bucharest, the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel is situated just a five-minute walk from many popular tourist attractions, shops, theatres, cafes and iconic sites. The Old Town is a short stroll away. 

  • Facilities
    • Three restaurants
    • Bar
    • Café bistro
    • Heated indoor swimming pool
    • Jacuzzi
Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest

InterContinental Budapest

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to panoramic views across the River Danube. Admire the Chain Bridge and the former Royal Palace from one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a gourmet Hungarian dinner with views of Buda Castle. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • Just a leisurely stroll away from the historic Castle district, this luxurious hotel sits on the banks of the river Danube in the heart of Budapest. 

  • Facilities
    • Restaurant and bar
    • Gym
    • Spa
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Sauna and steam room
InterContinental Budapest

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

The Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge hotel has an enviable position overlooking the River Danube and Budapest's famous Chain Bridge, and many of the 357 rooms come with a view of the river. A Swarovski water fountain, luxury spa, original art and a French-Hungarian restaurant make this hotel a special base for your time in Budapest. Official rating: 5 stars.

  • Location
    • The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.

  • Facilities
    • Luxury spa
    • Atrium restaurant
    • Bistro restaurant
    • Bar
    • Luxury spa

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.

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Reviews

"A excellent trip "

2nd August 2017 - Trusted Customer

"Fantastic boats and service"

31st July 2017 - Trusted Customer

"Can't wait to do again!"

31st July 2017 - Trusted Customer

The cruise director, the crew, and the entire "hotel" were fantastic. The food was great, the facilities were wonderful, and I cannot wait to go back.

The cruise was wonderful; the excursions were mostly great. However, the headsets weren't working for most of the excursions I went on, meaning I missed a lot of information in Budapest, Pecs, and Cetate. These were included yet I felt I missed out on them! Other than that, the experience was perfect and wonderful.

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

10th October 2016 - Trusted Customer

Excellent cruise from beginning to end. Well organised, great food, very friendly staff

Excellent

"My service feedback with Avalon Cruises"

25th August 2016 - Trusted Customer

Have used Avalon before.

Good cruise, good boat, good crew. Enjoyed the excursions.

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