From the Black Sea to the North Sea

This enchanting river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—with guided sightseeing onshore and plenty of free time to explore.

Romania’s lively capital, Bucharest, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River. Visit the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. 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.

Your European river cruise will take you to the capitals of three countries: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria, where Local Guides will show you the highlights and you’ll have time to explore on your own. In the heart of the Wachau wine region, go on a guided walk of charming Dürnstein, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, a true feat of engineering, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.

This river cruise concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Join an adventure through some of the most breathtaking and intriguing destinations on our Danube, Main, and Rhine River cruise.

Your cruise at a glance

  • Bucharest
    • Explore Romania’s capital on an included tour, then set sail for St Gheorghe for an optional boat trip into the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta.
  • Rousse
    • Discover Veliko Târnovo in Bulgaria on a guided sightseeing tour and visit the Tsarevet's Fortress; or join a tour of Rousse.
  • Belgrade
    • Cruise through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge, visit Lepenski archaeological site and enjoy guided sightseeing in Belgrade.
  • Vienna
    • See the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House on a guided sightseeing tour.
  • Amsterdam
    • Sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, past Lorelei Rock, and end your voyage with an overnight stay in Amsterdam with canal cruise and free time.

Wachau Valley

Itinerary

North Sea to the Black Sea - Bucharest to Amsterdam map

Day 1 UK - Bucharest, Romania


Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. 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.

Day 2 Bucharest

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Beautiful boulevards and bold History

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.

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.

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

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.

After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE

Day 3 St. Gheorghe. Excursion to the Danube Delta

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From the Black Forest to the Black Sea

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.

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

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.

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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ

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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 three 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.

Prices & cabin details

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Staterooms available

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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
    • Gym and beauty centre
Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest

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

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