Begin your exciting holiday with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary.
Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honour of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. You’ll take part on an exciting excursion to the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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 gorge. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. Set along the banks of the Danube River, the capital of Hungary offers an eclectic mix of activities. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square. And with free time to explore on your own, perhaps walk across one or more of the city’s famous bridges, shop for Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery, and bask in the coffee house culture with a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Cafe. From the Black Sea to Budapest, your European river cruise will take your breath away with the spectacular beauty and grace of the legendary Danube River and its stops along the way.
Day 1 UK - Bucharest, Romania
Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East” - where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
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, cafes, museums, beautiful homes and churches along Victory Avenue.
Day 2 Bucharest
Beautiful boulevards and bold history
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 - honouring 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.
Your Balkan adventure begins.
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
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
A mighty river’s entrance into the Sea
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 Kilometre “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 CERNAVODA
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:
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Iron Gates Gorge, Serbia/Romania
Pelicans, Danube Delta, Romania
Danube Delta, Romania
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Church of the Nativity, Arbanassi, Bulgaria
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
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.
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.
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.
The hotel boasts a prime location near the River Danube, Hungarian Parliament, Hungarian State Opera and Castle.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative similar standard hotels to those shown.
"booking with Avalon is so easy the staff are knowledgeable and helpful...."
The service was excellent from the transport from our house to the airport ,all arrangements operated smoothly.
This part of the Danube is not as interesting as the part in the other direction but Budapest is a lovely city.
"I never give reasons because I never give five stars........"
I never give reasons because I never give five stars.....
I never give five stars for anything. That would mean that nothing was questionable, which not be wholly true...
"Smooth and hassle free..."
Smooth and hassle free
"Simple and easy to us website. Not too many complicated questions to answer and information..."
Simple and easy to us website. Not too many complicated questions to answer and information is easy to retrieve through the booking number.
Good itinerary but a little rushed at times. Understand that there are some long distances to travel between cities. The Passion was very clean and comfortable and all staff were helpful.
"Very interesting holiday"
Well organised - great accommodation - interesting locations
The option of having a teapot at teatime should be made. They are available at breakfast!
No purchases made other than an extra tour
"Extremely good all round performance..."
Extremely good all round performance
"British customers undervalued?"
The provision of pre-tour information, while comprehensive enough was only available on line and lacked a professionally touch. Luggage labels, for example, were required to be printed and '....attached to your luggage or if preferred, inserted in your own luggage tags.' Previous Avalon cruises (and incidentally other cruise lines) provided proper luggage labels. Similarly, information about extra excursions was also only available on-line not in the form of a booklet.
Initially we assumed that these deficiencies were due to economic reasons and gave us thoughts that the cruise would be similarly affected - fortunately that did not prove to be the case. However in conversations with other passengers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, South Africa we discovered that only British guests had been subjected to these 'economic' measures. All others had been supplied with proper labels and a booklet with details of extra excursions.
We are left with the conclusion that perhaps Avalon has become rather indifferent to British customers and as a result we can award only four stars.
Gold and Glamorous Excursion in Budapest and Hungarian Puszta Farm, Horse Show with Lunch were very good. The latter for spectacle and the former for the stunning 'Glass Paintings of Miksa Roth'
"Comfortable accommodation, good quality food but not gourmet. Well thought out programme of excursions, though..."
Comfortable accommodation, good quality food but not gourmet. Well thought out programme of excursions, though free time was sometimes a little rushed.