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Balkan Discovery 2021
 

Experience the extraordinary destinations of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the Balkans. You’ll cruise through the rich landscapes and cultural locales of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Embark on your Avalon Suite Ship® in Budapest, the lively Hungarian capital, and cruise to Pécs, where you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a fascinating guided tour of the Serbian capital of Belgrade, one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, and see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.
 

To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, you’ll stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, known as the “Paris of the East.” A local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers..
 

Pricing starts at
Cat D, E $3,469 per person
Cat A, B, P $4,618 per person
 

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date
 

The price listed does not include airfare, taxes or fees, portcharges are $234 per person. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply.
 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation) 
Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding.
 

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Meals: Dinner
 

Day 2: Mohács
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
 

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:
Classic: Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 3: Ilok, Croatia
History and Culture of Croatia
Classic: Join a Guided tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old wine making traditions still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
 

Enjoy a brief cruise to Novi Sad while having lunch onboard.
Novi Sad
Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 4: 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 churches.
Discovery: Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
 

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 5: Golubac – Donji Milanovac. Excursion to Lepenski Vir – Iron Gates Gorge
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
 

Classic: Visit the Fortress of Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control for defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac.
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.
 

Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria
Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
 

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. 
Classic: Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 7: Rousse. Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
Classic: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—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, OR:
Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: Active: Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
 

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
 

Day 8: Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) – Bucharest 
A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East” 
 

Classic: 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.
 

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.
Meals: Breakfast
 

Day 9: Bucharest
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast
 

•In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
•Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
•Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Ship Information

Ship: Passion

Yet another beautiful Suite Ship graces the rivers of Europe in 2016. The Avalon Passion welcomes passengers to their home-away-from-home with two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than industry standard and ideal for stretching out and relaxing-or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare. Crew Members: 47, Staterooms: 16, Suites:67