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The Danube From the Black Sea to Budapest with 2 Nights in Transylvania 2021
 

Sail from the Danube Delta of the Black Sea to Hungary’s capital of Budapest to experience river views like no other. Begin your Danube River vacation your way before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest. Drive into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit the grand Peles Castle. You’ll continue to Transylvania for two nights in Brasov. Take a guided tour of the city by day, followed by a tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle by night, and enjoy guided sightseeing in Bucharest. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.
 

From Bucharest, travel to Cernavoda to embark on your Danube River cruise. Take in the incredible views along the way, beginning with the Danube Delta at the Black Sea for a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s culmination of 2,845 kilometers from the Black Forest to the Black Sea! Your cruise on the Danube River carries you through the striking landscapes of the Balkans. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, including the Holy Trinity Church, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs.
 

One of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi holds Bulgarian Revival architecture within its 15th-century locale. Guided sightseeing In Vidin is followed by a guided tour of Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, including one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. You’ll also attend a stirring performance by young students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs before cruising to Budapest to conclude your amazing cruise on the Danube.
 

Pricing starts at
Cat D, E $4,648 per person
Cat A, B, P $6,190 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: Bucharest, Romania 
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 – Sinaia – Brasov 
Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 3: Brasov
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov followed by free time. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 4: Brasov – Bucharest – Cernavoda (Embarkation)
Join a Guided Excursion in Bucharest, see the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city 's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
 

Join your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon, for embarkation in Cernavoda. 
Discovery: After dinner, attend an onboard lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
 

Day 5: St. Gheorghe. Excursion to the Danube Delta
A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea
 

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Classic: 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: 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 to its delta into the Black Sea.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 6: Hârsova
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea.
Classic: Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 7: Rousse, Bulgaria. Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”
 

Classic: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Active: Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Sail to Svistov, OR:
Discovery: 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.
 

Later, join your ship in Svistov.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
 

Day 8: Vidin 
Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host 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.
 

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

Day 9: Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac–Golubac

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
 

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
 

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.
 

Enjoy a brief sailing to Golubac.
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 defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 10: Belgrade
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
 

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.
 

You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 11: Novi Sad
History and Culture of Croatia
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.
Ilok, Croatia
Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard.
Classic: Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 

Day 12: Mohacs, Hungary. Excursion to Pécs
Underground Tombs and Soaring Music
Classic: Take a Guided Tour to 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, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 13: Budapest (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
 

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