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:
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.
Day 1 DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Germany. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding
Flights into Munich must arrive by 2 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
EVENING CRUISE TO LINZ
Day 2 LINZ–MAUTHAUSEN, AUSTRIA
Fall in Love with Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte
Take a Guided Walk through the city’s historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz—Austria’s largest medieval square—and the towering white marble Trinity Column, OR:
Join a Guided Hike up to Mount Pöstlingberg to get an incredible bird’s-eye view of Linz and the mighty Danube River.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN YBBS
Day 3 WACHAU VALLEY–KREMS
An Ancient Village and Wachau Valley Vintages
Relax on board this morning and enjoy the picturesque Wachau Valley scenery as you cruise to Krems.
Join a guided walk to explore this small valley town, seemingly untouched by the new world, OR:
Join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VIENNA
Day 4 VIENNA
A Feast for the Soul in Vienna
Venture into the Habsburg empire with a Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex — the winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
Day 5 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Grab Nordic walking sticks and follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a Hike to Bratislava Castle.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
Day 6 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
Day 7 MOHÁCS
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
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:
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK
Day 8 OSIJEK, CROATIA
History and Culture of Croatia
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.
Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
Day 9 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
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.
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAC
Day 10 DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR— IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
Visit the Fortress of Golubac, one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. For the most part, the fortress was a sort of “a border control” of the past and couple of time was a knot of conflicts between Serbia, Habsburg Monarchy and Ottoman Empire.
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
Day 11 VIDIN, BULGARIA
Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
Day 12 ROUSSE. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI
Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
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:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
Day 13 OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BRASOVBUCHAREST
Disembark your Ship and transfer to Bucharest.
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.
Day 14 BRASOV
Enjoy a Guided Tour of Brasov and admire its gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture.
Take a Guided Tour of Bran Castle—the 1377 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire, followed by a dinner in this amazing location.
Day 15 BRASOV–SINAIA–BUCHAREST
A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East.”
Enjoy a Guided Tour of Visit Peles Castle,— the summer residence of the royal family until 1947.
Day 16 BUCHAREST
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.