The Danube from Black Sea to Budapest with 2 Nights in Transylvania

13 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Budapest

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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. Enjoy a 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 Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise. You’ll witness 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 Kuhač music school. Tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs before cruising to Budapest to conclude your cruise.

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. Enjoy a 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 Fetesti to embark on your Danube River cruise. You’ll witness 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 Kuhač music school. Tour the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs before cruising to Budapest to conclude your cruise.

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Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

Classic
<p>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.</p>
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.

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.

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

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.

Day 3 BRASOV

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Day 4 BRASOV–BUCHAREST–FETESTI (EMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner


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 Fetesti.

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 5 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

A Mighty River’s Entrance into the 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 to its delta into the Black Sea.


AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ


Day 6 CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on 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 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.


AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE


Day 7 ROUSSE, BULGARIA. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

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 Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:


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.

Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.


Sail to Svistov, OR:

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 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN


Day 8 VIDIN

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

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 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC


Day 9 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

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

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.

natural border between Serbia and Romania.

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.


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 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 BELGRADE


Day 10 BELGRADE

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

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 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK


Day 11 OSIJEK, CROATIA

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

History and Culture of Croatia
Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning or join an Optional Excursion to the city of Vukovar, Croatia’s undiscovered pearl.

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 morning Guided Walking Tour of the Croatian 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.


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.

Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS


Day 12 MOHÁCS, HUNGARY. EXCURSION TO PÉCS

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.

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 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.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST


Day 13 BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)

  • Meals included:
  • Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Notes

  • 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.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Hotels

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