The Danube from the Black Sea to Germany with 2 Nights in Transylvania, 2 Nights in Prague & 2 Nights in Berlin for Wine Lovers

24 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Berlin

Cruise WODC-T1

Overview

Join us for a wine appreciation Danube River cruise. Cruise in the company of a certified Master of Wine to discover the perfect wine pairings with cuisine, and chocolate. Visit the ancient cellars of wine masters, makers, and merchants.

Begin your European vacation before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest, and 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. Venture into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy transfer to your ship.

Embark on your Danube River cruise in Fetesti and begin in the Danube Delta at the Black Sea on a small-boat tour in the delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers. Cruise through Balkan landscapes, including Bulgaria’s largest inland port of Rousse and the capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi.

Visit Vidin and Belogradchik, and cruise through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge to visit Lepenski Vir. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the Croatian fortress in Osijek. Attend a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Cruise to Vienna to explore the Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Hear the tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey above Melk, and visit lovely Linz. Pass through the horseshoe bend on the Danube—the Schlögen Oxbow—on your way to Passau. Your cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.

Continue your vacation after your cruise with two nights each in Prague and Berlin! Discover the golden city of Prague—city of 100 spires, and the dynamic city of Berlin.
Join us for a wine appreciation Danube River cruise. Cruise in the company of a certified Master of Wine to discover the perfect wine pairings with cuisine, and chocolate. Visit the ancient cellars of wine masters, makers, and merchants.

Begin your European vacation before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest, and 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. Venture into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy transfer to your ship.

Embark on your Danube River cruise in Fetesti and begin in the Danube Delta at the Black Sea on a small-boat tour in the delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers. Cruise through Balkan landscapes, including Bulgaria’s largest inland port of Rousse and the capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi.

Visit Vidin and Belogradchik, and cruise through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge to visit Lepenski Vir. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the Croatian fortress in Osijek. Attend a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhač music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Cruise to Vienna to explore the Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Hear the tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey above Melk, and visit lovely Linz. Pass through the horseshoe bend on the Danube—the Schlögen Oxbow—on your way to Passau. Your cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.

Continue your vacation after your cruise with two nights each in Prague and Berlin! Discover the golden city of Prague—city of 100 spires, and the dynamic city of Berlin.

Book your cruise with or without flights

Cruise prices are shown without flights included in case you wish to book them separately, or aren't ready to return home when you disembark! Or we can book your flights for you from most UK airports, with overseas transfers and ATOL protection included. The choice is yours!

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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<span class="Location"> </span>


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

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  • Dinner

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

Day 3 BRASOV

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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)

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  • 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

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  • 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.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODĂ


Day 6 CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA<span class="Location"> </span>

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Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
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.

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

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  • 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, as well as the Bulgarian revival architecture in the15th-century town of Arbanassi.


Later, join your ship in Svistov.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

Day 8 VIDIN

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  • 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.

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vidin before joining a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see 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.

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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC

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

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

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  • 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 sites, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.


You may choose to 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

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  • 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 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

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  • Dinner

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music

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

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

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.

Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.


Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city’s cafés and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST


Day 14 BUDAPEST

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The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
With a free day to explore, take time to take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA


Day 15 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Classic and Contemporary—from Cathedrals to Castles

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.

Join an onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Bratislava.


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 City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin’s Cathedral.


Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA


Day 16 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte

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.

Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kuntskammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg, 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.

Venture into the Habsburg empire with a morning Guided City Tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex—Winter residence of the Imperial Family, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral.


You may decide to take a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse—the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna, or take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local café to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DÜRNSTEIN


Day 17 DÜRNSTEIN–WACHAU VALLEY

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones

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 Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart—who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, 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 Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below, OR:


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.

Discover the fascinating world of wine within a labyrinth underneath the surface which is about 900 years old. While sipping a selection of different wines, you will learn how the wine production developed over the centuries till nowadays .


Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.

MELK


Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley

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 of Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ.


EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ


Day 18 LINZ

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  • Dinner

Fall in Love with Linz–Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!

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 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.


Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg-the city of Mozart-or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz’s beautiful nature trails to Pöstlingberg for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below.

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.

Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.


OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ


Day 19 SCHLÖGEN OXBOW—PASSAU

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Go for Baroque in Passau–Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlögen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.

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 Wine Tasting on board hosted by your Master of Wine.


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 City Walk to learn more about Passau, the beautiful “City of Three Rivers.”


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.

Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.


Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists’ Alley or peek into St. Stephen’s Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF


Day 20 DEGGENDORF, GERMANY (DISEMBARKATION)–REGENSBURG

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Magical Regensburg—Bavaria’s Medieval Miracle

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 City Walk in Regensburg and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.


Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today’s modern and vibrant Regensburg.

Day 21 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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Explore the City of 100 Spires

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 City Walk to visit the Hradčany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock.


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.

Later, join a guided tour to the village of Melnik located in one of the northern-most vinicultural areas of Europe, which are the largest in Bohemia. You are invited to a special Bohemian wine tasting with local cheese.


Sample plum dumplings or Pilsner lager by the Vltava River, meet the locals, and see street performers in Wenceslas Square.This evening, you might join an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.

Day 22 PRAGUE-DRESDEN, GERMANY-BERLIN

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This morning travel to Dresden, a city badly damaged by Allied bombing during WWII. During your guided walk visit the courtyard of the Zwinger Palace to admire its impressive architecture, see the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, built in 1841, destroyed once by fire and once by bombing and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Enjoy free time during lunch before continuing to Berlin, Germany’s reunited capital, where you arrive in the late afternoon.

Day 23 BERLIN

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Today join a Local Expert for a guided tour of the major sites of this metropolis, including the restored Reichstag building, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Kurfürstendamm. See the Holocaust Memorial and the 210-foot Victory Column and make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, one of the best-known landmarks of Germany where President John F. Kennedy once famously said “I am a Berliner”. Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. This afternoon is free for your own exploration.

Day 24 BERLIN

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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.
  • 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.