CRUISETOUR

From The Danube Delta to Prague With Transylvania For Wine Lovers (22 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Bucharest, Romania to Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: 22 Oct 2018 - 12 Nov 2018

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
22 Oct 2018
Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest, where you have free time to relax and begin exploring this unique city.

DAY 2
23 Oct 2018
Bucharest, Romania
Bran Castle, Brașov, Romania
Brașov, Romania

Head out of the city to your first stop, a visit of Bran Castle, of Dracula fame, built in 1377 and assumed to be the home of Romanian vampires. Then continue to Brașov for the night, with a free afternoon to explore on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
24 Oct 2018
Brașov, Romania
Sinaia, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

This morning join a local expert for guided sightseeing of Braşov. In the afternoon drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, before returning to Bucharest. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 4
25 Oct 2018
Bucharest, Romania
Fetesti, Romania

Much recent history has taken place in Romania's capital city, and its wide tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honor the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name "Paris of the East". During your included tour this morning, see the main sights including Revolution Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later a motorcoach ride takes you to Fetești, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5
26 Oct 2018
Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania

This morning during breakfast, dock in Sfântu Gheorghe, from where the excursion into the delta will start. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe's deltas, this area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometers in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Depart Sfântu Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small celebration to mark Km "0"—the end of the Danube's journey. This afternoon a chance to relax and to learn more about the fascinating Delta at an onboard lecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
27 Oct 2018
Cernavoda, Romania
Constanta, Romania
Cernavoda, Romania

From Cernavodă this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A certified local guide shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the National History & Archaeology Museum is included. This afternoon, relax onboard as you cruise westward towards Rousse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
28 Oct 2018
Rousse, Bulgaria
Tirnovo, Bulgaria
Arbanassi, Bulgaria
Svistov, Bulgaria

Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. A comfortable motorcoach ride away is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the royal fortress, and the Patriarchal Cathedral. With your local guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria's history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its Ethnographical Museum, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain onboard and join an included sightseeing tour of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will rejoin the ship. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
29 Oct 2018
Vidin, Bulgaria
Belogradcik, Bulgaria
Vidin, Bulgaria

Today, enjoy a leisurely morning of cruising before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval fortress, Baba Vidin, is the town's primary landmark. It served as Vidin's main defensive installation during the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9
30 Oct 2018
Iron Gate, Romania
Donji Milanovac, Romania
Lepenski Vir, Romania
Donji Milanovac, Romania

The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. After lunch, dock at Donji Milanovac, from where a short drive takes you to the impressive Lepenski Vir exhibition center housing archaeological artifacts found in this area and from where you have unique views of the Danube Gorge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
31 Oct 2018
Belgrade, Serbia

Early today, arrive in Belgrade. One of the oldest cities in Europe, the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world's largest Orthodox church. In your free time, be sure to check out the city's lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. Perhaps visit one of the many art galleries or museums, or browse the local shops. Stroll through Belgrade's largest and most beautiful park which surrounds the city's principal landmark, Kalemegdan Fortress, and gaze down at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
01 Nov 2018
Mohács, Hungary
Pécs, Hungary
Mohács, Hungary

Relax onboard this morning before arriving in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a local guide, visit the underground tombs—now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site—many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an organ concert. Pécs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafés. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
02 Nov 2018
Budapest, Hungary

This morning you arrive in Budapest. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Hungary's capital is one of Eastern Europe's liveliest cities. Whether you're seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Café Gerbeaud, Budapest's unique energy is positively palatable. On an included tour with your local guide, see Heroes' Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman's Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city's eight bridges—many famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
03 Nov 2018
Budapest, Hungary
Vienna, Austria

Enjoy a day of relaxation onboard and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. Our Master of Wine joins you and will share his knowledge of some of the regional wines at an onboard lecture and a tasting of wines he has chosen for this occasion. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the "City of Music", it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
04 Nov 2018
Vienna, Austria

Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria's magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys' Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions, the Neo-Renaissance Vienna Opera House, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntner Straße, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! This evening enjoy a special onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by our Master of Wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
05 Nov 2018
Dürnstein, Austria
Melk, Austria

Dürnstein, known for the magnificent Baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your local guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of England's King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking! This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16
06 Nov 2018
Passau, Germany

Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights, or to medieval Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses and dominated by St. Stephan's Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque architecture. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 17
07 Nov 2018
Regensburg, Germany

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only major German city center not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of "historic interest". Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Praetoria, a gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasize their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18
08 Nov 2018
Nürnberg, Germany

Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This afternoon, choose a guided sightseeing tour and marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized "Nuremberg rally grounds" tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 19
09 Nov 2018
Nürnberg, Germany
Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by motorcoach to Prague. (Breakfast)

DAY 20
10 Nov 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradčany castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge. (Breakfast)

DAY 21
11 Nov 2018
Prague, Czech Republic
Melnik, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. You might like to join our included excursion to Mělník where you will learn more about Czech wines. Or perhaps visit the Museum of Communism, sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner, and stroll along the Vltava River. Your cruise director will have other suggestions for things to do. (Breakfast)

DAY 22
12 Nov 2018
Prague, Czech Republic

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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What's Included

Included

  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

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Shore Excursions

Constanta, Romania - 27 Oct 2018

Belgrade, Serbia - 31 Oct 2018

Budapest, Hungary - 02 Nov 2018

Budapest, Hungary - 03 Nov 2018

Vienna, Austria - 03 Nov 2018

Vienna, Austria - 04 Nov 2018

Passau, Germany - 06 Nov 2018

Regensburg, Germany - 07 Nov 2018

Nürnberg, Germany - 08 Nov 2018

Nürnberg, Germany - 09 Nov 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - 09 Nov 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - 10 Nov 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - 11 Nov 2018

Melnik, Czech Republic - 11 Nov 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - 11 Nov 2018

Prague, Czech Republic - 12 Nov 2018

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