22 Night Cruise sailing from Fetesti to Amsterdam aboard Avalon Illumination. Hotel stay pre-cruise in Bucharest.
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, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
DAY 2 BUCHAREST-FETESTI (EMBARKATION).
Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe-honouring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon. FETESTI (EMBARKATION): Your Balkan Adventure Begins. Explore your Avalon Suite Ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board. DISCOVERY - After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE (B,D)
DAY 3 ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA.
From the Black Forest to the Black Sea. 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 of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA (B,L,D)
DAY 4 CERNAVODA. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA.
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archaelogical Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)
DAY 5 ROUSSE, BULGARIA.
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 - Go for an Active Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Sail to Svistov, OR: CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-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. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B,L,D)
DAY 6 VIDIN.
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria. CLASSIC - Join 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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
DAY 7 DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA-IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR.
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates. Sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge-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. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L,D)
DAY 8 BELGRADE, SERBIA.
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Lecture about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (B,L,D)
DAY 9 MOHACS, HUNGARY.
Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, murals and Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 10 BUDAPEST.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST (B,L,D)
DAY 11 BUDAPEST.
The Danube's Shining Pearl and Heroes' Pride. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square. The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savour a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe. Consider a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA (B,L,D)
DAY 12 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA.
Castles, Vineyards, and Cosmopolitan Culture. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Old Town's cobblestone streets to Town Hall. Visit the gothic halls of St. Martin's Cathedral-Kingdom of Hungary's centuries-old coronation church, OR: ACTIVE - Follow your Avalon Adventure Host on a hike to lofty Bratislava Castle. Alternatively, in your free time take a bicycle and a picnic from the ship to explore the local sights along the Danube. Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA (B,L,D)
DAY 13 VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections. CLASSIC - Step into the legendary Habsburg Empire with a morning 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. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schonbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years. You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Consider joining an Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN (B,L,D)
DAY 14 DURNSTEIN-WACHAU VALLEY.
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle above the village, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins for a spectacular view of the Wachau Valley. 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 - Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Wine Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU (B,L,D)
DAY 15 PASSAU, GERMANY.
The Three Rivers of Medieval Passau. CLASSIC - Join an afternoon Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." Alternatively, consider a Guided Optional Excursion such as a full day in Salzburg-the city of Mozart. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 16 REGENSBURG.
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle. CLASSIC - Join a Guided City Walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Roth. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH (B,L,D)
DAY 17 ROTH-EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG.
Living Heritage and History Lessons. DISCOVERY - While sailing to Roth, enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal-linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Bavarian town of Roth-with its half-timbered houses, market square, and 1535 hunting lodge,Schloss Ratibor, OR; CLASSIC - Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR; CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich. Tonight, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Bamberg. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG (B,L,D)
DAY 18 BAMBERG.
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall, and seven hills crowned with churches. Enjoy live entertainment onboard while sailing this evening. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WURZBURG (B,L,D)
DAY 19 WURZBURG.
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon. CLASSIC - Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the "Pearl of the Romantic Road" with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress, and baroque Bishop's Residenz-with the largest known ceiling fresco. On your own you may explore the city or enjoy a smoked beer. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE (B,L,D)
DAY 20 MAIN RIVER VILLAGE.
Hidden Gems and Bavarian Beauty of a Main River Village. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Main River village. Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment as you cruise to Rudesheim. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
DAY 21 RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country. DISCOVERY - Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR; ACTIVE - Take a Hike up to the Niederwald Monument with your Avalon Adventure Host. DISCOVERY - Later, based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. This afternoon cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei-where the mythological siren lured ill-fated sailors to shore. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
DAY 22 COLOGNE, GERMANY.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-explore the Old City and see its soaring twin-steepled Gothic cathedral, OR; DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites. Enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! Local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
DAY 23 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Colourful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. CLASSIC - Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age." Spend free time on your own to explore the colourful cafes, galleries, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
DAY 24 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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