2019 : Iconic Rivers of Europe - The Rhine, Main & Danube - Eastbound (WAO) - Illumination
22 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Bucharest
From Holland to Romania, with a host of exciting stops along the way, this river cruise vacation across Europe is truly an adventure!
Amsterdam, Holland's lively capital, is set amongst sophisticated architecture and classic squares and canals with countless museums, cafes, shops, and restaurants to explore. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. On to Germany for a guided city walk in the 2,000-year-old Cologne. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River and stop in delightful Rudesheim. There's guided sightseeing in Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, and Regensburg, and you'll sail the Main Danube Canal connecting the Main and Danube Rivers. In Melk, Austria, visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, then sail through the picturesque Wachau wine region to Durnstein-famous for its blue and white baroque Stiftskirche. Guided sightseeing in each city introduces you to three capitals: Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary. Continue your river cruise adventure on the Lower Danube with an excursion to 2nd-century Pecs, Hungary, where you'll visit underground burial chambers now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in Serbia's Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria, visit Belogradchik's eclectic rock formations, the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and Arbanassi-with its Church of the Nativity housing an outstanding collection of frescoes.
To round out this timeless European River Cruise, a stay in Romania's vibrant capital of Bucharest is a must. Known as the "Paris of the East," a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam : Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne : Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim : Scenic cruising through the Rhine Gorge; choice of visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument in Rudesheim; enjoy a special treat
Day 5 Main River Village: Guided walk
Day 6 Wurzburg : Guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop's Residenz
Day 7 Marktbreit. Excursion to Rothenburg: Guided sightseeing in Rothenburg
Day 8 Bamberg : Guided tour, see the Old Town Hall
Day 9 Roth-Nuremberg : Choice of guided tour in Roth; or guided tour in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour
Day 10 Regensburg : Guided walking tour; special treat
Day 11 Passau-Linz: Guided walking tour in Passau
Day 12 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna : Guided tour of the Benedectine Abbey in Melk; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley
Day 13 Vienna : Guided tour
Day 14 Budapest : Guided tour, see Heroes' Square
Day 15 Budapest : Day at leisure
Day 16 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs : Choice of guided tour in Pecs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohacs, visit St. Nicolas watermill Day 17 Belgrade : Lecture on board; guided tour
Day 18 Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates : Visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramaticIron Gates gorge
Day 19 Cetate-Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik : Visit to the cultural port in Cetate; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations Day 20 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi-Rousse : Choice of full day guided tour, visit to Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided tour in Rousse
Day 21 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest : Guided sightseeing in Bucharest
Day 22 Bucharest : Your vacation ends this morning
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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 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
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.
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.
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.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.Spend free time exploring the colorful streets, bridges, and canals of Amsterdam-with its many cafes and art galleries.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam with a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
Return to your ship for a leisurely afternoon cruise, or enjoy free time in Amsterdam and transfer to re-join your ship in Utrecht.
You may join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, or a Guided Optional Biking Excursion through the Dutch countryside. You might decide to join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-the best-kept medieval castle in Holland.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B, L, D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital CityStart the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Take a Guided City Walk of the old city of Cologne with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
(B, L, D)
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
This morning cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and see the famous rock of The Lorelei.
Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards.
Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
(B, L, D)
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.
Join a Guided Walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village.
Spend free time riding a bike through the beautiful villages on the Main River shores.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO WÜRZBURG
(B, L, D)
A Pearl, a Painting, and a Glass of Wine for the Perfect Afternoon
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.
Explore the city on your own, or visit a local winery. Later, enjoy onboard entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN WÜRZBURG
(B, L, D)
MARKTBREIT. EXCURSION TO ROTHENBURG
Storybook Romance in a Timeless Town
Take a morning Guided Tour of Rothenburg-seemingly untouched by time on Bavaria's Romantic Road, OR:
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
Take advantage of free time this afternoon to shop for Hummel figurines, cuckoo clocks, or sip a glass of local Tauber wine.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BAMBERG
(B, L, D)
One Thousand Years of History in the City of Seven Hills
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 a live entertainment performance while sailing this evening.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTH
(B, L, D)
ROTH. EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG
Living Heritage and History Lessons
Go for an early Morning Run with your Avalon Adventure Host.
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:
Choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, and gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds-used by the Third Reich.
Later, 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
(B, L, D)
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers Meet
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers."
You may join a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Ceský Krumlov.
This afternoon, cruise to the lovely town of Linz.
A Legendary Love of Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte
This evening, feel free to explore Linz on your own before cruising to Melk.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
(B, L, D)
Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of the frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ of Melk's Benedictine Abbey.
Enjoy a coffee or cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to wonderful Vienna this afternoon.
Vienna Waltzes and Blue Danube Beauty
Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to attend a Royal Waltz Concert in an elegant hall this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Royal Collections, Amusing Attractions, and Culinary Confections
Venture into the 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 Schönbrunn Palace-the Habsburg empire summer home for 300 years; or a Guided Optional Excursion to fascinating Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
You may also take a tram to Austria's Prater amusement park or to one of the many museums nearby. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
The afternoon is free to enjoy Budapest on your own. Be sure to savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Cafe.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
Time to Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections.
Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds, or visit Budapest's famous thermal bath spas.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS
(B, L, D)
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-the quiet Danube harbor town. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill. OR:
Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs with fascinating murals, as well as Turkish architecture. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B, L, D)
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history and culture of the Balkan states.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge.
Explore the city on your own this afternoon and discover Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B, L, D)
DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR-IRON GATES GORGE
Ancient Artifacts and the Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir- the Mesolithic archaeological site of prehistoric cultures.
After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge- a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE
(B, L, D)
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank.
Visit the Danube's old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties before sailing for Vidin, Bulgaria this afternoon.
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
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 NIKOPOL
(B, L, D)
NIKOPOL. EXCURSION TO VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings
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.
As an alternative, sail with your ship to Rousse.
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna"
You may choose to stay with your ship today on its way to Rousse-dubbed "Little Vienna" for its Baroque and neoclassical buildings.
Join a Guided Sightseeing tour to Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join an afternoon Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)-BUCHAREST
A Night in Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
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.
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.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2018
- 22 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
All prices per person based on double occupancy.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $569
B / Sapphire Deck / $3283
A / Sapphire Deck / $3426
P / Royal Deck / $3711
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $6283
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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