Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest

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Balkan Discovery
7-Night Danube Cruise from Budapest to Bucharest, 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Bucharest

Avalon Balkan Discovery

Budapest to Bucharest (WBOB) - 9 days

 
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Ship - Artistry II , Passion
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation)

Welcome to Hungary. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Budapest must arrive by 2 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS (D)

Day 2: Mohács

Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill

CLASSIC: Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing

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CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of 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 OSIJEK (B, L, D)

Day 3:Osijek, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia

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

This afternoon you might join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE (B,L, D)

Day 4: 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—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava—one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

DISCOVERY: Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.

This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)

Day 5: Donji Milanovac

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

CLASSIC: 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.

After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC: 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.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE (B,L,D)

Day 7: Rousse

Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore

CLASSIC: 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

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CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church

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ACTIVE: Join a Jog through the park with your Adventure Host.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA (B, L, D)

Day 8: Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) - Bucharest

A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

CLASSIC: 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, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue. (B)

Day 9: Bucharest

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Budapest (WBOB)
Cruise Start Date
Ship

Cat. E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat, A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck
w/ french balcony
Apr 14, 2020
Passion
$3,819
$4,018
$4,968
$5,018
$5,118
$6,018
May 12, 2020
Passion
$3,969
$4,168
$5,118
$5,168
$5,268
$6,168
May 27, 2020
Aristry II
$3,969
$4,168
$5,118
$5,168
$5,268
$6,168
Jun 9, 2020
Passion
$3,969
$4,168
$5,118
$5,168
$5,268
$6,168
Jul 7, 2020
Passion
$3,969
$4,168
$5,118
$5,168
$5,268
$6,168
Aug 4, 2020
Passion
$3,969
$4,168
$5,118
$5,168
$5,268
$6,168
Sep 1, 2020
Passion
$4,169
$4,368
$5,318
$5,368
$5,468
$6,368
Sep 29, 2020
Passion
$4,069
$4,268
$5,218
$5,268
$5,368
$6,268
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $182 per passenger.
For Singe Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Transfers at Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Inquire for details.

Prices Include:

• 7 nights Cruise from Budapest to Oltenita in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Anthenee Palace Hilton (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, artisans, entertainers, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes
 

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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