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From the Black Sea to the North Sea – Cruise Only Westbound

 

Summary: This enchanting European river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time ...

Duration
23 Days
Countries
7
Next Departure
31-Jul-2019
Starting at
USD 10,048.00
USD 9,548.00

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Operator
Avalon Waterways
Ship
Illumination
Tour
From the Black Sea to the North Sea – Cruise Only Westbound
Tour Code
WOA0

Highlights

City Highlights

Day 1 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration

Day 3 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse

Day 5 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik

Day 6 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 7 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on board

Day 8 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 9 Budapest: day at leisure

Day 10 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 11 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 12 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 13 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting

Day 14 Passau: guided walk

Day 15 Regensburg: guided walk

Day 16 Roth–Nuremberg: onboard lecture; choice of guided sightseeing in Roth; or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 17 Bamberg: guided walk, see the Old Town Hall; onboard lecture

Day 18 Würzburg: guided sightseeing, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 19 Main River Village: guided walk

Day 20 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge

Day 21 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 22 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 23 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Notes

In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Itinerary

This enchanting European river cruise from the Danube Delta to Amsterdam is truly an adventure. Glide past quaint towns, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings along the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers—and onshore enjoy guided sightseeing and free time to explore. From Romania’s capital of Bucharest, travel to Fetesti and set sail for the mouth of the Danube River and the exquisite Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo.

Visit the Ethnographical Museum, Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert will introduce you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, home of the world’s largest Orthodox Church. In Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this fabulous river cruise, you’ll visit the capitals of three countries: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Vienna, Austria.

Located in the heart of the Wachau wine region is charming Dürnstein, where you’ll go on a guided walk, and later visit Melk’s famous Benedictine Abbey. In Germany, there is guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, and Würzburg. Cruise the Main Danube Canal, and pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.

This river cruise vacation concludes in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam where you get a unique perspective of the city on a canal cruise along the elegant Grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

1.
BUCHAREST
2.
ST. GHEORGHE. EXCURSION TO THE DANUBE DELTA
3.
CERNAVODĂ. EXCURSION TO CONSTANTA
4.
ROUSSE, BULGARIA
5.
VIDIN
6.
DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA–IRON GATES GORGE. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR
7.
BELGRADE, SERBIA
8.
MOHÁCS, HUNGARY
9.
BUDAPEST
10.
BUDAPEST
11.
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
12.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA
13.
DÜRNSTEIN —WACHAU VALLEY
14.
PASSAU, GERMANY
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19.
MAIN RIVER VILLAGE
20.
RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGE
21.
COLOGNE
22.
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
23.
AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

Visited Countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands


Ship Information
Ship Name
Illumination
Ship Type
River Cruiser
Summary

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Illumination came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

 
Travel Package
Description Coming from   Going to
Cruise Bucharest Amsterdam


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CruiseThis is an Organised Cruise: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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