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Avalon Waterways The Danube from Croatia to the Black Sea (WKOY)

9 Day River Cruise Zagreb to Bucharest 
Discover the beauty of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with a Danube River cruise from Croatia to the Black Sea. Spend one night in Zagreb before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship® bound for Belgrade, Serbia. Here, explore the city where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge after visiting the fascinating Fortress of Golubač. Visit the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir. Sail to Vidin, Bulgaria, to marvel at the remarkable rock formations of the Balkan Mountains in Belogradchik. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi, and take a guided tour of Constanta on Romania’s Black Sea—with a wealth of Roman history. Disembark your Suite Ship® and spend the night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East.” See the WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square, and spend free time browsing the shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. A fascinating Danube River cruise through the beautiful Balkans.

Ships: Passion - Impression - Illumination
Special Offer/Promotion

Avalon Waterways Promotions & Special Offers

  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2022 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/19/22, 10/11/22
  • Single supplement waived on the cruise portion of select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruises.*
    Promotion Depatures (Land): 07/20/23, 08/31/23, 09/08/23
Restrictions May Apply

Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Zagreb: Welcome to Zagreb

Day 2 Zagreb-Osijek (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing in Zagreb; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Belgrade: Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; on board lecture

Day 4 Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: Visit to Golubač fortress; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or bike with your Adventure Host; scenic cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge

Day 5 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: Choice of guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations or hike with your Adventure Host

Day 6 Rousse-Excursion to Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi: Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, or a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Constanta: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 8 Cernavoda (Disembarkation)-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Bucharest

Day 9 Bucharest: Your vacation ends this morning

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Itinerary (2022)

Day 1ZAGREB, CROATIA
 Welcome to Croatia!

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Zagreb. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Do not miss pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes.
Day 2ZAGREB
 Roman History in the Croatian Capital

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb and discover its rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day.

Travel to Osijek to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.

OSIJEK (EMBARKATION)

Your Balkan Adventure Begins

Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE BELGRADE

(B,D)
Day 3BELGRADE, SERBIA
 Fortresses and Folklore Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE See Belgrade's central walkway with your Adventure Host, OR:

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.

Spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

DISCOVERY Before dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAČ

(B,L,D)
Day 4GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE
 A Formidable Fortress

CLASSIC Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.

Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac.

DONJI MILANOVAC

Prehistoric Stones and Iron Gates Gorge

ACTIVE Explore Donji Milanovac by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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.

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 5VIDIN, BULGARIA
 Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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 6ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
 Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture

ACTIVE Explore Ruse's old town by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

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, OR:

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

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONSTANTA

(B,L,D)
Day 7CONSTANTA, ROMANIA
 Natural History at Black Sea

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning.

ACTIVE Experience Constanta by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA

(B,L,D)
Day 8CERNAVODA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST
 A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Bucharest.

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 9BUCHAREST
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

Avalon Pricing Details

Port charges:
$168

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

Avalon Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

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Tour Land StartAvalon RetailRequest Quote
*07/19/2022 Special Offer/Promotion $3,677.00
*08/30/2022 $3,727.00
*07/20/2023 Special Offer/Promotion $3,707.00
*08/31/2023 Special Offer/Promotion $3,757.00
*09/08/2023 Special Offer/Promotion $3,807.00
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