From The Danube Delta To Prague With Habsburg Royalty, 2 Nights Berlin & 2 Nights Transylvania

10/15/2019 through 04/15/2020
10/15/2019 through 05/11/2020
Avalon Waterways

Join us for a wine appreciation Danube River cruise. Cruise in the company of a certified Master of Wine to discover the perfect wine pairings with cuisine, and chocolate. Visit the ancient cellars of wine masters, makers, and merchants.

Begin your European vacation before your cruise with an overnight stay and sightseeing in Bucharest, and continue to Transylvania for two nights in Brasov. Take a guided tour of the city by day, followed by a tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle by night. Venture into the Carpathian Mountains to visit Peles Castle. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, an expert Local Guide, and courtesy transfer to your ship.

Embark on your Danube River cruise in Fetesti and begin in the Danube Delta at the Black Sea on a small-boat tour in the delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers. Cruise through Balkan landscapes, including Bulgaria’s largest inland port of Rousse and the capital of Veliko Trnovo. Visit one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria, Arbanassi.

Visit Vidin and Belogradchik, and cruise through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge to visit Lepenski Vir. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the Croatian fortress in Osijek. Attend a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs, the Hungarian capital of Budapest, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Cruise to Vienna to explore the Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Hear the tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, tour the magnificent Benedictine Abbey above Melk, and visit lovely Linz. Pass through the horseshoe bend on the Danube-the Schlögen Oxbow-on your way to Passau. Your cruise concludes in Deggendorf, Germany.

Continue your vacation after your cruise with two nights each in Prague and Berlin! Discover the golden city of Prague-city of 100 spires, and the dynamic city of Berlin.

Included Features:

Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest

Day 2 Bucharest–Sinaia–Brasov: visit Peles Castle

Day 3 Brasov: guided tour of Brasov; guided visit of Dracula’s Bran Castle

Day 4 Brasov–Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; transfer to ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration

Day 6 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 7 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Trnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse

Day 8 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in Belogradchik

Day 9 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 10 Belgrade: guided sightseeing

Day 11 Osijek: guided tour; concert performance

Day 12 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 13 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 14 Budapest: day at leisure

Day 15 Bratislava: Onboard wine lecture; guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 16 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Day 17 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein, or visit a local wine cellar; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk

Day 18 Linz: guided walk; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 19 Passau: guided walk; guided hike; wine & chocolate tasting

Day 20 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)–Regensburg–Prague: transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to Prague

Day 21 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 22 Prague–Dresden–Berlin: transfer to Dresden and city sightseeing; transfer to Berlin

Day 23 Berlin: city sightseeing

Day 24 Berlin: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Bucharest, Romania
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Day 2 Bucharest – Brasov
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Day 3 Brasov
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Day 4 Brasov-sinaia-fetesti (Embarkation)
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Day 5 St. Gheorghe. Excursion To The Danube Delta
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Day 6 Cernavoda. Excursion To Constanta
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Day 7 Rousse, Bulgaria. Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
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Day 8 Vidin
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Day 9 Donji Milanovac, Serbia – Iron Gates Gorge. Excursion To Lepenski Vir
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Day 10 Belgrade
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Day 11 Osijek, Croatia
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Day 12 Mohács, Hungary
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Day 13 Budapest
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Day 14 Budapest
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Day 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 16 Vienna, Austria
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Day 17 Dürnstein – Wachau Valley
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Day 18 Linz
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Day 19 Schlögen Oxbow-passau
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Day 20 Deggendorf, Germany (Disembarkation) – Regensburg
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Day 21 Prague, Czech Republic
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Day 22 Prague - Dresden, Germany - Berlin
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Day 23 Berlin
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Day 24 Berlin
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