Back
Web Page Book Now

BALKAN DISCOVERY - CATEGORY E - 2019

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! Enjoy relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing—so you don’t miss a thing!

You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. This city has a unique energy and offers an eclectic mix of activities. See the iconic statues of Hers’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates Gorge and visit the cultural port of Cetate. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, where you’ll see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescs.

To round out this timeless Eastern 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, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.

Inclusions

9 breakfasts
9 lunches
9 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
10
Price From
AUD $4,759
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Bucharest, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Apr 201925 Apr 2019On RequestAUD $4,759
28 May 201906 Jun 2019On RequestAUD $4,878
25 Jun 201904 Jul 2019On RequestAUD $4,878
23 Jul 201901 Aug 2019OpenAUD $4,878
20 Aug 201929 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $4,878
03 Sep 201912 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,116
17 Sep 201926 Sep 2019OpenAUD $5,116
15 Oct 201924 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $4,641
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital. The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe's shining city on the Danube.
Day 2: BUDAPEST.
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Hers' Square. Take in the beauty of Budapest while enjoying a free afternoon exploring such famous sights as the Chain Bridge. Get to know the city's cafes and pubs, or take a hike through the hills above the Danube. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an Optional Wine-and-Dine Dinner this evening. (B)
Day 3: BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION).
Capture Photographs, Coffee, and Confections. With a free day to explore before your cruise, take time to shop in the Great Market Hall or take photographs on the Royal Palace grounds in this treasure trove of historical architecture. Try Budapest's famous thermal bath spas, then dine in a garden or rooftop eatery. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship. This evening enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS (B,D)
Day 4: MOHACS.
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill. CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs-the quiet Danube harbour 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, OR: CLASSIC - 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)
Day 5: BELGRADE, SERBIA.
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. 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 Church. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional typical Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC (B,L,D)
Day 6: DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR. IRON GATES GORGE.
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. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CETATE (B,L,D)
Day 7: CETATE, ROMANIA.
A Bygone Era and New Mountains to Climb. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Run along the river bank. CLASSIC - Visit the Danube's old grain-shipping port on a Guided Tour of Cetate, including a tasting of local specialties. Sail to Vidin this afternoon. VIDIN, BULGARIA: Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria. CLASSIC - 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)
Day 8: NIKOPOL. VELIKO TARNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION.
Cliffside Dwellings and Castle Ruins of Bulgarian Kings. CLASSIC - 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. 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. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR: ACTIVE - 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 (B,L,D)
Day 9: 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-honouring 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. (B)
Day 10: BUCHAREST.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (B)