Day 1 Bucharest, Romania–Oltenita (Embarkation)
Welcome to Bucharest! By noon today check-in at Avalon’s meeting point for the transfer by motorcoach to Oltenita, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception. (D)
Day 2 Svistov. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi
A comfortable ride from the port city of Svistov is the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River, the city was a natural fortress with ancient stone houses clinging to the steep slopes. The oldest part is Tsarevets Hill, home of the Royal Fortress, palaces, and the PATRIARCH’S CHURCH. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM and the outstanding collection of frescoes in the CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY. Rejoin your ship in Svistov. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik
Vidin is an important Danube port, situated in northwestern Bulgaria. Its medieval FORTRESS known as “Baba Vidin” and is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. It is now a fortress museum and has been restored to its former appearance. In the afternoon, drive to nearby Belogradchick to view the eclectic group of ROCK FORMATIONS on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Iron Gates
The Trajan Table marking the Roman conquest of Dacia and the Serbian fortresses of Golubac and Smederevo are impressive sights on the left bank of the Danube. The dramatic gorge of the IRON GATES, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast, forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Belgrade, Serbia
The capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local expert will be proud to show you its main sights, which include the city’s principal landmark, KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS; St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church; and Marshal Tito’s tomb and monument. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Pecs, Hungary–Kalocsa
Pecs is Hungary’s fifth-largest city and its richest in terms of Turkish architecture. Enjoy an orientation and some free time before proceeding to Kalocsa. Founded by St. Stephen in 1009 as an archbishopric, Kalocsa has a most turbulent history. This quiet town, which is best known for paprika and folklore art, is dominated by the Archbishop’s Palace and Kalocsa Cathedral, where you will be treated to an ORGAN CONCERT. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Budapest
Seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges, connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. The massive hilltop castle complex with FISHERMEN’S BASTION and the Matthias Church is among the many sights your Local Guide will show you. This afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Budapest–Vienna, Austria
A day to relax on board and marvel at the beautiful scenery on both banks of the Danube. Hungary is on your left as you cruise upriver and Slovakia is on your right. Vienna, Austria’s capital, is known as the “City of Music” and inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Vienna
Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Vienna has much to offer: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ring Boulevard, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name just a few of the sights you will enjoy during your city tour. Shop in the Kärntnerstrasse and enjoy Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in a neighborhood café. An optional concert is available during your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Dürnstein–Melk
Dürnstein, known for the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, is situated right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Above town are the ruins of the castle where England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. This afternoon, a stop in Melk with its splendid BENEDICTINE ABBEY that dominates the town from its commanding hill site and is one of Europe’s largest monasteries. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley’s FAMOUS WINES. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Linz–Passau, Germany
Linz, Austria’s third-largest town, lies on both banks of the Danube and is an important industrial town and busy river port. An optional full-day excursion to Salzburg takes in the popular Sound of Music sights. Passau, ideally located at the confluence of the Rivers Inn, Ilz, and Danube, is a city of graceful arcades and cobblestone streets. St. Stephen’s Cathedral houses one of the world’s largest organs with more than 17,000 pipes. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Regensburg
Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights on your guided tour include the Old Town Hall, and Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. It is here you will find Germany’s oldest restaurant, the 12th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen). (B,L,D)
Day 13 Nuremberg
Although Nuremberg suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it was restored to its original style. Marvel at this historic city with its fabulous gothic churches and elegant patrician houses, all explained by a local expert. Nuremberg’s traditions include famous Lebkuchen, toy making, and metal working. After dinner we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s FAMOUS BEERS! (B,L,D)
Day 14 Nuremberg (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- OLTENITA: Welcome reception
- VELIKO TÂRNOVO: Guided sightseeing, visit the Patriarch’s Church
- VIDIN: Visit the fortress
- BELOGRADCHIK: See the rock formations
- ARBANASSI: Guided visit of the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity
- IRON GATES: Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge; see the Trajan Table
- BELGRADE: Guided sightseeing, visit Kalemegdan Fortress
- PECS: Orientation
- KALOCSA: Orientation; organ concert
- BUDAPEST: Guided sightseeing, visit Fishermen’s Bastion
- VIENNA: Guided sightseeing
- DÜRNSTEIN: Guided walk, see the Stiftskirche
- MELK: Guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey; wine tasting
- PASSAU: Guided walk
- REGENSBURG: Guided sightseeing
- MAIN DANUBE CANAL: Cruise in the canal
- NUREMBERG: Guided sightseeing; beer tasting
All This Included
Discover some of the continent’s best-kept secrets on this river cruise through Eastern and Central Europe, from Bucharest to Nuremberg. Guided sightseeing in each city shows you the highlights, with inside visits of Patriarch’s Church in Veliko Târnovo, Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Fishermen’s Bastion in Budapest, and Melk’s Benedictine Abbey. Also visit the diverse rock formations of Belogradchik, the medieval fortress of Vidin and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and Main Danube Canal.
- Deluxe 13-night cruise from Oltenita to Nuremberg in an outside stateroom with hotel-style beds.
- Included shore excursions with Local Guide.
- Headsets for shore excursions.
- Superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain’s reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements.
Accommodations on this Tour
Crusing: Cabin onboard Avalon Imagery or Avalon Tranquility
- In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
- Cabin upgrades are available.
- Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
- Extra nights not available.
- Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.