From the Danube Delta to Prague

  • 20 Days

  • Romania

Journey from Bucharest in Romania to the mouth of the Danube along to Nuremberg and Prague on a stirring river cruise through the heart of Europe. Explore the elegant boulevards of Vienna, the museums and art galleries of Belgrade and the historic landmarks of Budapest. Sail through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge and stop for guided sightseeing in Melk, and in the charming town of Dürnstein. Disembark your ship and travel to the "Golden City" of Prague for a final three nights of guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a cruise director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Wine & beer with lunch and dinner
Excursions
Gratuities on cruise
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

of 20 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 24th October 2018

Meals included: 19 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners

Overview

At a glance

Budapest See Heroes Square and the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen's Bastion.
Belgrade See St. Sava, the world's largest Orthodox church, and peruse some of its many museums and art galleries.
Vienna Discover the city’s opera house, palace and cathedral.

Day 1

Bucharest

Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to the Athenée Palace Hilton hotel (or similar) for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation)

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Bucharest's wide, tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—built in 1922 to honour the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in WWI—have gained it the name 'Paris of the East'. During your included tour this morning, see the main sights including Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989 which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Later, a coach ride takes you to Oltenita, where your river cruise vessel is docked. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

St. Gheorghe

Included today: Excursion to Danube Delta; Km 0 celebration; on-board lecture. This morning during breakfast, dock in St. Gheorghe, from where the excursion into the Danube Delta will start. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Europe's deltas, this area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometres in length. The Km markings can be clearly seen on the river banks the length of the river. Depart St. Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small celebration to mark Km '0' — the end of the Danube's journey. This afternoon you'll have the chance to relax and learn more about the fascinating Delta at an on-board lecture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cernavoda

Included today: Excursion to Constanta; guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum. From Cernavoda this morning, an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. A certified local guide shows you the highlights of this city and a visit of the Natural History and Archaeological Museum is included. This afternoon relax on board as you cruise westward to Rousse.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Rousse

Included today: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse. Dock this morning in Rousse, Bulgaria's largest inland port. A comfortable coach ride away 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 and the Patriarch's Church. With your Local Guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria's history. Then, journey to Arbanassi. Founded in the 15th century, the historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture and its Ethnographical Museum, a 400-year-old house preserved as a museum. Visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest churches in Arbanassi, and see its outstanding collection of frescoes. If you do not wish to participate in the full-day excursion, you may choose to remain on board and join an included sightseeing tour of Rousse after breakfast. At lunchtime, sail for Svistov, where excursion participants will rejoin the ship.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Vidin

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Today, enjoy a leisurely day morning of sailing before arriving in Vidin, an important Danube port in north western Bulgaria. Its medieval fortress, known as 'Baba Vidin', 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 nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. Sculpted by natural elements for more than 200 million years and with a variety of sizes and shapes, the Belogradchik Rocks are spectacular.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Iron Gates

Included today: Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition. The most spectacular scenery must surely be the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing the Alps in the northwest from the Carpathians in the southeast and forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. After lunch, dock at Donji Milanovac from where a short drive takes you to the impressive Lepenski Vir Exhibition Centre housing archaeological artefacts found in this area and from where you have unique views of the Danube Gorge.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Belgrade

Included today: Guided sightseeing. Early today, arrive in Belgrade. One of the oldest cities in Europe, the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A Local Guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world's largest orthodox church. In your free time, be sure to check out the city's lively pedestrian area and charming outdoor cafés. Perhaps visit one of the many art galleries or museums, relax in the park, or walk along the city streets and browse the local shops. Late tonight, depart for Vukovar in Croatia.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Mohács

Relax on board this morning before arriving in Mohács, the first stop in Hungary. After lunch, an included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a flourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. With a Local Guide, visit the underground tombs - now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - many of which have splendidly decorated murals with Christian themes. Later, enjoy an organ concert. Pécs is also a rich showcase of Turkish architecture and home to Turkish mosques, striking churches, and an enjoyable atmosphere around its restaurants and cafés.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Budapest

Included today: Guided sightseeing, see Fisherman’s Bastion. This morning you arrive in Budapest. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Hungary's capital is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for hand crafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palpable. On an included tour with your Local Guide, see Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fisherman’s Bastion—with spectacular views of the city—and 11th-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Budapest - Vienna

Enjoy a day of relaxation 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. The two countries share the Danube for a 58-mile stretch, with the border in the middle of the river. Our Master of Wine joins you and will share his knowledge of some of the regional wines at an onboard lecture and a tasting of wines he has chosen for this occasion. This evening, arrive in Vienna, Austria's capital. Known as the 'City of Music', it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. An optional concert is available during your stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Vienna

Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus countless other sights your local guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse; be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses; historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture. This evening enjoy a special on-board food and wine pairing dinner hosted by our Master of Wine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Dürnstein - Melk

Included today: guided walk in Dürnstein, see the Stiftskirche; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey and wine tasting. Dürnstein, known for the magnificent blue Baroque Stiftskirche built in the 1700s, is right in the heart of the Wachau wine region. The main street of this small town—with a population of less than 1,000 people—is lined with 16th-century homes and charming cobblestone streets. This morning your Local Guide will take you on an included walking tour and tell you the tale of King Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. During lunchtime, sail the picturesque Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You'll be captivated by the splendour of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking. This evening, sample some of the Wachau Valley's famous wines.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Passau

Included today: Guided walk. Today, you might wish to choose from a couple of full-day optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights or to medieval Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Regensburg

Included today: Guided walk; enjoy a snack at the Historische Wurstküche; beer tasting. Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Wander through the city's lanes and alleys to discover the many mansions with high towers. Wealthy families built these towers to emphasise their status and wealth during the Middle Ages, and many still remain today. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the 17th-century Historische Wurstküche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany's oldest restaurants. Here—where the locals congregate—feel the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we'll introduce you to some of Germany's famous beers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Roth - Nuremberg

Included today: choice of visiting the Nuremberg Rally Grounds, or guided sightseeing in Nuremberg. This morning the choice is yours. You could join a Local Guide for guided sightseeing of nearby Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg's Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Marvel at this thousand-year-old city's medieval fortifications, extraordinary Gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle). Alternatively, join the Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Nuremberg (Disembarkation) - Prague

After breakfast, say goodbye to your crew and travel by coach to Prague, the 'Golden City'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Prague

Prague is a 1,200-year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the 20th-century wars. A local guide shows you its best-known treasures, such as the Old Town's Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; Hradcany Castle grounds; St. Vitus Cathedral; and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslas Square, an important meeting point where people demonstrated against the communist regime; or watch performers on Charles Bridge.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Prague

Enjoy a free day to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps visit the Communist Museum or take an optional excursion around the Jewish Quarter. Sample the local plum dumplings and Pilsner; stroll along the Vltava River. Your Cruise Director will have other suggestions for things to do.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Prague

Return travel to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

Your ship

Avalon Luminary

With just 138 passengers in 69 comfortable, well-equipped staterooms and suites, the Avalon Luminary is smaller than traditional river cruise ships, designed to navigate intricate waterways more easily. As with all of the river cruise ships in the Avalon fleet, Avalon Luminary's staterooms are well-equipped and decorated to hotel room standards, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows and a French balcony, so you never have to miss the ever-changing views. The Sky Deck, with its sun beds and whirlpool bath, is a great place to socialise and meet friends while the rear lounge provides a tranquil oasis in which to unwind and relax. Guests have the use of a lift to access the staterooms.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Luxury
  • Class: Suite ship
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 39
  • Number of cabins: 69
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 138 passengers
  • Main language on board: en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.45
  • Speed in knots: 13
  • Launch year: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
Avalon Suite

Avalon Suites feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, spacious living area, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes and slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 258 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat P, A, B)

These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with French balcony, flatscreen satellite TV with film channels & radio, comfortable, hotel-style beds, Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom (Cat E)

These staterooms have Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration - two twin beds or one queen-size bed, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, spacious 3-door wardrobes with shelves for ample storage, writing desk/vanity with mirror and comfortable chair, easy under-bed luggage storage, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer and premium L'Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, alarm clock, complimentary Wi-Fi access, direct-dial telephone, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, continental breakfast and beverage room service available (service charge applies).

Details

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

Designed to be smaller than traditional river cruise ships for ease of navigation on intricate waterways.

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