European Masterpiece (Westbound)

03/20/2019 through 10/19/2020
03/20/2019 through 11/13/2020
Avalon Waterways

Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from the Balkans to Germany. Begin with an overnight stay in Bucharest for a guided sightseeing tour.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Suite Ship®. Begin with a small-boat guided tour of some of the 2,200 square miles of the Danube Delta preserve. Celebrate Kilometer “0” to mark the Danube’s course of 2,845 kilometers from the Black Forest to the Black Sea! Cruise through the striking landscapes of the Balkans, and visit Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port, or join a full-day guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Trnovo, where ancient stone houses cling to the Yantra River cliffs. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

Cruise through the majestic, narrow passage of the Iron Gates Gorge, followed by guided sightseeing in Vidin and an excursion to Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. Enjoy a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs before cruising to Budapest.

Explore Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit charming Dürnstein and Melk-in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”-Passau-before sailing to Regensburg. See the timbered houses of Roth, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds.

Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine region in Kitzingen and quaint Volkach. Tour Würzburg-the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” as well as a charming Main River village. Your cruise concludes in Mainz.

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Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to Bucharest

Day 2 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration

Day 4 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta

Day 5 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, or jogging tour in Rousse

Day 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress, see the rock formations in Belogradchik

Day 7 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: scenic cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site

Day 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing

Day 9 Osijek: guided tour; concert performance

Day 10 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 11 Budapest: guided tour

Day 12 Vienna: scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava

Day 13 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 14 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on board

Day 15 Passau: guided walk

Day 16 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on board

Day 17 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour

Day 18 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the Marienplatz

Day 19 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board

Day 20 Volkach-Kitzingen: guided tours

Day 21 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz

Day 22 Main river village: guided walk

Day 23 Mainz (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Bucharest, Romania
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Day 2 Bucharest
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Day 3 St. Gheorghe. Excursion To The Danube Delta
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Day 4 Cernavoda. Excursion To Constanta
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Day 5 Rousse, Bulgaria. Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
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Day 6 Vidin
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Day 7 Donji Milanovac, Serbia – Iron Gates Gorge. Excursion To Lepenski Vir
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Day 8 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 9 Osijek, Croatia
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Day 10 Mohács, Hungary. Excursion To Pécs
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Day 11 Budapest
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Day 12 Vienna, Austria
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Day 13 Vienna
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Day 14 Dürnstein
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Day 15 Passau, Germany
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Day 16 Regensburg
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Day 17 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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Day 18 Nuremberg. Excursion To Munich
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Day 19 Bamberg
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Day 20 Volkach
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Day 21 Würzburg
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Day 22 Main River Village
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Day 23 Mainz
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