2019 : From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg Royalty , 2 Nights Berlin & 2 Nights Transylvania (WODC-T1) - Passion
23 Day River Cruise Bucharest to Berlin
Your European river cruise from the Danube Delta to Prague takes you on a journey of diverse destinations, including the extraordinary landscapes of Romania and the Balkans, Hungary, Austria, and the Golden City of Prague. You'll also visit the modern and historical city of Berlin, as well as the mysterious Romanian city of Transylvania. You'll tour Bran Castle, home of legendary vampire, Dracula. Spend some free time in Brasov, and enjoy sightseeing and a drive into the Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia for a visit to Peles Castle.
Sail to the Danube Delta at St. Gheorghe at the entrance to the Black Sea, and join a small-boat tour of the delta's rivers, canals, and marshes. Join guided sightseeing in Budapest to see Heroes' Square and the city's famous sights, and sail on the Danube for the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Vienna, Austria, once center of the Habsburg Empire, is home to the lavish Habsburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House.
Enjoy the magnificent views of the Wachau Valley wine region, visit Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, and sample local wines as well. In Linz, explore the center of the city with a walk around the Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square. You may choose to take an excursion to the Austrian lake region-a favorite spot for the legendary Habsburg family. Take a guided walk of Passau, Germany, known for its maze of cobblestone streets and the baroque architectural masterpiece of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Regensburg, Germany, to see the Old Town Hall, Porta Pretoria, and towering mansions. In beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic you'll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town's Astronomical Clock. End your vacation with two special nights in Berlin!
Day 1 Bucharest: Welcome to Bucharest
Day 2 Bucharest. Excursion to Transylvania-Brasov: Guided visit of Dracula's Bran Castle
Day 3 Brasov-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Brasov and Peles Castle
Day 4 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation): Guided sightseeing in Bucharest; 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 Tarnovo & Arbanassi: Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin 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; lecture on board
Day 11 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pecs
Day 12 Budapest: Day at leisure
Day 13 Budapest: Guided tour, see Heroes' Square; visit Godollo Royal Palace
Day 14 Bratislava: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin's Cathedral; lecture about royal dinasties in Europe, onboard Waltz lesson
Day 15 Vienna: Guided tour, see the Kuntskammer's collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticket; visit Schonbrunn Palace
Day 16 Durnstein-Wachau Valley-Melk: Choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Durnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or visit Arstetten Castle; wine tasting
Day 17 Linz: Guided walk or full day excursion Romantic Austria
Day 18 Passau: Guided walk
Day 19 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)-Regensburg-Prague: Transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to Prague
Day 20 Prague: Guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds
Day 21 Prague-Dresden-Berlin: Transfer to Dresden and city sightseeing; transfer to Berlin
Day 22 Berlin: City sightseeing
Day 23 Berlin: Your vacation ends this morning
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Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Bucharest-the "Paris of the East"
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. 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, L, D)
BUCHAREST. EXCURSION TO TRANSYLVANIA-BRASOV
Depart Bucharest for Bran Castle of Dracula lore. Take a Guided Tour of the 1377 legendary home of the famed Romanian vampire. Continue to Brasov for the night.
Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov, followed by an afternoon drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle.
Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History
Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe-honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Travel to Fetesti to board your Avalon Suite Ship this afternoon. FETESTI (EMBARKATION)
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. GHEORGHE
(B, L, D)
ST. GHEORGHE. DANUBE DELTA EXCURSION
From the Black Forest to the Black Sea
Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe's deltas -2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer "0"-the end of the Danube River's 2,845 km journey-from the source in the Black Forest of Bavaria to its delta into the Black Sea.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA
(B, L, D)
CERNAVODA. CONSTANTA EXCURSION
Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea
Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Arche
logical Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
(B, L, D)
Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria's "Little Vienna"
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join a Run through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Sail to Svistov, OR:
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, as well as the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
(B, L, D)
Rocks and Ruins-Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
Join a Guided Tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
(B, L, D)
DONJI MILANOVAC, SERBIA-IRON GATES GORGE. LEPENSKI VIR EXCURSION
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
Before lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
(B, L, D)
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge-and see the city's many fascinating sites, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox churches.
You may choose to spend remaining free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots.
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHACS
(B, L, D)
Archaeological Tombs and Turkish Architecture
Take a Guided Tour to 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.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
Welcome to Budapest-Hungary's Captivating Capital
With a free day to explore, take time to 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST
(B, L, D)
The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe
CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes' Square.
Visit the Royal Palace of Godollo, one of the favourite retreat of Sissi.
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BRATISLAVA
(B, L, D)
Classic and Contemporary-from Cathedrals and Castle Walls to Art Gallery Halls
Take a Guided City Walk, including the quaint streets of Old Town, Town Hall, and fantastic St. Martin's Cathedral where the Austro-Hungarian kings were once crowned.
Enjoy some free time to take Nordic walking sticks from the ship and hike to Bratislava Castle.
A local expert will reveal stories about European Royal dinasties.
Later, enjoy an onboard Royal Waltz lesson which is still a living cultural heritage from the Habsburg monarchy
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIENNA
(B, L, D)
Strauss, Schnitzel, Strudel, and Sachertorte
Join us for a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including the Kuntskammer's remarkable collection of more than 2,100 valuable objects, which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.
Later, choose a complimentary ticket for a local Viennese Museum Visit, or continue exploring with additional Guided Sightseeing.
Take a guided tour to Schonbrunn Palace-the former imperial summer home and vast gardens with a history spanning 300 years of the Habsburg monarchy.
In your free time why not stroll through pedestrian Karntnerstrasse-the most famous shopping avenue in central Vienna. Take a bike ride through the city and stop in a local cafe to enjoy authentic Austrian confections of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel.
Later this evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DURNSTEIN
(B, L, D)
Fairytale Castles, Kings, and Cobblestones
Join a Guided Walk, and hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart-who was imprisoned in the castle during the Crusades, OR:
Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins to take in the spectacular view of the village, Danube, and the Wachau Valley below.
Later, stretch out on the Sky Deck as you sail through the Wachau Valley past vineyards, castles, and charming villages on your way to Melk.
MELK Striking Frescoes and Breathtaking Views of the Wachau Valley
Take a Guided Tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings, statues, incredible library, and ornate pipe organ, OR:
Visit the Arstetten Castle, once owned by the Habsburg family and nowadays it is a property of the Hohenbergs which is the family of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, who were assassinated in 1914.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LINZ
(B, L, D)
Fall in Love with Linz-Legendary Art, Music, and the Linzer Torte!
Take a Guided Walk through the city's historic and beautiful sites along the shore of the Danube and see Hauptplatz-Austria's largest medieval square-and the towering white-marble Trinity Column, OR:
Take a full day excursion among the picturesque mountain lakes and romantic villages beloved by the Habsburgs.
Consider a full-day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or visit the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov.
Feel free to enjoy the afternoon on your own to bike along the banks of the Danube with a picnic from the ship, or hike through Linz's beautiful nature trails to Postlingberg for a bird's-eye view of the city and river below.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MELK
(B, L, D)
Go for Baroque in Passau-Where the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers meet
This morning, cruise through the Schlogen Oxbow, a particularly beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend of the river.
Join a Guided City Walk to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers"and follow Habsburg traces.
Follow your Avalon Adventure Host for Hiking from Oberhaus along a trail down to the valley and along Ilz River.
Spend a little free time before sailing to Deggendorf to walk the cobblestone streets and galleries of Artists' Alley or peek into St. Stephen's Cathedral to possibly catch a concert rehearsal.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DEGGENDORF
DEGGENDORF (DISEMBARKATION)-REGENSBURG-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Magical Regensburg-Bavaria's Medieval Miracle
Join a Guided City Walk in Regensburg and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress.
Take free time to enjoy a hearty lunch and a local beer, then step back in time through historic lanes and squares of today's modern and vibrant Regensburg. Continue on to the Golden City of Prague.
Bridges, Books, Crystal & Chocolate-Simple Pleasures and Grand Surprises Around Every Corner
Take a Guided City Walk to visit Hradcany Castle Grounds; see St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town's Astronomical Clock.
Later, you may join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana-two of Prague's most romantic and picturesque spots.Consider sampling delicious plum dumplings and traditional Pilsner lager beside the Vltava River.
Mingle with the locals and be mesmerized by street performers in Wenceslas Square, or browse the market stalls at Charles Bridge.In the evening, you might like to join an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting.
This morning travel to Dresden, a city badly damaged by Allied bombing during WWII. During your guided walk visit the courtyard of the Zwinger Palace to admire its impressive architecture, see the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, built in 1841, destroyed once by fire and once by bombing and finally restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Enjoy free time during lunch before continuing to Berlin, Germany's reunited capital, where you arrive in the late afternoon.
Today join a Local Expert for a guided tour of the major sites of this metropolis, including the restored Reichstag building, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Kurfurstendamm. See the Holocaust Memorial and the 210-foot Victory Column and make a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, one of the best-known landmarks of Germany where President John F. Kennedy once famously said "I am a Berliner". Visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. This afternoon is free for your own exploration.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Bucharest:
in single room from $153 to $240, in twin room from $82 to $139
Extra nights per person in Berlin:
in single room from $210 to $328, in twin room from $129 to $204
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $426
B / Sapphire Deck / $2462
A / Sapphire Deck / $2569
P / Royal Deck / $2784
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4712
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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