From The Danube Delta To Prague With Habsburg Royalty

06/19/2019 through 06/29/2019
06/19/2019 through 07/20/2019
Avalon Waterways

From the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, Romania, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, this Danube river cruise is an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure. Begin in Bucharest for a tour of the capital’s boulevards, Arc de Triomphe, Royal Palace Square, and historic sites from a dramatic history.

You’ll sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Sail through the Balkans to Budapest, headed to Prague. Begin in Budapest, where guided sightseeing acquaints you with the highlights of the vibrant capital of Hungary. See Heroes’ Square, and all the famous sights that make this city come to life, then sail to Bratislava, Slovakia for guided sightseeing of the capital. 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. In Linz, stroll through the Hauptplatz-Austria’s largest medieval square. You may choose to take an excursion to the Austrian lake region, historically frequented by the Habsburg family. Take a guided walk around Passau, Germany’s narrow cobblestone streets and St. Stephen’s Cathedral-a masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Enjoy a guided sightseeing in Regensburg, before heading to beautiful Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Here, you’ll be amazed at St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, a unique and intricate piece of art unlike anything else in the world.

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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 of Rousse

Day 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortreess; and see the rock formations in Belogradchik

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

Day 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on board

Day 9 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in Pécs

Day 10 Budapest: day at leisure

Day 11 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; visit Gödöllö Royal Palace

Day 12 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral; lecture about royal dinasties in Europe, onboard Waltz lesson

Day 13 Vienna: choice of guided sightseeing, or visit of the Kunsthistorisches Museum; visit Schönbrunn Palace

Day 14 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk or visit Arstetten Castle; wine tasting

Day 15 Linz: guided walk or full day excursion Romantic Austria

Day 16 Passau: guided walk

Day 17 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)–Regensburg–Prague: transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to Prague

Day 18 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradcany Castle grounds

Day 19 Prague: 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. Danube Delta Excursion
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Day 4 Cernavoda. Constanta Excursion
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Day 5 Rousse, Bulgaria
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Day 6 Vidin
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Day 7 Donji Milanovac, Serbia – Iron Gates Gorge.Lepenski Vir Excursion
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Day 8 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 9 Mohács, Hungary
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Day 10 Budapest
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Day 11 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 12 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 13 Vienna
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Day 14 Dürnstein – Wachau Valley
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Day 15 Linz, Austria
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Day 16 Schlögen Oxbow – Passau
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Day 17 Deggendorf (Disembarkation) – Regensburg – Prague, Czech Republic
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Day 18 Prague
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Day 19 Prague
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