Balkan Discovery With 1 Night In Budapest & 2 Nights In Transylvania

08/20/2019 through 09/25/2020
08/20/2019 through 10/09/2020
Avalon Waterways

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Balkan river cruise adventure along the Danube River! This vacation has something for everybody-relaxing time on your ship and stops in the most fascinating cities, with free time and guided sightseeing-so you don’t miss a thing! You’ll begin with two overnights in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and with free time, explore the lovely lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next stop is in Croatia, with a guided sightseeing of Osijek. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. The lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova is dotted with historical buildings and charming cafés and you’ll see St. Sava, the world’s largest Orthodox Church. Continue your river cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge, visit Belogradchik’s fascinating rock formations, and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. In Arbanassi, visit the Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes. From Oltenita, transfer to Bucharest for guided sightseeing. Known as the “Paris of the East,” a local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe. Take a trip to Transylvania to visit the Bran Castle-of Dracula Fame-the city of Brasov, and beautiful Peles Castle.

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Day 1 Budapest: welcome to Hungary

Day 2 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill

Day 4 Osijek: guided tour

Day 5 Belgrade: guided tour; lecture on board

Day 6 Golubac–Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates: visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 7 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations

Day 8 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi-Rousse: choice of full day guided tour , visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided tour in Rousse

Day 9 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Brasov: transfer to Bucharest, guided sightseeing

Day 10 Brasov: Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle

Day 11 Brasov–Sinaia–Bucharest: visit Peles Castle

Day 12 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 2 Budapest
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Day 3 Mohács
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Day 4 Osijek, Croatia
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Day 5 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 6 Donji Milanovac. Excursion To Lepenski Vir-iron Gates Gorge
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Day 7 Vidin, Bulgaria
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Day 8 Rousse. Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
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Day 9 Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation)-brasov
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Day 10 Brasov

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Day 11 Brasov-bucharest
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Day 12 Bucharest
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