Day 1:ZAGREB, CROATIA
Welcome to Croatia! The day is yours to relax and enjoy Zagreb. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Do not miss pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes.
OVERNIGHT IN THE WESTIN ZAGREB OR SIMILAR CLASS HOTEL
Day 2:ZAGREB-OSIJEK (EMBARKATION)
Roman History in the Croatian Capital
Take a Guided Tour of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb and discover its rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day.
Travel to Osijek to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon.
Your Balkan Adventure Begins
Explore your Avalon Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE BELGRADE
Day 3:BELGRADE, SERBIA
Fortresses and Folklore Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.
Spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Before dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAČ
Day 4:GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE
A Formidable Fortress
Visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
Enjoy a brief sailing to Donji Milanovac.
Prehistoric Stones and Iron Gates Gorge
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.
Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
Day 5:VIDIN, BULGARIA
Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
Day 6:ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION
Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, OR:
Join a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONSTANTA
Day 7:CONSTANTA, ROMANIA
Natural History at Black Sea
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Enjoy a leisurely sailing morning.
Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CERNAVODA
Day 8:CERNAVODA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST
A Night in Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”
Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Bucharest.
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.
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
OVERNIGHT IN ATHENEE PALACE HILTON OR SIMILAR CLASS HOTEL
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
- Luxurious accommodations
- All meals on board
- Wine, beer, and soft drinks at lunch and dinner on board
- Daily sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides
- Onboard entertainment
- Wi-Fi throughout the ship
- Port charges & gratuities
- Airport transfer
- International air ticket
- Travel insurance & visa
- Safety net protection