Blue Water Holidays
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Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

European Masterpiece

Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from Germany to the Black Sea, with overnight hotel stay in Bucharest

Fly Cruise
20 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bamberg
  • Belgrade
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Nuremberg

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Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from Germany to the Black Sea.

Begin in Mainz and sail to visit a charming Main River village, then cruise to visit Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Revel in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region to visit Kitzingen and the quaint town of Volkach, followed by a visit to Bamberg, the city of seven hills of the Imperial Dynasties. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace. See the timbered houses of Roth, with its Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Tour Regensburg and see the entrance to its ancient fortress. Visit charming Passau—the “City of Three Rivers,” or take an excursion to Austria’s lovely city of Linz. Visit delightful Melk in the Wachau Valley, and take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Cruise to the Hungarian capital of Budapest for a guided tour, followed by a visit to the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs.

On to the striking landscapes of the Balkans to see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and continue to Serbia for a guided tour of Belgrade. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Oltenita for an overnight stay in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. Join us for a guided sightseeing tour of historic Bucharest.

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Mainz to Bucharest

Day 1 - UK - Mainz (Germany)

Fly from the UK and embark ship in Mainz. (D)

Day 2 - Main river village

Join a guided walking Tour of a picturesque Bavarian village. This afternoon relax on the Sky Deck while passing along the beautiful villages on the Main River shores. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Wurzburg. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Würzburg

Take a guided sightseeing tour of Würzburg with its Old Main Bridge, towering fortress and baroque Bishop’s Residenz with the largest known ceiling fresco. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to the beautiful Bavarian town of Rothenburg. See the local sights and enjoy the fairytale atmosphere that has inspired artists. Enjoy live entertainment on board as you set sail. Evening and overnight cruise to Kitzingen. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Kitzingen

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and hear about the legend of a Countess, a shepherd and a monastery. Explore Bavaria’s largest wine-producing area. Enjoy a leisurely sailing to Volkach at lunchtime. Join a walking tour of the quaint town of Volkach with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. Evening and overnight cruise to Bamberg. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Bamberg

Take a guided walking tour of the former home to imperial dynasties, and see its Romanesque cathedral, Old Town Hall and seven hills crowned with churches. After the tour spend free time with a glass of German-style Rauchbier (smoked beer). Evening and overnight cruise to Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Nuremberg

Take a full-day guided tour of the highlights of fascinating Munich. See Nymphenburg Palace, a former residence of German monarchs, along with the old and new Town Halls of Marienplatz. Dock overnight in Nuremberg. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Roth

Perhaps start the day with a morning stretch with the Avalon Adventure Host, and dock in Roth for a day of fascinating excursions. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Bavarian town of Roth with its half-timbered houses, market square and 1535 hunting lodge Schloss Ratibor, or choose a guided tour of Nuremberg with its medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral and Kaiserburg Castle, or take a guided tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds used by the Third Reich. Enjoy an on-board lecture about the Main-Danube Canal - linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Regensburg. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Regensburg

Join a guided city walk and see Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria, built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. You may choose to join a guided optional excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. Spend a free afternoon exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. Evening and overnight cruise to Passau. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Passau

Join a guided city walk to learn more about this beautiful “City of Three Rivers”. Join a full-day guided optional excursion to Salzburg, the city of Mozart, or to the picturesque Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. Overnight cruise to Melk. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Melk (Austria) - 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 join your Avalon Adventure Host for a morning hike through Melk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail on the Sky Deck as you sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Vienna. 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. Dock overnight in Vienna. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Vienna

Venture into the Habsburg empire this morning on a guided city tour of Vienna’s gilded landmarks. See the Imperial Palace complex, the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Join a guided optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years. This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest. Evening and overnight cruise to Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Budapest (Hungary)

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. Take free time to enjoy Budapest’s famed thermal baths. You can also take a scenic hike in the hills above the Danube. Take time to explore the city’s cafés, pubs, and nightlife at your leisure. Dock overnight in Budapest. (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Budapest

Take free time to shop in the Great Market Hall, take photos on the Royal Palace grounds or visit Budapest’s famous thermal bath spas. Overnight to Mohacs. (B, L, D)

Day 14 - Mohács

Join a morning guided sightseeing tour of Mohács, the quiet Danube harbour town with its historical memorial parks, statues and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, or take a guided tour of nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour. Evening and overnight cruise to Osijek. (B, L, D)

Day 15 - Osijek (Croatia)

Join a morning guided walking tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions. Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac. This afternoon you might join a guided optional excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing. Evening and overnight cruise to Belgrade. (B, L, D)

Day 16 - Belgrade (Serbia)

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. Attend an on-board lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations and culture of the Balkan states. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner. This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija. Overnight cruise to Donji Milanovac. (B, L, D)

Day 17 - Donji Milanovac

Join a guided tour to Lepenski Vir, an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artefacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. After lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge - a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Afternoon and overnight cruise to Vidin. (B, L, D)

Day 18 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

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 and overnight cruise to Rousse. (B, L, D)

Day 19 - Rousse

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 jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. Overnight cruise to Oltenita. (B, L, D)

Day 20 - Oltenita (Romania) - Bucharest

Disembark ship in Oltenita and transfer to your hotel in Bucharest. Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. 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. (B)

Day 21 - Bucharest - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 19-night full board cruise
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board ship
  • Daily afternoon tea on board ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board ship
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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