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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

From the Black Sea to Budapest 2019

Cruise from the Danube Delta along the River Danube to Budapest on this 11-night cruise and stay, with included hotel stays in Bucharest and Budapest

Fly Cruise
11 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Bucharest
  • Constanta
  • Vidin
  • Belgrade

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Begin your exciting holiday with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary.

Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honour of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. You’ll take part on an exciting excursion to the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Târnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates gorge. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. Set along the banks of the Danube River, the capital of Hungary offers an eclectic mix of activities. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square. And with free time to explore on your own, perhaps walk across one or more of the city’s famous bridges, shop for Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery, and bask in the coffee house culture with a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Cafe. From the Black Sea to Budapest, your European river cruise will take your breath away with the spectacular beauty and grace of the legendary Danube River and its stops along the way.

V120 Operated by Avalon Waterways


Bucharest to Budapest

Day 1 - UK to Bucharest (Romania)

Fly from the UK to Bucharest and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Bucharest

Take a guided tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe - honouring 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. 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. (B,D)

Day 3 - St Gheorghe

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 Kilometre “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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Cernavoda

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure host. Join a guided tour to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Rousse (Bulgaria)

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church, or go for an Active 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 Târnovo - with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BCE), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Vidin

Join a guided tour to Belogradchik to see the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Donji milanovac (Serbia)

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates gorge - forming 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 artefacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Belgrade

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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Mohacs (Hungary)

Start the day with a morning stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host. Take a guided tour to nearby Pécs 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Budapest

Disembark after breakfast. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Budapest, including the iconic Heroes’ Square. 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. (B)

Day 11 - Budapest

Spend a leisurely day exploring the beautiful city of Budapest once more. Take time for shopping in the Great Market Hall or 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. You may choose to enjoy Hungarian cuisine in an optional wine-and-dine dinner this evening. (B)

Day 12 - Budapest - UK

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board cruise
  • 1-night hotel stay in Bucharest
  • 2-night hotel stay in Budapest
  • 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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Daily afternoon tea on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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