Danube Serenade With 2 Nights In Munich & 2 Nights In Transylvania

07/01/2020 through 09/20/2020
07/01/2020 through 10/10/2020
Avalon Waterways

Experience unmatched views on a European river cruise from the Danube Delta through the Balkans, Austria, and Germany. Begin your European vacation your way with two nights in Munich before your cruise.

Embark in Deggendorf and visit the lovely city of Linz. Sail through the picturesque Wachau Valley to Krems and explore the small village-seemingly untouched by the modern world. You may choose to enjoy a wine tasting with a Wine World Experience to discover the secrets of winemaking and its history. Next, sail to Vienna-the City of Music-for a guided city tour its landmarks-including the Imperial Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit Bratislava, Slovakia, to explore the quaint streets of Old Town and St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Continue to Budapest-the “Pearl of the Danube,” followed by the historic Hungarian towns of Mohács and Pécs. Cruise through remarkable landscapes of the Balkan states of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Visit the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and attend a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and visit Lepenski Vir to discover ancient archaeological finds and the amazing Danube Gorge before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. You’ll cruise through Bulgaria with guided sightseeing in Vidin, Rousse, Veliko Trnovo, and Arbanassi. Marvel at Belogradchik’s remarkable rock formations; ancient stone cliff houses above the Yantra River. Your cruise concludes in Oltenita. Drive to Bucharest for sightseeing, including the Royal Palace Square and Romanian soldier remembrances. Continue your European vacation after your cruise with 2 nights in Brasov. Take a guided tour of the city by day, and a tour of Dracula’s Bran Castle by night. Visit Peles Castle in the Carpathian Mountains.

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Day 1 Munich: welcome to Munich

Day 2 Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein: visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Day 3 Munich–Deggendorf (Embarkation): guided tour in Munich, see the Marienplatz; travel by motorcoach to Deggendorf; onboard welcome reception

Day 4 Linz: choice of guided walk, or guided hike

Day 5 Wachau Valley–Krems: scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; guided walk

Day 6 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 7 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral

Day 8 Budapest: guided sightseeing

Day 9 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill

Day 10 Osijek: guided tour; concert performance

Day 11 Belgrade: guided tour; lecture on board

Day 12 Golubac–Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates: visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; scenic cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 13 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations

Day 14 Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi–Rousse: choice of full day guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Trnovo and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in
Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing

Day 15 Oltenita (Disembarkation)–Brasov: transfer to Bucharest, guided sightseeing

Day 16 Brasov: Brasov guided tour; visit Bran Castle

Day 17 Brasov–Sinaia–Bucharest: visit Peles Castle

Day 18 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Munich, Germany
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Day 3 Munich-deggendorf (Embarkation)
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Day 4 Linz – Mauthausen, Austria
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Day 5 Wachau Valley – Krems
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Day 6 Vienna
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Day 7 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 7 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Day 8 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 9 Mohács
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Day 10 Osijek, Croatia
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Day 11 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 12 Donji Milanovac. Excursion To Lepenski Vir- Iron Gates Gorge
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Day 13 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 13 Vidin, Bulgaria
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Day 14 Rousse. Excursion To Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi
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Day 15 Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) – Bucharest
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Day 16 Brasov
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Day 17 Breakfast
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Day 17 Brasov – Sinaia – Bucharest
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Day 18 Bucharest
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