Cruise Itinerary - The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

Day 1: Bucharest

Fly to Bucharest where you will be met and transferred to the Athenée Palace Hilton hotel (or similar) for one night.

Day 2: Bucharest - Fetesti (Embark)

During your included tour see the main sights including the Royal Palace Square, the scene of riots in 1989, which led to the collapse of the communist dictatorship. Drive to Oltenita, where your ship is docked. Welcome reception. (B,D)

Day 3: St Gheorghe

Dock in St Gheorghe for your excursion into the Danube Delta. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the delta area hosts over 300 species of birds as well as 45 species of freshwater fish. From its source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea, the Danube measures 2,845 kilometres in length. Depart St Gheorghe during lunch and enjoy a small celebration to mark Km 0 - the end of the Danube’s journey. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Cernavoda

From Cernavoda an excursion takes you to Constanta, the most important commercial centre in Romania situated on the Black Sea. A visit of the Natural History and Archaeological Museum is included. Cruise westward towards Rousse. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Rousse

Dock in Rousse, Bulgaria’s largest inland port. Drive to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, situated on three hills surrounding the Yantra River. With your guide, discover this town that played an important role in Bulgaria’s history. The historic village of Arbanassi is best known for its examples of Bulgarian Revival architecture. Alternatively join a full day sightseeing tour of Rousse. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vidin

Sail to Vidin, where the medieval fortress is the town’s primary landmark. It served as Vidin’s main defensive installation during the course of the Middle Ages and is the only entirely preserved medieval fortress in the country. In nearby Belogradchik, view the eclectic group of rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Iron Gates Gorge

The most spectacular scenery of the cruise must be the dramatic gorge of the Iron Gates, a narrow and formerly very dangerous passage dividing Europe’s Alps from the Carpathians, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Belgrade

Arrive in Belgrade; the capital of Serbia is situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers. A local guide will be proud to show you its main sights, including St. Sava, the world’s largest orthodox church. Also visit the city’s principal landmark, Kalemegdan Fortress. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Mohács

Arrive in Mohács, the fi rst stop in Hungary. An included excursion takes you to Pécs. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, this was a fl ourishing and important town for Christianity by the 4th century. These early Christians left behind many underground burial chambers with memorial chapels above ground. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Budapest (Disembark)

Dock in the country’s capital. Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Join a guided tour of the city. See Heroes Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and spectacular views, and 11th-century Matthias Church. The city is famous for its eight bridges that connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. (B)

Day 11: Budapest

Time today to explore Budapest further; perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica for marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform. (B)

Day 12: Budapest

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

Departure Dates and Prices 2018 - 7% Discount on all Departure Dates

  • Avalon Cruises brochure prices from £3149pp
  • River Cruise Holidays discount prices from £2929
  • Tel Avalon Waterways reservations on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A

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Twelve days Prague to Budapest - two nights in Prague and seven nights on board from £2929. Deluxe Ship: Luminary

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May 18


Twelve days Prague to Budapest - two nights in Prague and seven nights on board from £2929. Suite Ship: Illumination, Passion
May 2 July 11 September 19
June 13 August 8, 29 October 17, 24
Prices are per person, based on two sharing an E category Stateroom.
Stateroom upgrade supplements from



Delux Ship

Suite Ship



- £129



£569 £929
A Sapphire £589 £949
P Royal £679 £1029
Suite Royal £1319 £2049

Your ships


Another exciting addition to the Avalon fleet, brand new Suite Ship Avalon Passion launched in April 2016. Avalon Passion provides an intimate, welcoming atmosphere and feature two full decks of Panorama Suites each with wall-to-wall Panoramic Windows that transform your stateroom into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Presenting a spacious 200 square feet each, every Panorama Suite is 30% larger than industry standard and includes a tranquil, private sitting area. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi access, state-of-the-art equipment and a large Sky Deck with shade system and delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches.

The Avalon Illumination is an impressive ship, launched in June 2014. Constructed to deliver a river cruising experience like no other, Avalon Illumination is an innovatively designed 'Suite Ship', offering two full decks of Suites each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to create unique Open-Air Balconies™. Avalon Illumination was designed with comfort in mind and with upgrades and enhancements throughout, offers impeccable personal service and attention to detail as well as fine dining and chic, contemporary decor. Every suite provides the very best in size, views and design. Each is sized at an incredibly spacious 200 square feet and the placement of the bed allows you to wake up and retire to bed each day facing the magnificent river views.

Delux Ship - Luminary

Cruising on the Avalon Luminary is the ideal way to experience the majesty, extensive history and fascinating culture of some of Europe's oldest cities along its legendary rivers. Built in 2010, the Avalon Luminary holds a maximum of just 138 passengers. Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, including a large Sky Deck with whirlpool and Sky Bistro, lounge and a bar serving premium spirits, complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, hair salon, and elevator.

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Avalon Waterways The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

12 Days - 7% Discount

Prices from only £2929

Your deluxe Avalon Danube River cruise holiday begins with an overnight stay in Bucharest and a guided sightseeing tour of this vibrant city before continuing to Fetesti to board your Avalon cruise ship. Cruise to the tranquil Danube Delta, home to more than 300 species of birds, before visiting Cernavoda for an excursion to Constanta on the Black Sea Coast. Bulgaria’s Arbanassi offers up the Ethnographic Museum and the pinecarpeted Church of the Nativity as well as the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo. In Vidin, visit the medieval fortress ‘Baba Vida’. Cruise the mighty Iron Gates Gorge and visit the Lepenski Vir archaeological site. Take in Belgrade on a guided sightseeing tour including St Sava Church. Follow the Danube into Hungary, where lunch and an organ concert awaits in Pécs before your holiday concludes with two nights in Budapest.

This lovely 12 day The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest cruise comes with a 7% discount when you book direct with Avalon Waterways on 0800 668 1843 and quote our discount code TR55A.

Book now any Avalon Waterways luxury river cruise holiday and recieve a 7% discount. Call them direct on 0800 668 1843 and quote our code TR55A.

Travel made easy

Executive home pick-up service

We aim to make your travel arrangements as smooth as possible with our included private home pick-up service. With a driver to load and unload your luggage, a private, air-conditioned car will take you to and from your international departure
point. This service is available within 100 miles of your home at no extra cost.

Fly from your local airport

We are delighted to work with some of the world’s favourite airlines with flights from a range of regional airports to make your journey even easier. Go online to see individual flight details at

No-fly holidays

We know that flying isn’t for everyone. That’s why we have a wide range of cruises that give you the option of travelling by rail. Depart from London’s St Pancras International station, or Ebbsfl eet if available, and you could be in Paris in just over
two hours.

Tailor your travel

On an Avalon river cruise, you have the freedom to tailor your holiday as you wish.
• Pre- and post-holiday hotel stays
Why not extend your holiday with extra hotel nights before and/or at the end of your holiday? We work with renowned names in the hotel business, such as Hilton and InterContinental.
• Too many hotel nights?
Some of our holidays include hotel stays. If that doesn’t suit you, we can just book the cruise portion for you.
• Make your own way
Our brochure prices include flights, but you don’t have to take our package. We give you the option to book the holiday without the flights.
• Under your own arrangements
If you’d like to explore at your own pace after your holiday with us, we’ll happily extend your flights for you.

Note: Eurostar travel from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet is available on the following river cruises: Paris to Normandy, Burgundy & Provence, Tulips of Northern Holland, Tulip Time, Grand France, Paris, Moselle & The Rhine.

Every meal is part of the journey

Essential to your Avalon cruise is our dedication to your dining experience. We understand the importance of enjoying meals just the way you like them. With Avalon, you decide what and where to eat on board.

Try an al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro or a light dinner in the Panorama Bistro. With à la carte waiter service in an elegant dining room with panoramic windows, you’re always assured of stunning views and superb service, with complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner.

With eggs cooked the way you like hem and daily fresh bread, breakfast is a tempting international selection of hot dishes and continental options. Tuck into hearty soups, hot dishes, salads, cold cuts and desserts at a lunch buffet. Look out for the Avalon Fresh dishes appearing throughout our menus, created exclusively for us by rising star chefs the Wrenkh brothers.

From your gourmet five-course welcome dinner to the healthy snacks available between meals and late-night treats, we make mealtimes an important part of your cruise.

We also cater for a range of dietary requirements. And if you’d like to explore a port destination by yourself, there’s no need to miss out on our quality cuisine, as we’ll prepare you a delicious packed lunch.

Extend your holiday

2 Nights in Transylvania

Why not add a two-night stay in Transylvania before the cruise?

Your first stop is a visit to Bran Castle. Continue to Brasov for one night. The following day, join an included guided walk in
Brasov before an afternoon drive into the Carpathians to Peles Castle in Sinaia

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