Your grand European escorted vacation is an adventure from the Danube Delta to the German capital of Berlin. From the legend of Dracula’s castle, to the “Paris of the East” in Bucharest, to the “Golden City” of Prague, in the Czech Republic, you’ll embark on an odyssey of new discoveries to treasure.You’ll begin in the mysterious landscapes of Romania, with an excursion to Transylvania. You’ll tour Bran Castle, home of legendary Romanian vampire—Dracula. Continue to Brasov for some free time to explore, as well as a sightseeing tour and drive into the soaring Carpathian Mountains to Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. Back in Bucharest enjoy a guided sightseeing. Next day embark your Avalon ship and sail overnight to St. Gheorghe for an excursion to the Danube Delta at the entrance to the Black Sea. Join a small-boat guided tour of the delta’s rivers, canals, and marshes. Enjoy a special “Kilometer 0” celebration of the mighty Danube’s 2,845km journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. Sail through the Balkans and Budapest to Vienna and Austria, and to the exquisite city of Prague. Continue your grand adventure with a visit to Dresden and Berlin, Germany. In Berlin enjoy a guided sightseeing, see the historic Brandenburg Gate and visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. From Romania to the Black Sea Delta to the Golden City of Prague, and the Rhineland’s capital city of Berlin, seeing such a variety of landscapes, languages, cultures, and historic sites will be an unmatched treasure not to be missed.
Day 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest. Excursion to Transylvania—Brasov: guided visit of Dracula’s Bran CastleDay 3 Brasov–Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Brasov and Peles CastleDay 4 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 5 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration Day 6 Cernavodă. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in ConstantaDay 7 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativityin Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of RousseDay 8 Vidin—Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress and see the rock formations in BelogradchikDay 9 Iron Gates—Donji Milanovac: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 10 Belgrade: guided sightseeing; lecture on boardDay 11 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in PécsDay 12 Budapest: day at leisureDay 13 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ SquareDay 14 Bratislava: guided sightseeing, visit St. Martin’s CathedralDay 15 Vienna: guided tour, see the Kuntskammer’s collection; choice of additional sightseeing, or a complimentary museum ticketDay 16 Dürnstein—Wachau Valley—Melk: choice of guided walk, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; guided visit of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tastingDay 17 Linz: guided walkDay 18 Passau: guided walkDay 19 Deggendorf (Disembarkation)—Regensburg—Prague: transfer to Regensburg, guided sightseeing; travel by motorcoach to PragueDay 20 Prague: guided sightseeing, see the Astronomical Clock and visit Hradčany Castle groundsDay 21 Prague—Dresden—Berlin: transfer to Dresden and city sightseeing; transfer to BerlinDay 22 Berlin: city sightseeingDay 23 Berlin: your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.