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8-nt European Waterways Avalon Illumination

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Fetesti, Romania
2St. Gheorghe, Romania
3Cernavoda, Romania
4Rousse, Bulgaria
5Belogradchik, Bulgaria
6Donji Milanovac, Serbia
7Belgrade, Serbia
8Mohacs, Hungary
9Budapest, Hungary

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

This deluxe river cruise through Eastern Europe stops in fascinating cities in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary-and offers exciting inland excursions.

Join your river cruise vacation in Bucharest with a transfer to Fetesti where your journey along the Danube River begins. Sail to the mouth of the Danube, where it flows into the Black Sea, and cruise through the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There's guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria's ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. 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. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pecs, Hungary. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you'll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe concludes in Hungary's capital of Budapest. You'll disembark from your Suite Ship in this "Pearl of the Danube" with many new experiences to share, and new sights on future adventures to come.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 St. Gheorghe: Excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration
Day 3 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi: Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Day 5 Vidin-Belogradchik: Guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; and, see the rock formations in Belogradchik
Day 6 Iron Gates-Donji Milanovac: Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
Day 7 Belgrade: Guided sightseeing; lecture on board
Day 8 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pecs
Day 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapes
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
    Classic
    Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
    Discovery
    We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
    Active
    Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • In addition to the Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Impression, the beautiful Avalon Illumination graced the waterways of Europe as of 2014. Like its sister ship, the Avalon Expression, the Illumination features two full decks of Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 443
    Total Staff: 47
    Guest Capacity: 166

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Bucharest-Fetesti (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 St. Gheorghe: Excursion to Danube Delta: km 0 celebration
    Day 3 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: Guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in Constanta
    Day 4 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi: Guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet's Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
    Day 5 Vidin-Belogradchik: Guided sightseeing to Vidin's fortress; and, see the rock formations in Belogradchik
    Day 6 Iron Gates-Donji Milanovac: Cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site
    Day 7 Belgrade: Guided sightseeing; lecture on board
    Day 8 Mohacs. Excursion to Pecs: Guided tour and organ concert in Pecs
    Day 9 Budapest (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning