European Masterpiece (Eastbound)

08/22/2019 through 05/12/2020
08/22/2019 through 06/04/2020
Avalon Waterways

Stunning views await on your Main and Danube River cruise from Germany to the Black Sea. Begin in Mainz and sail to visit a charming Main River village, then cruise to visit Würzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” Revel in Bavaria’s largest wine-producing region to visit Kitzingen and the quaint town of Volkach, followed by a visit to Bamberg, the city of seven hills of the Imperial Dynasties. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see the historic home of monarchs at Nymphenburg Palace. See the timbered houses of Roth, with its Schloss Ratibor hunting lodge, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Tour Regensburg and see the entrance to its ancient fortress. Visit charming Passau-the “City of Three Rivers,” or take an excursion to Austria’s lovely city of Linz. Visit delightful Melk in the Wachau Valley, and take a guided tour of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire-including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Cruise to the Hungarian capital of Budapest for a guided tour, followed by a visit to the historic towns of Mohács and Pécs.

On to the striking landscapes of the Balkans to see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek, and continue to Serbia for a guided tour of Belgrade. Next visit Lepenski Vir for a guided tour with ancient archaeological finds before cruising through the narrow Iron Gates Gorge. In Bulgaria’s largest inland port, take a guided sightseeing tour of Rousse, or spend a full day with a guided tour of the Bulgarian capital of Veliko Trnovo. Visit Arbanassi, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.

Disembark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Oltenita for an overnight stay in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. Join us for a guided sightseeing tour of historic Bucharest.

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Day 1 Mainz (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Main river village: choice of guided walk

Day 3 Würzburg: choice of guided tour, visit the Bishop’s Residenz, or guided hike

Day 4 Kitzingen-Volkach: guided tours; beer tasting on board

Day 5 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall

Day 6 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: full day guided tour in Munich

Day 7 Roth. Excursion to Nuremberg: choice of guided tour in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tour; lecture on board; beer tasting on board

Day 8 Regensburg: guided walk

Day 9 Passau: guided walk

Day 10 Melk-Wachau Valley-Vienna: guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, or morning hike; scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley; free time in Vienna

Day 11 Vienna: guided sightseeing

Day 12 Budapest: guided tour, see Heroes’ Square

Day 13 Budapest: day at leisure

Day 14 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs, or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill

Day 15 Osijek: guided tour

Day 16 Belgrade: guided tour; lecture on board

Day 17 Golubac–Donji Milanovac–Iron Gates: visit to Golubac fortress; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site; scenic cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge

Day 18 Vidin. Excursion to Belogradchik: guided tour in Vidin, excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations

Day 19 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 20 Oltenita (Disembarkation)-Bucharest: guided sightseeing in Bucharest

Day 21 Bucharest: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Main River Village
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Day 3 Würzburg
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Day 4 Kitzingen
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Day 5 Bamberg
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Day 6 Nuremberg-excursion To Munich
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Day 7 Roth. Excursion To Nuremberg
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Day 8 Regensburg
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Day 9 Passau
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Day 10 Melk-wachau Valley
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Day 11 Vienna
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Day 12 Budapest, Hungary
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Day 13 Budapest
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Day 14 Mohács
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Day 15 Osijek, Croatia
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Day 16 Belgrade, Serbia
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Day 17 Donji Milanovac. Excursion To Lepenski Vir-iron Gates Gorge
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Day 18 Vidin, Bulgaria
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Day 19 Rousse. Veliko Trnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
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Day 20 Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) – Bucharest
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Day 21 Bucharest
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