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From Romania to the North Sea

Embark on a Danube River Cruise on this 24-day sailing from Oltenita to Amsterdam.

Gain access to a range of hikes, bikes, tastings, lectures and tours through your Avalon Adventure Host – whose role is to help you make the most of your Avalon Waterways River Cruise experience through tailoring your adventure to your interests.

Climb aboard either the Avalon Passion or Avalon Expression – luxurious members of Avalon Waterways’ treasured fleet. You’ll enjoy spacious suites, plush seating areas and a host of modern amenities.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Passion / Avalon Expression
  • Duration: 23 Nights
  • Departure: May - Oct
£8,568pp
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From Romania to the North Sea Cruise Itinerary

Throw yourself into this immersive 24 day itinerary packed with a combination of classic, active and discovery excursions combined with tranquil scenic sailings. Your Adventure Host will guide you through a range of activities and tours.

Day 1

Oltenita (EMBARK)

Today, your Balkan adventure begins – be sure to board your ship before 5pm.

Day 2

Rousse (excursions to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi)

Bike around Rousse alongside your Adventure Host or join a guided sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port – after you’ll sail to Svistov. Alternatively, join a full-day guided tour to Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 3

Vidin

Explore via bike ride or join a guided tour of Belogradchik with a visit to the Baba Vida Fortress. This evening on-board, you’ll enjoy a live Bulgarian folklore show.

Day 4

Donji Milanovac / Iron Gates Gorge (excursion to Lepenski Vir)

Before lunch, you’ll enjoy a scenic sailing through the spectacular Iron Gates Gorge. After, either stretch your legs on a walk led by your Adventure Host or join a guided tour of Lepenski Vir.
After, there will be a brief sailing to Golubac, where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a guided visit to its well-preserved fortress.

Day 5

Belgrade

Set out to Belgrade’s central walkway with your Adventure Host, join a guided sightseeing tour of the city or remain on-board for a lecture on the rich history of the Balkan States.

Day 6

Novi Sad

Enjoy a relaxing walk alongside your Adventure host, join a guided tour of Novi Sad, a walking tour to the Petrovaradin Fortress or attend a tasting at the Museum of Beekeeping and Zivanovic Wine Cellar in Sremski Karlovci.

Day 7

Ilok / Vukovar

Today, take a walking tour of Ilok – with an included wine tasting. After, enjoy a short sailing to Vukovar during lunchtime. Upon arrival, embark on a walking tour.

Day 8

Mohacs (excursion to Pecs)

This morning, join a guided sightseeing tour of this quiet Danube harbour town or embark on a guided tour to nearby Pecs.

Day 9

Budapest

Hike up to a viewpoint over Budapest with your Adventure Host or enjoy a guided sightseeing tour – including Heroes’ Square.

Day 10

Budapest

Today, you’ll enjoy free time to explore at your leisure.

Day 11

Bratislava

Choose to either follow your Adventure Host on a hike to Bratislava Castle or join a guided walking tour of the Old Town.

Day 12

Vienna

Explore Vienna’s Danube Island by bike alongside your Adventure Host or Explore the Habsburg empire on a morning guided city tour. You may also opt into a guided excursion to Schonbrunn Palace.

Day 13

Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk

Start your day with a guided hike up to castle ruins or a guided walk discussing the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart.
Later, you’ll sail through the scenic Wachau Valley.
Upon arrival at Melk, join your Adventure Host for a walk along the Danube, take a guided tour through Melk’s Benedictine Abbey or enjoy a wine tasting back on-board your ship.

Day 14

Passau

Today, you’ll join an afternoon guided city walk. Alternatively, opt into a full-day excursion to Salzburg.

Day 15

Regensburg

Explore Walhalla by bike with your Adventure Host or join a guided city walk. You may also choose to embark on an optional excursion to the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg.

Day 16

Roth

Choose between an onboard lecture discussing the Main-Danube canal, a guided sightseeing tour of Roth, a tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture or embark on an excursion to Nuremberg Rally Grounds.

Day 17

Bamberg

Spend your day in Bamberg biking along the canals in Bamberg, taking a guided walking tour or attending an on-board lecture about European history and culture.

Day 18

Volkach

Bike along the Main-Danube canal, join a walking tour around Volkach or opt to embark on an optional guided excursion to Rothenburg.

Day 19

Wurzburg

Today, either enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Wurzburg or an easy bike ride along the river.

Day 20

Miltenberg

You’ll spend today on a guided walking tour of Miltenberg.

Day 21

Rudesheim / Rhine Gorge

Enjoy a hike through the vineyards led by your Adventure Host, take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument or tour the Mechanical Music Museum.
After a scenic cruise through Rhine Gorge, attend a classical music concert in a baroque venue at Engers Castle.

Day 22

Cologne

Join a guided walking tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, bike ride like the locals alongside your Adventure Host or take a guided city walk of Cologne’s Old City.

Day 23

Amsterdam

Join your Adventure Host on an early morning walk or explore Amsterdam’s iconic waterways on a guided canal cruise. Alternatively, optional excursions today include a culinary walk, biking tour and guided excursion to Zaanse Schans.

Day 24

Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast this morning, begin your journey home.

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23 Nights
May Oct

From Romania to the North Sea

  • Oltenita (EMBARK)
  • Rousse (excursions to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi)
  • Vidin
  • Donji Milanovac / Iron Gates Gorge (excursion to Lepenski Vir)
  • Belgrade
  • Novi Sad
  • Ilok / Vukovar
  • Mohacs (excursion to Pecs)
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava
  • Vienna
  • Durnstein / Wachau Valley / Melk
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Roth
  • Bamberg
  • Volkach
  • Würzburg
  • Miltenberg
  • Rüdesheim / Rhine Gorge
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam (DISEMBARK)
£8,568pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Passion / Avalon Expression

From Romania to the North Sea Cruise Review

“An extraordinary well-paced itinerary, if a lengthy one. No shortage of activities and excursions to keep you entertained and luxurious suites to recline in.”

Caitlin Booth, Sail

From Romania to the North Sea FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. Our Avalon Fleets all feature complimentary Wi-FI access in locations throughout the ship.

What is an Adventure Host?

Your Adventure Host is a member of Avalon Waterways’ dedicated on-board staff, whose role is guiding you through a variety of activities and excursions.

Are there any scenic sailing portions on this itinerary?

Yes, this itinerary conducts you through the Iron Gates Gorge, Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley.

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