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Balkan River Cruise

August 31 - September 10, 2023

River Cruise

Begin your river cruise vacation in the beautiful and mysterious Transylvania. Visit Peles Castle in Sinaia—considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy guided sightseeing of Brasov and a visit to Bran Castle of Dracula legend.
In Bucharest—the “Paris of the East,” see the Romanian capital’s the WWI Arc de Triomphe and the Royal Palace Square, and spend free time browsing the lovely shops and cafes of Victory Boulevard. Embark on your Suite Ship® in the town of Oltenita to begin your Danube River cruise through the Balkans, and cruise for Nikopol. See the incredible ancient architecture in Veliko Târnovo and Arbanassi or join your local guide and hike to the Kroushuna Waterfalls., Sail to Vidin, Bulgaria, to marvel at the remarkable rock formations of the Balkan Mountains in Belogradchik. Cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge, explore the amazing archaeological site of Lepenski Vir, and visit the fascinating Fortress of Golubač. Sail to Belgrade, Serbia, where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet, and discover ancient architecture in Novi Sad. Walk up the Petrovaradin Fortress or taste the specialties of the region during our food tour. Sail into beautiful Croatia, where a 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition lives on in Ilok. Disembark in Osijek and spend the night in the Croatian capital of Zagreb—dating back to the Roman Empire. This Danube River cruise through the Balkans reveals the beauty of its people and culture across a land of beauty and inspiration.

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 6 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • 4 Nights Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
  • Included excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • All meals
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host


Day 1
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Welcome to Romania!

Arrive to Bucharest—The “Paris of the East”
The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
Accommodations: Athenee Palace Hilton

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Bucharest - Brasov

Drive into the Carpathians to Sinaia to visit Peles castle. On the way, enjoy a local lunch.
This afternoon continue to Brasov for the night.
Accommodations: Kronwell Brasov Hotel

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise

Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Brasov followed by free time. In the evening enjoy a tour of Bran Castle of Dracula lore followed by dinner.
Accommodations: Kronwell Brasov Hotel

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Bucharest - Oltenita (Embarkation)

Travel to Oltenita to board your Avalon Suite Ship® this afternoon. You have three tour options today; Take a guided natural walk in the Văcărești Nature Park. Also known as Urban Delta, this wetland is home to more than 150 different species of birds and small mammals. Enjoy this green get away and learn more about this special green area located only 4km away from the centre of Romania’s capital, Bucharest; OR Discover the joie de vivre of Romanian cuisine -- a tasty hodge-podge of Balkan, Ottoman, French, and Russian influences; OR:Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise

Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.
This evening enjoy a movie night on board your Avalon ship.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Vidin, Bulgaria

Enjoy a different way of exploring Vidin. Lead by your expert local guide cycle through the pretty roads of this lovely Bulgarian town and learn about its history. Or, get to learn everything about the production technologies of the Bulgarian wines and enjoy a tasting of the various labels produced by a local well-known winery. All accompanied by local snacks and symphonic music. Your other option is to join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Iron Gate Gorge

Today we sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. We have another three fantastic tour choices today. Then this afternoon, visit the Fortress of Golubač, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Europe. You’ll hear about its tumultuous history as a border control defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Belgrade, Serbia

Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches or get a real taste of Serbia on this guided bike tour focusing on the history of Belgrade, from WWII to today. Another option is to discover Serbia culture through its food. Enjoy a walk into town while tasting different specialties of the region and learn more about its history and past.
This afternoon, Spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots. You might consider partaking one of the Optional Excursion available.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Novisad - Ilok, Croatia

Join a Guided Tour of Novi Sad, the second largest town in Serbia. Admire its Austro-Hungarian old town, with its baroque buildings, and ancient fortifications or choose an active or discovery tour. Enjoy a brief cruise to Ilok while having lunch onboard. You will have a choice of three great tours this afternoon in Ilok.
Accommodations: Avalon Impression

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise
Osijek (Disembarkation)

Disembark your ship this morning and travel to Zagreb. Take a Guided Tour of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb and discover its rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Do not miss pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes.
Accommodations: The Westin Zagreb

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Balkan River Cruise

Time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and wonderful new friends. Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. In the event of water level problems or maintenance on the locks on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


Important Details & Pricing

Category E – Fixed Window
Double Occupancy - $5327 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $3900 USD)
Single Occupancy - $6518 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $4800 USD)

Category D – Fixed Window
Double Occupancy - $5541 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $4050 USD)
Single Occupancy - $6732 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $4950 USD)

Category B – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony
Double Occupancy - $6612 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $4850 USD)
Single Occupancy - $7803 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $5700 USD)

Category A – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony
Double Occupancy - $6655 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $4900 USD)
Single Occupancy - $7846 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $5750 USD)


If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of $250 CAD due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - May 26, 2023

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.


Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.


Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 18 ladies


  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity if minimum travelers not met
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • Airport transfers


Hosted by:

Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is TBA.


Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Bucharest, Romania (OTP)
Depart from Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG)

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Avalon Impression

Part of Avalon's cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Impression came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM 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 light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

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Athenee Palace Hilton

Explore Bucharest from the glorious Athenee Palace Hilton Bucharest hotel, one of the city's most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and enjoys views of Revolution Square and is close to Bucharest's many local attractions.

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Kronwell Brasov Hotel

The Kronwell hotel in Brasov boasts stylishly luxurious guestrooms equipped with state-of-the art facilities, as well as free of charge wireless internet access that will satisfy the hotel's most exclusive guests. This centrally located hotel offers a stylish à la carte restaurant, a casual bar, a sleek European/Asian bistro and formal dining with a terrace. The spa has an indoor pool, a fitness studio and sauna.

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The Westin Zagreb

Within walking distance to the center, cafes, and adjacent to a commercial center. The comfortable rooms have a minibar and coffeemaker. There's an elegant bar/lounge, a café, and upscale restaurant. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness room, sauna, and various wellness treatments. Free internet access is available throughout.