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Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest

May 2023

River Cruise

Begin your exciting European vacation with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary. Take in the sights in Bucharest, known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. See the sights here, including the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. Join in an excursion to the Danube Delta where the river flows into the Black Sea. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo, and visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi. Take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular views as you cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue up the Danube and take an excursion to the ancient city of Pécs, Hungary. These and countless other memorable moments await you on this fascinating Danube River cruise through Eastern Europe.

 

Signature Moments

  • Travel the Danube in luxury
  • Taste amazing regional recipees
  • Explore Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
  • Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge
  • Step back in time as you visit medieval towns and fortresses
Pre-Book Here
Inclusions & Highlights
  • 1 Night superior hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights Elegant River Cruise 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
  • Pre-paid gratuities*
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host

**Gratuities of $144 per person are included as long as our group reaches minimum of 8 travelers.

Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Bucharest
Welcome to Romania!

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest, "Paris of the East". 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: Atenee Palace Hilton

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Bucharest
Bucharest

This morning, 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.
Then this afternoon we will travel to Cenrnadova and board our beautiful ship. Explore and get to know your ship before dinner and then attend an onboard lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Danube Delta
Danube Delta

The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. You may choose to join a small-boat Guided Tour to explore best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.
Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest to its delta at the Black Sea.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Constanta
Harsova - Excursion to Constanta

Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Veliko Târnovo
Rousee, Bulgaria

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 Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Or you may choose to join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church or a more active tour with a walk through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host. Sail to Svistov,
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Belogradchik
Vidin

Known for rocks, ruins and Balkan beauty. Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. See the remarkable rock formations on the slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of nature’s elements.
This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Iron Gates Gorge
Donji Milanova - Iron Gates Gorge

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
Then we will continue to Golubac and visit the Fortress of Golubac, 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 Passion

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Belgrade
Belgrade

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.
You may choose to join an Optional Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.
Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Novi Sad
Novi Sad

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.
Then we will continue to Ilok for some Croatian Heritage and Hilltop Vintages. Join a Guided Tour of Ilok, with its 1,000-year-old winemaking tradition still thriving and its medieval fortress protected for its Croatian cultural heritage.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Pecs
Mohacs, Hungary

Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
Accommodations: Avalon Passion

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise - Budapest
Budapest

It is time to say good-bye to this amazing destination and wonderful new friends. Transfer to the airport as needed for your flight home.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Pre-Booking Only

Pre-book now to hold your spot. As soon as we have full details and pricing we will let you know. At that time you can decide if you would like to confirm this tour. If you do book you will save $100 off the tour as a thank you for showing us your interest.

 

Rates

Category E Deluxe Stateroom

Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA

Category D Deluxe Stateroom

Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA

Category B Panorama Suite

Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA

Category A Panorama Suite

Double Occupancy - TBA
Single Occupancy - TBA

Higher room categories are available upon request. 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 TBA

Final Payment due - TBA

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are a few walking tours at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Gratuities of $144 pp if minimum travelers not met
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Debbie Groulx
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Bucharest, Romania (OTP)
Depart from Budapest, Hungary (BUD)

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

Insurance Quote
Accommodations
Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest River Cruise
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.

Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise
Avalon Passion

Yet another beautiful Suite Ship graces the rivers of Europe in 2016. The Avalon Passion welcomes passengers to their home-away-from-home with two full decks of Panorama Suites, featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than industry standard and ideal for stretching out and relaxing-or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access, complimentary computer use in public areas, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, an elevator, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise
Deluxe Stateroom

The deluxe stateroom is 172 sq feet with elegand and contemporary design. It has two windows and a full size bathroom. Double occupancy cabins have two beds.

Women's Travel Club Danube River Cruise
Panorama Suite

The Panorama suite is a beautifully appointed 200 sq ft. Enjoy the Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony. Double occupancy cabins have two beds.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often members will book a night at a hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request