Active & Discovery on The Lower Danube with 2 Nights in Transylvania

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Looking for countless ways to experience four of the most fascinating European countries along the Lower Danube? Avalon’s Active & Discovery cruises present a diverse range of hands-on adventures that also engage your heart and mind throughout Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia. Our exciting menu of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions along the ...
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Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy


    • Welcome to Bucharest
    • Visit Peles Castle
    • Guided tour of Brasov; guided visit of Dracula’s Bran Castle
    • Choice of guided sightseeing in Bucharest or walk the Urban Delta or food tour; onboard welcome reception
    • Choice of full-day excursion, visit to Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo and to the Ethnographical Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi or hike the Kroushuna Waterfalls
    • Choice of guided tour in Vidin, visit Baba Vida Fortress or wine tasting or hiking in Belogradchik
    • Scenic cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or Donji Milanovac off the beaten path tour or Djerdap National park hike; visit to Golubač fortress
    • Choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk up to the Petrovaradin Fortress or wine tour; choice of Ilok guided tour or biking tour or beer tour
    • Choice of guided tour or bike tour or meet the locals
    • Looking for countless ways to experience four of the most fascinating European countries along the Lower Danube? Avalon’s Active & Discovery cruises present a diverse range of hands-on adventures that also engage your heart and mind throughout Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia

What's this trip about?

    Looking for countless ways to experience four of the most fascinating European countries along the Lower Danube? Avalon’s Active & Discovery cruises present a diverse range of hands-on adventures that also engage your heart and mind throughout Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia. Our exciting menu of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions along the Lower Danube leads you off the beaten path and onto the winding bike paths, scenic hiking trails, and cultural and culinary avenues of the beautiful Balkans. Prepare to uncover the past and dive into the present in the most interactive ways. No other river cruise offers more elevating experiences on the Lower Danube than an Active & Discovery cruise. Move. Enjoy a little get-up-and-go on your cruising vacation when you: •Get ready to gush on a guided walk through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls. •Hike through the famous Belogradchik rock formations resembling people and animals in the Balkan mountain range. •Pedal from WWII to today on a historic bicycling tour through the waterfront capital of Belgrade. And be moved. Get off the beaten path and relish the world when you: •Feast on a foodie tour of Romanian cuisine – a perfect mix of Balkan, Ottoman, French and Russian influences. •Celebrate the comeback of Bulgarian wines post-communism with a music-accompanied winery tour and tasting. •Taste local honey specialties at the Museum of Beekeeping while learning about Serbia’s sweet beekeeping profession. Plus, Classic sightseeing is always available in every port along the way. Start sooner with a two-night hotel stay in Brasov to discover the beautiful and mysterious Transylvania! Avalon Choice sightseeing is the perfect highlight of your stay. Activate your senses and discover a world of wonder in all-new, entirely “you” ways on your personal, passion-packed cruise along the Lower Danube.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
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Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Croatia
  • Serbia


  • Belgrade
  • Belogradchik
  • Brasov
  • Bucharest
  • Croatia
  • Romania
  • Zagreb


  • Culture
  • River cruise

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Welcome 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.



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.




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.




Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History

ACTIVE 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 ...


Cliff Houses and Revival Architecture

ACTIVE Follow your expert local guide through the beautiful eco-patch up to Kroushuna Waterfalls. OR: CLASSIC Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clin...


Rocks, Ruins and Beauty in Bulgaria

ACTIVE Enjoy a panoramic trek on the rocky landscape of Belogradchik. OR: DISCOVERY Get to learn everything about the production technologies of the Bulgarian wines and enjoy a tasting of the various labels produced by a loc...


Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

Sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

ACTIVE Enjoy this scenic hike through Djerdap Natio...


A Capital of Culture

ACTIVE Enjoy a guided hike tour to the Petrovaradin part of the town. Located on the right bank of the Danube, across from the main part of Novi Sad, this area will amaze you for its scenic views, OR: DISCOVERY Get to learn more about the ...


Fortresses and Folklore

ACTIVE Get a real taste of Serbia on this guided bike tour focusing on the history of Belgrade, from WWII to today, OR: DISCOVERY Go way beyond the ordinary, and get to know Belgrade through its remarkable people and innovative minds.....


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Jul 2024

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A beautiful boat, excellent food, although it would have been nice to experienced some international flavours eg: Japanese, Indian etc, however I could not fault the...


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Fantastic service and experience

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Innovative, transformative, original. Avalon Waterways has redefined cruising by going against the current and
away from the ordinary. Delivering unparalleled experiences and boundless exploration, Avalon puts you in the captain’s seat to navigate your journey, fuel your passions and steer clear of the unexpected as you cruise down the world’s most memorable and mesmerizing waterways. One step aboard our modern, luxurious Suite Ships with the grandest views in cruising and you’ll see how the tides they are a-changin’. 

Welcome to a new wave in cruising. Welcome aboard Avalon Waterways.

Enjoy the perfect blend of elegance and ease – where little touches are bold, gestures are grand and the views even grander. There’s a reason our ships are the critics’ darlings and favorites among our most discerning guests. Our boutique-hotel-inspired Panorama Suites feature the industry’s only Open-Air Balconies with the widest-opening windows in cruising and decadent Comfort Collection beds that face the ever-changing scenery.

As you set sail down the world’s most legendary waters, we’ve curated a collection of the most intriguing experiences to immerse yourself in – both on board and off.

On a typical cruise, you see waves, water and more water. On an Avalon cruise, legendary landmarks and postcard-perfect landscapes are always in view. Dock to discovery takes mere minutes. 

While we naturally present the signature delicacies of the regions you visit, we enrich the gastronomic journey by offering multiple dining venues, bringing unexpected culinary experiences to the table.

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