Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest (Envision)

Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest (Envision)

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$4811

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Balkan Discovery with 1 Night in Budapest (Envision)

10 Days Starting in Budapest and ending in Bucharest, Romania

Visiting: Budapest, Mohács, Ilok, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Golubac, Donji Milanovac, Lepenski vir, Iron Gates, Vidin, Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Oltenița, Bucharest, Europe

Tour operator:

Avalon Waterways

Ship Name:
Avalon Envision
Ship Capacity:

166

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

8-99

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

River Cruise

Activities:

Sightseeing, Wine Tasting

From:
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Tour Overview

See the highlights of Eastern Europe on this Danube River cruise adventure through the beautiful Balkans! Enjoy relaxing on your ship and exploring the most fascinating cities with free time and guided sightseeing. You’ll spend one night in the lively Hungarian capital of Budapest before boarding your Avalon Suite Ship®. See the iconic statues of Heroes’ Square, and spend free time exploring the lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. On an excursion to Pécs, Hungary, you’ll visit underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, where the Sava River meets the Danube. Cruise through the dramatic views of Iron Gates Gorge—a natural border between Serbia and Romania. Visit Bulgaria’s Belogradchik, and see the fascinating rock formations sculpted by natural elements for over 200 million years. On an excursion to the ancient Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo, you’ll visit Arbanassi’s Church of the Nativity, housing an impressive collection of frescoes.

To round out this timeless Eastern European river cruise, you’ll stay in Romania’s vibrant capital of Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” A local expert will show you many of its historical treasures, such as the Arc de Triomphe, built in honor of WWI soldiers.

Highlights

  • Ilok-Novi Sad: Ilok guided tour; choice of Novi Sad guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host

  • Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: Choice of guided tour in Pécs, visit the underground tombs; or sightseeing in Mohács, visit St. Nicolas watermill or walk with your Adventure Host

  • Belgrade: Choice of guided tour or walk with your Adventure Host; onboard lecture

  • Vidin. Excursion to-Belogradchik: Choice of guided tour in Vidin; excursion to Belogradchik, see the rock formations or walk with your Adventure Host

  • Rousse-Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi: 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 a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or a walk in the park with your Adventure Host.

  • Oltenita-Bucharest: Guided sightseeing in Bucharest

  • Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: Visit to Golubac fortress; choice of visit Lepenski Vir archaeological site or walk with your Adventure Host; cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge

  • Vidin. Excursion to-Belogradchik: Choice of guided tour to Baba Vida Fortress and Belogradchik, see the rock formations or visit a local winery with wine tasting or biking in Vidin with your Adventure Host

  • Rousse-Excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi: 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 a guided sightseeing in Rousse, or biking in Rousse with your Adventure Host

  • Golubac-Donji Milanovac-Iron Gates: Choice of visit to Golubac fortress or visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site scenic cruise through the Iron Gates Gorge

Places You'll See

Intercontinental Budapest

Budapest Marriott

Radisson Blu

Hilton

Itinerary

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Day 1: Budapest,Hungary
Location: Budapest
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating CapitalThe day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Welcome to Budapest—Hungary’s Captivating Capital

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Eastern Europe’s shining city on the Danube.

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Day 2: Budapest (Embarkation)
Location: Budapest
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.
BUDAPEST (EMBARKATION) The Pearl of the Danube in the Heart of Europe

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Sightseeing, including the iconic Heroes’ Square.

This afternoon, board your Suite Ship®. This evening enjoy a dinner onboard.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MOHÁCS

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Day 3: Mohács
Location: Mohács
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Take a Guided Tour of 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.
MOHÁCS Hungarian History in a Harbor Town

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Explore Mohacs by foot as you follow the lead of your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohács—the quiet Danube harbor town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill—one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Tour of 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.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ILOK

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Day 4: Ilok,Croatia-Novi Sad,Serbia
Location: Ilok, Novi Sad
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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.

ILOK, CROATIA History and Culture in Croatia

CLASSIC 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.

Enjoy a brief cruise to Novi Sad while having lunch onboard.

NOVI SAD, SERBIA

The Athens of Serbia

ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise, join your Adventure Host on this walk in and around town, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE

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Day 5: Belgrade
Location: Belgrade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.
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.
BELGRADE Fortresses and Folklore

ACTIVE Discover Belgrade's central walkway with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC 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.

DISCOVERY Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states.

Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.

This evening, you might like to join an Optional Excursion for an authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GOLUBAČ

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Day 6: Golubač,Donji Milanovac. Excursion To Lepenski Vir,Iron Gates Gorge
Location: Golubac, Donji Milanovac, Lepenski vir, Donji Milanovac, Iron Gates
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge.
GOLUBAČ–DONJI MILANOVAC. EXCURSION TO LEPENSKI VIR–IRON GATES GORGE Ancient Artifacts and the Iron Gates

CLASSIC 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 for defense in the Middle Ages, and a source of conflict between Serbia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire; OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Tour to the Mesolithic archaeological site of Lepenski Vir with unique views of the Danube Gorge.

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

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN

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Day 7: Vidin,Bulgaria
Location: Vidin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Discover more than two centuries of a proud family history of Bulgarian winemaking with a tour and tasting at a local winery. Here, you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the cellars.

Join Guided Sightseeing to Baba Vida Fortress, 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; OR:


VIDIN, BULGARIA Rocks, ruins and Balkan Beauty

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

ACTIVE Wander and discover this town, join your Adventure Host for a bike ride around town, OR:

CLASSIC Join Guided Sightseeing to Baba Vida Fortress, 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; OR:

DISCOVERY Discover more than two centuries of a proud family history of Bulgarian winemaking with a tour and tasting at a local winery. Here, you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the cellars.

AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE

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Day 8: Rousse. Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi Excursion
Location: Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanasi, Ruse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.

ROUSSE. VELIKO TÂRNOVO & ARBANASSI EXCURSION Fortresses and Folklore

ACTIVE Explore Rousse's old town by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

CLASSIC 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, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA

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Day 9: Oltenita,Romania (Disembarkation),Bucharest
Location: Oltenița, Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast


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.
OLTENITA, ROMANIA (DISEMBARKATION)–BUCHAREST The Paris of the East

CLASSIC 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.

Spend some free time exploring on your own to visit shops and museums. See the beautiful home and churches along Victory Avenue.

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Day 10: Bucharest
Location: Bucharest
Meals Included: Breakfast


BUCHAREST Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Ship Details

Avalon Envision

Image Of Ship

Just envision Europe's most spectacular views passing your panoramic window like ever-changing picture postcards. The Avalon Envision brings this dream to life as part of the youngest fleet of ships on Europe's waterways. Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to relaxed luxury and excellence with the Envision. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon's signature window-facing "Beds with a View." Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe's most spectacular scenery. Can you picture it?

Ship Name:

Avalon Envision

Adults Only Areas:

kids allowed

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Style:

luxury

Ship Type:

river

Ship Kind:

Riverboat

Ship Currency:

EUR

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

166

Ship Crew Count:

47

Number of Decks:

4

Number of Cabins:

83

Number of Large Cabins:

0

Ship Launch Year:

2019

Ship Gross Tonnage:

2775

Ship Length (Meters):

135 M

Ship Width (Meters):

12 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

12 Kn

Indigo Deck

Fitness CentreDeluxe Staterooms

Royal Deck

Observation LoungePanorama BistroPanorama LoungeBarInternet CentreReceptionElevatorLobbyClub LoungePanorama SuitesRoyal Suites

Sapphire Deck

GalleyDining RoomPanorama Suites

Sky Deck

Sky LoungeNavigation BridgeSky GrillWhirlpoolPremium Lounge Chairs & Shade AwningsDeck Game Area

Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-sq ft Panorama Suites° are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with beds turned to face the views. 

Royal Suite (Grade S )

Room features:Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockMake-up mirrorDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomMarble countertops in bathroomWall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony6-person sitting areaFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorSofaCoffee tableDouble sinksComplimentary Wi-FiUSB PortsOne King-Sized Bed or Two Twins

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom (Grade D E )

Room Features: Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomTwo windowsFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorComplimentary Wi-FiOne Queen-Sized Bed or Two TwinsUSB Ports

Panorama Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows - Royal Deck (Grade P A B )

Located on the Royal Deck & Sapphire Deck (Forward & AFT) Suite features include: Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM6-person sitting areaFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorSofaCoffee tableComfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockMake-up mirrorDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomMarble countertops in bathroomComplimentary Wi-FiUSB Ports

Panorama Suite (Grade P A B )

Room Features:Comfort Collection BedsLuxurious mattress toppersEgyptian super-combed cotton linensEuropean-style duvetsSoft & firm pillowsExtra blanketsChoice of bed configurationNightly turn-down serviceBedside tables with reading lampsHairdryerL'Occitane bath productsSpacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storageEasy under-bed luggage storageFlatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie optionsAlarm clockMake-up mirrorDirect-dial telephoneBathrobes & slippersWell-stocked minibarComplimentary waterIn-room safeIndividual climate controlElegant, contemporary designLarge mirror in bathroomMarble countertops in bathroomWall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony6-person sitting areaFull shower with glass doorWriting desk and chairVanity and lighted makeup mirrorSofaCoffee tableComplimentary Wi-FiOne Queen-Sized Bed or Two TwinsUSB Ports

Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining® venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. 

  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal

  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily a la carte breakfast with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily specials
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Al fresco lunch in the Sky Grill
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Casual dinner in the Panorama Bistro
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options 

Dining Room

The ship’s main dining venue is the Dining Room situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

Library books, cards, and board games are favourites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch° the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games, against a backdrop of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.

Club Lounge

The Club Lounge can be found on the Royal Deck.

Envision Bar

The Envision Bar can be found on the Royal Deck.

Avalon Adventure Center

Your place for active gear and activities through your Avalon Adventure HostSM, including:BikesMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesCanoe, kayak and jogging excursionsMaps for hiking, biking and jogging routesFitbits®Walking SticksBinocularsDaypacksYoga MatsFitness bands

Internet Corner

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.

Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Please note: There are no children's facilities on board.

Onboard amenities include a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, an Adventure Centre for bikes and active gear, a whirlpool on the Sky Deck and a hairdresser.

Tipping is a personal way to show your satisfaction for good service and is a general practice on all vacations. It is recommended that tips be paid in cash—unless when paying by credit card there is a specific gratuity line. General tipping guidelines can be found below. Each country in Europe has different customs regarding tipping and guidelines can be found in each country-specific guide.

With Avalon, all your hotel taxes, service charges, tips for luggage handling, and gratuities for included meals are included in the vacation price.

For services with gratuity not included in the vacation price, we recommend the following as tipping guidelines. More information can be found in the country-specific sections of the Know Before You Go document and in your Important Travel Documents, which will be available 2-3 weeks prior to your vacation. Since each country is unique, the below are merely guidelines to assist with budgeting.

Cruise Directors

Gratuities for your Cruise Director are not included in the vacation price. For a good job, we suggest the equivalent of €3 (Euros) per day per passenger for your Cruise Director. An envelope will be provided in your stateroom for you to deposit any gratuities you would like to provide your Cruise Director. It is also possible for you to pre-pay the gratuities for your Cruise Director at the time of paying the balance of your cruise cost.

Ship’s Crew

Gratuities for your crew on board our Avalon Waterways ships are not included in the vacation price. For a good job, we suggest the equivalent of €12 (Euros) per day per passenger for the ship’s crew. This will be pooled and distributed fairly among those who have been of service to you, including personnel who work behind the scenes and whose service is equally crucial to your enjoyment of the cruise. It is also possible for you to pre-pay the gratuities for your crew at the time of paying the balance of your cruise cost.

Drivers

Gratuities for sightseeing drivers are included in the vacation price.

Hotel Services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. If ice machines are not available and you get ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated. Avalon includes gratuities for luggage handling for one bag per passenger. You may wish to tip for any excess luggage delivery. Gratuities for included hotel meals are already taken care of by Avalon.

Certified Local Guides

Traveling with us means you get specialized sightseeing with Certified Local Guides in each major city. To make each location come alive throughout your vacation, these Certified Local Guides share their vast knowledge about culture and history with you. Gratuities for your Certified Local Guides are included in the vacation price.

Restaurants

For restaurant meals not included in the Avalon itinerary, gratuities are not included and we recommend you review the country-specific guidelines for appropriate gratuity amount based on quality of service. Additional details and recommendations will be included in your Important Travel Documents, sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your vacation start date, and your Cruise Director can always help with local customs on tipping. Tips in restaurants are usually left in cash and not added to the credit card payment, unless there is a specific line for it on the credit card signature receipt. In many European restaurants, there is also a per-person cover charge that will be added to your check/bill. This is not a gratuity.

Taxis

Usually, rounding up the fare for driver gratuity is more than adequate in most countries. A few dollars is usually reasonable for service, equal to 10-15% of the fare. If possible, we recommend you pre-negotiate taxi fares in foreign countries to avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of your journey. Ask hotel/ship staff or airport hospitality desks for the best cab companies, and make sure pricing is either clearly indicated prior to departure or pre-negotiated. In all instances, we recommend that you carry some small change with you, as it is unusual to ask for change when you are tipping.

Accessibility

Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details and contact us to learn more.

Accessibility

Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details and contact us to learn more.

Age Restrictions

In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

Air Conditioning & Heating

All rooms on the ships are air conditioned and heated. All ships have individual controls in the staterooms.

Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project

From our inception, Avalon Waterways has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travellers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people.Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind?Enter the Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project – an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe’s greater good. Avalon, along with sister companies Globus, Cosmos and Monograms, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.Keeping the blue planet green. We love caring for the world just as much as we love sharing it with you! By booking an Avalon river cruise, you’re helping us do just that! When you book a cruise with Avalon Waterways, we contribute to environmental organisations that work to improve the health of our planet. Cruise easy knowing we’ve made a donation to The Ocean CleanUp and Trees4Travel—two leading champions of cleaner water and air. And on behalf of every guest, Avalon purchases trees via Trees4Travel to offset your cruise’s carbon emissions, ensuring together that we’re keeping our promise to Mother Earth to be the most sustainable cruise option available. Enjoy the anticipation and excitement of your upcoming adventure as you review your travel documents, while making a difference in the world we discover together. You can also make an additional donation of your own to Trees4Travel or The Ocean Cleanup to help make the world even greener!A cleaner planet is the best reward.Avalon Waterways has been honoured by Europe’s Green Award—recognised for our Suite ShipSM; fleet's high safety and environmental standards. This prestigious award is given to river cruise ships based on the environmental impact of engines, fuel consumption, waste and maintenance, pollution prevention, and more.The planet-focused initiatives we support include:The Ocean CleanupTrees4TravelWildland Firefighter AssociationVital Ground Foundation – Grizzly Bear Recovery*Wildlife Conservation Network, Lion Recovery FundSouth African Parks Honorary Rangers*visited on tripAdditionally, we shine a light on the following organizations through a combination of vacation visits and donations:Monkey Rehabilitation Center, BrazilSheldrick Wildlife Trust Baby Elephant & Rhino Rescue, KenyaChengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, ChinaNational Kiwi Conservation Project, New ZealandAustralia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, AustraliaThe Kangaroo Sanctuary, Australia Helping the communities of the world shine.It’s not just the splendid landscapes and landmarks that make travel so rewarding – it’s the unique people we meet along the way and the cultures they hold dear. We are dedicated to protecting, respecting and supporting the extraordinary communities of the world as well as improving the individual lives within them. The measure of the Lighthouse Project’s success? – The megawatt smiles we see along the way.The people-focused organisations we support include:Landmine DesignUNICEFRural AidAdditionally, we shine a light on the following organisations through a combination of vacation visits and donations:Local orphanage, CambodiaMother Theresa’s Missionaries of CharityKOTO Hospitality Training Center, VietnamLocal school English class, CambodiaLocal school, TanzaniaIndigenous Amazon communities (via lodge stays), Ecuador and PeruHome visits, PeruREFLECTING ON THE PAST; BRIGHTENING THE FUTURE.The parks, palaces, museums and monuments we enjoy today are the result of previous generations passionately committed to preservation. By way of the Lighthouse Project, we aim to pay it forward – staying light years ahead of preservation – so that future generations can enjoy the same glorious places to relax, renew and reflect.While every one of our destinations is precious to us, here are some of the sights and attractions we have supported – many of which we also visit on trip:National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee*Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho*Yosemite National Park, Nevada, California*Squamish Lil’Wat Centre, British Columbia*USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii*World War II Memorial Museum, LouisianaIndian Pueblo Cultural Center, New Mexico*Alaska Native American Heritage Center, Alaska*Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Alberta*Museum of the Cherokee Indian, North Carolina*Additionally, Avalon Waterways’ team members take pride in being active participants in the travel community, spearheading and participating in dozens of volunteer programs and events.*Visit on tripTODAY, AVALON HAS:Eliminated single-use plastics onboard our ships and at operations offices, worldwideReduced paper waste by 80% onboard by favoring digital communicationsInvested in local farmers to secure locally produced foods, reducing food miles while supporting local economiesInstalled LED lighting throughout ships, fleet-wideWorked with dozens of ports to use shore energy while dockedCommitted to using shore power while docked wherever it is available, allowing us to turn off engines and reduce emissionsSigned an agreement with the river cruise trade union providing heightened employment standards and protection of our crew. No other river cruise line has made this commitment to their team.TOMORROW, AVALON PLEDGES TO:Pilot a program to use bio-fuel, aiming to reduce total carbon emissions by 50%Utilize electric bow thrusters to further reduce emissionsReduce paper waste further – to less than 1%Partner with more destinations to generate sustainable electricity, while dockedInvest more in our partners at The Ocean Cleanup in their mission to succeed at the world’s largest cleanup project: Removing 90% of ocean plastic pollution and ridding the world’s waters of plasticUnveil the first, fully electric river cruise vessel by 2027

Disabled Facilities

Any disability requiring special attention should be reported to Avalon at the time of booking. We will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers, but may not always be able to do so. Access to some establishments may not be convenient for wheelchairs, and other facilities for disabled travelers may be limited. Most transportation services, including the touring motorcoach, are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a vacation participant for walking, dining, getting on and off motorcoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. Please do not rely on the Cruise Director, Local Guide, or driver to assist with walking or maneuvering through the sites, as he/she has responsibilities to all the travelers within the group. A qualified and physically able companion should always accompany travelers who need such assistance. 

Dress Code

Here, There & Every-WEAR … What to Wear on an Avalon Cruise?Aboard Avalon Waterways, our job is to make you feel Home “Suite” Home as you wind and bend your way through the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Here, we trade formality for friendly; white gloves for welcomes and suits and gowns for suites and get-up-and-go! Comfort is the only code we go by for cruise attire.With Avalon, your days are filled with exciting excursions and soaking up picture-perfect landscapes, so dress for enjoyment and practicality. Because weather can be unpredictable, layers are always recommended when out and about. Consider packing a small backpack or handbag for jackets and sweaters. And, of course, bring your favourite, most comfortable, walking or athletic shoes to keep your feet happy and your heart pumping.Dinner attire on board is casual with typical guests donning open-neck shirts and slacks, skirts and dresses. Gentlemen who enjoy feeling sporty in sports coats, are welcome to pack them but they are not required. Some guests do prefer to dress up for celebratory evenings onboard including the Captain’s Reception or Farewell Dinner.On our Mekong, Ganges, Amazon, and Galápagos cruises, we recommend that guests forgo dressier attire completely due to warm, humid climates.In short, wear exactly what suits you – and the discoveries you make onboard and off – best!Additional notes to consider:While Avalon isn’t interested in cramping your style with a dress code, some excursions may require one (no knees or shoulders in some holy places; or no shorts during some evening events in ports-of-call, for instance).In addition, for your comfort and that of your fellow cruisers, we do request that shorts not be worn in the Dining Room or Panorama Lounge in the evenings, and if you fancy a dip in the whirlpool, bathing suits are worn only on the Sky Deck.If you’re feeling fit for fun, we also want you to know that an Adventure Host will be your guide, at the ready for fitness activities, on all European cruises. Your host will not only lead daily workouts but can also help you pave your own path to wellness with biking, hiking and other, on-your-own adventures. Dress for your own fitness success!

Economic Initiatives

Tourism cares, Traveller iconsOur passion for showing you the world is only matched by our dedication to help preserve both historic treasures and natural resources to be enjoyed for generations to come. That's why we partner with Tourism Cares, a non-profit initiative that focuses funding of "Traveler Icons" of North° and South America.Rural AidAustralia is not only home to some of the world's most unique wildlife, but its vast and varied landscapes makes it one of the most interesting places on Earth. That is why we are dedicated to helping support Rural Aid, which focuses° on providing assistance to farmers and rural communities in times of natural disaster as well as supporting the sustainability of the agricultural community.

Environmental

The right kind of FootprintsWith the philoshophy “take memories; leave only footprints”, we strive to protect and preserve each extraordinary destination for its people, wildlife, and future travelers by finding meaningful ways to reduce our environmental footprint. New! The Ocean CleanupNature's beauty is a gift to travelers and it is our commitment° to preserve the precious environment around us. When you use disposable plastic products like straws and utensils, they can wind up in our rivers and oceans forever. The Globus family of brands is proud to partner with The Ocean Cleanup° in an effort to remove and reduce the presence of plastics in our oceans.Eliminating plastic useWe have taken great measures to make a positive impact on our guests while also reducing our own impact on the environment. Taking sustainability to greater depths, we are committed to removing single-use plastic products—from straws to disposable water bottles on our motor coaches and ships by 2020

Laundry

Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Check the price list in your stateroom. Clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that passengers do not iron their clothes in the staterooms as this is a safety hazard. Onboard laundry service will press your clothes for a fee. Laundry service is not available in the Galápagos.

Luggage

Luggage AllowanceThough there are no specific luggage restrictions for Avalon vacations, we do recommend you limit your luggage to one bag per passenger for ease of storing and carrying through airports. Porterage for only one bag per passenger is included in the vacation price. If you choose to bring additional pieces of luggage, we recommend tipping hotel staff and ship crew for the additional items.Luggage allowance, weight, and size regulations may vary by airline. We recommend you check with your airlines directly on luggage restrictions to avoid any additional or excess luggage fees. A wonderful website to use for updates on the latest allowances by airlines is iflybags.com.Make sure you leave checked luggage unlocked or locked with a TSA-approved lock. Checked bags are often screened on flights and any locks will be cut off for inspections.Luggage Porterage / Luggage ServiceHotel porterage (luggage or baggage service) for one suitcase per passenger is included in the vacation price. This includes transferring your luggage from the hotel lobby to and from your hotel room at time of check-in and check-out, as well as transferring your luggage onto and off of the ship and into your stateroom. You will be asked prior to loading luggage for any transfers to identify your luggage and confirm all pieces for your traveling party are accounted for. Airport and/or train station luggage services are not included, unless otherwise specified in your Important Travel Documents. Please be prepared to carry your own luggage on and off airplanes and trains and through airports and train stations. For this reason, we recommend luggage be light enough for you to carry short distances.Hand LuggageCarry-on bags should be small and easy to carry. We recommend your hand luggage have a place for a water bottle and zipper pouches for easy storage. Bags that can be carried in front of you, and not on your back, are better options for traveling, and are less likely to be susceptible to a pesky pickpocket. Generally, wheeled carryon bags that may be suitable for air travel are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and mini-buses, since wheels can cause the luggage to move dangerously when stored under seats. It is unsafe to store luggage in the aisles or to have it protrude into your legroom (or the person’s next to you) while traveling. Therefore, carryon bags that do not fit fully under the seat in front of you may need to be stored in the luggage compartments under the motorcoach for the safety of all passengers.Lost LuggageShould your luggage be delayed en route by your airline, please note that it is the responsibility of the airline to ensure that it is delivered to you while traveling. Claims for reimbursement for delayed luggage should be addressed to the airline company directly. To assist in this process, fill out a claim form at the appropriate airline desk upon arrival and provide the carrier with a copy of your hotel list, so delayed luggage may be forwarded correctly. Please complete any lost luggage forms and submit to your airline before exiting customs. Your travel protection/insurance provider may also be able to assist, but for security and privacy reasons, timings and method of luggage retrieval are solely in the hands of the airline involved. Your Cruise Director or local host may be able to provide assistance contacting the airlines later for information regarding your delayed luggage during your trip, but they cannot submit the initial claim for you.Luggage Size and WeightMost airlines restrict luggage to 62 linear inches, which is measured as length + width + height and to a weight of 50 lbs. We ask you keep your suitcase to a maximum of 50 lbs, unless otherwise noted in your Important Travel Documents. Test the weight of your packed suitcase. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. Drivers, ship’s crew, and hotel porters will be lifting and transporting your luggage during your vacation; on their behalf, we urge you to keep the size and weight within the above limits. For safety reasons, they may refuse to carry very heavy luggage.Please place a luggage tag with your full name on the outside of each piece luggage, as it serves as an identifier throughout your vacation. In addition to your luggage tag, we recommend you put a label with your name, address, and telephone number on the inside of your suitcase and carry-on luggage, as well. In the event your luggage is lost in transit, your contact information will still be available for airline staff. For security reasons, keep all unchecked luggage in your immediate possession. Luggage left unattended can be confiscated. In addition to your luggage tag, Avalon will supply you with two ship tags in your Important Travel Documents. These tags should be placed on your luggage before exiting the arrival airport, so your baggage can be identified by our personnel and you can be assisted to the correct ship.Important: International air carriers are becoming stricter about the size and weight of luggage. Please contact your air carrier or travel consultant for details prior to departure, as size and weight limitations vary from airline to airline and even according to destination. We recommend iflybags.com to review airline luggage restrictions and fees for checked and overweight luggage. We are not responsible for additional bags, luggage weight, or luggage handling fees imposed by air carriers

Meals & Beverages

BeveragesOff Ship: Coffee and tea are usually included with meals off the ship on Avalon itineraries. However, other beverages are not. You may order alternate drinks, including bottled water, sodas and alcohol beverages, with any meal, and will be asked to pay for them upon completion of the meal. Your Cruise Director will advise if payment will be required in cash or if credit cards are acceptable. In many European cities, there is one price for drinks at the bar and a higher price for ordering drinks at your table. Hotel rooms are usually equipped with a minibar stocked with ice, soft drinks, and other beverages, but we recommend you check the prices before consuming, as they can be quite expensive. Many hotels also require a refundable deposit for the minibar key.On Ship: Coffee, tea, and iced tea are available free of charge throughout the day from the self-service coffee stations on board our Avalon ships. Regional wine and beer or soft drinks are included with every lunch and dinner. The bar in the main lounge is open daily and offers a wide variety of cocktails, spirits, wine, and beer for sale. A full price list is available, and payment is via your shipboard account. Should you wish to bring your own wine on board and drink it in the dining room or lounge, the maître d’hôtel or bartender will be happy to serve it to you—a corkage fee will be charged.DiningAvalon offers FlexDining with flexible seating times to better accommodate your schedule, and more options for menu items and venues, including our Main Dining Room, Panorama Bistro for a casual select buffet, Sky Grill for al fresco favorites, complimentary continental breakfast via room service, and made-to-order picnic lunch boxes for independent on-shore excursions. Meals that are served in the dining room in a single sitting. There is open seating so you may sit at different tables for each meal if you wish to meet fellow passengers. In the interest of fairness to all passengers, we cannot make table reservations. All meals on board the ship are included.BreakfastBreakfast is included daily with our itineraries to start your day off right. Each hotel provides a buffet of standard continental breakfast items that may include whole-grain breads, croissants, cereals, eggs, fruit, yogurt, sweet rolls, cheese, and cold cuts. Hot items, such as eggs, sausage, and bacon, are not as common in European hotels, but may be available for an extra charge. Unlike in hotels in the United States and Canada, it is not permitted to remove food from the restaurant in Europe. You will be asked to pay for any food removed from the restaurant.On board your Avalon ship, you can enjoy daily early-riser and late-riser continental breakfast—or a wonderfully prepared full breakfast buffet with made-to-order egg station, juices, and complimentary sparkling wine for midrisers. Room service is also available for Continental breakfast and beverage service.LunchesLunches on board Avalon generally include a lunch buffet featuring pasta and carving stations and a variety of other dishes. On some ships you may also dine for lunch in our Sky Bistro/Grill (weather permitting) or enjoy a simple light lunch. Regional wines, beer, soft drinks, coffee, and tea are included with all lunches.DinnersIn the main dining room, dinner consists of a four- or five-course a la carte meal prepared by expert European chefs. You will have your choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts or cheese, plus all dinners on board your Avalon ship include regional wines (red or white), beer, soda, and after-dinner coffee and tea. Alternately, a more casual dinner option is available on all Suite Ships and features a buffet of select dishes and beverages in the Panorama Bistro.Other Food Aboard Your ShipIn addition to daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, your ship’s crew also makes available to you Afternoon Tea, featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats.

Medical Services

Due to the proximity to land, onshore medical services can be called rapidly. On Amazon and Galápagos ships, first-aid-trained staff is available.

Medications

We recommend you pack an ample supply of drugs/medications you may require while traveling and include copies of your prescriptions and the telephone/fax number of your doctor in case you need them during your travels. Because of strict laws in some countries, drugs/medications you take on doctor’s orders should be carried in their original container showing the prescription label. As long as this conforms to airline regulations, keep medicines safely in your carry-on luggage, as checked luggage may not be easily accessible while traveling and to avoid problems should your luggage get lost, damaged, or delayed.Here are some additional items you may want to pack for your travels:? An extra pair of eye-glasses and/or a copy of your prescription.? Eye drops if you are traveling in a dry climate and for use while on airplanes. Cabin air can dry out your eyes.? Spare batteries for hearing aids. It may be time consuming and difficult to find new batteries in European countries.VaccinationsPlease contact your doctor or healthcare provider before traveling to determine which vaccinations are recommended for your travels. Most countries where we travel do not require any special vaccinations; however, requirements can change at any time. Your healthcare provider can best guide you in selecting vaccinations based on your itinerary. If you would like to research health and safety topics for your travel, we recommend the Center for Disease Control & Prevention web site: www.cdc.gov/travel.

Money Matters

Fees for cash withdrawal, just like in your home country, vary by ATM and will be advised prior to cash dispensing. Your debit card usually will work in ATM machines worldwide, but you should check with your bank for verifications—not all ATMs take debit cards. ATMs at almost all locations have an English button, so you can be sure of your transaction. Facilities to exchange money on board Avalon ships are limited and there may be a surcharge.While travelling, your Cruise Director or ship or hotel Reception desk personnel may be able to assist you in locating ATM's.You might also consider purchasing local currency of the countries you are visiting before you leave on your vacation. This is available at major banks and international airports. The exchange rate may not be advantageous, but the convenience and peace of mind may be worth the small extra cost.ATM MachinesATM's connected to bank networks, such as PLUS or Cirrus, are available in most major metropolitan cities, including airports, city centers, and in some hotels. ATM's will be similar to those in the United States and most will offer English as a language option. The PLUS and Cirrus logos are now displayed at many ATM locations worldwide. Your bank can tell you which network your ATM card can access and whether a credit or debit card may be used. Be sure to activate your ATM and/or credit card before travelling, and don't forget to bring your PIN code to facilitate use. There are usually fees associated with money withdrawals; these fees vary from location to location.Credit CardsIt is recommended to notify your bank or credit card company prior to your departure with information on your travels. The number to call for this notification can usually be found on the back of your credit card. In an attempt to prevent fraud and the misuse of cards, banks now monitor accounts to identify unusual card transactions, and if they see anything suspicious, may put a stop on your card. Therefore, we strongly suggest to advise your bank or credit card company which countries you will visit, and that they should also expect charges from CYPRUS, as the onboard payment system is based in CYPRUS. In addition, we recommend you bring an overseas contact number for your bank or credit card company, in case you require any assistance while travelling.While major credit cards are generally accepted by shops and hotels throughout the world, you may encounter stores or restaurants that require a minimum charge for using them. Be sure to take more than one credit card, as some outlets may not accept all cards. Check that your credit cards are valid for at least 30 days after completion of the vacation. As credit card fraud is increasing worldwide, it is becoming more and more common for identification to be requested when making payment by credit card. Therefore, be sure to have your passport with you or a photocopy of your passport or driver’s license/birth certificate in case identification is requested. Shops, restaurants, and bars in some small villages may not accept credit cards at all. Therefore, it is wise to always carry a small amount of cash.When making credit card purchases abroad, you will be charged in local currency by the vendor. Your credit card company will then convert the charges based on the exchange rate they implement and will charge a fee for doing such. Visa, MasterCard, or American Express are usually your best options while travelling, as these will be accepted at most shops, stores, and restaurants. Discover and Diners Club International cards are not accepted in many European cities, and are not recommended as means of payment for travelling in Europe.Exchange RatesCurrency exchange rates vary by currency and change daily. You may find up-to-date exchange rates at AvalonWaterways.com/currency. If you are travelling with a laptop or other mobile device, you can also download exchange rates from the Internet, which will continually update you with information during your travels.General Budgeting“How much money should I bring” is a common question. The answer is difficult, as each person is different and chooses to spend money on different things. The amount will vary, depending on if you are a “grab a sandwich and soda and walk the city” type of person, or a “sit down and enjoy a good meal” type of person. How much do you like to spend on gifts and mementos for yourself or others? All these things can alter the amount of money you should bring with you while travelling. As a general guideline, we recommend at least 10-20 Euros per day while travelling in Europe. This is the guideline for incidental items such as bottled water, postcards, and a cup of coffee. More will be required for any major gifts you wish to purchase.Traveller's Check'sAlthough a secure means of carrying money, please be forewarned that traveller's checks are rarely accepted and you will experience difficulties cashing them, even in banks. If you do bring traveller's checks, follow the advice of the company issuing them. Keep your receipts and the list of checks already used in a place separate from the checks themselves. Never countersign a traveller's check until the moment you use it. Banks cashing traveller's checks, if they do so, will charge a processing fee. Be aware that traveller's checks in Euro are practically impossible to exchange. A fixed-rate service charge is usually levied if you can exchange them. The cashier on board our Avalon ships will not accept or exchange traveller's checks.

Motorcoaches

DriverYour motor coach drivers, who are among the finest professionals in the business, take pride in driving and in their vehicles, keeping them in great working order and spotlessly clean. Our travellers consistently lavish the highest praise on the person behind the wheel! Each driver is a certified, licensed, and experienced professional whose expertise is motor coach handling. They are skilled in manoeuvring through the tight allies and highly complex highway systems, getting you to your destination on time and safely. Often, the drivers speak English, but in some cities they may not.Emergency WashroomsMotor coaches in Europe are equipped with an emergency restroom. We deliberately use the term “emergency restroom,” because this facility is not meant to be used regularly in lieu of the restrooms at our frequent comfort stops. The emergency restrooms are small, tight, and in some motor coaches, located at the bottom of the motor coach stairs. They are not easy to maneuver in and out of and for that reason, and for dumping reasons throughout Europe, we recommend its use only in emergencies.Etiquette on the Motor coachEveryone wants to make the most of the time available and to see as much as possible while on vacation. Here are a few guidelines to ensure you and your traveling companions have the best experience possible.? Be on time—all the time. Your Cruise Director will let you know at each stop how much time you haveand when the group will be leaving. Please be on time.? Fasten your seat belts and stay seated at all times when the motorcoach is in motion.? Avoid conversation while commentary is in process. This ensures everyone can hear what is beingsaid.? When reclining seats, please be conscious of the person behind you and recline slowly.? When bringing on extra parcels, please place them in the overhead bins or under your seats. Itemsshould never be left in the aisles or clutter the legroom areas.? Please refrain from using a cell phone on the motorcoach, except in emergencies.? Heavy perfume or strong aftershave can inconvenience other passengers; please use sparingly.? To avoid food odours and to keep the motorcoach as clean as possible, bring only dry foods and water on board, not perishable foods. Sodas, ice cream, alcohol, and hot drinks to-go should be consumed before re-boarding (strong-smelling items, such as peanuts or oranges, can cause allergic reactions inothers).? The motorcoach restroom should be reserved for true emergencies and should not be used in lieu ofthe restrooms at comfort stops.? It is generally not permitted to operate air-conditioning when the motorcoach is stationary, as doing so emits additional gases into the environment. Therefore, air-conditioning is turned off while the motorcoach is parked.LegroomOur motorcoach legroom compares to the airlines’ upgraded “plus” seating.Ride in ComfortEach Avalon motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts your professional Cruise Director's or Local Guide’s commentary to every seat, so you will be sure to hear about and enjoy the sights along the way. All Avalon motorcoaches are fully air-conditioned.Smoke-Free CoachesAll of our Avalon motorcoaches are smoke-free. There are plenty of opportunities to smoke during the frequent stops.

Packing

Sometimes, luggage is briefly delayed during air transport. Therefore, we recommend you take a change of clothing and essential toiletries in your carry-on luggage, or pack some of your clothing in your traveling companion’s luggage, so you don't have to wear the clothes you have traveled in until your luggage is delivered. Do not leave essential medication in your checked luggage; always keep it in your carry-on luggage, as long as this conforms to airline regulations. We also recommend placing a copy of the hotel contacts inside each piece of luggage. If your luggage is lost, this will help the airline find you while you're traveling.Traveling light is recommended. Adopt a simple color coordination plan for your vacation to reduce the quantity of clothing required. For every week of travel, 5-7 tops or shirts and three skirts, shorts, or slacks that can be coordinated are enough. Pack jackets and slacks that have plenty of pockets, so you can carry documents and money in separate places on you, reducing theft and loss risk. Sportswear is fine during the day (there may be a restriction on shorts and bare shoulders for some religious sights). Wrinkle-resistant, easy-care cotton/polyester clothing is preferable for travel.Tip: Put dryer sheets (fabric softener sheets) in your luggage. Your clothes will smell fresh and clean throughout your travels.Below is a list of items to consider when packing for your trip.? Passport, visa(s), Travel Protection/insurance, flight information, and other necessary documents? ATM/debit/credit cards and their PIN codes; do not pack your passport or money in your checked luggage? Jackets and slacks with plenty of pockets and inner pockets? Light bag with a strap that can be worn crosswise over your body; purses/handbags are best avoided unless they can be carried close to your body in front of you? Sportswear/casual wear for daytime? Smart casual outfits for evenings? Shorts, sneakers, or sweatsuits are not considered acceptable attire for lunches or dinners on board your Avalon vessel, nor when dining at your hotel? Enough underwear/socks to avoid frequent laundry; pack at least one pair of warm socks, even in summer, in case of an unusually cold day? Warm sweater for evenings? A dressier outfit for an evening at the theater, an elegant restaurant, or for the Farewell Cocktail Reception (smart casual clothes are usually fine for cabarets/casinos)? Comfortable, sturdy, tried-and-tested walking shoes (rubber soles help grip slippery/uneven surfaces)? Sandals and/or non-slip socks that double as slippers? Swimwear? Warm jacket, socks, scarf, gloves and cap? Sunglasses? Sunscreen? Sun hat? Insect repellent and balm? Toothbrush and toothpaste? Shampoo and soap (if you prefer to use your own brand)? Razor and shaving cream? Comb, brush, hair ties? Female necessities? Band-aids? Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen/cold medicine/Pepto Bismol? Motion-sickness pills? Chapstick or lip balm? Antibacterial wipes/small bottle of hand sanitizer gel? Travel pack of Kleenex? Medicines (carried in their original container) and copy of prescriptions, phone/e-mail/fax number of your doctor? Manicure and mending kits? Travel alarm clock (to avoid relying on hotel automatic wake-up calls)? Mini umbrella or fold-up poncho for the occasional shower? Glasses plus extra pair and/or copy of prescription; eye drops for contact lenses? Spare batteries for hearing aids? Collapsible walking stick if you have mobility difficulties? Small travel pillow? Electrical converter(s)/adapter(s)? Camera/video equipment with plenty of memory cards/extra film/spare batteries and label with your name and vacation code; should you lose them, there’s a better chance of their being returned? Cellular phone that works overseas, with international calling plan or international phone cards

Safety Hints

General Hints? Carry all documents, money, passport, tickets, traveler's checks, driver’s license, photocopy of your contact information, cash, and credit cards on your person, but not all in the same place to limit the inconvenience in case of loss.? Never keep money or jewelry in your suitcase.? Medicines should be kept in your hand luggage for easy access.? Never leave your carry-on luggage unattended or out of sight in public areas.? Be observant at all times, especially in crowded places.? Avoid excessive displays of wealth (only carry sufficient cash for daily needs).? Divide and carry cash, etc., between yourself and your traveling companion.? Hide a couple of $50 or €50 bills on your person as emergency vacation funds.? Be wary of strangers approaching you in the street asking for directions or wanting to lend assistance. Tricksters also pose as policemen—either plainclothes or in uniform. Do not hand over your wallet containing money unless you are sure of the person’s credentials.? Use hotel/ship safes or leave items with the front desk manager. Be sure to check them before checking out of your hotel or stateroom.? Pay particular attention to bicycle lanes, which are often on the sidewalk? Be wary of anyone offering unofficial taxi services. Always use official taxi desk or taxi lines, and choose only those vehicles with a meter and taxi signHotelsBathtubs may be higher or of a different design than back home. Pay careful attention when entering or exiting a bathtub, as the floor may be lower than the tub. Ask at Reception if you require a non-slip bathmat, which most hotels can deliver to your room. Showers and shower equipment may also be unusual (no shower curtains, half screens), and floors may be more wet than you expect. Please be careful when stepping out of the shower or bathtub.Also check fire exits at each hotel and familiarize yourself with the hotel layout upon arrival. Use door locks in your hotel and verify credentials before opening the door to strangers.MotorcoachWatch stairs and overhead entrances when getting on and off the motorcoach. The doorway may be lower than you think. Fasten your seat belt and stay seated while the motorcoach is in motion. Always check for traffic when exiting and walking away from the motorcoach and when re-entering. Heavy items, bottles, and odd-sized objects, should not be stored overhead, as contents may shift while traveling and removing heavy items can be tricky. Hand luggage should be placed safely under your seat. Please keep aisles clear of bags to prevent tripping hazards.PhotocopiesDue to government or country regulations and laws, some hotels are required to keep your passport at Reception throughout your stay. Therefore, we recommend you bring a photocopy of your passport and visas with you, which you can carry on you at all times. We also suggest you photocopy your airline tickets, credit cards, medical cards (front and back), and perhaps bring a copy of your driver’s license and/or birth certificates. These document copies can help speed up replacements in the event that the originals are lost. Keep the copies in a place separate from your originals. Another suggestion is to scan your passport, airline tickets, and credit card numbers and send them to yourself as attachments to your e-mail. In case of loss, you can access copies to assist in replacement.Please remember to fill out the “Emergency Next of Kin” section in your passport. Make sure your passport does not expire within six months of your date of travel, since a majority of countries insist that your passport be valid for at least a 6-month time period.

Sightseeing & Timings

Local sightseeing is included, as per your itinerary description. In each instance, this has been arranged in such a way as to show you each destination’s most important sights, with the most amount of free time available, dependent on the cruise and lock schedule. Sightseeing generally involves walking. If you lead a sedentary life, enjoy walks to improve your physical condition before leaving home. Participation in the included sightseeing is not obligatory. It is, however, your responsibility to be back at the motorcoach or ship in time for departure for the next activity. You will always be clearly informed of the departure time by your Cruise Director or Local Guide. Many streets in Europe are narrow, and motorcoaches may not be allowed to drop travelers off “at the front door.” In these instances, we will get as close as we can, but please be prepared to walk.AvalonGo AppOur complimentary AvalonGo App, available for your mobile device, keeps you informed and on course before and during your vacation. Find schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options for free time in each destination. More information can be found in your Important Travel Documents, which are available approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your vacation.

Smoking Policy

All ships have non-smoking interiors. Smoking is permitted only in a designated outdoor area of each ship.

Social Initiative

MAKE-A-WISHBringing families together to experience some of the world's most remarkable destinations is what we do best. Globus family of brands is committed to supporting our local communities and is honored to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to offer trips to children and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.Landmine DesignOur partnership with Landmine Design, a social enterprise committed to educate and provide jobs for women living in poverty° in Cambodia, has provided dozens of women with the opportunity to work at home with their children and avoid the dangers of traveling to neighboring cities for work. By hand rolling paper beads and crafting them into beautiful jewelry, we are creating hope where there once was despair.Childsafe networkWe are committed to improving the lives of the individuals who call our travel destinations home. As a partner of the Childsafe Network, we help raise awareness, provide education, training, employment, and shelter for children and their families who otherwise live on the streets, including the Kaliyan Mith program in Siem Reap, Cambodia.Wildland Firefighter FoundationFor over three decades, we have introduced travelers to the beauty of America's national parks. We are proud to recognize and honor the brave firefighters who risk their lives to help protect our private and public lands from fire. Each year, we contribute to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of injured or fallen wildland firefighters.Wildlife Conservation NetworkWhen you travel with us, you are securing the future of the world's wildlife! By partnering with Wildlife Conservation Network, Globus helps to support a world network of leading conservationists° with the most effective solutions to saving our planet's wildlife—with every dollar translating into tangible, lasting impact on endangered wildlife and the long-term protection of 87 species in crisis across 38 countries.South African National Parks Honorary RangersEducation is critical to preserving protected lands and its inhabitants. That is why we make a contribution to the South African National Parks Honorary° Rangers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve South African National Parks. This includes the Lion Recovery Fund, which provides education to protect African Lion habitats and populations by preventing poaching and promoting co-existence for local farmers and communities.Globus gives back Every year, Globus family of brands gives back to each of our local office communities. Every year, on Earth Day, we come together to help restore trails at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater to preserve the beauty of our state parks for future generations.UNICEFEvery child deserves to grow up in a safe and inclusive environment. That is why we are proud to support UNICEF in their efforts to help all children – especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized – to lead safe, healthy lives and realize their full potential.

Special Dietary Requirements

We know that some travellers may have specific dietary requests. Unfortunately, dietary requirements cannot be guaranteed on our vacations. We make our best effort to accommodate your requests, but our vessels, as well as hotels and restaurants, may not be able to manage specific diet requirements. Dietary requirements should be advised at time of booking and we ask that you also discuss these with your Hotel Manager upon embarkation.

Sustainable Travel

Avalon is committed to minimising its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavour, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.Avalon maintains a policy of "Leave Only Footprints and Take Only Photos." Our staff and major service providers strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artefacts or materials occurs to ensure each environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit. Our cruise directors educate passengers on our "do no harm" code of conduct to ensure passenger compliance.

Wi-Fi & Internet Access

All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong and Ganges, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in a suite or stateroom of your choice

  • Meals

    Full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in our panoramic restaurant

  • All gratuities

  • Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions

  • Avalon Choice® with your preference of Classic, Active, or Discovery included excursions and sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; and MyAvalonSM Guided Optional Excursions

  • Club lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station and sweet treats

  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board

  • Daily Complimentary Happy Hour and Daily Afternoon Tea

  • Expert Cruise Director

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

Notes

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Accommodation

Budapest:InterContinental Budapest
Budapest:Budapest Marriott
Budapest:Hilton
Bucharest:Radisson Blu

Rivers

Danube

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the AvalonGO mobile app?

    Download the AvalonGO mobile app for itinerary information before and during your cruise, including schedules, transfer details, daily itineraries, GPS, and dining and entertainment options—and social media feature for real-time posts.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Cuisine

    All meals on board are prepared by accomplished chefs who prepare regional specialties as well as familiar favorites with only the freshest, local ingredients. Our Suite Ships® feature daily buffet-style breakfast and lunch with your choice of soups, main courses with starter, salad, or sandwich, and, of course, dessert. Complimentary room service is also available with Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the Mekong and Ganges, a mix of Western and local dishes is offered; in the Galápagos, you'll be able to taste some Ecuadorian specialties; and in the Amazon, you will be able to sample Peruvian specialties along with Western dishes.

  • Cruise Director

    A professional, experienced, English-speaking Cruise Director accompanies every departure. Naturalists are on board in the Amazon and Galápagos. Special Interest cruises typically include an expert specific to the cruise theme—from Wine Masters to History Experts.

  • What about young travellers and children?

    In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

  • What are single room supplements?

    For single travellers who prefer the privacy of their own room and stateroom, single accommodation can, of course, be requested.

  • Clothing & Dress Code

    Your comfort is our first concern. Onboard and onshore dress codes are casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts, or dresses for ladies. Coats and ties may be worn if preferred. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Europe are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong, Ganges, Amazon, and Galápagos, dress attire, including coats and ties, is not recommended due to the warm, humid climate.

  • When will I receive my digital travel documents?

    Avalon will email you a set of travel documents, which includes a copy of your itinerary and, where applicable, information on your hotels and optional excursions. Electronic Travel documents, including applicable eTicket receipts, itineraries, and other information are sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure, provided full payment has been received.

  • Where can I find the docking location for my cruise ship?

    Avalon Waterways strives to bring you the best docking locations along Europe’s rivers. In many cities, this includes multiple docking sites. Docking positions at each port are assigned by local authorities, and may vary depending upon the number of ships in port on any given day. This can sometimes result in double-docking with more than one ship assigned to the same dock and the ships “rafted” together, temporarily obstructing some views from on board the ships. Exact docking locations will be available 24-72 hours prior to embarkation. Before your cruise’s docking location is available, you can download a map of all possible docking sites for your embarkation city at www.AvalonWaterwaysPorts.com. Once your ship’s docking assignment is available, you can download a map that shows only that specific location, including address.

  • Are Avalon River Cruises Handicap Accessible?

    Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details or contact us to learn more.

  • Internet Access

    All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong and Ganges, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

  • Onboard Language

    The language on board is English. All staff, crew, and tour guides speak English. All announcements and commentary will be in English.

Reviews of this Operator

Kristina McGuire  

Rhône river from Carmargue to Lyon

07-Jul-2023

I am in my 70’s And travelled with my son who is in his mid 30’s. We both had different experiences and many shared ones. We both agree that the Avalon cruise on the Rhone was a great experience. The crew,without exception, was friendly and helpful, the accommodation comfortable and food and wine, delicious. We both gained a lot from our daily shore based experiences,learning about many facets of France, history, culture, economy, farming, industry and the great and varied beauty. I definitely felt my experience extended me in many ways and my son did too. Highly recommend a cruise. Thank you

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MaryEllen Ferderber  

8 day active and discovery on the Moselle from Luxembourg to Frankfurt

07-Jul-2023

8 day active and discovery on the Moselle. Fabulous itinerary and well selected guides. The scenery and weather June 4th, were perfect. Katy, our cruise director was outstanding and well organized. Bitak, the activity host was wonderful, very personable, and helpful. Really all the staff were very professional, kind, and ready to make our vacation a trip of a life time. The chef, Michael I believe was 5 star! Can’t wait to book another river cruise.

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Fernand Baillargeon  

Memorable cruise on the Mekong

17-Mar-2023

The Vietnam/Cambodia Mekong cruise on the Avalon Saigon was our First river cruise and overall it was fantastic. Excellent service on board and outstanding guides for the shore excursions. The Crew/staff were friendly and professional. All of it conducted like a symphony by our excellent Cruise director, Khan. The only thing we would like to see improved is a two nights stay at the Vinpearl, Halong bay (one night is not adequate). Thank you Avalon and the Crew of the Saigon for making our trip memorable.

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Larry Preston Omo   Portugal

Festive Season in the Heart of Germany (Tranquility II)

14-Dec-2023

This tour with Avalon was our first river boat cruise. Overall we enjoyed the experience. The ship was very nice, the crew was terrific and the food was good and presented very well. Our room was fine and the cleaning staff did a remarkable job. We enjoyed all of the excursions and the beautiful German towns we visited, particularly Rothenburg - what a delightful place. We appreciate all of the assistance Tourhub provided prior to our trip. We will continue to use your services. Thanks for everything.

Bob K  

1st River Cruise Exceeded Expectations

07-Aug-2023

My wife and I were looking to do something special for our 50th anniversary so we booked a weeklong cruise on the Rhone. We had done many ocean cruises but this was our first river cruise and it was wonderful. The food, the entire staff, and the excursions were all first rate. We made many new friends during the cruise and I suspect we'll be back on a 2nd river cruise with Avalon in the not too distant future.

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