Project Description



Featuring the IRON GATES With 1 Pre-Night in Bucharest, Romania & 2 Post-Nights’ in Budapest, Hungary Avalon – Passion

13 Day Tour including 7 Night / 8 Day Luxury River Cruise

August 7th – 19th, 2018

1 Pre-Night in Bucharest 
2 Post-Nights’ in Budapest

Begin your exciting vacation with one night in Bucharest, Romania, before embarking on your river cruise along the beautiful Danube River to Budapest, Hungary.

Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. Here, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe—built in honor of WWI soldiers—and the historical Royal Palace Square. Your river cruise will take you through the serene Danube Delta, which is home to over 300 species of birds and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta and Bulgaria’s ancient capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi, and take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic group of rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. Visit Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Continue your cultural journey on an excursion to Pécs, Hungary. Established by the Romans in the 2nd century, you’ll see underground burial chambers with fascinating murals, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are countless memorable moments on this fascinating river cruise through Eastern Europe, and it doesn’t end until you’ve experienced the unique energy of Budapest. Set along the banks of the Danube River, the capital of Hungary offers an eclectic mix of activities. A local expert introduces you to the must-see sights, such as Heroes’ Square, Fishermen’s Bastion, and the Parliament Building. And with free time to explore on your own, perhaps walk across one or more of the city’s famous bridges, shop for Herend porcelain or handcrafted embroidery, and bask in the coffee house culture with a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café.

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Itinerary Details

Aug 7th    Depart Home, Fly to Bucharest
Aug 8th    Arrive in Bucharest, Overnight
Aug 9th    Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; on board welcome reception
Aug 10th    St. Gheorghe. Excursion to Danube Delta
Aug 11th    Cernavodă: Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History & Archaeological Museum
Aug 12th    Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographical Museum and Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing of Rousse
Aug 13th    Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress; excursion to Belogradchik to see the rock formations 
Aug 14th     Iron Gates: cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological exhibition
Aug 15th    Belgrade: guided sightseeing
Aug 16th     Mohács. Excursion to Pecs: guided sightseeing; organ concert
Aug 17th Budapest (Disembarkation): guided sightseeing, see Fishermen’s Bastion and Heroes’ Square
Aug 18th Budapest, day at leisure
Aug 19th Budapest Flight Home today

Inclusions and Costs

  • Return Air Montreal to Bucharest – Budapest to Montreal
  • 8 Day / 7-night cruise aboard the Luxurious Avalon Passion
  • 1 Pre-Night Accommodation in Bucharest, Romania
  • 2 Post-Nights’ Accommodation in Budapest, Hungary
  • Breakfast daily in Bucharest & Budapest
  • Inclusions as noted in the day by day
  • All meals on cruise
  • Aboard the Cruise on the Avalon Passion:
    • Included sightseeing excursions & tours with headsets by Certified Local Guides
    • Complimentary Nordic walking sticks
    • Complimentary bicycles available for time on shore
    • Complimentary bottled water daily
    • Regional wine, beer & soft drinks at all onboard lunches and dinners
  • All Transfers
  • All Port Charges
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director


Cost Per Person Price, Based on Double Occupancy

  • Category, D $ 6,779
  • Category, B $ 8,049
  • Category, A $ 8,119
  • Category, P $ 8,249

Taxes Incl. $ 15.60 Per Person

Deposit $ 700 pp upon registration

Single Occupancy Available, Please Contact Jolly Tours for Details

Comprehensive, all-inclusive insurance available – Contact Jolly Tours for details!

Additional Bonus

Journey Club Members, Save an Additional $ 242 Per Person