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Gems of SouthEast Europe - Cruise through the Iron Gates

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Vienna -OR- 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Budapest, plus 7-Night Cruise from Budapest to Rousse, 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Bulgaria, and 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Istanbul (or reverse)

Amawaterways Istanbul

Black Sea Voyage
2016 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vienna * to Istanbul (or reverse) - 14 days

*As an alternative to 2 nights in Vienna, you may opt to spend two nights in Budapest.

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Amaprima , Amasonata

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Detailed Itinerary : Vienna to Istanbul

Skip to Istanbul to Vienna itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Arrive in Vienna and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Vienna

This morning, your city tour takes you around the Burgring, the circular road around Vienna’s historic center. You will also take a walking tour through Vienna’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Highlights of your tour will include the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore on your own or join an OPTIONAL TOUR to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Tonight, explore the vibrant Austrian capital on your own or come along for an OPTIONAL Mozart and Strauss concert. (B)

Day 3: Vienna - transfer to Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation Day)

After checking out of your hotel in Vienna, you will travel to Budapest, Hungary, where you will have free time for lunch followed by a sightseeing tour of Buda and Pest. From the historic Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities spread over both sides of the Danube. Your tour also includes the Fisherman’s Bastion. Afterwards, embark upon your river cruise ship, docked in the city center. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner as the ship cruises past Budapest’s illuminated riverfront. (B,D)

Day 4: Mohacs - Pecs -Vilany

Arrive in Mohacs around breakfast time and depart for your excursion to Pécs, the 2010 European Union Cultural Capital. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pécs was an important cultural base during many centuries of Ottoman rule. You will see St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral, as well as the restored Synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohács. After lunch, enjoy a wine-tasting excursion to sample aromatic, spicy wines from the vineyards of Villány. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Vukovar, Croatia - Novi Sad, Serbia

This morning, enjoy a “Yugoslav Civil War” tour of Vukovar that will show you the Ovcara Memorial, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. You may also choose to take a wine tasting excursion to Ilok instead. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia, one of Europe’s greatest historical treasures. On your afternoon walking tour of the city, you will see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached, now home to a hotel, museum and artists’ studios. Guests will also see the Old Town District and Danube Park. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Belgrade

Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, that includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. As an alternative, take the “Tito’s Memorial” tour, which includes a visit to the House of Flowers where the tomb of Josip Tito is located. You will also see some of the many gifts Tito received during his presidency. After your tour, you will have free time in the city center to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city’s main shopping area. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Cruising through the Iron Gates - Vidin, Bulgaria

Today, enjoy a full day of cruising through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania. The banks of the river along this natural border are lined with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead, a sight that will be an unforgettable highlight of your Black Sea adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Vidin

Your time in Vidin begins with a visit to Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle dating back to the Dark Ages, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. Continue on to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Standing guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin, this massive medieval castle has thick walls and four imposing towers, a stark contrast to the peaceful park that surrounds it. Inside, you’ll be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. The ship departs early afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Girgiu - Bucharest, Romania – Rousse, Bulgaria

Enjoy a full day excursion to Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin your day with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, guests will have a choice between free time in the newly renovated Lipscani district, the historical city center of Bucharest, -or- a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Rousse (Disembarkation Day) - Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Your first stop is the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, where you will see a traditional market known as Samovodska Charshia. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch before continuing on to Plovdiv. This evening, take a walking tour to see traces of ancient Roman ruins found throughout Plovdiv’s Old Town area, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Plovdiv - transfer to Istanbul, Turkey

After breakfast, continue on to exotic Istanbul for the grand three-night conclusion of your Black Sea Voyage. The rest of the evening is free to explore this cultural crossroads on your own. (B)

Day 12: Istanbul

A comprehensive city tour will take you through Istanbul’s Old City, with its numerous Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments. Admire the mighty defensive walls, the Roman aqueduct and the hippodrome. See the Galata Tower and visit the beautiful and historic Blue Mosque, so named for the blue tiles adorning its interior. This afternoon is free to explore the town on your own -or- join the optional “Turkish Delight” tour, an in-depth look at some of Istanbul’s most unique sights. (B)

Day 13: Istanbul

Today, your guided sightseeing tour will take you to the spectacular Ottoman Sultans’ Grand Palace of Topkapi, home to every Sultan from the 15th-19th centuries. During your tour, admire the private chambers of the Sultans, the Harem (women’s quarters) and the Imperial Treasury’s vast collection, including the jewel-encrusted Topkapi Dagger and the stunning 86 carat Spoonmaker’s Diamond. This afternoon, enjoy an optional Bosphorus cruise to Istanbul’s chic, trendy neighborhood of Ortaköy, or spend the remainder of the day shopping for souvenirs or relaxing at a tea house or café. (B)

Day 14: Depart Istanbul

Your journey ends after breakfast. Individual departure. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Istanbul to Vienna

Skip to Vienna to Istanbul itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2: Istanbul

This morning's comprehensive city tour will take you through its old city, with its numerous Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of its historic past. Admire the mighty defensive walls, the Roman aqueduct and the hippodrome. See the Galata Tower and visit the Blue Mosque. This afternoon is free to explore the town on your own or join the optional “Turkish Delight” tour. (B)

Day 3: Istanbul

Today, your guided sightseeing tour will take you to the Ottoman Sultans' Grand Palace of Topkapi, home to every single Sultan from the 15th century until the end of the 19th century. During your tour, admire the private chambers of the Sultans, marvel at the world famous Harem and also see the treasury, home to the Topkapi Diamond. This afternoon, enjoy an optional Bosporus cruise to Ortaköy or use the remainder of the day to shop for souvenirs or relax at one of the charming tea houses or restaurants. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

You will leave Istanbul this morning and continue your tour by motorcoach. Enjoy a scenic journey through the Bulgarian countryside en route to Plovdiv. You will have a walking tour of the town center after checking into your hotel. The remainder of the evening is yours to explore this quaint Bulgarian town. (B)

Day 5: Plovdiv - Veliko Tarnavo - Rousse (Embarkation Day)

This afternoon, enjoy a traditional Bulgarian lunch before touring the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here you will tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. You will see the old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces and the Patriarchal church, and the Baldwin’s Tower. Passengers who wish to shop may instead visit Samovodska Charshia, a traditional market street. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Giurgiu, Romania

Enjoy a full day excursion to Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin your day with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, guests will have a choice between free time in the newly renovated Lipscani district, the historical city center of Bucharest, or a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Vidin, Bulgaria

Today, you will enjoy a leisurely day cruising the Danube, arriving in the late afternoon in Vidin. Visit Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle dating back to the Dark Ages, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. Continue on to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Standing guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin, this massive medieval castle has thick walls and four imposing towers, a stark contrast to the peaceful park that surrounds it. Inside, you’ll be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Cruising Iron Gates

Today is a full day of cruising through one of Europe's most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern Balkan Mountains. This natural border between Serbia and Romania will be an unforgettable highlight of your Black Sea adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of some of the city’s 5,500 streets, 16 plazas and 32 squares. You will also see the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava as part of your tour. As an alternative, take the “Tito’s Memorial” tour, which includes a visit to the House of Flowers, where the tomb of Josip Tito is located. You will also see some of the many gifts Tito received during his presidency. You will have free time in the city center after your tour to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city’s main pedestrian and shopping area.(B,L,D)

Day 10: Novia Sad - Vukovar, Croatia

Arrive in Novi Sad in the morning and enjoy a walking tour from Danube Park to the old town center. After your tour, the ship continues on to Ilok, Croatia. Choose between an excursion to Ilok with a wine tasting or a city tour of Vukovar. Vukovar’s rich history bears the influence of the Austrians, Ottoman Turks, Germans, Croatians and Serbians. See Vukovar’s Baroque town center, the Franciscan Monastery, the Castle of the former ruling Eltz family, and the monumental cross that is a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Mohacs - Pecs, Hungary

This morning the ship arrives in Mohács, where you depart for your excursion to Pécs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pécs became an important early Christian diocese and Turkish cultural base during the many centuries of Ottoman rule. The area around Pécs is made up of rolling hills, vine clad slopes and a modest climate that give the city a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Upon arrival, you will take a city tour that includes UNESCO underground excavations, St. Peter’s Basilica, the main Catholic Cathedral in the city, as well as the restored Synagogue. You will return to the ship in Mohács. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Budapest, Hungary (Disembarkation Day) - Vienna, Austria

Bid farewell to your ship as you disembark for your tour of Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities below. Your tour also includes the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, and much more. (B)

Day 13: Vienna

This morning, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Vienna, the music capital of the world. You will see such sights as the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this romantic city. Tonight, you may experience an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna. (B)

Day 14: Depart Vienna

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Guided bicycle tours are capacity crontolled.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Budapest Option: As an alternative to two nights in Vienna, you may opt to spend two nights in vibrant Budapest. Package includes 2 nights hotel accommodation in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast, complimentary city tour, transfer from hotel to ship/ or ship to hotel (depending on direction of itinerary)

2016 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.
From Vienna
Program start date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Budapest)
Ship
Cat. E - Lower Deck aft w/fixed windows
Cat. D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. BB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cate. BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AA+ (Jr. Suite) - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Suite - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
23-Apr-2016
25-Apr-2016
Amasonata
$4,699
$4,998
$5,598
$6,098
$6,298
$6,498
$6,698
$7,298
$7,898
10-Jun-2016
12-Jun-2016
Amaserena
$4,899
$5,198
$5,798
$6,298
$6,498
$6,698
$6,898
$7,498
$8,098
16-Jul-2016
18-Jul-2016
Amasonata
$4,799
$5,098
$5,698
$6,198
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$7,398
$7,998
19-Aug-2016
21-Aug-2016
Amaserena
$4,899
$5,198
$5,798
$6,298
$6,498
$6,698
$6,898
$7,498
$8,098
8-Oct-2016
10-Oct-2016
Amasonata
$4,999
$5,298
$5,898
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$6,998
$7,598
$8,198
From Istanbul
Program start date

Cruise Embarkation Date (in Rousse)

Ship
Cat. E - Lower Deck aft w/fixed windows
Cat. D - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. C - Middle Deck aft & Upper Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat. BB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cate. BA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AB - Middle Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AA - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Cat. AA+ (Jr. Suite) - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
Suite - Upper Deck w/ twin balconies
28-Apr-2016
2-May-2016
Amasonata
$4,799
$5,098
$5,698
$6,198
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$7,398
$7,998
15-Jun-2016
19-Jun-2016
Amaserena
$4,899
$5,198
$5,798
$6,298
$6,498
$6,698
$6,898
$7,498
$8,098
21-Jul-2016
25-Jul-2016
Amasonata
$4,799
$5,098
$5,698
$6,198
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$7,398
$7,998
24-Aug-2016
28-Aug-2016
Amaserena
$4,999
$5,298
$5,898
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$6,998
$7,598
$8,198
13-Oct-2016
17-Oct-2016
Amasonata
$4,799
$5,098
$5,698
$6,198
$6,398
$6,598
$6,798
$7,398
$7,998
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $168 per passenger.

For Singler Traveler: Single Supplement applies for Cruise: +50% of twin price, for Jr. Suites and Suites +100% of twin price; Single Supplement for Land: additional $840 per person.

For 7-Night Cruise Only (No 2 nights hotel in Vienna, 1 night hotel in Bulgaria and 3 nights hotel in Istanbul): Subtract $1,500 from above per person rates.
Visa Requirement for Turkey:  A Turkish Tourist Visa is required for entry into Istanbul, Turkey. All guests traveling to Turkey must obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) prior to their departure date.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - 2 twin beds ; Choice B - one large bed (larger than queen size)
Transfers at Start/End of Program are available for purchase. Please call for details.
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Prices Include:
▪ 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the InterContinental -or- 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
▪ Transfer from Vienna to the ship in Budapest
▪ 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin balconies
▪ Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
▪ Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
▪ Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
▪ Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
▪ Multiple dining venues on select vessels
▪ Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
▪ Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in Rousse, Bulgaria to Istanbul
▪ 1-night hotel accommodation in Plovdiv at the Trimontium Princess Hotel (or similar, hotel subject to change), including buffet breakfast and a dinner at a local restaurant. Lunch at a local restaurant in Erdine
▪ 3 nights hotel in Istanbul at the InterContinental Ceylon (or similar, hotel subject to change), including buffet breakfast
▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstrations, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
▪ Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
▪ Services of a professional Cruise Manager
▪ All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
▪ All local Taxes 
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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