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Gems of Southeast Europe

Cruise through the Iron Gates

7-Night Danube Cruise with 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Vienna or Budapest (pre-cruise) and 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Bucharest (post cruise)

Amawaterways Istanbul

Black Sea Voyage
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vienna * to Bucharest (or reverse) - 12 days

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

NOTE: The 2018 itinerary includes 1 night hotel in Brasov. Please ask for details.

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Ship - Amaserena, Amacerto

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Detailed Itinerary : Vienna to Bucharest

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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) - Bucharest, Romania

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Today we explore Bucharest, the “Paris of the East.” Begin with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Later this afternoon check in to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own if you wish. (B, L)

Day 11: Bucharest

After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortable nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you’ll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castles, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty. Continue on to Bran for where you will have lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle. (B,L)

Day 12: Bucharest

Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Bucharest to Vienna

Skip to Vienna to Bucharest itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest, Romania

Arrive in Bucharest and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2: Bucharest

Enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortable nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you’ll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castles, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty. Continue on to Bran where you will have lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle. (B,L)

Day 3: Bucharest - Rousse, Bulgaria (Embarkation Day)

Today we explore 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, enjoy a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. This afternoon, embark upon your river cruise ship. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Giurgiu

Today, enjoy a visit to 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. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)

Day 5: 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. Afterwards, visit to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country, where you will be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. (B,L,D)

Day 6: 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 cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, that includes a photo stop at Tito’s Tomb and visits to the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. This afternoon you will have your choice of one of three excursions. Your first option is a visit to the mausoleum of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, a beloved figure who was the leader of the Yugoslav Partisans during the Second World War and became the first President of Yugoslavia. Your second option is a tasting of Serbian plum brandy at the Quburich Distillery followed by a visit to the Avala Hill and TV Tower. Your third option is a guided bike tour through Belgrade and around Ada Ciganlija island. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Novi Sad

Arrive in Novi Sad in the morning and choose to explore on one of three excursions. Your first option is to join a walking tour from Danube Park to the old town center. Your second option is to join a tasting of Serbian Specialties including learning how to prepare a traditional Vojvodina meal of stew, salad, dumplings and bread. Your third option is a hike up to the Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached and is now home to a hotel, museum and artists’ studios. Enjoy a refreshment and explore the fort and galleries. After your tour, the ship continues on to Ilok, Croatia. Choose between an excursion to Ilok with a wine tasting and visit to the Este Palace 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 9: Mohacs, 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. More active guests may opt instead to partake in a scenic guided bike tour from Mohács along the Danube River and through the Danube –Drava National Park where guests may spot a black stork or white-tailed eagle, followed by a visit to the Kilked Stork Museum. You will return to the ship in Mohács. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Bid farewell to your ship as you disembark for your tour of Buda and Pest. You will see famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Vienna. After checking-in to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 11: Vienna

This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. First, a panoramic tour of Vienna will guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B)

Day 12: Vienna

Say farewell to Austria and prepare 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) . Please call and ask for pricing.

2017 and 2018 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
Apr 22, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
Amaserena
$4,319
$4,618
$5,218
$5,718
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,918
$7,518
Jul 8, 2017
Jul 10, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Aug 5, 2017
Aug 7, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Sep 2, 2017
Sep 4, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 14, 2018
Amacerto
$4,439
$4,738
$5,338
$5,838
$6,038
$6,238
$6,438
$7,038
$7,738
May 10, 2018
May 12, 2018
Amacerto
$4,939
$5,238
$5,838
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,538
$8,238
Jun 7, 2018
Jun 9, 2018
Amacerto
$4,939
$5,238
$5,838
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,538
$8,238
Jul 19, 2018
Jul 21, 2018
Amacerto
$4,839
$5,138
$5,738
$6,238
$6,438
$6,638
$6,838
$7,438
$8,138
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 15,2018
Amacerto
$5,139
$5,438
$6,038
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,138
$7,738
$8,438
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 13, 2018
Amacerto
$4,939
$5,238
$5,838
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,538
$8,238
 
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
Apr 29, 2017
May 1,2017
Amaserena
$4,419
$4,718
$5,318
$5,818
$6,018
$6,218
$6,418
$7,018
$7,618
Jul 15, 2017
Jul 17, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Amacerto
$4,519
$4,818
$5,118
$5,918
$6,118
$6,318
$6,518
$7,118
$7,718
Sep 9, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Amacerto
$4,819
$5,118
$5,718
$6,218
$6,418
$6,618
$6,818
$7,418
$8,018
Oct 21, 2017
Oct 23, 2017
Amacerto
$4,419
$4,718
$5,318
$5,818
$6,018
$6,218
$6,418
$7,018
$7,618
Apr 18, 2018
Apr 21, 2018
Amacerto
$4,639
$4,938
$5,538
$6,038
$6,238
$6,438
$6,638
$7,238
$7,938
May 16, 2018
May 19, 2018
Amacerto
$4,939
$5,238
$5,838
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,538
$8,238
Jun 13, 2018
Jun 16,2018
Amacerto
$4,939
$5,238
$5,838
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,538
$8,238
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 28, 2018
Amacerto
$4,839
$5,138
$5,738
$6,238
$6,438
$6,638
$6,838
$7,438
$8,138
Sep 19, 2018
Sep 22, 2018
Amacerto
$5,139
$5,438
$6,038
$6,538
$6,738
$6,938
$7,138
$7,738
$8,438
Oct 17, 2018
Oct 20, 2018
Amacerto
$4,739
$5,038
$5,638
$6,138
$6,338
$6,538
$6,738
$7,338
$8,038
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $168 per perssenger.

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 in Vienna & 2 nights in Bucharest): Subtract $1,220 from above per person rates (2017 departures); Subtract $1,540 from above per person rates (2018 departures).
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 similar) -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 Bucharest, Romania
▪ (For 2018 Departures) 1-night hotel accommodation in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar) including breakfast, half day city tour and a visit of Bran Castle , transfer from the hotel to Bucharest
▪ 2 nights hotel accommodations in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including daily 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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