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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), 1 Night in Brasov and 2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Bucharest (post cruise)

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2018 & 2019 Departure Dates & Pricing

Vienna * to Bucharest (or reverse) - 13 days

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

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Ship - 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

The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems on a city tour that showcases its regal splendors. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

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

Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach to Budapest where you'll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Houses of Parliament and the Chain Bridge. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front. (B,D)

Day 4: Mohacs - Pecs

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Vukovar, Croatia - Novi Sad, Serbia

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you'll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Belgrade

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Cruising through the Iron Gates

The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Vidin, Bulgaria

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Rousse - Giurgiu, Romania

Visit Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Giurgiu (Disembarkation Day) - Brasov

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and board a motorcoach to journey through the Romanian countryside to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'll travel to the lovely village of Brașov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. (B)

Day 11: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest

En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Peleș Castle, Transylvania's other enchanting castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, check into your hotel. (B)

Day 12: Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. (B)

Day 13: Bucharest

Bid farewell to Bucharest 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 - Sinaia - Brasov

En route to Brașov, stop in the charming town of Sinaia where you will tour Transylvania’s legendary Peleș Castle, a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, which was once the residence of the royal family. It is considered to be among the most stunning in Europe. Continue on to the lovely village of Brașov, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy a tour. (B)

Day 4: Brasov - Giurgiu (Embarkation Day)

Journey through the Romanian countryside via a motorcoach to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. After touring the castle, continue your journey on to Giurgiu where you’ll board your luxury ship. (B)

Day 5: Giurgiu - Rousse

Step back into ancient history by touring Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its legendary medieval fortress and orthodox temples. Or opt to venture to the stunning city of Rousse, sometimes called Little Vienna for its breathtaking 19th- and 20th-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture and then afterwards marvel at the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Vidin, Bulgaria

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, be welcomed into a local home for a demonstration and tasting of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a delicious pastry with filo dough and cheese. Or you can choose to bike through Vidin for a more active adventure and see the castle. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Scenic cruising through the Iron Gates

The dramatic Iron Gates stretches between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, forming the boundary between Romania and Serbia and is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders along the Danube River. The ancient Serbian king, King Decebalus, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Belgrade, Serbia

Discover the wonders of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour with highlights that include the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, the first President of Yugoslavia. Or savor a taste of Šlivovitz, Serbian plum brandy, and other delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. Or join a guided bike tour for those wishing a more active adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Novi Sad, Serbia - Vukovar, Croatia

Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad to explore why some have called the city the “Serbian Athens” and see Dunavski Park and Stari Grad, the Old Town center. Or join a guided biking or hiking tour and enjoy a more active exploration. In the evening, you’ll be captivated by the legendary Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. Back on board, cruise to Vukovar, the Croatian symbol of resistance. See history come to life as you visit the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Or you could indulge in a Croatian wine tasting by choosing to visit Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, and sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Pecs, Hungary – Mohacs

A scenic morning cruise will bring us into Hungary and the town of Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Budapest (Disembarkation Day) - Vienna, Austria

Disembark your ship in Budapest. Before transferring to Vienna via motorcoach, be treated to a tour of the enchanting “Queen of the Danube” known as Budapest. Visit the Great Market Hall, followed by a panoramic tour of both the Buda and the Pest sides of the river. Afterwards continue onward to Vienna, the “Waltz Capital of the World.” Upon arrival, check into your hotel. (B)

Day 12: Vienna

Vienna has charmed travelers for centuries with its many breathtaking regal splendors. See why the grand Austrian capital has inspired artists and philosophers from Mozart and Beethoven to Gustav Klimt and Sigmund Freud. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Day 13: 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.

2018 and 2019 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 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
May 17, 2019
May 19, 2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Jul 12, 2019
Jul 14, 2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Aug 9, 2019
Aug 11, 2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Sep 6, 2019
Sep 8, 2019
Amacerto
$5,679
$5,978
$6,578
$7,078
$7,278
$7,478
$7,678
$8,278
$8,978
Oct 4, 2019
Oct 6, 2019
Amacerto
$5,579
$5,878
$6,478
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,578
$8,178
$8,878
Nov 1, 2019
Nov 3, 2019
Amacerto
$4,979
$5,278
$5,878
$6,378
$6,578
$6,778
$6,978
$7,578
$8,278
 
From Bucharest
Program start date

Cruise Embarkation Date (in Giurgiu)

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 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
May 22, 2019
May 26, 2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 18,2019
Amacerto
$5,379
$5,678
$6,278
$6,778
$6,978
$7,178
$7,378
$7,978
$8,678
Sep 11, 2019
Sep 15, 2019
Amacerto
$5,679
$5,978
$6,578
$7,078
$7,278
$7,478
$7,678
$8,278
$8,978
Oct 9, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Amacerto
$5,479
$5,7678
$6,378
$6,878
$7,078
$7,278
$7,478
$8,078
$8,778
Nov 6, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
Amacerto
$4,879
$5,178
$5,778
$6,278
$6,478
$6,678
$6,878
$7,478
$8,178
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $168 per passenger (2018 departures); Additional $182 per person (2019 departures).

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 $1,540 from above per person rates (2018 departures); Subtract $1,780 from above per person rates (2019 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 hotel (or Budapest hotel if starting the tour in Budpest) 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 Giurgiu, Romania to Brasov, Romania
▪ 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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