Gems of Southeast Europe : 2018 - Budapest to Giurgiu : ms AmaCerto (Cruise Only)

OVERVIEW

Spend two nights in Vienna, the "City of Waltzes," before transferring to Budapest, where you'll embark upon your Danube river cruise with stops in Mohács and Vukovar on the way to Belgrade. Traverse the dramatic Iron Gates. Visit Vidin, Belogradchik and Veliko Tarnovo. Disembark and continue by land to Transylvania, where you'll spend one night in the town of Brasov, home to the Bran Castle, known as Dracula's Castle. En route to Bucharest, explore Peles Castle - considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe - before arriving in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the Intercontinental Vienna (or similar), including daily breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel in Vienna to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in riverview stateroom or suite - most staterooms offer twin balconies
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • "Sip & Sail" Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Cocktail Reception and Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
  • Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
  • An all English-speaking staff on board
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Brasov
  • 1 night hotel in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar), including daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Brasov to Bucharest
  • 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : EMBARKATION - BUDAPEST
    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. (D)

    Day 2 : MOHÁCS - PÉCS - VILLÁNY
    Arrive in Mohacs around breakfast time and depart for your excursion to Pécs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, the city 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 either a mosque that has been converted to a church or 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 3 : VUKOVAR, CROATIA - NOVI SAD, SERBIA
    This morning, enjoy a Yugoslav Civil War tour of Vukovar that will show you the Ovcara Memorial and Cemetery, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia's struggle for independence. Alternatively, 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. After a walking tour of the city, you will later in the evening see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached and that is now home to a hotel, museum and artists' studios. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : BELGRADE
    Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, that includes visits to 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 and local snacks at the Quburich Distillery. Your third option is a guided bike tour through Belgrade around Ada Ciganlija Island. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES
    Today, take 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 adventure. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : VIDIN, BULGARIA
    Your time in Vidin begins with a visit to Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations, as well as Vidin Castle. Afterwards, you will visit Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country, where you will be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. You may also opt instead for a Banitsa pastry and yogurt tasting, or a guided bike tour on which you will see sights like the Ottoman post office and visit the synagogue. Afterwards, you will have your choice of one of three excursions. The ship departs early afternoon. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : ROUSSE- VELIKO TARNOVO - 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. Or, you may choose to hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a group of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries built into the side of a mountain. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : GIURIU - DISEMBARKATION
    Disembark the ship in Giurgiu. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 9/30/2017
    Duration
    8 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaCerto

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Budapest  
    Day 2Mohacs  
    Day 3Vukovar  
    Day 4Belgrade  
    Day 5Iron Gates  
    Day 6Vidin  
    Day 7Rousse  
    Day 8Giurgiu  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    04/14/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    05/12/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    06/09/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    07/21/2018$3,299.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    09/15/2018$3,599.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
    10/13/2018$3,399.00* (USD) / Cruise OnlyQuote
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    Notes:

    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price. Single supplement waived on D & E categories. Please check at time of booking as offer is capacity controlled.

    Single Supplement for Land: $800 per person.

    Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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