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Grand Danube Cruise with Prague and Istanbul

22 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS Amacerto
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Begin your European river journey with three nights in Istanbul, one night in Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv, and a visit to the ancient capital of Veliko Turnovo before embarking upon your cruise. Visit the Romanian capital of Bucharest and marvel at the Iron Gates, the narrow passage between the Balkan and Carpathian Mountains. Expertly guided tours will show you the highlights of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, the birthplace of the waltz. Your river cruise voyages through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley before visiting the spectacular Melk Abbey. Conclude your European river cruise with a three-night stay in Prague.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Prague, Czech Repblic
Day 2 : Exploring Prague
Day 3 : Free day Prague
Day 4 : Prague / Vilshofen, Germany / Embark
Day 5 : Vilshofen / Passau, Germany
Day 6 : Linz / Gmunden
Day 7 : Melk / Durnstein
Day 8 : Vienna
Day 9 : Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 10 : Budapest, Hungary
Day 11 : Hungary's Puszta Region
Day 12 : Mohacs / Pecs
Day 13 : Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 14 : Belgrade, Serbia
Day 15 : Cruising through the Iron Gates
Day 16 : Vidin, Bulgaria
Day 17 : Giurgiu / Bucharest, Romania
Day 18 : Rousse / Veliko Turnovo / Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Day 19 : Istanbul, Turkey
Day 20 : Touring Istanbul
Day 21 : Exploring Istanbul
Day 22 : Return Home

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beautiful interior of a mosque in Eastern Europe Enjoy a beautiful river view at sunset. Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe View of a mosque in Eastern Europe Gorgeous evening view

Day 1 Arrive Prague, Czech Repblic

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

Day 2 Exploring Prague

This morning's sightseeing reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive city. You will see Wenceslas Square and the Metronome overlooking the Vltava River before arriving at the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle for a visit. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square and see the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and the famous Astronomical Clock. This evening, an optional Folklore Dinner Show provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions. (B)

Day 3 Free day Prague

Spend a day at your leisure to relax and stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor restaurant or shop for local handicrafts and art work. This afternoon, participate in an optional tour to Terezin, the infamous Nazi WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. (B)

Day 4 Prague / Vilshofen, Germany / Embark

This morning, bid farewell to Prague as you head for Vilshofen. Stop in Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, where you will enjoy a walking tour. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore Regensburg’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, continue to Vilshofen to embark your cruise. (D)

Day 5 Vilshofen / Passau, Germany

Early this morning, cruise to Passau in Germany, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Your city tour takes you on an exploration of this fairy-tale city founded more than 2,000 years ago. Highlights include St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. As an alternative, explore the city on a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

Day 6 Linz / Gmunden

This morning the ship arrives in Linz, the second largest city in Austria. You will have the choice of two different excursions: a visit to the scenic “Salzkammergut” region, the Austrian Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the historic town of Gmunden; or take an excursion to Salzburg, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center, famous as the setting for the “Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart, and enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Melk / Durnstein

This morning arrive in Melk, where you will tour the spectacular Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. This afternoon arrive in Dürnstein, where you will take a walking tour along the town’s medieval cobblestone streets, passing by 16th century town houses and wine taverns. Marvel at the magnificent blue façade of the baroque Stiftskirche. Your tour will also include a wine tasting at a local vintner, where you will enjoy several different wines, presented along with bread, knowledgeable hosts, and plenty of laughter. As an alternative, explore the majestic Wachau Valley on a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein (capacity controlled). The ship moors overnight in Dürnstein. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Vienna

Savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna during your guided sightseeing tour, which will include the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse and the historic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. After dinner, enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna, such as the Hofburg Palace or Palais Auersperg. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Bratislava, Slovakia

Wake up this morning in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a walking tour of the city’s major sights, including the Old Town Hall, the stunning Mirbach Palace and Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. In the alternative, choose a “Communist Tour” that includes architectural landmarks such as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Budapest, Hungary

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the famous Heroes’ Square and more. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Hungary's Puszta Region

The Puszta is the region of Hungary widely known throughout the world for its Hungarian cowboys who still wear traditional garb and practice the skills of their Magyar ancestors. Upon arrival, you will be met by horse-herds and greeted with brandy and scones. Take a ride in an Ox-cart, see a typical Gypsy village and marvel at the equestrian skills of the riders during the horse show. There will be a lunch of Goulash, the national dish, before returning to Budapest. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Mohacs / Pecs

Arrive in Mohács during breakfast and then depart for your excursion to Pecs, EU Cultural Capital 2010. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pecs became an important early Christian bishopric and Turkish cultural base during the many centuries of Ottoman rule. Upon arrival, visit the Mosque Church, the largest structure surviving from the Ottoman period as well as the underground burial chambers dating back to the 4th century. You will also see St. Peter’s Basilica, the main Catholic Cathedral in the city, as well as the restored Synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohács. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Vukovar, Croatia / Novi Sad, Serbia

Arrive in Vukovar, Croatia in the morning and choose between a tour of Vukovar or wine tasting in the town of Ilok. Your city tour of Vukovar includes the Ovcara Memorial, the monumental cross that is a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. As an alternative, travel to the town of Ilok, which is famous for its wines. Here, you will visit a local winery and sample their vintages before your walking tour of the town. After your tour, continue to Novi Sad and enjoy a walking tour beginning at Danube Park and then stroll through the old town center. You will also tour the 18th-century Austrian-Hungarian Petrovaradin Fortress. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Belgrade, Serbia

Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and explore its myriad of streets, plazas and squares. Belgrade has over 5,500 streets, 16 plazas and 32 squares. On your panoramic tour, you will see the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. As an alternative, choose to 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 main pedestrian and shopping center of the city. A guided bicycle tour is available in the afternoon (capacity controlled). (B,L,D)

Day 15 Cruising through the Iron Gates

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 range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern foothills of the Balkan Mountains. Forming the natural border between Serbia and Romania, today’s passage will be an unforgettable highlight of your Black Sea adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Vidin, Bulgaria

The "Bada Vida" Fortress sits guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin. The 14th-century castle has massive walls and dark towers, which strongly contrast the natural park which surrounds the castle. From here, take an excursion to Belogradschik, a beautifully restored 6th-century castle, located in a fairytale landscape of unusual rock formations. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Giurgiu / Bucharest, Romania

Today, enjoy a full day excursion to Bucharest, capital and largest city in Romania. The city is famed for it's Belle Epoque era buildings dating from the 19th century. During the morning city tour, you will see the Arch of Triumph, Soseaua Kiseleff, the Athenaeum, the Library and also visit the Parliament Palace - the world's largest palace. Enjoy lunch in a typical Romanian restaurant, then choose to shop, explore on your own or visit the open air museum, which was dedicated to the traditional architecture and buildings of rural Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Rousse / Veliko Turnovo / Plovdiv, Bulgaria

This morning, disembark in Rousse and continue your tour by motorcoach. Your first stop this morning is the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo. Here you will tour Tsarevets Hill, the citadel of the city, the old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces, the Patriarchal church and Baldwin's Tower. Shoppers can explore the traditional street market, Samovodska Charshia. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in the hill top town of Arbanassi where you will sample a traditional Bulgarian lunch before continuing on to Plovdiv. Enjoy a walking tour of Plovdiv. (B,L)

Day 19 Istanbul, Turkey

This morning, you will leave Plovdiv for Istanbul. After lunch in Erdine, continue your journey through the Bulgarian countryside on your way to Istanbul. After you check into your hotel, the remainder of the evening is yours to explore on your own. (B)

Day 20 Touring Istanbul

This morning's comprehensive city tour will show you the old city, with its numerous Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of her historic past. Admire the mighty defensive walls, the Roman aqueduct and the hippodrome. See the Suleymaniye Mosque, the church of the Pantocrator and the Galata Tower, and tour the Blue Mosque. Later, you can explore the town on your own or choose from from various optionals that will be offered. (B)

Day 21 Exploring 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 or use the remainder of the day to shop for souvenirs or relax at one of the charming tea houses or restaurants. This evening, you may wish to join some your fellow passengers for the optional Istanbul By Night where you will enjoy a belly dancing show with dinner. (B)

Day 22 Return Home

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

MS Amacerto

Per person starting at
Cabins Category D and E
Cat E
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Piano Deck, Fixed Window. 148 sq.ft.
Cabins Category D and E
Cat D
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Piano Deck, Fixed Windows. 148 sq.ft.
Cabin Category C
Cat C
$0
Violin & Cello Deck, French Balcony. 170 sq.ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
Cat BB
$0
Cello Deck, French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category BA and BB
Cat BA
$0
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 210 sq.ft.
Cabin Category AB and AA
Cat AB
$0
Cello Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
Cabins AB and AA
Cat AA
$0
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 235 sq.ft.
Cat AA+
$0
Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 290 sq.ft.
Cabin Category Suite
Suite
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Violin Deck. French & Outside Balcony. 350 sq.ft.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Please note: Cruise fares do not include port charges and fees.

Included Features:
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul at The Ritz-Carlton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- 1-night hotel accommodation in Plovdiv at the Dedeman (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast
- Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in hotel in Istanbul to ship in Rousse
- 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - 82% of the staterooms with French balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
- State-of-the-art Infotainment System 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
- Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
- Free-flowing 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
- Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to the hotel in Prague
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local taxes
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