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Prepare yourself for a 12-day vacation in Vienna, one of the world’s most celebrated cities, renowned for its music, architecture, and dance. Transfer to Budapest and embark the Amacerto for your Danube River cruise. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Visit Vidin and Giurgiu, as well as mythical Transylvania before exploring Bucharest, Romania for a day. With options for wine-tasting excursions, visits to historical sites, and a myriad of guided tours, this cruise provides something for everyone. This cruise is also offered in reverse direction from Bucharest to Vienna. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Day 2 : Vienna, Austria
Day 3 : Vienna | Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 4 : Mohacs | Pécs | Villány
Day 5 : Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 6 : Belgrade, Serbia
Day 7 : Cruising through the Iron Gates
Day 8 : Vidin, Bulgaria
Day 9 : Giurgiu | Veliko Turnavo | Rousse, Bulgaria
Day 10 : Rousse | Disembark | Bucharest, Romania
Day 11 : Bucharest | Transylvania
Day 12 : Bucharest, Romania

Highlights

  • Tour European cities and villages with insightful and knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy culinary and wine excursions in the picturesque European countryside
  • Learn of the region's rich history with visits to historical sites
  • Indulge in Amacerto's luxuries including fine dining and spa services

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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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 to explore this culturally rich city. 

Day 2 Vienna, Austria

This morning, savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna. First, a panoramic tour of Vienna guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall, and Vienna University. Afterwards, 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.

Day 3 Vienna | Budapest, Hungary | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After checking out of your hotel in Vienna, travel to Budapest and enjoy some free time for lunch followed by a sightseeing tour of Buda and Pest. See famed Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and spectacular views of the Danube. After a Welcome Dinner, the ship sails a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest.

Day 4 Mohacs | Pécs | Villány

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Observe the 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. 

Day 5 Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, enjoy a Yugoslav Civil War tour of Vukovar that shows 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, 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.

Day 6 Belgrade, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. This afternoon you have your choice of one of three excursions. The 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. The second option is a tasting of Serbian plum brandy and local snacks at the Quburich Distillery. Finally, the third option is a guided bike tour through Belgrade around Ada Ciganlija Island.

Day 7 Cruising through the Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 is an unforgettable highlight of your adventure.

Day 8 Vidin, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, visit Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country, where you are 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 see sites like the Ottoman post office and the synagogue. Afterwards, you have your choice of one of three excursions. The ship departs early afternoon. 

Day 9 Giurgiu | Veliko Turnavo | Rousse, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here, tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. You can 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.

Day 10 Rousse | Disembark | Bucharest, Romania

Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Today, 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 into your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own.

Day 11 Bucharest | Transylvania

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

Day 12 Bucharest, Romania

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight.

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Included Features:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news, and music
- Mini-fridge, desk, and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the IntercontinentalVienna (or similar), including daily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel in Vienna to Budapest
- 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Land Program

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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