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Begin your vacation in Vienna, one of the world’s most celebrated cities, renowned for its music, architecture and dance. Transfer to Budapest and embark upon your Danube river cruise with stops in Mohács and Vukovar on the way to Belgrade. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Visit Vidin, Belogradchik and Veliko Tarnovo. Disembark and continue by land to Bucharest where you will conclude your journey with a two-night stay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Vienna, Austria
Day 2 : Vienna
Day 3 : Vienna | Budapest | Embarkation
Day 4 : Mohacs | Pecs | Villany
Day 5 : Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 6 : Belgrade
Day 7 : Cruising Through The Iron Gates
Day 8 : Vidin
Day 9 : Giurgiu | Bucharest, Romania | Rousse, Bulgaria
Day 10 : Rousse | Disembarkation | Bucharest, Romania
Day 11 : Bucharest | Transylvania
Day 12 : Depart Bucharest

Highlights

  • Explore Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy a special Illuminations Cruise along Budapest's riverfront
  • Take a wine-tasting excursion from the vineyards of Vill├íny
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates, a natural wonder of the narrowing Danube
  • Visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, in Transylvania

Ship

MS Amasonata

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

St. Mark's Church in the summer Baroque elegance in romantic Vienna Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania Bucharest skyline, Romania Town in eastern Europe

Day 1 Arrive In Vienna, Austria

Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure to explore this culturally rich city.

Day 2 Vienna

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 | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After checking out of your hotel in Vienna, travel to Budapest where you have 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 | Pecs | Villany

  • 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. 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. 

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, 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. 

Day 6 Belgrade

  • 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 visits to Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. This afternoon you 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. 

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

  • 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 can see sights like the Ottoman post office and visit the synagogue. Afterwards, you have your choice of one of three excursions. The ship departs early afternoon. 

Day 9 Giurgiu | Bucharest, Romania | Rousse, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here you can tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. 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 | Disembarkation | 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 in to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own if you wish. 

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 comfortable 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 where you have lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle. 

Day 12 Depart Bucharest

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

MS Amasonata

Bucharest

Vienna

Per person starting at
$4,299
Amasonata E cabin
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Cat. E
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata D cabin
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Cat. D
Piano Deck. Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
Amasonata C
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Cat. C
Violin & Cello Deck. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
Amasonata BB cabin
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Cat. BB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft
Amasonata BA cabin
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Cat BA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
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Cat AB
Cello Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft
Amasonata AA cabin
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Cat. AA
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 235 sq. ft.
Amasonata AA+ cabin
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Cat. AA+
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 250 sq. ft.
Amasonata Suite
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Suite
Violin Deck. French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 350 sq. ft.

Notes

Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

Included Features:
- 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the InterContinental Vienna (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 revolutionary twin balconies
- Shore excursions in every port with personal headset included
- Limited Edition Tours
- Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and 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
- Unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain's Gala Dinner
- 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (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 and guided bicycle tours
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a nonsmoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- 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
- All local taxes

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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