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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amaserena
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Arrive in Budapest and embark the Amaserena for your 8-day Danube River cruise. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Visit Vidin and Giurgiu before disembarking in Rousse. 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 Rousse to Budapest. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest | Embark
Day 2 : Mohács | Pecs | Villány
Day 3 : Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia
Day 4 : Belgrade, Serbia
Day 5 : Cruising through the Iron Gates
Day 6 : Vidin, Bulgaria
Day 7 : Giurgiu | Veliko Turnavo | Rousse, Bulgaria
Day 8 : Rousse | Disembark

Highlights

  • Tour European cities and villages with insightful and knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy culinary and wine excursions in the picturesque European countryside
  • Take a walking tour of Novi Sad, Serbia, and see the Petrovaradin fortress
  • Indulge in Amaserena's luxuries including fine dining and spa services
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates, a series of impressive gorges on the Danube

Ship

MS Amaserena

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

St. Mark's Church in the summer Town in eastern Europe Parliament Building at night. Enjoy this beautiful basilica while traveling through Europe Parliament Building

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Arrive in Budapest. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Gala Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Mohács | Pecs | Villány

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mohacs during breakfast and then depart for your excursion to Pecs. 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. Also visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the main Catholic cathedral in the city, as well as the restored Synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohacs. After lunch, enjoy a wine-tasting excursion, where you can sample aromatic, spicy wines from the vineyards of Villány. 

Day 3 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, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia’s struggle for independence. You may also 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. On your afternoon walking tour of the city, see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached, now home to a hotel, museum, and artists’ studios. 

Day 4 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 5 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 6 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 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 7 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 8 Rousse | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship in Rousse and connect to your return flight home.

MS Amaserena

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$3,099
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Piano deck, fixed windows
AmaSerena D
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D
Piano deck, fixed windows
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Violin & Cello deck, French Balcony
AmaSerena BB
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Cello deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony
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Violin deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony
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Cello deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony
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Violin deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony
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Violin deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony

Notes

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

Please note: Rates do not include port charges $168 per person

Included Features
- 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 & 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
- 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 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

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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