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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard MS Amaserena
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Begin your 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 Amaserena 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 the 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, Austria | Budapest, Hungary | Embark
Day 4 : Mohács | Pecs | Villány, Hungary
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 Ship | Bucharest, Romania
Day 11 : Bucharest | Transylvania
Day 12 : Bucharest, Romania


  • 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 Amaserena's luxuries including fine dining and spa services


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View of a mosque in Eastern Europe Parliament Building Explore these beautiful gardens while touring through Europe Beautiful interior of a mosque in Eastern Europe Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania

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, Austria | Budapest, Hungary | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After checking out of your hotel in Vienna, travel to Budapest, Hungary where you have free time for lunch followed by a sightseeing tour of Buda and Pest. From the historic Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities spread over both sides of the Danube. Your tour also includes the Fisherman’s Bastion. Afterwards, 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. 

Day 4 Mohács | Pecs | Villány, Hungary

  • 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 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, 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 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 sights 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 Ship | 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 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 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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Single supplement is 50%, except for Suites which are 100%.

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

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 & 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 & 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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