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Grand Danube Cruise with Prague

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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 In Prague, Czech Republic
Day 2 : Prague
Day 3 : Prague
Day 4 : Prague | Regensburg | Embark | Vilshofen, Germany
Day 5 : Vilshofen | Passau, Germany
Day 6 : Linz | Gmunden
Day 7 : Weissenkirchen, Austria
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 : Rousse | Giurgiu, Bucharest
Day 18 : Giurgiu | Disembarkation | BraȘov, Romania
Day 19 : BraȘov | SighiȘoara
Day 20 : BraȘov | Sinaia | Bucharest
Day 21 : Bucharest
Day 22 : Depart Bucharest

Highlights

  • Explore Prague's many historic sites, such as Prague Castle and St. Vitus
  • Visit Vienna’s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See an amazing performance of Hungarian horsemanship in Puszta
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates as the Danube narrows through gorges

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A quiet autumn morning in Bratislava Gorgeous evening view of Prague Romanian Athenaeum Of Bucharest, Romania Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Enjoy cruising through the German countryside Discover the architecture and history of Budapest Johann Strauss statue, Vienna Hungarian parliament, Budapest

Day 1 Arrive In Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Prague

Discover fairytale Prague via a city tour or a hike. Both will reveal why Prague is consideredone of Europe’s most attractive and vibrant cities, with a historic city center that’s recognized as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. 

Day 3 Prague

Beer has been an important part of the Czech Republic since 993, when the first brewery wasestablished. Beer is vital to the country’s national identity, so much so that the Czechs are the biggest consumersof beer in the world. Join a beer tasting and discover for yourself what makes Czech beer some of the best in theworld. 

Day 4 Prague | Regensburg | Embark | Vilshofen, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Depart from Prague via motorcoach and enjoy a stop in Regensburg. After a local highlights tour, drive to Vilshofen where you will board your ship. Later in the day, enjoy a festive Oktoberfest celebration – an AmaWaterways exclusive. 

Day 5 Vilshofen | Passau, Germany

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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). 

Day 6 Linz | Gmunden

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

Day 7 Weissenkirchen, Austria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head up to the Sun Deck for panoramic views as you unwind with a scenic cruise through the Strudengau and UNESCO-designated Wachau valleys. After reaching Weissenkirchen, you’ll be treated to several choices of excursions. Take a walking tour of Dürnstein before visiting the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. Or hike the trail up to the ruins of Durnstein Fortress, where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive, and where you’ll find spectacular views of the valley, river and village below. For a more culinary-focused experience, sample special apricot treats from a local boutique. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner. 

Day 8 Vienna

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

Day 9 Bratislava, Slovakia

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

Day 10 Budapest, Hungary

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

Day 11 Hungary's Puszta Region

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

Day 12 Mohacs | Pecs

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

Day 13 Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia

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

Day 14 Belgrade, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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). 

Day 15 Cruising through the Iron Gates

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

Day 16 Vidin, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Continue on toBelogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations.Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry youwill also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. 

Day 17 Rousse | Giurgiu, Bucharest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-centuryNeo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-HewnChurches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. 

Day 18 Giurgiu | Disembarkation | BraȘov, Romania

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and board a motorcoach to journey through the Romanian countryside to Bran, where you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'll travel to the lovely village of Brașov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. 

Day 19 BraȘov | SighiȘoara

Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighişoara, birthplace to Transylvania’s most notorious ruler, Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula. It’s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad's place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today it houses a kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.” 

Day 20 BraȘov | Sinaia | Bucharest

En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit the enchanting Peleș Castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, check into your hotel. 

Day 21 Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. 

Day 22 Depart Bucharest

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

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Included Features:
- 14 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- 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
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala 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
- Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Bike tours and hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town HiltonHotel Prague (or similar), including city tour,Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
- Transfer from hotel in Prague to Regensburg with a highlights tour and thenon to the ship in Vilshofen
- Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Brasov
- 2 nights hotel in Brașov at the Kronwell Brașov Hotel(or similar), including city tour, Sighișoara excursionand daily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel in Brasov to Bucharest via Sinaia with Peles Castle tour
- 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu(or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Prague at the Old Town Hilton Hotel Prague (or similar), including city tour, Czech beer tasting and daily breakfast
- Transfer from hotel in Prague to Regensburg with a highlights tour and thenon to the ship in Vilshofen
- Transfer from ship in Giurgiu to Bucharest for a city tour and flight to Istanbul.
- 3 Nights hotel in Istanbul, with city tours and daily breakfast.
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