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Giurgiu to Budapest - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amacerto
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Embark the Amacerto for an 8-day cruise along the Danube River. On this intimate cruise beginning in Giurgiu, tour villages, explore historical sites and enjoy the luxurious amenities on board while you fall in love the unique Southeast European charm that this region offers. Cross through the Danube's "Iron Gates" as you cruise from Bulgaria to Serbia, and sample the region's savory wine while you sail the picturesque river. 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 Budapest to Giugui. 

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Visit Rousse, called Little Vienna because of its breathtaking architecture
  • Learn of the region's rich history with visits to historical sites
  • Enjoy culinary and wine excursions in the picturesque European countryside
  • Tour European cities and villages with insightful and knowledgeable guides

Ship

MS Amacerto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hungarian parliament, Budapest Belgrade, Serbia Landscape of Novi Sad, Serbia Iron Gates, Danube River Vukovar, Croatia Panoramic view of Budapest cityscape Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary Budapest Cityscape

Day 1 Giurgiu | Embark

Embark your ship in Giurgiu. Tonight gather on board and meet your fellow passengers.

Day 2 Rousse, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step back into ancient history by touring Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its legendary medieval fortress and orthodox temples. Or opt to venture to the stunning city of Rousse, sometimes called Little Vienna for its breathtaking 19th- and 20th-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture and then afterwards marvel at the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. 

Day 3 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 overlooking the Danube. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, be welcomed into a local home for a demonstration and tasting of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a delicious pastry with filo dough and cheese. Or you can choose to bike through Vidin for a more active adventure and see the castle. 

Day 4 Cruising through the Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The dramatic Iron Gates stretches between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, forming the boundary between Romania and Serbia and is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders along the Danube River. The ancient Serbian king, King Decebalus, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers.

Day 5 Belgrade, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the wonders of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour with highlights that include the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, the first President of Yugoslavia. Or savor a taste of Šlivovitz, Serbian plum brandy, and other delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. Or join a guided bike tour for those wishing a more active adventure. 

Day 6 Novi Sad | Ilok

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad to explore why some have called the city the “Serbian Athens” and see Dunavski Park and Stari Grad, the Old Town center. Or join a guided biking or hiking tour and enjoy a more active exploration. In the evening, you’ll be captivated by the legendary Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. Back on board, cruise to Vukovar, the Croatian symbol of resistance. See history come to life as you visit the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Or you could indulge in a Croatian wine tasting by choosing to visit Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, and sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. 

Day 7 Mohács | Pecs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A scenic morning cruise will bring you into Hungary and the town of Pécs founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. 

Day 8 Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your cruise in Budapest.

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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 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
- Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
- Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- 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 Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- 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
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
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