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Iron Gates, Danube River

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Embark the Amamagna for an 8-day cruise along the Danube River. On this intimate cruise beginning in Budapest, 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. 
Panoramic view of Budapest cityscapeLandscape of Novi Sad, SerbiaFisherman's Bastion in Budapest, HungaryBudapest CityscapeIron Gates, Danube River
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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Budapest, Hungary | Embarkation

Embark upon your river cruise ship, docked in the city center. This evening, meet your fellow passengers on board. 

Day 2: MohÁcs | PÉcs

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to 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. For wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2000 years ago. 

Day 3: Vukovar, Croatia | Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you'll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. 

Day 4: Belgrade

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes 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, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. 

Day 5: Scenic Cruising Through The Iron Gates

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. 

Day 6: 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, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. 

Day 7: Rousse | Giurgiu, Romania

  • 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-century Neo- Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. 

Day 8: Giurgiu | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the ship in Giurgiu. 

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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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