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Arrive in Budapest and embark the MS Amabella 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 Rousse before disembarking in Giurgiu. 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 a reverse direction from Giurgiu to Budapest. 
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Highlights
  • Take a walking tour of Novi Sad, Serbia, and see the Petrovaradin fortress
  • Indulge in MS Amabella's luxuries including fine dining and spa services
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates, a series of impressive gorges on the Danube
  • Enjoy culinary and wine excursions in the picturesque European countryside
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Budapest | Embark

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

Day 2: Mohács | Pecs | Villány

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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: Veliko Turnavo | Rousse, Bulgaria

  • 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: Giurgiu | Disembark

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

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MS Amabella

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Piano Deck, Fixed window, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
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Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 350 sq. ft.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Free Wifi Throughout The Ship
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Beverages: Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Beverages: Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Knowledgeable guides
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Laundry 
  • Port Fees

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