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Romania's iconic Bran Castle "Dracula's Castle"

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Giurgiu - Budapest - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Amabella
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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 Budapest. With options for wine tasting excursions, visits to historical sites, and a myriad of guided tours, this cruise provides something for everyone. 
Cruise through the Iron GatesBaba Vida FortressSt. Peter’s BasilicaMemorial Cross in Vukovar, CroatiaBelgrade FortressRomania's iconic Bran Castle "Dracula's Castle"
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
Activities
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Giurgiu | Embark

Embark the ship in Giurgiu for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise.

Day 2: Rousse, Bulgaria

If you're looking to explore more of Bucharest or venture out to Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, there are plenty of options available to you. Veliko Tarnovo is famous for its medieval fortress and numerous orthodox temples. Alternatively, you can choose to visit Rousse, which is known for its 19th and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. Another option is to visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and are known for their exceptional 14th-century paintings.

Day 3: Vidin, Bulgaria

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. 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. Wine-lovers can instead enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery, situated just outside of Vidin in the village of Negovanovtsi. Located on the vine-growing and wine-producing Danubian Plain, we will tour this boutique winery and end in the cellar for a tasting that includes traditional Bulgarian wines.

Day 4: Cruising through the Iron Gates

The Iron Gates are some 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, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. After your scenic cruise, you will arrive at Golubac Fortress – one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe – for a tour.

Day 5: Belgrade, Serbia

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Nikola Tesla Museum, encompassing the world-renowned inventor’s life and inventions, as well as the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, the largest such church in the world. Alternatively, you can hike to Belgrade Fortress. In the afternoon, enjoy a taste of the region by sampling a few types of Serbian brandy paired with delicious local appetizers, including Šlivovitz, which was added in 2022 to UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. Or explore Novi Sad, a city rich in tradition and culture, on “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour. Stroll through Stari Grad, the old town center; and explore Liberty Square, which is dominated by the Old Town Hall.

Day 6: Vukovar, Croatia

Enjoy an afternoon in Vukovar on a guided city tour where you will have a chance to visit Eltz Manor House and its collection of historic artifacts, paintings and clothing. Alternatively, you may explore Vukovar on an active bike tour. Wine connoisseurs will want to enjoy a Croatian wine tasting and tour in the Old Cellars, famous for their Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines.

Day 7: Mogacs - Pecs

Visit Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, and the UNESCOdesignated 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. Or 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 2,000 years ago.

Day 8: Budapest | Disembark

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Disembark the ship in Budapest and prepare for your flight home.

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MS Amabella

Bicycles outside the Amabella.
Stay in a luxurious suite while touring Eastern Europe aboard the AmaBella.

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Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 350 sq. ft.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Bike tours and hikes
Excluded
  • 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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