Grand Danube (Prague to Bucharest) 2019

Grand Danube (Prague to Bucharest) 2019

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaCerto
Starts: Prague, Czech Republic on Thu, Sep 26, 2019
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Thu, Oct 17, 2019

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Itinerary

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River Cruise Itinerary

3 nights in Prague, 14-night cruise from Nuremberg to Giurgiu, 2 nights in Brasov and 2 nights in Bucharest (or reverse)

Day 1 (Thu, Sep 26, 2019):

ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 (Fri, Sep 27, 2019):

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. (B)

Day 3 (Sat, Sep 28, 2019):

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. (B)

Day 4 (Sun, Sep 29, 2019):

PRAGUE ''' PILZEN ''' EMBARKATION ''' NUREMBERG, GERMANY. Depart from Prague viamotorcoach and enjoy a stop in Pilzen. After a local highlights tour, drive to Nuremberg where you will boardyour ship. (B,D)

Day 5 (Mon, Sep 30, 2019):

NUREMBERG. Enjoy a guided tour through Nuremberg'''s beautiful medieval city, showcasing theImperial Castle, famous town wall and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. Or turn the pages of a darkerhistory with a guided tour of the city'''s most significant WWII sites, including the Documentation Center NaziParty Rally Grounds. Visit the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600, if the courtroom is not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties including Nuremburger bratwurst, rotbier (red beer)and lebkuchen (gingerbread). En route to Regensburg, cruise through the man-made Main-Danube Canal. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Tue, Oct 01, 2019):

REGENSBURG. Explore one of Germany'''s best preserved medieval cities, Regensburg, on a guidedwalking tour showcasing the city'''s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria. Alternatively, sample Bavarian specialties'''beer, sausage and pretzels, or join a bike tour to Walhalla where you will see the neoclassical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Wed, Oct 02, 2019):

PASSAU ''' LINZ, AUSTRIA. Enjoy a walking tour along Passau'''s cobblestone streets admiring the Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and St. Stephen'''s Cathedral. If you'''re looking for a more active morning, choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress. Later in the day, set sail for Linz. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Thu, Oct 03, 2019):

MELK ''' VIENNA. Cruise to Melk, known for itsmagnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour thattakes you through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley;or go on a walking tour along D''rnstein'''s cobblestonestreets to the famed Baroque church tower, Stiftskirche.Later in the day, set sail through the vineyard-richWachau Valley. (B,L,D)

Day 9 (Fri, Oct 04, 2019):

VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' is a treasuretrove and your city tour showcases its regal splendors,including the majestic Opera House and the formerImperial Palace of the Habsburgs. Conclude your tourin the UNESCO-designated historic city center and visitSt. Stephen'''s Cathedral. For a more active exploration,take a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery.During the afternoon, enjoy leisure time exploring thisiconic city even more. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Sat, Oct 05, 2019):

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. You cannot help but fall in love with Budapest, known as the '''Queen of the Danube.''' Your city tour begins with a visit to the Great Market Hall. The remainder of this tour takes you to both the Buda (hilly) and the Pest (flat) sides of the river. Alternatively, hike up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views of the city. Cap the day off with an illumination cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 11 (Sun, Oct 06, 2019):

BUDAPEST. Tradition will be on full display in Puszta, the Great Hungarian Plain. Tour a genuine Hungarian cs''rda (farm) run by world-champion carriage-drivers. Afterwards, be treated to an unforgettable performance of horsemanship and then experience the Hungarians''' warm hospitality, along with a traditional lunch complete with authentic goulash. (B,L,D)

Day 12 (Mon, Oct 07, 2019):

MOH''CS ''' P''CS. Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Moh''cs and then visit P''cs, founded more than2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCOdesignated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter'''s Basilica, thecity'''s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Sz''chenyi Square, the heart of Old Town P''cs. Youwill also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. For wine connoisseurs, you'''ll want to go instead to the Szeksz''rd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary,established more than 2,000 years ago. (B,L,D)

Day 13 (Tue, Oct 08, 2019):

VUKOVAR, CROATIA ''' NOVI SAD, SERBIA. Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you'''ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ov''ara 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. (B,L,D)

Day 14 (Wed, Oct 09, 2019):

BELGRADE. Explore Serbia'''s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour that includes the Kalemegdan Fortressand the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the RoyalPalace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleumof Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by samplingSerbian plum brandy, ''livovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing amore active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 15 (Thu, Oct 10, 2019):

SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 16 (Fri, Oct 11, 2019):

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. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 17 (Sat, Oct 12, 2019):

ROUSSE ''' GIURGIU, ROMANIA. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 18 (Sun, Oct 13, 2019):

GIURGIU ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' BRA''OV, 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, forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'''ll travel to the lovely village of Bra''ovand check into your hotel. (B)

Day 19 (Mon, Oct 14, 2019):

BRA''OV ''' SIGHI''OARA. Enjoy a walking tour around Bra''ov. Afterward, dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighi''oara, birthplace to Transylvania'''s most notorious ruler, Vlad ''epe'', 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.''' (B)

Day 20 (Tue, Oct 15, 2019):

BRA''OV ''' SINAIA ''' BUCHAREST. En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Pele'' Castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Afterward, head to Snagov for a continuation of the Dracula theme. Snagov is the city where Vlad the Impaler was born and is believed to be laid to rest at the 14th-century Snagov monastery. Later in the day, transfer to Bucharest and check into your hotel. (B)

Day 21 (Wed, Oct 16, 2019):

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. (B)

Day 22 (Thu, Oct 17, 2019):

DEPART BUCHAREST. Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 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
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • 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
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • 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 Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs 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
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • 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 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 Pilzen with a highlights tour and thenon to the ship in Nuremberg
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Brasov
  • 2 nights hotel in Bra''ov at the Kronwell Bra''ov Hotel(or similar), including city tour, Sighi''oara 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

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Ship Information

AmaCerto


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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