Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise (Vienna to Bucharest) 2020

Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise (Vienna to Bucharest) 2020

Operator: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaPrima
Starts: Vienna, Austria on Fri, Jul 24, 2020
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Thu, Aug 06, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy 2 nights in Budapest or Vienna, followed by a 7-night cruise from Budapest to Giurgiu, 2 nights in Brasov and 2 nights in Bucharest

Day 1 (Fri, Jul 24, 2020):

ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 (Sat, Jul 25, 2020):

VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a treasure trove of gems on a city tour that showcases its regal splendors. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna'''s historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)

Day 3 (Sun, Jul 26, 2020):

VIENNA ''' BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ''' EMBARKATION. Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach to Budapest where you'll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman'''s Bastion, St. Stephen'''s Basilica, Houses of Parliament and the Chain Bridge. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise past the capital'''s glittering river front. (B,D)

Day 4 (Mon, Jul 27, 2020):

MOH''CS ''' P''CS. Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to P''cs, 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 Sz''chenyi Square, the heart of Old Town P''cs. 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 Szeksz''rd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2000 years ago. (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Tue, Jul 28, 2020):

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, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D)

Day 6 (Wed, Jul 29, 2020):

BELGRADE. 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, ''livovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

Day 7 (Thu, Jul 30, 2020):

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. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. (B,L,D)

Day 8 (Fri, Jul 31, 2020):

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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 9 (Sat, Aug 01, 2020):

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-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. (B,L,D)

Day 10 (Sun, Aug 02, 2020):

GIURGIU ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' BRA''OV. 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, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'll travel to the lovely village of Bra''ov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. (B)

Day 11 (Mon, Aug 03, 2020):

BRA''OV ''' SIGHI''OARA. 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 12 (Tue, Aug 04, 2020):

BRA''OV ''' SINAIA ''' BUCHAREST. En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Pele'' Castle, Transylvania's other enchanting castle, considered by many to be one of the most stunning in Europe. Tour the castle, which was once the residence of the royal family. Later in the day, check into your hotel. (B)

Day 13 (Wed, Aug 05, 2020):

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 14 (Thu, Aug 06, 2020):

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

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the IntercontinentalVienna (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Vienna to Budapest with city tour
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Bra''ov
  • 1 night hotel in Bra''ov at the Kronwell Bra''ov Hotel (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Bra''ov to Bucharest via Sinaia with Pele'' Castle tour
  • 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Brasov
  • 1 night hotel in Bra''ov at the Kronwell Bra''ov Hotel (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Bra''ov to Bucharest via Sinaia with Pele'' Castle tour
  • 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Athenee Palace Hilton (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast

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Ship Information

AmaPrima


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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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