CRUISETOUR

Gems of Southeast Europe (13 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaCerto  |  35 Reviews
Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Budapest, Hungary

Enjoy a city tour of one of the most dazzling capitals of Europe as you sightsee in both the "Buda" and "Pest" sides. Visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman's Bastion, St. Stephen's Basilica, Houses of Parliament, the beautifully colorful Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge. (B)

DAY 3
Puszta Cultural Experience, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Check out of your hotel and head for Puszta, the vast flat Great Hungarian Plain which stretches across to the East. Here, you can find Hungarian cowboys still wearing traditional dress and practicing the skills of their Magyar ancestors. Tour a genuine Hungarian csárda (farm) run by the carriage drive world champion Lázár brothers and witness a unique, unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship. Experience a traditional lunch served with Goulash before returning to Budapest where you will board your luxurious ship and be treated to an Illuminations cruise past the capital's glittering river front during the evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Mohács, Hungary
Pécs, Hungary
Mohács, Hungary

Enjoy a scenic morning excursion 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. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Vukovar, Croatia
Novi Sad, Serbia

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 Graševina, Traminac, and Frankovka wines. Back onboard, 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
Belgrade, Serbia

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, šjlivovica, 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
Iron Gate, Romania

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
Vidin, Bulgaria
Belogradcik, Bulgaria
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 onto 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 get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Rousse, Bulgaria
Tirnovo, Bulgaria
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
Giurgiu, Romania
Bran Castle, Brașov, Romania
Brașov, 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, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Afterwards, you'll travel to the lovely village of Brașov. Enjoy a tour of the town and then check into your hotel. (B)

DAY 11
Brașov, Romania
Sinaia, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

En route to Bucharest, stop in Sinaia to visit Peleş 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 12
Bucharest, Romania

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 13
Bucharest, Romania

Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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About the Ship

AmaCerto Stateroom
AmaCerto

The AmaCerto features exclusive “Twin Balconies"which range in size up to 300 sq. ft. Relax in a heated Sun Deck swimming pool with a “swim-up” bar; enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations. The ship also features a Fitness Center, Massage, Hair and Beauty salon; Wi-Fi and Entertainment-on_demand; plus a fleet of bicycles for your enjoyment.

What's Included

Included

    • Land program as detailed in itinerary

    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French Balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies

    • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

    • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms

    • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise

    • Multiple dining venues

    • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board

    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    • Sun Deck swimming pool

    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

    • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music

    • Choice of life enriching tours and excursions in every port with personal headset included

    • Small-Group "Limited Edition Tours" including guided biking, hiking and culinary delights excursions

    • Fleet of bicycles available to explore on your own

    • Services of professional Cruise Manager

    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare | Passport fees | Baggage fees | Port taxes and fees | Travel, health, accident or other insurance | Vaccinations | Laundry | Additional food and beverages | Optional excursions | Gratuities or other items of a personal nature

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

Terms & Conditions

Brochure prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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