CRUISETOUR

Gems of Southeast Europe (13 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaCerto  |  33 Reviews
Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary
Dates: 25 Jul 2018 - 06 Aug 2018

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DAY
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
25 Jul 2018
Bucharest, Romania

Arrive in Bucharest and check into your lovely hotel.

DAY 2
26 Jul 2018
Bucharest, Romania

Explore Romania's sophisticated capital Bucharest, sometimes referred to as the "Little Paris of the East" thanks to its wide boulevards and beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Tour 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 3
27 Jul 2018
Bucharest, Romania
Sinaia, Romania
Brașov, Romania

En route to Brașov, stop in the charming town of Sinaia where you will tour Transylvania's legendary Peleș Castle, a masterpiece of German Renaissance Revival architecture and which was once the residence of the royal family. It is considered to be among the most stunning in Europe. Continue on to the lovely village of Brașov, where you will check into your hotel and enjoy a tour. (B)

DAY 4
28 Jul 2018
Brașov, Romania
Bran, Romania
Giurgiu, Romania

Journey through the Romanian countryside via a motorcoach to Bran, where you'll visit Transylvania's legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. After touring the castle, continue your journey on to Giurgiu where you'll board your luxury ship. (B)

DAY 5
29 Jul 2018
Giurgiu, Romania
Tirnovo, Bulgaria
Rousse, Bulgaria

Step back into ancient history by touring Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its legendary medieval fortress and Orthodox temples. Or opt to venture to the stunning city of Rousse, sometimes called Little Vienna for its breathtaking 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture and then afterwards marvel at 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 6
30 Jul 2018
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 on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria's natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, be welcomed into a local home for a demonstration and tasting of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and banitsa, a delicious pastry with filo dough and cheese. Or you can choose to bike through Vidin for a more active adventure and see the castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
31 Jul 2018
Iron Gate, Romania

The dramatic Iron Gates stretches between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, forming the boundary between Romania and Serbia and is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders along the Danube River. The ancient Serbian king, King Decebalus, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
01 Aug 2018
Belgrade, Serbia

Discover the wonders of Serbia's capital, Belgrade, on a city tour with highlights that include 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, the first President of Yugoslavia. Or savor a taste of šljivovica, Serbian plum brandy, and other delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. Or join a guided bike tour for those wishing a more active adventure. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
02 Aug 2018
Novi Sad, Serbia
Vukovar, Croatia

Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad to explore why some have called the city the "Serbian Athens" and see Dunavski Park and Stari Grad, the old town center. Or join a guided biking or hiking tour and enjoy a more active exploration. In the evening, you'll be captivated by the legendary Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. Back onboard, cruise to Vukovar, the Croatian symbol of resistance. See history come to life as you visit the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Or you could indulge in a Croatian wine tasting by choosing to visit Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, and sample its famous Graševina, Traminac, and Frankovka wines. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
03 Aug 2018
Mohács, Hungary
Pécs, Hungary
Mohács, Hungary

A scenic morning cruise will bring us into Hungary and excursion takes us to the town of 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 11
04 Aug 2018
Budapest, Hungary
Puszta Cultural Experience, Hungary

Disembark your ship in Budapest 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 to check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore this beautiful city. (B,L)

DAY 12
05 Aug 2018
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 13
06 Aug 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Bid farewell to Budapest as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

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About the Ship

Sun Deck
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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