2025 : Gems of Southeast Europe : 7- Night Cruise With 2 Nights Pre-Cruise And 4 Nights Post-Cruise : Vienna to Bucharest : ms AmaVerde

Overview

CRUISE FROM : Budapest to Giurgiu

From Vienna to Bucharest, and countless treasures in between, touch history in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, as you sail along the exotic lower Danube. Celtic fortifications, medieval towns and grand cities, along with the natural beauty of pastoral landscapes and the Danube's famed Iron Gates, showcase the best of eastern Europe. Wine connoisseurs will have a chance to taste history from the centuries-old wine-growing hills dating back to the Romans in Ilok, a royal and vinous town. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent. And the active adventurers will appreciate hiking to the UNESCO-designated Ivanovo Rock Hewn Churches and biking through Belgrade's Kalemegdan Park and Vidin's Baba Vida castle. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent.

COUNTRIES:Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Austria

RIVERS: Danube

On our river cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • 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 Activities 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 Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaine des Rotisseurs 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 Intercontinental Vienna (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 Brasov
  • 2 nights hotel in Brasov at the Kronwell Brasov Hotel (or similar), including city tour, Sighisoara excursion and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Brasov to Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia and then to Bucharest
  • 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Vienna
    Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel.

    Day 2 : Vienna
    The City of Waltzes offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered on your citytour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding inVienna s historic city center. (B)

    Day 3 : Budapest
    Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach toBudapest where you ll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman s Bastion,St. Stephen s Basilica and the Chain Bridge. (B,D)

    Day 4 : Budapest
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Moh cs. You ll then visit 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. Or 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 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour around Moh cs. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : Vukovar
    Enjoy your morning in Vukovar on a guided city tour where you may visit sites such as Eltz Manor House and Vukovar s famous water tower. Alternatively, you may see Osijek on a guided tour. For those looking for a more active experience, you may explore Vukovar on an active bike tour. In the afternoon, enjoy a Croatian wine tasting and tour in the Old Cellars, famous for their Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. You can also choose to explore the Vucedol Museum, home to fascinating exhibits on prehistoric culture and one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : Belgrade
    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 livovitz, 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 an afternoon walking tour. Begin your tour at the Dunavski (Danube) Park; stroll through Stari Grad, the old town center; and explore Liberty Square, which is dominated by the Old Town Hall. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : Iron Gates
    Visit Golubac Fortress a medieval fortified town on the south side of the Danube River before 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, 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. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : Vidin
    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. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : Rousse
    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. Later in the day, travel through the Romanian countryside to the capital of Bucharest, known as the Little Paris of the East. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic city center and its elegant architecture. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : Giurgiu
    Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and continue to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history. Your first stop on the road to Transylvania will be the quaint mountain town of Bran, where you will visit Dracula's Castle. After your tour, you will depart for Brasov. (B)

    Day 11 : Brasov
    Enjoy a walking tour around Brasov. Afterward, dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighisoara, birthplace to Transylvania s most notorious ruler, Vlad Tepes, 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 : Brasov
    En route to Bucharest, you ll visit Transylvania s legendary Bran Castle, forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Later in the day, transfer to Bucharest and check into your hotel. (B)

    Day 13 : 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. Alternatively, you can choose a walking tour the historic old town. (B)

    Day 14 : Bucharest
    Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2024
    Duration
    14 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaVerde

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Vienna  
    Day 2Vienna  
    Day 3Budapest  
    Day 4Budapest  
    Day 5Vukovar  
    Day 6Belgrade  
    Day 7Iron Gates  
    Day 8Vidin  
    Day 9Rousse  
    Day 10Giurgiu  
    Day 11Brasov  
    Day 12Brasov  
    Day 13Bucharest  
    Day 14Bucharest  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    03/15/2025$5,259.00* (USD)Quote
    04/12/2025$5,659.00* (USD)Quote
    06/07/2025$6,159.00* (USD)Quote
    07/05/2025$6,159.00* (USD)Quote
    08/02/2025$6,159.00* (USD)Quote
    08/30/2025$6,559.00* (USD)Quote
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    10/25/2025$6,159.00* (USD)Quote
    11/22/2025$5,859.00* (USD)Quote
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    Notes:

    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges not included in cruise price$231 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for Cruise (AmaMagna)Category E and D 25% of twin price; Category AB, AA, SB and SA 50% of twin price; Category Grand Suite and Owners Suite 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

    VisaA Turkish Tourist Visa is required for entry into Istanbul, Turkey. All guests traveling to Turkey must obtain an electronic visa (e-Visa) prior to their departure date.

    BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

    Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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