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Gems of Southeast Europe (Wine Cruise, Giurgiu to Budapest, Cruise Only)

8 days with AmaWaterways   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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DAY 1 EMBARKATION – GIURGIU, ROMANIA
Embark your ship in Giurgiu. Tonight gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 2 GIURGIU – ROUSSE, BULGARIA
Visit the ancient capital of Veliko Tarnavo. Built on three hills overlooking the Yantra River, this archaic city features Tsarevets Hills, the remains of a Royal Fortress, Royal Palaces and other historic sites. You’ll also see the small village of Arbanasi, where you’ll tour the frescos inside the Nativity Church and have an exclusive opportunity to taste Damascus Rose products, including jam, candy and liqueur. Alternatively, take a highlights tour of Rousse, often called “Little Vienna,” then hike up to the Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches, which were carved out of solid rock between the 12th and 14th centuries by Orthodox monks and feature medieval frescos. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 3 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. 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 4 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, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient Serbian king Decebalus is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 5 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Alternatively, visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family, and 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, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery, followed by a panoramic tour of Avala Mountain. Later in the day, choose from a hike to Kalemegdan Fortress, known for its winding walking paths and incredible river views, or join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 6 NOVI SAD, SERBIA – VUKOVAR, CROATIA
Choose from three morning excursions in Novi Sad. Visit a local home and learn how to prepare traditional Vojvodina cuisine followed by a tasting. Or, hike up to Petrovaradin Fortress, built to defend against the Ottoman Turks, and offering spectacular Danube views. Alternatively, you may bike along the Danube and the pier known as “Strand” where the locals relax during the summer months. Later in the day, enjoy a city tour of Vukovar, including the Franciscan Monastery, Church of St. Philip & Jacob and Eltz Palace. Or savor Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 7 MOHÁCS - PÉCS, HUNGARY
Travel from Mohács 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 Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. Or for the active cruiser, take a scenic guided bike tour through Danube-Drava National Park, a protected flood-plain known for its populations of black storks, white-tailed eagle and native grey cattle, one of the national symbols of medieval Hungary. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 8 BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Budapest. (B)
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All This Included
From Budapest to Bucharest, and countless treasures in between, touch history in 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 Gate, showcase the best of eastern Europe. Folklore followers will relish the opportunity go to Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history to the 14th-century Bran Castle, home of Prince Vlad Tepes who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula; as well as Sighi?oara, birthplace of Dracula; and to Bulgaria’s natural wonders, Belogradchik, a fairytale stone world of fantastic shapes associated with interesting legends. 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. 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.
 
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 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 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
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard AmaCerto
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges not included in cruise price: $189 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.