Gems of Southeast Europe : 2017 - Bucharest to Vienna : ms AmaCerto (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

Begin your vacation in Vienna (or in Budapest), one of the world's most celebrated cities, renowned for its music, architecture and dance. Transfer to Budapest and embark upon your Danube river cruise. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. Visit Vidin, Belogradchik and Veliko Tarnovo. Disembark and continue by land to Bucharest where you will conclude your journey with a two night stay.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 2 Nights Hotel in Vienna at the InterContinental or in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Vienna to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
  • 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
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited 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
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in Rousse, Bulgaria to Istanbul
  • 1-night hotel in Plovdiv at the Trimontium Princess Hotel (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast and dinner at a local restaurant. Lunch at a local restaurant in Erdine.
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul at the InterContinental Ceylon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a nonsmoking 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

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    Arrive in Bucharest and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

    Day 2 : BUCHAREST - TRANSYLVANIA
    Enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortable nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you'll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castles, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty. Continue on to Bran for where you will have some free time for lunch before visiting the infamous Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula's Castle. (B)

    Day 3 : BUCHAREST - ROUSSE, BULGARIA - EMBARKATION
    Today we explore Bucharest, the "Paris of the East." Begin your day with a city tour that features a visit to the Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditional architecture of rural Romania. After lunch, guests will have a choice between free time in the newly renovated Lipscani district, the historical city center of Bucharest, or a guided tour of the Palace of the Parliament. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 : GIURGIU - VELIKO TARNOVO
    Today, enjoy a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here you will tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. You will see the old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces and the Patriarchal church, and the Baldwin's Tower. Guests who wish to shop may instead visit Samovodska Charshia, a traditional market street. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)

    Day 5 : VIDIN, BULGARIA
    Today, you will enjoy a leisurely day cruising the Danube, arriving in the late afternoon in Vidin. Visit Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle dating back to the Dark Ages, located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations. Continue on to the Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country. Standing guard over the Danube at the Bulgarian frontier town of Vidin, this massive medieval castle has thick walls and four imposing towers, a stark contrast to the peaceful park that surrounds it. Inside, you'll be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES
    Today is a full day of cruising through one of Europe's most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a range of magnificent gorges between the southern Carpathian Mountains and the northwestern Balkan Mountains. This natural border between Serbia and Romania will be an unforgettable highlight of your Black Sea adventure. (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : BELGRADE, SERBIA
    Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of some of the city's 5,500 streets, 16 plazas and 32 squares. You will also see the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava as part of your tour. You will have free time in the city center after your tour to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city's main pedestrian and shopping area.(B,L,D)

    Day 8 : NOVI SAD - VUKOVAR, CROATIA
    Arrive in Novi Sad in the morning and enjoy a walking tour from Danube Park to the old town center. After your tour, the ship continues on to Ilok, Croatia. Choose between an excursion to Ilok with a wine tasting or a city tour of Vukovar. Vukovar's rich history bears the influence of the Austrians, Ottoman Turks, Germans, Croatians and Serbians. See Vukovar's Baroque town center, the Franciscan Monastery, the Castle of the former ruling Eltz family, and the monumental cross that is a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia's struggle for independence. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : MOHACS - PECS, HUNGARY
    This morning the ship arrives in Mohacs, where you depart for your excursion to Pecs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pecs became an important early Christian diocese and Turkish cultural base during the many centuries of Ottoman rule. The area around Pecs is made up of rolling hills, vine clad slopes and a modest climate that give the city a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Upon arrival, you will take a city tour that includes UNESCO underground excavations, St. Peter's Basilica, the main Catholic Cathedral in the city, as well as the restored Synagogue. You will return to the ship in Mohacs. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : BUDAPEST - DISEMBARKATION
    Bid farewell to your ship as you disembark for your tour of Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities below. Your tour also includes the Fisherman's Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square, and much more. Later, transfer to Vienna to check into your hotel. (B)

    Day 11 : VIENNA
    This morning, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Vienna, the music capital of the world. You will see such sights as the Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this romantic city. Tonight, you may experience an optional Mozart and Strauss concert in one of the great formal concert houses of Imperial Vienna. (B)

    Day 12 : VIENNA
    Bid farewell to Vienna as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaCerto

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Bucharest  
    Day 2Bucharest  
    Day 3Bucharest  
    Day 4Giurgiu  
    Day 5Vidin  
    Day 6Iron Gates  
    Day 7Belgrade  
    Day 8Novi Sad  
    Day 9Mohacs  
    Day 10Budapest  
    Day 11Vienna  
    Day 12Vienna  
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    10/21/2017$4,419.00* (USD) / Cruise & LandQuote
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    Notes:

    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $168 per person.

    Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price.

    Single Supplement for Land: $640 per person.

    Bedding: Please 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).

    Visa: A 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.

    *Early booking discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. 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. Early booking discount is not combinable with group discounts. Early booking discount is applicable to 2017 departures only. Early booking discounts are not combinable.

      
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