Grand Danube Cruise : 2017 - Prague to Bucharest : ms AmaCerto (Cruise & Land)

OVERVIEW

Travel to legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague. After embarking upon your cruise, you will savor Wachau Valley wines, experience the beauty and history of Vienna and Budapest, and traverse the narrow Iron Gates. Disembark and enjoy 2 nights in Bucharest, capital of Romania.

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul at InterContinental Ceylon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Plovdiv at the Trimontium Princess Hotel (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast
  • Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in hotel in Istanbul to ship in Rousse
  • 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Life enriching tours and excursions 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 in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • 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
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to the hotel in Prague
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (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 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

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
    Arrive in Prague and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.

    Day 2 : PRAGUE
    Your morning sightseeing tour takes you to Prague's historic city center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Afterwards, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. This evening, an optional "Folklore Dinner Show" provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and cultural traditions. (B)

    Day 3 : PRAGUE
    Spend the day at your leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous WWII concentration camp that is now a memorial to those who perished. Or choose an optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace. (B)

    Day 4 : PRAGUE - REGENSBURG - VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
    Depart Prague this morning and stop in Regensburg for a guided walking tour of one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on your own, continue on to the charming 1,200-year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen and board your luxurious ship. Later this afternoon, join your fellow passengers at a private "Oktoberfest" celebration in Vilshofen, with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing. Later, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ship. (B,D)

    Day 5 : VILSHOFEN - PASSAU, GERMANY
    This morning you are free to explore Vilshofen's beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. This afternoon you will have a walking tour of this 2,000-year-old city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan's Cathedral, home to one of the world's largest pipe organs. (B,L,D)

    Day 6 : LINZ, AUSTRIA
    The ship arrives this morning in Linz. Enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic center made famous by the "Sound of Music." (B,L,D)

    Day 7 : WEISSENKIRCHEN - KREMS
    Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning en route to Melk. A guided tour will take you through Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems, where you will take a motor coach ride to Durnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town, you'll see the magnificent blue facade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery. (B,L,D)

    Day 8 : VIENNA
    During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to attend an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight. (B,L,D)

    Day 9 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
    Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will have a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral. The remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
    This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman's Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. After dinner, the ship will sail a special "Illuminations Cruise" past the glittering river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)

    Day 11 : BUDAPEST
    After breakfast this morning, you will have an excursion to Puszta, the great Hungarian plain that stretches to the eastern border of the country. This area is home to Hungarian cowboys who still wear traditional dress and practice the skills of their Magyar ancestors. After touring a typical csarda (farm), you will see an amazing performance of Hungarian horsemanship. You'll also enjoy warm Hungarian hospitality and a traditional lunch of goulash before returning to the ship in Budapest. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 : MOHACS - PECS - VILLANY
    Arrive in Mohacs today and depart for your excursion to Pecs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Pecs was an important cultural base during many centuries of Ottoman rule. You will see St. Peter's Basilica, the city's main Catholic cathedral, as well as the restored Synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohacs. After lunch, enjoy a wine-tasting excursion to sample aromatic, spicy wines from the vineyards of Villany. (B,L,D)

    Day 13 : VUKOVAR, CROATIA - NOVI SAD
    This morning, your "Yugoslav Civil War" tour of Vukovar will show you the Ovcara Memorial, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia's struggle for independence. You may also choose a wine tasting excursion to the town of Ilok instead. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia, one of Europe's greatest historical treasures. On your afternoon walking tour of the city, you will see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached, now home to a hotel, museum and artists' studios. Some guests will also see the Novi Sad Synagogue, a beautiful structure located in the Old Town District. (B,L,D)

    Day 14 : BELGRADE, SERBIA
    Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. After your tour, you will have free time in the city center to stroll along Prince Michael Street, the city's main shopping area. (B,L,D)

    Day 15 : CRUISING - IRON GATES
    Today, enjoy 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 series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania. The banks of the river along this natural border are lined with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead, a sight that will be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise. (B,L,D)

    Day 16 : VIDIN, BULGARIA
    Today you will 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. The ship departs early afternoon. (B,L,D)

    Day 17 : GIURGIU - VELIKO TARNOVO - ROUSSE
    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 18 : ROUSSE - DISEMBARKATION - BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
    Disembark the ship in Rousse and continue your tour by motor coach. Today we explore Bucharest, the "Paris of the East." Begin 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. Later this afternoon check in to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the city on your own if you wish. (B,L)

    Day 19 : BUCHAREST - TRANSYLVANIA
    After breakfast, 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 20 : DEPART BUCHAREST
    Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    AmaWaterways
    Duration
    20 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms AmaCerto

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Prague  
    Day 2Prague  
    Day 3Prague  
    Day 4Prague  
    Day 5Vilshofen  
    Day 6Linz  
    Day 7Weissenkirchen  
    Day 8Vienna  
    Day 9Bratislava  
    Day 10Budapest  
    Day 11Budapest  
    Day 12Mohacs  
    Day 13Vukovar  
    Day 14Belgrade  
    Day 15Iron Gates  
    Day 16Vidin  
    Day 17Giurgiu  
    Day 18Rousse  
    Day 19Bucharest  
    Day 20Bucharest  
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    Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

    Port Charges: $336 per person.

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

    Single Supplement for Land: $800 per person.

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

    *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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