Grand Danube Cruise : 2017 - Vilshofen to Rousse : ms AmaCerto (Cruise Only)
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.
Day 1 : VILSHOFEN - EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Vilshofen. Tonight gather on board for a Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 2 : 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 3 : 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 4 : 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 5 : 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 6 : 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 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : 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 10 : 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 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : 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 14 : 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 15 : ROUSSE - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Rousse. (B)
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- 15 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaCerto
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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.