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Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise

Overview

Featuring a 7-night river cruise aboard the AmaCerto.

Details

  • 2 nights in Budapest
  • 7 night cuise on the 162 passenger AmaCerto
  • Roundtrip airfare to Budapest /from Bucharest

After two successful trips into Croatia, Scott is excited to lead you into yet another less traveled region of Eastern Europe. A combination of land and cruise, Scott has selected an itinerary showcasing the beauty and charm of this enchanting region. Rich in history and culture, Southeast Europe is a melting pot of multiple ethnic groups.

Your itinerary includes a visit to a Serbian Orthodox Temple, vineyards established during the Roman Empire, the Royal Palace in Belgrade, and House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, a world leader from a different era. Pass through the Iron Gates, a scenic gorge separating Serbia from Romania; visit a medieval Bulgarian Castle overlooking the Danube, and what a would a visit to Hungary be without “goulash”?

AmaWaterways is a classic cruise line with cabins in three different categories; included shore excursions; three meals served daily with included beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) at lunch and dinner. Ample public spaces provide room for sightseeing, onboard entertainment and relaxing at the heated pool. 

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. Sofitel Hotel Budapest (2-nights) (FB)

Day 3

Enjoy a city tour of one of the most dazzling capitals of Europe as you sightsee in both the “Buda” and “Pest” sides. Visit the UNESCO listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Houses of Parliament, the beautifully colorful Matthias Church and the Chain Bridge. (FB)

Day 4 

Check out of your hotel and head for Puszta, the vast flat Great Hungarian Plain which stretches across to the East. Here, you can find Hungarian cowboys still wearing traditional dress and practicing the skills of their Magyar ancestors. Tour a genuine Hungarian csárda (farm) run by the carriage-drive world champion brothers Lazar and witness a unique, unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship. Experience a traditional lunch served with Goulash before returning to Budapest where you will board your luxurious ship and be treated to an Illuminations cruise past the capital’s glittering river front during the evening. (FB,L,D)

Day 5

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise 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. (FB,L,D)

Day 6

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you'll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking or hiking tour. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (FB,L,D)

Day 7

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Later, choose from three intriguing excursions. Visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour 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. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (FB,L,D)

Day 8

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. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. (FB,L,D)

Day 9

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 overlooking the Danube. 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. (FB,L,D)

Day 10

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 and Bulgarian medieval art. (FB,L,D)

Day 11

Disembark the ship in Giurgiu; and bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (FB)

Date Port
Aug. 08 Overnight Flight
Aug. 09 Budapest, Sofitel Hotel
Aug. 10 Budapest, Sofitel Hotel
Aug. 11 Budapest EMBARKATION
Aug. 12 Mohacs – Pecs
Aug. 13 Vukovar, Ilok, Novi Sad
Aug. 14 Belgrade
Aug. 15 Iron Gates
Aug. 16 Vidin
Aug. 17 Rousse, Giurgiu
Aug. 18 Fly Home
Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Thursday, August 8, 2019 to Sunday, August 18, 2019

11 Days, 24 Meals

Breakfast, lunch, dinner each day on AmaCerto, breakfast each morning at hotels

$7550
p.p./dbl.occ.
$9750
single

Pricing

Prices based on estimated air.

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