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This is a special cruise program with many unforgettable highlights, including seven countries (Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania) and five world famous capital cities (Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and Bucharest). A particular scenic highlight of this trip is the cruise through the “Iron Gates”, the imposing gorge where the Danube breaks through the Carpathian Mountains.
The journey to kilometer zero, at the estuary of the Danube where it meets the Black Sea, and the visit to the Danube Delta with its amazing wildlife and scenery will remain unforgettable experiences. The trip is rounded off by a stay in Bucharest, the legendary Romanian capital full of history and tradition. The cruise can be booked either from Vienna to Bucharest or in the opposite direction, from Bucharest to Vienna.
This exciting journey along the Danube begins in Vienna, where you will embark in the afternoon. After exploring your floating luxury hotel, you have the opportunity of meeting the cruise director at a Welcome Cocktail. Our chef will spoil you with a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner, after which your ship will weigh anchor and head towards Bratislava.
You arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava before breakfast. This romantic city with its impressive Gothic and Baroque buildings is best explored in the morning, during the course of a city sightseeing tour, which takes you to all the most beautiful sights. You return to your AMADEUS ship for lunch on board, and thereafter you have the opportunity of visiting the imperial Festchloss Hof, once a residence of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia, during the afternoon. The sumptuous gardens of this palace are highly recommended. Your ship weighs anchor before midnight and arrives in Esztergom in the morning.
Departure at 2:00am
7:00am - 11:00pm
After breakfast, you can join a guided tour to Esztergom and Szentendre – two towns which, though vastly different, are equally fascinating. In the former Hungarian capital of Esztergom you follow the footsteps of Hungarian kings and clerics, while the artists’ town of Szentendre is unique due to the many museums and contemporary galleries housed there. Passengers who choose to remain on board will, in the meantime, continue to Budapest, where those passengers who opted for the tour will rejoin the ship for lunch.
In order to enjoy the magnificence of the Hungarian capital, you can go on a city sightseeing tour during the afternoon. In the evening, you will enjoy an atmospheric cruise through Budapest, also known as the “Paris of the East”, which is festively lit up at night, revealing Budapest’s most beautiful side. A folklore show on board will complete the experience.
7:00am - 11:00pm
12:00pm - 9:00pm
You arrive in Mohacs early in the morning, and depart again directly after breakfast, heading towards Croatia. Your cruise ship reaches the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar after lunch, and you can take a city sightseeing tour, followed by a breathtaking excursion to the Kopacki Rit nature park. This 18-hectare nature reserve, situated at the confluence of the Drava and Danube Rivers, is home to a diverse bird population and provides a protected environment for many species of plants and animals. Explore this wetland by boat and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of nature before returning to your AMADEUS ship for dinner. Your ship departs for Belgrade during the night.
2:30pm - 10:00pm
Enjoy a new day in a new country! You reach Belgrade, the vibrant and distinctly western-influenced capital of Serbia at breakfast time. This metropolis is home to many attractions from various eras and cultures, and you can view these during the course of a morning sightseeing tour. After lunch, you can join an excursion to Topola and Oplenac, where you can see the famous St. George’s Church, which is the final resting place of most of the Serbian royal family. After dinner, night owls get to enjoy an evening excursion to the lively artists’ quarter Skardaljia. The ship will leave the harbor before midnight.
8:00am - 11:00pm
Spend the day on board and enjoy a truly impressive natural spectacle. Your journey takes you through the “Iron Gates”, one of the most imposing gorges in Europe, which also forms the natural border between Serbia and Romania. One of the most beautiful stretches along the route includes the “Cazan” near the town of Orşova, where the riverbed recedes to 200 meters width and 80 meters depth and passengers will be rewarded with a fascinating view of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan mountain range. The small abbey church Mraconia, which is situated on the Romanian side of the Danube at the water’s edge, is equally worth seeing. The monumental rock sculpture of King Decebalus of Dacia reaches skywards at Dubova, and at 40 meters high is the largest in Europe.
Stay Iron Gates
Early in the morning you reach the Bulgarian town of Svishtov. Those who wish can take part in an on-land excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, which will include an exciting morning filled with culture and history, as well as lunch in a local Bulgarian restaurant, before returning to the ship, which will in the meantime have travelled to Giurgiu. After lunch, the journey continues downriver and in the evening you can enjoy a festive Gala Dinner with your captain and an evening program which will be an atmospheric close to the day.
7:00am - 8:00am
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Your journey continues through the breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta, one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a large variety of plant and animal species, which has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. You travel along St George’s Canal, also known figuratively as the “end of the Danube” – the so-called “kilometre zero” – where the mighty river flows into the Black Sea. Your destination is the nearby fishing village of St. George, which is the starting point for an exciting Danube Delta boat safari – a great way to discover and get close to the impressive natural landscape and its fascinating flora and fauna. In the afternoon, your AMADEUS ship leaves St. George.
Stay Danube Delta
Stay Saint George
12:00pm - 3:00pm
During breakfast you reach the Romanian town of Fetesti, where you leave your AMADEUS vessel – but your trip is not over yet! You will be transferred to Bucharest, and check in at a centrally-located 4- or 5-star hotel. Thereafter, you can take part in a city sightseeing tour through this vibrant metropolis, which has 2 million inhabitants and a unique charm thanks to its colorful mix of buildings from different eras. At lunch time, you will dine in Bucharest, while in the evening you can enjoy a stylish farewell dinner in your hotel, while reflecting on your exciting Danube journey.
Arrival at 9:00am
Arrival at 10:00am
You can enjoy breakfast in your hotel before checkout and your transfer to the Otopeni airport, where your homeward journey begins. The entire AMADEUS team wishes you a pleasant and safe trip. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Departure at 9:00am
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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- Guided transfer from the ship to Bucharest
- City tour of Bucharest with lunch
- Transfer to and overnight in a 4-5 stars hotel in Bucharest; farewell dinner and continental breakfast in the hotel
- Transfer to Bucharest airport
Suites & Staterooms
- Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view (except Amadeus Brilliant)
- Individual climate control and in-room safe
- Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
- Bottled water in every stateroom
- Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
- Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner
- Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
- Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
An Array of Amenities
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
- Massage services and hair salon
- All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare
Voyage of Discovery
- Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director
- AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions
- Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration
- All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare
Excursions and excursion packages
Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.
Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 168 per person
Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.
- Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
- Budapest - Capital of Hungary
- Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
- Danube Delta Nature Experience
Save up to $ 90 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 484 per person
Pick from our selection of unforgettable shore excursions, plus enjoy a discounted rate when purchased in advance.
Book our full excursion package prior to departure for a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port. Please note, a discounted excursion may not be exchanged for another while during your cruise.
Vienna – Bucharest
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate
OR The Small Carpathian Wine Route
Excursion to Szentendre and Estzergom
Budapest - Capital of Hungary
OR Vibrant Budapest
Eastern Croatia with Vukovar, Osijek and Kopacki Rit
Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
Topola and Oplenac: secrets of the Serbian Royal Dynasty
Skadarlija, the artists’ quarter
Veliko Tarnovo landmarks and cityscape
OR Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery
Danube Delta Nature Experience
City tour Bucharest including lunch
Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.
You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:
Train Station - Port $ 34
Airport - Port $ 40
Vienna City Centre - Port $ 34
Bucharest Center - Airport (group transfer included)