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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.
After landing at the Otopeni Airport in Bucharest, you will be picked-up at the airport for a transfer to the Hotel. Meet your fellow travelers at a Meet & Greet Dinner this evening.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin a full-day exploration of the capital city of Romania, dubbed "Little Paris" for its French-inspired architecture and avenues. Your adventure begins with a panoramic city tour along city's broad boulevards, past the State University, the Triumphal Arch, Romanian Athenaeum and former Royal Palace. Continue on foot through the historic center and visit one of the oldest Orthodox churches in the city: Stavropoleos.
After lunch in a local restaurant, take a picture of the Parliament Palace, constructed under famous Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, and currently the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. Your afternoon concludes with a transfer to the Danube port of Fetești, for embarkation. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and a specially-prepared Welcome Dinner.
Departure at 5:00pm
The natural beauty of the Danube Delta is on full display today. Spend the morning cruising one of the three main canals that make up the Danube Delta. The vessel reaches the point where the Danube, after winding its way through ten European countries, drains into the Black Sea, creating a UNESCO site with 27 different ecosystems and home to many unique species.
Thereafter, the vessel docks in the tiny fisherman's village of St. George, where the tranquility is almost dreamlike. With the village not being reachable by car, locals and visitors alike mostly navigate by bike, boat, or foot. For those wishing to delve further into the wetlands and reed beds home to otters, great cormorants and egrets, the optional Delta Safari boat excursion awaits.
Stay Danube Delta
Stay Saint George
9:00am - 3:00pm
During breakfast, arrive in the small Romanian town of Hârșova. This is your gateway to an excursion to Constanța, the oldest continually inhabited city in Romania and its largest sea port, tracing its history some 2,500 years.
The guided tour through this important cultural and economic center highlights a synthesis of Greek, Roman, Balkan-oriental and European influences and offers views of the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, famous Genoese Lighthouse and Archaeology Museum. Constanța is defined by a fascinating mixture of civilizations and is a great example of multiculturalism. Step on the golden sandy beaches of the Black Sea before returning to the ship. This evening, enjoy dinner as the vessel continues to Bulgaria.
7:00am - 8:00am
12:00pm - 12:30pm
This morning, the ship reaches the southernmost harbor on the Danube - Svishtov - which is situated on the Bulgarian side of the river. For those wanting to explore a little farther inland, an excursion including lunch is offered to the enchanting Veliko Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. This pretty town is located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. High on a peak are the remains of the medieval town of Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. The flagships of the neighboring museum village of Arbanassi consist of the Church of the Nativity, adorned with splendid murals, and the rose oil, which is a speciality of this picturesque town. After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, return to the ship which is now docked in Nikopol.
8:00am - 9:00am
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Today it is time to unwind and relax on board, as the AMADEUS vessel makes its way through the river's narrowest points, known as the 'Iron Gates'.
Watch from the Sundeck as the vessel passes through the steep gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which form the natural border between Serbia and Romania. Keep an eye out for the many caves and rock sculptures hiding among the almost vertical limestone cliffs. Admire the largest rock sculpture on a riverbank: the face of Decebalus. The waterflow is controlled by two hydroelectric dams, jointly operated by Romania and Serbia, which create the largest reservoir system along the entire Danube. Recount the spectacular day with your fellow travelers over dinner.
Stay Cruise Day (Iron Gates)
After breakfast, arrive in Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. This morning, explore the “White City” and learn about the historically rich Kalemegdan fortress. Once an important military fortification, it now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Enjoy a panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. The city has a bustling pedestrian area with plenty of shops and markets ripe for exploration.
To taste the local cuisine, the Skadarlija (Skadarska Street) is filled with many restaurants and cafes, emanating the spirit of Old Belgrade. Guests interested in the Royal Serbian Dynasty will prefer the alternative trip to Topola and Oplenac, in the heart of Serbia. Learn about the Serbian rulers, their love for viticulture and wine as well as Serbian traditions and heritage, cultural and historical monuments and untouched natural beauty. Rejoin the ship for lunch as the vessel continues along the Danube.
9:30am - 4:30pm
Before lunch, the vessel docks in the tiny harbor town of Mohács, a melting pot of nations.
This afternoon, we recommend joining the excursion to the Puszta, where the sky stretches into the horizon, to witness a traditional equestrian show at an authentic Hungarian horse ranch and learn about the famous Hungarian paprika, spicing up local food for many centuries now. Rejoin the vessel in Kalocsa.
11:30am - 2:00pm
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Early this morning we dock in Budapest, the capital and largest city of Hungary. A large part of this city is a World Heritage Site, including the banks of the Danube, Andrassy Avenue, the Buda Castle quarter, Heroes' Square, and the Millennium Underground Railway.
This morning, explore the sites of the Hungarian capital on a city tour. In the afternoon, food lovers can enjoy the excursion "Vibrant Budapest" which starts at the market hall, filled with fresh produce, seafood and spices. Admire Budapest's famous geothermal baths and, finally, make a stop at Café Gerbeaud, where you can order delicious Hungarian cakes and pastry. Alternatively, choose to roam further afield to the Royal Palace of Gödöllő in Pest county, one of the most important and imposing Hungarian palaces. After the day's explorations, a special Hungarian evening is planned with traditional music topped with an evening cruise down the Danube to see this beautiful gem by night.
8:00am - 9:00pm
Discover the Slovak capital of Bratislava this afternoon. Join the walking tour and see the home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the old city walls, the summer residence of the archbishop and more.
Alternatively, join an excursion to the Baroque-classicist Primatial Palace, considered one of the architectural jewels of Slovakia, featuring a collection of 17th century tapestries made in an English Royal weaving factory. Finish the experience with a "Pilsner Urquell" from the original tanks of the brewery. This evening, the Captain's Gala Dinner promises culinary highlights.
3:30pm - 7:00pm
After breakfast, the entire AMADEUS crew bids you farewell and wishes you a safe journey home. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Arrival at 9:00am
We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.
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- Guided transfer from the airport to Bucharest
- City tour of Bucharest with lunch
- Overnight in a 4-5 stars hotel in Bucharest; welcome dinner and continental breakfast in the hotel
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
- 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 $ 218 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.
- Danube Delta Nature Experience
- Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
- Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
- Budapest - Capital of Hungary
Save up to $ 90 per person
Full Excursion Package | for only $ 463 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.
Bucharest – Vienna
City tour Bucharest including lunch
Danube Delta Nature Experience
Constanta with Archaeology museum and the Black Sea coast
Veliko Tarnovo with Arbanassi and lunch
Belgrade - Mixture of cultures
OR Topola and Oplenac: secrets of the Serbian Royal Dynasty
Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
Budapest - Capital of Hungary
Visit to the Royal Palace of Gödöllö
OR Vibrant Budapest
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
OR Visit to the Primatial Palace with beer tasting
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:
Port - Train Station $ 37
Port - Airport $ 44