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Gems of Southeast Europe
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June 20, 2022 | 7 Night Cruise
Ship: AmaBella
Category E: Outside Stateroom
Touch history in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, as you sail along the exotic lower Danube. Celtic fortifications, medieval towns and grand cities, along with the natural beauty of pastoral landscapes and the Danube’s famed Iron Gates, showcase the best of eastern Europe. Nature lovers will relish the opportunity to see Bulgaria’s natural wonder, Belogradchik, a fairytale stone world of fantastic shapes associated with interesting legends; or to bike through Belgrade’s sprawling Kalemegdan Park. Wine connoisseurs will have a chance to taste history from the centuries-old wine-growing hills dating back to the Romans in Ilok, a royal and vinous town. Be treated to the flavors, sights, sounds and cultures of this diverse swath of the continent.

$5,421
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INCLUDES: Complimentary 4-night Pre- or Post-River Cruise Land Package in Transylvania (2 nights Brasov, 2 nights Bucharest, Romania) + $100 USD Onboard Spending Money per stateroom
What’s Included in Your Complimentary Pre- or Post-River Cruise Land Package:
- Stays at 4- and 5-star hotels conveniently located near the major sites
-  Daily breakfast at the hotel
-  City tours led by knowledgeable local guides
-  The services of one of our extraordinary Cruise Managers throughout your journey – unique in the industry
-  Convenient transfers to and from the ship



COUNTRIES: BULGARIA, CROATIA, HUNGARY, SERBIA, ROMANIA
RIVERS: DANUBE

 

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ITINEARY AT A GLANCE

DAY 1 Budapest EMBARKATION

Board the ship for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise. (D)

DAY 2 Budapest Scenic cruising

Mohacs Pécs excursion

OR Szekszárd wine tasting

OR Guided Bike Ride Along the Danube

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Mohács. You’ll then visit 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. Or for wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour around Mohács. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 Vukovar City tour and Eltz Castle

Ilok OR Croatian wine tasting

Novi Sad “The Athens of Serbia” walking tour

OR Fruska Gora National Park hike

OR Novi Sad bike tour

Petrovaradin Fortress Evening Walk

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovcara Memorial and Eltz Castle. 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 tour or hike through Fruska Gora National Park. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 Belgrade “The City by Two Rivers” tour

OR Belgrade bike tour

Royal Palace and Tito’s Memorial tour

OR Belgrade Fortress hike

Quburich Brandy Tasting & Avala Mountain

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. 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. Alternatively, you can hike to Belgrade Fortress. Later in the day, 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 Iron Gates Golubac Fortress visit

Scenic Cruising – The Iron Gates

Visit Golubac Fortress – a medieval fortified town on the south side of the Danube River – before cruising through the Iron Gates. 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, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 Vidin Vidin Walking Tour

Belogradchik Excursion & Baba Vida Fortress

OR Banitsa pastry and yogurt tasting

OR Vidin bike tour

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. 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 Rousse Veliko Tarnovo excursion

OR Ivanovo Rock-Hewn Churches & Rousse Highlights Tour

Bucharest excursion

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. Later in the day, travel through the Romanian countryside to the capital of Bucharest, known as the “Little Paris of the East.” Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic city center and its elegant architecture. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 Giurgiu DISEMBARKATION


Bid farewell to Giurgiu as you prepare for your flight home. (B)?

WHAT'S INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

Terms & Conditions:
Prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect ALL applicable savings. Airfare extra. All rates are per person in CAD for cruise only, inclusive of port charges and based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom, and includes complimentary land package as indicated above. Additional land packages associated with mentioned itineraries are also available at an additional cost. Free Land offer is valid on select 2021 & 2022 Europe sailings. Offer is applicable to new FIT and group bookings made between December 14, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Free Land is only valid with the purchase of a participating cruise at full fare. Hotel to/from ship transfer is included with eligible complimentary land package. Offer is combinable with Back-to-Back cruise savings. Past Guest Savings and Future Cruise Benefit Program may be combined with Free Land offer and is applicable only to past guests. Free Land offer is based on double occupancy. Solo travelers may receive 50% savings off of total land package rate for single occupancy; not combinable with any other offers. Offer is not applicable to travel advisors and does not apply to industry rates or other offers deemed by AmaWaterways. Free Land offer is not eligible for the Unlimited Cruise Flexibility Program. Other optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20 Virtuoso Amenity: Virtuoso Amenity is applicable to new 2022 FIT and group bookings. Optional tour is limited to one per passenger/cruise. When optional excursions are unavailable, guests will receive $100 onboard credit in USD per stateroom. Onboard credit is $50 USD per person ($100 USD per stateroom). Optional tours are subject to availability and itinerary and may not be offered. Subject to change and other conditions apply. Combinable with other promotions in the marketplace. Not combinable with Virtuoso Block. To redeem, must ask for Virtuoso Amenity at the time of booking. CST#2065452-40. V19APR01AD