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Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise Only Forward

From Budapest, Hungary to Giurgiu, Romania
Length: 8 Days - Departs: Mon, Sep 19, 2022
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Departure
Sep 19, 2022
Arrival
Sep 26, 2022

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Reduced Single Supplement

Mention Promo Code: PT2697
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Reduced Single Supplement

Reduced Single Supplement

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Are you traveling single and don't want to pay the full single supplement, take advantage of reduced single supplement of up to 25% on select Europe and Asia river cruises. As an alternative, solo travelers may choose other available special offers where applicable. (Not all sailings are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.)
Must Book By Sat, Dec 31, 2022
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Limited-time Savings of 25% Single Supplement is only applicable to select 2022 Europe and Asia sailings (excluding AmaMagna) and applies to balcony staterooms, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. Pricing reflects the solo traveler reduced single supplement for entry level fixed window and entry level balcony cabin categories. Offers are applicable to new FIT and Group reservations made by March 31, 2022 and is combinable with Past Guest Privilege Rewards and Future Cruise Benefit programs. 25% Single Supplement is also available on all sailings, applicable to Category E and D (Europe) and Category C (Asia). Single Supplement offers are not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, is limited to availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply.

20th Anniversary Sale, Free Air + $20 Reduced Deposits

Mention Promo Code: PT3049
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20th Anniversary Sale, Free Air + $20 Reduced Deposits

20th Anniversary Sale, Free Air + $20 Reduced Deposits

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There has never been a better time to explore the world with your loved ones by your side while sailing on board an award-winning river cruise ship. In celebration of AmaWaterways 20th anniversary, they are delighted to announce a very special limited-time offer. Reserve a select Europe or Mekong River cruise by September 30, 2022, and you will receive FREE AIRFARE from all gateways in US and Canada or 20% savings, plus take advantage of a reduced deposit of just $20 per person. Best of all, this is combinable with Double Loyalty Savings of $200 per person exclusively for AmaWaterways' past guests. (Blackout dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable dates.)
Must Book By Fri, Sep 30, 2022
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Terms & Conditions: Free Economy Air or 20% cruise discount offer is applicable to new FIT bookings reserved between July 1 - September 30, 2022. Free air is based on economy, round-trip, trans-Atlantic/trans-Pacific airfare departing from all gateways (based on availability). Ask for Promo code: ANIV-20AIR. Free Air or 20% cruise discount is applicable to select 2022 Europe & Mekong sailings. 20% cruise savings applies to total cruise fare, based on category purchased (applied to double occupancy). Offer applicable to all categories for double occupancy; Excludes A+, AA+, SA, SB, and suites for single occupancy bookings. Ask for Promo code: ANIV-20. Single supplement is at 120% of double occupancy price, excludes A+, AA+, SA, SB, and suites. Ask for Promo code: ANIV-20SOLO

Double Loyalty Savings is applicable to new FIT and Group bookings reserved between July 1 - September 30, 2022. Offer applied to AmaWaterways past guests only. Past guests will receive an additional $100 per person discount on select 2022 Europe and Mekong sailings. Ask for Promo code: DOUBLE-LOYALTY. Reduced deposit of $20.00 per person is valid through September 28, 2022 and applies to select Europe and Mekong sailings for 2022, which is non-refundable. Final payment terms of 90 days prior to sailing still apply. Port charges, stateroom upgrades, optional land packages, visas, air fare, and gratuities are additional. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts (unless stated), limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Offers are capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction, or withdrawal without notice. AmaWaterways reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions at any time. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California. CST#2065452-20

Free Round-trip Airfare is applicable to all US and Canadian gateways. Free air is based on economy, round-trip, trans-Atlantic/trans-Pacific airfare departing from all gateways (based on availability). Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades will be offered at prevailing rates; if purchased, are guaranteed for long-haul flights, but not U.S. Domestic or intra-Europe/Intra-Asia flights. Offer includes base economy ticket price, fuel surcharges, taxes and roundtrip airport transfers between the airport and ship and/or hotel for services purchased through AmaWaterways for a published itinerary only. Certain long-distance transfers not included. Once your airline tickets have been issued, any changes will be subject to penalty and any additional fare collection if not cancelled within 24 hours of ticketing will apply. Should the name on your airline reservation not match your passport exactly, your airline reservation will have to be cancelled, full penalties will be assessed and your reservation will have to be recreated subject to market pricing at the time of the new reservation. Custom itineraries, itinerary requests and schedule deviations are not accepted on this promotion. AmaWaterways air promotions will be provided 75 - 90 days before the travel start date and once full payment is received for the river cruise. No recourse available for those who wish to change or cancel their selected flight schedules and air schedule is at the discretion of AmaWaterways under this special air promotion. Additional luggage, seat selection, and other ancillary charges imposed by the carrier will apply and can be found on the carrier’s website on or after the release of the flight schedule.

$100 per person Military Service Member Savings

Mention Promo Code: PT2711
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$100 per person Military Service Member Savings

$100 per person Military Service Member Savings

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If you are an active or retired military service member you will receive a $100 per person discount on any river cruise.
Must Book By Sat, Dec 31, 2022
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Military discount is $100 [C$120] off per person, applicable to cruise only, and is valid on new bookings only. Must be active military or retired with valid military ID. Offer is combinable with other promotions and discounts available at the time of booking. Offer is 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.


River Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy 2 nights in Budapest or Vienna, followed by a 7-night cruise from Budapest to Giurgiu, 2 nights in Brasov and 2 nights in Bucharest

  1. Day 1
    Mon, Sep 19, 2022
    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ''' EMBARKATION. Board the ship for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise. (D)
  2. Day 2
    Tue, Sep 20, 2022
    MOH''CS ''' P''CS. Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Moh''cs. You'''ll then visit P''cs, 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 Sz''chenyi Square, the heart of Old Town P''cs. 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 Szeksz''rd 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 Moh''cs. (B,L,D)
  3. Day 3
    Wed, Sep 21, 2022
    VUKOVAR, CROATIA ''' NOVI SAD, SERBIA. Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you'''ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ov''ara 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)
  4. Day 4
    Thu, Sep 22, 2022
    BELGRADE. 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, ''livovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery. For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)
  5. Day 5
    Fri, Sep 23, 2022
    SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH 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)
  6. Day 6
    Sat, Sep 24, 2022
    VIDIN, BULGARIA. 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)
  7. Day 7
    Sun, Sep 25, 2022
    ROUSSE ''' GIURGIU, ROMANIA. 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)
  8. Day 8
    Mon, Sep 26, 2022
    GIURGIU ''' DISEMBARKATION. Bid farewell to Giurgiu as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania

Rivers Visited

Danube

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • 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 Cha''ne des R''tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Cha''ne des R''tisseurs 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
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Vienna at the Intercontinental Vienna(or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Vienna to Budapest with city tour
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bran Castle and then Bra''ov
  • 2 nights hotel in Bra''ov at the Kronwell Bra''ovHotel (or similar), including city tour, Sighi''oaraexcursion and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Bra''ov to Pele'' RoyalCastle in Sinaia and then to Bucharest
  • 2 nights hotel in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu(or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Land Program
  • 2 nights hotel in Vienna at Intercontinental Vienna (or similar), including city tour and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Vienna to Budapest with city tour
  • Transfer from the ship in Giurgiu to Bucharest followed by flight to Istanbul
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul including city tour and daily breakfast

Health and Safety Protocols for AmaWaterways

Whether you are a loyal past guest or are considering river cruising with us for the first time, we thank you for entrusting AmaWaterways with your future river cruise plans. Here are some of the measures we are taking to protect our guests on board and ashore:

Pre-Cruise

  • Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required.

Embarkation

  • At embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. If, for any reason, further testing is required, shoreside medical treatment centers are within close proximity.
  • Your luggage handles will be sanitized before delivery to your stateroom.

On Board

  • Protocols continue to change; however, at this time, guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces.
  • We will have ample hand sanitizers available throughout the ship and their frequent use is required by all guests and crew.
  • Our crew has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the ship.
  • We use state-of-the-art fan coil air conditioning units; there is no recirculating of air on board our ships.
  • There will be limitations to the number of guests allowed to sail with us.
  • Safety and social distancing will be enhanced throughout our dining room.
  • You will still get plenty of fresh air and exercise as our bicycles, fitness mats and equipment will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Use of the Fitness Room is by appointment with cleaning time between use. Throughout Europe and Asia, we provide a variety of onboard wellness activities led by professionally trained Wellness Hosts. Whenever weather permits, these small-group classes will be held on our spacious open-air Sun Decks.
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted on board.

Exploring Ashore

  • Your personal portable Quietvox commentary systems will allow you to hear guides while social distancing.
  • Shore excursions will be conducted in small groups. Guests must use hand sanitizers when getting on and off our coaches that are thoroughly cleaned each morning.
  • In the event that ships are docked side by side, guests will be required to pass over Sun Decks.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

AmaWaterways Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 272 reviews about AmaWaterways Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

The staff was wonderful, always courteous and helpful. Loved all of the different foods served on board. The Chef's Table was a wonderful way of tasting new foods! The sites we saw were unbelievable! So much to learn and experience. I was a bit surprised with our cabin, I was expecting an outdoor balcony, we had a full length window instead. In the end it really did not matter, we were still able to see all of the beautiful views from our cabin and the sun deck.

This was my 3rd AMA trip and the AMA Magda was fantastic, land hotels especially in Vienna were all great. I want to travel that vessel agIn

All of the trip leaders were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the areas and animals. I'd like to give a shout out to Beverly, Dalia, Frank, Derrick, and the two best drivers Emmanuel, and God bless.

This was the first cruise after lockdown, there were quite a few greenhorns among the service staff but the experienced ones did a terrific job of training the newbies. Arrival was smooth and our room was waiting even though we arrived at 7 a.m. The Tour Manager arranged for transfer to our hotel after the cruise.

AMA waterways provided a quality experience. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly.

AMA went above and beyond! Traveling during Covid had multiple new paperwork and tests and restrictions due to covid along with last minute closures of markets. Our wonderful tour guide was so helpful with literally tours canceling on us the day prior to new restrictions such as having to get a covid test at the last minute She was Superwoman! She always found something else to entertain us with and where to get tested. The food was wonderful and the ship was so beautiful loved the decorations the service was amazing! My daughter has celiacs and she was able to enjoy every meal as they made sure she had a selection to choose from this is a major concern of mine. I can't count the times we have had to search for a place to eat and failed. Thank You AMA for making our holiday special! We really needed it this year due to losing several friends and family you made us forget our sadness.

This trip was advertised as a French Christmas market cruise and, although, there were two Christmas markets, they really only had food. This is not to be confused with German Christmas market! That being said, Amawaterways is awesome and we have another cruise booked for next year.

Covid has provided many perils for traveling these days, but we truly enjoyed the AMA cruise mainly due to the great expertise of the Cruise Director, whom we had done a cruise with prior. He is amazing at taking a problem and doing a quick solve with the guests not even being aware. There were lots of changes and unexpected challenges that he did work arounds for and the whole crew was fantastic. This cruise is one that is done infrequently compared to AMA's repertoire, but is most delightful and great little towns to see. Highly recommend!

Very nice experience. All handled in a professional and courteous manner.

we traveled with another river cruise line several years ago and much prefer ama waterways.

This was my first river cruise, and my only regret is that I've waited as long as I have to do this. The entire AmaWaterways crew -- from the ship captain all the way to the housekeeper -- were outstanding. The ship itself was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the cabin was well organized and extremely comfortable. I appreciated the variety of available shore excursions, and the local guides were excellent. I'm looking forward to cruising again many times with AmaWaterways.

This was my second trip with Amawaterways and it was just as wonderful as the first. I have actually booked two more with them through Karen at Affordable Tours.

Trip was everything that was expected and more.

We booked the cruise and extensions which was 24 days. Evidentially, this trip could have been booked in segments which we were not aware of as the coming and going of various groups was very strange throughout. We started in Prague, always a great adventure. We were to go to Nuremberg, but due to low water were bused to the ship departure, Vilshofen, with options to hit the first two ports we missed by bus as excursions. Other folks joined from Vienna, a large group came onboard, and we were nearly at max going down the river. All but 18 people left at Budapest, including the Cruise Director. At that point we found out the second portion was a Wine Cruise with a different name, new director, and new passengers came aboard bringing us to capacity once again. So this became two cruises, actually, with totally different passengers on each except the original 18. As we continued for the extension, there were 40 of us until the end in Bucharest. One can see how this was rather disfunctional and more like a train ride with customers joining and departing continuously. Never knew who would be at dinner the next night. This may work from a business point, but very confusing to those that just purchased a single cruise with extensions and enjoyed meeting folks as we sailed down the river. Had I known there would be such a revolving door would have researched better and re-evaluated my choice. AMA, as always did a superb job, but the logistics of this whole adventure must have been a nightmare and stressful for the staff. Vacations need continuity.

We are very pleased with our trip.Morgan gave many options to pick from but, after discussion of the places we wanted to see she help us to narrow our choices.I would recommend Morgan to any of our friends how are planning to travel.

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