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Gems of Southeast Europe (Wine Cruise) Cruise Land Forward

From Vienna, Austria to Istanbul, Turkey
Length: 21 Days - Departs: Sat, Jul 16, 2022
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Departure
Jul 16, 2022
Arrival
Aug 05, 2022

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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 25% on balcony staterooms or 10% single supplement on fixed window staterooms on select Europe and Asia river cruises. As an alternative, solo travelers may choose other available special offers, such as up to $750 cruise savings, where applicable. (Not all sailings are applicable, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.)
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Limited-time Savings of 25% Single Supplement is only applicable to select 2021 & 2022 Europe and Asia sailings (excluding AmaMagna) and applies to balcony staterooms, excluding A+, AA+ and Suites. 10% Single Supplement is only applicable to select 2021 Europe and Asia sailings (excluding AmaMagna) and applies to fixed window staterooms, category D and E (Europe) and category C (Asia). 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 September 30, 2021 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.

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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.
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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
    Sat, Jul 16, 2022
    ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel.
  2. Day 2
    Sun, Jul 17, 2022
    VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered on your citytour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding inVienna'''s historic city center. (B)
  3. Day 3
    Mon, Jul 18, 2022
    VIENNA ''' BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ''' EMBARKATION. Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach toBudapest where you'''ll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman'''s Bastion,St. Stephen'''s Basilica and the Chain Bridge. During the evening, be treated to an Illuminations cruise. (B,D)
  4. Day 4
    Tue, Jul 19, 2022
    ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel.
  5. Day 5
    Wed, Jul 20, 2022
    VIENNA. The '''City of Waltzes''' offers a treasure trove of gems just waiting to be discovered on your city tour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna'''s historic city center. (B)
  6. Day 6
    Thu, Jul 21, 2022
    VIENNA ''' BUDAPEST, HUNGARY ''' EMBARKATION. Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach to Budapest where you'''ll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman'''s Bastion, St. Stephen'''s Basilica and the Chain Bridge. (B,D)
  7. Day 7
    Fri, Jul 22, 2022
    MOH''CS. Enjoy an excursion to P''cs and see Szechenyi Square, the Christian Necropolis ''' a UNESCO World Heritage Site ''' and St. Peter's Basilica with its underground burial chambers. For a more active adventure, delight in a guided bike ride along the Danube River. For wine connoisseurs, you'''ll visit the Szeksz''rd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    Sat, Jul 23, 2022
    NOVI SAD, SERBIA. Learn about the history of the Balkan Wars as you visit the Ov''ara Memorial and explore Eltz Castle, with its collection of artifacts, paintings and clothing ''' both located in Vukovar. Or, ride through Vukovar and the picturesque vineyards surrounding Ilok and stop at the Principovac Wine Estate for panoramic views of the area before arriving at the Old Cellars of Ilok for a wine tasting and tour. Once 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)
  9. Day 9
    Sun, Jul 24, 2022
    BELGRADE. Alternatively, you can enjoy a taste of history at Cellar Panajotovi'', owned by the Panajotovi'' family for over 90 years. Descend underground to the Roman-era passages beneath Belgrade'''s Senjak Hill, which boast the ideal temperature for storing and tasting the wine. Delve into the complexities of Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the family'''s most popular blend, a semi-sweet white known as ''eherezada.
  10. Day 10
    Mon, Jul 25, 2022
    SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES. Visit Golubac Fortress ''' one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe ''' before cruising through the Iron Gates ''' 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)
  11. Day 11
    Tue, Jul 26, 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. Or enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery, situated in the Calafat region. (B,L,D)
  12. Day 12
    Wed, Jul 27, 2022
    ROUSSE ''' GIURGIU, ROMANIA. Visit Bulgaria'''s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. Or journey to a Rousse Wine House and the Leventa complex set in a unique fortification structure dating back almost 200 years and be treated to a tasting of three wines while learning about the wine making process of this winery. 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, followed by a visit to the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world. (B,L,D)
  13. Day 13
    Thu, Jul 28, 2022
    GIURGIU ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' BRA''OV. Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and continue to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history. Your first stop on the road to Transylvania will be the quaint mountain town of Sinaia. While in Sinaia you will visit Peles Castle. Peles Castle is considered by many to be one of the most stunning castles in Europe and a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance with 160 rooms filled with priceless European art. After your tour of Peles Castle you will depart for Brasov. (B)
  14. Day 14
    Fri, Jul 29, 2022
    BRA''OV ''' SIGHI''OARA. Enjoy a walking tour around Bra''ov. Afterward, Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighi''oara, birthplace to Transylvania'''s most notorious ruler, Vlad ''epe'', also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. It'''s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO-designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad'''s place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today it houses a kitschy restaurant called '''Casa Dracula.''' (B)
  15. Day 15
    Sat, Jul 30, 2022
    BRAN ''' BUCHAREST. En route to Bucharest, you'''ll visit Transylvania'''s legendary Bran Castle, forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Later in the day, transfer to Bucharest and check into your hotel. (B)
  16. Day 16
    Sun, Jul 31, 2022
    BUCHAREST. Bucharest, Romania'''s capital, has earned its nickname, the '''Little Paris of the East,''' with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city'''s most impressive sites'''including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. Alternatively, you can choose a walking tour the historic old town. (B)
  17. Day 17
    Mon, Aug 01, 2022
    DEPART BUCHAREST. Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
  18. Day 18
    Tue, Aug 02, 2022
    GIURGIU ''' DISEMBARKATION''' BUCHAREST ''' ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and board a motorcoach to journey through the Romanian countryside to Bucharest. Later, board your flight to Istanbul, where you'''ll check into your hotel. (B)
  19. Day 19
    Wed, Aug 03, 2022
    ISTANBUL. Admire the grandeur of the spectacular Ottoman Sultans''' Grand Palace of Topkapi, home to every Sultan from the 15th-19th centuries. During your tour, marvel at the private chambers of the Sultans, the Harem (women'''s quarters) and the Imperial Treasury'''s vast collection, including the jewel-encrusted Topkapi Dagger and the stunning 86-carat Spoonmaker'''s Diamond. (B)
  20. Day 20
    Thu, Aug 04, 2022
    ISTANBUL. Depart your hotel for an enriching guided walking tour, during which you will explore the Hagia Sophia, formerly a church before becoming a mosque and finally a museum. A beautiful example of Old-World architecture, this museum showcases lovely Christian murals and Islamic symbols throughout. After the Hagia Sophia, visit Istanbul'''s similarly beautiful Blue Mosque, named for the Blue ''znik tiles that cover its interior. For those who are interested, be guided to the lively Grand Bazaar and venture through the market before returning to your hotel. (B)
  21. Day 21
    Fri, Aug 05, 2022
    DEPART ISTANBUL. Bid farewell to Istanbul as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

Austria, Croatia, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
5
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5

Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

The ship and the crew were way above what I anticipated. AMA cruise line goes over and above to make sure you had the best time available. They offer many excursions every day to make your trip the very best.

We received excellent service from Affordable Tours and Ama Waterways.

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