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2021 Exotic Danube River Cruise

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Countries Visited:
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia & Land Tour of Romania.

Major Cities Visited:
Hungary: Budapest, Pécs and Mohács. Croatia: Vukovar. Serbia: Novi Sad and Belgrade. Bulgaria: Vidin, Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. Romania: Giurgiu, Sibiu, Hunedoara, Sighișoara, Brașov, Sinaia and Bucharest.

Tour Overview:

  • 7 nights 5-star Luxury Exotic Danube River Cruise through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania.
  • Includes all Shore Excursions.
  • Major Tour Highlights: Budapest Castle Hill, Chain Bridge, Pecs, Yugoslav Civil War tour, Petrovaradin Fortress, Baba Vida Fortress, Veliko Tarnova (Bulgaria’s ancient capital), walled city of Sibiu, ancient Corvin Castle, walled city of Sighisoara, Transylvanian Alps, Bran Castle, Brașov, Peles Castle, Sinaia Castle and Bucharest.
  • AMA Cruise Portion Special Guest Educator: Dr. Michael Wilcox.
  • Land Portion Special Guest Educator: George Codrin.
  • Tour managers throughout.

Tour Information

We have combined a luxurious Exotic Danube Cruise with a wonderful Romania Tour. You will visit 5 countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. You will sail in luxury on a AmaWaterways ship. AmaWaterways has been voted the best river cruise line in Europe for years. Even all of your shore excursions are included! Romania is our favorite country in Europe. It has three of the best castles in Europe, including Peles Castle, which is our favorite. Romania also has Transylvania and the mystique of Count Vlad Dracula. Yes, there really was a Vlad Dracula in the Transylvania mountains. He was born in a small medieval village in 1431, your tour includes a visit to this medieval walled village. You will also visit Bran Castle and Corvin Castle. Corvin Castle was once voted the scariest place on earth. Please trust us, Romania is our favorite country in Europe and we know you will love it too.

By Chartering the ship, we received special pricing not given to others. You will save up to $1,200 off of AmaWaterways normal pricing for this cruise – A PHENOMINAL DEAL!!!

Package Price Includes:

Our package price is a combination of two packages:
The Exotic Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways (with savings up to $1,200 per person) AND our special Land Tour and Hotel Packages in Budapest and Romania.

Package #1: AmaWaterways Exotic Danube River Cruise Includes:

  • 8 day 7 night sailing on a 5-star luxury river boat from outside Bucharest, Romania to Budapest, Hungary. Cruising with AmaWaterways through 5 countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
  • Cabin Category D: Two Large Port Hole Window Cabin.
  • Shore Excursions.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
  • Free internet.
  • Free movies.
  • Bottled water, fluffy bathrobes, and slippers free in each cabin.
  • All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
  • Option to upgrade cabin to French or Double Balcony.

DANUBE CRUISE PACKAGE PRICE CAT D: $4,098 – $700 = $3,398
PLUS, SHIP PORT AND TAXES: $182
TOTAL SHIP SPECIAL PRICE: $3,580

Package #2: Our Special Land Package of Budapest and Romania Includes:

  • 9 days of buses, tours and entrance fees in Hungary and Romania.
  • Deluxe Hotels in Budapest, Hungary along with Bucharest, Brasov, and Sibiu in Romania.
  • Transfers to and from the airport, hotels and river cruise ship.
  • Three major castles: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and Corvin Castle.
  • Two major walled cities Sighisoara (where Dracula was born) & Sibiu.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Guest Educator for the Romanian Land Portion: George Codrin
  • “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.

Cruise Package: $3,580
Land Package: $1,695

Package Price: $5,275 - total for both Packages*

*Does not include International air or tips.

Important Note: We have phenomenal pricing for the BEST river cruise line In Europe, AmaWaterways. Because we charter AmaWaterways’ ships, we are able to pass on those huge savings to you. The ship will often offer a $250 early bird discount. With our special savings, you save between $700 and $1,200 per person. Yes, that is per person!
See cabin upgrades and pricing below.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a partial list, and subject to change as needed to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.

Day 1: May 9: Fly to Bucharest 
Fly from the US to Bucharest.

Day 2: May 10: Bucharest
We will arrive into Bucharest early afternoon. After clearing customs we will transfer to our hotel.

Day 3: May 11:  Sinaia – Brasov
This morning we will drive approximately 80 miles to the mountain resort of Sinaia. Sinaia is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Carpathians”.  This beautiful valley contains three castles, one of which we consider one of the most beautiful castles in the world – the Peles Castle. We will then drive 30 miles to Brasov.  This city is nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.  This location made it an ideal setting for a medieval city.

Day 4: May 12:  Brasov
Today we will tour Bran Castle, often referred to as Dracula’s Castle.  Though there is little concrete proof, many historians agree that Vlad Tepes (a.k.a Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker used as a model for his 1897 story-Dracula) did reside at Bran Castle during his raids in Transylvania.

Day 5: May 13: Sighisoara – Sibiu
Today we will travel to the walled city of Sighisoara.  Sighisoara is another of the seven citadels constructed by the German settlers in the 12th Century.  Walking along the magical cobbled alleyways, in the shadow of one of the nine towers, transports you back in time.  It is possibly the best-walled city in Eastern Europe.  The city is also the birthplace to the infamous Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Count Vlad Dracula.  This afternoon we will travel to travel to Sibiu, designated the European capital of culture for 2007. Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of seven walled cities that were constructed in the 12th century by German settlers.  Today Sibiu has been preserved and the streets have not changed in over 500 years. The center of town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6: May 14: Corvin – Sibiu
This morning we drive to Hunedoara Castle, nestled in the Transylvania Alps. Recently the castle has gained notoriety and was named one of the scariest places in the world.  The castle held Count Vlad Dracula in prison for 7 years. After our tour of this fantastic castle, we will continue to Arad near the border of Hungary to overnight.

Day 7: May 15: Budapest
This morning we leave Arad and continue to Budapest where we visit Buda Hills and St. Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastions. Continuing on to the elegant part of Pest, we stop at the Hero’s square.

Day 8: May 16: Budapest
Today we will finish touring Budapest. This afternoon transfer to the 5-star AmaWaterways Ship. After dinner this evening, the ship does an Illumination cruise.  Budapest at night from the River is a wonderful experience.  We will then return to the same dock.  The ship will set sail around 3 am in the morning.

Important Note:  The owners of Fun For Less Tours experienced an AmaWaterways sailing between Budapest and Romania in 2018.  They were more than impressed.  Having sailed with other river cruise companies they were worried they would have to arrange or change all of the shore excursions.  Other companies, give few choices, have additional fees for some of their shore excursions and often include several wineries where they can get extra commissions from the sales.  To their surprise, AmaWaterways far exceeded their expectations.  In many of the ports of call they had several choices of tours, none of which cost extra.  The owners were so pleased with AmaWaterways selection of shore excursions, they found there was very little they would change. AmaWaterways already included premium tours at no additional cost. In many of the ports of call, the ship may offer different shore excursions, often including a bicycle tour. The owners have selected, what they felt to be the best shore excursion for each port. After you arrive at the ship, if you decide that you would like to make a change to a different tour you can make that change on board.

Day 9: May 17: Mohacs
Pecs Tour:  Pecs is the former European Capital of culture.  An hour bus ride from the ship.  We will take a walking tour to see the town center, the underground early Christian Cemetery, the Mosque and some free time to shop.  Most travelers consider Pecs their second favorite city in Hungary (Budapest is first).

Day 10: May 18: Vukovar – Novi Sad
Today we will stop briefly in Vukovar before continuing downriver to Novi Sad.  The small Croatian river town of Vukovar is also known as the Hero Town.  In the early 1990’s, 2000 self-organized Croatian civilians and volunteers heroically defended the town for 3 months against a heavily fortified Serbian army 40,000 strong.  This afternoon in Novi Sad to enjoy a walking tour of the old city.  In the evening after dinner, we plan to visit the Petrovaradin Fortress where we explore the fortifications including the underground tunnels.

Day 11: May 19: Belgrade
This morning we will enjoy a Belgrade city tour to see Kalemegdan fortress, St. Sava Cathedral and some free time on the pedestrian street.  This afternoon the tour includes the Royal Palace & Tito’s memorial tour.

Day 12: May 20: Cruise Highlight Day
Today will be a major highlight day as we sail through the most spectacular scenery found anywhere along the entire Danube River.  This evening they plan to park the ship Vidin, where you can get off and walk around on your own.

Day 13: May 21: Vidin
Tour of Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress.  Breathtaking landscape and great views from the top of the fortress.

Day 14: May 22: Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo
Today is a full day excursion to Arbanassi (an authentic medieval village) and to Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.  Both have beautiful scenery and architecture.

Day 15: May 23: Giurgiu
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AmaWaterways ship and travel to Bucharest. Upon arrival will do a city tour of Bucharest, including the Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe.

Day 16: May 24:  Fly home
This morning we will head to the airport for your flight back to the US and home.  You will arrive home the same day. If you are doing the post-tour you will fly to Rome this morning.