Danube River Cruise16 day cruise/tour - May 16, 2022
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.
- 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.
- Tour managers throughout.
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 an 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 Transylvanian mountains. He was born in a small 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 one of our favorite countries 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 PHENOMENAL 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:
- 7 night sailing on a 5-star luxury riverboat. 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: $4,198 – $700 = $3,498
PLUS, SHIP PORT AND TAXES: $182
TOTAL SHIP SPECIAL PRICE: $3,680
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: $3,680
Land Package: $1,795
Package Price: $5,475 - 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 16: Fly to Bucharest
Fly from the US to Bucharest.
Day 2: May 17: Bucharest
We will arrive in Bucharest early afternoon. After clearing customs we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: May 18: Bucharest
Today we will do a city tour of Bucharest, including the Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 4: May 19: 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 lovely valley has what 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 5: May 20: 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 6: May 21: Sighisoara – Sibiu
Today we will travel to the walled city of Sighisoara. Sighisoara is one 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 of the infamous Vlad Tepes otherwise known as Count Vlad Dracula. This afternoon we will travel to Sibiu. 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 7: May 22: 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 return to Sibiu to overnight.
Day 8: May 23: Sibiu – Giurgiu
This morning we leave Sibiu and travel to Giurgiu to board our 5-star AMA Waterways Ship. Tomorrow morning we will set sail on the Danube for Hungary.
Important Note: Amawaterways includes premium shore excursions at no additional cost. In many of the ports of call, the ship may offer different shore excursions, often including a bicycle tour. Our 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 onboard.
Day 9: May 24: 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 10: May 25: Vidin
Tour of Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and great views from the top of the fortress.
Day 11: May 26: 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 12: May 27: Belgrade
This morning we will enjoy a Belgrade city tour to see Kalemegdan fortress, St. Save Cathedral, and some free time on the pedestrian street. This afternoon the tour includes the Royal Palace & Tito’s memorial tour.
Day 13: May 28: Novi Sad – Vukovar
Today we will stop in Novi Sad before continuing to Vukovar. Here we recommend the Petrovaradin Fortress Hike where you will explore the fortifications including the underground tunnels. This is a moderate walk uphill to the fortress and then some stairs within the fortress. Later we sail to the small Croatian river town of Vukovar. In the early 1990s, 2,000 self-organized Croatian civilians and volunteers heroically defended the town for 3 months against a heavily fortified Serbian army 40,000 strong. You will see a monument dedicated to victims of the Balkan Wars. Later we visit the Eltz Castle which is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe.
Day 14: May 29: Mohacs
Pecs is the former European capital of culture, it is approximately 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 have some free time to shop. Most travelers consider Pecs their second favorite city in Romania (Budapest is first).
Day 15: May 30: Budapest
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AMA Waterways ship and travel to Budapest. Our sightseeing tour of Budapest will include a visit to Buda Hills, St. Mathias Church, and the Fishermen’s Bastions. Continuing on to the elegant part of Pest, we stop at the Hero’s square. Overnight Budapest.
Day 16: May 31: Fly home
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. We will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.