Danube River Cruise16 day cruise/tour - August 8, 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 $1,500 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 $1,500 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 on the AMA sailing: 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: $196
TOTAL SHIP SPECIAL PRICE: $3,694
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 ships.
- 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: $3,694
Land Package: $2,095
Package Price: $5,789 - 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 $1,500 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: August 8: Fly to Bucharest
Fly from the US to Bucharest.
Day 2: August 9: Bucharest
We will arrive into Bucharest early afternoon. After clearing customs we will transfer to our hotel.
Day 3: August 10: 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 4: August 11: 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: August 12: 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 6: August 13: 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 where we will overnight.
Day 7: August 14: Budapest
This morning we leave Arad and continue to Budapest where we visit the Buda Hills and St. Mathias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastions. Later we continue on to the elegant part of Pest, we will also stop at Hero’s Square.
Day 8: August 15: Budapest
Today we will finish touring Budapest. This afternoon transfer to the 5-star AmaWaterways Ship. The ship will set sail around 3 am.
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: August 16: 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 Hungary (Budapest is first).
Day 10: August 17: 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 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. This afternoon in Novi Sad we will 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: August 18: 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: August 19: 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: August 20: Vidin
Tour of Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and great views from the top of the fortress.
Day 14: August 21: 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: August 22: Giurgiu
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful AmaWaterways ship and travel to Bucharest. Upon arrival, we will do a city tour of Bucharest, including the Village Museum, one of the oldest and largest outdoor museums in Europe.
Day 16: August 23: Fly home
This morning we will head to the airport for your flight back to the US and home. You will arrive home on the same day.