Exotic Danube River Cruise

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia & Land Tour of Romania

Danube River Cruise

Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia & Land Tour of Romania 16 day cruise/tour - October 2, 2023

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. John Lund.
  • 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 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:

16 Day Exotic Danube Cruise that visits 5 Countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania – combined with a fantastic tour of Romania that includes ancient walled villages, Transylvania and Dracula (yes, there was a Count Vlad Dracula), and some of the best castles in the world on our land tour. Romania is really one of our favorite countries in Europe. This special cruise and land tour is a combination of TWO Packages. The 5-Star Luxury Lower Danube River Cruise with AmaWaterways with savings up to $1,700 per person AND our special Land package tour throughout Romania.

Package #1: AmaWaterways Exotic Danube River Cruise Includes:

  • 7-night sailing on a 5-star luxury river cruise line between Budapest, Hungary, and Gurgau near Bucharest, Romania.
  • Category D Cabin with Two LARGE Port Hole Windows. Example picture of Cat D Cabins along with images of upgradable balcony cabins can be found below.
  • A MINIMUM of $1,000 off the ship’s pricing PER PERSON. Go ahead and compare! On the rare occasion when the ship offers a discount, it is only a fraction of what we save you. There are even more savings when you upgrade to a balcony cabin.
  • All ship port taxes and fees
  • All Shore Excursions.
  • Special Guest Educator: Dr. John Lund.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Three quality meals on-board the ship every day.
  • Free internet and free movies.
  • Unlimited bottled water.
  • All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
  • Option to upgrade cabin to French Balcony, Double Balcony, or Suite.
  • Use of quality headset receivers.

Ship Package Pricing for Cat D Cabin: $4,198
PLUS, Ship Port Charges, Taxes & Fees: $200
Total Ship Package Cat D Cabin Pricing: $4,398
Minus Member Savings off ship price: ($1,000)
OUR Total Ship Package Price: $3,398

Package #2: Our Special Land Package of Romania:

  • 2 Nights Deluxe Hotel Bucharest, Romania
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Hotel Brasov, Romania
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Hotel the Ancient Walled City of Sibiu, Romania
  • 1 Night Deluxe Hotel Budapest, Hungary
  • Three Major Castles: Peles Castle, Bran Castle, and Corvin Castle
  • Two major walled cities: Sibiu and Sighisoara (Where Dracula was born in 1431)
  • 9 days of buses and transfers in Romania and Hungary
  • Special Guest Educator for Romania: George Codrin
  • All Entrance Fees, Tours, Guides, and Sightseeing.
  • All Hotel and Bus Taxes and Fees
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Use of quality headset receivers.
    Land Package Price: $2,195

Package Price: $5,593 - total for both Packages*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.

Our ship chartered savings are HUGE. See below for cabin category pictures.
Balcony upgrade prices will be added to the total of the two packages above.
We have listed first the Cabin upgrade categories – followed by the price for the Cabin upgrade
for our members-only – our exclusive chartered SAVINGS off of the ship’s pricing:

Category                                Package Upgrade Price    SAVINGS off of Ship Pricing
Cat D Porthole Cabins             Included in Package               $1,000 per person
Cat C French Balcony             $700 per person                       $1,100 per person
Cat BB Double Balcony          $1,100 per person                    $1,300 per person
Cat BA Double Balcony          $1,300 per person                   $1,300 per person
Cat AB Double Balcony          $1,500 per person                   $1,300 per person
Cat AA Double Balcony          $1,700 per person                   $1,300 per person
Luxury Suite                             $2,600 per person                  $1,700 per person

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: October 2: Fly to Bucharest 
Fly from the US to Bucharest.

Day 2: October 3: Bucharest
We will arrive in Bucharest early afternoon. After clearing customs we will transfer to our hotel.

Day 3: October 4: 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: October 5:  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: October 6:  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: October 7: 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: October 8: 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: October 9: 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: October 10: 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: October 11: Vidin
Tour of Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress.  Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and great views from the top of the fortress.

Day 11: October 12: 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: October 13: 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: October 14: 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: October 15: 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 15: October 16: 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: October 17: Fly home
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  We will transfer to the airport for your return flight home.