Grand Danube Cruise : 2018 - Prague to Bucharest : ms AmaCerto (Cruise & Land)
Framed by rolling hillsides, well-tended vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube has been an inspiration for generations of Europeans. Experience its magic yourself, beginning with a 3-night stay in Prague before embarking upon your river cruise. Savor Wachau Valley wine, embrace the elegance and history of Vienna and Budapest, and traverse the legendary passage known as the Iron Gates. Disembark in Rousse, Bulgaria and conclude your sojourn with two nights in beautiful Bucharest, the "Paris of the East."
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2 : PRAGUE
This morning, choose between a standard city tour and a hike. Both will reveal why Prague is considered one of Europe's most attractive cities, with a historic city center that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see Rudolfinum, the National Museum, Wenceslas Square and the Hundertwasser Dancing House. Next, visit the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle and St. Vitus before walking over the romantic Charles Bridge to the Old Market Square, where you will find the capital's famous Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and the statue of Jan Husek. The rest of the day is at your leisure, perhaps to enjoy yourself in one of the city's many charming cafés. (B)
Day 3 : PRAGUE
Spend a day at your leisure, perhaps to stroll through a museum or gallery, wander along the banks of the Vltava River, relax at an outdoor café, or shop for local handicrafts. (B)
Day 4 : PRAGUE - PILZEN - EMBARKATION - NUREMBERG
Depart Prague this morning and stop to enjoy some free time in the lovely city of Pilzen before embarking your ship in Nuremberg. Later, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner aboard the ship. (B,D)
Day 5 : NUREMBERG - REGENSBURG
You have two excursion options today. Take a tour of the city's medieval highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, the 900-year-old ramparts surrounding the city, Town Hall, Notre Dame and the house of artist Albrecht Dürer, or join a WWII tour and see the Coliseum, Nazi Parade Ground and Justice Palace. Later, the ship cruises the Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : REGENSBURG
Welcome to Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities. A guided walking tour will show you the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option partake in a Bavarian Specialties tasting, or for an active option join the Walhalla bike tour. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : PASSAU- LINZ
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the Danube. You will have a choice of a walking tour of Passau's Old Town, past the old city fortifications, Rathaus, Domplatz and Residenzplatz squares, as well as St. Stephen's Cathedral, or more active guests may join either a guided bike tour along the Danube from Passau to Erlau or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus fortress overlooking Passau. Return to the ship this afternoon for a scenic cruise to Linz, Austria's third largest city and a major river port. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : MELK-VIENNA
Early this morning, we cruise to Melk. You have a choice between a guided tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe's largest and most revered monasteries, or a guided bike tour along the Danube. Return to the ship for lunch before cruising on through the scenic Wachau Valley. Arrive in Vienna after dinner and explore the magnificent Austrian capital on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : VIENNA
This morning, you will have a chance to savor the Baroque elegance of romantic Vienna through your choice of one of three different excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour of Vienna that guides you past the majestic Opera House, the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburg Emperors, Parliament, Town Hall and Vienna University. Afterwards, you will visit Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see St. Stephen's Cathedral, Graben and the world famous Spanish Riding School. The second option is a walking tour of Vienna's hidden treasures that takes you to secret places and sights like Ankeruhr, a whimsical Art Nouveau clock. Your third option is a guided bike tour along the Danube and through the Donaupark. This afternoon, you can join a guided bike ride to Klosterneuburg Monastery, or explore at your leisure. Be sure to sample some Viennese coffee and pastries. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Your morning excursion includes sightseeing in the cities of Buda and Pest spread over both banks of the river. You will see famed Heroes' Square and Castle Hill, home to Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and spectacular views of the Danube. Alternatively, you may also opt to join a hike up to Castle Hill on which you will see Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion and Parliament Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special Illuminations Cruise past the glittering riverfront of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : BUDAPEST
After breakfast this morning, take an excursion to Puszta, the vast Hungarian plain that stretches to the eastern border of the country. This area is home to Hungarian cowboys who still wear traditional dress and practice the skills of their Magyar ancestors. After touring a typical csarda (farm), you will see an amazing performance of Hungarian horsemanship. You'll also enjoy warm Hungarian hospitality and a traditional lunch before returning to the ship in Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : MOHÁCS - PÉCS
Arrive in Mohács around breakfast time and depart for your excursion to Pécs. Founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, the city was an important cultural base during many centuries of Ottoman rule. You will see St. Peter's Basilica, the city's main Catholic cathedral, as well as either a mosque that has been converted to a church or the restored synagogue, before returning to the ship in Mohács. (B,L,D)
Day 13 : VUKOVAR, CROATIA - NOVI SAD, SERBIA
This morning, enjoy a Yugoslav Civil War tour of Vukovar that will show you the Ovcara Memorial and Cemetery, the monumental cross that serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives during Croatia's struggle for independence. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise to Novi Sad, Serbia, one of Europe's greatest historical treasures. After a walking tour of the city, you will later in the evening see the Petrovaradin fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached and that is now home to a hotel, museum and artists' studios. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : BELGRADE
Wake up in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, that includes visits to Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. This afternoon you will have your choice of one of three excursions. Your first option is a visit to the mausoleum of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, a beloved figure who was the leader of the Yugoslav Partisans during the Second World War and became the first President of Yugoslavia. Your second option is a tasting of Serbian plum brandy and local snacks at the Quburich Distillery. Your third option is a guided bike tour through Belgrade around Ada Ciganlija Island. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES
Today take a full day of cruising through one of Europe's most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates. Here the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania. The banks of the river along this natural border are lined with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead, a sight that will be an unforgettable highlight of your adventure. (B,L,D)
Day 16 : VIDIN, BULGARIA
Your time in Vidin begins with a visit to Belogradchik, a beautifully restored castle located in a stunning landscape of unusual rock formations, as well as Vidin Castle. Afterwards, you will visit Baba Vida Fortress, the only entirely preserved medieval castle in the country, where you will be treated to a fascinating historical re-enactment. You may also opt instead for a Banitsa pastry and yogurt tasting, or a guided bike tour on which you will see sights like the Ottoman post office and visit the synagogue. The ship departs early afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 17 : VELIKO TARNOVO - GIURGIU
Today, enjoy a visit to the ancient capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnavo. Here you will tour Tsarevets Hill, the old citadel of the city. You will see the old fortress walls, the Royal Palaces and the Patriarchal church and the Baldwin's Tower. Or you may choose to take a walking tour of the Bulgarian city of Rousse. Return to the ship afterward and enjoy a free evening. (B,L,D)
Day 18 : GIURGIU - DISEMBARKATION - BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and continue your tour by motor coach. Today we arrive in the village of Brasov where you'll enjoy a city tour and a visit to the infamous Bran Castle. Later this afternoon check in to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 19 : BUCHAREST - TRANSYLVANIA
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion today to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history and comfortable nestled between the Carpathian Mountains. Take a scenic country drive to Sinaia, where you'll have an opportunity to see the exquisite Peles Castles, a former summer palace for Romanian royalty.(B,L)
Day 20 : BUCHAREST
Enjoy a city tour of Bucharest's most iconic sights, the rest of the day is free to explore on your own.
Day 21 : DEPART BUCHAREST
Bid farewell to Burcharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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