Lower Danube and Transylvania Extension
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Lower Danube and Transylvania Extension


ViennaBucharest

13 Days

Gems of the Lower Danube and the Tale of Dracula

Touch history in Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, as you sail along the exotic lower Danube. Filled with natural wonder and wildlife, this section of the Danube River also divides the Capathian Mountains at the imposing “Iron Gates” gorge and meets the Black Sea’s natural estuary. Enjoy an overnight stay in the Romanian capital of Bucharest and a city sightseeing tour through this vibrant metropolis.

Extend your journey with a Transylvanian adventure by choosing a three-night, post-cruise land package and starting in Brasov for 2 nights. From here, tour the Carpathian town of Sinaia nestled in the Bucegi Mountains of central Romania and rich with monastic and royal history. Next day, explore Brasov and the Black Church, learning the fascinating story behind its name. Finally, be prepared to enter Dracula’s own Bran Castle where his spirit and story still live on. Spend another night in Bucharest and look forward to discovering its cultural wealth.

*Please note: The minimum number of participants for the land program is 15.

Itinerary

What better place to begin a European river cruise? Vienna. Here in one of Europe’s finest Imperial beauties is where your adventure begins aboard our luxury AMADEUS vessel. Join our Cruise Director for a Welcome Cocktail and raise your glass to celebrate new adventures. Our chef will spoil you with a lovingly created Welcome Dinner before your ship sets sail for Bratislava at night.

Stay Vienna

Over Night

A new memory for your travel diary: As the sun rises, we arrive in the Slovakian capital. Located at the confluence of the Morava and Danube Rivers, Bratislava impresses with its Gothic and Baroque architecture. During a morning tour, we take you up to Castle Hill for breathtaking views. Then walk through the historic center and fall in love with the fascinating history of the city. Back on board, enjoy a leisurely lunch before departing for the local wine region. Spend the afternoon touring a family-owned vineyard for a private, behind-the-scenes look at winemaking. Before midnight, the ship weighs anchor for the next port, Esztergom.

Stay Vienna

Departure at 2:00am

Stay Bratislava

7:00am - 11:00pm

Excursions

A sight as if created by angels: The Basilica of Esztergom is Hungary's largest and perhaps most beautiful church. Its splendor unfolds on the morning excursion, followed by a guided tour to artists' village of Szentendre. Meanwhile, the vessel glides towards the "Queen of the Danube". Enjoy an afternoon full of wonders in the Hungarican capital, Budapest. The grand Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion are just two of the architectural wonders of this city. If food is your passion, join “An Authentic Taste of Budapest” which starts at the vast market hall and continues to the famous geothermal baths. In the evening, our illuminated cruise through Budapest will light up your heart, while your spirit comes alive with a spirited folklore show of local artists who dance, sing and enchant aboard.

Stay Esztergom

7:00am - 8:30am

Excursions

Stay Budapest

12:00pm - 9:00pm

Excursions

In eastern Croatia, Vukovar serves as your gateway to the natural world. In the afternoon, your excursion starts in baroque Vukovar and takes you to Kopački Rit, one of the largest wetlands in Europe and home to rich birdlife, animals, and plants. A boat takes you through untouched moors and a virgin floodplain where nature thrives. In the village of Kopačevo, you can sample Croatian fruit brandies and wines, before you continue your drive to the village of Osijek for a walk through the town. Back in Vukovar, board the ship and enjoy a leisurely dinner as we cruise to Belgrade.

Stay Vukovar

12:30pm - 10:00pm

Excursions

A new day dawns in a new country. Belgrade, the vibrant capital of Serbia, retains a western influence while remaining true to its deep cultural roots and history. During a morning sightseeing tour, visit Kalemegdan Fortress located at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube with breathtaking views and unforgettable stories. Afterwards, discover the true personality of this city and see the National Museum, the Parliament, and the St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. After lunch, accompany us to Topola and Oplenac and trace the heritage of the Serbian royal family. In the evening, take a private bus through Belgrade, enjoying the dazzling city lights and an evening at an authentic Serbian folklore performance.  Afterwards, enjoy regional specialties and the offbeat rhythm and bohemian culture of the artists' quarter of Skadarlija. 

Stay Belgrade

8:00am - 11:59pm

Excursions

The fortress of Golubac with its magnificent views has an equally magnificent past filled with the spirits and sounds of successful battles to defend the fortress. Take a leap back to the Stone Age on our alternative excursion to the architectural site of Lepenski Vir with its exciting excavations and exhibits. For an active adventure, join us on a hike through the magnificent Djerdap National Park to its famous Kovilovo viewpoint. 

Rejoin the ship in Donji Milanovac and spend the afternoon on board for a truly impressive natural spectacle. Take a seat on the sun deck and relax as we cruise through one of the most impressive gorges in Europe which also marks the border between Serbia and Romania. One section, the Cazan near the town of Orşova, the river narrows to a scant 200 meters wide and 80 meters deep. The majestic views of the Carpathian and Balkan mountains paint a memorable scene. As we cruise, be sure to look for the small monastery church of Mraconia and the enormous 40-meter rock sculpture of the Dacian King Decebalus near Dubova. 

Stay Golubac

7:00am - 10:00am

Excursions

Stay Donji Milanovac

1:00pm - 2:30pm

At lunchtime you arrive in the Bulgarian town of Svistov, the southernmost point on the Danube. Which do you prefer? An excursion and tour of Rousse with a fascinating visit to the Basarbovo rock monastery; or an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo and the quaint village of Arbanasi. With either choice, you’ll encounter rich histories and culture, before returning to the ship which docks in Giurgiu for the evening. 

Stay Svishtov

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Excursions

Stay Rousse

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Stay Giurgiu

8:30pm - 10:00pm

Open your eyes, you're in paradise! From Hârşova, discover the breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta, one of the largest wetland biotopes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich variety of flora and fauna. The bus takes you from Hârşova to Tulcea to your excursion boats for a delta safari and a voyage of discovery through the beautiful nature reserve. In the evening, a folklore program awaits you on board.

Stay Harsova

9:00am - 11:00pm

Excursions

You leave your AMADEUS ship in Festeşti after breakfast - but your journey does not end there. A transfer will take you to another adventure on land: Bucharest. Get ready to explore the capital city of Romania, which has developed its very own charm with a lively cityscape and colorful mix of buildings from different eras. Spend an afternoon sightseeing in this vibrant metropolis of two million people. After a typical local lunch, you will check into a centrally located 4- or 5-star hotel, before joining us for a farewell dinner.

Stay Fetesti

Arrival at 3:00am

Stay Bucharest

Arrival at 11:00am

Excursions

Embark on an unforgettable Transylvanian adventure with a warm greeting from your dedicated guide for the next three days. Your journey begins in the picturesque Carpathian town of Sinaia, where the majestic Peleș Castle awaits to elevate your experience. Immerse yourself in luxury at our handpicked 4 or 5-star hotel in the heart of Transylvania, Brasov. After check-in, join us on an exclusive guided city tour, unlocking the hidden treasures of Brasov, including a mesmerizing visit to the iconic Black Church. Get ready to create memories that last a lifetime.

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Excursions

Stay Bucharest

Over Night

After indulging in breakfast, what's next on your adventure agenda? You have two enticing options: wander through Brasov at your own pace, soaking in its charm, or join our exclusive excursion to the UNESCO-listed fortified church of Prejmer. But that's just the appetizer! Brace yourself for a journey to the iconic Dracula's Castle in Bran, where legends come to life. Immerse yourself in the mystical aura, then indulge in some shopping at the lively souvenir market. Finally, we'll whisk you back to the hotel, leaving your evening free to satisfy your curiosity and fuel your wanderlust.

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Excursions

Breakfast sets the stage for yet another exciting experience. After checking out of the hotel, we hit the road towards Bucharest. We'll escort you to your familiar hotel, where you stayed on your first night in Bucharest. In the afternoon, why not delve once more into the riches of Romania's capital city? Explore everything from the monumental Parliament Palace, known as Europe's largest building, to the charming streets nestled in the heart of the city and enjoy a Dinner towards the end of the day.

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Excursions

Stay Bucharest

Over Night

Excursions

Goodbye, Bucharest! As you enjoy your breakfast, we'll seamlessly transfer you from your hotel to the airport, letting you relive the unforgettable memories that have filled your journey. Reflect on the magic of your adventure as you prepare to take flight, carrying with you the essence of Bucharest's charm and hospitality

Stay Bucharest

Over Night

Excursions

We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.

Reverse direction itinerary

Would you like to start your journey from the current disembarkation port? Then follow the link to the itinerary in reversed direction:

$150 pp Early Booking Discount

Book now and save $150 per person for all bookings made until 30 November 2024.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that the minimum number of participants for the land program is 15. The land extension can be booked until 60 days prior to the cruise departure. 

Dates & Prices

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 

Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. 

Inclusions

Land Extension Bucharest & Transylvania 

  • Transfer from the ship in Fetesti to Bucharest
  • City tour Bucharest with lunch
  • 1 night in a 4-5 star hotel in Bucharest including breakfast, dinner and porterage
  • Meet & greet with your tour manager in Bucharest and transfer to Sinaia with a visit to Peles Castle, followed by a transfer to Brasov
  • 2 nights in a 4-5 star hotel in Brasov including breakfast and porterage
  • Visit to Bran Castle, also known as "Dracula's Castle"
  • Transfer from Brasov to Bucharest
  • 1 night in a 4-5 star hotel in Bucharest including breakfast, dinner and porterage
  • Departure transfer from the hotel to Henri Coandă Bucharest airport

Suites & Staterooms 

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view 
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe 
  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 

Gourmet Dining (valid for the cruise only)

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options), afternoon tea and late-night snack
  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner 
  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner

Voyage of Discovery

  • Personalized service of an experienced, multilingual AMADEUS Cruise Director 
  • AMADEUS digital audio system for all guided excursions 
  • Variety of enriching onboard programs, including fascinating lectures, cooking demonstrations, local cultural performances, and music by our onboard musicians 
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles for independent exploration 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Onboard fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Massage services and hair salon
  • All port taxes, embarkation, disembarkation and lock fees included in your cruise fare 
  • All gratuities on board are included in your cruise fare

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Package A | for only CA$ 417 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders
  • Vukovar, Osijek and Kopacki Rit
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Visit of the fortress Golubac
  • Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress

Package B | for only CA$ 633 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre
  • AMADEUS Taste: An Authentic Taste of Budapest
  • Vukovar, Osijek and Kopacki Rit
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Bohemian quarter Skadarlija & Serbian folklore
  • AMADEUS Active: Djerdap National Park
  • Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery

Package C | for only CA$ 785 per person

  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • AMADEUS Taste: Vineyard Raca and the Carpathian wine region
  • Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders
  • Vukovar, Osijek and Kopacki Rit
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Topola, Oplenac and the Serbian Royal Dynasty
  • Bohemian quarter Skadarlija & Serbian folklore
  • Lepenski Vir archaeological site
  • Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress

Vienna – Bucharest

Unit Price

Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

CA$ 91

AMADEUS Taste: Vineyard Raca and the Carpathian wine region

CA$ 111

Esztergom, Visegrád castle and Szentendre

CA$ 92

Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

CA$ 76

OR AMADEUS Taste: An Authentic Taste of Budapest

CA$ 76

Evening cruise with folklore show on board

Included

Vukovar, Osijek and Kopacki Rit

CA$ 114

Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress

CA$ 71

Topola, Oplenac and the Serbian Royal Dynasty

CA$ 71

Bohemian quarter Skadarlija & Serbian folklore

CA$ 100

Visit of the fortress Golubac

CA$ 30

OR Lepenski Vir archaeological site

CA$ 88

OR AMADEUS Active: Djerdap National Park

CA$ 95

Veliko Tarnovo and the Tsarevets Fortress

CA$ 109

OR Rousse with Basarbovo Monastery

CA$ 106

Full-day excursion to the Danube Delta (only bookable on board)

CA$ 0

Folkore program on board

Included

Transfer to Bucharest and city tour with lunch, overnight stay in a 4-5 stars hotel

Included

Excursion to Sinaia with Peles Castle, Drive to Brasov with walking tour and visit of the black church, overnight Stay in a 4-5 star hotel in Brasov

Included

Afternoon visit to the Bran Castle

Included

Overnight stay in a 4-5 star hotel

Included

Transfer from Brasov to Bucharest

Included

Overnight Stay in a 4-5 Star Hotel with Dinner

Included

Transfer to the Bucharest airport

Included

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer:

Vienna (Austria)

Train Station - Port CA$ 61

Airport - Port CA$ 68

Vienna City Centre - Port CA$ 61

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