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Gems of Southeast Europe River Cruise with Guest Speaker Georgiana Timofte | March 30, 2025

9 days
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary & Serbia
Starting from $2798*

Join us on a 7-night Gems of Southeast Europe aboard Amawaterways' AmaBella with Guest Speaker Georgiana Timofte starting at $2798 from Budapest on March 30, 2025. You will see Mohács, Pécs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Golubac Fortress, Vidin, Veliko Tarnovo, Belgrade, Vidin, Veliko Tarnovo, and so much more!

What’s Included

  • Cruise
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Meals on Ship
  • Port Charges
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Cruise Taxes
  • Administrative Fee

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 MARCH 30 - DEPART USA

Board your overnight flight to Budapest.

Day 2 MARCH 31 - EMBARKATION - BUDAPEST

Board the ship for your Gems of Southeast Europe cruise. (D)

Day 3 APRIL 1 - MOHACS-PECS

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Mohács. You’ll then visit Pécs, founded more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans. Visit the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis; St. Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic cathedral along with its catacombs; and Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. Or, for wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour around Mohács. (B,L,D)

Day 4 APRIL 2 - VUKOVAR

Enjoy your morning in Vukovar on a guided city tour where you may visit sites such as Eltz Manor House and Vukovar’s famous water tower. Alternatively, you may see Osijek on a guided tour. For those looking for a more active experience, you may explore Vukovar on an active bike tour. In the afternoon, enjoy a Croatian wine tasting and tour in the Old Cellars, famous for their Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. You can also choose to explore the Vucedol Museum, home to fascinating exhibits on prehistoric culture and one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. (B,L,D)

Day 5 APRIL 3 - BELGRADE

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Nikola Tesla Museum, encompassing the world-renowned inventor’s life and inventions, as well as the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, the largest such church in the world. Alternatively, you can hike to Belgrade Fortress. In the afternoon, enjoy a taste of the region by sampling a few types of Serbian brandy paired with delicious local appetizers, including Šlivovitz, which was added in 2022 to UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” For those wishing a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour. Or explore Novi Sad, a city rich in tradition and culture, on an afternoon walking tour. Begin your tour at the Dunavski (Danube) Park; stroll through Stari Grad, the old town center; and explore Liberty Square, which is dominated by the Old Town Hall. (B,L,D)

Day 6 APRIL 4 - IRON GATES

Visit Golubac Fortress – a medieval fortified town on the south side of the Danube River – before cruising through the Iron Gates. The Iron Gates is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. The Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between the Carpathian and Balkan mountains, forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient King Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)

Day 7 APRIL 5 - VIDIN

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

Day 8 APRIL 6 - ROUSSE-GIURGIU

Visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. You can opt instead to go to Rousse, known for its 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterward visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. Later in the day, travel through the Romanian countryside to the capital of Bucharest, known as the “Little Paris of the East.” Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic city center and its elegant architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 9 APRIL 7 - DISEMBARKATION - GIURGIU

Bid farewell to Giurgiu as you prepare for your flight home. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

VIENNA Pre Tour Starting from $840

MARCH 28 - 31, 2025 | STARTING AT $840*

MARCH 28 - DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Bucharest

MARCH 29 -VIENNA
Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel.

MARCH 30 - VIENNA
The “City of Waltzes” offers a treasure trove of gems waiting to be discovered on your city tour. See the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna’s historic city center. (B)

MARCH 31 - VIENNA/BUDAPEST
Transfer from Vienna via motorcoach to Budapest, where you’ll be taken on a city tour. Visit the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Chain Bridge. (B,D)

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions

Bucharest & Brasov Post Tour Starting from $1320

APRIL 7-11, 2025 | STARTING AT $1320*

APRIL 7 - GIURGIU/BRASOV
Disembark the ship in Giurgiu and continue to the legendary region of Transylvania, a place deeply rooted in myth and history. Your first stop on the road to Transylvania will be the quaint mountain town of Bran, where you will visit Dracula's Castle. After your tour, you will depart for Brasov. (B)

APRIL 8 - BRAN/SIGHISOARA
Enjoy a walking tour around Braşov. Afterward, Dracula lovers will be in for another treat with an excursion to Sighişoara, birthplace of Transylvania’s most notorious ruler, Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula. It’s hard to believe that this perfectly preserved UNESCO-designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers, and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad’s place of birth. His home is still here, marked with a placard; however, today it houses a kitschy restaurant called “Casa Dracula.” (B)

APRIL 9 - BRASOV/BUCHAREST
En route to Bucharest, you’ll visit Transylvania’s legendary Bran Castle, which is forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Later in the day, transfer to Bucharest and check into your hotel. (B)

APRIL 10 - BUCHAREST
Bucharest, Romania’s capital, has earned its nickname, the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a visit to the city’s most impressive sites—including the historic city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. Alternatively, you can choose a walking tour of the historic old town. (B)

APRIL 11 - RETURN USA
Bid farewell to Bucharest as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

*A 3.5% surcharge will be added to all credit card transactions.

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