Gems of Southeast Europe | AmaWaterways

14-Day Land and River Cruise Excursion through Southeast Europe

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Gems of Southeast Europe
River Cruise

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Gems of Southeast Europe River Cruise

This grand Danube River cruise adventure starts with 2 nights in Vienna (or Budapest), then hits the waterways of the Danube River on a 7-night cruise to Bulgaria, followed by a stay 1 night in Plovdiv and ends with 3 intriguing nights in Istanbul (or vice versa.)

Begin your vacation in Vienna (or in Budapest), one of the world’s most celebrated cities, renowned for its music, architecture and dance. Transfer to Budapest and embark upon your Danube river cruise. Traverse the dramatic narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates, then cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border. On your Danube river cruise you'll also visit Vidin, Belogradchik and Bucharest, the capital and largest city in Romania. Upon disembarking your AmaWaterways river cruise ship you'll continue by land to Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria, before arriving in Plovdiv. Conclude your Danube river cruise journey in Istanbul, a truly exotic and fascinating cultural crossroads.



Included features:

  • 2 Nights Hotel in Vienna at the InterContinental or in Budapest at the Sofitel Chain Bridge (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Vienna to the ship in Budapest
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin balconies
  • Life-enriching tours daily with personal headset included
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Unlimited red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in Rousse, Bulgaria to Istanbul
  • 1-night hotel in Plovdiv at the Trimontium Princess Hotel (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast and dinner at a local restaurant. Lunch at a local restaurant in Erdine.
  • 3 nights hotel in Istanbul at the InterContinental Ceylon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a nonsmoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes


Daily Program

1 Vienna Hotel check-in
2 Vienna City tour


Transfer to Budapest
Budapest City tour
**EMBARKATION | Welcome Dinner
“Illuminations Cruise”
4 Mohács
Pecs excursion
Wine tasting
5 Vukovar
Novi Sad
“Yugoslav Civil War” tour
OR Croatian wine tasting
Walking tour


City tour
7 Iron Gates Full day cruising
8 Vidin Belogradchik excursion and
Baba Vida Fortress
9 Giurgiu Bucharest excursion
10 Rousse
Veliko Tarnovo
City tour with lunch
Walking tour
11 Plovdiv Transfer to Istanbul
12 Istanbul City tour
Optional “Turkish Delight” tour
13 Istanbul Tour Topkapi Palace
Optional Bosphorus cruise
14 Istanbul Return flight home
Option to fly from Bucharest to Istanbul is available for $1,499 per person
(based on double occupancy) or $2,059 single occupancy.



DISEMBARKATION, transfer to Bucharest
Flight to Istanbul
Transfer to hotel
11 Istanbul City tour
12 Istanbul Free day, optional “Turkish Delight” tour
13 Istanbul Tour Topkapi Palace
Optional Bosphorus cruise
14 Istanbul Return flight home

** Embark 7-Night Cruise (can also be booked as cruise only)

 For additional information and pricing for Amawaterway's River cruises,
visit  AmaWaterways River Cruises