Grand Danube River Cruise | AmaWaterways

22-Day Grand Danube River Cruise from Prague to Istanbul

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Grand Danube River Cruise

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Grand Danube River Cruise

22 Days – Travel to Prague & return from Istanbul or reverse - Spend 3 nights in Prague, then embark on a fascinating 14-night cruise from Vilshofen to Rousse spending 1 night in Bulgaria and 3 nights in Istanbul.

Framed by rolling hillsides, well-tended vineyards and medieval castles, the Danube has been an inspiration for generations of Europeans. Experience its magic yourself by traveling to such legendary destinations, beginning with a 3-night stay in majestic Prague. After embarking upon your Grand Danube river cruise, you will savor Wachau Valley wines, experience the beauty and history of Vienna and Budapest, traverse the narrow Iron Gates, and cruise along the Romanian-Bulgarian border to Bucharest, capital of Romania. Disembark your Grand Danube river cruise and continue overland to Veliko Tarnovo, the ancient capital of Bulgaria, before arriving in Plovdiv. Your sojourn concludes with 3 nights in exotic Istanbul.



Included features:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul at InterContinental Ceylon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • 1-night hotel accommodation in Plovdiv at the Trimontium Princess Hotel (or similar), including Buffet Breakfast
  • Fully escorted motor coach tour from the ship in hotel in Istanbul to ship in Rousse
  • 14 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Life enriching tours and excursions 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 in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing 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
  • Transfer from the ship in Vilshofen to the hotel in Prague
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (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 non-smoking 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 Prague Hotel check-in
2 Prague City tour, optional “Folklore Dinner Show”


Free time OR optional Terezin excursion
OR optional Lobkowicz Palace excursion
4 Prague
Transfer to Regensburg
Walking tour
**EMBARKATION | “Oktoberfest” Welcome Dinner
5 Vilshofen
Free time
Walking tour
6 Linz Linz walking tour
Austrian Lake District tour
OR Cesky Krumlov excursion
OR Salzburg excursion
7 Weissenkirchen Melk Benedictine Abbey & Dürnstein tour
Wine tasting at local winery
8 Vienna City tour
Optional Schönbrunn Palace excursion
Optional Mozart and Strauss concert
9 Bratislava Walking tour
10 Budapest City tour, “Illuminations Cruise”
11 Budapest Puszta excursion
12 Mohács

Pécs excursion
Wine tasting

13 Vukovar
Novi Sad

“Yugoslav Civil War” tour
OR Croatian wine tasting
Walking tour

14 Belgrade City tour
15 Iron Gates Full day cruising
16 Vidin Belogradchik excursion and
Baba Vida Fortress
17 Giurgiu Bucharest excursion
18 Rousse
Veliko Tarnovo
City tour with lunch
Hotel check-in; walking tour
19 Plovdiv Transfer to Istanbul
20 Istanbul City tour, optional “Turkish Delight” tour
21 Istanbul Tour Topkapi Palace
Optional Bosphorus cruise
22 Istanbul Return flight home

** Embark 14-Night Cruise (can also be booked as cruise only)

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