Transylvania Pre Program and Lower Danube
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Transylvania Pre Program and Lower Danube


BucharestVienna

14 Days

The Tale of Dracula and the Gems of the Lower Danube

Begin your journey with a Transylvanian adventure by choosing a three-night, pre-cruise land package. After an overnight stay in Bucharest, enjoy two magical nights in Brasov. 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.

Enjoy another overnight stay in the Romanian capital of Bucharest and a city sightseeing tour through this vibrant metropolis before your cruise commences. Touch history in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, 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. 

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

Itinerary

Experience the joy of anticipation with our pre-vacation package. After your arrival in Bucharest, indulge in the luxury of an exquisite 4- or 5-star hotel nestled in the heart of the city. Join fellow travelers for a delightful welcome dinner, setting the perfect tone for your upcoming adventures.

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Stay Bucharest

Over Night

Excursions

Embark on a journey with our expert tour guide to the charming town of Sinaia, where the enchanting Peles Castle awaits. Marvel at its German Neo-Renaissance architecture and explore its 106 rooms, magnificent halls, and impressive galleries. Continue your adventure to Brasov, a medieval gem, where a guided tour reveals the beauty of its Old Town, including the iconic Black Church. Unwind in luxury at the 5-star Radisson Blu Aurum Hotel Brasov, situated in the historic center.

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Excursions

Spend the morning at your leisure, exploring Brasov's charming pedestrian zone with its array of shops and cafes. In the afternoon, embark on an inclusive visit to Bran Castle, the highlight of your Transylvanian experience. This iconic castle, constructed in 1377 as a customs post, sits majestically atop a rock and was transformed into a romantic residence by Queen Maria. Admire its Gothic and Baroque furnishings, along with decorative artworks, as you delve into its intriguing history and legends.

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Excursions

After breakfast, we return to Bucharest to the same 5-star hotel. You'll have the rest of the day until dinner free to continue exploring the surroundings, dotted with museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. In the evening, enjoy a group dinner at the hotel, where you'll get to meet your fellow travelers who are arriving for the start of the main cruise tour.

 

 

 

 

Stay Brasov

Over Night

Stay Bucharest

Over Night

Excursions

Awake in the exciting city of Bucharest, capital of Romania. After a morning cup of coffee, start your adventure by exploring the city, nicknamed “Little Paris” for the French-inspired architecture and stately boulevards. Enjoy the endless historic beauty of key landmarks including State University, the Triumphal Arch, Romanian Athenaeum, and the Royal Palace. Stroll through the historic district and see Stavropoleos, one of the oldest Orthodox churches in the city. Indulge in local cuisine over lunch, before our tour takes you to the impressive Parliament Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon, a transfer takes you to the Danube port of Fetești. Shortly after embarkation, your river dream begins.  The evening kicks off with a Welcome Cocktail and a Welcome Dinner. It’s time to celebrate! 

Stay Bucharest

Over Night

Excursions

Stay Fetesti

Departure at 8:30pm

Excursions

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

Departure at 11:00pm

Excursions

After your morning coffee, join us to Constanta, the oldest continually inhabited city in Romania and its largest sea port, tracing its history some 2,500 years. The guided tour through this important cultural and economic center highlights a synthesis of Greek, Roman, Balkan-oriental and European influences and offers views of the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, famous Genoese Lighthouse and Archaeology Museum. Step on the golden beaches of the Black Sea before returning to the ship. This evening, enjoy dinner as the vessel continues to Bulgaria.

Stay Fetesti

3:00am - 8:00am

Excursions

Stay Chiciu

2:00pm - 4:00pm

As you enjoy morning coffee, the vessel arrives in the Bulgarian town of Svistov, the southernmost point on the Danube. If you wish, you can go ashore here for an excursion to Velkio Tarnovo, the oldest town in Bulgaria. High on a peak are the remains of the medieval town of Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. Afterwards, the village of Arbanassi promises authentic murals at the Church of the Nativity and rose oil, the local specialty. Enjoy a delicious Bulgarian lunch before reaching the ship in Nikopol.

Stay Svishtov

8:00am - 9:00am

Excursions

Stay Nikopol

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Look no further than the Sun Deck or your cabin window for spectacular scenery as we spend a leisurely day aboard. Get your camera ready as we pass through the Iron Gates, the river’s narrowest stretch bordered by massive stone cliffs. For more than 110 kilometers, we experience nature at her finest. Europe’s highest rock sculpture mirrors the image of Dacian King Decebalus and he peers down at the passing vessel. 

Stay Iron Gates

Over Night

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 stories of eventful times. 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. 

Stay Belgrade

9:30am - 4:30pm

Excursions

Relax on board in the morning, before your vessel arrives in Mohacs at lunch. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Puszta in eastern Hungary introduces you to a rare vast grassland nearly unchanged for more than 2,000 years. The sky meets land at the endless horizon and ancient traditions endure. Taste “red gold” when you visit the paprika capital, Kalocsa, where the local cuisine and delicacies include paprika. Travel with us to a local horse show and marvel at the spectacular Hungarian horsemanship and strength.

Stay Mohacs

11:30am - 2:00pm

Excursions

Stay Kalocsa

7:00pm - 8:00pm

On this fine morning, a Queen appears along the river. Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube", enchants with her grace and architectural style. During the tour, explore the State Opera House, Parliament, and Heroes Square. From the towers of Fisherman’s Bastion, capture the beauty of the river landscape to carry home with you. If food is your passion, join “An Authentic Taste of Budapest” in the afternoon which starts at the vast market hall and continues to the famous geothermal baths. As the sun lowers beyond the river, our lighted tour through the city serves as the prelude for a full evening of entertainment filled with fun and folklore.

Stay Budapest

8:00am - 9:00pm

Excursions

In the afternoon, 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 tour, we take you up to the Castle Hill for breathtaking views. Then walk through the historic center and fall in love with fascinating history of the city. Back on board, celebrate with new friends at our Captain’s Gala Dinner. 

Stay Bratislava

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Excursions

Following breakfast, the goodbyes begin. Our AMADEUS crew bids you farewell, wishing you safe travels home with the hope we cruise again together.

Stay Vienna

4:00am - 12:00pm

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:

15% Early Booking Discount

Stated rates include 15% Early Booking Discount per person on the cruise rate for bookings made by 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 

  • Meet & greet with tour manager at Henri Coandă Bucharest Airport and transfer to the hotel
  • 1 night in a 4-5 star hotel in Bucharest including breakfast, dinner and porterage
  • 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
  • City tour of Bucharest with lunch
  • Transfer from Bucharest to the ship in Fetesti

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 

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 £ 191 per person

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

  • Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with lunch
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

Package B | for only £ 247 per person

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

  • Constanța and the Black Sea coast
  • Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with lunch
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

Package C | for only £ 347 per person

  • Constanța and the Black Sea coast
  • Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with lunch
  • Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta
  • Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders
  • AMADEUS Taste: An Authentic Taste of Budapest
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

Bucharest – Vienna

Unit Price

Pick-up at the Bucharest airport, Transfer to a 4—5 stars hotel in Bucharest, Welcome Dinner and overnight in the 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

Bucharest "Paris of the East" and lunch

Included

Guided transfer to the Danube port Fetesti, embarkation in the afternoon

Included

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

£ 0

Folkore program on board

Included

Constanța and the Black Sea coast

£ 65

Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with lunch

£ 89

Dynamic Belgrade & Kalemegdan Fortress

£ 41

Traditions of the Hungarian Puszta

£ 74

Budapest - Castle Hill & Historic Wonders

£ 43

AMADEUS Taste: An Authentic Taste of Budapest

£ 43

Evening cruise with folklore show on board

Included

Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube

£ 52

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)

Port - Train Station £ 35

Port - Airport £ 39

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