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Bucharest to Vienna

River Cruise
18 Days
$9,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Current Date Selected

May 12 to 29, 2021

River Cruise
18 Days
$9,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
Current Date Selected

May 12 to 29, 2021

Journey Highlights

On one incredible Journey, travel along the legendary Danube River, through the powerful landscapes of the Iron Gates and into the serene refinement of the Schönbrunn Palace. Be amazed by the “Paris of the East,” Bucharest before embarking on a river cruise through five world-famous capitals. From Bulgaria to Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia, you will stand among the most beautiful and some of the oldest cities and landmarks in Europe before ending in exquisite Austria.

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Peleș Castle, Romania

Peleș Castle, Romania

Admire one of the most stunning palaces in all of Europe. With spectacular landscapes, magnificent collections of art, stained glass and weapons, Peleș Castle in Romania is absolutely divine. A Neo-Renaissance castle set in the Carpathian Mountains, wander through the elaborately decorated and fairytale-like royal palace.

Equestrian Show

Equestrian Show

A highlight of Hungary, stop in Kalocsa, known as the “paprika capital of the world”, and take a short ride to a traditional ranch on the Hungarian Puszta. Here, stand in awe as the Magyar cowboys parade, race and demonstrate tricks used during wartime. A magnificent demonstration, take the time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the gorgeous Puszta.

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia

Discover the “white city” where the Sava and Danube Rivers kiss. One of the oldest cities in Europe, saunter through the unique city of Belgradeto see Kalemegdan Fortress, Terazije Square, the Serbian parliament, and the magnificent St. Sava Church. Belgrade is an intriguing place where the old world comes to meet the new world.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Roam through Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube”. A city built in the ‘golden age,’ marvel at the remnants of the past found around each corner. From the Great Market Hall to the views from Castle Hill, and the exceptional evening cruise to see the Hungarian Parliament, discover the dramatic splendour of Buda and Pest.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Explore the masterpieces on display around Vienna. Drive along the grand Ring Boulevard and stroll through the city center. Known as ‘the city of music,’ engage in the extraordinary experience of listening to the marvelous sounds of a classical music performance at Golden Hall. With an legacy shaped by residents such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, Vienna is a magical city.

The Iron Gates

The Iron Gates

Utterly entrancing, the Danube, also known as the “river of kings” is lined with mysterious medieval castles, idyllic lush hillsides and beautiful ancient villages. Drift along the romantic blue waters into a narrow gorge surrounded by towering cliffs and cross the iconic Iron Gates that separate Serbia and Romania.

Journey Map

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Journey Itinerary

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Day 1

DEPART FOR BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Meet your Journey Manager, fellow travellers and board your flights to Bucharest, Romania. 

Overnight flight

Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flights to Bucharest, Romania. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.

Day 2

BUCHAREST TO SNAGOV

Upon arrival in Bucharest, we meet our local guide and head towards our accommodation in Snagov, minutes outside Bucharest. This evening join us for a casual welcome dinner. (D)
Grand Hotel Continental, Bucharest (2 nights)

Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city, has an exciting heritage of mixed cultures, influenced by the ancient Romanian aristocracy and the communist society. After arriving at Bucharest airport, we meet our friendly local guide who introduces us to the city before we transfer to our hotel. This evening join your fellow guests for a casual welcome dinner.

Day 3

ROMANIAN COUNTRYSIDE

Roam through the Gradina Vlahiia complex before admiring the Mogosoaia Palace. In the evening we enjoy dinner in Bucharest’s oldest pub. (B,L,D)

This morning, explore the quaint and picturesque Gradina Vlahiia complex, including the Museum of the Icons, the Peasant’s Museum, and a functional local farm. We then travel to Mogosoaia Palace to admire its traditional Brancoveanu-style architecture, explore its indoor park, and enjoy lunch. Return to Bucharest for a special Romanian evening with dinner in one of the oldest pubs in the city, Caru ‘cu Bere.

Day 4

SINAIA

We drive to Sinaia and tour the stunning Peleș Castle. Then, continue to the Rhein-Azuga wine cellar for a sampling of champagnes. After settling into our hotel in Poiana Brasov, enjoy dinner in a famous hunting restaurant. (B,L,D)
Teleferic Grand Hotel, Poiana Brasov (2 nights)

We travel on the road to Romania’s North, through the very scenic Valley of Princes to the 19th-century Peleș Castle. Take in the spectacular views and tour its magnificent collections of art, stained glass, and weapons before we continue to Azuga to learn about the Prahova Valley’s historic cellars. At Rhein-Azuga Wine Cellar, enjoy a selection of champagne and a delicious lunch. Admire the stunning mountain vistas on a beautiful drive to our enchanting hotel in Poiana Brasov. After settling in, dinner is served at a famous hunting restaurant on the resort.

Day 5

TRANSYLVANIA: BRAN & BRASOV

We make our way to Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula Castle,”  before going to Brasov to marvel at the Black Church. (B,L,D)

Transylvania is arguably Romania’s most famous and picturesque region. We begin the day with a road trip to the village of Bran to the famous “Dracula Castle,” which earned this designation because of its medieval look and past owner, Count Vlad the Impaler. 

After hearing the legendary tales, visit one of the main cities in Transylvania, Brasov, to wander its medieval city centre and marvel at the imposing Gothic architecture of the Black Church. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 6

NATURE RESERVE

Marvel at the “Libearty Zarnesti” nature reserve where 79 rescued bears have made their home. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow passengers of the MS Silver II. (B,L,D)
InterContinental Bucharest, Bucharest (1 night)

Today we visit the “Libearty Zarnesti” nature reserve and bear sanctuary, which is home to more than 70 bears that have been saved. Learn about this amazing rescue project and see the bears enjoying life in the forested sanctuary of their natural habitat. Following lunch, we return to Bucharest. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with the Amadeus Silver II passengers, which we will board tomorrow.

Day 7

BUCHAREST

Explore the “Paris of the East” and see such highlights as the Opera House, the Triumph Arch, the gigantic Palace of Parliament, the National Museum of Romania, the CEC Palace and the Romanian Orthodox Stavropoleos Monastery and Church. This evening we board the MS Amadeus Silver II, your home for the next nine days. (B,L,D)
Amadeus Silver II (9 nights)

After breakfast, explore Bucharest’s capital city, fondly known as the “Paris of the East.” See the Opera House, the Triumph Arch, and the Main Square. Marvel at the impressive Palace of Parliament, the second-largest building in the world. Enjoy lunch, then meander along the Strada Lipscani and through the ancient streets in Bucharest’s Old Town. See the majestic National Museum of Romania and the lavish CEC Palace, and visit the Romanian Orthodox Stavropoleos Monastery and Church. 

 

This evening, we board the Amadeus Silver II, our home for the next nine days. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and a welcome dinner.

Day 8

DANUBE DELTA

Gain an intimate perspective of the lush Danube Delta aboard a small safari boat. Disembark at the picturesque village of Sfântu Gheorghe to dine on fresh fish and homemade plum schnapps. (B,L,D)

The Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a sanctuary for around 300 different bird species. This morning, board a small delta safari boat for an intimate exploration of the delta’s shimmering lagoons and narrow channels to witness the largest pelican colony at Sahalin lagoon. Visit the picturesque fishermen’s village of Sfîntu Gheorghe (St. George) to dine on fresh fish and homemade plum schnapps at a local restaurant before returning to the Amadeus Silver II.

Day 9

HÂRȘOVA & CONSTANTA

Stroll through the small town of Hârșova then cross the Black Sea’s golden beaches to Constanta’s ancient metropolis to see the Great Mosque, Genovese Lighthouse, and the History and Archaeology Museum. (B,L,D)

Embark on a leisurely visit to the small Romanian town of Hârșova. Cross the Black Sea’s golden sandy beaches as we head for a guided tour of Constanta. A walk into the city’s Old Town features sights of its prominent and historic buildings, including the Great Mosque, the Casino Constanta, and the Genovese Lighthouse. A short visit to the National Museum of History and Archaeology further reveals the city’s rich history and unique blend of cultures.

Day 10

VELIKO TARNOVO, BULGARIA

Spend time in Giurgiu before crossing the Danube to Ruse. In the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo to see the Zarewez fortress. We continue to Arbanassi to see the ornately painted churches. (B,L,D)

Pay a visit to Giurgiu before we cross the Danube to Ruse, where we begin our day excursion towards Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria’s oldest town. Upon arrival, pass by the fortress Zarewez, visit the 13th-century church of St. Peter and Paul, and enjoy some free time to explore this medieval city. Before returning to the boat, we continue to the nearby small town of Arbanassi, famous for its ornately painted churches, stopping at a typical Bulgarian restaurant along the way. We meet up with the Amadeus Silver II in Svishtov this afternoon.

Day 11

IRON GATES

Relax on board as we cruise along the scenic Danube and pass through the famous Iron Gates, part of the border between Romania and Serbia. (B,L,D)

Utterly entrancing, the Danube, also known as the “river of kings” is lined with mysterious medieval castles, idyllic lush hillsides and beautiful ancient villages. Spot the face of Chief Decebalus carved onto the cliffs of the Romanaian side. Drift along the romantic blue waters into a narrow gorge surrounded by towering cliffs and cross the iconic Iron Gates that separate Serbia and Romania.

Day 12

BELGRADE, SERBIA

Delve into Belgrade’s history as we visit the Kalemegdan fortress, Terazije square, and Church of Saint Sava. This afternoon spend some free time exploring the city at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Embark on a city tour and enjoy the impressive views over the river at the Kalemegdan Fortress. See such highlights as the National Museum, Terazije Square, and the Serbian parliament and marvel at the massive St. Sava Church. After a refreshment break at the Hotel Majestic, spend some free time exploring at your leisure.

Day 13

MOHÁCS & KALOCSA, HUNGARY

Gaze at the beautiful vistas along the drive into the Hungarian Puszta. We stop to observe local handicrafts and a dance demonstration. Then, we visit the House of Paprika before continuing to a traditional Hungarian ranch for an exciting equestrian show. (B,L,D)

Let the sights, sounds, and tastes of Hungary fill your senses. Enjoy a leisurely morning of river cruising and take in the beauty of the Danube. After departing the tiny harbour town of Mohács following lunch, we drive into the Hungarian Puszta or Great Hungarian Plain. View the passing scenery dotted with villages and farmland. Stop to see local handicrafts and a demonstration of a local dance before visiting the House of Paprika. Our exploration of the Puszta continues with a visit to a traditional Hungarian ranch, where we enjoy a glass of local wine and watch a fantastic equestrian show. We join the ship late this afternoon in Kalocsa.

Day 14

BUDAPEST

We tour the east bank in Pest, which boasts the Great Market Hall, Hungarian State Opera, and Heroes’ Square. Then, in Buda, take in Castle Hill’s views and visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllő. This evening, watch a Hungarian folklore show followed by an evening cruise down the Danube to see the beautifully illuminated skyline of Budapest by night. (B,L,D)

The Danube flows through the heart of the city, dividing it into two parts: Buda on the western banks and Pest on the eastern. First, explore Pest, including its Great Market Hall, the splendid Hungarian State Opera, and the famous Heroes’ Square. Continue across into Buda, and take in the unforgettable view from Castle Hill before stopping at St. Matthew’s Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. After lunch, visit the Royal Palace of Gödöllö and see the spectacular ballroom with its beautiful marble stucco details. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board while cruising down Budapest’s illuminated skyline.

Day 15

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

In Bratislava, admire the beauty of St. Martin’s Cathedral and Grassalkovich Palace. Tour through the Gothic-Baroque style old town. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Gala dinner. (B,L,D)

A full morning of sailing brings us to Bratislava, the capital of the young Slovakian Republic, by midafternoon. Our excursion passes St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Grassalkovich Palace before continuing up the hill to admire stunning, panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. Afterwards, a guided walking tour leads us through the gorgeous Old Town to such sites as the Primatial Palace, the Academia Istropolitana, the Opera House, and Maximilian Fountain. Late this afternoon, we return to the boat and prepare for the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 16

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Bid farewell to the MS Amadeus Silver II and turn to the exquisite sights of Vienna. Traverse the grand Ring Road before relaxing and settling into our hotel. After dinner, delight in a performance by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Golden Hall. (B,L,D)
Hotel Bristol, Vienna (2 nights)

With an artistic and intellectual legacy shaped in part by former residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, Vienna is a magical city and capital of Austria. After arriving into Vienna this morning, we say goodbye to our lovely staff and bid farewell to the Amadeus Silver II. Today, we embark on a panoramic city tour and see Vienna’s top sights as we drive along the grand Ring Boulevard and stroll through the beautiful heart of this historic city. Dine at a local restaurant before checking into our hotel and enjoying an afternoon at leisure to rest or explore. Following dinner at the hotel, experience one of Vienna’s greatest performances: a classical music concert by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Golden Hall in Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This is sure to be a night of magic you won’t soon forget!

Day 17

SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE

Spend the day visiting the sumptuous Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Our final full day in Vienna begins with a visit to the famous 18th century Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ former summer residence. Following lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Museum of Fine Arts and discover the Kunstkammer Wien. In the evening, join your fellow travellers one last time and enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical Viennese Heurigen, famous for their comfortable atmosphere and fine wines.

Day 18

HOME

Today we bid “auf wiedersehen” to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flights home. Enjoy our private car to your home. (B)

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Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
    In addition to knowledgeable local guides

 

Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 9 nights on the MS Amadeus Silver II
  • 7 nights in outstanding hotels
  • All meals included (17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners)
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Lufthansa
  • All taxes as well as port & service charges
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • Flights from select Canadian gateways for only $100
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Discover the MS Amadeus Silver II

Perfect for exploring the world’s hidden treasures, Amadeus Silver II can slip into exclusive destinations and boutique ports off-limits to larger vessels.
The extensive Sun Deck and the outdoor, glass-shielded River Terrace offer plenty of room for you to indulge in mental and spiritual relaxation.
Your culinary needs and desires will be taken care of by the elegant Panorama Bar, the Panorama Restaurant and the relaxed Café Vienna, which offer refreshing drinks and lovingly crafted culinary delights.
May 12 to 29, 2021

Fares & Staterooms

View Deckplan

C4 — Haydn Deck

172 sqft

Located on the Haydn deck, these well-appointed cabins are the perfect place to relax following a day of exploring the Danube River.

  • Small Panoramic window
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Private bathroom with spacious shower
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe

C1 — Haydn Deck

172 sqft

Located on the Haydn deck, these well-appointed cabins are the perfect place to relax following a day of exploring the Danube River.

  • Small Panoramic window
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Private bathroom with spacious shower
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe
A1, B1 and B4 — Strauss Deck and Mozart Deck Stateroom on the MS Amadeus Silver II

B4 — Strauss Deck

188 sqft

Located on the Strauss deck, these cabins are the perfect combination of incredible panoramic views of the Danube River, as well as inspiring interiors.

  • Drop-down Panoramic window
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Private bathroom with spacious shower
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe
A1, B1 and B4 — Strauss Deck and Mozart Deck Stateroom on the MS Amadeus Silver II

B1 — Strauss Deck

188 sqft

Located on the Strauss deck, these cabins are the perfect combination of incredible panoramic views of the Danube River, as well as inspiring interiors.

  • Drop-down Panoramic window
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Private bathroom with spacious shower
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe
A1, B1 and B4 — Strauss Deck and Mozart Deck Stateroom on the MS Amadeus Silver II

A1 — Mozart Deck

188 sqft

Located on the Mozart deck, these cabins are the perfect combination of incredible panoramic views of the Danube River, as well as inspiring interiors.

  • Drop-down Panoramic window
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Mini-bar
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Private bathroom with spacious shower
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe
Mozart Suite on the MS Amadeus Silver II

Mozart Suite — Mozart Deck

284 sqft

The leisurely pace to river cruising reaches a new height when you stay in the Mozart suite. Whether you are lounging on the corner couch or walk-out balcony enjoy the pristine views of the Danube without having to leave the comfort of your own room.

  • Comfortable corner sofa
  • Walk-out exterior balcony
  • Choice of bed configuration (double or twin)
  • Flatscreen television
  • Mini-bar
  • Walk-in wardrobe
  • En-suite bathroom & bathrobe
  • Hair dryer, climate control & in-room safe

Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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