Grand Danube Cruise : 2019 - 14-Night Cruise : Giurgiu to Nuremberg : ms AmaCerto
Grand Danube Cruise
CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to Giurgiu
Journey along paths forged by conquerors, crusaders and kings through Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Step back in time to explore the history and mystery living in the hillsides while cruising the Danube and through the Iron Gates. Legends of all kinds are waiting to be uncovered-Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria's natural wonders; the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, built into the side of a mountain showcasing well-preserved medieval frescos; and the 14th-century Bran Castle, once home to Vlad the Impaler who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula. Experience the Romans' influence firsthand in Pecs, "the city of Mediterranean impressions," and through the taste of wine in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times. From imposing capitals-Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna and Prague-to towns lost in time, immerse yourself in the colorful folktales and traditions of the extraordinary people and places you visit along the way.
COUNTRIES: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia
Grand Danube Cruise
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : GIURGIU, BULGARIA - EMBARKATION
Embark on your cruise in Giurgiu. Tonight gather on board and meet your fellow passengers. (D)
Day 2 : GIURGIU - ROUSSE, BULGARIA
Step back into ancient history by touring Bulgaria's ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, and its legendary medieval fortress and orthodox temples. Or opt to venture to the stunning city of Rousse, sometimes called "Little Vienna" for its breathtaking 19th- and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture. Afterwards marvel at the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings and Bulgarian medieval art. (B,L,D) )
Day 3 : VIDIN
Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria's oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria's natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations, and Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria overlooking the Danube. Alternatively, be welcomed into a local home for a demonstration and tasting of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a delicious pastry with filo dough and cheese. Or you can choose to bike through Vidin for a more active adventure and see the castle. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES
The Iron Gates are some 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. The banks of the river dazzle with sheer-faced rocks that stretch high overhead along this natural border between Serbia and Romania. The ancient Serbian king Decebalus is proudly carved into the mountainside and always captivates travelers. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : BELGRADE, SERBIA
Discover the wonders of Serbia's capital, Belgrade, on a city tour with highlights that include the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Or, visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family; and then tour the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, the first President of Yugoslavia. Alternatively, savor a taste of Slivovitz, Serbian plum brandy, and other delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery, followed by a trip to Avala Mountain with its panoramic views of Belgrade. If you're seeking a more active adventure, join a guided bike tour along the River Sava or hike to Kalamegdan Fortress. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : NOVI SAD - VUKOVAR, CROATIA
Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad to explore why some have called the city the "Serbian Athens." You'll see Dunavski Park and Stari Grad, the Old Town center. For a more active adventure, join a guided biking tour along the Strand and Danube Park, or a hiking tour to Petrovaradin Fortress. Alternatively, get hands-on with Vojvodina cuisine as you enjoy a lively demonstration and taste your culinary creation. Later in the day, tour the city of Vukovar, with its Franciscan Monastery, Church of St. Philip & Jacob and Eltz Castle, an 18th-century manor that holds the Vukovar City Museum. Or, travel to Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, and sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : PECS - MOHACS, HUNGARY
Explore Pecs, 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 Szechenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pecs. Active travelers will enjoy a guided bike ride along the Danube and through Danube-Drava National Park, a protected flood-plain known for its populations of black storks, white-tailed eagles and grey cattle, a national symbol of medieval Hungary. (B,L,D) )
Day 8 : BUDAPEST
Tradition will be on full display in Puszta, the Great Hungarian Plain. Tour a genuine Hungarian csarda (farm) run by the world-champion carriage drivers, the Lazar brothers. Afterwards, be treated to an unforgettable performance of Hungarian horsemanship and then experience the Hungarians' warm hospitality, along with a traditional lunch complete with typical goulash. During the evening, be treated to a special Illuminations cruise past the capital's glittering riverfront. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Host to the crowning ceremonies of 11 Hungarian kings and queens between 1536 and 1830, Bratislava certainly has earned the title "Coronation City of Kings" as you'll discover during your walking tour. Or savor local Slovakian craft beer at a local brew pub along with Slovakian snacks. For a more active adventure, hike up to Bratislava Castle, offering magnificent views of the city. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : VIENNA, AUSTRIA
The "City of Waltzes" offers a treasure trove of gems and you have two ways to discover them. Join a city tour showcasing its regal splendors, including the majestic Opera House and the former Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs before concluding in Vienna's historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then visiting St. Stephen's Cathedral. For a more active exploration of the area, take a guided bike ride along the Danube and to Klosterneuburg Abbey, founded in 1114. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : DURNSTEIN - MELK
After reaching the Wachau Valley in the morning, you'll have a choice of three excursions in Durnstein. Partake in a walking tour along cobblestone streets to the luminous blue facade of the Baroque Stiftskirche, its famed church tower, before enjoying a wine tasting in a local cellar. For a beautiful view of the Wachau Valley, hike up to the fortress where Richard the Lionheart was once held. Alternatively, visit a local vineyard, where you'll be treated to the region's finest apricot products, including jam, liqueur and brandy. After your morning excursions, you have a choice to cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk or join a bike tour along the Danube. Upon reaching Melk, take a tour of the UNESCO-designated Melk Abbey. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : PASSAU, GERMANY
Enjoy a scenic morning sailing to the medieval city of Passau. Join a walking tour through this 2,000-year-old "City of Three Rivers," noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture and the impressive pipe organ at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Guests looking for a more active morning can choose between a guided bike tour along the Danube to Erlau, or a guided hike up to the Veste Oberhaus Fortress overlooking Passau. (B,L,D)
Day 13 : REGENSBURG
Explore Regensburg, one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall and the Porta Praetoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 A.D. As an alternate option, sample some of Bavaria's specialties-beer, sausage and pretzels; or bike to Walhalla where you'll see the neo-Classical white marble temple inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : NUREMBERG
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise as the ship crosses the Continental Divide via the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Explore the medieval city center with a tour that showcases the Imperial Castle and the famous town wall, as well as Albrecht Durer's home and Market Square with its legendary fountain. Or you can take a guided tour of the city's WWII history, including a visit to the infamous Zeppelin Field, a museum built on the site of former Nazi rallies and the site of the Nuremberg Trials when not in session. Alternatively, savor traditional Franconian specialties by sampling famously delicious Nuremburger Bratwurst, Rot bier (red beer) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). (B,L,D)
Day 15 : NUREMBERG - DISEMBARKATION
This morning, disembark your ship in Nuremberg. (B)
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