Arrive in Budapest and transfer to the ship. Depending on the time of your arrival, your room may not be ready for check-in, however you may drop your luggage and begin to explore the city on your own. This afternoon, settle into your room, meet your fellow guests at a welcome reception and dinner on board the Amadeus Queen. (D)
This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and more. Or an (optional) Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre will be offered for those not interested in the Budapest tour. After dinner, the ship will sail a special evening cruise past the city’s beautiful riverfront. (B,L,D)
Excursion Vukovar and Nature Park Kopacki Rit. Tour the nature park “Kopacki rit”, where you will join a boat tour. The Nature park is included in the IBA list (Important Bird Area) and nominated for UNESCO’s World Natural heritage. You will visit a small village founded by fisherman in the 13th century and will have a short presentation of fishing techniques and a tasting of local wine and products from the eastern region
of Croatia. Afterwards you drive back to Vukovar where you will enjoy a short stroll through the city before you board your vessel again. (B,L,D)
Today visit Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The City tour of Belgrade takes you to the Kalemegdan Fortress, for an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers. Afterwards, see the National Museum, the Parliament,Terazije Square and the Palace of Princess Ljubica as well as St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world. After a refreshment break at the Hotel Majestic, your tour ends with a visit to the pedestrian zone, with its many shops and art galleries. (B,L,D)
Travel by bus towards Veliko Tarnovo, picturesquely located on the steep banks of the Yantra River. Pass the fortress Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire. Visit the 13th-century church St. Peter and Paul, which is one of the few medieval churches which has been kept intact and used for worship since the beginning of XIII century until the earthquake in1913. (B,L,D)
Danube Delta/St. George Village
Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe, one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta. This channel stretches some 67 miles and carries 23% of the Danube’s total water flow. The Boat Excursion Delta Safari adventure starts at the end of the oldest and wildest arms of the Danube, in the small and picturesque fishermen’s village of Saint George. This calm and remote area is only accessible by boat or flight. Situated in the largest compact area of reed beds on the planet, the village is full of traditionally thatched cottages. In these remote areas, communication with the mainland is difficult or even impossible when the river freezes over. The safari boats have a capacity of 8 to 9 persons each and are piloted by skilled expedition leaders for an unforgettable exploration of the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vital bird sanctuary.The expedition takes you to the narrow channels of the Danube Delta, as well as to the newly-emerged Sahalin Lagoon.The shallow waters around the Sahalin Peninsula are an excellent place for pelicans to gather and feed, together with cormorants and black-headed gulls. Bordering the banks, clumps of reeds and white willows hide nests of Herons, Glossy Ibises, Egrets, Penduline Tits,Terns and European Rollers. (B,L,D)
Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Constanta, an ancient metropolis and Romania’s largest seaport situation on the Black Sea. You will have a photo stop in front of the old Casino. On the way to the Archaeological Museum, your vehicle will pass by some of the most important buildings in town. Once arrived in front of the Archaeological Museum we’ll tour the old town on foot. Visit the statue of Ovidius Publius Naso, the exiled Roman poet, “the singer of tender love. Next, you’ll see the Roman Edifice with Mosaic, a 4th century AD commercial edifice, the largest of this kind in the south-eastern part of Europe at the time of its construction. Admire the great Mosque and St Peter & Paul Cathedral.
Afterwards, you’ll be taken on a panoramic tour through the city to the well known summer resort of Mamaia and enjoy an included lunch by the sea. After seeing Romania’s most vibrant summer destination we continue on to Bucharest to check into the deluxe Intercontinental where the balance of the day is your to explore on your own. (B/L)
Following breakfast at the hotel, a panoramic tour of Bucharest highlights the city’s eclectic mix of architecture and a visit to the lavish People’s Palace-the world’s largest civilian building.. (B)
Transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport (Airport Code OTP) for your flight home.
(Additional post hotel nights available.)