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PRE-CRUISE TOUR – OPTIONAL: 1 NIGHT BUCHAREST + 3 NIGHTS BRASOV

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2020

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

ARRIVE IN BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Arrive in Bucharest. You will be met and transferred from Bucharest Airport to the hotel. There is time to rest and relax from your journey. This evening, join with fellow travelers for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

OVERNIGHT: RADISSON BLU BUCHAREST (1 night)

DAY 2: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

BUCHAREST – LA CERTA WINERY – BRASOV

Bucharest, Romania’s capital is often called the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a morning tour of the city’s most impressive sites—including the city center and the Palace of the Parliament, second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. Later, visit La Certa winery for a private tour and lunch. This afternoon, tour Peles Castle, a Romanian national treasure considered one of Europe’s most stunning castles. Dine tonight at Sura Dacilor, a renowned traditional Carpathian restaurant famous for mountain cuisine and wild game dishes. (B, L, D)

OVERNIGHT: TELEFERIC GRAND HOTEL, BRASOV (3 nights)

DAY 3: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

BRAN, DRACULA’S CASTLE AND RASNOV CITADEL

Today, venture into Transylvania and the village of Bran, a place deeply rooted in myth and history. This was the home of Vlad the Impaler, the Romanian ruler whom author Bram Stoker modeled his character Count Dracula. Walk through Bran Castle, the formidable hilltop fortress built in the 14th century and forever linked with the legend of Dracula. Enjoy lunch in Bran town, followed by an afternoon tour of Rasnov Citadel, the 13th century bastion for the Teutonic Knights of the period. Great photo opportunities here! Dinner tonight is arranged in one of Brasov’s many fine restaurants. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

BRAȘOV – SIGHIȘOARA

Today, travel to the stunning village of Sighişoara, birthplace to the infamous, Vlad Ţepeş, also known as Vlad the Impaler. This is a UNESCO-designated town filled with resplendent pastel-colored buildings, stone lanes, medieval towers and pedestrian-friendly Old Town was Vlad’s place of birth. His home still stands, marked with a placard. Later, we have a private tour and luncheon at Vila Vinea, a Carpathian region winery of renown. Return to Brasov late afternoon. Tonight is at leisure to dine independently. (B)

DAY 5: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

BRASOV – AZUGA WINERY — EMBARKATION IN GIURGIU

Check out of our Brasov hotel this morning after breakfast. Enjoy a guided walking tour around Braşov town including the Black Church, Merchant’s Hall and School of St. Nicholas. Later in the morning, depart for Giurgiu on the Danube. En route stop at noted champagne producer Azuga Winery, for a private tour and tasting with lunch. Board AmaCerto in Giurgiu approximately 5 PM. (B,L,D)

PRE-CRUISE TOUR ENDS. CRUISE BEGINS UPON BOARDING AMACERTO.

7 NIGHT LOWER DANUBE CRUISE, GIURGIU TO BUDAPEST

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2020

DAY 1: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

EMBARKATION – GIURGIU

Embark your ship, AmaCerto. Meet your fellow passengers this evening. (D)

DAY 2: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

GIURGIU – ROUSSE, BULGARIA

There is a choice of touring today. Experience the best of Bucharest, Romania’s capital, known as the “Little Paris of the East,” with its wide boulevards and Arc de Triomphe. Then visit Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo, with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples. Or, you can opt to explore Rousse, known for its 19th and 20th-century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture, and then afterwards visit the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo with frescos revealing exceptional artistry of 14th-century paintings. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

VIDIN 

Explore Vidin, one of Bulgaria’s oldest cities, and surrounding areas with a choice of excursions. Discover Baba Vida Fortress, the largest preserved medieval castle in Bulgaria. Continue on to Belogradchik, one of Bulgaria’s natural wonders, where you can hike around its most spectacular rock formations. Alternatively, visit a local home for a demonstration of traditional Bulgarian yogurt and Banitsa, a pastry you will also get to make. You also have the choice to bike through Vidin and to the castle. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

SCENIC CRUISING THROUGH THE IRON GATES

The Iron Gates is one 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, forming a 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: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH

BELGRADE, SERBIA

Explore Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, on a city tour, which includes the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St. Sava. Alternatively, visit the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Serbian Royal Family, and the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Marshal Tito, who became the first President of Yugoslavia. Or enjoy a taste of the region by sampling Serbian plum brandy, Šlivovitz, and delicious local delights at the Quburich Distillery, followed by a panoramic tour of Avala Mountain. Later in the day, choose from a hike to Kalemegdan Fortress, known for its winding walking paths and incredible river views, or join a guided bike tour. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

NOVI SAD, ILOK CROATIA

Vukovar is a Croatian symbol of resistance, which you’ll better understand on your city tour showcasing the Ovčara Memorial and Eltz Palace. Alternatively, choose a wine tasting in Ilok, a center of wine production since Roman times, where you’ll sample its famous Grasevina, Traminac and Frankovka wines. Back on board, cruise to Novi Sad, sometimes called the “Serbian Athens.” Discover Novi Sad on a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through Stari Grad, the Old Town center. If you prefer a more active exploration, join a guided biking tour or hike through Fruska Gora National Park. During the evening, visit Petrovaradin Fortress, a mighty stronghold no enemy has ever breached. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH

MOHÁCS – PÉCS, HUNGARY

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Mohács. You’ll then visit Pécs, 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 Széchenyi Square, the heart of Old Town Pécs. You will also see the Mosque of Pasha Qasim the Victorious, one of the symbols of the city. Or for wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to go to the Szekszárd wine region, one of the oldest red-wine-growing areas in Hungary, established more than 2,000 years ago. You may also take an exhilarating guided bike tour around Mohács. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH

BUDAPEST – DISEMBARKATION

Cruise ends this morning. Bid farewell to AmaCerto. Transfers to Budapest Airport or train stations will have been arranged on board through your cruise director.

7-NIGHT DANUBE CRUISE ENDS

POST CRUISE- OPTIONAL: 2 NIGHTS TARCAL, 2 NIGHTS BUDAPEST- HUNGARIAN TOUR

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020

DAY 1: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH

BUDAPEST- EGER- TARCAL-TOKAJI WINE COUNTRY

For those joining our 4 night post-cruise Hungary tour, after breakfast depart by coach two hours to Tarcal, in the heart of Hungarian wine country.  En route enjoy a private tour, tasting and lunch at Kovacs Nimrod, in the village of Eger, followed by a tour of Eger Castle.  This is the region where the golden Royal Tokaji wines (“The Wine of the Czars”) is produced.  Arrive this afternoon at the magnificent Andrassy Residence Wine and Spa, a country manor converted to a 41 room boutique resort.  (B,L)

Overnight: Andrassy Residence Wine & Spa (2 nights)

DAY 2: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

TOKAJI WINE COUNTRY

Today, enjoy a private cellar tour, tasting and lunch at Chateau Dereszla, one of Hungary’s most prominent and historic vintners.  This winery’s golden Aszu and Eszencia wines consistently rate 94+ points by Wine Spectator. Lunch today is at St. Thomas Winery (“Szent Tamas”), a mixture of new and old Hungary in the aptly named village called Mad. Later Tonight enjoy a special dinner at Grof Degenfeld, a manor house hotel in Tarcal.   (B,L,D)

DAY 3: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

 LAZAR EQUESTRIAN ESTATE-BUDAPEST

Depart Tarcal for our return to Budapest.   En route visit the Champions Estate.  Here brothers Vilmos and Zoltan Lazar raise Hungary’s finest horses, including the beautiful white Lippinzan breed and the big Hungarian draft horses.  Enjoy a phenomenal riding show by Hungarian hussars in traditional costume, followed by refreshments (NOTE: great photo opportunities here).  This afternoon, arrive in Budapest.  Tonight, enjoy a dine-around in Budapest.  Each tour member receive $60 to enjoy dinner in any of the many restaurants nearby. (B,D)

Overnight: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus (2 nights)

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

 BUDAPEST

Today is at leisure to explore Budapest, arguably central Europe’s most substantive city.  Budapest has been a crossroads between Europe and Asia since the time of Genghis Khan.   Optional tours are available to the Hungarian Parliament and Opera, the Szendtendre Artist Village or an exploration of the city’s many Jewish sites and historical places. (B)

DAY 5: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

 DEPART BUDAPEST

Transfer to Budapest International Airport for your onward flights.  Tour ends.  (B)

 

PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. Many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways. Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship. Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.