• $4,695
  • $600
  • AHI

Bonus: No Single Supplement

Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River. Encounter Prague with visits to Prague Castle and the Old Jewish Quarter. Be captivated by the history and allure of Bratislava and Budapest. Wander through Kalemegdan Citadel and ornate Orthodox churches in Belgrade. Sail through the thrilling Iron Gate Gorge and tour Drobeta’s Museum of the Iron Gate Region. Visit Vidin’s Baba Vida fortress before seeing the fascinating highlights of Sofia.

 

 

 

 


Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir travelers will depart their gateway city for Sofia, Bulgaria.

Meals — Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

Day 2

Sofia, Bulgaria

Arrive at Sofia Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer to hotel and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents. Transfer to your hotel and check in to the Sofia Hotel Balkan.

Independent Exploration

Spend the afternoon at leisure or settle in at the hotel.

Accommodations — Sofia Hotel Balkan
Meals — Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

Day 3

Sofia

Educational Focus: A Prologue to the Bulgarian Revival

The Middle Ages were ending when Ottoman invaders claimed Bulgaria for their empire in the 14th century. Learn about the conditions and events that led to the Bulgarian Revival of the 19th century, when Ottoman forces were defeated and expelled.

Excursion: Sofia

From its ancient history to its unique geographical location, Bulgaria’s capital is a fascinating wonder. Today, discover the many landmarks of Bulgaria’s capital. See the ancient ruins of Serdica. Admire St. George Rotunda, Alexander Batenberg Square, home to the former Royal Palace, and the Cathedral of St. Alexander of Neva.

Independent Exploration

The remainder of the day is free to continue exploring Sofia on your own.

In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at your hotel.

Accommodations — Sofia Hotel Balkan
Meals — Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Sofia/Vidin

After breakfast, transfer to Vidin.

Local Flavor
Savor a memorable lunch and stunning views of rock formations at The Rocks restaurant in Belogradchik.

Excursion: The Ancient City of Vidin
One of Bulgaria’s oldest towns, Vidin was settled by the Celts more than 2,000 years ago. During a panoramic tour of the town, see the mosque and library of Osman Pazvantouglu and other highlights. Visit the 17th-century St. Panteleimon Church and the ninth-century Baba Vida fortress.

Embark the MS Amadeus Silver, a first-class river ship.

This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Aboard Reception, followed by dinner.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Explore eight countries, discover old-world capitals and stroll through charming villages dusting the banks along Europe’s romantic and historic Danube River.

Day 5

Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Romania/Iron Gate Gorge

Excursion: Drobeta
Begin your outing in Drobeta at the Museum of the Iron Gate Region. Following your visit to the museum, continue outside the museum and enjoy the beautiful acreage filled with roses and walnut trees. See the remains of the famous Trajan Bridge which was built in 103 – 105 AD and was designed by the architect Apollodorus of Damascus. At the time, the bridge was the largest in the entire empire. See busts of King Decebak and the Traian Emperor. The nearby World War I Memorial in Roses Park, also known as the Heroes’ Monument, was built in remembrance to fallen Romanian soldiers.

This afternoon, sail past the dramatic cliffs of the Carpathian Mountains. Enter the Iron Gate Gorge, one of Europe’s most magnificent natural wonders. The gorge is a passage that is only 530 feet (about 160 meters) wide. Watching the Danube thunder through the gap is a truly thrilling experience. This geological wonder is part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Belgrade, Serbia

Educational Focus: Modern Serbia
Get an in-depth look at life in the former Yugoslavian state of Serbia.

Excursion:Highlights of Belgrade
This fourth-century capital city on the confluence of the Sava and Danube now is a hub of architecture and culture. Marvel at the ornate Orthodox cathedral, home to treasured Christian relics, and step into St. Sava, a shining feature of Belgrade’s cityscape.

Independent Exploration
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. A shuttle will be available.

Cultural Event
Following dinner tonight, enjoy a local folk show on board the ship.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Pécs, Hungary

Excursion: Pécs
Enjoy a walking tour of Pécs, a city known for its Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, which have been turned into churches. Also, discover the flavors of the region during a wine tasting.

Rejoin the ship in Mohács and sail on to Budapest.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Budapest

Today, we invite you to Personalize Your Cruise: Choose from three included excursions in Budapest.

Excursion: Highlights of Budapest
This capital was once two cities — Buda and Pest — on opposite sides of the Danube, which flows through the center of the visually spectacular and united city. Visit Heroes’ Square, the Opera House and the Gothic-style Parliament building. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from Fisherman’s Bastion and marvel at the stunning architecture of the 700-year-old Matthias Church.

Excursion: Living Local
Take a guided tour of Budapest’s bustling Great Market Hall, built in the 19th century. Peruse the food and craft stalls that span three floors of this historic structure. Continue to a local coffee house to learn how pastry chefs craft the flakiest, tastiest strudels. Enjoy a piece of strudel with coffee or tea and a sampling of Palinka, or Eastern European schnapps.

Excursion: Jewish Interest Tour
Explore Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, including a visit to the 19th-century Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. The synagogue includes Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, home of the Holocaust Memorial — or Emanuel Tree — an artistic rendering of a willow tree inscribed with the names of Hungarian Jews lost during the Holocaust. Continue to the Glass House, which gained notoriety as a hiding place for Jews during the Holocaust, and Shoes on the Danube, a moving tribute to the Jews who fell into the Danube after being shot by Nazis in the mid-1940s. Visit the Páva Street Synagogue, and end your tour at the Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Budapest by Night: As your ship departs for Bratislava, delight in the sparkling, awe-inspiring panoramas of Budapest at night. The city’s architecture bordering the Danube is illuminated with vivid auburn and butter-toned hues, providing an unforgettable moment during your journey. Sail past the beautiful Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge and more while admiring their rosy reflections cast on the Danube’s surface.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

Bratislava, Slovakia

Educational Focus: The Velvet Revolution
Learn about the Velvet Revolution, a pivotal event that led to the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and preceded the country’s split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Personalize Your Cruise: Choose from three included excursions in Bratislava.

Excursion: Bratislava City Walking Tour
Enjoy enchanting Bratislava, a medieval town with a rich past. Marvel at St. Martin’s Cathedral, once the site of Hungarian coronations. See the Slovak National Theatre and St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining gate of the city’s medieval fortifications. Continue to Primate’s Palace, where Hungarian archbishops spend their winters. Then visit a café for a lesson in pastry making.

Excursion: Classical Music
Once the stage for Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel and more, Bratislava has a storied musical history. Explore Old Town, focusing on the venues associated with these renowned composers. Then, go inside a rococo palace where a special music concert will be performed.

Excursion: The Old Capital
Discover Pressburg, as Bratislava once was called. See the imposing Bratislava Castle, from which you can view Austria and Hungary on a clear day. Once the royal residence, the castle now serves as the venue for the Slovak Parliament and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum. Afterward, tour Old Town, rich with charm and impressive architecture, then enjoy a beer tasting at a local pub.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Vienna, Austria

Educational Focus: Timeless Vienna
Discover the history of Vienna, an elegant and timeless city.

Following this morning’s lecture, you may Personalize Your Cruise: Choose from two included excursions in Vienna.

Excursion: Imperial Vienna
Explore the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace and admire their sumptuous appointments, then drive along the Ringstrasse, one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world. See the University, the oldest in the German-speaking countries, the Houses of Parliament, the Opera House and monuments to Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Excursion: Art and Wine
Journey north of Vienna to nearby Klosterneuburg. Overlooking the Danube is its 12th-century monastery, home to the gilded copper Verdun Altar and a wine estate, the oldest in Austria. Explore Klosterneuburg Monastery’s winding cellar as you learn about the craft of wine making. Enjoy a delightful tasting.

Excursion:Schönbrunn Palace.
Visit this grand palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former residence of the imperial family. See the Hall of Mirrors where six-year-old Mozart played for Empress Maria Theresa. Admire the ornate State Apartments with their opulent ceiling frescoes, and stroll through the estate’s extensive gardens, resplendent with fountains and topiary.

Independent Exploration
Spend the afternoon at leisure in Vienna, perhaps stopping in a café for a Viennese coffee and Sacher Torte, the famous Austrian cake.

Cultural Experience: Viennese Waltz
Following dinner, gather with your fellow travelers for a waltz lesson. Delight in an evening of Viennese Waltz as your Austrian ballroom guides pass on secrets of ballroom etiquette, tips for a successful ballroom occasion and how to master steps of the original Viennese Waltz. Try the steps yourself and glide across the dance floor!

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Dürnstein/ Melk

We invite you to Personalize Your Cruise: Choose from three included excursions in Dürnstein:

Excursion: Dürnstein Walking Tour
In quaint Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lionheart of England was held captive during the Crusades, tour baroque architecture, pass by gorgeous scenery, see vineyards that produce award-winning wine and visit the magnificent Stiftskirche, known for its blue tower.

Excursion: Bicycling the Danube
Considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein offers an ideal setting for a bike ride. During this two-hour adventure, explore parts of the 745-mile (1,200-kilometer) Danube Bicycle Trail, which runs from Germany to Hungary. Along the way, see charming villages set against the Danube and lush vineyards of the Wachau Valley with an expert guide.

Excursion: Wachau Winery
Head out of Dürnstein, passing stunning vineyards and lush scenery en route to a local winery, where you will enjoy a tour and samples from its cellar.

This afternoon, enjoy daytime sailing through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the finest landscapes in all of Europe. Along the way, admire pretty villages clustered around charming churches and medieval castles.

Excursion: Melk Abbey
Visit Melk’s Benedictine abbey, an architectural jewel with impressive interiors that also is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The baroque building dates from 1736, and an amazing view of the mighty Danube waits on the abbey’s terrace.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12

Passau, Germany

Excursion: Picturesque Passau
Nestled at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers, Passau has been called “one of the most beautifully situated towns in the world.” See the many highlights of this delightful village, including the medieval Veste Oberhaus, Rathaus, Niedernburg Abbey, the Old Town Hall and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Aboard Reception on the ship followed by dinner.

Accommodations — MS Amadeus Silver
Meals — Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13

Prague, Czech Republic

This morning, disembark the ship in Prague and check in to the Imperial Hotel, located just steps away from Prague’s Old Town and many fantastic landmarks.

Independent Exploration
Spend the day at leisure in Prague or settle in at the hotel.

Accommodations — Imperial Hotel
Meals — Breakfast

Day 14

Prague

Excursion: Prague Castle and Old Town
Explore Prague, whose city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Prague Castle has served as the seat of Czech rulers since the ninth century. See the Castle Square, with its gate adorned with statues of the Titans; the Chapel of the Holy Cross; and the Prague Castle Gallery, home to works of art by Titian, Rubens and other renowned artists. Visit the Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral to view its splendid St. Wenceslas Chapel, adorned with Gothic murals and semiprecious stones. Walk along the Golden Lane, past colorful houses and down the Old Castle steps. Continue to the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square.

Independent Exploration
Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations — Imperial Hotel
Meals — Breakfast

Day 15

Prague

Excursion: Prague’s Historic Jewish Quarter
Explore the Jewish Quarter and the Prague National Jewish Museum. Founded in 1906, the museum has weathered turbulent times under both Nazi and Communist rule. Today, it is a showcase of Jewish history and religious treasures. The collections are housed in the quarter’s six synagogues, and the exhibits provide a comprehensive look at Jewish history in Eastern Europe.

Independent Exploration
Spend the afternoon at leisure and make the most of your last day in Prague.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers to recount your Danube adventure during a Farewell Reception at the hotel.

Accommodations — Imperial Hotel
Meals — Breakfast

Day 16

Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, depart for the airport for your return flight home. (Provided for AHI FlexAir passengers.)

Meals — Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.


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