This outstanding travel program features seven countries and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley, an untouched region steeped in natural beauty. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe Amadeus Silver III and spend two nights in Bucharest, where splendid architecture has earned it the nickname “Little Paris.”
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Sep 26, 2024 - Oct 8, 2024
Vienna – Pre-Program Option
September 24 to 27, 2024 (Tour Begins: September 25)
Vienna showcases an open‑air museum of splendid Baroque architecture in its historical center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the famous Ringstrasse, see this remarkable city’s most important landmarks. Visit Hofburg Palace and see the Gothic‑style Stephansdom (Saint Stephen’s Cathedral). Learn more about the Austrian Empire in Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Habsburgs’ summer estate. Accommodations are for two nights in the 5‑star InterContinental Vienna hotel.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $985
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,370
Transylvania – Post-Program Option
October 8 to 11, 2024 (Tour Ends: October 10)
Extend your tour by three nights to explore the treasures of medieval Transylvania. Highlights include the 19th‑century Peles Castle; the imposing, 14th‑century Bran Castle (believed to have inspired the Dracula story); the Black Church in Brasov; the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Sighisoara; and UNESCO‑inscribed Prejmer, the largest fortified church in southeast Europe. Spend two nights in the Aro Palace in Brasov and one night in the 5‑star InterContinental Athénée Palace Hotel Bucharest.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,095
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,370
Mary Werner DeNadai
Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect and Trustee Emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her career spans four decades in the fields of historic preservation and classical architectural design and she has had personal involvement with projects that include the full spectrum of architectural styles, periods and building types. Mary has recently lectured on trips to the Rhine River, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Peru, Eastern Europe, Cuba, the Canary Islands and Morocco. She has been acknowledged and awarded for her achievements by the American Institute of Architects, as well as by other National, State and Local organizations.
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Depart the U.S. for Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria/Embark Amadeus Star
Arrive in Vienna the next day and embark the deluxe Amadeus Star. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening.
In Bratislava, enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. See the Gothic 14th‑century St. Martin’s Cathedral and the elaborate Primate’s Palace, a breathtaking 18th-century landmark. Stroll through St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining portion of the city’s medieval fortifications.
Start the day on the Buda side of the river to see Castle Hill and visit St. Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. In Pest, see the Parliament Building, the second largest in Europe. At UNESCO‑inscribed Heroes’ Square, admire monuments honoring Magyar chiefs who established the Kingdom of Hungary. Along Andrássy Avenue, see the Hungarian State Opera House and the Chain Bridge that links Pest to Buda.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Hungary’s protected puszta and visit a farm to see a performance of Hungarian horsemanship. Learn about the history of paprika on your way to Kalocsa, where you will visit the Folk Art House and the Bishop’s Palace.
Vukovar, Croatia/Novi Sad, Serbia
In Vukovar, see 18th‑century Eltz Manor and the iconic Grand Hotel, famously purchased by the city’s Labor Movement in 1919. Visit the Baroque Church of Saints Philip and James. Enjoy a walking tour of Novi Sad’s Old Town to see the Name of Mary Church, Town Hall, and the 17th‑century Petrovaradin Fortress, nicknamed the “Gibraltar of the Danube.”
Embark on a tour of Belgrade, featuring Terazije Square and Temple of St. Sava. Visit Kalemegdan Fortress and the famous “House of Flowers” museum dedicated to former Yugoslavia’s leader, Josip Broz Tito.
Donji Milanovac/ Iron Gates
Visit Lepenski Vir to see the impressive exhibition center of Paleolithic artifacts. Later, enjoy spectacular views of the Danube Gorge and cruise past the Iron Gates.
Nikopol, Bulgaria/ Veliko Tarnovo/Ruse
Marvel at Arbanasi’s perfectly preserved Konstantsaliev House, a unique, fortress‑like structure originally built at the end of the 17th century and reconstructed several times—today serving as an ethnographic museum. Next, visit the Church of the Nativity before continuing to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, one of Bulgaria’s oldest settlements. Explore the historical center of this “City of the Tsars” and see the 12th-century Tsarevets Fortress.
In Constanța Old Town, see the poet Ovid’s statue in Ovidiu Square, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, and the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception on board this evening.
Feteşti/Bucharest, Romania/Disembark river boat
Your land tour in Bucharest begins with an exploration of the city that includes lunch at a local restaurant and a visit to the immense Palace of Parliament, the world’s second largest administrative building. Check in to the InterContinental Athénée Palace Bucharest.
Today you will visit the National Museum of Art of Romania, located in the Royal Palace in Revolution Square, and the National Village Museum. The largest of its kind in Europe, this open-air ethnographic museum features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania’s rural architecture. Enjoy a farewell reception at the hotel this evening.
Bucharest/Return to the U.S.
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight back to your home city.
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