Amsterdam to Bucharest

23 Days
Amsterdam to Bucharest
From (NZD)
$ 12,700
$ 10,410
Dates & Pricing

2020 Amsterdam > Bucharest

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EBBI
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Bucharest

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam Cruising

    This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne

    Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)
    OR
    DiscoverMORE:
    Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rüdesheim

    Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring, and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.
    EmeraldACTIVE:  Guided hike through vineyards

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Miltenberg - Wertheim

    Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Würzburg

    Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Bamberg

    Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg

    Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights.

    DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Kelheim - Regensburg

    This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour, you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Passau - Linz

    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Melk - Dürnstein

    Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Vienna

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of the Vienna’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)
    AND / or
    DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Bratislava

    Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    DiscoverMORE: Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Budapest

    Today you have a free day to continue exploring Budapest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Kalocsa

    Early this morning we sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This afternoon, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Osijek

    Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Belgrade

    Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Kostolac

    Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions. Return to the ship and sail through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Vidin

    Arrive in Vidin, the most western town in Bulgaria. Your day will begin with an included tour visiting a local vineyard with wine tasting. Later, visit the medieval Baba Vida Fortress. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Belogradchik rock fortress.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

    Today your ship will cruise to Rousse and visit the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
    EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Giurgiu Disembarkation - Bucharest

    This morning, disembark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise and journey by road to Romania's capital, Bucharest. The city's wide avenues have a distinctly French feel; in fact, the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Bucharest Farewell

    Your tour concludes after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport for your onward or home bound flight.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 21 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
  • Visit to Bishop’s Residenz in Wurzburg
  • Guided Tour of Bamberg
  • Guided Tour Nuremberg
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Bratislava
  • Guided Tour of Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Osijek Fortress
  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Visit to Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum
  • Visit the hilltop villages of VelikoTarnovo & Arbanasi
  • Guided Drive through Bucharest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Puszta Horse Show in Kalocsa
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Meet students from the local village
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Choir Concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour in Amsterdam
  • Guided hike through vineyards
  • Guided hike around Miltenberg area
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Bike Tour in Belgrade
  • Hike to Belogradchik
  • Hike to Ivanovo Church

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 63 superb meals including 22 Breakfasts (B), 19 Lunches (L), 22 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability