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Gems of Southeast Europe

Enjoy this seven-day getaway through Southeast Europe’s most eye-catching attractions. Hike through UNESCO World Heritage Sites, enjoy scenic cruising and embark on guided tours through a variety of coveted tourist attractions unique to your Danube River Cruise.

Climb aboard one of the ships from our award-winning fleet, each featuring our signature twin-balcony suites and bright contemporary interiors. During times of leisure, don’t miss an opportunity to pamper yourself in our on-board spa rooms and hair salons, a charming custom aboard your AmaWaterways River Cruise vessel.

Whether you’re looking for an active experience, complete with hikes and bike rides to keep you moving, or the more serene walking tours, wine tastings and demonstrations, the team at AMAwaterways is sure to have something planned for you.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: AmaVerde + 2 more
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Dec
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Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise Itinerary

From Budapest to Giurgiu and all the fantastic moorings in between, this cruise was designed to take you through the most show-stopping highlights of Southeast Europe. Enjoy UNESCO-designated sites, pastry-making workshops, historical demonstrations, wine tastings and much more on this priceless adventure.

Day 1

Budapest (EMBARK)

Board your ship to begin your Gems of Southeast cruise.

Day 2

Pécs / Mohács

Enjoy a scenic morning cruise; pay a visit to the UNESCO-designated Christian Necropolis, St Peter’s Basilica, the city’s main Catholic Cathedral alongside its catacombs and Széchenyi Square. You’ll also see the Mosque of Parsha Quasim the Victorious.

Day 3

Vukovar / Novi Sad

Embark on a city tour showcasing the Ovcara Memorial and Eltz Manor House. Alternatively, enjoy a wine tasting in Ilok.

Cruise to Novi Sad in the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour to Dunavski Park and through the Old Town Centre. In the evening, visit the Petrovaradin Fortress.

Day 4


Explore Serbia’s capital on our featured city tour, including the Nikola Tesla Museum, Kalemegdan Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava. Alternatively, hike to Belgrade fortress and enjoy a sampling of Serbian Plum brandy.

Day 5


Visit the Golubac Fortress before cruising through the Iron Gates, one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Day 6


Enjoy a choice of excursions through Vidin; tour Baba Vida Fortress or visit a local home for demonstrations regarding traditional Bulgarian Yogurt and Banitsa – a pastry you’ll have the opportunity to make. You can also choose to visit the Baba Vida fortress via a scenic bike ride.

Day 7

Rousse / Veliko Tarnovo & Bucharest

Pay a visit to Veliko Tarnovo with its medieval fortress and multiple orthodox temples or enjoy the Neo-Baroque/Rococo architecture. Enjoy the UNESCO-designated Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo.
Later on, travel through the countryside to Bucharest for a panoramic city tour of the historic city centre.

Day 8


Disembark from your ship and prepare for your flight home.

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7 Nights
Mar Dec

Gems of Southeast Europe

  • Budapest (EMBARK)
  • Pécs & Mohács
  • Vukovar & Novi Sad
  • Belgrade
  • The Iron Gates (SCENIC CRUISING)
  • Vidin
  • Rousse / Veliko Tarnovo & Bucharest
  • Giurgiu (DISEMBARK)
£1,488pp Est. Price per person
  • AmaBella / AmaVerde / AmaMagna  

Gems of Southeast Europe Cruise Review

“A startlingly immersive experience. As a bit of a history buff, I particularly enjoyed the featured excursion on day six, which brings you into a local person’s home. The demonstrations were informative, the tour guides knowledgeable and the staff as helpful as they always have been during my travels with AMAwaterways.”

Johnathan Lingley, Birmingham

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Gems of Southeast Europe FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the largest stateroom available?

That depends on your ship; our standard large suite is 350 sq.ft but if you’re traveling aboard the AmaMagna, a unique feature of this vessel is its larger rooms, ranging from 710 – 205 sq.ft.

Is there a return cruise?

No, not exactly. The Gems of Southeast Europe Travels from Budapest to Giurgiu, with options for both pre and post-cruise extensions that may deliver you to different locations.

Is there wi-fi on board?

Yes, AMAwaterways ships include complimentary internet access for all our guests.

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