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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.

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.

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.

About The AmaVerde

Newly reimagined, the AmaVerde features a contemporary design with vibrant colour palettes and bold artwork, welcoming guests to an elegant floating palace to tour some of the world’s most famous waterways. Enjoy the ultimate luxury accommodation as you glide effortlessly through the heart of Europe.

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Savour the exquisite dining experience of the Main Restaurant with hand-picked local wine lists or dine in style at The Chef’s Table with its open kitchen, contemporary design and lighting and distinctive regional menus. Café Bistro is the perfect al fresco venue to enjoy a light meal and socialise with friends.

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Relax in sophisticated and spacious staterooms that create a haven for restful slumber and time out to enjoy the glorious views with both twin and French balconies. Luxury marble bathrooms feature a separate shower and bath and a full complement of quality skincare products. Enjoy entertainment on demand with high-quality complementary Wi-Fi, music, movies and English-language television stations.

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Health & Fitness

The Sun Deck offers fitness options for whatever exercise you want. Choose from a walking track, heated swimming pool with swim-up bar, putting green, bicycle fleet and a fully equipped fitness suite. There is also a massage and hair salon for the ultimate in on-board pampering.

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Three decks of luxury staterooms are crowned with a Sun Deck featuring amenities for everyone to exercise or relax. Just below on the Violin deck, there is a bow seating area and observation lounge, plus the main lounge and bar and a comfortable fireside library. There is also a gift shop, fitness suite, and hair and massage salon at the other end of the deck.

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About The AmaBella

Bella means beautiful in any country, and in the language of cruising, the AmaBella takes river luxury to a new height, the perfect accompaniment to the stunning Danube scenery on the world’s most famous waterway. Stylish rooms feature signature twin balconies and a separate outside balcony for glorious river views.

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Enjoy international, regional and local cuisine with a choice of restaurant options offering everything from tapas, light meals to full multi-course dining. Savour traditional favourites with vegan and vegetarian menus a speciality. Experience stylish five-star dining in the main restaurant or watch skilled chefs at work in the open kitchen of the Chef’s Table.

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Generous staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy the river views with twin balconies. Opulent marble bathrooms are fully equipped with robes and luxury products and feature a separate bath and shower. Enjoy entertainment on demand with individually controlled air conditioning for a relaxing and peaceful haven.

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Health & Fitness

A fully equipped fitness suite means you can stay healthy even when you are on vacation. Enjoy a plunge in the Sun Deck whirlpool or stroll around the walking track after a workout. Pampering is also on the menu, with a hair salon and massage room for the ultimate spa experience on the water.

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Deck Plan

This four-deck vessel offers different categories of staterooms on the three lower decks, Cello, Violin and Piano. The Violin deck features a luxury bow seating area with a lounge, bar, massage & hair salon, and fitness suite. The crowning glory, the Sun Deck, has a walking track, observation deck and whirlpool.

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About The AmaMagna

Enjoy the height of luxury cruising on the beautifully appointed AmaMagna, the flagship of the AmaWaterways’ fleet and specially designed to maximise comfort and river views on the world’s most famous waterway. Experience exceptionally spacious suites with full balconies and accommodation that suits families, groups and couples.

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Enjoy four unique dining venues with international, regional and local cuisine with a choice of restaurant options. Experience multi-course dining in the luxury Main Restaurant or watch our gourmet chefs at work in the open kitchen of the Chef’s Table. Jimmy’s offers a family-style restaurant for mixed age groups, or savour the intimate ambience of the Al Fresco Restaurant with delicious vegetarian menus.

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Twice the width of regular European river ships, spacious suites offer guests plenty of room to relax with full balconies to enjoy the beautiful river scenery. Lavish marble bathrooms are the last word in luxury with soft robes and bathing products, and all feature a separate bath and shower. Chill out with individually controlled air conditioning and entertainment on-demand. For groups, there are connecting staterooms and triple/quadruple accommodations.

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Health & Fitness

AmaMagna’s Zen Wellness Studio looks after mind and body with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, two massage rooms, and a juice bar for that essential refreshment. Enjoy a plunge in the Sun Deck pool and whirlpool, and there is also a full-size pickleball court. For those that want to take a more leisurely pace, stroll around the walking track for the best views in the house.

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Deck Plan

This four-deck vessel offers different categories of staterooms on the three lower decks, Cello, Violin and Piano, with easy elevator access. The Violin deck features two lounges, the Zen Wellness suite and the Al Fresco Restaurant. The crowning glory, the Sun Deck, has a walking track, swimming and whirlpool, plus a pop-up sky bar.

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Gems of Southeast Europe Deals

Enjoy the Gems of Southeast Europe with

7 Nights
Mar Dec

Gems of Southeast Europe

  • Belgrade
  • Budapest
  • Giurgiu
  • Pécs & Mohács
  • Rousse / Veliko Tarnovo & Bucharest
  • The Iron Gates
  • Vidin
  • Vukovar & Novi Sad
£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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