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Balkan Explorer

From £2,895 pp

Discover remarkable landscapes, storied history and charming cultures as you traverse Eastern European countries such as Romania and Serbia on this invigorating adventure.

What’s Included:

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK (fight supplements may apply)
  • Home to airport transfers by private car*
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 5 towns, villages and cities
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Optional 4 night post-cruise extension in Bucharest and Brasov (Call for details)

 

APT River Cruises Szechenyi baths, Budapest, Hungary
Day 1 - Arrive Budapest

Fly from the UK to Budapest and be transferred to your river ship. After dinner on board, set off on a twilight cruise through the city and be enchanted by the lights of the remarkable Hungarian capital.

Dinner

Day 2 - Mohacs

History buffs can venture to the ancient city of Pécs. Or perhaps travel to Hungary’s renowned wine region in Villány for a tasting at a local winery.

Otherwise, get active on a guided bike ride along the Danube River to an ancient water mill.

Day 2 - Mohacs

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Vukovar, Novi Sad

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Visit Eltz Manor, a castle that houses the Vukovar City Museum. Wander through the complex then be treated to a glass of sparkling wine, accompanied by classical music.

Today, enjoy your Signature Experience.

Later this afternoon, set sail to Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city, where a guided exploration awaits. Set out with a local guide and discover how this city thrives on art and culture.

Day 3 - Vukovar, Novi Sad

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Belgrade

Perhaps see the Belgrade Fortress and the Serbian Orthodox Temple of St Sava. If you’re feeling more physical, embark on a kayak tour along the Danube.

Or gourmet lovers can partake in a cooking class.

Day 4 - Belgrade

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Iron Gates

Cruise through the Iron Gates and experience one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders you will encounter on this cruise.

Your ship will ribbon its way through the series of gorges between Serbia and Romania.

Day 5 - Iron Gates

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Vidin, Belogradchick

Explore Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin. Raised upon the remains of the ancient town of Bononia, the medieval castle dates back to the 10th century.

Afterwards, venture to Belogradchik to uncover its ancient fortress on the northern slope of the Balkan mountains. You’ll also see the town’s unique rock formations.

Day 6 - Vidin, Belogradchick

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Rousse

Cruise through one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Iron Gates.

Here, the Danube narrows as it winds through a series of magnificent gorges between Serbia and Romania.

Day 7 - Rousse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Giurgiu, Disembark Ship, Depart Bucharest

After a final breakfast on board, it is time to bid farewell as you disembark your luxurious river ship for the last time.

You will be transferred to Bucharest airport for your return flight to the UK.

Breakfast

2 night Bucharest, 2 nights Brasov

Spend 2 night in Bucharest and 2 nights in Brasov on this optional post-cruise extension to Transylvania.

You’ll enjoy a visit to medieval, Bran Castle, famed for its links to the Dracula stories as well as exploring the fabulous royal palace at Sinaia.

Please call for pricing and availability.

2 night Bucharest, 2 nights Brasov

Breakfast

AmaMagna river ship in Passau Germany

The AmaMagna was launched in May 2019 and sails on The Danube.  As imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and president, Rudi Schreiner, the “godfather of river cruising,” the AmaMagna which has been years in the making and represents a new concept specifically designed to elevate river cruising to a new level.

AmaMagna offers the luxury of more space than ever before, double the width of a normal European river cruise ship, which means enticing new ways for every traveller to enjoy the journey, including water sports. Both a sun deck pool and whirlpool give guests the option of taking a refreshing dip or a soothing one while enjoying the views.

There are lots of things included and to do on the AmaMagna.  With a complimentary fleet of bicycles—and helmets—on board, guests have the opportunity to explore on guided bike tours, or discover a new path all on their own. Guided hiking tours also offer active ways to see grand cities and villages from a different perspective. Savour fresh, locally inspired and masterfully prepared cuisine. Choose from an al fresco dining area, wine bar and alternative restaurant in addition to The Chef’s Table and two-level main dining room. Delight in AmaWaterways’ already popular nightly performances that highlight local musicians and dancers, bringing the culture and flavor of Europe to life—plus, choose from even more enticing ways to enjoy your evening after the sun sets.  The AmaMagna is truly a unique river ship sailing on the Danube.

AmaMagna river ship Chefs Table restaurant

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Multiple outdoor decks offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sundecks with large heated swimming pool, whirlpool, walking track and pop up sky bar
  • Four unique dining venues, main restaurant, Chef’s Table, Jimmy’s Wine Bar, Al Fresco Restaurant
  • Main Lounge with bar, piano and dance floor
  • Zen Wellness Studio
  • Watersports platform
  • Salon and spa services
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Gift Shop and Fireside Library
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

The AmaMagna features 98 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 205-710 sq. ft. Select staterooms can become adjoining by request, and some offer triple and quad occupancy to accommodate the needs of families. 16 Cabins are available as interconnecting also. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.

 

Owners Suite

710 ft² – Violin (Upper) Deck

  • Exclusive large balcony
  • Expansive bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower with multi-jet showerheads
  • Enhanced sitting area features a sofa and two chairs
  • Mini-bar
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaMagna river ship Owners_Suite_Living_Area
AmaMagna river ship Grand_Suite

Grand Suite

474 ft² -Violin(Upper) Deck

  • Outside balcony
  • Triple or quad staterooms available
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels and also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. SA & SB Staterooms

355 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Outside balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that also works as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Suite Cat. SA - Room #313 - Deck 3 Starboard AmaMagna - Amawaterways river ship
Stateroom Cat. AA - Room #326 - Deck 3 Portside AmaMagna river ship - Amawaterways

Cat. AA & AB Staterooms

252 ft² – Violin & Cello (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Outside balcony
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that can be used as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Cat. D & Cat. E Staterooms

205 ft² – Piano (Lower) Deck – Fixed Window

  • Fixed window with river views
  • Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerheads
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Flat-screen televisions with local and satellite channels that can be used as a computer
  • AmaWaterways’ exclusive Infotainment system, including complimentary Internet access, first run Hollywood movies & classics as a large selection of music
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
AmaMagna river ship Cat D room, number 107
AmaMagna river ship - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jun 30AmaMagnaAmsterdam£2845SAVE £400Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat E170 ft², Fixed Windows£2845  
Lower DeckCat D170 ft², Fixed Windows£3195  
Middle DeckCat AB252 ft², Outside Balcony£3995  
Upper DeckCat AA252 ft², Outside Balcony£4195  
Middle DeckCat BS355 ft², Outside Balcony£4595  
Upper DeckCat AS355 ft², Outside Balcony£4945  
Upper DeckCat GS474 ft², Outside Balcony£7845  
Upper DeckCat OS710 ft², Outside Balcony£10195  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

APT’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise. A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

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