Bucharest to Amsterdam

From Bucharest to Amsterdam, discover some of Europe's most beautiful cities with included tours of Budapest, Bratislava, Passau, Regensburg, Vienna & more!

23 Days
Bucharest to Amsterdam
From (USD)
$ 13,855
$ 12,855
Dates & Pricing

2019 Bucharest > Amsterdam

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

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Bucharest

    Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a dinner at the hotel. Included is a one-night stay in Bucharest.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation

    Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. Tonight, join your Captain for a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Rousse – Arbanasi &Veliko Tarnovo

    Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was 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 welcome reception and dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
    EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - Golubac

    Today sail towards the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates. Then visit the archaeological excavation site Lepinski Vir. Located on the right bank of the Danube in the Djerdap gorge (The Iron gates of the Danube) near the town of Donji Milanovac, Lepenski Vir was the centre of one of the most complex prehistoric cultures. Rich cultural layers reveal traces of a highly developed culture that had complex social relations and as such was the first discovered urban settlement in Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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 upstream towards Hungary. Tonight, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kalocsa - Budapest

    Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning, visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
    EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Today, you will have the day at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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 afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Bratislava

    This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. 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: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Vienna

    Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
    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 - Dürnstein - Melk

    In the morning we arrive in 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. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE:
    A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Passau

    Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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.
    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

  15. Day 15 - Regensburg - Kelheim

    After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. 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

  16. Day 16 - 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

  17. Day 17 - Bamberg

    This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Würzburg

    Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to 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

  19. Day 19 - Wertheim - Miltenberg

    Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Rüdesheim- Koblenz

    After breakfast 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. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Cologne

    The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)
    OR
    DiscoverMORE:
    Football Stadium Tour (option not available all departure dates, 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

  22. Day 22 - Amsterdam

    The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Amsterdam Disembarkation

    After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

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

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

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

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

Pricing & Availability