What better way to explore Eastern Europe than travelling with a large group of like-minded LGBT travellers over the Danube River? Taking stops in Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania with plenty of activities en route, this promises to be an incredible cultural experience you’ll never forget!
To start off your trip to Budapest, you will be welcomed at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your ship, the Amandeus Queen. In the afternoon, we have organised a welcome reception so you’ll get to know your fellow passengers.
On the second day, we have arranged a sightseeing tour of historic Budapest, including the Buda Castle Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica. We also have an alternative tour to the city of Esztergom and the charming town of Szentendre. In the evening, you’ll enjoy an extraordinary dinner and evening cruise on the Danube River.
On the third day, you will visit the Kopački Rit Nature Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a 13th century Fisherman’s village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn fishing techniques (should you wish!), and then enjoy a wine-tasting session featuring locally crafted wines as well as wines from Croatia. Hopefully still sober, you’ll be driven back to Vukovar.
On the fourth day, the cruise will take a stop into the capital city of Serbia, Belgrade. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Belgrade has a rich history and you will enjoy a tour through the Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress with scenic views over the Danube and Save Rivers. More sights include the National Museum, the Parliament, Terazije Square, the Palace of Princess Ljubica and largest Orthodox Church known as St. Save Cathedral. Afterwards, you will be guided back to the Hotel Majestic for refreshments and a well-deserved rest before heading to the shopping and art gallery district.
On the fifth day, the Amandeus Queen will cruise further down the Danube River and enter Romania through the Iron Gates, a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.
On the sixth day you’ll arrive in Bulgaria and be driven by bus to Veliko Tarnova, a former seat of the Tsars. You’ll be guided to the few remaining medieval churches of St. Peter and Paul, and find the historical fortress Tsarevets, a stronghold built during the Bulgarian Empire.
On the seventh day the cruise will continue further down the Danube, where you’ll start a Danube Delta safari. The safari will start at the charming fishermen’s village of Saint George, which is found in the largest compact area of reed beds of the planet. The village is so remote that it is only assessable by boat or plane.
Here you’ll find breathtaking bird conservations sites, which are UNESCO World Heritage Site. After this, you’ll reach the Sakhalin Peninsula where you’ll be in contact with various bird species such as Pelicans, Egrets and Herons.
On the eighth day you’ll to say goodbye to the Amandeus Queen and transfer to Bucharest, Romania’s capital city. Here we have organised a tour featuring the most exquisite architecture of the country, such as the largest civilian and heaviest building in the world, The People’s Palace.
After the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore more of the city in your free time.
After a hearty breakfast you’ll visit one of the most confusing monuments you’ll ever see, the Memorial of Rebirth in Revolution Square – a 25-metre high obelisk.
You can also visit the uber cool bookshop, Carturesti Carusel; or chill out in one of the hipster coffee spots such as T-Zero or Origo. Another great thing to know is that your money goes a long way, so don’t hold back when enjoying the city’s food, drink and entertainment.
On you’re final day you’ll be driven to the airport for your return flight home.