Passage along The Blue Danube

Vienna to Bucharest and Transylvania

Date: Sat, October 13, 2018 - Thu, October 25, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Waitlist

Price: from $4,495

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe & Russia

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Join this custom-designed, 13-day travel program visiting seven unique countries, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the enchanting eastern Danube River Valley, a mystical region steeped in natural beauty that remains virtually unknown to Westerners. Cruise for nine nights aboard the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III from the Habsburgs’ imperial capital of Vienna to the Black Sea. Here, a rich mosaic of medieval cities, charming villages and rugged countryside awaits you, from the ancient lands of Romania and Serbia, the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and Hungary’s fabled Puszta (plains) to the glittering palaces of Budapest. Admire a masterful display of traditional horsemanship in the Hungarian heartland, immerse yourself in the Slavic heritage of medieval Belgrade and cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates, which divide the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. Spend two nights in Romania’s elegant capital of Bucharest, known as “Little Paris” for its splendid architecture, and visit Transylvania, where authentic medieval castles and local lore keep the legend of Dracula alive. Vienna Pre-Program Option.


Day     Destination

1    Depart the U.S.

2    Vienna, Austria/Embark m.s. Amadeus Silver III

3    Vienna/Bratislava, Slovakia

4    Budapest, Hungary

5    Kalocsa

6    Osijek, Croatia/Vukovar

7    Belgrade, Serbia

8    Donji Milonavac for Lepinski Vir/Cruising through the Iron Gates

9    Svishtov, Bulgaria, for Arbanasi and Veliko Târnovo/Ruse

10  Hâr¸sova, Romania, for Constan¸ta

11  Fete¸sti/Disembark ship/Bucharest

12  Bucharest/Transylvania

13  Bucharest/Return to the U.S. 



  • Unique, exclusively chartered, 13-day land/cruise tour.
  • Comprehensive, nine-night cruise aboard an exclusively chartered, deluxe small river ship, visiting seven distinct countries and five capital cities.
  • Two nights in Romania’s dynamic capital of Bucharest.
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-designated Budapest.
  • One of the greatest river journeys in the world, navigating the storied Danube River from Lower Austria to Romania.
  • See the best of Eastern Europe during autumn, the most ideal time of year to visit.
  • Cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates dividing the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan Mountains.
  • Ancient archaeological treasures, including Constan¸ta’s Glykon Serpent and the Lepinski Vir excavation site.
  • All excursions are included throughout the program.
  • Vienna Pre-Program Option.


Vienna Pre-Program Option

The former seat of the Habsburg Empire and one of Europe’s most vibrant and beautiful centers of culture, Vienna showcases an open-air museum of splendid Baroque architecture in its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour this remarkable city’s most important landmarks, including the lavish Hofburg Palace and the Habsburgs’ UNESCO World Heritage-designated summer estate at Schönbrunn Palace. Accommodations are for two nights in the Five-Star InterContinental Wien Hotel.

Pre-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and mail to Duke Travels, Box 90572, Durham, NC 27708, or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone and let us know you are mailing your reservation form to hold your space.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at or 919-684-2988

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Mode of Travel

River Cruise

Deluxe Small River Ship m.s. Amadeus Silver III

The deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III, launched in 2016, features the comforts of a refined and traditional hotel.

The exclusively chartered ship offers 84 river-view, air-conditioned, stylishly appointed Suites (284 square feet) and Staterooms (188 square feet), among the most spacious of any European river ship. Most accommodations feature a unique floor-to-ceiling panoramic window that can be automatically lowered to French balcony height. Each has two twin beds (convertible to one queen-size bed), a private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, walk-in closet, telephone and television, writing desk, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. Most accommodations have a minibar.

Freshly prepared continental meals featuring local ingredients are served in single, unassigned seatings in the delightfully scenic Panorama Restaurant, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and include early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack. Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.

Inviting public facilities are spacious and include the Panorama Bar, Lido Bar, Amadeus Club with Internet station, beauty salon, boutique and fitness studio with early morning exercise classes and massage services. The Sun Deck has a chessboard and shuffleboard. Guests will also appreciate the complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship and the use of an audio headset for listening enhancement during all shore excursions. The ship has an elevator serving all passenger decks except the Sun Deck, and laundry service is available. There is no doctor aboard the ship.

The English-speaking, international crew provides warm hospitality. The m.s. Amadeus Silver III meets the highest safety standards and is one of the only European river ships to have been awarded the “Green Certificate” of environmental preservation.

Included Features

On board the exclusively chartered, deluxe m.s. Amadeus Silver III

  • Nine-night cruise from Vienna, Austria, to Fete¸sti, Romania, with port calls at Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest and Kalocsa, Hungary; Osijek and Vukovar, Croatia; Belgrade and Donji Milonavac for Lepinski Vir, Serbia; Svishtov for Arbanasi and Veliko Târnovo and Ruse, Bulgaria; and Hâr¸sova for Constan¸ta, Romania.
  • Deluxe, river-view, air-conditioned Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
  • All meals served at single, unassigned seatings—early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast and lunch, afternoon tea, four-course dinner and late-evening snack—featuring fine continental cuisine.
  • Complimentary wine and beer are served with lunch and dinner.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Guided tour of Bratislava’s well-preserved medieval Staré Mesto (Old Town).
  • Tour of Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including visits to the historic landmarks of the 19th-century, Renaissance Revival-style Hungarian State Opera House, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the ornate St. Matthias Church.
  • Excursion to the Hungarian Puszta (plains), for a demonstration of horsemanship and lunch at a revered csárda (tavern).
  • Visit to Kalocsa, famous for its fine Hungarian embroidery, to tour its Local Country House and Paprika Museum.
  • Visit to Osijek’s 18th-century fortress, strategically built along the Drava River, and the red-brick, neo-Gothic Co-Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
  • Tour of Serbia’s historic capital of Belgrade, featuring the medieval city center, Kalemegdan Fortress and the Josip Broz Tito memorial.
  • Excursion to the fascinating archaeological excavation at Lepinski Vir for insight into one of the oldest Danube cultures.
  • Passage through the dramatic, naturally carved Iron Gates dividing the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.
  • Excursion to the village of Arbanasi, Bulgaria, known for its unique stone architecture, with visits to the Konstantsaliev House and the 15th-century Birth of Christ Church.
  • Visit to the historic Bulgarian Empire capital of Veliko Târnovo, with lunch.
  • Guided tour of the Archaeological and Natural History Museum in Constan¸ta, featuring such Greco-Roman treasures as the second-century marble Glykon Serpent.

Scenic transfer from Fete¸sti to Bucharest.

In Bucharest

  • Two nights in the Five-Star Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest, with breakfast each morning.
  • Welcome Reception in the hotel.
  • Visit to the National Art Museum, housed in the 19th-century Royal Palace, with lunch.
  • City tour to see the Palace of Parliament, Europe’s largest administrative building.
  • Full-day excursion to Transylvania, including a visit to the ornately decorated Peles Castle.
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