About the Trip
AUGUST 20-29, 2019
7-night Lower Danube riverboat cruise featuring Budapest, the “Iron Gates” and 2 post nights in Bucharest.
Brand g Vacations proud to offer a unique river cruise experience unlike any you’ll find on the rivers of Europe today. With this all-gay cruise charter of the ms Amadeus Queen, you will be pampered by a crew of forty in an atmosphere of total relaxation. With this great riverboat, we’ve created an itinerary that includes five countries (Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania) that for decades were hidden behind the Iron Curtain.
Explore the undiscovered beauty of Eastern Europe as we sail from Budapest through the “Iron Gates”, the imposing gorge where the Danube breaks through the Carpathian Mountains, all the way to the Black Sea.
Experience the Danube Delta with its amazing wildlife and breathtaking scenery before concluding your trip with a stay in Bucharest, the legendary Romanian capital full of history and tradition.
- Guaranteed all-LGBT charter
- 7 Nights Cruise Accommodation
- COMPLIMENTARY FREE-FLOW SPIRITS, WINE, BEER AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES THROUGHOUT THE CRUISE
- Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
- Services of an experienced cruise director throughout the cruise
- Complimentary shore excursions offered daily
- Use of state-of-the-art audio headsets for all excursions
- Brand G entertainment featuring ….
- Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
- Two nights in historic Bucharest
- Airport transfers in Budapest and Bucharest
InterContinental Hotel prime location in Sector 1, walking distance to University Square, The National Museum of Art of Romania and Museum of Bucharest and the center of Bucharest.
Each of the 423 air-conditioned rooms is fitted with, a minibar, a laptop-size safe and satellite TV as well as an electric kettle and coffee/tea makers. Guests can enjoy a spectacular view over the city. The rooms come with en suite bathrooms featuring a hairdryer, terry bathrobes and a shower.
Optional Post Night(s)
Single $TBD Double $TBD
Accommodations included taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
Rates are per person based on ocupancy listed.
The AMADEUS Queen
The 15th river cruise ship of the Austrian ship operator, Luftner Cruises. Similar to its prominent predecessors, this ship continues with the company’s orientation to high quality river cruises in Europe.
This new vessel follows the award-winning model of the AMADEUS Silver ships but offers even further innovative developments. The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained.
This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. A new on-board highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather.
In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions and cinema showings.
Optional post cruise nights are available through Brand G at the InterContinental Budapest.
The hotel is ideally located in the city center near the Budapest Parliament, Buda Castle and other popular attractions. The InterContinental’s 402 guest rooms all are elegantly appointed and all expected modern amenities, as well as luxurious bedding. With breathtaking views of the vibrant life of Budapest, the InterContinental Lounge provides its guests with a superb feeling of exclusivity.
This hotel’s convenient location and amenities make it the perfect travel destination.
Optional Pre Cruise Hotel – $246 per night
Accommodations included taxes and breakfast.
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to the ship. Depending on the time of your arrival, your room may not be ready for check-in, however you may drop your luggage and begin to explore the city on your own.
This afternoon, settle into your room, meet your fellow guests at a welcome reception and dinner on board the Silver II.
This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you to historic Buda Castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest.
Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica and more. Or an (optional) Excursion to Esztergom and Szentendre will be offered for those not interested in the Budapest tour.
After dinner, the ship will sail a special evening cruise past the city’s beautiful riverfront
Excursion Vukovar and Nature Park Kopacki Rit. Tour the nature park “Kopacki rit”, where you will join a boat tour.
The Nature park is included in the IBA list (Important Bird Area) and nominated for UNESCO’s World Natural heritage. You will visit a small village founded by fisherman in the 13th century and will have a short presentation of fishing techniques and a tasting of local wine and products from the eastern region of Croatia.
Afterwards you drive back to Vukovar where you will enjoy a short stroll through the city before you board your vessel again.
Today visit Belgrade, one of the oldest European cities and the capital of Serbia. The City tour of Belgrade takes you to the Kalemegdan Fortress, for an impressive panoramic view over the Danube and the Sava Rivers.
Afterwards, see the National Museum, the Parliament,Terazije Square and the Palace of Princess Ljubica as well as St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in the world.
After a refreshment break at the Hotel Majestic, your tour ends with a visit to the pedestrian zone, with its many shops and art galleries.
Today is spent on a day passage cruising the mighty Danube River and the picturesque ‘Iron Gates.” The Iron Gates is a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains which forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania, featuring breathtaking scenery.
Travel by bus towards Veliko Tarnovo, picturesquely located on the steep banks of the river Yantra at the foot of the Balkan Mountains. Pass the fortress Tsarevets, where 22 tsars made history in the 2nd Bulgarian empire.
Visit the 13th-century church St. Peter and Paul, which is one of the few medieval churches which has been kept intact and used for worship since the beginning of XIII century until the earthquake in 1913.
Spend the morning cruising Sfantu Gheorghe, one of the 3 main channels that make up the Danube Delta.
This channel stretches some 67 miles and carries 23% of the Danube’s total water flow.
The Boat Excursion Delta Safari adventure starts at the end of the oldest and wildest arms of the Danube, in the small and picturesque fishermen’s village of Saint George. This calm and remote area is only accessible by boat or flight. Situated in the largest compact area of reed beds on the planet, the village is full of traditionally thatched cottages. In these remote areas, communication with the mainland is difficult or even impossible when the river freezes over.
The safari boats have a capacity of 8 to 9 persons each and are piloted by skilled expedition leaders for an unforgettable exploration of the Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vital bird sanctuary. The expedition takes you to the narrow channels of the Danube Delta, as well as to the newly-emerged Sahalin Lagoon.
The shallow waters around the Sahalin Peninsula are an excellent place for pelicans to gather and feed, together with cormorants and black-headed gulls. Bordering the banks, clumps of reeds and white willows hide nests of Herons, Glossy Ibises, Egrets, Penduline Tits,Terns and European Rollers.
Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. A panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of architecture and spend some time in the lavish People’s Palace-the world’s largest civilian building.
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a half day of touring with the group in Bucharest.
Transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.
(Additional post hotel nights available.)
Click Here to pick the best cabin category for you.