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Imperial Cities and Black Sea Cruise

Experience centuries in just a few days

From £2,695 per person


Extend your cruise adventure and explore the two European giants of Prague and Berlin. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

The itinerary for your journey
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What’s included

Days 1-2 - Bucharest
Bucharest

After meeting your group in London, this evening you'll take a direct flight to Bucharest, the lively capital city of Romania. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the night, checking in and enjoying a three course dinner to kick off our adventure. We set out on a guided city tour on Day 2, discovering the palaces, remains of medieval homes and 21st century modernist skyscrapers that all mesh together to make for a remarkable and surprising destination.

You have some free time for lunch and might like to try out one of the many al fresco restaurants tucked away amongst the tangled network of streets and verdant parks. We transfer to our ship this afternoon, the Amadeus Silver II, where we're welcomed with a drink. There's time to settle into your cabin before our first five-course dinner.

Day 3 - Danube Delta safari
Danube Delta

We hop aboard some smaller safari boats today for a nature cruise through the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta, formed by the river as it splits into thousands of tributaries on its way to the Black Sea.

This specialist biosphere reserve is jam-packed with wildlife, including many rare and endangered species such as golden jackal, European hoopoe, white-tailed eagle and lesser-spotted woodpecker. Back on board we enjoy a relaxing afternoon sailing back to Fetesti.

Days 4-5 - Constanta and Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast, we're driven by coach to the nearby port town of Constanta for a guided tour. Here we uncover Constanta's ancient history from its Greek origins to its Roman ancestry and Persian influences. Some of the attractions we'll see include the great mosque, art-nouveau casino and Genovese lighthouse. A short visit to the city's History and Archaeology Museum is also very enlightening, and there's even some time to take a stroll along the pristine beach before we return to our ship.

We begin sailing towards Ruse, in Bulgaria, docking on Day 5 for an excursion to Veliko Tarnovo. The city was once the cornerstone of Bulgaria's 14th century empire, and boasts impressive medieval churches and an Old Town of timber-framed buildings for us to explore on our guided tour.

Day 6 - The Iron Gate Gorge
'Iron Gate' Gorge

Today is spent at leisure on board as we make our way towards Belgrade. During the afternoon we pass through the 'Iron Gate' Gorge. Enjoy the cruise director's informative commentary as we witness towering mossy cliffs interspersed with ornate and detailed carvings hewn straight from the rock face.

Day 7 - Serbia
Belgrade

We moor in the Serbian capital of Belgrade this morning, heading out on a guided walking tour to see the attractions of a city whose varied history can be documented through its architecture. First up is the Kalemegdan Fortress; the oldest surviving part of the city and dating back to the 3rd century BC, it also offers wonderful views across the Danube and Sava rivers. Next we swing by Belgrade's National Museum before seeing the parliament building, Terazije Square and lastly, the Palace of Princess Ljubica. With it's Asian influences, this is an unusual building for this part of the world, one which was built in the 1800s for the wife of Prince Miloš - the eponymous Princess Ljubica.

Following lunch on board we set sail for Mohács. Take some free time this afternoon to relax on board and soak up the passing scenery. 

Day 8 - Hungarian puszta tour
Mohács

We arrive into the port of Mohács this morning, close to the Hungarian border, and embark on puszta tour by coach that takes us Kalocsa whilst enjoying stops along the way.

The puszta itself is an area of Hungary defined by its grassland ecosystem set amongst the Great Hungarian Plains, and which has a certain 'wild west' feel to it. Our first visit during our time here is to a paprika house.

One of Hungary's most famous and important cooking ingredients, paprika was once known as 'red gold' in this region, and we get to taste it in a variety of dishes while learning about the spice's historic significance and how it help shaped the lives of the people who resided here. We continue to the former home of a wealthy 19th century family where we are treated to a performance of traditional folk music and dancing before heading out into the great plains themselves to try some more local delicacies, meet Hungarian half-blood horses and experience a wagon ride hauled by these magnificent and powerful creatures.

We meet the Amadeus Silver II in Kalocsa and have time to freshen up before tonight's gala dinner.

Day 9 - Budapest to Prague
Budapest

After disembarking the Amadeus Silver II for the final time, we enjoy the sights of Budapest before transferring by coach to the station. Here we catch the train directly to Prague, in the Czech Republic, for two nights.

Day 10 - Discover Prague
Prague

We enjoy a guided tour of the Czech capital today, starting at Hradcany Castle, the largest medieval complex in Europe. We also walk across the 14th century Charles Bridge, which has 75 statues along its walls, and pass the Gothic spires of St Vitus' Cathedral, into which entrance is included. The rest of your day is at leisure before dinner back at the hotel. We recommend a visit to one of the cities 'hospodys' or beer houses, these taverns serve some of the world's finest beers, many of which are brewed right here in the Czech Republic. You may wish to delve deeper into the Old Town, with its grand churches and squares, or explore the Jewish Quarter.

Day 11 - Exploring Berlin
Brandenburg Gate

This morning we travel by rail to the German capital of Berlin. After some free time for lunch we meet up and embark on a guided tour of Berlin, soaking up the sights of this once divided city including the incredible Brandenburg Gate, a monument important to Berliners because of what it represents; the gate was part of a city that was heavily bombed and fiercely fought over prior to the surrender of Germany in 1945 but the neoclassical arch survived with only minor damage. We'll also see a section of the Berlin Wall, as well as the Reichstag, meeting place of the current German parliament. Tonight we enjoy a final group dinner together at our hotel.

Day 12 - Return to London
Eurostar

We travel by rail directly to Paris this morning, where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras International.

Info - Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid. (Look for S - Standard Class and F - First Class)

Departure Dates
26 July 2021From £2,895
26 July 2021From £2,695
5 August 2021From £2,895
5 August 2021From £2,695

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Eurostar
Eurostar

The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.

Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!

The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.

For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.

ICE Train
ICE

Probably one of Europe's finest high speed trains, the jewel in German Rail's crown is the InterCityExpress or ICE.

Linking all Germany's major cities and selected destinations outside Germany, the ICE trains offer some of the most comfortable and well-designed accommodation around, so you can really get the most out of your journey.

Hotels
Maritim Pro Arte, Berlin
Maritim Pro Arte, Berlin

The 4-Star Maritim Pro Arte in Berlin is situated just a few steps from Unter Den Linden Avenue and The Brandenburg Gate, and Museums Island is within walking distance. It offers a swimming pool and fitness room as well as spa services, and also offers three restaurants and a bar. Individual rooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, a telephone with voicemail, Wi-Fi, a safe, a minibar and a hairdryer.

Intercontinental Bucharest Hotel, Bucharest
Intercontinental Bucharest Hotel, Bucharest

The 5-Star Intercontinental Bucharest Hotel boasts a fantastic location in a towering structure in the centre of the bustling city. Guest rooms are contemporary and sophisticated, and each comes with a balcony with spectacular city views, a flat-screen television, a mini-bar, and a pillow menu. Excellent on-site facilities include a health club with a pool, sauna, and hot tub, a Piano Bar in the lobby, a fine-dining Italian restaurant, and a welcoming brasserie.

Vienna House Diplomat Prague, Prague
Vienna House Diplomat Prague, Prague

Our base in Prague is the 4-Star Vienna House Diplomat Prague, situated close to Prague Castle and the city's historic centre. The hotel has three restaurants and a café serving coffee, cakes and light snacks. There is a flower shop, souvenir shop, lift between floors and a Wellness Club with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, fitness centre and views of the castle. Rooms are en suite and have air conditioning, a flat screen satellite television, telephone, DVD player, minibar and a hairdryer.

Ships
MS Amadeus Silver II
MS Amadeus Silver II

Designed with the express purpose of navigating Europe's finest waterways, the MS Amadeus Silver II offers a superb cruising experience. In many ways a floating hotel, the Amadeus Silver II truly makes the most of the rivers it sails upon, combining comfortable and tasteful interiors, with the tranquil beauty of the scenery outside. Run by a friendly crew who place your requirements above all else, your time aboard this special vessel should be as carefree and relaxed as possible.

This ship is made up of 4 decks, and features a number of facilities including an international restaurant, a panoramic bar, a quiet lounge area, a fitness suite and a salon. On the Sun Deck, there are loungers and deck chairs, perfect for sitting and socialising with fellow passengers. Each well- appointed cabin features a television, a walk-in wardrobe, an en-suite toilet, a hairdryer and a minibar.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

Door to door luggage from £180
Door to door luggage from £130

Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you on your cruise ship as you arrive.

We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £180 for one suitcase and £260 for two suitcases.

Please contact us for details of this service.

Flight upgrades
Flight upgrades

Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.

London Hotels
London hotels

Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your return to London, you would like to break your journey with an overnight stay before continuing home.

We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.

Hotel       Room Rate From Price 
The Ambassador Hotel      From £65 per person

Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805. 

UK rail connections
UK train tickets

Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.

We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.

For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.

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