Imperial Cities & Five-Star Black Sea Cruise
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Extend your Black Sea cruise adventure and explore two European giants; Prague and Berlin. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture to modern-day landmarks, experience centuries in just a few days. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.
After meeting your group in London, this evening take a direct flight to Bucharest. On arrival transfer to your hotel for the night. Set out on a guided tour on Day 2, discovering the city's palaces, medieval remains and 21st century, modernist skyscrapers. After some free time, transfer to your ship this afternoon, the Amadeus Silver II.
Hop aboard a smaller safari boat today for a nature cruise through the UNESCO-listed Danube Delta. This specialist biosphere reserve is jam-packed with wildlife, including many rare and endangered species such as the golden jackal, European hoopoe, whitetailed eagle and lesser-spotted woodpecker.
After breakfast, you're driven by coach to the nearby port town of Constanta for a guided tour. A short visit to the city's History and Archaeology Museum is also very enlightening. Later the ship begins sailing towards Ruse, in Bulgaria, docking on Day 5 for a guided excursion to Veliko Tarnovo.
Today is spent at leisure on board. During the afternoon, pass through the 'Iron Gate' Gorge. Moor in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Day 7, heading out on a guided walking tour. Following lunch on board, set sail for Mohács.
Embark on puszta (an area of Hungary defined by its grassland ecosystem) tour by coach today, visiting a paprika house, experiencing traditional folk music and meeting some Hungarian half-blood horses. On board tonight there is a gala dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Following breakfast, return to the station for the rail service to Brussels connect with the Eurostar service to St Pancras.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Extend your Black Sea cruise adventure and explore two European giants