Deluxe 7-night Lower Danube riverboat cruise featuring Budapest, the “Iron Gates” and 2 post-cruise nights in Bucharest.
Brand g Vacations is 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 brand new 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.
Want more Europe? Combine the Lower Danube Cruise with the Classic Danube Cruise(Passau to Budapest) for an unforgettable 18-day European vacation!
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
Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
Two nights in historic Bucharest
Airport transfers in Budapest and Bucharest
August 20 to August 29 – $4,299.00 USD
All prices in U.S. dollars and are cruise/land only. Initial deposit is $850 per person, with final payment due April 13, 2019. * Price is per person based on double occupancy. Port fees of $175 and pre-paid gratuities of $160 are additional. Single Supplement for Cruise is $2,500 in categories A1, B1, B4, C1, C4. All reservations are subject to Brand g’s Terms and Conditions.
Duration: 10 days
Start in Budapest, Hungary
End in Bucharest, Romania
The AMADEUS Queen is 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.
Tips You Need To Know Before Your Cruise
Thank you for choosing Brand g. Your itinerary has been carefully selected to ensure you have memorable vacation. We hope you will enjoy your special journey as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Our representatives are experienced professionals committed to delivering outstanding service. We will do everything within our power to make your river cruise experience the best ever! So, relax and absorb the ambiance of the magical settings and fascinating places you will visit.
To help prepare you for your vacation, we have compiled some important tips. We encourage you to read this information carefully and to bring it with you as a reference during your travels. While traveling, please keep in mind that patience, understanding and the flexibility to adapt to a changing environment will enhance your vacation experience. Despite careful planning, unavoidable circumstances may require last minute changes to your itinerary. However, we have discovered that these deviations often reveal unexpected discoveries.
Traveling reveals new and exciting lifestyles, cuisines and traditions that may be different from what you are used to. Respecting these differences will create an infinitely more pleasant and rewarding experience. We wish you an exciting and memorable vacation.
Passports & Visas
A valid passport is required for all Brand g charters; your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and secure all required visas. Consult with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. Vacations can be disrupted, or altered if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or border crossings; please check your itinerary carefully. In the event that you lose your passport while traveling, we recommend you photocopy the first pages of your passport, airline tickets, driver’s license and/or birth certificate to simplify and expedite the process of replacing lost documents. Keep the originals separate from the copies. This will make replacement easier if you lose them en route. It is also useful to carry spare passport photos. You may wish to scan your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers and email them to yourself as attachments, so you may download copies to assist in obtaining replacements.
What To Wear
Comfortable clothes and good walking shoes while on land. And, since there are spa facilities, a putting green, shuffleboard and fitness room on the ship, we suggest workout clothes. Jackets and ties are not required. We recommend country club casual for dinner.
Please advise Brand g Vacations prior to departure if you have any special dietary requirements. We will make every effort possible to always accommodate your requests, however, please note that local conditions and seasonality can restrict our ability on occasions.
Settling Your Bill Onboard
The day before your cruise ends you will be given an invoice for any onboard charges you may have made. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payment is accepted in cash (Euros) or by credit card. Your bank/credit card company will convert this into $US dollars at their own exchange rate. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee, as well.
ATM machines are widely available throughout Europe and readily accessible during shore excursions; the ship does not have an ATM machine onboard. Prior to traveling, we recommend that you notify your bank of your travel plans so they can inform you of any applicable transaction fees and provide any information on restrictions, etc.
Hungarian Forint is the currency for Hungary; the Croatian Kuna for Croatia; Bulgarian Lev for Bulgaria; Serbian Dinar for Serbia; and the Romanian Leu for Romania.
The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 220v, European standard. To use any electrical product from the US or Canada you will need a two prong European plug adapter. If your device is not dual voltage (220/110v), you will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details.
Weather forecasts are widely available on the Internet.
Prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows each person to adjust to any temperature, including artificially maintained temperature, by removing or adding items throughout the day.
Average temperatures throughout this itinerary typically range from 64 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Optional pre-cruise nights in a Superior Room with river view, 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 offer luxurious bedding and all expected modern amenities. 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.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
The deluxe Intercontinental Hotel sits in a prime location in Sector 1, within walking distance to University Square, The National Museum of Art of Romania, Museum of Bucharest and the city center. Each of the 423 air-conditioned rooms is fitted with a minibar, a laptop-size safe, satellite TV, and electric kettle and coffee/tea makers. The beautiful en-suite bathrooms feature a hairdryer, terry bathrobes and a shower. Guests can enjoy spectacular views over the city.
Optional Post Night(s)
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
$249 per person double occupancy or $339 single occupancy
August 29th –
This one day optional extension takes you to Sinaia, located in the Prahova Valley. Also known as Little Switzerland Romanian thanks to the beauty of its landscapes, and became the favorite destination of King Charles I who established here his summer residence, Peles Palace.
Opened Oct. 7, 1883, the elegant Peles Castle was built in German Renaissance style, and has 160 rooms, a large VIP lounge upholstered in fine marquetry, a hall of mirrors, another Florentine which impresses with Murano chandeliers, and another in Moorish design.
After, we visit Brasov city, founded in 1211 by the Teuton Knights, which will delight you with its medieval architecture and its beautiful scenery. Surrounded by mountains, the city was built around a main square. You will appreciate a walk in the small medieval streets with their shops and restaurants, pass by the famous Black Church and the old medieval towers or take a cable car to Tâmpa mountain for a commanding view from one of the highest peaks of the region.
Following an included lunch at Taverna Lupilor (Wolves Tavern), we continue on to the legendary Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. Built in 14th century on the top of a rock in order to defend the region, the castle had several owners, the last one being the Romanian Royal Family. Today the castle is a history and medieval art and museum.
At the end of the day return to the comfort of the Bucharest Intercontinental. (B/L)
August 30 – Included transfers to the Bucharest airport. (B)
Full day guided touring to Transylvania’s castles district
Lunch including drinks
One night hotel accommodations at the Bucharest Intercontinental including breakfast and all taxes
Optional pre cruise nights in a Superior Room with river view, 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 offer luxurious bedding and all expected modern amenities. With breathtaking views of the vibrant life of Budapest, this hotel’s convenient location and amenities make it the perfect travel destination.
Accommodations include taxes and deluxe buffet breakfast.
Optional post-program nights in a Superior Room, are available through Brand g at the InterContinental Bucharest.
At this stylish hotel in the grand center of Bucharest you can enjoy magical views from the rooftop Health Club’s terrace. The luxury rooms all have balconies, so you can spot landmarks like the Palace of Parliament and the Romanian Athenaeum. To get the news from the ground, head down to the cosy Corso Brasserie to feel the heartbeat of the city through the glass wall overlooking its main boulevard.
Afterwards, you’ll be taken on a panoramic tour through the city to the well known summer resort of Mamaia and enjoy an included lunch by the sea. After seeing Romania’s most vibrant summer destination we continue on to Bucharest to check into the deluxe Intercontinental where the balance of the day is your to explore on your own. (B/L)
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