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Grand European River Cruise - 2021

23-night river cruise with Mainz, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Heidelberg, Marktheidenfeld, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Kalocsa, Pécs, Vukovar, Belgrade, Donji Milanovac, "Iron Gates," Ruse, Veliko Tarnovo, Sinaia | Bucharest
  • ENJOY CRUISE LIFE ON A DELUXE RIVER SHIP, FEATURING WORKSHOPS, EVENING ENTERTAINMENT, AND MORE
  • FALL IN LOVE WITH BUDAPEST AND ITS GRAND ARCHITECTURE
  • DISCOVER VELIKO TARNOVO, A BEAUTIFUL TOWN IN NORTH CENTRAL BULGARIA
  • CRUISE THROUGH THE DANUBE’S IRON GATES, A SERIES OF SCENIC STRETCHES
  • STEP INSIDE THE FAIRY-TALE MANSE OF TRANSYLVANIA’S PELEȘ CASTLE
  • VISIT THE PEOPLE’S PALACE IN BUCHAREST AND LEARN THE HISTORY OF THIS COLOSSAL BUILDING
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$8,699
  • $334
    PER DAY
  • 26
    DAYS
  • 60
    TOURS
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Transylvania, Romania (Post-Trip)

FROM $799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $200 PER DAY

Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll also visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales — now with an extra day added for better pacing in 2020!

*Please note that for pre- and post-trip extension passengers to enjoy the best pacing and airline routing, two days of base tour features will be listed in the itinerary below as noted (Days 25 and 29 for the post-trip extension). For post-trip extension passengers, your price includes:

Your Price Includes:
  • Accommodations for 3 nights in Brasov, Romania, at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half-Day Excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula
  • Excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Transfers and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 25:

Traveling through Transylvanian history

Today we’ll venture into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Sinaia, a former royal summer retreat, and visit fairy-tale Peles Castle. As we enter Transylvania proper, you’ll see why it’s known as the last medieval landscape in Europe. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

Day 26:

Explore Brasov on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 27:

Explore Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula

Following breakfast, embark on a tour to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Return back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 28:

Inside Prejmer Fortified Church

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 29:

Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings

Today we’ll make our way to Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, where we’ll have lunch and embark on a panoramic tour. Afterwards, explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating walking tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. Dinner is included at your hotel. 


Please note: The Bucharest portion of today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 30:

Return home

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Transylvania, Romania (Pre-Trip)

FROM $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $224 PER DAY

Vantage invites you to Transylvania, where the lure of vampire legends awaits in Romania’s fabled central region, home to mountainous scenery, medieval villages, and Bran Castle — Dracula’s legendary manse. You’ll also visit Prejmer Fortified Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step inside elegant Bucharest, bohemian Brasov, and a forested region of fairytales — now with an extra day added for better pacing in 2020!

Please note that for pre- and post-trip extension passengers to enjoy the best pacing and airline routing, two days of base tour features will be listed in the itinerary below as noted (Days 3 and 7 for the pre-trip extension). For pre-trip extension passengers, your price includes:

Your Price Includes:
  • Accommodations for 3 nights in Brasov, Romania, at the Aro Palace Hotel (or similar)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half-Day Excursion to Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula
  • Excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Transfers and baggage handling overseas (except in customs)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1

Fly to Romania

Fly overnight to Bucharest, Romania.

Day 2:

Attend a Welcome Dinner and Briefing at your hotel

Arrive in Bucharest today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner at the hotel, where you will also attend a Welcome Briefing.

Day 3:

Panoramic tour of Bucharest and exploring its historic buildings

Explore Bucharest’s grand monuments and leafy, old-world boulevards on a city tour that includes a choice of entrances. Unforgettable Moment: You can visit the infamous People’s Palace, the grandiose, sprawling, and never-completed administrative building initiated by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Alternatively, take a fascinating tour of Manuc’s Inn, Bucharest’s oldest hotel building, which was built as a way station for caravans and surrounds a large open courtyard. 

After lunch in Bucharest, we’ll travel into Transylvania, the mountainous, legend-haunted region in central Romania. Our destination is charming Brasov, the compact baroque city that still retains the medieval walls and gates erected nine centuries ago by Saxon merchant princes. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that includes pretty Council Square, which is surrounded by tidy baroque buildings in pastel colors. The tall spire of the aptly named Black Church towers above. Dinner is at a local restaurant in Brasov.

Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

Explore Brasov on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure in charming, walkable Brasov. In the evening, you're invited to join a pub crawl through Brasov.

Today, travelers on the base tour will be joined onboard the river ship by passengers taking the pre-trip extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Explore Bran Castle, legendary home of Dracula

Following breakfast, embark on a tour to Bran Castle, the legendary home of Dracula. Return back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 6:

Inside Prejmer Fortified Church

Today you’ll enjoy an included excursion to Prejmer Fortified Church, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site that was constructed in the 13th century by Teutonic knights and fortified by a circular wall in the 15th century by German colonists. Three hundred storage rooms on up to four levels held supplies for potential siege, and the fortress protected the church from 50 attacks over the course of history. You’ll learn about its victorious battles and those who protected it before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7:

Transylvanian delights: mountainous Sinaia and grand Peles Castle

Our tour of Transylvania continues as we travel through the scenic valleys and humble villages of the last medieval landscape in Europe. On the way, stop for lunch in Sinaia, a royal summer retreat, and visit the fairy-tale Peleș Castle. Afterward, we'll transfer to Giurgiu and embark ship.

*Please note: Today's activities are part of your base tour price.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $325 PER DAY

Complete your sweeping European getaway with three more nights in charming Amsterdam. You’ll cruise the UNESCO-listed canals of this creative city, explore Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, and discover the joys of the countryside. An orientation walk of Dusseldorf is an added boon — don’t miss this true Dutch treat!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Orientation walk of Dusseldorf during your transfer to Amsterdam
  • Canal cruise with visit to Rijksmuseum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 27:

Dusseldorf orientation walk before Amsterdam

Transfer to Amsterdam, stopping off along the way in Dusseldorf for an orientation walk.

While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.

DAY 28:

Dutch canal cruise and a visit to the Rijksmuseum

Embark on a cruise through Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed 17th-century canal ring before a visit to the famed Rijksmuseum sheds light on Dutch art and history.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 29:

Enjoy a day a leisure in Amsterdam

Craft your own itinerary with a day of leisure in Amsterdam. Tonight, convene with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 30:

Return home

Today after breakfast, transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $324 PER DAY

Complete your sweeping European getaway with three more nights in charming Amsterdam. You’ll cruise the UNESCO-listed canals of this creative city, explore Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, and discover the joys of the countryside. An orientation walk of Dusseldorf is an added boon — don’t miss this true Dutch treat!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Orientation walk of Dusseldorf during your transfer from Amsterdam
  • Canal cruise with visit to Rijksmuseum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 1:

Depart home

Tonight, embark on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Day 2:

Be charmed by Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Settle into The Netherlands’ capital today and enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner and Briefing this evening.

Included meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Dutch canal cruise and a visit to the Rijksmuseum

Embark on a canal cruise through this charming city — the canals are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and also stop at the famed Rijksmuseum. You'll also get a chance to visit a local diamond shop, a popular trade in this region. 

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4:

Enjoy a day a leisure in Amsterdam

Craft your own itinerary with a day of leisure in Amsterdam.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5:

Dusseldorf orientation walk on the way to Mainz

After breakfast this morning, you’ll depart for your base tour, stopping in Dusseldorf along the way for an escorted orientation walk.

While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.

This afternoon, meet other travelers on your base tour when you arrive.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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