Danube Delights &the Dalmatian Riviera
24 days with Insight Rating: Deluxe
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day 2 Welcome to Prague
Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Transfers are available between 05:00 & 17:00.
Day 3 Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
Prague has been a centre of arts, commerce and politics for a thousand years. Mozart wrote his famous Prague Symphony here. The Habsburgs made it their capital for several centuries, drawing scientists and artists from all over Europe. You have the choice to enjoy a panoramic tour of the beautiful 'City of Spires'? including the Prague Castle district. Or you can explore the Josefov district associated with the writer Franz Kafka.(BB)
Day 4 Join your Cruise
Transfer to your Uniworld boutique cruise ship, the River Ambassador, to begin your exploration of the mighty Danube.(DW)
Day 5 Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg
(Relaxed Start) Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Alternatively, you can take a guided tour of the significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.(BB / L / WD)
Day 6 Regensburg
Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany's oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or choose to tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory.(BB / L / DW)
Day 7 Deggendorf (Theresienthal), cruising the Danube River, Straubing
Board a traditional horse-drawn wagon through Deggendorf, the gateway to the magical Bavarian Forest. En route to a Theresienthal glass manufactory, enjoy freshly baked bread and schnapps. Perhaps bicycle along the Danube to Straubing, where you will meet up with your fellow travellers and explore the local brewing traditions or experience daily life in this enchanting town.(BB / L / DW)
Day 8 Passau, Engelhartszell
You have three ways to experience Passau: strolling with a Local Expert through the medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour and a short walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling along the Danube's riverside bike path and through Passau's Old Town.(BB / L / DW)
Day 9 Cruising the Wachau Valley (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
After a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll arrive in Weissenkirchen to enjoy a day full of wonderful activities - choose to stroll through the village, sample apricot-infused delicacies, experience a 'Go Active' hike through a vineyard and taste the local wines. Or, you can visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, a significant centre of learning for many centuries and home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Celebration Reception and Gala Dinner.(BB / L / CD)
Day 10 Vienna
Choose to enjoy a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour of one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Alternatively, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting-The Kiss.(BB / L / DW)
Day 11 Join your tour
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to your hotel in Vienna. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.(BB / WD)
Day 12 Exploring Stately Vienna
Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schonbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building.(BB)
Day 13 Maribor and the Capital City of Ljubljana
In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city, Maribor. After spending time in this charming location, head to the '˜beloved' city of Ljubljana.(BB)
Day 14 Exploring 'Lovable’ Ljubljana
(Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafés and restaurants. Spend time in the glorious Central Market, rich with the heady aromas of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and spices. Your Local Expert will share insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.(BB / DA)
Day 15 Zagreb’s Twin Towns
(Relaxed Start) Journey into Croatia and on to the country's capital, Zagreb. On arrival, guided sightseeing will take you through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and Lotršcak Tower. (BB)
Day 16 Zagreb at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in the Lower Town (Donji grad) area.(BB)
Day 17 On to Plitvice National Park
(Relaxed Start) Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. A Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meter-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.(BB / DW)
Day 18 Along the Dalmatian Coast to Split
The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground.(BB / DW)
Day 19 Exploring Split
(Relaxed Start) A full free day to explore Split and see Dalmatian life as it's really lived. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.(BB)
Day 20 Sarajevo, the City of Culture
In the morning, cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and and stop with at the small town of Medjugorje. A now famous religious site due to six children, who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWI and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history.(BB / RD)
Day 21 Sarajevo Sightseeing
Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum, housing part of the secret tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. Continue to the Bašcaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, relax during free time.(BB)
Day 22 Mostar and Dubrovnik
Journey to Mostar and with a Local Expert, walk across the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge), reconstructed after being almost completely destroyed during the war. The cobbled old town stretches on both sides of the bridge and is filled with shops selling Turkish-style souvenirs. Cross the border, back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.(BB)
Day 23 Optional Montenegro Experience
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening, sit back and enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. The mighty city walls rise straight from the cliffs that once upon a time were part of yet another island of the Adriatic. Enjoy a typical Dalmatian coast dinner, washed down with local drinks - wine and grappa being the most famous. Then moor in the old town harbour for another look at Dubrovnik (weather permitting).(BB)
Day 24 Depart Dubrovnik
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik Airport at 09:00 and 11:30.(BB)
River Cruise Highlights
Additional Included Highlights
Vienna: Choose from a guided tour of the magnificent State Opera House or view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
Wachau Valley: Choose from a Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with an exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike and tasting or visit Melk Abbey and library.
Passau: Choose from a Passau walking discovery tour or a guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bicycle ride.
Deggendorf : Choose from a Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit or a guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride along the Danube River.
Regensburg: Choose from a Regensburg walking discovery tour, a Jewish Regensburg Walking Discovery tour or a BMW factory visit.
Nuremberg: Choose from a Nuremberg city tour or a Nuremberg WWII historical tour.
Vienna: Enjoy the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace with a Local Expert.
Ljubljana: Spend time with a Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and learn about some of the Slovenian delicacies on display.
Plitvice Lakes: Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace - now in the heart of modern day Split.
Sarajevo: Gain a personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the ‘Tunnel of Hope', and talk with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city's secret lifeline.
Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town.
Stay at the Best Addresses
Vienna: See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace and Parliament.
Ljubljana: See the Castle, Cathedral of St Nicholas, Triple Bridge and City Hall.
Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotršcak Tower.
Split: See St. Duje's, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
Brac: Enjoy the beaches, old monasteries and lofty peaks from where there are magnificent views over the island.
Sarajevo: Tour the Bacarsija to see the Mosque and Olympic Stadium.
Mostar: Walk across its famous bridge, explore the old town.
Dubrovnik: See Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
River Ambassador: Understated elegance makes the intimate 116-passenger River Ambassador an ideal place to savor Europe's renowned scenery and centuries-old cultural heritage. An eclectic art collection adorns the walls, and every stateroom and suite is beautifully and uniquely decorated, making for a truly luxurious and one-of-a-kind ship.
Dubrovnik: Hotel Croatia Cavtat lies in an exceptionally beautiful and secluded location on a peninsula overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the picturesque old town of Cavtat on the other.
All This Included
From Prague's spectacular City of Spires to Mostar's famous Stari Most, see the very best of the Dalmatian Riviera and incredible Danube, including boutique cruising on-board the River Ambassador and staying in Dubrovnik's exceptional Hotel Croatia Cavtat.
Authentic Regional Flavors
Additional Five Star Services
Dubrovnik: Join your Tour Director for a palate-pleasing dinner cruise around the city walls of Dubrovnik, while gazing at the sunset.
Wachau Valley: Savour the superb wines of the Wachau Region on an exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike and wine tasting.
Included Quality Dining: 22 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 6 Lunches (L), 2 Welcome Dinners (WD), 7 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (DW), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. While Cruising: You can enjoy unlimited beverages on-board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water.
An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges’, expert guides, consummate organisers and friends in a foreign land. Concierge services are also available on-board your cruise. Enjoy 24-hour room service while cruising.
Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
Personal radio headsets, gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.
Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels as well as port charges during your cruise.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel WiFi, also available on selected River Cruise ships.
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
Included airport transfer available in Prague between 05:00 & 17:00 on first day of tour. Complimentary transfer from your cruise ship to hotel in Vienna. Included airport transfers in Dubrovnik at scheduled times.
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: River Ambassador
Ljubljana: Lev Hotel, Ljubljana
Plitvice Lakes: Jezero Hotel
Split: President Solin/Atrium Hotel
Sarajevo: Hotel Bristol
Dubrovnik: Croatia Hotel Cavtat
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.
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