Ultimate European Journey
(Bucharest to Amsterdam)
24 days with Uniworld Rating: Deluxe
Day 1: Bucharest
Arrive at Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport and be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Bucharest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of People’s Palace visit OR Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb
Spend some time today in the lavish People’s Palace—the world’s largest civilian building, erected at enormous cost. Or, you can choose to head into the countryside to get a closer look at the lives of Romanian villagers and explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour
Day 4: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)
Transfer via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of Soviet- and French-inspired architecture. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” with a guided walk through revitalized downtown neighborhoods. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries
See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi, followed by a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Or, opt for a walking discovery tour of Rousse and tour the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Vidin, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations OR Romanian “Cetate Cultural Port” visit
Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks, whose peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends. Or, visit the Cetate Cultural Port, a residence for writers and artists. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a day onboard cruising through the Iron Gates, a scenic stretch of the Danube marking the boundary between Romania and Serbia.
Day 7: Belgrade
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour
Explore Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city, in one of two ways—a panoramic tour that includes a tour inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with farm visit and home-hosted lunch
Take a short walking discovery tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, where you’ll explore the Old Town on foot. Then venture into the Croatian countryside to experience a family-owned farm and enjoy a delicious tapas-style meal. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Budapest, Cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Day 10: Budapest
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll find the magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Gala Dinner)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided "Go Active" Budapest by bike
Choose a panoramic tour of Budapest, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden, or to see the sights by bicycle with an expert guide. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Budapest
Enjoy a free day in Budapest. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Cruising the Danube River
Day at leisure onboard while sailing on the scenic Danube River. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour.
Unearth Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along Ringstrasse and to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. Or, opt to explore “Vienna, City of Arts” with a visit to the Kunstkammer wing of the Art History Museum and Belvedere Palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.
Day 14: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive fruit brandy distillery visit OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
Stroll through the lovely village of Weissenkirchen and sample either the local schnapps or wine. Or, visit Melk’s magnificent baroque abbey. Later in the afternoon, relax onboard as you sail through the enchanting UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river
Discover accessible and charming Passau on your guided walking tour and then hear the magnificent pipe organ at St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Or bike along the beautiful Danube River with an expert guide. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available May 1 – October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.
Day 16: Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour OR Jewish Regensburg OR BMW factory visit
Discover one of Germany’s unspoiled, UNESCO-designated medieval gems in Regensburg, or tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community. For a change of pace, you might choose to visit the BMW factory. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead.
Day 17: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
In Nuremberg, explore the highlights of this archetypal medieval city, or tour the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. Later, cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the Main-Danube Canal. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 18: Bamberg, cruising the Main River
Day at leisure on board while sailing on the scenic Main River. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19: Cruising the Main River, Würzburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit
Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20: Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive “Village Day”
Discover charming and historic Miltenberg with a walking tour followed by a beer tasting at one of Miltenberg’s famous breweries. Or, make an exclusive visit to a farm in a nearby village; learn about watercolor painting with an artist in her home; or enjoy a hike up to Helmstetter vineyard or the nearby castle ruins. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 21: Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Visit Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or, see Frankfurt as the locals do, with a guided walking tour. *Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 22: Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River
FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument
Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Take a scenic gondola ride above the vineyards of Rudesheim to the Niederwald Monument. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 23: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Visit Cologne’s beloved Gothic cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Gala Dinner)
Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
Day 24: Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in exciting Amsterdam. (Continental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast)
All This Included
Discover the best of Europe on an unforgettable journey spanning the centuries.
Prepare for the voyage of a lifetime as you travel the length of Europe through eight nations, exploring the wonders of the Old World and the New. Cruising along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, you will witness stupendous natural beauty, soaring cathedrals and majestic palaces, and visit six capital cities (Amsterdam, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest). Along the way, you'll have opportunities to explore picturesque towns and villages and discover numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the dramatic castle-lined Upper Middle Rhine Valley and the Gothic glory of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. From Amsterdam to Bucharest, experience the best of Europe on this utterly remarkable and all-inclusive journey.
21-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Duchess
2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients including 25 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 21 dinners; 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions; 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
Explore 9 countries and 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites
20 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English speaking local experts
Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all shore excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Duchess
Bucharest: Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar)
Cabin upgrades are available.
Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please inquire at time of booking for best available airfare pricing.
Prices exclude additional port charges of $525 and are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
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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