Highlights of Eastern Europe (Reverse)

A 10-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $4,349

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Tour Length: 10 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
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Tour Type:
 River Cruises
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-19-2017R
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An ideal voyage for travelers seeking new, off-the-beaten path destinationsFollow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in new cultures and make new friends as you travel from splendid Budapest to dynamic Bucharest, discovering the best that the revitalized nations of Eastern Europe have to offer along the way.Gaze in wonder at the lofty spires of Hungary’s Parliament Building as it rises majestically above the Danube in Budapest. Sit down for friendly, intimate meals with farmers in Croatia and artists in Romania. Uncover scores of little-known treasures, including the picturesque Bulgarian hill towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi and the surprising rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back in time to investigate the history and legends along the Danube while you cruise the Iron Gates. Tour Belgrade by bicycle, marvel at the massive People’s Palace in Bucharest or see Vlad the Impaler’s tomb in the Romanian countryside.From Budapest to Bucharest, Roman ruins to medieval fortresses, this journey will reveal the unstoppable resiliency of the human spirit, as well as the highlights of this spectacular region. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you.Who will enjoy this cruise/tourExplorers wishing to discover ancient lands and modern multicultural cities. Photographers, amateur archaeologists, connoisseurs of regional cuisines and anyone who loves beautiful and mysterious locales.

 

Your Cruise Package INCLUDES:

Travel
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Duchess and River Princess
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days 

    Taste
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

  • Explore
  • 6 countries
  • Included excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local expert
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

  • Experience
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Signature Lecture
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    Day 1 - Bucharest, transfer from airport to Bucharest hotel

    Transfer from  the Henri Coanda International Airport to Bucharest 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. Or you can choose to explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

    Day 3 - Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (embark)

    FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

    Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest tour

     

    Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. A panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of architecture. If you prefer to do as the locals do, enjoy a leisurely walk as you take in the locals’ favorite sights and taste some of their favorite appetizers.

    Day 4 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

    FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

    Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries

     

    You could choose to spend the day visiting two historic hill towns, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, home to six amazing 17th-century stone churches, each one decorated with intricate frescoes, and visit the Nativity Church, with murals of the Nativity and the Last Judgment. Afterwards, be treated to a traditional Bulgarian country lunch. For those who wish for a different experience, spend time in Rousse and then visit the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo— once an enclave of more than 40 churches and chapels— and the Basarbovo Rock Monastery, where monks still live and worship today. Spend your last night on the ship at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

    FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

    Choice of Bulgarian red rock country OR Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit

     

    Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin, your base for one of two unusual excursions. One takes you to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations, which are over 200 million years old—and have inspired nearly as many legends. The other takes you to Cetate Cultural Port, a haven for Romanian artists of all sorts—poets, potters, painters, filmmakers and musicians.

    Day 6 - Cruising the Iron Gates

    Enjoy a day onboard, cruising through the Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges, which are among the most dramatic sights in all of Europe.

    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

     

    Choose one of two ways to explore Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia and one of Europe’s oldest cities. Join a panoramic tour that includes a visit to the Royal Palace. For a more active exploration, opt for a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

    Day 8 - Vukovar (Osijek), cruising the Danube River

    FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

    Choice of full day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with exclusive farm visit and home-hosted lunch OR full day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch

     

    Start your day with a short walking tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, or head directly to Osijek. Discover the city’s abundance of cultural and artistic heritage, including Tvrda, the self-contained 18thcentury Habsburg defensive fortress. Later, travel through the Croatian countryside to a family-owned farm where you’ll sip homemade brandy and indulge in a tapas-style buffet of locally produced delicacies.

    Day 9 - Budapest

    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 one of three ways to discover Budapest’s wonders. Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration of the city, join the guided bike tour. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    Day 10 - Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport

    Transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

     
             
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    Your Cruise Package INCLUDES:

    Travel
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Duchess and River Princess
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days 

    Taste
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

  • Explore
  • 6 countries
  • Included excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local expert
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

  • Experience
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Signature Lecture
  •  

    Port Charges: $0.00

    Base category: Category 5

     
     

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