Portraits of Eastern Europe

A 21-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $CALL

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Tour Length: 21 Days
Countries Visited: Belgium, Netherlands
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 River Cruises
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-25-2017
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This in-depth journey—debuting in 2016—combines our popular “Delightful Danube & Prague” cruise with our “Highlights of Eastern Europe & Istanbul” itinerary, making for an irresistible introduction to this intriguing corner of the world.

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Prague before embarking on a scenic voyage along the legendary Danube, stopping in charming towns and splendid cities along the way and enjoying the region’s wonderful art, music, architecture, cuisine, and wine. Discover grand capitals with city tours that show you all the highlights, or opt for one of our alternative “Choice Is Yours” excursions, such as a “Vienna, City of Arts” tour, a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour in Budapest, or a “Go Active” hike or riverside bike ride—all excursions offered only by Uniworld.

Continuing eastward, you’ll meet friendly locals on a farm visit and home-hosted lunch in Croatia. In Belgrade, enjoy a city tour that visits the Royal Grounds of the Karadjordevic Dynasty Palace, or take an exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour. Marvel at the imposing stone cliffs known as the Iron Gates, and venture ashore to explore rock-hewn monasteries, strange rock formations, and opulent churches. An abundance of other unforgettable experiences await, including a city tour of Bucharest that features the immense People’s Palace, Romania’s most famous building. Your adventure concludes in Istanbul, where you’ll enjoy a tour of this exotic and beguiling city and visit the famous Grand Bazaar.

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TRAVEL
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment

 
 

Day 1 - Prague
Day 1: Prague

Arrive at Prague Václav Havel Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Prague
Day 2: Prague

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Prague city tour OR exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House


Welcome to the beautiful “City of Spires,” an inspiration for artists, poets and writers, and you’ll discover why on a panoramic tour that includes the Prague Castle district, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane before strolling across Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square to see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock. For music lovers, you may wish to partake in an exclusive insider’s look at Prague’s historic Estates Theatre with its exquisite jewel-box theater, where operas are staged to this day. Be treated to a short music concert composed by Mozart and his contemporaries in the Mozart Salon before enjoying traditional Czech refreshments at the café in Municipal House, the premier art nouveau building in Prague.

Day 3 - Prague, transfer to Nuremberg (embark)
Day 3: Prague, transfer to Nuremberg (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit


Partake in a tour of Nuremberg, enjoying Old Nuremberg. History buffs may wish to go on a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg trials. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Day 4 - Kelheim, cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg
Day 4: Kelheim, cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit


Discover Regensburg, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns, whether walking through the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Old Town or exploring Germany’s oldest Jewish community. Should you wish to do something completely different, tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, an alternative venue will be organized.

Day 5 - Passau
Day 5: Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

A “trifecta” of choices to experience Passau—walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” Bavarian river bike ride


Cruise the picturesque landscape and hairpin loop in the middle of the Danube, known as Schlögener Schlinge. You have a few ways how to experience Passau—strolling with a guide through its medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour followed by a shorter walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling along the Danube’s riverside bike path and ending in Passau’s Old Town; or joining a hike with a nature expert along the beautiful Ilz River.

Day 6 - Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River
Day 6: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River

Your ship will traverse the most impressive section of one of the modern marvels of engineering, the Main- Danube Canal.

Day 7 - Spitz (Spitz or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley
Day 7: Spitz (Spitz or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Spitz village stroll with exclusive wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit


Cruise through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage–designated Wachau Valley en route to Spitz. Explore the town with a wine and nature expert and sample local wines and delicacies made with apricots—a specialty of the region. Or explore Melk’s 900-year-old Benedictine abbey and its famous library, the inspiration for the novel The Name of the Rose.

Day 8 - Vienna
Day 8: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour


See the city of imperial architectural marvels on a discovery tour featuring the stately Ringstrasse lined by impressive buildings such as Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera. If you prefer to experience the sheer number of artistic gems, then partake in the “City of Arts” tour featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. Note: The Vienna State Opera House is occasionally closed to visitors for rehearsals or special events without advance notice. If we cannot visit the opera house, we will visit an alternative venue instead.

Day 9 - Cruising the Danube River, Budapest
Day 9: Cruising the Danube River, Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

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


Choose one of two ways to discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights. 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. Cap the day off with the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 10 - Budapest
Day 10: Budapest

Enjoy a day at leisure in Budapest to enjoy the sights.

Day 11 - Budapest, cruising the Danube River
Day 11: Budapest, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

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


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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 12 - Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)
Day 12: Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

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 13 - Belgrade
Day 13: Belgrade

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided “Lets Go” “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 14 - Cruising the Iron Gates
Day 14: 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 15 - Vidin, cruising the Danube River
Day 15: Vidin, cruising the Danube River

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 16 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)
Day 16: 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 Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 17 - Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest
Day 17: Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Bucharest city tour with People's Palace visit 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 and spend some time in the lavish People's Palace - the world's largest civilian building.. 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 18 - Bucharest
Day 18: Bucharest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb


Explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

Day 19 - Bucharest, transfer to the airport
Day 19: Bucharest, transfer to the airport

Transfer to the Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 

TRAVEL
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment

 

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