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Portraits of Eastern Europe

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An in-depth journey offering fresh new adventures in the Old World

Beautifully preserved Prague has enchanted visitors for ages, but it is only a tiny part of this extraordinary voyage through nine nations. Sail past quaint villages and great cities on the glorious Danube, visiting baroque abbeys and medieval cathedrals, tasting fine wines and encountering new cultures. Along the way, you’ll uncover the splendid Habsburg capitals of Vienna and Budapest, as well as the many hidden treasures of Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour

Travellers seeking to explore famed capitals and storied lands, to meet new people and encounter diverse cultures, will relish their time on this picture-perfect journey.

Portraits of Eastern Europe is a combination of Delightful Danube & Prague and Highlights of Eastern Europe.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique  night cruise in a riverview stateroom on
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Beatrice
  • 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • 18 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 14 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • 8 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Flights or Eurostar rail from UK
Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest
Day 1 - Bucharest

Arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 - Bucharest

Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III—known in his heyday as Dracula or “Vlad the Impaler”—was a medieval prince with a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies.

Or was it all a smear campaign instigated by his enemies? Find out more today on a visit to his tomb. Also on the agenda—a guided tour of the infamous Ceausescu Mansion.

Featured Excursion:
Romanian countryside tour with visits to Ceausescu Mansion and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb

Day 2 - Bucharest

Breakfast

Day 3 - Bucharest, Transfer to Giurgiu (Embark)

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s.

Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania’s 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People’s Palace, which you can visit today.

Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local’s perspective.

Begin the day with a panoramic tour of Bucharest, followed by a traditional three-course Romanian lunch at a local restaurant, before transferring via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your ship awaits.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit or “Exclusive“Do as the Locals Do” Buchares walking tour”

Day 3 - Bucharest, Transfer to Giurgiu (Embark)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Featured-excursion;-

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

Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch
Twice the capital of Bulgaria—before and after the Ottomans conquered the nation—Veliko Tarnovo climbs steep hills above the Yantra River, topped by the ruins of Tsarevets, the stronghold where Bulgaria’s kings ruled between 1185 and 1393. The remains of the great stone walls and towers that you see formed the historic heart of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for one of two unusual excursions today—visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations or head to a riverside estate devoted to the arts.

Featured Excursion:
Bulgarian red rock country or Romanian Cetate Cultural Port

Bulgarian red rock country
Drive through the scenic Bulgarian countryside to Belogradchik, a small town in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, not far from the Serbian border. After some light refreshment at a local hotel, you’ll be ready to explore the astonishing rock formations nearby, which are over 200 million years old—and have inspired nearly as many legends!

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Cruising the Iron Gates, Golubac

Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates.

Later, head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress.

All along the way, history lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867, when they abandoned it.

Featured Excursion:

Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

Day 6 - Cruising the Iron Gates, Golubac

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Belgrade

Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride.

You have two very different ways to see Belgrade today—the choice is yours!

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Day 7 - Belgrade

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, and its beautiful countryside, colorful folk traditions and delicious rustic cuisine make it a most rewarding place to visit.   Welcome to Croatia!

This ancient country, which has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, is noted for its beautiful countryside and thriving folk traditions, as well as delicious simple, local rustic food.

You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Full-day tour of Vukovar with Vucedol Museum visit and lunch at Goldschmidt winery or Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 Cruising the Danube River, Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, cover more ground with a panoramic tour or “Go Active” with a guided bike ride.

Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today?

You have three options to choose from.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Budapest by bicycle or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Day 9 Cruising the Danube River, Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Budapest

Enjoy a day of leisure, exploring the Hungarian capital to your heart’s content.

Other passengers are heading home today, but you are only halfway through your marvelous holiday. Today you have an opportunity to explore Budapest’s treasures at your leisure.

It’s a mecca for lovers of art nouveau architecture—the building housing the Franz Liszt Academy of Music is a particularly noteworthy example of the style—so perhaps you would like to take yourself on a tour of some of these beauties. For a reminder of the centuries when Hungary was ruled by the Ottoman Turks, take a look at the 16th-century tomb of Gül Baba (and enjoy a Turkish coffee at the adjoining coffeehouse). Treat yourself to a relaxing day at one of the city’s splendid spas, such as the Gellért Baths, or borrow one of the ship’s bicycles and explore Margaret Island.

Your options are many, and all of them are delightful.

Day 10 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Budapest, Cruising the Danube River

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour.

Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube.

Appropriately enough, you have your choice of two different ways to explore it today.

Featured Excursion
Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Day 11 - Budapest, Cruising the Danube River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Cruising the Danube River, Vienna

A city tour will show you the architectural highlights of the Austrian capital as well as the legendary opera house in the heart of the city.

Or, indulge your passion for art with visits to two distinctively different collections—a “cabinet of curiosities” collected by the Habsburgs and the Belvedere’s extraordinary cache of paintings by Klimt and other renowned artists.

The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and today it is yours to explore.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit or Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Day 12 - Cruising the Danube River, Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Spitz (Spitz or Melk)

Sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley, famous for its apricot groves, Rieslings and natural beauty. Later, take your pick of excursions—a stroll and wine tasting in the centuries-old village of Spitz, or a visit to Melk Abbey and its opulent baroque-style library.

You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley toward Spitz. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and apricot orchards and vineyards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years.

Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through this glorious landscape, where you are faced with a difficult choice: Do you explore a charming riverbank village or visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world?

Day 13 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Spitz (Spitz or Melk)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Engelhartszell, Cruising the Danube River, Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or “Go Active” with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.

Your ship cruises through a scenic highlight of the Danube today, the Schlögener Schlinge—a hairpin loop in the Danube that was once very hazardous for ships and is now a lovely, serene stretch of water—and leaves Austria behind today. Your first German port of call is Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Explore the historic Old Town or choose a more active adventure.

Featured Excursion:
Passau walking discovery tour or Passau city tour with Old Town walk or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Bavarian river bicycle ride

Day 14 - Engelhartszell, Cruising the Danube River, Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Straubing, Cruising the Danube River, Regensburg

You have two tantalizing excursions to experience today, including a walking tour and brewery visit in Straubing, plus a choice of adventures in Regensburg, famous for its beautiful, UNESCO protected old city center.

“Regensburg is so beautifully situated; this region had to attract a town,” wrote Goethe in his Diary of an Italian Voyage. And attract a town it did, but not due to its beautiful location alone. Ambitious and farseeing locals built a bridge (Steinerne Brücke, or Stone Bridge) over the Danube back in the 12th century, making Regensburg an international trading hub.

Because so many of the handsome buildings from that period remain, UNESCO declared the old city center a World Heritage Site in 2006. But first, you’ll visit Straubing and visit a brewery—simply a must-do experience in Germany!

Day 15 - Straubing, Cruising the Danube River, Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Come out on deck or find a window seat where you can watch the ship navigate a series of locks as it travels through one of the modern world’s greatest feats of engineering—the Main-Danube canal.

The Main-Danube canal is a masterwork of engineering: It allows ships of all shapes and sizes to cruise from the Black Sea all the way to the North Sea, through no fewer than 15 countries. Sixteen locks punctuate the 106-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between Kelheim and Bamberg, linking the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Building the canal was no small task, especially considering changes of altitude (each river is different); the locks gently lift and lower the ships an astonishing 1,332 feet (406 meters) over the continental divide. Efforts to connect the rivers began with Charlemagne in AD 793, but the present-day canal was only completed in 1992.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 16 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17- Nuremberg (Disembark), Transfer to Prague

Nuremberg will forever be associated with the post-WWII Nuremberg trials, but the city’s profound historical and cultural significance stretches back many centuries before that.

You’ll gain a newfound understanding and appreciation of both aspects of the city today on an in-depth tour with a local expert.

Disembark the ship early in the morning—leaving your luggage in Uniworld’s expert hands—and delve into Nuremberg’s history, which is both glorious and profoundly difficult. One of Germany’s leading cities for many centuries, Nuremberg’s glowing heritage as a center of German arts, culture and economy was, sadly, also responsible for its disastrous experience in the 1930s and 1940s.

Following your excursion, you’ll enjoy lunch on your own and then transfer via motorcoach to Prague, where you’ll check into your hotel.

Day 17- Nuremberg (Disembark), Transfer to Prague

Breakfast

Day 18 - Prague

Is it possible not to be completely enchanted by Prague, with its fabled skyline of spires, fortress-like castle, beautifully preserved architecture and iconic Charles Bridge?

A magnet for generations of artists, writers, scientists and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing, too).

A thousand years of architecture, from ornate Gothic to fanciful postmodern, have been beautifully preserved in Prague, which has been a magnet for artists, writers, scientists and composers for centuries. It also boasts great beer, a lively art scene and up-and-coming fashion designers, making it a fun as well as a beautiful place to visit.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Prague city tour or Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House

Day 18 - Prague

Breakfast

Day 19 - Depart Prague

You’ve experienced the best of the Danube River and Prague, sampling myriad culinary delights and exploring fascinating stops along the way.

Now your journey comes to a close. If your cruise/tour includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Prague Václav Havel Airport for your flight home.

Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

Breakfast

Day 1- Prague

Arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague.

If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel

Day 2- Prague

Is it possible not to be completely enchanted by Prague, with its fabled skyline of spires, fortress-like castle, beautifully preserved architecture and iconic Charles Bridge?

A cultural magnet for the likes of artists, writers, scientists and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing, too).   A thousand years of architecture, from ornate Gothic to fanciful postmodern, have been beautifully preserved in Prague, which has been a magnet for artists, writers, scientists and composers for centuries.

It also boasts great beer, a lively art scene and up-and-coming fashion designers, making it a fun as well as a beautiful place to visit.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Prague city tour or Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Prague’s Estates Theatre and Municipal House

Day 2- Prague

Breakfast

Day 3- Prague, Transfer to Nuremberg (Embark)

Nuremberg has been a city of great cultural significance ever since ancient Roman times, and ts long and colorful (and tragic) history make it a fascinating place to explore.   Leave Prague this morning and travel via motorcoach to Nuremberg, where your ship awaits.

Before you embark on your river voyage, you’ll have time to enjoy lunch on your own and then explore historic Nuremberg and visit sites associated with the rise and fall of the Third Reich. One of Germany’s leading cities for many centuries, Nuremberg’s glowing heritage as a center of German arts, culture and economy was, sadly, also responsible for its disastrous experience in the 1930s and 1940s.

Featured Excursion:
Nuremberg city tour with WWII Rally Grounds visit

 

Day 3- Prague, Transfer to Nuremberg (Embark)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Experience a masterpiece of modern engineering as your ship navigates through the Main-Danube Canal. After arriving in Regensburg you’ll have three options for experiencing this medieval gem—travel through time, learn about the city’s Jewish past or watch high-tech robots assemble the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Today, you’ll have a chance to experience one of most amazing engineering feats on the Danube. The Main-Danube canal is a masterwork of engineering: It allows ships of all shapes and sizes to cruise from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea, through no fewer than 15 countries. Sixteen locks punctuate the 106-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between Kelheim and Bamberg, linking the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Building the canal was no small task, especially considering changes of altitude (each river is different); the locks gently lift and lower the ships an astonishing 1,332 feet (406 meters) over the continental divide. Efforts to connect the rivers began with Charlemagne in AD 793, but the present-day canal was only completed in 1992.

Day 4 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Straubing, Passau

You have two tantalizing places to experience today, Straubing and Passau. Get to know Straubing with a walking tour and brewery visit; later, you’ll have a choice of adventures in Passau, a cultural crossroads in more ways than one.See the sights of Straubing with a local expert and visit a local brewery.

Relax onboard as your ship cruises along the mighty Danube, past lovely Bavarian countryside on its way to Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Explore the historic Old Town on foot or choose a more active adventure.

Featured Excursion:

Straubing walking discovery tour with brewery visit
Choice of Passau walking discovery tour or Passau city tour with Old Town walk

Day 5 - Straubing, Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Passau, Engelhartszell, Cruising the Danube River

Cyclists have a treat in store today—a chance to pedal through the gorgeous Austrian countryside.

Featured Excursion:
Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Bavarian bicycle ride
Borrow a bike and, with an expert local guide, take the bike ferry across the Danube to the path that borders the river.

You’ll pedal through the breathtaking Austrian countryside, passing orchards and meadows, along with the occasional castle, charming village or picturesque old church.

Come to Innstadt, the old town on the shores of the Inn River, then continue on to Passau, where you’ll wend your way among the lanes of the historic city center to the ship.

Day 6 - Passau, Engelhartszell, Cruising the Danube River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views in the Wachau Valley, famous for its apricot groves, Rieslings and natural beauty. Later, take your pick of excursions—a stroll and wine tasting in the centuries-old village of Spitz, or Melk Abbey and its opulent baroque-style library.

Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through this glorious landscape, where you are faced with a difficult choice: Do you explore a charming riverbank village or visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world?

Later in the day, you’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and apricot orchards and vineyards cling to the rocky slopes.

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

Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Day 8 - Vienna

Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the City of Waltzes with your choice of excursions—a city tour that includes a visit to the State Opera or a curated look at two of Vienna’s finest collections of art and curiosities.

The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here, Beethoven and Mozart composed here, Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and today it is yours to explore.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera visit or Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Day 8 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of tours—see it on four wheels or your own two feet.

As your ship cruises through Hungary toward Budapest, you’ll sail through the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Once you dock in vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, you’ll discover an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even the city’s geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Appropriately enough, you have your choice of two different ways to explore it today.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Day 9 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Budapest

Enjoy a day of leisure, exploring the Hungarian capital to your heart’s content.   Other passengers are heading home today, but you are only halfway through your marvelous holiday.

Today you have an opportunity to explore Budapest’s treasures at your leisure. It’s a mecca for lovers of art nouveau architecture—the building housing the Franz Liszt Academy of Music is a particularly noteworthy example of the style—so perhaps you would like to take yourself on a tour of some of these beauties. For a reminder of the centuries when Hungary was ruled by the Ottoman Turks, take a look at the 16th-century tomb of Gül Baba (and enjoy a Turkish coffee at the adjoining coffeehouse). Treat yourself to a relaxing day at one of the city’s splendid spas, such as the Gellért Baths, or borrow one of the ship’s bicycles and explore Margaret Island.

Your options are many, and all of them are delightful.

Day 10 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11- Budapest, cruising the Danube River

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour.

Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today? You have three options to choose from.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Budapest by bicycle

Day 11- Budapest, cruising the Danube River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Cruising ther Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country, which has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, is noted for its beautiful countryside and thriving folk traditions, as well as delicious simple, local rustic food. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

Featured Excursion:
Full-day tour of Vukovar with Vucedol Museum visit and lunch at Goldschmidt winery or Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch

Day 12 - Cruising ther Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Belgrade

Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride.

People originally settled at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava some 7,000 years ago, making Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, but so too is its vibrant present.

You have two very different ways to see it today—the choice is yours.

Day 13 - Belgrade

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Golubac, Cruising the Iron Gates

Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates. Later, head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress.

Unwind onboard as you cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long (134-kilometer- long) stretch of scenic gorges that were cut through the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over eons by the Danube River. These gorges, which act as a natural border between Serbia and Romania, are among the most dramatic and beautiful sights in all of Europe. This was one of the swiftest and most dangerous stretches of the river before two dams were built: Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II.

Construction on the dams began in 1964 and took 20 years to complete; they have dramatically altered the area’s landscape, raising the water level by 114 feet (35 meters) and drowning several islands and villages.   History lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867, when they abandoned it.

Day 14 - Golubac, Cruising the Iron Gates

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Vidin, Cruising the Danube River

Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests.

It’s your base for one of two unusual excursions today—visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations or head to a riverside estate devoted to the arts.

Now a small port town on the Danube, Vidin played an important part in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests.

It’s your base for one of two unusual excursions: One takes you to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations, the other to a riverside estate devoted to the arts in Romania.

Day 15 - Vidin, Cruising the Danube River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings.

You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries, or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Day 16 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 - Giurgiu (Disembark), Transfer to Bucharest

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania’s 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People’s Palace, which you can visit today.

Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local’s perspective.

This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy a traditional three-course Romanian lunch at a local restaurant and a panoramic city tour.

Tonight you’ll relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, Romania’s capital and its cultural and economic center.

Day 17 - Giurgiu (Disembark), Transfer to Bucharest

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 18 - Bucharest

Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III—known in his heyday as Dracula or “Vlad the Impaler”—was a medieval prince with a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies.

Or was it all a smear campaign instigated by his enemies? Find out more today on a visit to his tomb. Also on the agenda—a guided tour of the infamous Ceausescu Mansion.

Featured Excursion:
Romanian countryside tour with visits to Ceausescu Mansion and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb

Day 18 - Bucharest

Breakfast

Day 19 - Bucharest

Check out of your hotel this morning.

If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

For 2018 Uniworld launched their newest Super Ship — S.S. Beatrice. The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades, and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron – a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades, and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

S.S. Beatrice offers four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge and newly added Schubert’s and Max’s. For guests seeking an immersive culinary experience, Max’s restaurant offers intimate cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café located at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cosy Austrian-styled eatery features menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations.

Additionally, S.S. Beatrice has two new Grand Suites each measuring 310 square feet and a second 390 square foot Owner’s/Royal Suite. Connecting rooms, ideal for friends and families traveling together, have also been added.

  • 57 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French Balconies
  • 12 Suites all Luxurious decorated and with French Balcony
  • 2 Owners suites and 2 Royal Suites individually decorated with French Balconies
  • Sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
  • Elegant restaurant
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Lift to Rhine, Danube & Moselle decks
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

This majestic, ultra-luxurious, boutique cruise ship is the perfect base to explore the rivers from. Fabulous public areas are complelmented by lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites. Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds are draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the Rhine & Danube Decks have floor to ceiling windows opening to a French balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Royal Suite & Grand Suite

390 ft² & 310 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 390 ft² & 310 ft²
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • French Balcony
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, rain shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Suite

225 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 225 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • French Balcony
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Deluxe French Balcony

150 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
French Balcony & Classic

French Balcony

150 ft² – Danube (Middle) Deck

  • French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

Classic

150 ft² – Moselle (Lower) Deck

  • High level windows
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
Uniworld river Beatrice deck plan2

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 22SS BeatriceBudapest£6499Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£6499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£7849  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8349  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£10749  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£14049  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£16849  
May 20SS BeatricePrague£6299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£6299  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£7649  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8149  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£10549  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£13849  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£16649  
Jun 3SS BeatriceBucharest£6499Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£6499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£7849  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8349  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£10749  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£14049  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£16849  
Aug 12SS BeatricePrague£6299Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£6299  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£7649  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8149  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£10549  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£13849  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£16649  
Aug 26SS BeatriceBucharest£6999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£6999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8349  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£8849  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£11249  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£14549  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£17349  


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