2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Sep 2017

24 Day Ultimate European Journey

Uniworld River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Bucharest

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Read 7 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 24 Day Ultimate European Journey. 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...read more

Overview

Operator: Uniworld
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 24 Days
From: Amsterdam to Bucharest
Tour Code: UNIUEJ
Visits: Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania
Our Price From:
$ 11,699
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
2

Cologne

Featured Excursions: Cologne walking tour with choice of cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig.
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne's many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city's iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you'll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.   Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
3

Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

Featured Excursions: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine. Later, experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or visit a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments.
4

Frankfurt

Featured Excursions: Choice of Frankfurt city tour OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Frankfurt walking tour.
Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.
5

Wertheim

Featured Excursions: Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate.
Stroll through Wertheim's historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.
6

Würzburg

Featured Excursions: Würzburg Residence visit.
Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence.
7

Cruising the Main River, Rothenburg

Featured Excursions: Rothenburg and Weikersheim village & castle tour.
Enjoy a day of scenic cruising on the Main River. Later, fairytale lovers will want to go to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you'll visit a grand palace.
8

Bamberg

Featured Excursions: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian 'Village Day'.
City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.
9

Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR WWII historical tour with Documentation Center.
Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.
10

Kelheim, Regensburg

Featured Excursions: Choice of '2, 000 Years in One Hour' Regensburg walking discovery tour OR 'From Hops Field to Beer Stein' farm visit OR BMW factory visit OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bird's-eye view of Regensburg.
Discover Germany's best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we'll visit the Audi factory. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you'll see the Audi museum.
11

Passau, cruising the Danube River, Engelhartszell

Featured Excursions: A 'trifecta' of choices to experience Passau - a walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bike ride.
Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a 'Go Active' choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.
12

Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.
13

Vienna

Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive 'Vienna, City of Arts' tour.
Get acquainted with Vienna's treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene's Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city's artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.
14

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 savor the beauty of Budapest: a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including Castle Hill; do as the locals do; or on an active exploration with biking on a 'Green Budapest' tour. Enjoy the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
15

Budapest

Enjoy a free day in Budapest.
16

Budapest, cruising the Danube River

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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
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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.
18

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.
19

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.
20

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.
21

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.
22

Giurgiu, transfer to Bucharest

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.
23

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.
24

Bucharest, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Bucharest's Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.

Trip Inclusions

Uniworld Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 23 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

Uniworld Excursions

  • 19 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
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Uniworld Accommodations

  • 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
  • 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 Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Uniworld Experiences

  • 8 countries
  • 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Tips: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Earlybird Air Deals Available
Ship Style: Boutique
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Free Onboard WiFi: Onboard
Drinks: Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
* Source: Uniworld for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (7)

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Australia
Trip Date: 27/07/2016

“Trip of a lifetime”

We travelled with Uniworld on the River Duchess on the tour titled North Sea to Black Sea during August. On ship for approx 3 weeks and had a great time. Our cruise was mainly Austns with Kiwis, Canadians and travellers from the US as well. People mixed and got along really well. Crew members were fantastic and really looked after guests. Our cabin was spacious with a good view. Daily excursions were well organised with excellent guides. Meals on the cruise were amazing and drinks aplenty. A good time was had by all. Only caution is to make sure you exercise to avoid adding too many extra kg's. No hesitation in thoroughly recommending this cruise provided you can cope with 22 back to back Christmas Days.

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Australia
Trip Date: 06/08/2014

“Would happily recommend Uniworld to anyone”

I would happily recommend the Uniworld experience to anyone. Everyone from Uniworld was so friendly, the tours well organised and the food wonderful. We were very well looked after.

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Australia
Trip Date: 06/08/2014

“The cruise was most enjoyable”

All staff on ship went above what we would have expected of them. Our cabin on the first half of the journey was below expectations as it was close to the engines and was very noisey at times. We didn't feel it was worth the extra we paid for the upgrade. Then at Vienna we had to change cabins and our 1st cabin was used for staff which would indicate the quality of the cabin. Overall the cruise was most enjoyable. Enjoyed the local on board entertainment on the 2nd half of the cruise much more than the 1st half. This was because it was more traditional dancing, singing etc.

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Australia
Trip Date: 06/08/2014

“Great food, satisfactory shore excursions”


  • Cabin quality - bathroom very tight but otherwise fine for a river boat (and the bathroom was more spacious and far more functional than the one in our Istanbul hotel!)

  • Food and dining - more than enough variety and quantity; quantities well judged to minimise waste, even for a 4- or 5-course dinner; vegetarians and other special diets well catered for, also non-alcoholic wine/beer etc.; all beautifully presented, served quickly etc. - nothing was too much trouble for waiters or kitchen staff; an added bonus was provision of recipes

  • Onboard entertainment - specials were excellent (classical pianist, folkdance groups etc.; also most of the guest lecturers) but regular pianists were just 'pretty good'. However in all fairness the people who listened to the regular pianists most nights really enjoyed the music, dancing etc.

  • Shore excursions - satisfaction was very dependent on luck i.e. which small group tour guide - most were excellent but a few were just OK (feedback provided to cruise director where relevant).
    Each shore excursion offered a 'gentle walkers' group which either did less walking or less strenuous walking than other groups. Our cruise directors (a different one for the two 'halves' of the trip) also catered for people with more severe physical limitations by arranging taxis, rickshaws etc. (at the guests' expense) where the walking tours were not suitable for these guests. The cruise directors were very thoughtful and very helpful in every way.
    My biggest disappointment was that several of the shore excursions advertised by Uniworld were simply not offered - I asked about them (e.g. Cesky Krumlov) but didn't really get a satisfactory response from the cruise director (this is different from offering an excursion then not running it due to insufficient takers - I understand the need for a minimum number to make it viable.) I think if something has been advertised in their promo material as being on offer that should be honoured. Several other people expressed the same disappointment.

  • Value for money - even with 'two for one' it's hard for me to justify spending roughly $1,000 a day on a vacation! The benefits of cruising over coach tours are obvious but the difference in cost is a huge factor.

  • Global Journeys - we were very pleased with Yvonne's handling of our booking, especially getting our tickets to us early due to our being in India. The only 'gripe' (and it's minor) was that Yvonne wasn't able to book a 1-night extension for us in Istanbul, even though the Uniworld brochure/website said this could be done and many other Australian guests had made such arrangements through their agents. The only difference, once we'd made our own booking for the extra night, was that we had to arrange our own transport to the airport, which was no trouble at all. So it really didn't matter (although travellers without access to email - if there are any left! - might have had trouble making the booking for the extra night).

  • Useful tip: For any guests arriving in Amsterdam by train to join a cruise, it would be helpful to know that the ship is docked just a short 5-min walk from the main train station (though it takes a taxi fare of EUR10 or more because of one-way streets etc.).



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