Day 1 Berlin
Ready and raring for a banquet of cultural travel, we’ll round up in Germany’s chic capital. With more museums than rainy days per year, Berlin is a place worth knowing about. We’ll introduce its inner workings with an Alternative Berlin Tour, uncovering its many facets & elusive underground.
Day 2 Berlin
Today we can cruise Berlin the vintage way, taking a tour in the official cars of the DDR. When hunger strikes, the carnivores could spend some time differentiating bockwurst from kinderwurst from fleischwurst. Meanwhile the more vegan inclined could sample a jackfruit burger or cashew bolognese at the solar powered organic hotel of Amaranth.
Day 3 Berlin
If yesterday’s independent food roamings whet the appetite for something more substantial, then todays offer of a progressive food tour should provide ample satisfaction. Later you could let kilos settle by sipping tea in a palace at the Tajik Tearoom, or by walking the abandoned building of Museumswohnung museum where you can see remnants of the communist era.
Day 4 Berlin to Prague
This morning we leave our beloved German culture hub, trading it in for the rapidly evolving capital of the Czech Republic.
Before we take a look at progressive Prague & modern day Czech life, we’ll cast minds back to some of Europes darkest days with a stop at Terezin Concentration Camp.
With our sombre stop behind us we’ll journey forwards arriving in the famously pretty city of Prague. With fairy-tale streets meeting hipster hangouts and graffiti, it’s not hard to understand the current allure of this beguiling city.
Day 5 Prague
The history of Czech beer supposedly dates back to the year 993, when brewing took place in a monastery. With such cultural significance & historical roots, it seems only manners to do some Czech beer tasting. We will also have the option to take on the city by pushbike, allowing us to navigate narrow alleys & quaint corners otherwise forgotten.
Day 6 Prague
Today we can take a trip to the UNESCO town of Kutna Hora, where gothic architecture, human bone chandeliers, & a silver mining history can be found. Staying city side, you could catch the tram to outer neighbourhoods like Vršovice, where you’ll realise Prague’s panache is best found beyond the Old Town. Here you’ll see the city’s transformation from seemingly abandoned to abounding in style, with great coffee haunts & streets lined with communal pianos.
Day 7 Prague to Krakow
If you picked up any Czech we’ll be saying our ‘ahoj’ this morning, as we leave Prague and make our way into Poland.
After sliding due east and crossing the Czech / Poland border, we’ll pass through pretty towns like Katowice before hitting the brakes in Krakow.
Arriving in the artistic capital of Poland, we’ll find a city of cherry trees & history & beauty. With gardens aplenty and a population of less than a million, it will be easy to feel at home here by the Vistula River. To settle in we’ll visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, where we can see chapels carved out of rock salt.
Day 8 Krakow
In a town where unassuming 14th century cobbled lanes can spit you onto a sprawling Romanesque castle, seeing as much as possible with the aid of a bike should be mandatory. Also on offer today will be a trip to Schindler’s Factory, where Nazi occupation of Krakow can be understood. Those keen to sneak a drink or two could visit a lush & local beer garden like Mleczarnia.
Day 9 Krakow
Tonight we have the chance to craft our very own traditional boiled dumplings known as pierogi, which means today we should hit the streets and clock up some walking. Whether its designer boutiques showcasing many Polish designers, or visiting the Jewish district of Kazimierz there is plenty to see and do in this charming town.
Day 10 Krakow to Budapest
Feeling well versed on all things Poland, we’ll hit the streets in search of the capital of Hungary, where we get two cities for the price of one; this beauty is split by the River Danube.
Making our way south we’ll slice through Slovakia, ogling at dreamy hill towns like Zvolen. We’ll then cross the border & pass Duna-Ipoly National Park, soon finding our final destination.
Having found our nest, the delightful Budapest, we’ll kick back with a soul soothing spa visit. Thermal bathing has been tradition in these parts for hundreds of years – being culturally immersive has never been so indulgent.
Day 11 Budapest
Today we can tap into the tingles with a safe house experience, then tackle the city with a past & present tour. Those doing their own thing could venture to District VII of Elizabeth Town, finding gritty pubs & graffiti walls covering the traditional Jewish quarter. If the night hours need honouring, we can head recovered derelict Eighth District of Józsefváros, where we’ll find basement bars & live music venues amidst the cafes & vintage shops.
Day 12 Budapest
With an evening of traditional dining & cooking ahead of us, this city will prove itself a culinary hotspot. Work it all off with a bout of exploring, or for those about to pop you can drift up Castle Hill by historic funicular.
Day 13 Embark at Budapest
This morning we will bid farewell to our land-fairing friends, and hop on board our cruise for 8 days, 4 countries, one sweet as river boat and a whole heap of like minded travellers - let's do this! We'll kick things off as we mean to go on tonight with a welcome party complete with tasty Hungarian street food, then who's up for a slice of Budapest nightlife? We reckon the legendary ruin bars are calling...
Day 14 Budapest
Majestic, sprawling, bohemian, post-modern - just some of the words we could use to describe Budapest. But hey, we'll leave you to make your own judgements. What we will do, however, is take you to one of our favourite spots, the covered market, where chef will introduce you to some of Hungary's most iconic flavours, including its favourite spice, paprika. Of course this IS the city of spas and a hot bed for geothermal activity, so naturally soaking in various water temperatures until you resemble a prune is likely high on the agenda. If we can tempt you away, our Optionals include visiting some seriously gorgeous libraries, and braving the aptly named House of Terror museum. Tonight, we'll feast like Kings on the produce we bought earlier from the market.
Day 15 Budapest to Vienna via Bratislava
With its small town charm, Czech beer, bohemian cuisine and art deco cafes, Slovakia's capital city doesn't disappoint. An hour long walking tour will get you fully orientated, then feast your eyes on our ME Time Optionals on how to make this pit stop one to really remember - wakeboarding, anyone? Onboard, chef will be teaching us all a thing or two about his favourite Austrian desserts. Docking early evening, we'll get our first glimpse of spellbinding Vienna, getting excited for what tomorrow will bring.
Day 16 Vienna
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll get you orientated with Austria's elegant and artistic capital city with a guided walking tour of the highlights, plus a tram ride around the Ringstrasse. Then, the choice is yours, and we've got plenty to tempt you with - an opera music/Viennese cooking class (at the same time, incredibly), a unique dining experience in Vienna's giant ferris wheel, and even an after hours (read - no tourists) tour of the Schönbrunn Palace, the former residence of the imperial family. And if all THAT wasn't enough, tonight is all about one thing - classical music. This is what Vienna is best known for, so opt to join us for a performance at Klosterneuburg Abbey.
Day 17 Vienna to Melk via Dürnstein
Pulling into tiny Dürnstein this morning, expect to hear a collective 'ooohhh'. House goals are everywhere around here, as you'll discover as we stroll to the village and make our way to the castle ruins where Richard the Lionheart was once help for ransom. The views up here are incredible, so enjoy!
Pulling into Melk around lunchtime, you'll have the option to check out Melk Abbey, which boasts a 900 year old history and has a library any book nerd will literally drool over, or you could take advantage of our on board (and free to use) bikes by freewheeling around the Wachau Valley and surrounding villages. Of course, like many other European countries, Austria has a dark and often deeply saddening past, so today you'll also have the chance to venture to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, which operated from 1938-45, to learn more."
Day 18 Melk to Passau via Engelhartszell
Rolling in here around breakfast time, it's time to see what your cycling legs are really made of. To bike the route from Engelhartszell to Passau, or to chill on deck? C'mon, you know you've got it in you - 20 miles of flat, picturesque bike trails accompanied by a local guide sounds pretty good to us...
You made it, and its only just lunchtime - virtual high five bike crew! Once in Passau the adventures don't stop there, with a hike to two scenic viewpoints overlooking the town, admiring the town's baroque cathedral and crooked lanes on route.
Day 19 Passau to Regensburg via Straubing
Having cast off from Passau late last night, we'll pull into Straubing just as you're waking for breakfast - pretty handy, eh? Spend your morning roaming the town's ancient sites and gothic streets with a local guide, or sampling traditional Bavarian cuisine (and beer, lots of beer) on our aptly named beer & meat Optional.
2000 years of history accumulates in Regensburg, and we're going to give you the low down in just one hour - how's that for the short version? And as for motor heads, this place is the home of BMW, so it would be rude not to pay a visit to the factory to learn about German's finest piece of engineering. Tonight is our last as a group, so let's go out on a high, and given the fact that Regensburg offers the highest concentration of bars per square mile, it won't be difficult...
Day 20 Disembark at Regensburg
After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…
Beginning in Berlin and ending in Budapest, with a little taste of Prague and Krakow in between, this is a travel experience at its very best, exclusive for the 21-45 aged traveller. We’re talking tours of the Berlin Wall, we’re talking bike rides on the Danube, we’re talking a classical concert in Vienna and obviously, we’re talking some spa action in Budapest.
For the first 12 nights you'll be sleeping in some of Europe's best cities in style, with our twin or triple share hotel accommodation. Then you'll sleep exclusively aboard The A, part of the U by Uniworld river boat collection.
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.