Day 1: Vienna (Embark)
Arrive at Vienna 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 ship.
Day 2: Vienna
Get ready for a myriad of exclusive-to-Uniworld excursions just waiting to be discovered in Vienna, such as a “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum where the doors will open early just for you as you join an art historian for a tour, or a panoramic tour of the city’s Ringstrasse, a circular grand boulevard that surrounds Vienna’s Old Town historic district and famous monuments. The Viennese’s love for music, food, drink and grandiose architecture is abundant and evident everywhere you’ll go. Itching to encounter Vienna in an authentic way? Look no further than its beloved pubs, coffeehouses and wine taverns serving everything from Wiener Schnitzel to apple strudel to Grüner Vetliner wines. If there’s ever been a time to indulge, it’s now.
Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum
Choice of Vienna panoramic city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking explorer
Day 3: Vienna
Enjoy a full day of leisure in Vienna, with the choice to explore the “City of Waltzes” and dive into its vast artistic and musical legacy. The city is known for its Imperial palaces, famous residents and expansive art collections. See the highlights as you take in Old Town’s art and food, including scrumptious pastries, or discover Viennese history at the World Museum Vienna, renowned for its collection of Habsburg family treasures. Cap your day with an exclusive after-hours visit of Schönbrunn Palace and experience one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions after everyone else leaves. The captivating Baroque-style masterpiece reflects 300 years of changing history, styles and Habsburg monarchs. It’s a good thing you have plenty of time.
Full day of leisure in Vienna
Day 4: Dürnstein
Natural wonders of the Wachau Valley and exquisite food and wine are on the menu for your day in Dürnstein. Meander around the town’s beautiful streets lined with wildly photogenic buildings and restaurants teeming with wine produced on the outskirts of town. You won’t want to miss a sampling of the region’s most acclaimed wines at Austria’s oldest wine estate, Nikolaihof. Join a saffron workshop and get an exclusive look at the making of the spice as precious as gold.
Dürnstein village stroll and exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit
Choice of Dürnstein village stroll and Saffron workshop
Day 5: Engelhartszell, Passau
Arrive in the afternoon in the “City of Three Rivers,” Passau, where medieval lanes, tunnels, cathedrals and archways fuse with modern shopping malls and buildings. Marvel at the Italian baroque-style St. Stephen’s Church, which holds the second largest church pipe organ in the world (way to go, Passau) or set out on a panoramic tour of the city with mini hikes to the best vistas. Your afternoon brings new experiences in the forest-dotted district of Engelhartszell. Experience Bavaria’s great outdoors on a scenic bike ride along the Danube to Engelhartszell.
“Let’s Go” Danube bike trail
Choice of Passau walking discovery tour or Passau Panoramic tour with mini hikes
Day 6: Regensburg
Spend the morning discovering Regensburg’s long line of dukes, kings and bishops that called the former Bavarian capital and Free Imperial City home. Regensburg boasts the largest medieval old town north of the Alps (over 1,500 listed buildings), a prominent skyline, and a large collection of museums, exhibits and theaters. Find your need for speed with a tour of the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Tour the carmaker’s cutting-edge plant and learn how it’s manufactured millions of cars. Futuristic and antiquated, it’s the best of both worlds in Regensburg.
Choice of BMW factory visit
Day 7: Roth, Nuremberg
Explore Nuremberg's role in German history. Like much of Germany during the World War II era, Nuremberg and its residents faced extreme oppression. To commemorate Germany and its inhabitants’ struggle during that time period, the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds museum was erected. The fascinating exhibits provide travelers the unique opportunity to understand and unravel Nazi Germany. Or choose to tour the city’s highlights, including Nuremberg Castle, an impressive medieval complex in the heart of the historical center.
Choice of Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WII rally grounds visit or Nuremberg "Do as the Locals Do"
Day 8: Bamberg
Bamberg in its entirety is not only described as beautiful, but has often been regarded as one of Germany’s most attractive settlements, with its ravishing architecture, intersecting canals and rivers, and charming stores and restaurants, all framed by rolling hills. Browse antique stores, taste-test smoked beer at a brewery (did we mention it’s the Franconian beer capital?) and marvel at its historic building-lined narrow medieval streets. After you’ve experienced Bamberg’s village life, see it from above with a hike up Michaelsberg Hill, taking in the sights and sounds as you trek through tranquil paths.
Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour or “Let’s Go” hiking over the hills
Day 9: Volkach
Your day brings you to Volkach and the heart of the Franconian wine country. It’s a region full of overwhelming natural beauty, rooted communities, marvelous flavors and villages that have been making wine for countless generations. Explore the town and its surrounding countryside, with stops at the breathtaking Main horseshoe bend, the Gothic-styled pilgrimage church of St. Mary of the Assumption and Vogelsburg Castle, where we’ll treat you to stunning views, Franconian Prosecco, regional chocolates and more. If you’re looking for more of an active exploration, cycle, hike or paddle in and around the Main’s river loop.
Heart of the Franconian Wine Country: Cycle, Hike or paddle the Main loop
Day 10: Würzburg, Mainlaende
The opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the region’s history through the European Renaissance. It even contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Get outdoors and enjoy a scenic hike around Festung Marienberg, a prominent landmark that was previously home to a long line of prince-bishops. If you’re feeling hungry, venture to Hohenlohe Slow Food Academy and awaken your taste buds with a wine and slow food tasting in Weikersheim village.
Choice of Würzburg Residence or “Let’s Go” hike to Festung Marienberg or Court Gardens
Day 11: Miltenberg
The perfect German town calls for a day full of quintessential German experiences. Resting on the left bank of the Main, Miltenberg is classically quaint with its charming squares, farmland, biking and pedestrian paths, impressive castles and one of Germany’s oldest inns. It’s so picture-perfect that the historic center of the town has often served as a filming location.
Miltenberg Village Day with brewery visit, farm visits, paint and wine class and biking along the Main River
Day 12: Rüdesheim
Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may choose to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take a vineyard hike that includes a picnic with the wine made famous by the region.
Choice of RheinWeinWelt - the best Rhine Rieslings paired with artisanal refined cheeses or Vineyard hike above Rüdesheim
Day 13: Cologne
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 Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch.
Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral
Choice of Cologne "Do as the Locals Do"
Day 14: Amsterdam
Experience the magic and beauty of Amsterdam via a canal cruise, before visiting the Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, or strolling through Amsterdam’s canal-lined streets. Holland’s largest city, Amsterdam has been an international port and financial center for 400 years, endowing it with a cosmopolitan flair to match its historic architecture. Here, even the simplest shop has a distinctive charm, and every street has a story to tell. You’re going to want to listen
Choice of Amsterdam canals and famous Rijksmuseum or “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam stroll and savor Dutch delights
Day 15: Amsterdam (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home.
Authentic experiences and local encounters are in store on your cruise along the most scenic parts of the Main, Rhine and Danube rivers. Delight in the full spectrum of Europe’s culture, history, art, architecture, cuisine and numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites resting along some of the most legendary rivers.
Explore colorful Amsterdam and its abundant canals, Dutch delights and world-famous museums. Discover Germany’s splendidly quaint villages, towns, prominent landmarks, such as the Cologne Cathedral, and the region’s best wine. Sail along the scenic rivers and keep count of the castles jutting out of the landscapes. Step off your ship into fairytale-like settings where you’ll find countless opportunities for “Let’s Go” hiking, biking and walking tours from city to city. Pay a visit to the futuristic BMW factory and satiate your need for speed in Regensburg before teeing off at Europe’s number one golf resort in Bavaria. As part of an Exclusive Excursion in Dürnstein, travel to Austria’s oldest wine estate and sample some of the most exquisite wines in all of Europe. By day in Vienna, tag along on an exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum, go for an afternoon bike ride on Danube Island or by night, listen to the music of Mozart and Strauss at an exclusive private concert at a Viennese concert hall. You’ll enjoy nothing short of a treasure trove of experiences from Amsterdam to Vienna.
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
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
14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Princess
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
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