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Delightful Danube & Prague 2020
(Prague to Budapest)

10 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Prague
Arrive at Prague Václav Havel 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. (Dinner)

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 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). (Breakfast Buffet)

Day 3: Prague, Transfer to Nuremberg (Embark)
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. 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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)

Day 4: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg
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. Today, you have your 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.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner)

Day 5: 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 enjoy an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Engelhartszell, cruising the Danube River
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. (Breakfast Buffet)

Day 7: Spitz, Cruising the Wachau Valley
Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through the glorious landscape, where you are invited to enjoy a private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle. 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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Vienna
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. 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. (Breakfast Buffet, 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 excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our "Do as the Locals Do" walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)

Day 10: Budapest (Disembark)
You’ve experienced the best of Prague and the Danube River, sampling myriad culinary delights and exploring fascinating stops along the way. Now your journey comes to a close (unless you’ve booked a Uniworld post-cruise tour of Budapest) and it’s time to disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International 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. (Continental Breakfast, Breakfast Buffet)

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An extraordinary journey for aficionados of European history, music and art.

Experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely preserved Prague. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. Exclusive treasures are plentiful on this delightful journey. Go behind the scenes at a BMW factory to get an up-close view of Germany’s rich automotive heritage. This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg and spend two nights onshore in Prague.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour? Travelers who love history, music and architecture will be able to tailor their travel to their interests along the mighty Danube and in spectacular Prague.

Generations Family Program (select sailings):
Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. These cruise/tours not only feature unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, they’re also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Excursions

  • 7 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Let's Go," "Village Day" and "Do as the Locals Do" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning S.S. Beatrice
  • 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Experiences

  • 4 countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Accommodations on this Tour
Prague: Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) 
Cruising: Cabin onboard S.S. Beatrice
Pre and Post Add-ons

Budapest

Included in your 3-day stay:

• 2 nights at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
• Budapest walking discovery tour with Rock Hospital
• English-speaking expert
• All transfers

Pricing:

$519 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of $219.

Note: This extension is for cruise/tours that begin or end in Budapest.

Day to Day:

  • 2019 Budapest Pre-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Budapest
    Once you’ve cleared customs, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time.

    DAY 2: Budapest
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest walking tour with Rock Hospital
    Explore the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, a former emergency hospital and nuclear bunker located underneath Buda Castle Hill. This museum pays homage to the almost six-mile stretch of interconnected caves and cellars that dates back to World War II. After, take the elevator up to the Castle District for a stroll around. Enjoy panoramic views of Pest across the way, and walk along famed museums and attractions, like Matthias Church. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows and gold frescoes.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Szentendre artist’s village and crafts shopping
    Head to the charming little town of Szentendre, with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines. You can then visit either the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum or the unique Szabo Marzipan Museum, which features a display of the Hungarian Parliament building made entirely out of marzipan.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Budapest by night
    See Budapest at its most magical tonight. Kick off this special evening with a traditional Hungarian repast—including, of course, palinkas, goulash and paliscintas—and toast your companions to the romantic, evocative sound of gypsy violins in a traditional restaurant. Then, as the lights come on and illuminate the city’s landmarks, roll down broad Andrássy Avenue, its elegant shops alight, admire the twinkling lights from the bridges reflected in the wide Danube, and take in views of the splendid opera house, the cathedral, the castle, the stunning Parliament building. Perhaps the best view of all is from the heights of the Castle District.

    You have the rest of the day and evening to check out some of the highlights of the city on your own. You might visit one of Budapest’s legendary mineral hot springs spas. The Gellért Baths are in a gorgeous art nouveau building that is well worth seeing in and of itself, but while you’re there, why not relax in the mineral-rich waters. If you’re interested in the darker side of history, take a tour of the House of Terror, which reveals the grim 20th-century history of the city. The building first housed Nazis and then the Communist secret police; hundreds were tortured and executed here, and exhibits name both victims and perpetrators. If you’d prefer an active day, rent a bicycle and peddle around Margaret Island, or join a group exploring some of the fascinating caves under the city. Once darkness falls, have a drink at one of the “ruin” bars in the old Jewish quarter; these eclectic, funky establishments might perfectly embody Budapest’s gift for reconciling hard times with optimism and joie de vivre.

    DAY 3: Budapest
    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Hungarian cooking class
    The Great Market Hall is a foodie destination in and of itself, but seeing it with a local chef adds special piquancy to your visit. The ground floor (designed with a center aisle wide enough for wagons to roll down the middle back in the 1890s, when it was first built) offers produce and butcher stands, the upper levels provide prepared food, liquor and souvenirs—but your chef guide will take you into the basement where you’ll find a plethora of pickled foods. Pick out your paprika and other ingredients, then head to the immaculate, modern—but cozy—Chef Parade kitchen. You’ll prepare a traditional Hungarian soup (luscious sour cherry, perhaps?), learn the secret of making featherlight dumplings to go with your main course (whether it’s chicken paprikash or pork pörkölt, it will require ample amounts of Hungarian paprika), and try your hand at making a typical Hungarian dessert. It’s a delicious way to discover classic Magyar cooking.

    After breakfast, you’ll check out of the hotel. You have some free time before your epic journey along the Danube River begins, so you might explore on your own: Perhaps you’d like to take the funicular from the foot of Chain Bridge up to the top of Castle Hill and visit the castle that gives the district its name (long ago it was a royal residence but these days it houses a museum).

    *Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

  • 2019 Budapest Post-Cruise Extension: Day to Day
  • DAY 1: Budapest
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest walking tour with Rock Hospital
    Explore the Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, a former emergency hospital and nuclear bunker located underneath Buda Castle Hill. This museum pays homage to the almost six-mile stretch of interconnected caves and cellars that dates back to World War II. After, take the elevator up to the Castle District for a stroll around. Enjoy panoramic views of Pest across the way, and walk along famed museums and attractions, like Matthias Church. Marvel at its breathtaking architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows and gold frescoes.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Budapest by night
    See Budapest at its most magical tonight. Kick off this special evening with a traditional Hungarian repast—including, of course, palinkas, goulash and paliscintas—and toast your companions to the romantic, evocative sound of gypsy violins in a traditional restaurant. Then, as the lights come on and illuminate the city’s landmarks, roll down broad Andrássy Avenue, its elegant shops alight, admire the twinkling lights from the bridges reflected in the wide Danube, and take in views of the splendid opera house, the cathedral, the castle, the stunning Parliament building. Perhaps the best view of all is from the heights of the Castle District.

    You have the rest of the day and evening to check out some of the highlights of the city on your own. Perhaps you’d like to take the funicular from the foot of Chain Bridge up to the top of Castle Hill and visit the castle that gives the district its name (long ago it was a royal residence, but these days it houses a museum) or stroll through the newly restored gardens at the foot of the hill. You’ll find a surprising collection of modern art at the Ludwig Museum.

    DAY 2: Budapest
    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Hungarian cooking class
    The Great Market Hall is a foodie destination in and of itself, but seeing it with a local chef adds special piquancy to your visit. The ground floor (designed with a center aisle wide enough for wagons to roll down the middle back in the 1890s, when it was first built) offers produce and butcher stands, the upper levels provide prepared food, liquor and souvenirs—but your chef guide will take you into the basement where you’ll find a plethora of pickled foods. Pick out your paprika and other ingredients, then head to the immaculate, modern—but cozy—Chef Parade kitchen. You’ll prepare a traditional Hungarian soup (luscious sour cherry, perhaps?), learn the secret of making featherlight dumplings to go with your main course (whether it’s chicken paprikash or pork pörkölt, it will require ample amounts of Hungarian paprika), and try your hand at making a typical Hungarian dessert. It’s a delicious way to discover classic Magyar cooking.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Szentendre artist’s village and crafts shopping
    Head to the charming little town of Szentendre, with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines. You can then visit either the Margit Kovács Ceramics Museum or the unique Szabo Marzipan Museum, which features a display of the Hungarian Parliament building made entirely out of marzipan.

    After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have the day to explore the city. Budapest is a mecca for lovers of art nouveau architecture: Check out the Franz Liszt Academy of Music for a particularly noteworthy example of the style. 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). If you’d like to try something a little different, visit one of Budapest’s legendary mineral hot springs spas. The Gellért Baths are in a gorgeous art nouveau building that is well worth seeing in and of itself, but while you’re there, why not relax in the mineral-rich water. If you’re interested in the darker side of history, take a tour of the House of Terror, which reveals the grim 20th-century history of the city. The building first housed Nazis and then the Communist secret police; hundreds were tortured and executed here, and exhibits name both victims and perpetrators. If you’d prefer an active day, rent a bicycle and peddle around Margaret Island, or join a group exploring some of the fascinating caves under the city. Once darkness falls, have a drink at one of the “ruin” bars in the old Jewish quarter; these eclectic, funky establishments might perfectly embody Budapest’s gift for reconciling hard times with optimism and joie de vivre.

    DAY 3: Budapest
    It’s time to check out of the hotel and head to the airport for your trip home. We hope you will enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

    *Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* 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.



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