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European Jewels 2020
(Budapest to Amsterdam)

16 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Budapest (Embark)
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. If your cruise 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.
(Dinner)

Day 2: Budapest
Called the “Queen of the Danube,” in part because of the way the city hugs the banks of the river, Budapest is an enchanting city that vibrantly mixes East and West, medieval and modern. Made up of two parts— Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—and divided by the Danube, Hungary’s capital presents an array of architectural styles that reveal its long and varied history. You’ll have two enticing ways to experience the city—a panoramic guided tour aboard a motorcoach with a visit to the Parliament, or discover the Budapest that locals love on a special walking tour of the city’s most important landmarks. And if you choose, explore the city’s hidden gems and ruin pubs by bike.

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

Day 3: Cruising the Danube River
Today is your day to relax onboard, enjoying the luxuries of your river cruise ship while soaking in the spectacular scenery all around you as your ship heads for Vienna. Come up to the Sun Deck to admire the city’s landmarks strung along the riverbanks.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: 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. Begin your day with an itinerary highlight—our “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum. Then, you can choose between two different guided tours: a panoramic city tour or our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Melk)
Awaken to the spectacular scenery of the Wachau Valley, one of the most beautiful stretches of river landscape in all of Europe. Named for its white church, Weissenkirchen may very well be the prettiest village in the Wachau Valley. A local expert will show you around and introduce you to some regional delicacies, including a wine tasting. Prefer to go for baroque? Visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinarily opulent library. Later, you can stretch your legs with a vineyard hike.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Cruising the Danube River, Passau
Just before reaching Passau, the ship will pass through the famous Schlögener Schlinge—a “gooseneck” or hairpin turn in the Danube. Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz— Passau is well known for its ornate baroque cathedral. Today, the city is unusually well preserved, having been spared the brunt of Allied bombing during WWII, as you’ll see on your walking tour.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Regensburg
Today in Regensburg, you can travel through time or get a crash course in making craft beer, then watch high-tech robots assemble the Ultimate Driving Machine. Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, historic Roman ruins and a medieval city center. The remnants of Regensburg’s golden age are still on display, but don’t let its illustrious history fool you into thinking the town’s best days are all in the past.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg
Arrive in the archetypal medieval German city of Nuremberg. Nuremberg is justifiably famous for its gingerbread and pocket watches, and it was also the site of some key moments in 20th-century history. You’ll choose between two memorable ways of exploring this exceptional city. You can hop aboard a motorcoach and “Do as the Locals Do,” or you can accompany a local expert to the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Nazi Party Rally Grounds—the actual site of the Nazi Party rallies.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Bamberg, Cruising the Main River
Your floating boutique hotel takes you to Bamberg today, a well-preserved town that offers a fascinating glimpse of medieval times. Explore the city on foot or opt to head deeper into the Franconian countryside to experience an authentic slice of rural life—including a tractor ride. Like Rome, the city is built on seven hills—but in Bamberg, a church tops each one.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Würzburg (Rothenburg)
Your ship will dock in the charming Franconian town of Würzburg, where you can visit the extraordinary Würzburg Residence, one of the most opulent baroque palaces in Europe.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Wertheim
After today, you may never eat a pretzel again without thinking of the town of Wertheim. You’ll meet one of Germany’s best pretzel makers, as well as the owner of a historic wine estate. If you’re more in the mood for a scenic bike ride, you are welcome to do that instead.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Frankfurt (Heidelberg)
Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe due to its profusion of bankers and soaring skyscrapers, which coexist with the city’s traditional Old Town architecture. Choose a brief tour that gives you an overview of this major European financial and trade center. Alternatively, visit romantic Heidelberg and its Renaissance castle or hike the Philosopher’s Walk.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Rüdesheim, Cruising the Romantic Rhine River
Experience Germany’s fabled Rheingau in one of two ways today. Take in spectacular views of the region’s famous vineyards from the perspective of an aerial cable car, or venture within an atmospheric medieval monastery and taste the Rieslings made on site. The town is best known for its narrow avenue of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Cologne
Enjoy a delightful tour of Cologne’s Old Town, where three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its stunning Renaissance façade. Wander through the historical center and take in its charming atmosphere and narrow alleyways flanked by old houses. No matter how you choose to explore Old Town, you’ll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

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

Day 15: Amsterdam
Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a delightful tour of the Van Gogh Museum. Afterwards, explore the city with a canal ride or on foot with a local expert.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: 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. 
(Continental Breakfast, Breakfast Buffet)

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All This Included

Uncover Europe’s majestic jewels.

Indulge your passion for majestic art, architecture, music and history on an all-encompassing journey through four countries along three great rivers— the Danube, Main and Rhine—and to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites.

From exotic Budapest, “Queen of the Danube,” to imperial Vienna, “City of Waltzes,” to the sky-high spires of Cologne’s Gothic cathedral—centuries of intriguing history and culture unfold before your eyes. The Melk Abbey’s great library overlooking the Danube and the Würzburg Residence’s soaring ceiling fresco by Tiepolo will leave you mesmerized. And throughout your journey, tantalize your senses with exclusive wine, apricot brandy and beer tastings, along with regional culinary delicacies. Discover the grand sweep of history and the dynamic present along legendary rivers on a magnificent journey that gives you the best of Europe’s great treasures as well as off-the-beaten-path gems.

Who will enjoy this cruise? Travelers wishing to discover the full spectrum of European culture, history, art and architecture; and connoisseurs of fine food and world-class wine.

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 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

  • 12 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

Accommodations

  • 15-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Duchess
  • 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, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands
  • 8 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 a Signature Lecture
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Duchess
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 $400 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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