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Delightful Danube & Prague

Operated by: Uniworld River Cruises

10 Days from $3,699 per person
Prague, Czech Republic

Countries Visited

Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic ...more Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic

Locations Visited

Budapest, Vienna, Spitz, Melk, Engelhartszell, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Prague ...more Budapest, Vienna, Spitz, Melk, Engelhartszell, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Prague
  1. Day 1 Budapest (Embark)

    Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt 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.

    meals Dinner
  2. Day 2 Budapest, Cruising the Danube River

    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.

    In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

    Generations Excursion: Bird’s Eye of Budapest
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit
    This panoramic tour is a wonderful way to get an overview of the city if you have never been here before. It will carry you along elegant Andrássy Avenue from Heroes’ Square, created in 1896 to honor the thousand-year anniversary of Hungary’s founding and its greatest historical figures, and past the state opera house, taking in some of the city’s other striking architectural sights—Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the truly stunning Parliament Building—on the way to Castle Hill, which has been called the heart of the nation. The city of Buda began here when King Béla built a strong keep in 1243 as a defense against Mongol invaders, and the Castle Hill district has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go inside the magnificent 700-year-old Matthias Church, named for one of Hungary’s greatest kings, and then wend your way on foot to the picturesque Fisherman’s Bastion, whose seven fairytale-like towers represent the seven tribes that originally settled the region. It offers a glorious view of the city and the Danube below.

    Note: Visits to the interior of Matthias Church may not be possible on some weekends and Catholic holidays.

    “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
    Get ready for a fun immersion in daily life in Budapest—your local guide will show you how to use the metro (one of the oldest in Europe) to easily reach all the city has to offer. Start with a visit to one of the city’s irresistible market halls. Stalls spill over with produce, sausages and meats, festoons of dried paprika, cheeses, and jars of honey, all of it authentically Hungarian. After you leave the market, stop for coffee and a sweet treat at Szamos Gourmet Palace, a combination pastry shop, café and chocolate maker in Vörösmarty Square. Marzipan is a favorite confection in Budapest, and Szamos has specialized in making it since the 1930s, so you might want to try some—but the shop’s truffle selection is equally irresistible. Refreshed, you’ll be ready to hop back on the tram for a visit to the gracious green spaces of Károlyi Garden, sometimes described as Budapest’s most charming small park. You’ll ramble along the boulevards and pass the Hungarian National Museum, truly getting the feel for this dynamic city, as you head back toward the ship.

    Your ship sets sail from Budapest after your tour, cruising along the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills.

    Generations Excursion: Bird’s Eye of Budapest
    Stroll through Budapest’s charming Erzsébet Square to the Budapest Eye, which opened in March 2017. Board a gondola for a ride on Europe’s largest Ferris Wheel and enjoy the panoramic views of the Danube River and Pest below. After taking to new heights, you’ll head to the Great Market Hall to indulge in some traditional Hungarian treats. This stunning market hall was built in 1897 and remains Budapest’s largest. Wander through its three floors of shops, cafes and stalls, sampling everything from fruit, salamis, pickles, Hungarian paprika and more.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  3. Day 3 Cruising the Danube River, 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.

    Choice of Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk or Vienna panoramic highlights with World Museum Vienna

    Generations Excursions:
    Magical History Tour
    Schönbrunn Royal Experience
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge):
    Schönbrunn Palace
    Private Mozart and Strauss concert

    Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk
    This excursion has it all! Join us and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Vienna. Begin the tour with a walk to the iconic and colorful Hundertwasser House before enjoying a walking tour of Burgtheater, the Habsburg Winter Palace and the Fine Art Museum. Replenish with a rest and a bite of delicious Vienna sausages, famous canapes or delightful sweets from Vienna’s best confectionary, Altmann & Kühne. The outing continues with a taste of Viennese white wine, traditional dark bread, and local meats and cheeses before you board the bus to Prater Park, home to the best view of the city thanks to the Ferris Wheel. This is an excursion sure to leave your senses delighted.

    Vienna panoramic highlights with World Museum Vienna
    Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions, stunning modern architecture and a treasure trove of historic artifacts housed in one of Europe’s most famous museums. See these sights, like the historic Giant Ferris Wheel, on a gorgeous panoramic drive through the city, before stopping in at the world-renowned Weltmuseum Wien, which hosts Austria’s largest collection of anthropological and archeological objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Tour the ancient relics and other items such as the feathered headdress of Aztec emperor Moctezuma. If time allows, take a stroll through the nearby park to take in the local color.

    Generations Excursion: Magical History Tour
    Watch as history comes alive on this exploration of the city at the interactive multimedia venue Time Travel Vienna. Discover Vienna’s eventful history in a unique way; Time Travel Vienna features a 5D cinema, animatronic wax figures, rides and multimedia shows equipped with extraordinary sound and light effects. After, you’ll embark on a humorous and expertly-led walk around the city that will bring you to the historical masonries of the St. Michael monastery.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Schönbrunn Royal Experience
    Learn more about the everyday life of the imperial family at the “Schloss Schönbrunn Experience” Children’s Museum. Dress up as a prince or princess, learn the secret language of fans, play with imperial toys or set the table for an imperial dinner. Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, is a stunning 1,441 room Baroque palace that’s revered as one of the most important architectural and historical monuments in the country. Marvel at its over 300 years of history that reflect the changing tastes of former monarchs and wander through its vast gardens.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Schönbrunn Palace
    Duration: 
    3.5 hours     Price: $76 pre-purchase/€66 EUR onboard     Pace: Intermediate
    Perhaps the apex of baroque design in Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace’s gardens and structures form a perfectly integrated masterwork; it was Empress Maria Theresa’s favorite palace, and she made it the social and political center of her empire, beginning in 1740. Your visit today will concentrate on the rooms occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph and his empress, Elisabeth (known as Sissi, she was enormously popular in her day). Franz Joseph restored the state rooms to their rococo splendor, but his private rooms reflect his rather severe nature, making for an illuminating contrast.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    Masterpiece Collection: Private Mozart and Strauss concert
    Duration: 
    3.5 hours     Price: $91 pre-purchase/€79 EUR onboard     Pace: Easy
    Vienna is linked inextricably with music, as so many great composers lived and worked here: Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Mahler, Brahms—the list is as long as it is glorious. Enjoy an evening of chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s world-class professionals in a historic and intimate concert venue. The music, naturally, will be by Mozart and Strauss.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Cruising the Wachau Valley, Spitz

    You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley toward Spitz. 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. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and apricot orchards and vineyards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through this glorious landscape. Later, enjoy a private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle.

    Choice of Private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family or Spitz “Village Day”

    Generations Excursions:
    Wachau Wander
    Artstetten Castle Adventure
    These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family
    You’re invited to a private cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family—a direct descendent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. As a pivotal part of world history, Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarajevo triggered WWI. The seven-towered castle, parts of which date back to the 13th-century, remains the private property of the Hohenberg family. It is the final resting place of the archduke and his wife, who are entombed in the family crypt, which you may explore. A museum within the castle walls is dedicated to Franz Ferdinand; you might be surprised to discover that the archduke, a stern military man if one judges him by his portrait, renounced his descendants’ claim to the Habsburg throne in order to marry for love.

    Generations Excursion: Wachau Wander
    Start your day with a tour of Spitz’ Shipping Museum. As you discover the history of shipping boats on the Danube dating back to prehistoric times, you’ll partake in a fascinating quiz. After, you’ll join your nature expert for a vineyard hike over man-made stone terraces, taking in the sweeping views of villages and the Danube.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Artstetten Castle Adventure
    Venture to Artstetten Castle, a beautiful château with seven distinctive towers located near the Wachau valley in Lower Austria for an insightful tour. Go bear hunting through the castle and enjoy time to explore the castle's sprawling gardens.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Engelhartszell, Cruising the Danube River, Passau

    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—and leaves Austria behind today. Your first German port of call is Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or join an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.

    Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking

    Choice of Passau walking tour or “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River

    Generations Excursions:
    Pedal Passau
    Treasure Hunt Trek
    Ilz River Splash
    These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge): Bavarian farm visit

    “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking
    Set off on an invigorating bike ride from Engelhartszell to Passau, led by one of our certified wellness instructors. Wind your way through the lovely countryside, along the Danube’s right side, upstream into the picturesque Danube Valley. These particular landscapes are some of the most beautiful in all of Europe—characterized by expansive vineyards, tree-lined slopes, and castle-dotted hillsides—and seamlessly blend the region’s cultural, historical and natural components together. Make a pit stop halfway at an Austrian beer garden, where you can savor your choice of regional beer. Pedal onwards toward Passau, past more charming villages, meadows and orchards, rounding out your trip in Passau’s Old Town.

    Passau walking tour
    The skyline of Passau is dominated by two buildings that owe their existence to the prince-bishops who ruled the city until 1803: the great fortress looming on a hill above the three rivers, home to the bishops until the 17th century, and the green onion domes of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. As you walk through the cobblestone streets toward those green onion domes, you’ll realize that Passau retains the layout of the medieval town. However, many of the wooden medieval buildings burned to the ground in the 17th century, and the prince-bishops imported Italian artists to build a new cathedral and a magnificent new residence for the bishops themselves. As a result, these splendid structures flaunt Italian baroque and rococo style and ornamentation, complete with opulent gilding and wonderful frescoes. Your guide will introduce you to some of the architectural highlights—the rococo stairways of the New Residence; the cathedral; and the Town Hall, which boasts a magnificent atrium adorned by large paintings by Ferdinand Wagner—and make sure you get a close-up view of the point where the three rivers meet.

    “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River
    Put on your hiking boots, grab a windbreaker and a bottle of water, and head out with a local hiking guide and nature expert to explore the banks of the Ilz River. This small but rushing tributary of the Danube originates deep in the Bavarian Forest, near the Czech border, and is just 40 miles long. Its upper stretch is a premier whitewater rafting location, but you’ll be hiking along the lower, serene end of the river. Your starting point is Hals-Hochstein, where you’ll pick up a nature trail that follows a curve of the river and then climbs a steep hill, where you have a great view of the river and woodlands. You will cross the river repeatedly, once by way of a dam and again toward the end of your four-mile hike, as you loop back to the Hals.

    Generations Excursion: Pedal Passau
    Head out on a cycling excursion on the famous Danube Bike Trail, venturing through Passau, Engelhartszell and other fascinating locales. This flat pathway hugs the river and offers spectacular views of Germany’s lush scenery. The Danube Bike Trail is one of Europe's largest, following stretches of the Danube in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Treasure Hunt Trek
    Join a local geocaching guide on a unique discovery of Passau’s historical and hidden spots. Pay close attention to clues and hints as you make your way from one station to the next, uncovering important historical information about your current location. Each station also includes a special activity for kids.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Ilz River Splash
    Enjoy an afternoon on the water with the chance to try out rowing, canoeing or paddle-boarding on the Ilz River, nicknamed the “Black Pearl,” due to the moors and bogs at its river basin that give the water a mesmerizing black color. The Ilz is a paradise for kayakers and paddle boarders alike and allows people of all experience levels to have fun here.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge): Bavarian farm visit
    Duration: 3.5 hours     Price: $65 pre-purchase/€56 EUR onboard     Pace: Strenuous
    Meet a modern-day farm family in a region where tradition lives on. This is a fun--and delicious!--excursion that gives you a taste of daily life on a farm in today’s Germany. A scenic road winding through the Bavarian Forest, Germany’s first national park, leads to the tiny village of Anschiessing, where Christa and Josef Artman (and their children) welcome you to their farm. Cows in the stable, chickens pecking in the yard and a traditional wood-fired outdoor oven all speak to a traditional lifestyle, but these days a small family farm won’t support a family, so the Artmans have branched out. They created a farm stand to sell their eggs and produce; then Christa decided to put her love of baking to good use: she has a bakery truck where she makes and delivers krapfen--fritters--to customers hungry for the hot, sugar-sprinkled treats. Want to try making them yourself? You’ll get the chance. See how to light the wood-burning oven (and taste the bread baked in it), sample yogurt and farmers cheese made on the premises, ramble through the picturesque village. The scenery is lovely and the insight into the daily routine of the region is enlightening.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Regensburg

    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.

    Choice of "Baroque 500" Thurn and Taxis castle visit or BMW factory visit or "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience

    Generations Excursion: Revved Engines
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge): Bavarian sausage-making workshop

    "Baroque 500" Thurn and Taxis castle visit
    Begin this three-hour excursion in Neupfarrplatz, the city center of Regensburg’s Old Town, before taking a short walk to the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis. The family estate is difficult to miss: at over 1,000 years old, the mansion boasts over 500 rooms complete with chandeliers, gold leafing, incredible art and architectural touches to make it truly a sight to behold. The palace has an incredible history and stands as a tale of revival, endurance and baroque style. What’s even more spectacular? The palace has a long list of celebrities who have stayed within its walls: Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Plácido Domingo and more. These walls may not be able to talk, but if they could they would surely say, “Come see us for yourself!”

    BMW factory visit
    Here is your opportunity to see German engineering, famous the world over, in operation as you tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory on the outskirts of Regensburg. About a thousand cars a day roll off the assembly line here, many of them in the BMW 3 series. You’ll see the fascinating production process from beginning to end, starting with rolls of sheet metal that are stamped out into body parts and continuing as the body is built and the various other elements are robotically assembled. You’ll follow a car into the finishing department to see it painted, polished and have the final touch applied—the BMW roundel.

    NOTE: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead

    "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience
    Did you know that Regensburg residents raised silkworms at one time? It’s just one of the unusual aspects of the city that you’ll discover on a hike that begins at the ship’s dock. Meet up with your guide and head out along the eastern gate road (that eastern gate was part of the old Roman walls), crossing the river to the narrow streets of Stadtamhof, an island in the Danube that is part of Regensburg’s UNESCO-honored medieval complex. Pause atop another bridge to take a look at boats cruising through the lock and then begin your ascent of Holy Trinity Hill; you’ll have a great view of old Regensburg from Windsor Heights, and you’ll pass some of the beautiful mansions that overlook the city—including the buildings that housed the silk plantation begun by Ludwig I in the early 19th century. Your route continues along the heights, offering views of the entire region: fields, woods, even the Bavarian forest in the far distance. After a brief rest, you’ll head back down to the town and the ship.

    Generations Excursion: Revved Engines
    Tour BMW’s state-of-the-art facility with an expert guide and see how their cars are produced from start to finish. Put on your safety goggles and factory coats and watch how massive conveyors lift the 3-series BMW up to be welded by computer-controlled robots. This tour offers a captivating look at the production of “the ultimate driving machine.”
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Bavarian sausage-making workshop
    Duration: 
    3 hours     Price: $78 pre-purchase/€68 EUR onboard     Pace: Intermediate
    Germany’s oldest restaurant, Alte Wurstkuche, has been serving sausages to Regensburg’s residents for almost 900 years—which tells you just how much Regensburg loves sausages. Delve into the craft and art of this delicious regional specialty after a tour of the town’s medieval core (presided over by the splendid cathedral) that ends at the Regensburg Ratskeller. It’s housed in part of the Old Town Hall, so it’s a historic site in its own right, but it’s also home to a family-owned shop where Bavaria’s beloved Weisswürste are made—weiss, meaning white (for veal), and würst, meaning sausage. Roll up your sleeves and help create some white sausage under the supervision of the shop’s master butcher, who shares the traditional recipe with you. Once you’ve weighed and mixed the ingredients and stuffed the casings, you’ll watch them cook to delicious perfection. Then comes the best part: eating your own hand-made sausages with local Händlmaier mustard and a fresh pretzel—and, if you want a truly traditional Regensburg experience in the heart of Old Town, you’ll sip a local beer with it.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Regensburg, Roth, Nuremberg

    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 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 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.

    In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Featured Excursion: Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WII rally grounds visit and Documentation Center visit

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge): Munich Oktoberfest

    Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WII rally grounds visit and Documentation Center visit
    Hitler considered Nuremberg the perfect expression of German culture (partly because of its significance in the Holy Roman Empire, which he called the First Reich), and so beginning in 1927, he chose to hold his massive rallies in the city. By 1933, his favorite architect, Albert Speer, had designed the vast Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where thousands upon thousands of Nazi troops saluted Hitler. (Leni Riefenstahl captured these events in her famous propaganda film Triumph of the Will.) Not all of Speer’s plans were executed, and some of his grandiose structures were bombed out of existence, but the remainder stand as vivid testimony to Hitler’s megalomania. A four-square-mile (10-square-kilometer) complex known as Zeppelin Fields contains parade grounds and a huge grandstand, the excavation site where a stadium for 400,000 people was begun—the hole is now filled with water.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Dinner
  8. Day 8 Nuremberg (Disembark), Transfer to Prague

    Disembark the ship early and set your sights on the “city of a hundred spires” as you transfer to Prague via motorcoach.

    Generations Excursion: Kletterwald Climbing Forest
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Kletterwald Climbing Forest
    Join your dedicated Family Host for an adventure at Speyer’s Climbing Forest. As you’re harnessed safely to ropes and nets, you’ll climb the trees and more than 200 platforms while having fun in the great outdoors with your family members. Choose from 24 different courses, depending on your comfort level, and enjoy fantastic views in this climbing haven.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Art Deco Imperial Hotel
  9. Day 9 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).

    Choice of Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour or Hradčany Castle visit

    Generations Excursion: Czech out Prague
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour
    Get an overview of the city with a panoramic tour that carries you past such sights as the State Opera House, the National Museum and Wenceslas Square on your way to massive Prague Castle. Step inside the castle's protective walls and enter a self-contained city, with courtyards, palaces, towers, churches and gardens designed for kings and emperors, along with housing and workplaces for all those who tended the rulers. Among the highlights are the lofty St. Vitus Cathedral, which took 600 years to finish, and Vladislav Hall, whose complex stone-vaulting system was one of the most advanced engineering feats of the late Middle Ages. After strolling through Golden Lane, a street of quaint cottages where Prague's 17th-century goldsmiths lived (alas, there's no truth to the legend that it was named for the royal alchemists), you may reboard the motorcoach for a ride back to the hotel or continue our guided walk through the picturesque Lesser Quarter, the district around the castle, to Charles Bridge. Cross the landmark bridge named for Charles IV, who ordered its construction in 1357; it's strictly for pedestrians now, so you can pause and look down at the Vltava below you and examine some of the statues that line the bridge, before you head to Old Town Square. This was the original market square; the buildings that surround it form a case study in Prague's architectural history. You'll find Prague's most famous Gothic church, Our Lady Before Týn, there, along with the 14th-century Old Town Hall (which boasts a famous medieval astronomical clock), the beautiful baroque St. Nicholas, the rococo Kinsky Palace and a group of Renaissance houses.

    Generations Excursion: Czech out Prague
    Set off with your family guide on an exploration of Prague. Head to the Petrin Tower, a mini version of the Eiffel Tower built for the Jubilee Exposition in 1891. This monument sits atop a hill and offers stunning views of Prague below. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can climb the 299 steps to the top. Up next is the UNESCO-designated Hradčany Castle District and the majestic Prague Castle—the largest ancient castle in the world. It’s half a mile long and is comprised of a large cathedral, palace, the office of the Czech President and an entire street of tiny houses called Golden Lane. Watch the changing of the guards, explore Golden Lane, or wind your way down through the historic district of Malá Strana and cross the Vltava River on the famous Charles Bridge. Your day ends in the heart of Old Town Square with a well-timed show of the 12 apostles on the 600-year-old astronomical clock.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Depart Prague

    You’ve experienced the best of the Danube River and Prague, sampling myriad culinary delights and exploring fascinating stops along the way. Now your journey comes to a close. If your cruise/tour includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Prague Václav Havel 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.

    meals Breakfast
  1. Day 1 Arrive Prague

    Arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague. 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.

    hotel Art Deco Imperial Hotel
  2. 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).

    Choice of Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour or Hradčany Castle visit

    Generations Excursion: Czech out Prague
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour
    Get an overview of the city with a panoramic tour that carries you past such sights as the State Opera House, the National Museum and Wenceslas Square on your way to massive Prague Castle. Step inside the castle's protective walls and enter a self-contained city, with courtyards, palaces, towers, churches and gardens designed for kings and emperors, along with housing and workplaces for all those who tended the rulers. Among the highlights are the lofty St. Vitus Cathedral, which took 600 years to finish, and Vladislav Hall, whose complex stone-vaulting system was one of the most advanced engineering feats of the late Middle Ages. After strolling through Golden Lane, a street of quaint cottages where Prague's 17th-century goldsmiths lived (alas, there's no truth to the legend that it was named for the royal alchemists), you may reboard the motorcoach for a ride back to the hotel or continue our guided walk through the picturesque Lesser Quarter, the district around the castle, to Charles Bridge. Cross the landmark bridge named for Charles IV, who ordered its construction in 1357; it's strictly for pedestrians now, so you can pause and look down at the Vltava below you and examine some of the statues that line the bridge, before you head to Old Town Square. This was the original market square; the buildings that surround it form a case study in Prague's architectural history. You'll find Prague's most famous Gothic church, Our Lady Before Týn, there, along with the 14th-century Old Town Hall (which boasts a famous medieval astronomical clock), the beautiful baroque St. Nicholas, the rococo Kinsky Palace and a group of Renaissance houses.

    Generations Excursion: Czech out Prague
    Set off with your family guide on an exploration of Prague. Head to the Petrin Tower, a mini version of the Eiffel Tower built for the Jubilee Exposition in 1891. This monument sits atop a hill and offers stunning views of Prague below. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can climb the 299 steps to the top. Up next is the UNESCO-designated Hradčany Castle District and the majestic Prague Castle—the largest ancient castle in the world. It’s half a mile long and is comprised of a large cathedral, palace, the office of the Czech President and an entire street of tiny houses called Golden Lane. Watch the changing of the guards, explore Golden Lane, or wind your way down through the historic district of Malá Strana and cross the Vltava River on the famous Charles Bridge. Your day ends in the heart of Old Town Square with a well-timed show of the 12 apostles on the 600-year-old astronomical clock.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast
  3. 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.

    Featured Excursion: Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII Rally Grounds visit and Documentation Center visit

    Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII Rally Grounds visit and Documentation Center visit
    Hitler considered Nuremberg the perfect expression of German culture (partly because of its significance in the Holy Roman Empire, which he called the First Reich), and so beginning in 1927, he chose to hold his massive rallies in the city. By 1933, his favorite architect, Albert Speer, had designed the vast Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where thousands upon thousands of Nazi troops saluted Hitler. (Leni Riefenstahl captured these events in her famous propaganda film Triumph of the Will.) Not all of Speer’s plans were executed, and some of his grandiose structures were bombed out of existence, but the remainder stand as vivid testimony to Hitler’s megalomania. A four-square-mile complex known as Zeppelin Fields contains parade grounds and a huge grandstand, the excavation site where a stadium for 400,000 people was begun—the hole is now filled with water.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  4. 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 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 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.

    Choice of "Baroque 500" Thurn and Taxis castle visit or BMW factory visit or "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience

    Generations Excursion: Revved Engines
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge): Bavarian sausage-making workshop

    "Baroque 500" Thurn and Taxis castle visit
    Begin this three-hour excursion in Neupfarrplatz, the city center of Regensburg’s Old Town, before taking a short walk to the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis. The family estate is difficult to miss: at over 1,000 years old, the mansion boasts over 500 rooms complete with chandeliers, gold leafing, incredible art and architectural touches to make it truly a sight to behold. The palace has an incredible history and stands as a tale of revival, endurance and baroque style. What’s even more spectacular? The palace has a long list of celebrities who have stayed within its walls: Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Plácido Domingo and more. These walls may not be able to talk, but if they could they would surely say, “Come see us for yourself!”

    BMW factory visit
    Here is your opportunity to see German engineering, famous the world over, in operation as you tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory on the outskirts of Regensburg. About a thousand cars a day roll off the assembly line here, many of them in the BMW 3 series. You’ll see the fascinating production process from beginning to end, starting with rolls of sheet metal that are stamped out into body parts and continuing as the body is built and the various other elements are robotically assembled. You’ll follow a car into the finishing department to see it painted, polished and have the final touch applied—the BMW roundel.

    NOTE: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead

    "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience
    Did you know that Regensburg residents raised silkworms at one time? It’s just one of the unusual aspects of the city that you’ll discover on a hike that begins at the ship’s dock. Meet up with your guide and head out along the eastern gate road (that eastern gate was part of the old Roman walls), crossing the river to the narrow streets of Stadtamhof, an island in the Danube that is part of Regensburg’s UNESCO-honored medieval complex. Pause atop another bridge to take a look at boats cruising through the lock and then begin your ascent of Holy Trinity Hill; you’ll have a great view of old Regensburg from Windsor Heights, and you’ll pass some of the beautiful mansions that overlook the city—including the buildings that housed the silk plantation begun by Ludwig I in the early 19th century. Your route continues along the heights, offering views of the entire region: fields, woods, even the Bavarian forest in the far distance. After a brief rest, you’ll head back down to the town and the ship.

    Generations Excursion: Revved Engines
    Tour BMW’s state-of-the-art facility with an expert guide and see how their cars are produced from start to finish. Put on your safety goggles and factory coats and watch how massive conveyors lift the 3-series BMW up to be welded by computer-controlled robots. This tour offers a captivating look at the production of “the ultimate driving machine.”
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Bavarian sausage-making workshop
    Duration: 
    3 hours     Price: $78 pre-purchase/€68 EUR onboard     Pace: Intermediate
    Germany’s oldest restaurant, Alte Wurstkuche, has been serving sausages to Regensburg’s residents for almost 900 years—which tells you just how much Regensburg loves sausages. Delve into the craft and art of this delicious regional specialty after a tour of the town’s medieval core (presided over by the splendid cathedral) that ends at the Regensburg Ratskeller. It’s housed in part of the Old Town Hall, so it’s a historic site in its own right, but it’s also home to a family-owned shop where Bavaria’s beloved Weisswürste are made—weiss, meaning white (for veal), and würst, meaning sausage. Roll up your sleeves and help create some white sausage under the supervision of the shop’s master butcher, who shares the traditional recipe with you. Once you’ve weighed and mixed the ingredients and stuffed the casings, you’ll watch them cook to delicious perfection. Then comes the best part: eating your own hand-made sausages with local Händlmaier mustard and a fresh pretzel—and, if you want a truly traditional Regensburg experience in the heart of Old Town, you’ll sip a local beer with it.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  5. 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.

    Choice of Passau walking tour or “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River

    Generations Excursions:
    Treasure Hunt Trek
    Ilz River Splash
    These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge):
    Munich Oktoberfest
    Bavarian Country Cooking Class

    Passau walking tour
    The skyline of Passau is dominated by two buildings that owe their existence to the prince-bishops who ruled the city until 1803: the great fortress looming on a hill above the three rivers, home to the bishops until the 17th century, and the green onion domes of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. As you walk through the cobblestone streets toward those green onion domes, you’ll realize that Passau retains the layout of the medieval town. However, many of the wooden medieval buildings burned to the ground in the 17th century, and the prince-bishops imported Italian artists to build a new cathedral and a magnificent new residence for the bishops themselves. As a result, these splendid structures flaunt Italian baroque and rococo style and ornamentation, complete with opulent gilding and wonderful frescoes. Your guide will introduce you to some of the architectural highlights—the rococo stairways of the New Residence; the cathedral; and the Town Hall, which boasts a magnificent atrium adorned by large paintings by Ferdinand Wagner—and make sure you get a close-up view of the point where the three rivers meet.

    “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River
    Put on your hiking boots, grab a windbreaker and a bottle of water, and head out with a local hiking guide and nature expert to explore the banks of the Ilz River. This small but rushing tributary of the Danube originates deep in the Bavarian Forest, near the Czech border, and is just 40 miles long. Its upper stretch is a premier whitewater rafting location, but you’ll be hiking along the lower, serene end of the river. Your starting point is Hals-Hochstein, where you’ll pick up a nature trail that follows a curve of the river and then climbs a steep hill, where you have a great view of the river and woodlands. You will cross the river repeatedly, once by way of a dam and again toward the end of your four-mile hike, as you loop back to the Hals.

    Generations Excursion: Treasure Hunt Trek
    Join a local geocaching guide on a unique discovery of Passau’s historical and hidden spots. Pay close attention to clues and hints as you make your way from one station to the next, uncovering important historical information about your current location. Each station also includes a special activity for kids.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Ilz River Splash
    Enjoy an afternoon on the water with the chance to try out rowing, canoeing or paddle-boarding on the Ilz River, nicknamed the “Black Pearl,” due to the moors and bogs at its river basin that give the water a mesmerizing black color. The Ilz is a paradise for kayakers and paddle boarders alike and allows people of all experience levels to have fun here.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Bavarian Country Cooking Class
    Duration: 
    5 hours     Price: $288 pre-purchase/€250 EUR onboard     Pace: Intermediate
    Discover the true meaning of farm-to-table! Roll through the lush hills of lower Bavaria--with a stop to at a farm store to pick up cooking supplies--to serene and bountiful Hofgut Hafnerleiten. This rural haven, a compound of guest houses, gardens, orchards and a state-of-the-art kitchen, is a dream come true for your hosts today, Erwin and Anja Rückerl. “Hofgut” means big farm, and this big farm began as a rural cooking school 15 years ago. Erwin Rückerl is an award-winning chef who abandoned a successful restaurant career in Munich to live in harmony with nature, growing the food he cooks. Don an apron and help him prepare a delectable three-course meal of Bavarian specialties; naturally, the menu varies with the season and the fruits of the farm--you might make dumplings or schnitzel or apple strudel--and then dine on the patio with a glorious view of the countryside or inside in the cozy dining room. One thing is always true though: good food, good wine and beer (or a yummy farm-made non-alcoholic beverage), and good company make for the most memorable meals.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. 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.

    Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking

    Generations Excursion: Pedal Passau
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking
    Set off on an invigorating bike ride from Engelhartszell to Passau, led by one of our certified wellness instructors. Wind your way through the lovely countryside, along the Danube’s right side, upstream into the picturesque Danube Valley. These particular landscapes are some of the most beautiful in all of Europe—characterized by expansive vineyards, tree-lined slopes, and castle-dotted hillsides—and seamlessly blend the region’s cultural, historical and natural components together. Make a pit stop halfway at an Austrian beer garden, where you can savor your choice of regional beer. Pedal onwards toward Passau, past more charming villages, meadows and orchards, rounding out your trip in Passau’s Old Town.

    Generations Excursion: Pedal Passau
    Head out on a cycling excursion on the famous Danube Bike Trail, venturing through Passau, Engelhartszell and other fascinating locales. This flat pathway hugs the river and offers spectacular views of Germany’s lush scenery. The Danube Bike Trail is one of Europe's largest, following stretches of the Danube in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. 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.

    Choice of Private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family or Spitz “Village Day”

    Generations Excursions:
    Wachau Wander
    Artstetten Castle Adventure
    These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge):
    Private Mozart and Strauss concert

    Private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family
    You’re invited to a private cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family—a direct descendent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. As a pivotal part of world history, Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarajevo triggered WWI. The seven-towered castle, parts of which date back to the 13th-century, remains the private property of the Hohenberg family. It is the final resting place of the archduke and his wife, who are entombed in the family crypt, which you may explore. A museum within the castle walls is dedicated to Franz Ferdinand; you might be surprised to discover that the archduke, a stern military man if one judges him by his portrait, renounced his descendants’ claim to the Habsburg throne in order to marry for love.

    Generations Excursion: Wachau Wander
    Start your day with a tour of Spitz’ Shipping Museum. As you discover the history of shipping boats on the Danube dating back to prehistoric times, you’ll partake in a fascinating quiz. After, you’ll join your nature expert for a vineyard hike over man-made stone terraces, taking in the sweeping views of villages and the Danube.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Artstetten Castle Adventure
    Venture to Artstetten Castle, a beautiful château with seven distinctive towers located near the Wachau valley in Lower Austria for an insightful tour. Go bear hunting through the castle and enjoy time to explore the castle's sprawling gardens.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Private Mozart and Strauss concert
    Duration: 
    3.5 hours     Price: $91 pre-purchase/€79 EUR onboard     Pace: Easy
    Vienna is linked inextricably with music, as so many great composers lived and worked here: Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Mahler, Brahms—the list is as long as it is glorious. Enjoy an evening of chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s world-class professionals in a historic and intimate concert venue. The music, naturally, will be by Mozart and Strauss.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. 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.

    Choice of Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk or Vienna panoramic highlights with World Museum Vienna

    Generations Excursions:
    Magical History Tour
    Schönbrunn Royal Experience
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection (for an additional charge):
    Schönbrunn Palace

    Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk
    This excursion has it all! Join us and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Vienna. Begin the tour with a walk to the iconic and colorful Hundertwasser House before enjoying a walking tour of Burgtheater, the Habsburg Winter Palace and the Fine Art Museum. Replenish with a rest and a bite of delicious Vienna sausages, famous canapes or delightful sweets from Vienna’s best confectionary, Altmann & Kühne. The outing continues with a taste of Viennese white wine, traditional dark bread, and local meats and cheeses before you board the bus to Prater Park, home to the best view of the city thanks to the Ferris Wheel. This is an excursion sure to leave your senses delighted.

    Vienna panoramic highlights with World Museum Vienna
    Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions, stunning modern architecture and a treasure trove of historic artifacts housed in one of Europe’s most famous museums. See these sights, like the historic Giant Ferris Wheel, on a gorgeous panoramic drive through the city, before stopping in at the world-renowned Weltmuseum Wien, which hosts Austria’s largest collection of anthropological and archeological objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Tour the ancient relics and other items such as the feathered headdress of Aztec emperor Moctezuma. If time allows, take a stroll through the nearby park to take in the local color.

    Generations Excursion: Magical History Tour
    Watch as history comes alive on this exploration of the city at the interactive multimedia venue Time Travel Vienna. Discover Vienna’s eventful history in a unique way; Time Travel Vienna features a 5D cinema, animatronic wax figures, rides and multimedia shows equipped with extraordinary sound and light effects. After, you’ll embark on a humorous and expertly-led walk around the city that will bring you to the historical masonries of the St. Michael monastery.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Generations Excursion: Schönbrunn Royal Experience
    Learn more about the everyday life of the imperial family at the “Schloss Schönbrunn Experience” Children’s Museum. Dress up as a prince or princess, learn the secret language of fans, play with imperial toys or set the table for an imperial dinner. Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, is a stunning 1,441 room Baroque palace that’s revered as one of the most important architectural and historical monuments in the country. Marvel at its over 300 years of history that reflect the changing tastes of former monarchs and wander through its vast gardens.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Masterpiece Collection: Schönbrunn Palace
    Duration: 
    3.5 hours     Price: $76 pre-purchase/€66 EUR onboard     Pace: Intermediate
    Perhaps the apex of baroque design in Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace’s gardens and structures form a perfectly integrated masterwork; it was Empress Maria Theresa’s favorite palace, and she made it the social and political center of her empire, beginning in 1740. Your visit today will concentrate on the rooms occupied by Emperor Franz Joseph and his empress, Elisabeth (known as Sissi, she was enormously popular in her day). Franz Joseph restored the state rooms to their rococo splendor, but his private rooms reflect his rather severe nature, making for an illuminating contrast.

    *Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be added to a booking up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if the booking window is missed, guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date–if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Gratuities are included. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. 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.

    In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

    Generations Excursion: Bird’s Eye of Budapest
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit
    This panoramic tour is a wonderful way to get an overview of the city if you have never been here before. It will carry you along elegant Andrássy Avenue from Heroes’ Square, created in 1896 to honor the thousand-year anniversary of Hungary’s founding and its greatest historical figures, and past the state opera house, taking in some of the city’s other striking architectural sights—Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the truly stunning Parliament Building—on the way to Castle Hill, which has been called the heart of the nation. The city of Buda began here when King Béla built a strong keep in 1243 as a defense against Mongol invaders, and the Castle Hill district has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go inside the magnificent 700-year-old Matthias Church, named for one of Hungary’s greatest kings, and then wend your way on foot to the picturesque Fisherman’s Bastion, whose seven fairytale-like towers represent the seven tribes that originally settled the region. It offers a glorious view of the city and the Danube below.

    Note: Visits to the interior of Matthias Church may not be possible on some weekends and Catholic holidays.

    “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
    Get ready for a fun immersion in daily life in Budapest—your local guide will show you how to use the metro (one of the oldest in Europe) to easily reach all the city has to offer. Start with a visit to one of the city’s irresistible market halls. Stalls spill over with produce, sausages and meats, festoons of dried paprika, cheeses, and jars of honey, all of it authentically Hungarian. After you leave the market, stop for coffee and a sweet treat at Szamos Gourmet Palace, a combination pastry shop, café and chocolate maker in Vörösmarty Square. Marzipan is a favorite confection in Budapest, and Szamos has specialized in making it since the 1930s, so you might want to try some—but the shop’s truffle selection is equally irresistible. Refreshed, you’ll be ready to hop back on the tram for a visit to the gracious green spaces of Károlyi Garden, sometimes described as Budapest’s most charming small park. You’ll ramble along the boulevards and pass the Hungarian National Museum, truly getting the feel for this dynamic city, as you head back toward the ship.

    Your ship sets sail from Budapest after your tour, cruising along the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills.

    Generations Excursion: Bird’s Eye of Budapest
    Stroll through Budapest’s charming Erzsébet Square to the Budapest Eye, which opened in March 2017. Board a gondola for a ride on Europe’s largest Ferris Wheel and enjoy the panoramic views of the Danube River and Pest below. After taking to new heights, you’ll head to the Great Market Hall to indulge in some traditional Hungarian treats. This stunning market hall was built in 1897 and remains Budapest’s largest. Wander through its three floors of shops, cafes and stalls, sampling everything from fruit, salamis, pickles, Hungarian paprika and more.
    This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Farewell Reception & Dinner
  10. 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.

    meals Breakfast
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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

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic S.S. Beatrice, Uniworld's newset ship
  • 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial 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

Excursions

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

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

All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.

Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.

Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.

Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.

The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.

Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Ship Information
DELIGHTFULLY DIVINE

River Beatrice has reemerged as S.S. Beatrice, after undergoing an extensive bow-to-stern renovation. This jewel of a ship made her debut bearing an inspired, sleek look, graceful redesigned bow, updated lounge and the most elegant grand staircase. Be one of the first to cruise on the lavishly refined S.S. Beatrice.

STUNNING NEW FEATURES

Additional five-star dining venues with a private space for group dining

A new grand suite

Two new royal suites measuring 390 square feet

Several adjoining rooms, perfect for families traveling together

Click HERE to view a pdf of ship facts (and click HERE to download software to open a pdf file).

 

Inaugurated: 2009
Renovated: 2018
Guests: 152
Staff: 55

Royal Suites: 2 (390 sq ft)
Grand Suites: 2 (310 sq ft)
Suites: 12 (225 sq ft)
Deluxe French Balcony: 13 (150 sq ft)
French Balcony: 37 (150 sq ft)
Classic: 10 (150 sq ft)

Length: 430 ft
Width: 37.5 ft
Voltage: 110/220 volts

 

SUITE

Luxurious riverview suite (225 sq ft - 21 sq m)

Suite includes a handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center

Marble bathroom with Hermés bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

 

DELUXE FRENCH BALCONY

Luxurious riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment center, mineral water

Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

 

FRENCH BALCONY

Luxurious riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment center, mineral water

Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

 

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 

We are excited to introduce our newest Super Ship — S.S. Beatrice. The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades, and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron – a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades, and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

S.S. Beatrice offers four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge and newly added Schubert’s and Max’s. For guests seeking an immersive culinary experience, Max’s restaurant offers intimate cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café located at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cozy Austrian-styled eatery features menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations.

Additionally, S.S. Beatrice has two new Grand Suites each measuring 310 square feet and a second 390 square foot Owner’s/Royal Suite. Connecting rooms, ideal for friends and families traveling together, have also been added.

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Trusted Customer
Monday, November 2, 2015
Service
No problems with service - all questions and concerns were addressed in a timely manner. Schedule was somewhat confusing as it was presented in days (ie.: day 1, day 2, etc) but without specific dates, which resulted in confusion when booking hotels prior to and post cruise.
Response from Grand European Travel:
The low water levels on the Danube River was a problem for many cruises this season. We're sorry that your trip was one that was impacted, but we did send out compensation to all guests who were affected. We hope that you can travel with us again very soon. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Vacation
Very disappointed that the vessel was unable to reach one of the scheduled ports due to low water levels which resulted in a shortened guided tour and an additional a bus ride.
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