European Jewels

River Empress in Miltenberg
16 Days from $6,999 per person

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, the Würzburg Residence’s soaring ceiling fresco by Tiepolo and the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene will leave you mesmerized. Enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences like a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. 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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. Choose one of three ways to savor the beauty of Budapest: a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including Castle Hill; do as the locals do; or on an active exploration with biking on a “Green Budapest” tour. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  4. Enjoy a leisurely day onboard with scenic cruising.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Get acquainted with Vienna’s treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city’s artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a “Go Active” choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Discover Germany’s best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we’ll visit the Audi factory. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you’ll see the Audi museum.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence, and fairytale lovers will want to go to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you’ll visit a grand palace.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. Stroll through Wertheim’s historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  13. Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  14. Experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or visit a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  15. You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city’s iconic UNESCO Gothic Cologne Cathedral. If you prefer to embark on an exciting journey through the world of fragrance and the birthplace of eau de Cologne, then visit Farina House. For beer connoisseurs, you’ll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won’t want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  16. Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • on the stunning River Princess, imperial River Duchess, elegant River Empress or regal River Queen
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 4 countries
  • 12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “European Jewels of Art and Architecture”
  • Exclusive Monarch Collection on select summer departures
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
asterisk 25 Apr 17 10 May 17 $7499pp
$7,499 pp
asterisk 2 May 17 17 May 17 $7099pp
$7,099 pp
9 May 17 24 May 17 $7299pp
$7,299 pp
asteriskhashtag 14 May 17 29 May 17 $7399pp
$7,399 pp
asterisk 23 May 17 7 Jun 17 $7899pp
$7,899 pp
28 May 17 12 Jun 17 $7899pp
$7,899 pp
hashtag 30 May 17 14 Jun 17 $7399pp
$7,399 pp
trianglehashtag 6 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
asterisk 13 Jun 17 28 Jun 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
asterisktriangle 20 Jun 17 5 Jul 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
4 Jul 17 19 Jul 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
11 Jul 17 26 Jul 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
asterisktrianglehashtag 18 Jul 17 2 Aug 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
asterisk 25 Jul 17 9 Aug 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
triangle 1 Aug 17 16 Aug 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
asterisk 1 Aug 17 16 Aug 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
asterisktriangle 15 Aug 17 30 Aug 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
hashtag 15 Aug 17 30 Aug 17 $7199pp
$7,199 pp
22 Aug 17 6 Sep 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
29 Aug 17 13 Sep 17 $7599pp
$7,599 pp
asterisk 29 Aug 17 13 Sep 17 $7599pp
$7,599 pp
asterisk 5 Sep 17 20 Sep 17 $8299pp
$8,299 pp
asteriskhashtag 12 Sep 17 27 Sep 17 $8299pp
$8,299 pp
12 Sep 17 27 Sep 17 $8299pp
$8,299 pp
26 Sep 17 11 Oct 17 $7799pp
$7,799 pp
3 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
asteriskhashtag 10 Oct 17 25 Oct 17 $7699pp
$7,699 pp
asterisk 17 Oct 17 1 Nov 17 $7399pp
$7,399 pp
triangle 31 Oct 17 15 Nov 17 $6999pp
$6,999 pp

* These departures operate in reverse.

# Solo Friendly Departure. Single Supplement waived on these dates. Call for details. 

Δ Monarch Collection on these departures.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Departures may be on either the River Empress, River Princess, River Duchess or River Queen.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any river cruise

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

 

 

 

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Main River, Danube River

The recently remodeled, 130-passenger River Duchess is decorated in soft hues of blue and green complemented by soothing earth tones, providing a tranquil and elegant onboard ambiance. Enjoy spectacular and ever-changing views of Europe’s most enchanting waterways in the ship’s stylish Blue Danube Lounge, Palace Restaurant, or the La Motte Sky Lounge.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

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. 

Lobby

Lobby

Lounge

Bathroom

Captain's Lounge

At Sea

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River, Main River

The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you’re dining in the ship’s sleek restaurant—reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

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. 

Lobby

Library

Lounge

Fitness

Patio

Restaurant

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Danube River, Rhine River

The stunning foyer of the 130-passenger River Princess sets an indulgent and luxurious tone for your European journey. Throughout the ship, jewel-tone greens, warm browns, and mix of black of white create a sophisticated ambiance, while stylish public areas—including a Main Lounge, a Sky Lounge, and a Captain’s Lounge and Library—provide comfortable places to curl up with a good book, chat with friends, or sip your favorite cocktail.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

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.

Lobby

Captain's Lounge

Dining

Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 128 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (215 sq ft) / Staterooms: 60 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River, Moselle River, Main River

One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Conde´ Nast Traveler Readers' Cruise Poll.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (215 sq ft - 20 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1-5

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

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. 

Reception

Main Lounge

Captain's Lounge

Lounge

Restaurant

Lounge

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria is the Euro, and in Hungary is the Forint. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Friday, October 14, 2016
European Jewels
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The trip went off as scheduled and everything worked as it should. Wonderful vacation!
Vacation : The ship was luxurious and the staff was caring and efficient. The excursions were well organized with excellent tour guides and a great selection of venues visited. The dining was exceptional. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
Friday, October 14, 2016
European Jewels
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Booking the trip was easy and the GET staff was helpful along the way.
Vacation : The Uniworld cruise was fantastic -- the ship was beautiful, the staff was outstanding and the excursions fun and educational. We especially enjoyed the private concert in Vienna.

Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Amsterdam

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Amsterdam by canal with Rijksmuseum visit
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $829 per person (single supplement $399)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Amsterdam.

Budapest

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Discovery walk tour of national treasures
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $529 per person (single supplement $319)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Budapest.

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