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Two Week Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

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15 Days
4 Countries

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands

14 Cities

Amsterdam, Cologne, Rüdesheim, Frankfurt, Wertheim, Würzburg, Kitzingen, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Weissenkirchen, Vienna, Budapest

41 Meals

12 Dinners, 14 Breakfast Buffets, 12 Lunchs, 1 Welcome Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner, 1 Continental Breakfast

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size 120 passengers

Uniworld River Cruises

If all-inclusive, luxury travel is your standard go-to, or are traveling to celebrate a milestone or special occasion, a boutique, luxury river cruise is the perfect choice. The world’s best and most awarded luxury river cruise line, for more than four decades, Uniworld has specialized in providing intimate and in-depth one-of-a-kind journeys for travelers seeking to explore the rivers of the world in exceptional style. On every all-inclusive Uniworld river cruise, you’ll be whisked away to a variety of destinations in one trip onboard a beautiful river ship. Along the way, you’ll enjoy five-star cuisine, unique local experiences, and exceptional service from the longest tenured crew in river cruising.

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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—such eye-catching entrances are a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ship fleet. 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.

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

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S.S. Beatrice
Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Amsterdam (Embark)
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Cologne

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

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

Cologne
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner
Featured Excursions
Cologne Walking Tour

Follow your guide around some of the most popular sites of Cologne, the largest city on the Rhine. You’ll pass the old fish market, City Hall...

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Day 3

Rüdesheim

Experience the most spectacular scenery on the Rhine this morning as you cruise past the famous Middle Rhine Valley. Later, experience Germany’s fabled Rheingau in one of two ways today. Take in spectacular views of the region from the Rüdesheim mini-train, or venture within an atmospheric medieval monastery and taste the Rieslings made on site. Like many cities along the Rhine, Rüdesheim has a lengthy history that stretches back to Roman times. These days, the town is best known for its narrow avenue of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse and its impressive Niederwald Monument.

Rüdesheim
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
The Rüdesheim Mini-Train
Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Abbey Eberbach Medieval Monastery Tour with Riesling Tasting

Kloster Eberbach is a former Cistercian monastery built in the Romanesque and early Gothic style, and is considered one of the most significant arc...

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Included in Trip

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Day 4

Frankfurt (Heidelberg)

Vibrant Frankfurt, often referred to as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, boasts world-class museums, soaring skyscrapers, cozy wine taverns and lovely parks. Choose a brief tour that gives you an overview of this major European financial and trade center. Alternatively, visit romantic Heidelberg and its Renaissance castle.

Frankfurt (Heidelberg)
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Heidelberg Castle Visit

Walk up a cobblestone incline to Heidelberg Castle, where you’ll have a guided tour of the courtyard and the Heidelberg Tun—the world&r...

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Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Heidelberg School Visit

Please note that participation in this tour requires first joining the “Heidelberg Castle Visit” excursion. Following a guided visit ...

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Included in Trip

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Featured Excursions
Frankfurt Walking Tour with Local Treats

Meet your local guide outside the ship and get ready for a tasting tour of Frankfurt. Enjoy some iconic favorites, such as grüne sosse—a...

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Day 5

Wertheim

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

Wertheim
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Wertheim Walk with Local Treats

This region of Bavaria is known for its amber-colored beer, spicy bratwurst, traditional soft pretzels, and unique wine bottles with short necks an...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Let's Go: Wertheim Bicycle Tour

Get out and about on one of the finest and most popular cycling routes in Germany, the bike path along the Main. Starting in Wertheim, a fairytale ...

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Day 6

Würzburg

Your ship will dock in the charming Franconian town of Würzburg, where you can visit the extraordinary Würzburg Residence, one of the most opulent baroque palaces in Europe.

Würzburg
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, wh...

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Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Würzburg Wine Tour
Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Day 7

Cruising the Main River, Kitzingen (Rothenburg)

Step into a fairytale version of the Middle Ages in Rothenburg and visit a medieval castle that’s been described as a miniature Versailles. Spend a relaxing day onboard as your ship wends its way along the Main River between Würzburg and Bamberg. It’s something of a truism to say that this route takes you from wine to beer, and you’ll see the transition as you sail past the vineyard-covered slopes around Würzburg toward Bavaria’s famous beer-brewing center, Bamberg. Along the way, you’ll pass delightful little villages and romantic castle ruins, drift under lovely old bridges, and have plenty of time to observe the fascinating variety of vessels plying the river, from heavily loaded barges to jaunty little pleasure craft.

Cruising the Main River, Kitzingen (Rothenburg)
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Fairytale Rothenburg

Step into a fairytale version of the Middle Ages in Rothenburg with its great stone walls surrounding the medieval core, linking towers, bastions, ...

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Day 8

Bamberg

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

You’ll spend the rest of the day on the peaceful Main River, cruising past quiet Franconian hamlets and picturesque countryside. It’s the perfect time to indulge in the many comforts of your luxury ship while watching some of Europe’s loveliest scenery glide by.

Bamberg
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life f...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Franconian Village Day

If you’re interested in getting to know more about the landscape and local farming techniques in the beautiful Steigerwald region, this visit...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Day 9

Nuremberg, Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Head up to the top deck or find a seat with a good view—you won’t want to miss seeing the ship navigate its way through a marvel of modern engineering, the Main-Danube Canal. A formidable set of locks, 16 in all, lifts your ship to the crest of the European “continental divide.” Arrive in the archetypal medieval German city of Nuremberg. Nuremberg is justifiably famous for its gingerbread and pocket watches, and it was also the site of some key moments in 20th-century history. You’ll choose between two memorable ways of exploring this exceptional city. You can join a tour of a secret Nazi art bunker hidden underground, or you can accompany a local expert to the city’s most important WWII sites, including the enormous Nazi Party Rally Grounds—the actual site of the Nazi Party rallies.

Nuremberg, Cruising the Main-Danube Canal
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Nuremberg City Tour with WWII Rally Grounds and Documentation Center Visits

Hitler considered Nuremberg the perfect expression of German culture (partly because of its significance in the Holy Roman Empire, which he called ...

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Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Nuremberg City Walk & Art Bunker Visit

Set out on a panoramic drive towards Nuremberg’s Old Town. Along the way, look out the window to catch a glimpse of several interesting sites...

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Day 10

Regensburg

Bavaria’s first capital, Regensburg, owes its impressive historical lineage and rich architectural heritage to 600 years as a Free Imperial City, a fact recognized by UNESCO in 2006. Today, you’ll discover how the beautifully preserved medieval city coexists with a vibrant modern urban center.

Regensburg
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Regensburg Walking Tour

People have been describing Regensburg as “old and new” for a thousand years. A single structure perfectly illustrates this: Porta Prae...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
“From Hops Field to Beer Stein” Farm Visit

Hops vines grow up their strings in a field tower almost twice a person’s height. They’re grown for their flowers, which add a distinct...

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Day 11

Passau

Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz— Passau is well known for its ornate baroque cathedral. Today, the city is unusually well preserved, having been spared the brunt of Allied bombing during WWII, as you’ll see on your walking tour.

Passau
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
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 fortres...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Let's Go: Bicycle Ride along the Inn River

The Inn River rises in the Alps, near Innsbruck (hence the name of the famous Swiss ski resort) and flows through three nations (Switzerland, Austr...

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Day 12

Weissenkirchen (Melk)

Named for its white church, Weissenkirchen may very well be the prettiest village in the Wachau Valley. A local expert will show you around and introduce you to some regional delicacies, including a wine tasting. Prefer to go for baroque? Visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinarily opulent library. Later, you can stretch your legs with a vineyard hike.

Weissenkirchen (Melk)
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Let’s Go: Vineyard Hike

If you're up for a hike, join a group on a hike up through the vineyards. A stairway at the church will take you past the ancient cemetery and up t...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Nights Out: House of Strauss Visit & Concert

After dinner onboard, join us on a private visit to Vienna’s House of Strauss, a museum and concert venue that offers a deep dive into the li...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Weissenkirchen Village Walk with Wine Tasting

You’ve seen the apricot orchards along the river banks; now taste the fruit. Begin with an easy walk to Weissenkirchen, which may be the pret...

See More
Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Melk Abbey with Library Visit

The Babenbergs, a great medieval ducal family that controlled a wide swath of Austria before yielding to the Habsburgs, were the first to erect a c...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Day 13

Vienna

Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Begin your day at the Vienna Art History Museum, then embark on a tour of the city's imperial highlights.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Vienna
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
Featured Excursions
“Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

The Habsburgs assembled an astonishing collection of artistic treasures over the centuries, which formed the basis for the works now on display at ...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Imperial City Highlights with Hofburg Palace Visit

Ring Street, the great horseshoe-shaped boulevard lined with many of the city’s major landmarks—Parliament, City Hall, the Vienna State...

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Featured Excursions

Day 14

Budapest

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

Budapest
Included Meals Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner
Featured Excursions
Budapest Panoramic Highlights with Parliament Visit

Take in the highlights of Budapest on a panoramic tour down Andrassy Avenue, a bustling promenade lined with breathtaking Neo-Renaissance architect...

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Included in Trip

Featured Excursions

Featured Excursions
Budapest Walk with Local Treats

Today your guide will show you how to snack around Budapest like a local, starting with a tram ride to the House of Parliament. Hop off the tram an...

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Featured Excursions

Day 15

Budapest (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. Or you can extend your stay in beautiful Budapest with our exciting optional post-cruise extension.

Budapest (Disembark)
Included Meals Continental Breakfast, Breakfast Buffet

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Featured Excursions
Cologne Walking Tour

Follow your guide around some of the most popular sites of Cologne, the largest city on the Rhine. You’ll pass the old fish market, City Hall...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
The Rüdesheim Mini-Train
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Abbey Eberbach Medieval Monastery Tour with Riesling Tasting

Kloster Eberbach is a former Cistercian monastery built in the Romanesque and early Gothic style, and is considered one of the most significant arc...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Heidelberg Castle Visit

Walk up a cobblestone incline to Heidelberg Castle, where you’ll have a guided tour of the courtyard and the Heidelberg Tun—the world&r...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Heidelberg School Visit

Please note that participation in this tour requires first joining the “Heidelberg Castle Visit” excursion. Following a guided visit ...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Frankfurt Walking Tour with Local Treats

Meet your local guide outside the ship and get ready for a tasting tour of Frankfurt. Enjoy some iconic favorites, such as grüne sosse—a...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Wertheim Walk with Local Treats

This region of Bavaria is known for its amber-colored beer, spicy bratwurst, traditional soft pretzels, and unique wine bottles with short necks an...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Let's Go: Wertheim Bicycle Tour

Get out and about on one of the finest and most popular cycling routes in Germany, the bike path along the Main. Starting in Wertheim, a fairytale ...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, wh...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Würzburg Wine Tour
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Fairytale Rothenburg

Step into a fairytale version of the Middle Ages in Rothenburg with its great stone walls surrounding the medieval core, linking towers, bastions, ...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life f...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Franconian Village Day

If you’re interested in getting to know more about the landscape and local farming techniques in the beautiful Steigerwald region, this visit...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Nuremberg City Tour with WWII Rally Grounds and Documentation Center Visits

Hitler considered Nuremberg the perfect expression of German culture (partly because of its significance in the Holy Roman Empire, which he called ...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Nuremberg City Walk & Art Bunker Visit

Set out on a panoramic drive towards Nuremberg’s Old Town. Along the way, look out the window to catch a glimpse of several interesting sites...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Regensburg Walking Tour

People have been describing Regensburg as “old and new” for a thousand years. A single structure perfectly illustrates this: Porta Prae...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
“From Hops Field to Beer Stein” Farm Visit

Hops vines grow up their strings in a field tower almost twice a person’s height. They’re grown for their flowers, which add a distinct...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
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 fortres...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Let's Go: Bicycle Ride along the Inn River

The Inn River rises in the Alps, near Innsbruck (hence the name of the famous Swiss ski resort) and flows through three nations (Switzerland, Austr...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Let’s Go: Vineyard Hike

If you're up for a hike, join a group on a hike up through the vineyards. A stairway at the church will take you past the ancient cemetery and up t...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Nights Out: House of Strauss Visit & Concert

After dinner onboard, join us on a private visit to Vienna’s House of Strauss, a museum and concert venue that offers a deep dive into the li...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Weissenkirchen Village Walk with Wine Tasting

You’ve seen the apricot orchards along the river banks; now taste the fruit. Begin with an easy walk to Weissenkirchen, which may be the pret...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Melk Abbey with Library Visit

The Babenbergs, a great medieval ducal family that controlled a wide swath of Austria before yielding to the Habsburgs, were the first to erect a c...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
“Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

The Habsburgs assembled an astonishing collection of artistic treasures over the centuries, which formed the basis for the works now on display at ...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Imperial City Highlights with Hofburg Palace Visit

Ring Street, the great horseshoe-shaped boulevard lined with many of the city’s major landmarks—Parliament, City Hall, the Vienna State...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Budapest Panoramic Highlights with Parliament Visit

Take in the highlights of Budapest on a panoramic tour down Andrassy Avenue, a bustling promenade lined with breathtaking Neo-Renaissance architect...

See More
Included in Trip
Featured Excursions
Budapest Walk with Local Treats

Today your guide will show you how to snack around Budapest like a local, starting with a tram ride to the House of Parliament. Hop off the tram an...

See More
Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners

Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions

Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water

Excursions

12 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Guided "Let's Go" and "Village Day" programs

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Accommodations

14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant River Duchess or the majestic River Princess

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options

Free Wi-Fi

Experiences

12 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Guided "Let's Go" and "Village Day" programs

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Cruise: Western & Central Europe

Dining  

When dining onboard, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. 

Complimentary Beverages  

All beverages are included during your cruise. Complimentary beverages onboard include wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water.  

Gratuities 

Gratuities for all onboard personnel including the ship staff, crew, and Cruise Manager, are included. 

Curated Excursions 

Complementary and comprehensive shore excursions led by local English-speaking experts designed to provide the best possible experiences ashore. 

Scheduled Airport Transfers 

Complementary airport arrival and departure group transfers provided for flights that meet guidelines.

Uniworld sails rivers in several Western & Central European Countries, including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland 

  • Official Languages: Croatian (Croatia), Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), French (Belgium, France, Switzerland), German (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Luxembourgish (Luxembourg), Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish (Spain), Romansh (Switzerland) 

  • Capital Cities: Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), Zagreb (Croatia), Paris (France), Berlin (Germany), Rome (Italy), Vaduz (Liechtenstein), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Bern (Switzerland).  

  • Time Zones: Western European Time (EET), UTC+0, and Western European Summer Time (EEST), UTC+1, Central European Time (CET) UTC+1, Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC+2 during daylight saving time. 

  • Currencies: 
    Austria: Euro (EUR) € 
    Belgium: Euro (EUR) € 
    Croatia: Croatian Kuna (HRK) kn 
    France: Euro (EUR) € 
    Germany: Euro (EUR) € 
    Italy: Euro (EUR) € 
    Liechtenstein: Swiss Franc (CHF) CHF 
    Luxembourg: Euro (EUR) € 
    Netherlands: Euro (EUR) € 
    Portugal: Euro (EUR) € 
    Spain: Euro (EUR) € 
    Switzerland: Swiss Franc (CHF) CHF 

All Uniworld river cruises require a passport with at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Must be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.  

Visa Requirements: Access the latest entry requirements for all your destinations with our user-friendly Destination Entry Guide. Powered by CIBT, the leading authority in travel visas and US passports; check back as often as you like before your trip to ensure you have everything you need before you depart.  

  • Austria: Austria features a temperate continental climate with cold winters and mild summers. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, with more rain in the summer months. 

  • Belgium: Belgium has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild winters and cool summers. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year. 

  • Croatia: Croatia has a varied climate, with continental influences inland and a Mediterranean climate along the coast. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild along the coast but colder inland with snowfall. 

  • France: France experiences a variety of climates, ranging from oceanic and Mediterranean to alpine. Generally, it has mild winters and warm summers, but specific regions may have different weather patterns. 

  • Germany: Germany has a temperate seasonal climate with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Winters are usually cold, while summers are mild to warm. 

  • Italy: Italy has a diverse climate, with Mediterranean conditions prevailing along the coast and continental climates in the interior. Summers are typically hot and dry, while winters are mild in the south and colder in the north. 

  • Liechtenstein: Liechtenstein has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with slightly more rain in the summer months. 

  • Luxembourg: Luxembourg has a temperate maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. 

  • The Netherlands: The Netherlands has a maritime climate influenced by the North Sea, with mild winters and cool summers. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year. 

  • Portugal: Portugal has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The southern region experiences hotter temperatures compared to the north. 

  • Spain: Spain has a diverse climate, ranging from Mediterranean in the south to maritime and continental in the north. Summers are typically hot and dry, while winters vary from mild to cold depending on the region. 

  • Switzerland: Switzerland has a temperate climate with distinct regional variations. The Alpine region experiences cold winters and cool summers, while the lowlands have milder temperatures with more precipitation throughout the year. 

Baggage Allowance 

Baggage storage space onboard is limited. For their own comfort and convenience, Uniworld requests guests bring one (1) suitcase per person and one (1) carry-on bag per person (excluding purses). Airline baggage restrictions change frequently. Guests should check on the specific air carrier’s website for limitations concerning baggage weight, baggage size, carry-on regulations, and excess or overweight baggage charges.  

Packing Tips for a River Cruise 

Packing for a river cruise will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started: 

  • A valid and current passport. 

  • A copy of your travel insurance and any necessary travel documents. 

  • Your Cruise Travel Companion, easily accessible should you need to reference it. 

  • Prepare for a variety of weather conditions, depending on your travel season and the regions through which you will be cruising. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows you to adjust to most temperatures, by removing or adding items throughout the day.  

  • Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is fine both onshore and onboard. Everyday slacks, khakis, walking shorts and everyday skirts/dresses are recommended. For warmer months, bring lightweight clothing that can be layered. For early spring and late fall departures, heavier cotton or wool tops and long-sleeved shirts, and pants are perfectly suitable. 

  • Comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. You will participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore.  

  • A lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably a hooded one) for all seasons, and a heavier weight jacket for colder temperatures and destinations.  

  • Evening wear: Resort-type wear is perfectly suitable. Men may want to bring a sport jacket for dressier venues and for special events onboard such as the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell festivities. Women may wish to bring a cocktail dress or two for finer dining or entertainment experiences.  

Laundry Services Onboard 

A launderette containing a self-service washing machine, dryer, and iron is available for your use while aboard the ship. The ship also provides washing, drying, and ironing services for a fee. There are no dry-cleaning facilities. 

Electrical Currency on European Ships 

Electrical current is 220V, the European standard. To accommodate guests’ needs, each stateroom or suite has one 110V outlet.  

Using a Hair Dryer Onboard 

Every stateroom or suite bathroom is stocked with a hair dryer, bath and body products, and a luxurious bathrobe for each guest. 

Air Conditioning  

Every stateroom and suite has an individual thermostat for air-conditioning and/or heat.  

Connecting to the Internet & Wi-Fi 

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.  

From visiting a museum without the crowds to an after-hours tour of a famous landmark, these included, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are arranged privately for Uniworld guests. All shore excursions are carefully coordinated to the ship’s daily schedule. Each motorcoach or walking group has its own English-speaking local expert.  

Masterpiece Collection (Additional, Optional Experiences) 

Uniworld’s curated Masterpiece Collection of optional excursions go above and beyond the included experiences and are available for an additional charge. 

We highly recommend having travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad. 

Spa Treatments & Massages While Cruising* 

Spa treatments and massage services are available onboard the ship. 

Special Dietary Needs 

Please notify GET or Uniworld if you have special dietary concerns or considerations that need to be considered while traveling. Uniworld staff will do their best to ensure that your request is accommodated, but GET cannot guarantee that requests can be met in all cases.  

Mobility Concerns 

Passengers must advise GET at time of booking of any physical, medical, or other special needs that require accommodation.  

Uniworld does not employ staff nurses or doctors onboard its ships, nor can they provide personal medical or mobility devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, or prescription eyeglasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting, or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. Please note, embarkation/disembarkation facilities may not be navigable using wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or the like. As well, excursions often include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, or stairs. 

Traveling with Medications 

In accordance with international laws, no over-the-counter medications are available on Uniworld ships. Pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Click the link to learn more about traveling with medications 

*Available on select ships. Additional fee for spa services.  

Gratuities for all onboard personnel including the ship staff, crew, and Cruise Manager, are included during your cruise. 

Local Specialists & Coach Drivers 

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) per person per half day.

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Cecilia Zander
Review date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Service
Our riverboat cruise was canceled after we had already left the country. Because of the time difference during this unplanned event getting information and help was almost impossible. Generally speaking I have received good service in planning my other trips but I would hope that more help would be provided in unplanned and unexpected circumstances. Much of the time I needed help was over a weekend and it was not available. What if it had been a health or family emergency? Uniworld was able to help but they had the same communication problems and it took several days before I was actually assisted. I had very competent and timely help but it didn't start until 2 days after I received cancelation notification. It's hard to give an "average" review because in this particular experience it was actually way less than I would have expected. Over the years, I have been pleased with GET so this is an averge.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that your cruise was cancelled and on such short notice. We were working with the team at Uniworld to make sure everyone was contacted and finding out that you had already left the country did make it more difficult. It was a very unfortunate and unexpected situation and we apologize for all of the stress and inconvenience involved. We are glad that Uniworld was able to find a replacement cruise for you and that you enjoyed yourself on that portion.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Vacation
It was actually better than good but that's because my travel partner and I made the best of an unhappy situation, not because of any assistance we got from GET. We were basically left high and dry to plan the 16 days of time we had once our cruise got canceled. We both chose different options. My companion went totally on her own, creating her own itinerary, booking her own reservations for hotels and transportation, finding her own activities, etc. Not at all what was expected for the 16 days of luxurious river cruising. I opted to have Uniworld book my on a replaced 1 week cruse and once I found the right person there, things went smoothly. The riverbook crew, as always, was outstanding.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Service
Three years ago, I travelled with a friend, who made most of the arrangements. As a result, nothing was in my name, though I paid for my own portion of the trip to GET directly. When we planned for this year’s trip, I asked that we be treated separately, so that my name would be on my travel documents, though we made it clear that we were traveling together. This year, your agents put us on completely different flights! This was very inconvenient, since we were leaving from the same place and trying to arrive at the same hotel. Plus, we did not know that are plane tickets were not together until too late to make any changes. This was because I never received my flight information when the tickets had been purchased, though I did ask. I did not receive anything, until I asked again closer to the flight. At that time I got a response that the person doing my ticketing was out of the office- until after my trip began! I had to find someone else to get me the information. And the most absurd thing about you asking for my review is that the cruise was canceled at the last minute, due to low water levels in the river.
Vacation
Did not happen due to low water levels
Cecilia Zander
Review date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Service
I have used them several times and keep coming back so that says something. I personally dislike these pesky review requests.
Vacation
It is surprising that you weren't told that my trip was cancelled 3 weeks before departure which caused havoc to summer plans. Would have preferred to hear earlier and been given a detailed reason for cancellation especially since I was emailed information about joining same itinerary 2 weeks later! My friend couldn't join me as she had to return to work then. In addition to having to figure out what to do with her 3 weeks of non-returnable vacation time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry about the disruption of your summer plans and cancellation of your original cruise date. Our colleagues at Uniworld were doing everything possible to operate all of their cruise dates but were presented with challenges with reopening from COVID and getting everything repositioned. We do hope that you enjoyed your cruise.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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