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Highlights of Eastern Europe (River Cruise)

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Budapest & the Danube
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
11 Days from $3,739 per person

Follow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in new cultures and make new friends as you travel from splendid Budapest to dynamic Bucharest, discovering the best that the revitalized nations of Eastern Europe have to offer along the way. 

 

Gaze in wonder at the lofty spires of Hungary’s Parliament Building as it rises majestically above the Danube in Budapest. Sit down for friendly, intimate meals with farmers in Croatia and artists in Romania. Uncover scores of little-known treasures, including the picturesque Bulgarian hill towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi and the surprising rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back in time to investigate the history and legends along the Danube while you cruise the Iron Gates. Tour Belgrade by bicycle, marvel at the massive People’s Palace in Bucharest or see Vlad the Impaler’s tomb in the Romanian countryside.

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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 discover Budapest’s wonders. Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration of the city, join the guided bike tour. Cap your day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  4. Start your day with a short walking tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, or head directly to Osijek. Discover the city’s abundance of cultural and artistic heritage, including Tvrda, the self-contained 18th century Habsburg defensive fortress. Later, travel through the Croatian countryside to a family-owned farm where you’ll sip homemade brandy and indulge in a tapas-style buffet of locally produced delicacies.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Choose one of two ways to explore Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia and one of Europe’s oldest cities. Join a panoramic tour that includes a visit to the Royal Palace. For a more active exploration, opt for a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Enjoy a day onboard, cruising through the Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges, which are among the most dramatic sights in all of Europe.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin, your base for one of two unusual excursions. One takes you to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations, which are over 200 million years old—and have inspired nearly as many legends. The other takes you to Cetate Cultural Port, a haven for Romanian artists of all sorts—poets, potters, painters, filmmakers and musicians.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. You could choose to spend the day visiting two historic hill towns, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, home to six amazing 17th-century stone churches, each one decorated with intricate frescoes, and visit the Nativity Church, with murals of the Nativity and the Last Judgment. Afterwards, be treated to a traditional Bulgarian country lunch. For those who wish for a different experience, spend time in Rousse and then visit the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo— once an enclave of more than 40 churches and chapels— and the Basarbovo Rock Monastery, where monks still live and worship today. Spend your last night on the ship at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. A panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of architecture. If you prefer to do as the locals do, enjoy a leisurely walk as you take in the locals’ favorite sights and taste some of their favorite appetizers.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
    hotel:6656
  10. Spend some time today in the lavish People’s Palace— the world’s largest civilian building. Or you can choose to explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6656
  11. Explore the fascinating cultural crossroads of Istanbul at your leisure today.

    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
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 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

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic River Beatrice or imperial River Duchess
  • 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 5 countries
  • 7 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 2 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: “The Orient in Europe: Eastern Influences on the Western World”
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# Solo Friendly Departure. Single Supplement waived on these dates. Call for dates.

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 Beatrice or River Duchess.

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.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category. 

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.

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: 410 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 156 / Staff: 53

Suite: Owner's Suite (300 sq ft), 14 Suites (225 sq ft) / Staterooms: 63 (150 sq ft) / Rivers: Danube River

Europe’s enchanting Danube River—with glorious jewels such as Budapest and Vienna situated along its legendary shores—can be experienced onboard Uniworld’s ultra-luxurious River Beatrice. From the gorgeous two-story lobby to the handsome Captain’s Lounge and Library to the indulgent Serenity River Spa, it’s clear that no expense was spared creating this meticulously crafted 410-foot, 156-passenger vessel.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Owner's Suite

Luxurious riverview owner's suite (300 sq ft - 28 sq m) with a French balcony

Owner's suite includes a handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area

Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in the Captain's Lounge

Suite

Luxurious riverview suite (225 sq ft - 21 sq m) with a French balcony

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

Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in the Captain's Lounge

Category 1-3

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 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

Lounge

Restaurant

Restaurant

Lounge

Service

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

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria must have a current passport 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 Croatia is the Kuna, in Hungary is the Forint, in Bulgaria is the Lev, in Romania is the Leu and in Serbia is the Dinar. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, 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 bringing 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. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. 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.

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

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
  • Walking discovery 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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