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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
10 Days from $3,699 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. 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.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. 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 exclusive walking tour, cover more ground with a panoramic tour or “Go Active” with a guided bike ride.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Budapest by bicycle

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

     

    Note: Budapest’s market halls are closed on holidays. If your tour lands on a holiday, we will skip the market.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  3. Welcome to Croatia! This ancient country, which has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war, is noted for its beautiful countryside and thriving folk traditions, as well as delicious simple, local rustic food. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Full-day tour of Vukovar with Vucedol Museum visit and lunch at Goldschmidt winery or Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back some 7,000 years. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, juxtaposed with the city’s vibrant modern-day present. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates. Later, head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress.

    Featured Excursion:
    Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for one of two unusual excursions today—visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations or head to a riverside estate devoted to the arts.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Bulgarian red rock country or Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  8. This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy a traditional three-course Romanian lunch at a local restaurant and a panoramic city tour. Tonight you’ll relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, Romania’s capital and its cultural and economic center.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Bucharest city tour with People's Palace visit or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
    hotel:6656
  9. Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III—known in his heyday as Dracula or "Vlad the Impaler"—was a medieval prince with a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies. Or was it all a smear campaign instigated by his enemies? Find out more today on a visit to his tomb. Also on the agenda—a guided tour of the infamous Ceausescu Mansion.

    Featured Excursion:
    Romanian countryside tour with visits to Ceausescu Mansion and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6656
  10. Check out of your hotel this morning. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport for your flight home.

    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”
  • Itinerary in reverse
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
4 Apr 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,199pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
9 Apr 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,199pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Bucharest to Budapest
18 Apr 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,199pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
23 Apr 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,199pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Bucharest to Budapest
17 May 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,199pp $5,699pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
22 May 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,199pp $5,699pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Bucharest to Budapest
30 May 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $6,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
4 Jun 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $6,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Bucharest to Budapest
30 Jun 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,199pp $5,699pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
5 Jul 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,199pp $5,699pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Bucharest to Budapest
13 Aug 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,799pp $5,099pp $5,599pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
18 Aug 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,199pp $5,699pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Bucharest to Budapest
22 Aug 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,499pp $6,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
27 Aug 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $6,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Bucharest to Budapest
26 Sep 18 $4,199pp $4,299pp $4,999pp $5,299pp $5,799pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
1 Oct 18 $4,199pp $4,299pp $4,999pp $5,299pp $5,799pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Duchess
Bucharest to Budapest
3 Oct 18 $4,299pp $4,399pp $5,199pp $5,399pp $5,799pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Budapest to Bucharest
Itinerary in reverse
8 Oct 18 $4,199pp $4,299pp $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,699pp $6,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Beatrice
Bucharest to Budapest
  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

 

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.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount. 

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 cruise.

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.

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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 $499 per person (single supplement $199)
Additional fees may apply, please call for details.


Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Budapest.

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