Day 1 | AMSTERDAM (EMBARK) (D)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol 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.
Day 2 | AMSTERDAM (BB/L/WD)
Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of theNorth,” starting with a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Van Gogh Museum. You’ll have the museum’s extraordinary collection all to yourself, with an art historian to show you the highlights. Afterwards, explore the delightfully quirky city with a canal ride or on foot with a local expert..
Featured Excursions: “Morning with the Masters” at the Van Gogh Museum with Amsterdam canal cruise or “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour.
Day 3 | COLOGNE* (BB/L/D)
You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most well-known site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town, introduce you to the famous local brew, and share some of the cathedral’s secrets with you.
Featured Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral and Kölsch beer.
Explore: Begin your day by making use of our complimentary Nordic walking poles with a guided stroll along the river.
Day 4 | RÜDESHEIM (BB/L/D)
Experience Germany’s fabled Rheingau in one of two ways today. Take in spectacular views of the region’s famous vineyards from the perspective of an aerial cable car, or venture within an atmospheric medieval monastery and taste the Rieslings made on site. The town is best known for its narrow avenue of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse and its Niederwald Monument.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Rüdesheim wine village and panoramas of Niederwald Monument or Abbey Eberbach medieval monastery tour with Riesling tasting.
Back Onboard: Experience the most spectacular scenery on the Rhine later in the afternoon as you cruise past the German Corner.
Day 5 | FRANKFURT (HEIDELBER) (BB/L/D)
Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe due to its profusion of bankers and soaring skyscrapers, which coexist with the city’s traditional Old Town architecture. Experience Frankfurt’s many contrasts today by visiting Germany’s oldest museum or taking a guided “Let’s Go” bike ride.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour or Heidelberg with castle visit or Philosopher’s Walk.
Day 6 | WERTHEIM (BB/L/D)
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.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate or “Let’s Go” bicycle tour from Freudenberg to Wertheim.
Day 7 | WÜRZBURG (BB/L/D)
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.
Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residence visit.
Explore: Embark on a hike to the stunning Marienberg Fortress.
Day 8 | KITIZINGEN (ROTHENBURG) (BB/D)
Step into a fairytale version of the Middle Ages in Rothenburg as you explore the city or opt to spend a relaxing day onboard as your ship wends its way along the Main River between Kitizingen and Schweinfurt. 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 cycling hotspot of Schweinfurt toward Bavaria’s famous beerbrewing center, Bamberg.
Featured Excursions: Fairytale Rothenburg.
Explore: Pedal through Schweinfurt on an afternoon bike ride.
Day 9 | BAMBERG (BB/L/D)
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.
Featured Excursions: Bamberg walking discovery tour and exclusive Franconian “Village Day.”
Day 10 | NUREMBERG (BB/L/D)
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 hop aboard a motorcoach and “Do as the Locals Do,” 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.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII rally grounds visit or Nuremberg “Do as the Locals Do.”
Onboard: This morning, 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.”
Day 11 | KELHEIM, REGENSBURG** (BB/L/WD)
Today in Regensburg, you can travel through time, get a crash course on making craft beer, watch high-tech robots assemble the Ultimate Driving Machine or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the town.
Featured Excursions: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour or “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit and afternoon BMW factory visit or “Let’s Go” Regensburg hiking experience.
Day 12 | PASSAU (BB/L/D)
Just before reaching Passau, the ship will pass through the famous Schlögener Schlinge—a “gooseneck” or hairpin turn in the Danube. Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz—Passau is well-known for its ornate baroque cathedral.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour or Passau panoramic tour with mini hikes.
Day 13 | WEISSENKIRCHEN (OR MELK) (BB/L/D)
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; later, you can stretch your legs with a vineyard hike that includes a wine tasting. Prefer to go for baroque? Visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinarily opulent library.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with vineyard hike or Melk Abbey with library visit.
Back Onboard: This evening, see the Danube illuminated by the night sky as you cruise past Melk to Passau.
Day 14 | VIENNA (BB/L/FD)
Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the City of Waltzes with your choice of excursions, as well as VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art—having an opportunity to see these masterpieces in complete privacy is an extra-special treat reserved solely for Uniworld guests.
Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum and choice of Vienna city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour.
Explore: Enjoy a picture-perfect bike ride around Danube Island.
Day 15 | BUDAPEST (BB/L/D)
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.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Budapest—panoramic highlights & Opera or Highstreet shopping or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour.
Day 16 | BUDAPEST (BB/L/D)
Enjoy a day of leisure, exploring the Hungarian capital to your heart’s content. Other passengers are heading home today, but you are only halfway through your marvelous holiday.
Day 17 | BUDAPEST (BB/L/WD)
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has its own distinctive character and allure. Explore this dynamic and multifaceted city with your choice of excursions—you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest—panoramic highlights & Opera or Highstreet shopping or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour.
Back Onboard: In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Day 18 | VUKOVAR (OSIJEK) (BB)
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 simple, delicious local rustic food. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Vucedol Culture Museum and lunch at a family winery or full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch.
Day 19 | BELGRADE (CB/BB)
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 “Let’s Go” “I Bike Belgrade” tour.
Day 20 | GOLUBAC (BB/L/D)
Head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinarily well-preserved medieval fortress. All along the way, history lines the banks of the river. Keep an eye out for Trajan’s Plaque, which the ancient Romans erected to commemorate the road they anchored in the steep cliffs above the water, and Golubac Castle, built in the 14th century.
Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle.
Back Onboard: This evening’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates.
Day 21 | VIDIN (BB/L/D)
Vidin is a port town on the Danube that once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for an unusual excursion today— a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations.
Featured Excursion: Belogradchik Red Rock Valley.
Onboard: Revel in an intriguing lecture on “Serbia Today.”
Day 22 | ROUSSE (BB/L/FD)
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 charming 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 “Do as the Locals Do” walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries. Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse “Do as the Locals Do” walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries.
Day 23 | GIURGIU (DISEMBARK), TRANSFER TO BUCHAREST (BB)
This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour or walking tour in the old Lipscani district. 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: Bucharest panoramic highlights tour or Bucharest “Do as the Locals Do.”
Day 24 | BUCHAREST (BB)
On today’s agenda—a guided tour of the infamous Ceaușescu Mansion. Venture to the opulent former residence of Romania’s former leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, where you’ll have a guided tour. It’s been a quarter of a century since deposed Romanian president Ceaușescu and his wife Elena were executed by a firing squad on Christmas Day in 1989, but now you can roam the opulent 80-room residence where the couple once lived, situated on 3.5 acres of grounds in one of Bucharest’s most desirable neighborhoods.
Featured Excursion: Ceaușescu’s Palace: the dictator’s private mansion.
Your Call: Travel to the Sinaia Mountain Resort and Peles Castle and enjoy a Romanian lunch and Romanian sparkling wine at Azuga Rhine Cellars on a “Masterpiece Collection” experience.
Day 25 | BUCHAREST (DEPART) (CB/BB)
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.
CB/BB Contl Breakfastf/Buffet L Lunch D Dinner WD/FD Welcome/Farewell Dinner