CRUISETOUR

Portraits of Eastern Europe (19 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Prague, Czech Republic to Bucharest, Romania
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Prague, Czech Republic

Arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague. 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 hotel.

DAY 2
Prague, Czech Republic

Is it possible not to be completely enchanted by Prague, with its fabled skyline of spires, fortress-like castle, beautifully preserved architecture, and iconic Charles Bridge? A cultural magnet for the likes of artists, writers, scientists, and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing, too).

DAY 3
Prague, Czech Republic
Nürnberg, Germany

Leave Prague this morning and travel via motorcoach to Nuremberg, where your ship awaits. Before you embark on your river voyage, you'll have time to enjoy lunch on your own and then explore historic Nuremberg and visit sites associated with the rise and fall of the Third Reich. One of Germany's leading cities for many centuries, Nuremberg's glowing heritage as a center of German arts, culture, and economy was, sadly, also responsible for its disastrous experience in the 1930s and 1940s.

DAY 4
Regensburg, Germany

Experience a masterpiece of modern engineering as your ship navigates through the Main-Danube Canal. After arriving in Regensburg you'll have three options for experiencing this medieval gem—travel through time, learn about the city's Jewish past, or watch high-tech robots assemble the Ultimate Driving Machine. Today, you'll have a chance to experience one of most amazing engineering feats on the Danube. The Main-Danube Canal is a masterwork of engineering: it allows ships of all shapes and sizes to cruise from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea, through no fewer than 15 countries. Sixteen locks punctuate the 106-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between Kelheim and Bamberg, linking the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. Building the canal was no small task, especially considering changes of altitude (each river is different); the locks gently lift and lower the ships an astonishing 1,332 feet (406 meters) over the continental divide. Efforts to connect the rivers began with Charlemagne in AD 793, but the present-day canal was only completed in 1992. Come up on deck and watch as your ship negotiates a set of locks on its way to Regensburg. Once you reach the beautiful UNESCO-designated city, you have a variety of ways to see a town that has been an international trading hub for 2,000 years.

DAY 5
Straubing, Germany
Passau, Germany

You have two tantalizing places to experience today, Straubing and Passau. Get to know Straubing with a walking tour and brewery visit; later, you'll have a choice of adventures in Passau, a cultural crossroads in more ways than one. See the sights of Straubing with a local expert and visit a local brewery. Relax onboard as your ship cruises along the mighty Danube, past lovely Bavarian countryside on its way to Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz, and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Explore the historic Old Town on foot or choose a more active adventure.

DAY 6
Passau, Germany
Engelhartszell, Austria, Austria

Cyclists have a treat in store today—a chance to pedal through the gorgeous Austrian countryside.

DAY 7
Spitz, Austria

Sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views in the Wachau Valley, famous for its apricot groves, Rieslings, and natural beauty. Later, take your pick of excursions—a stroll and wine tasting in the centuries-old village of Spitz, or Melk Abbey and its opulent Baroque-style library. Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through this glorious landscape, where you are faced with a difficult choice: do you explore a charming riverbank village or visit one of the most beautiful libraries in the world? Later in the day, you'll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops, Baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks marking historic villages and splendid abbeys, and apricot orchards and vineyards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria's best white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years.

DAY 8
Vienna, Austria

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—a city tour that includes a visit to the State Opera or a curated look at two of Vienna's finest collections of art and curiosities. The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here, Beethoven and Mozart composed here, Freud developed his theories here. It's a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections, and inviting cafés—and today it is yours to explore.

DAY 9
Budapest, Hungary

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 tours—see it on four wheels or your own two feet. As your ship cruises through Hungary toward Budapest, you'll sail through the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. Once you dock in vibrant Budapest, Hungary's capital, you'll discover an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even the city's geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Appropriately enough, you have your choice of two different ways to explore it today.

DAY 10
Budapest, Hungary

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. Today you have an opportunity to explore Budapest's treasures at your leisure. It's a mecca for lovers of Art Nouveau architecture—the building housing the Franz Liszt Academy of Music is a particularly noteworthy example of the style—so perhaps you would like to take yourself on a tour of some of these beauties. For a reminder of the centuries when Hungary was ruled by the Ottoman Turks, take a look at the 16th-century tomb of Gül Baba (and enjoy a Turkish coffee at the adjoining coffeehouse). Treat yourself to a relaxing day at one of the city's splendid spas, such as the Gellért Baths, or borrow one of the ship's bicycles and explore Margaret Island. Your options are many, and all of them are delightful.

DAY 11
Budapest, Hungary

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, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary's capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today? You have three options to choose from.

DAY 12
Vukovar, Croatia
Osijek, Croatia
Vukovar, Croatia

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 rustic food. You'll dock in Vukovar, Croatia's biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers.

DAY 13
Belgrade, Serbia

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. People originally settled at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava some 7,000 years ago, making Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia, one of Europe's oldest cities. Signs of its tumultuous history are visible everywhere, but so too is its vibrant present. You have two very different ways to see it today—the choice is yours.

DAY 14
Golubac Fortress, Serbia
Iron Gate, Romania

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. Unwind onboard as you cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long (134-kilometer-long) stretch of scenic gorges that were cut through the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over eons by the Danube River. These gorges, which act as a natural border between Serbia and Romania, are among the most dramatic and beautiful sights in all of Europe. This was one of the swiftest and most dangerous stretches of the river before two dams were built: Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II. Construction on the dams began in 1964 and took 20 years to complete; they have dramatically altered the area's landscape, raising the water level by 114 feet (35 meters) and drowning several islands and villages. 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 and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars, and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867 when they abandoned it.

DAY 15
Vidin, Bulgaria
Belogradcik, Bulgaria
Vidin, Bulgaria

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.

DAY 16
Rousse, Bulgaria
Tirnovo, Bulgaria
Arbanassi, Bulgaria
Rousse, Bulgaria

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.

DAY 17
Giurgiu, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings, and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania's 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People's Palace, which you can visit today. Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local's perspective. 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.

DAY 18
Bucharest, Romania
Snagov, Romania
Snagov Monastery, Romania
Snagov, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

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 Ceaușescu Mansion.

DAY 19
Bucharest, Romania

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.

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