9-night Highlights of Eastern Europe Cruisetour

Cruise Line:
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Ship:
River Duchess
Destination:
Bucharest/Budapest
Departure Date:
5/22/2018
Length:
9
Offer ID:
1257091
from
$3999


As you are warmly welcomed onboard the River Duchess, the elegant lobby sets the stage for the unfolding of your one-of-a-kind river cruise experience. The main lounge offers a place to gather with friends for cocktails or to enjoy some culturally-enriching onboard entertainment. A cozy library provides the perfect setting for conversing with friends about the awe-inspiring sights you've seen or simply perusing one of the many interesting books on display. Finely appointed furnishings in plush fabrics and rich leathers, custom designed carpets and silk wall treatments are only a few of the signature touches used to create the most inviting ambience for guests traveling onboard a Uniworld ship.

Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Land Tour: Bucharest
5/22/2018
5/22/2018

Bucharest is the capital and largest city in Romania and is located in the southern part of the country. Referred to as the ‘Paris of the Balkans’, Bucharest has ornate buildings, wide boulevards and gardens fashioned after French architecture and city planning. In the name of progress and modernization, North Korean style buildings began being erected – many of which still stand unfinished today. Sights to see in Bucharest range from the stately to the heavenly. The Palace of Parliament should not be missed while in Bucharest – and it’s hard not to. It’s the second largest building in the world behind the Pentagon. Containing over 1,000 rooms, restaurants, conference areas and an art gallery, it houses the Romanian Parliament. There are several museums in the city, such as the National Art Museum and the Village Museum - an open–air museum containing over 300 houses, churches and mills from all over Romania and displays of some of the best folk architecture in the region. The Antim Monastery and Patriarchate Church are among Bucharest's outstanding religious structures.

Land Tour: Bucharest
5/23/2018
5/23/2018

Bucharest is the capital and largest city in Romania and is located in the southern part of the country. Referred to as the ‘Paris of the Balkans’, Bucharest has ornate buildings, wide boulevards and gardens fashioned after French architecture and city planning. In the name of progress and modernization, North Korean style buildings began being erected – many of which still stand unfinished today. Sights to see in Bucharest range from the stately to the heavenly. The Palace of Parliament should not be missed while in Bucharest – and it’s hard not to. It’s the second largest building in the world behind the Pentagon. Containing over 1,000 rooms, restaurants, conference areas and an art gallery, it houses the Romanian Parliament. There are several museums in the city, such as the National Art Museum and the Village Museum - an open–air museum containing over 300 houses, churches and mills from all over Romania and displays of some of the best folk architecture in the region. The Antim Monastery and Patriarchate Church are among Bucharest's outstanding religious structures.

Land Tour: Bucharest
5/24/2018
5/24/2018

Bucharest is the capital and largest city in Romania and is located in the southern part of the country. Referred to as the ‘Paris of the Balkans’, Bucharest has ornate buildings, wide boulevards and gardens fashioned after French architecture and city planning. In the name of progress and modernization, North Korean style buildings began being erected – many of which still stand unfinished today. Sights to see in Bucharest range from the stately to the heavenly. The Palace of Parliament should not be missed while in Bucharest – and it’s hard not to. It’s the second largest building in the world behind the Pentagon. Containing over 1,000 rooms, restaurants, conference areas and an art gallery, it houses the Romanian Parliament. There are several museums in the city, such as the National Art Museum and the Village Museum - an open–air museum containing over 300 houses, churches and mills from all over Romania and displays of some of the best folk architecture in the region. The Antim Monastery and Patriarchate Church are among Bucharest's outstanding religious structures.

Land Tour: Transfer to Ship
5/24/2018
5/24/2018

Depart to the cruise ship for embarkation on a trip of a lifetime!

Giurgiu
5/24/2018
5/24/2018

The Giurgiu County is situated in the Southern part of Romania, on the middle course of the Danube River, as a part of the Romanian Plain. The Southern border of the county washed by the Danube on a length of 72 km gives it the possibility to have river connections (including the way to the Black Sea) with the Danubian countries from the Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1993 when the Rhin-Main-Danube was finished, an opening to the West-European countries was created being possible to reach the North Sea via Rotterdam. The Giurgiu-Ruse road and railway bridge, the only permanent cross over the Danube to Bulgaria, offers also connections to the countries of Central Europe, from and to the Balkan Peninsula and Middle Asia. The Giurgiu county has a diversified industrial production, but being situated in a predominant agricol region its main wealth consists in agricultural activities (cereals, vegetables and vine). The opening of the Free Zone of Giurgiu, the short distance to Bucharest and Bulgaria will offer new opportunities in the development of this county. The natural landscape, interesting historic places offer to tourists some points of attraction. For example, in the village of Comana, on the bank of the Neajlov River, there is a monastery built by ruler Vlad Tepes which is documentary dated back from 1461. The Monuments from Calugareni, placed on the road between Bucharest and Giurgiu, are dedicated to the Romanian army led by Mihai the Brave who fought here in 1594-1595 and was admired by the whole Europe after drove away over the Danube the numberless Ottoman army of Sinan Pasha. The capital city of this county is Giurgiu which is documentary dated back from 1395. Among the monuments of Giurgiu the Clock Tower has to be mentioned. Also the "Teohari Antonescu" History Museum is an important and interesting cultural place in Giurgiu.

Rousse
5/25/2018
5/25/2018

Rousse is an ancient Bulgarian port on the Danube River. People originally settled there because the river produced a living. Today the municipality enjoys a rich cultural lifestyle, hosting an Arts and Culture club, the Rousse Art Gallery, a community art center for children, and the Sava Ognyanov Drama Theatre, one of the most successful professional theatre companies in Bulgaria.

Vidin
5/26/2018
5/26/2018

The town is situated at 199 km north-west of Sofia, on the right bank of Dunabe it is linked with Kalafat town (in Romania) by a ferry. A major factor making the city a resort is the availability of mineral water.

Vidin is one of the oldest towns along the Bulgarian Danube bank. It appears as the Roman fortress of Bononia on the foundations of a Thracian settlement. During the First Bulgarian Kingdom it is known as Budin (Bdin). Bishop's centre. During the Second Bulgarian Kingdom it is a strong fortress and after 1371 a capital of the Vidin Kingdom under Tsar Ivan Sratsimir.

To this day the following sites have been preserved: Baba Vida fortress, built in the 9th-10th centuries on the ruins of a Roman fortress (rebuilt many times, its present appearance dating back to the 18th C.), the Turkish konak (the second half of the 18th C.), the mosque and library of Osman Nuri Pasha, the cruciform barracks of 1798, old Renaissance buildings, a synagogue.

Iron Gates (Cruising)
5/27/2018
5/27/2018

This scenic passage is truly a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Iron Gates are a narrow gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. The gorge, one of the most dramatic sights in Europe, forms a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

Belgrade
5/28/2018
5/28/2018

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia with about 1.6 million inhabitants. It is located in southeast Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times it has been an important traffic focal point, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. Belgrade is the capital of Serbian culture, education, science and economy. As a result of its tumultuous history, many nations live in Belgrade for centuries, and the majority of the population make Serbs (86%) of Orthodox persuasion.

Osijek
5/29/2018
5/29/2018

Osijek is located on the beautiful River Drava, and is the largest city in Eastern Croatia. It boasts more greenery and parks than any other city in the country. Architecture enthusiasts will no doubt be mesmerized by Osijek's beautiful buildings including the Citadel an extensive complex of lovely building built in Baroque style by the Hapsburgs. The city art gallery holds a collection of Slovanian art that contains something for everyone including historic portraits of local aristocrats. Another attraction not to be missed by architecture lovers in the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. This grand neo-Gothic building is the city's defining visual trade-mark.

Budapest
Suggested Private Excursion
5/30/2018
5/30/2018

Caught between eastern and western Europe, Budapest has a character uniquely its own. It's also the last cheap, civilised city in Europe. Budapest can seem like one big sight, with each phase in its history, from the Ottoman period until the Communist days and from renaissance to revolution, leaving its mark on the city. For the tourist, a trip to Hungary's capital is dominated by the majestic sights of Buda. In the summer, there are open-air festivals at Szeged, Diosgyor Castle in Miskolc, Gyor and Pecs. Visit the former Royal Palace complex, the Matyas templom and the Belvaros. Margaret Island is a giant recreational park and feels pleasantly separated from the city bustle. Hungarian National Gallery houses Hungarian art since the birth of the nation. Although Esztergom is Hungary's most sacred city, home of the Archbishop and the nation's biggest church, it has a real-life edge. The first-time visitor to Szeged is invariably struck by its space and grandeur. One's immediate impressions of Hungary's third largest provincial city are of greenery and plazas, of broad.

Suggested Private Excursions

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Half Day City Tour of Budapest, 4 hours

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Full Day City Tour of Budapest, 8 hours

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Half Day Tour Budapest Castle District, 4 hours

Budapest
Suggested Private Excursion
5/31/2018
5/31/2018

Caught between eastern and western Europe, Budapest has a character uniquely its own. It's also the last cheap, civilised city in Europe. Budapest can seem like one big sight, with each phase in its history, from the Ottoman period until the Communist days and from renaissance to revolution, leaving its mark on the city. For the tourist, a trip to Hungary's capital is dominated by the majestic sights of Buda. In the summer, there are open-air festivals at Szeged, Diosgyor Castle in Miskolc, Gyor and Pecs. Visit the former Royal Palace complex, the Matyas templom and the Belvaros. Margaret Island is a giant recreational park and feels pleasantly separated from the city bustle. Hungarian National Gallery houses Hungarian art since the birth of the nation. Although Esztergom is Hungary's most sacred city, home of the Archbishop and the nation's biggest church, it has a real-life edge. The first-time visitor to Szeged is invariably struck by its space and grandeur. One's immediate impressions of Hungary's third largest provincial city are of greenery and plazas, of broad.

Suggested Private Excursions

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Half Day City Tour of Budapest, 4 hours

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Full Day City Tour of Budapest, 8 hours

Budapest Shore Excursion: Private Half Day Tour Budapest Castle District, 4 hours

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Rates are capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice.

Stateroom Description & Pricing Info

River View Cruise Only Price  
5 - Category 5 Stateroom $3999
4 - Category 4 Stateroom $4099
3 - Category 3 Stateroom $4799
2 - Category 2 Stateroom $5099
Balcony Cruise Only Price  
1 - Category 1 Stateroom $5599
Suite Cruise Only Price  
Suite - Suite $6999

*** WAITLIST: Availability in this category is to be advised. Please contact us to request a quote.

Rates are cruise or cruise/land only, per person, based on double occupancy. Port charges and government fees/taxes are additional for all guests. Fuel surcharges may apply. Please ask your travel counselor for details. Rates are subject to availability and may change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Departure Date:
5/22/2018
Number of Nights
9
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Duchess
  • 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 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" options
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 5 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "The Orient in Europe: Eastern Influences on the Western World"
Available Addons:
  • Pre or post cruise hotel stay
  • Optional roundtrip airfare

Airfare Terms:
Payment in full for optional airfare booked in conjunction with a Uniworld Cruise or Cruise-Tour is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of full air payment, your airfare, taxes and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the cost of the airfare.

Remarks:
All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Airfare, government fees and taxes additional. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors. The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™: All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Offer ID:
1257091

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Company Info

Kathleen Stahl Travel Services
529 36th Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 271-8091