Highlights of Eastern Europe Uniworld River Cruise
September 29 - October 8, 2022
From Budapest to Bucharest, Roman ruins to medieval fortresses, this journey will reveal the highlights of this spectacular region. Follow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Experience new cultures, discovering the best that the revitalized nations of Eastern Europe have to offer along the way.
Gaze in wonder at Hungary’s architecturally stunning Parliament Building in Budapest or Ceausescu's Palace in Bucharest. Sit down for friendly, intimate meals with farmers in Croatia and locals in Bulgaria. Uncover off-the-beaten-path treasures and picturesque Bulgarian hill towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi and the surprising rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their 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 walking tour, cover more ground with a panoramic tour or “Let’s Go” with a guided bike ride. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West.
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.
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.
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 and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks.
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.
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. Or you can head to a local’s home to bake a traditional Bulgarian dish called banitsa.
Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Rousse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings.
Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo Monasteries.
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.
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.
Contact Catherine Addde for more information about this cruise and the Terms and Conditions that apply.
- $200 Discount per person
- $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom
- IMPECCABLE SERVICE with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
- INTIMATE and BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED SHIPS carrying an average of just 130 guests
- ALL GRATUITIES onboard and onshore
- All-scheduled AIRPORT TRANSFERS
- In-suite BUTLER SERVICE
- Elegant RIVER-VIEW STATEROOMS and SUITES, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds for an incredible night’s sleep
- DELICIOUS ONBOARD DINING and UNLIMITED BEVERAGES (including many premium spirits and wines)
- A variety of PERSONALIZED EXCURSIONS led by English-speaking local experts
- A number of EXCURSIONS curated EXCLUSIVELY for Uniworld guests
- WELL-EQUIPPED onboard FITNESS CENTER
- Onboard EXERCISE & WELLNESS classes (with certified onboard wellness instructors in Europe)
- BICYCLES and NORDIC WALKING STICKS for onshore use
- Shipwide INTERNET and WI-FI access
- ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT and LECTURES
Click here to view pricing for this cruise. Group price is $200 per person off listed price.
Uniworld River Cruises
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is modeled after its sister company, the five-star Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Their collection of boutique hotels is known for their destination-inspired interior décor, gracious service and carefully selected amenities—all of which provide an intimate, elegant and relaxed experience.
Likewise, Uniworld’s boutique river cruise ships are stylish floating hotels with inviting spaces, exquisite antiques, custom fabrics and original works of art.
About River Duchess
The 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.
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