Departure Date: 22/07/2020
An extraordinary journey for aficionados of European history, music and art. Experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely preserved Prague. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages.
Exclusive treasures are plentiful on this delightful journey. Go behind the scenes at a BMW factory to get an up-close view of Germany’s rich automotive heritage. This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg and spend two nights onshore in Prague.
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Ports of Call: Budapest, Vienna, Spitz, Passau, Regennsburg, Nuremberg. Cruise Destination: Hungary, Austria, Germany and Czech Republic.
DAY 1: Budapest (Embark)
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.
Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
DAY 2: Budapest
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 "Do as the Locals Do" walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour. In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 3: Vienna
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. A city tour will show you the architectural highlights of the Austrian capital as well as the legendary opera house in the heart of the city. Or, indulge your passion for art with visits to two distinctively different collections—a “cabinet of curiosities” collected by the Habsburgs and the Belvedere’s extraordinary cache of paintings by Klimt and other renowned artists. Choice of Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk or Viennese highlights with Musikverein
DAY 4: Emmersdorf (Spitz)
You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley toward Emmersdorf and Spitz. 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 finest white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. Your ship will dock in Emmersdorf, midway through this glorious landscape. Choice of Private Artstetten Castle reception with a member of Habsburg royalty or Spitz “Village Day” or Spitz Village stroll or "Let's Go" walk the vineyards of Spitz
DAY 5: Engelhartszell, Passau
Your ship cruises through a scenic highlight of the Danube early this morning, the Schlögener Schlinge—a hairpin loop in the Danube that was once very hazardous for ships and is now a lovely, serene stretch of water—and leaves Austria behind today. Your first German port of call is Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or join an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.
Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking
Choice of Passau walking tour or "Let's Go" hike along the Ilz River
DAY 6: Regensburg
Bavaria’s first capital, Regensburg, owes its impressive historical lineage and rich architectural heritage to 600 years as a Free Imperial City, a fact recognized by UNESCO in 2006. Today, you’ll discover how the beautifully preserved medieval city coexists with a vibrant modern urban center. Choice of Regensburg walk with Thurn and Taxis castle visit or BMW factory visit or "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience.
DAY 7: Roth, Nuremberg
Nuremberg will forever be associated with the post-WWII Nuremberg trials, but the city’s profound historical and cultural significance stretches back many centuries before that.
Featured Excursion: Nuremberg city tour with WWII Rally Grounds and Documentation Center visits. Onboard, come out on deck or find a window seat where you can watch the ship navigate a series of locks as it travels across the “continental divide” and through one of the modern world’s greatest feats of engineering—the Main-Danube canal. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 8: Nuremberg (Disembark), Transfer to Prague
Disembark the ship early and set your sights on the “city of a hundred spires” as you transfer to Prague via motorcoach.
DAY 9: Prague
A magnet for generations of artists, writers, scientists and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing too). A thousand years of architecture, from ornate Gothic to fanciful postmodern, has been beautifully preserved here. Choice of Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour or Hradcany Castle visit
DAY 10: Depart Prague
You’ve experienced the best of the Danube River and Prague, sampling myriad culinary delights and exploring fascinating stops along the way. Now your journey comes to a close. If your cruise/tour includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Prague Václav Havel Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.
A 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning 5 Star S.S. Beatrice, 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) with breakfast, 6 included excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with state-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system, all meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions, Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water, all scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure days (conditions apply), Free Internet and Wi-Fi access, All gratuities, both onboard and onshore, Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager and Captivating onboard local entertainment.
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