Portraits of Eastern Europe
ROTW-868070/240109 Danube
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Impeccable service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
  • Beautifully and uniquely decorated ships, each designed to be a work of art
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Riverview staterooms and suites with marble bathrooms and handcrafted Savoir beds
  • In-suite butler service, 24-hour room service and concierge services
  • Gourmet dining with unlimited beverages, including premium spirits, beer and regional wines
  • A choice of enticing excursions led by English-speaking local experts
  • Authentic cultural experiences available exclusively to Uniworld guests
  • Onboard fitness centre, as well as exercise and wellness classes
  • Bicycles, helmets, and Nordic walking poles for onshore use
  • Ship-wide Wi-Fi, onboard local entertainment and Signature Lectures

What's Not Included

Itinerary
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Day 1
Giurgiu, Romania

The southern Romanian city of Giurgiu is situated on the north bank of the Danube River, 40 miles south of Bucharest. It was originally established as a Genoese citadel known as San Giorgio, which was established in 1403 on the island in front of which Giurgiu. In 1417, it was conquered by the Turks and remained under their control until 1829, when the Peace of Adrianople returned it to Walachia. Some of the city’s most significant sights include the Church of St. Nicholas, which was built in 1830 by Nicholas I, tsar of Russia.

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Day 2
Russe, Bulgaria

Located along the River Danube in northern Bulgaria is the city of Russe. The biggest river port on the Danube, Russe was once a garrison port of the Roman Danube fleets. Russe has been ruled by many nations over the centuries and enjoyed many reinventions, from the original 1st century Romans to the Ottoman Empire of the 1800s meaning there is a rich mix of cultures and architecture to be found. The main attraction of the city is also its oldest building, the Russian-style Church of Sveta Troitsa, which features many incredibly well-preserved murals.

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Day 3
Vidin, Bulgaria

Located in the extreme north-western region of Bulgaria is the port town of Vidin, which is renowned for its architecture. The 14th century Fortress of Baba Vida with its thick walls and beautiful towers is a wonderfully-preserved landmark. Take a stroll along the banks of the river and soak in the beautiful setting of this town. It is also worth noting that Vidin is highly renowned for its wines and there is annual fair dedicated to the produce of the local grape.

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Day 4
Iron Gate, Romania

The Djerdap gorge system on the Danube River divides the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains and forms a boundary between Romania and former Yugoslavia. The last gorge in this system is the Iron Gate, which is two miles long and 530 feet wide. Its towering rock cliffs have helped establish it as one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders. The history of this gorge extends back to the 2nd century, when Trajan, a Roman Emperor, ordered a road and stone bridge be built as Kladovo. In 1972, a dam and hydro-electric station was constructed which led to the creation of a 150-km lake.

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Day 5
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is located the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Its name means “White City” and since Serbia gained status as an independent nation in 2006, it has become one of south-eastern Europe’s must-visit destinations. It is home to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. After the original idea was put forward in 1895, construction of the church began 40 years later, in 1935, and was completed in 1989. Kalemegdan is the site of a former Belgrade fortress, which now serves as the central park of Belgrade and is the best place in the city to view the confluence of the rivers and the gorgeous sunset.

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Day 6
Vukova, Slovenia
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Day 6
Danube River, Rivers

Flowing a total distance of 1,770 miles, the Danube is regarded as the second longest river in Europe. Flowing from the Black Forest Mountains of western Germany, it can take river cruisers on a journey through some of Europe’s most fascinating towns, cities, and landmarks. It passes through nine countries including: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. It is known as the river of Mozart symphonies and Strauss waltzes, due to the fact it is lined with castles and fortresses that date back to a period where it provided a border between empires.

Many river cruises begin in the Bavarian city of Passau, but some cruises will combine the Rhine and Danube via the Main Canal.

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Day 7
Budapest, Hungary

The River Danube plays a vital role in the build-up of the Hungarian capital of Budapest. It flows right through the heart of the city and has led to the construction of seven magnificent bridges - which connect the old city of Buda, on the right bank, with more modern city of Pest, on the left bank. One of the city’s instantly recognisable highlights is the Hungarian parliament building – a spectacular structure which sits beside the Danube. Venture into Budapest, wander its many streets, and you will discover St. Matthias Church, which was originally built in Romanesque style in the 11th century, but later rebuilt in Gothic style, in the 14th century.

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Day 9
Szentendre, Hungary
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Day 10
Vienna, Austria

The charming Austrian capital is situated on the River Danube and is a world-renowned centre for classical music, art, theatre and history. Home of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sachertorte and Vienna Boys’ Choir, its central core is easily manageable by foot but excellent public transport is also available. The Schönbrunn Palace is the summer residence of Maria Theresia and the Hapsburgs and is one of the most iconic buildings in this great city.

Before 1806, Vienna was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and later it became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, in 1918, the capital of independent Austria which emerged from World War I as a republic. During WWII, Vienna was divided into five zones, but the 1955 State Treaty helped the country regain its independence and Vienna was once again the capital of a sovereign Austria.

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Day 11
Melk, Austria

Situated in northeast Austria is the city of Melk – regarded as a gateway to the famous Wachau wine region. It is located at a meeting point of the Danube and Melk rivers and is home to a towering, yellow, baroque Abbey, which sits high above the Danube River. Inside the Abbey, you will find many interesting features including the Melk Cross, Abbey Library, Marble Room, and Collegiate Church. Elsewhere in the city, you will find a number of pretty Renaissance houses and the Schallaburg Castle.

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Day 12
Danube River, Rivers

Flowing a total distance of 1,770 miles, the Danube is regarded as the second longest river in Europe. Flowing from the Black Forest Mountains of western Germany, it can take river cruisers on a journey through some of Europe’s most fascinating towns, cities, and landmarks. It passes through nine countries including: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. It is known as the river of Mozart symphonies and Strauss waltzes, due to the fact it is lined with castles and fortresses that date back to a period where it provided a border between empires.

Many river cruises begin in the Bavarian city of Passau, but some cruises will combine the Rhine and Danube via the Main Canal.

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Day 13
Passau, Germany

Resting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in Bavaria is the town of Passau. Lying on the border of Austria, Passau offers a unique and eclectic blend of German and Austria Baroque architecture. St Stephen’s Cathedral is the main focus for tourism in Passau and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque. The main attractions of the cathedral include a treasury, museum, Italian painted frescoes and the biggest European church organ, boasting 17,774 pipes.

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Day 14
Main-Danube Canal, Germany

Flowing a total distance of 106 miles, the Main-Danube Canal winds through rural Bavaria from Bamberg, on the Main River, to Kelheim, on the Danube. This provides the opportunity for river cruisers to embark on a 2,200-mile journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea. It was one of the largest civil engineering projects in history and was built with a total of 16 locks, each of which is around 625 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 100 feet deep.

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Day 14
Kelheim, Germany

At the Donaudurchbruch gorge, near Kelheim, the Danube River widens, marking the southern end of the Main-Danube Canal. During your time in this small Bavarian town, it is worth climbing the classical Hall of Liberation and admiring the views over the Altmühl valley. A short journey out of Kelheim will take you to Weltenburg, which is home to the oldest monastic brewery in the world.

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Day 15
Nuremberg, Germany

Located on the Pegnitz River is the second largest city of Bavaria and incredibly energetic city of Nuremberg. Emerging from the uplands of Franconia, Nuremberg is also close to the Main-Danube Canal. With official records dating back to 1050 this incredible city has a very long history, unfortunately only a handful of historic buildings survived the damage of WW2. The most significant remaining building is the Church of St. Sebald, a breathtaking example of gothic and renaissance master craft.  As well as museums, a Renaissance city hall, and customs house, there is an imperial castle towering above them all.

Upcoming Cruises
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Embark Giurgiu, Wed 08 Apr 2020 On Board Disembark Nuremberg Date Wed 22 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £7,739 pp Enquire
Embark Giurgiu, Wed 06 May 2020 On Board Disembark Nuremberg Date Wed 20 May 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £18,848 pp Enquire
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Embark Giurgiu, Wed 26 Aug 2020 On Board Disembark Nuremberg Date Wed 09 Sep 2020 Guide Price cruise only £8,099 pp Enquire