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Portraits of Eastern Europe

18 Nights from Prague to Bucharest (or reverse direction)

UNI Danube cruise

Portraits of Eastern Europe
2021 & 2022 Departure Dates & Pricing

Prague to Bucharest - 19 days

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Bucharest to Prague - 19 days

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Ship - S.S. Beatrice

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Detailed Itinerary: Prague to Bucharest

Program offerings are subject to change.

Skip to Bucharest to Prague Itinerary

Day 1: Prague

Arrive at Prague Václav Havel 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 cruise representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: 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- Hradčany Castle visit -or- Prague's Old Jewish Quarter (Jewish Heritage)

Day 3: Prague - transfer to Nuremberg (Embarkation)

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 on an in-depth tour with a local expert.

Featured Excursion: Nuremberg panoramic city tour

Day 4: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal - 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 o-or- Jewish Regensburg (Jewish Heritage)

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 5: Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or enjoy an invigorating riverside hike.

Choice of Passau walking tour -or- "Let's Go" hike along the Ilz River

Day 6: Engelhartszell - Cruising the Danube River

Your ship cruises through a scenic highlight of the Danube today, 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.

Featured Excursion: “Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking

Day 7: Emmersdorf (Spitz) - Cruising the Wachau Valley

Your ship will dock in Emmersdorf, midway through the glorious landscape, where you are invited to enjoy a private reception at Artstetten Castle. 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.

Choice of Private Artstetten Castle reception with a member of Habsburg royalty -or- Spitz village visit and meet the former Count of Spitz

Day 8: 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 Belvedere Palace. Or, indulge your passion for fine art and fine food with a fascinating and memorable panoramic tour. Or explore Jewish Vienna via our Jewish Heritage excursion.

Choice of Viennese highlights with Belvedere Palace -or- A morning in Vienna with food and art -or- Jewish Vienna (Jewish Heritage)

Day 9: Budapest

LLocated 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 a walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Or choose our Jewish Heritage excursion offering you a detailed introduction to Jewish Budapest.

Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with St. Stephen's Cathedral -or- Budapest walk with local treats -or- Jewish Budapest (Jewish Heritage)

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 10: Budapest

Other passengers are heading home today, but you are only halfway through your marvelous holiday. Today you are invited to enjoy a full-day visit to Hungary's Eger wine region for some lunch and, of course, wine tasting.

Featured Excursion: Full-day Eger wine country with lunch and wine tasting

Day 11: Budapest - Cruising the Danube River

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.

Choice of Budapest Communist Tour -or- Budapest panoramic highlights with synagogue visit

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 12: Mohács, Batina (Osijek), Vukovar

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.

Choice of Vucedol Culture Museum and lunch at a family winery -or- Home-hosted lunch with Karanac Craft Museum visit

Day 13: Belgrade

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.

Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace -or- "Let's Go" "I Bike Belgrade" tour

Day 14: Golubac - Cruising the Iron Gates

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.

Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

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.

Day 15: Cruising the Danube River - Vidin

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 banitza.

Choice of Belogradchik red rock valley -or- Banitza home baking experience

Day 16: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

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

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 17: Giurgiu (Disembarkation) - transfer to Bucharest

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.

Featured Excursion: Bucharest Communist tour with People's Palace

Day 18: Bucharest

Get to know the bustling heart of Romania's capital city with a full day to explore Bucharest on your own.

Day 19: Bucharest

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.

Departures & Pricing

Detaled Itinerary: Bucharest to Prague

Program offerings are subject to change.

Skip to Prague to Bucharest itinerary

Day 1: Bucharest

Arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă 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 cruise representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Bucharest

Get to know the bustling heart of Romania's capital city with a full day to explore Bucharest on your own.

Day 3: Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (Embarkation)

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Today in Bucharest you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour or a walking tour in the old Lipscani district. Later, you'll travel via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your ship awaits.

Featured Excursion: Bucharest Communist tour with People's Palace

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 4: Rousse

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

Day 5: Cruising the Danube River - Vidin

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 banitza.

Choice of Belogradchik red rock valley -or- Banitza home baking experience

Day 6: Cruising the Iron Gates - Donji Milanovac - Golubac

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 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.

Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle

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.

Day 7: Belgrade

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.

Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace -or- "Let's Go" "I Bike Belgrade" tour

Day 8: Vukovar (Osijek) - Batina - Mohács

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

Choice of Vucedol Culture Museum and lunch at a family winery -or- Home-hosted lunch with Karanac Craft Museum visit

Day 9: Cruising the Danube River - Budapest

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.

Choice of Budapest Communist Tour -or- Budapest panoramic highlights with synagogue visit

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 10: Budapest

Other passengers are heading home today, but you are only halfway through your marvelous holiday. Today you are invited to enjoy a full-day visit to Hungary's Eger wine region for some lunch and, of course, wine tasting.

Featured Excursion: Full-day Eger wine country with lunch and wine tasting

Day 11: Budapest - cruising the Danube River

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 a walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Or choose our Jewish Heritage excursion offering you a detailed introduction to Jewish Budapest.

Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with St. Stephen's Cathedral -or- Budapest walk with local treats -or- Jewish Budapest (Jewish Heritage)

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 12: Cruising the Danube River - Vienna, Austria

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 Belvedere Palace. Or, indulge your passion for fine art and fine food with a fascinating and memorable panoramic tour. Or explore Jewish Vienna via our Jewish Heritage excursion.

Choice of Viennese highlights with Belvedere Palace -or- A morning in Vienna with food and art -or- Jewish Vienna (Jewish Heritage)

Day 13: Cruising the Wachau Valley - 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 visit and meet the former Count of Spitz

Day 14: Engelhartszell - cruising the Danube River - 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 15: 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- Jewish Regensburg (Jewish Heritage

Day 16: 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 17: Nuremberg (Disembarkation), 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 18: 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- Hradčany Castle visit -or- Prague's Old Jewish Quarter (Jewish Heritage)

Day 19: 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.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
From Bucharest
Program Start Date
Cruise Start Date (in Giurgiu)
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Aug 23, 2021
Aug 25, 2021
$8,999
$10,999
$11,699
$14,999
$18,699
$22,799
Apr 11, 2022
Apr 13, 2022
$8,699
$10,699
$11,399
$14,699
$18,399
$22,499
May 9, 2022
May 11, 2022
$9,199
$11,199
$11,899
$15,199
$18,899
$22,999
Jun 6, 2022
Jun 8, 2022
$9,199
$11,199
$11,899
$15,199
$18,899
$22,999
Aug 29, 2022
Aug 31, 2022
$8,699
$10,699
$11,399
$14,699
$18,399
$22,499
From Prague
Program Start Date
Cruise Start Date (in Nuremberg)
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe French Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Royal Suite
Aug 9, 2021
Aug 11, 2021
$8,999
$10,999
$11,699
$14,999
$18,699
$22,799
Apr 25, 2022
Apr 27, 2022
$8,699
$10,699
$11,399
$14,699
$18,399
$22,499
May 23, 2022
May 25, 2022
$9,199
$11,199
$11,899
$15,199
$18,899
$22,999
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
$8,699
$10,699
$11,399
$14,699
$18,399
$22,499
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $400 USD per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) with breakfast

▪ 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast

▪ 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 18 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
▪ 2 Captain's Welcome Gala and 2 Captain's Farewell Dinners
▪ 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided “Let's Go” programs
▪ Services of an experience Cruise Manager and attentive, English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
▪ All gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/ Tour Manager)
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Gratuities to local drivers and tour guides
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal Expenses

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