Day 1: Istanbul
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul
FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar
Today’s panoramic tour takes you to Istanbul’s greatest sites, including the impressive Hippodrome, distinctive Blue Mosque, spectacular Hagia Sophia, and magnificent Topkapi Palace. Then wend your way through the vaulted passages and six thousand merchant stalls of the Grand Bazaar.
Note: Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may restrict visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette.
Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days they are open. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, you will be offered the harem visit in Topkapi Palace instead.
Day 3: Istanbul, fly to Bucharest, transfer to Bucharest hotel
Explore Istanbul’s many charms at your leisure. Stroll the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum or take in the Basilica Cistern, with its forest of marble columns. Then depart for the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
Day 4: Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu, Rousse
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit
Start the day with a panoramic tour of eclectic Bucharest and visit the extraordinary People’s Palace, home of the Romanian Parliament and the second-largest building in the world. After traveling to Giurgiu, board your Uniworld ship and sail for Rousse. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 5: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Ivanovo and Rusenski countryside)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries and Rusenski Lom Nature Park
See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before enjoying a typical Bulgarian lunch. Or opt for a tour of the countryside, including the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo and the beautiful Rusenski Lom Nature Park.
Day 6: Cruising the Danube River, Vidin
FEATURED EXCURSION: Belogradchik rock formations and Baba Vida Fortress
Explore the fascinatingly peculiar Belogradchik rocks and the Baba Vida Fortress.
Day 7: Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates, a spectacularly scenic stretch of the Danube that marks the boundary between Romania and Serbia.
Day 8: Belgrade
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, driving past the National Museum and Parliament, before visiting the vast Kalemegdan Fortress. Or, if you’d prefer a more active option, you can bike Belgrade, discovering sites relevant to the city’s more-immediate past, from WWII to today.
Day 9: Vukovar (Osijek)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Osijek, school visit, and exclusive home-hosted lunch
Children will perform for you at their school before you take a tour of the town and savor an exclusive home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family.
Note: School visit not available during school holidays.
Day 10: Mohács (Pécs)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Excursion to Pécs with exclusive wine tasting in the Villány Hills
Journey to ancient Pécs before adventuring into the spectacular countryside for an exclusive wine tasting.
Day 11: Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
A panoramic coach tour shows you Budapest’s top sights, from Castle Hill and Parliament to the Grand Market. Or discover the city’s treasures like a local: hop the metro to a famous pastry shop, stroll romantic Károlyi Garden, and visit Market Hall.
Day 12: Budapest, Szentendre Island
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Hungarian reception at Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm
Take a motorcoach to Szentendre Island’s Bodor Major Horse Farm for a private reception and a dazzling display of horsemanship.
Day 13: Bratislava
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bratislava walking tour or “Village Day” in Biskupice: “Slovakian traditions and lifestyle”
Take a guided stroll through Bratislava, or get a feel for village life by spending the day at Biskupice, where you’ll visit a manor house that has been transformed into a museum—and a brewery!
Day 14: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour
Enjoy a panoramic tour along stately Ringstrasse to the regal Winter Palace. Or, opt to explore Vienna’s artistic side, with a visit to the majestic Belvedere and the spectacular Kunstkammer at the Art History Museum.
Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays; if the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.
Day 15: Vienna
Enjoy the day on your own. You might like to borrow one of the ship’s bikes and tour nearby Danube Island’s verdant nature preserve. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 16: Depart Vienna
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.