Highlights of Eastern Europe - Leisure Holidays

Highlights of Eastern EuropeHungary

From RM16,516 / per person for 9 nights
Discover the magic and mystery of Eastern Europe on S.S. Beatrice

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Summary

Follow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in new cultures and make new friends as you travel from splendid Budapest to dynamic Bucharest, discovering the best that the revitalized nations of Eastern Europe have to offer along the way.


Note: Cruise may start from Budapest to Bucharest or Bucharest to Budapest depending on sailing dates. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

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Itinerary

Airport Transfer

All transfers on arrival & departure days. Terms apply.

Accommodation

7 nights in a riverview stateroom on the S.S.Beatrice

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

Sightseeing

Cruise 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 Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.


Day 2 - Bucharest

At the end of a quiet, tree-lined street, is one of the wealthiest districts of Bucharest. There, sits a seemingly unassuming villa hiding a unique history, one that visitors have only been able to delve into since the building opened to the public in March, 2016. Today, you will have the distinct pleasure of exploring the extravagant interior and grounds of Ceausescu’s Palace for yourself, with a history lesson on its infamous former residents. 

Featured Excursion: Visit the Dictator’s House – Ceauscescu's Palace


Day 3 - Bucharest, Transfer to Giurgiu (Embark)

Bucharest is a fascinating combination of Communist grandiosity, elegant French-influenced 19th-century buildings and surprising survivors dating from the 1500s. Perhaps nothing more perfectly encapsulates Romania’s 20th-century experience than the mind-boggling People’s Palace, which you can visit today. Another option is a walking tour that shows you this city from a local’s perspective. Later, you'll travel via motorcoach to Giurgiu, where your ship awaits.

Choice of Bucharest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour

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


Day 4 - 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. You may choose to see some of the town after venturing to a pair of historic monasteries or spend the day visiting two historic hill towns.

Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries


Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

Vidin is a port town on the Danube the once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for one of two unusual excursions today—visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations or head to a riverside estate devoted to the arts.

Choice of Bulgarian red rock country or Home-hosted Banitza and yogurt experience


Day 6 - Cruising the Iron Gates, 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 extraordinary 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 Fortress, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars and Turks. The Turks won the castle in 1458, which helped to reinforce their control of the area until 1867, when they abandoned it.

Featured Excursion: Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Fortress


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. See it all with a choice of excursions, either a city tour that visits the palace or a guided bike ride. You have two very different ways to see Belgrade today—the choice is yours!

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), Cruising the Danube River

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

Choice of Full-day tour of Vukovar with Vucedol Museum visit and lunch at Goldschmidt winery or Full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch or Full-day tour of Vukovar with organic farm visit and lunch


Day 9 - Cruising the Danube River, 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 exclusive 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, old and new. Even its geography is made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—divided by the Danube. Which part will you choose to explore today? You have three options to choose from.

Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour or “Let's Go” Budapest by bicycle

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


Day 10 - Budapest (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. Or you can extend your stay in beautiful Budapest with our exciting optional post-cruise extension.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals On board

22 Meals on board.

Unlimited Beverages

Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea, & mineral water

Excursions

7 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts.

Entertainment

Captivating onboard local entertainment

Signature Lecture

Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Orient in Europe: Eastern Influences on the Western World”

Port Charges

Port charges included

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Deluxe Balcony Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with an open-air balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water

Suite Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water

Grand Suite Upgrade

Luxurious riverview grand (owner's) suite (310 sq ft - 28.8 sq m), included a handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre. Marble bathroom with Hermés bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cosy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet area.

Royal Suite Upgrade

Luxurious riverview royal suite (390 sq ft - 36.2 sq m) with spacious living room, included handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre. Marble bathroom with Hermés bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers, separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet area.

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