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Budapest to Bucharest | 10 Days
Date Range: Apr 2015 - Sep 2015Ship: River Princess

Budapest to Bucharest | 10 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Budapest MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkDinner
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2:
Budapest, cruising the Danube River UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll findthe magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3:
Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with farm visit and home-hosted lunch

Begin the day in Vukovar with a short walking tour and a visit to the Green Market. As you depart Vukovar for Osijek, you’ll notice that many of the city’s buildings have been damaged—a powerful reminder of the devastation visited on Vukovar during the Croatian War of Independence. Then take a walk through Osijek’s Old Town, including an exploration of Tvrd¯a (the 18th-century baroque citadel) and the Church of the Holy Cross, before leaving the cities behind to explore life as it’s lived in the Croatian countryside. You’ll be welcomed to a third-generation family-owned farm, where you’ll be treated to a delicious tapas-style repast. On your drive back to the ship, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Kopac?ki Rit, one of the largest intact wetlands in Europe.
Day 4:
Belgrade MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Welcome to beautiful Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city. Today you have your choice of two ways to see the “White City.” You could enjoy a panoramic tour, driving past the National Museum, Parliament, and Kalemegdan Fortress before touring the Royal Palace. Or, you could see Belgrade as few tourists do—from the seat of a bicycle. Your leisurely route will highlight sites relevant to the city’s more-immediate past, from WWII to today. After enjoying a refreshing stop at a traditional fishermen’s bar, you’ll end with a fantastic view of the city from Kalemegdan Fortress.
Day 5:
Cruising the Iron Gates Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
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 6:
Vidin, cruising the Danube River MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations or Romanian “Cetate Cultural Port” visit

Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and visit the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks (their peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends). Or, visit a unique cultural center—the Cetate Cultural Port. Reconstructed from Cetate’s old port, it is now a residence for writers and artists, including Mircea Dinescu, a poet and journalist who was a key figure in the Romanian Revolution.
Day 7:
Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo) UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries

In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. Then visit the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before stopping at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch, complete with live folk music. Or, enjoy a walking tour of charming Rousse, known as “Little Vienna” for its striking neobaroque and neorococo architecture. Then, tour the countryside, including the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo (located in the craggy precincts of a national forest). In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 8:
Giurgiu, transfer to Bucharest Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunch
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit

Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this eclectic capital city, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture, as you make your way to the extraordinary People’s Palace, the house of Parliament (and the largest civilian building in the world!).
Day 9:
Bucharest Buffet Breakfast
Today you can explore Bucharest at your leisure. You might want to take in some of its most striking monuments and landmarks, such as the Arcul de Triump (the Triumphal Arch, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) or the Romanian Athenaeum, the beautiful concert hall and home to the Romanian Philharmonic. Or, you could soak up some of the nation’s cultural history by visiting the National Museum of Art of Romania, which houses a collection of both medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as international pieces. You could even visit the Gheorghe Tattarescu Museum, which contains a highly specialized collection: portraits of Romanian revolutionaries in exile.
Day 10:
Depart Bucharest MotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Transfer to Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.

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.

Bucharest to Budapest | 10 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Bucharest Motorcoach
Arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 2:
Bucharest Buffet Breakfast
Today you can explore Bucharest at your leisure. You might want to take in some of its most striking monuments and landmarks, such as the Arcul de Triump (the Triumphal Arch, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) or the Romanian Athenaeum, the beautiful concert hall and home to the Romanian Philharmonic. Or, you could soak up some of the nation’s cultural history by visiting the National Museum of Art of Romania, which houses a collection of both medieval and modern Romanian art, as well as international pieces. You could even visit the Gheorghe Tattarescu Museum, which contains a highly specialized collection: portraits of Romanian revolutionaries in exile.
Day 3:
Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (embark), Rousse MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkBuffet BreakfastLunchWelcome Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit

Enjoy a panoramic tour of this eclectic capital city, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture, as you make your way to the extraordinary People’s Palace, the house of Parliament (and the largest civilian 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 4:
Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo) UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse walking tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries

In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. Then visit the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before stopping at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch, complete with live folk music. Or, enjoy a walking tour of charming Rousse, known as “Little Vienna” for its striking neobaroque and neorococo architecture. Then, tour the countryside, including the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo (located in the craggy precincts of a national forest). 
Day 5:
Cruising the Danube River, Vidin MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations or Romanian “Cetate Cultural Port” visit

Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and visit the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks (their peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends). Or, visit a unique cultural center—the Cetate Cultural Port. Reconstructed from Cetate’s old port, it is now a residence for writers and artists, including Mircea Dinescu, a poet and journalist who was a key figure in the Romanian Revolution.
Day 6:
Cruising the Iron Gates Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
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 7:
Belgrade MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastContinental Breakfast/Buffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour

Welcome to beautiful Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city. Today you have your choice of two ways to see the “White City.” You could enjoy a panoramic tour, driving past the National Museum, Parliament, and Kalemegdan Fortress before touring the Royal Palace. Or, you could see Belgrade as few tourists do—from the seat of a bicycle. Your leisurely route will highlight sites relevant to the city’s more-immediate past, from WWII to today. After enjoying a refreshing stop at a traditional fishermen’s bar, you’ll end with a fantastic view of the city from Kalemegdan Fortress.
Day 8:
Vukovar (Osijek), cruising the Danube River MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with farm visit and home-hosted lunch

Begin the day in Vukovar with a short walking tour and a visit to the Green Market. As you depart Vukovar for Osijek, you’ll notice that many of the city’s buildings have been damaged—a powerful reminder of the devastation visited on Vukovar during the Croatian War of Independence. Then take a walk through Osijek’s Old Town, including an exploration of Tvrd¯a (the 18th-century baroque citadel) and the Church of the Holy Cross, before leaving the cities behind to explore life as it’s lived in the Croatian countryside. You’ll be welcomed to a third-generation family-owned farm, where you’ll be treated to a delicious tapas-style repast. On your drive back to the ship, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Kopac?ki Rit, one of the largest intact wetlands in Europe.
Day 9:
Cruising the Danube River, Budapest UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll findthe magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 10:
Budapest Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in beautiful Budapest.

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.
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