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Grand European River Voyage

Amsterdam to Istanbul | 29 Days
Date Range: Oct 2014 - Oct 2014Ships: River Princess, River Duchess

Amsterdam to Istanbul | 29 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Amsterdam MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Amsterdam, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Amsterdam UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam city tour with canal cruise, and choice of Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum

Experience the highlights of Amsterdam on a panoramic city tour and a cruise through its 17thcenturycanals, and then choose to visit one of two world-famous museums: the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. (BB, L, D)
Day 3:
Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through Old Town as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral. From every angle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.
Day 4:
Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

Visit a museum full of curious self-playing musical instruments before cruising the Upper Middle RhineValley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Frankfurt Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveInsider
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour or Frankfurt“Espresso” tour

Choose between two ways of seeing sophisticated Frankfurt. Roam with your guide through thehistoric heart of the dynamic city and stop by the colorful Kleinmarkthalle to taste the famous local sausage and try the regional cider, called ebbelwoi.Or get a short, concentrated introduction to thecity’s highlights, including its landmark skyscraper, Main Tower. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Miltenberg, cruising the Main River Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive guided tour and reception at Castle Löwenstein

Visit Miltenberg, with its fairytale half-timbered Crooked House and Royal Inn; then take an exclusive tour of Castle Löwenstein, a magnificent18th-century palace whose princely owner will be your guide. Afterward, enjoy a wine tasting on the premises. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Würzburg (Rothenburg and Würzburg) UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Würzburg Residenz and tour of Rothenburg

Tour the Würzburg Residenz, a splendid UNESCO designated Baroque palace, in the morning, and later visit the best-preserved Medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg, which boasts imposing fortifications. (BB, D)
Day 8:
Cruising the Main River, Bamberg UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-designated core of Bamberg, which retains its Medieval layout, Renaissance palaces, and Baroque houses. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WW II historical tour with Documentation Center visit

Cruise a section of the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. Then discover Nuremberg, a Medieval gem, during a panoramic city tour. Or see the city’s most important WW II sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, venue of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal.

Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or Audi factory visit

On your tour of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the town’s famous12th-century Stone Bridge, the Roman gateway Porta Praetoria, the Cathedral of St. Peter, and other treasures. For a different view of Medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, which date back more than a thousand years. Alternatively, visit the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. (BB, L, D)
Day 11:
Passau, cruising the Danube River, Engelhartszell Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveConcertWinetastingGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of private visit to Engelszell Abbey with organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube or Inn rivers or Passau walking tour

You have many delightful options today. Enjoy a scenic sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—a beautiful oxbow in the Danube—and then visit Engelszell Abbey for an organ concert and a beer and cheese tasting. Or bike along the Danube witha local guide. Complete the day’s adventures withan exploration of Passau’s surprising Italian Baroque flair, or, for another active option, take a guided bike ride along the Inn River. (BB, L, D)
Day 12:
Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachVillage Days
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Dürnstein village visit or exclusive saffron workshop and village stroll

Walk with your guide through the lovely Baroque village of Dürnstein and sample the local apricot schnapps, or discover another longtime agricultural treasure of the region, saffron, which has grown here for 800 years. A grower and chef will teach you about this exotic spice and invite you to taste various saffron-flavored foods. Then cruise the enchanting UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. (BB, L, D)
Day 13:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseumInsider
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “Imperial Vienna” tour with a visit to the Imperial Silver Collection or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

Encounter the highlights of Vienna’s Habsburg heritage, including the Imperial Treasury rooms in the Hofburg Palace, where the empire’s dazzling crown jewels are displayed. Or explore Vienna’s historic town center by foot and subway as the locals do, stopping for a treat at a traditional Viennese coffee house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)
Day 14:
Vienna
Day 15:
Vienna Uniworld ExclusiveGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive guided “Go Active” biking tour of Danube Island

Enjoy the day on your own, or join an afternoon bicycling tour of Danube Island’s verdant nature preserve. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 16:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour with an art historian

Get to know Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the stately Ringstrasse to the beautiful Austrian National Library. Or opt to explore Vienna with an art historian, taking in the Belvedere and the Museum of Fine Arts. (BB, L, D)

Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 17:
Bratislava
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking tour

Take a guided stroll through Slovakia’s capital city. (BB, L, D)
Day 18:
Szentendre Island, cruising the Danube River, Budapest Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive Hungarian reception at Szentendre Island’s Bodor Mayor Horse Farm

After enjoying some leisure time in Budapest, take a motorcoach to Szentendre Island’s Bodor Mayor Horse Farm for a private reception and a dazzling display of horsemanship in the style of Hungary’s ancient cowboys—the Magyar Csikós. (BB, L, D)
Day 19:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider
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 to Parliament to the Grand Market. Or discover the city’s treasures like a local: hop the metro to a famous pastry shop decorated with brilliant tile work, stroll romantic Karoly Gardens, and visit Market Hall, where you can shop for traditional items like paprika and Unicum. (BB, L, D)
Day 20:
Mohács (Pécs) Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting
FEATURED EXCURSION: Excursion to Pécs with exclusive wine tasting in the Villány Hills

Pécs boasts a fascinating array of Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques-turned-churches. The region is famous for its vinoculture; taste the celebrated red wines produced in the Villány Hills on a special wine excursion. (BB, L, D)
Day 21:
Osijek, Vukovar Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachDining Out
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. (BB, L, D)

Note: School visit not available during school holidays.
Day 22:
Belgrade Motorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Belgrade city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Belgrade, explore vast Kalemegdan Fortress on foot, and see a bit of a city that loves to shop and party. (BB, L, D)
Day 23:
Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates. (BB, L, D)
Day 24:
Vidin MotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSION: Medieval theater performance and Belogradchik rock formations

Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and see a live performance before visiting the peculiar Belogradchik rocks, the source of many legends. (BB, L, D)
Day 25:
Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Ivanovo and Rusenski countryside) UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoachConcertDining Out
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries and Rusenski Lom Nature Park with lunch

In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. In Arbanassi, see the frescoed Nativity Church and stop at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch, complete with live folk music. Or opt for a tour of the countryside, which will include the rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo in the craggy precincts of a national forest. (BB, L, D)
Day 26:
Giurgiu (disembark), transfer to Bucharest hotel
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit

Start the day with a panoramic tour of eclectic Bucharest, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture.
Day 27:
Bucharest, fly to Istanbul, transfer to Istanbul 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.
Day 28:
Istanbul UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Istanbul city tour with Grand Bazaar

Today’s panoramic tour takes you to the Hippodrome; the Blue Mosque, with its distinctive minarets and blue Iznik tile walls; spectacular Hagia Sophia (the Church of Holy Wisdom), which was built in 535 AD; and Topkapi Palace, a magnificent Ottoman residence. Then wend your way through the vaulted passages and 6,000 merchant stalls of the Grand Bazaar.  (BB)

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, we will offer the harem visit in Topkapi Palace instead.
Day 29:
Istanbul Motorcoach
Depart the hotel for your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Istanbul to Amsterdam | 29 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
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 the Hippodrome; the Blue Mosque, with its distinctive minarets and blue Iznik tile walls; spectacular Hagia Sophia (the Church of Holy Wisdom), which was built in 535 AD; and Topkapi Palace, a magnificent Ottoman residence. Then wend your way through the vaulted passages and 6,000 merchant stalls of the Grand Bazaar. (BB)

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, we will offer 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. (BB)
Day 4:
Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (embark), Rousse
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bucharest city tour with People’s Palace visit 

Start the day with a panoramic tour of eclectic Bucharest, with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture. Enjoy a local lunch before your motorcoach takes you to Giurgiu, where you will board your Uniworld ship and sail for Rousse. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)
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 with lunch 

In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. In Arbanassi, see the frescoed Nativity Church and stop at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch, complete with live folk music. Or opt for a tour of the countryside, which will include the rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo in the craggy precincts of a national forest. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Vidin
FEATURED EXCURSION: Medieval theater performance and Belogradchik rock formations 

Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and see a live performance before visiting the peculiar Belogradchik rocks, the source of many legends. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
Belgrade
FEATURED EXCURSION: Belgrade city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress 

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Belgrade, explore vast Kalemegdan Fortress on foot, and see a bit of a city that loves to shop and party. (BB, L, D)
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. (BB, L, D)

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 

Pécs boasts a fascinating array of Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques-turned-churches. The region is famous for its vinoculture; taste the celebrated red wines produced in the Villány Hills on a special wine excursion. (BB, L, D)
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 to Parliament to the Grand Market. Or discover the city’s treasures like a local: hop the metro to a famous pastry shop decorated with brilliant tile work, stroll romantic Karoly Gardens, and visit Market Hall, where you can shop for traditional items like paprika and Unicum. (BB, L, D)
Day 12:
Budapest, Szentendre Island
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive Hungarian reception at Szentendre Island’s Bodor Mayor Horse Farm 

After enjoying some leisure time in Budapest, take a motorcoach to Szentendre Island’s Bodor Mayor Horse Farm for a private reception and a dazzling display of horsemanship in the style of Hungary’s ancient cowboys—the Magyar Csikós. (BB, L, D)
Day 13:
Bratislava
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking tour

Take a guided stroll through Slovakia’s capital city. (BB, L, D)
Day 14:
Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour with an art historian 

Get to know Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the stately Ringstrasse to the beautiful Austrian National Library. Or opt to explore Vienna with an art historian, taking in the Belvedere and the Museum of Fine Arts. (BB, L, D)

Note:
 The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 15:
Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Exclusive guided “Go Active” biking tour of Danube Island 

Enjoy the day on your own, or join an afternoon bicycling tour of Danube Island’s verdant nature preserve. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 16:
Vienna
Day 17:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseumInsider
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “Imperial Vienna” tour with a visit to the Imperial Silver Collection or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

Encounter the highlights of Vienna’s Habsburg heritage, including the Imperial Treasury rooms in the Hofburg Palace, where the empire’s dazzling crown jewels are displayed. Or explore Vienna’s historic town center by foot and subway as the locals do, stopping for a treat at a traditional Viennese coffee house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 18:
Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachVillage Days
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Dürnstein village visit or exclusive saffron workshop and village stroll 

Walk with your guide through the lovely Baroque village of Dürnstein and sample the local apricot schnapps, or discover another longtime agricultural treasure of the region, saffron, which has grown here for 800 years. A grower and chef will teach you about this exotic spice and invite you to taste various saffron-flavored foods. Then cruise the enchanting UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.
Day 19:
Cruising the Danube River, Engelhartszell, Passau Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveConcertWinetastingGo Active
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of private visit to Engelszell Abbey with organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube 
or Inn rivers or Passau walking tour 

You have many delightful options today. Enjoy a scenic sail through the Schlögener Schlinge—a beautiful oxbow in the Danube—and then visit Engelszell Abbey for an organ concert and a beer and cheese tasting. Or bike along the Danube with a local guide. Complete the day’s adventures with an exploration of Passau’s surprising Italian Baroque flair, or, for another active option, take a guided bike ride along the Inn River.
Day 20:
Regensburg UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or Audi factory visit

On your tour of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the town’s famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, the Roman gateway Porta Praetoria, the Cathedral of St. Peter, and other treasures. For a different view of Medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, which date back more than a thousand years. Alternatively, visit the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. 
Day 21:
Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg Choice Is YoursMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

Cruise a section of the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. Then discover Nuremberg, a Medieval gem, during a panoramic city tour. Or see the city’s most important WWII sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600, venue of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal. 
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 22:
Bamberg, cruising the Main River UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bamberg walking tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-designated core of Bamberg, which retains its Medieval layout, Renaissance palaces, and Baroque houses.
Day 23:
Würzburg (Würzburg and Rothenburg) UNESCOMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Würzburg Residenz and tour of Rothenburg 

Tour the Würzburg Residenz, a splendid UNESCO-designated Baroque palace, in the morning, and later visit the best-preserved Medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg, which boasts imposing fortifications.
Day 24:
Miltenberg Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting
FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive guided tour and reception at Castle Löwenstein

Visit Miltenberg, with its fairytale half-timbered Crooked House and Royal Inn; then take an exclusive tour of Castle Löwenstein, a magnificent 18th-century palace whose princely owner will be your guide. Afterward, enjoy a wine tasting on the premises.
Day 25:
Frankfurt Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveInsider
FEATURED ESCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour or Frankfurt “Espresso” tour

Choose between two ways of seeing sophisticated Frankfurt. Roam with your guide through the historic heart of the dynamic city and stop by the colorful Kleinmarkthalle to taste the famous local sausage and try the regional cider, called ebbelwoi. Or get a short, concentrated introduction to the city’s highlights, including its landmark skyscraper, Main Tower.
Day 26:
Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River UNESCOMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments 

Visit a museum full of curious self-playing musical instruments before cruising the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.
Day 27:
Cologne UNESCO
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through Old Town as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral. From every angle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.
Day 28:
Amsterdam UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Amsterdam city tour with canal cruise, and choice of Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum

Experience the highlights of Amsterdam on a panoramic city tour and a cruise through its 17th-century canals, and then choose to visit one of  two world-famous museums: the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 29:
Amsterdam (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in exciting Amsterdam.
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