Uniworld Boutique River Cruise

Imperial Capitals of Europe

Istanbul to Vienna | 16 Days
Date Range: Aug 2014 - Oct 2014Ships: River Duchess, River Princess
Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Istanbul Motorcoach
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2:
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 3:
Istanbul, fly to Bucharest, transfer to Bucharest hotel MotorcoachFlight

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 MotorcoachDining OutEmbark/Disembark
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) 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 6:
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 7:
Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a peaceful day cruising the majestic Iron Gates. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
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 9:
Vukovar, Osijek 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 10:
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 11:
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 12:
Budapest, Szentendre Island 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 13:
Bratislava
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking tour

Take a guided stroll through Slovakia’s capital city. (BB, L, D)
Day 14:
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 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 Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 16:
Vienna (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague. (CB/BB)
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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