An extraordinary journey for aficionados of European history, music and art.
Experience dynamic Budapest, imperial Vienna and exquisitely preserved Prague. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship, the SS Beatrice glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. Exclusive treasures are plentiful on this delightful journey. Go behind the scenes at a BMW factory to get an up-close view of Germany’s rich automotive heritage. This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg and spend two nights onshore in Prague.
Travellers who love history, music and architecture will be able to tailor their travel to their interests along the mighty Danube and in spectacular Prague.
Delightful Danube & Prague
UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruises
24 June 2020
Cruise and Stay
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Included in this Package
Return flights from London
Scheduled Airport Transfers
7 nights all-inclusive cruise on board SS Beatrice
Welcome and Farewell Dinner
1 Private experience
Visit 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
2 night / 3 days post-cruise stay in Prague
Unlimited choice of premium spirits & wines
All gratuities onboard and onshore
Shipwide Internet & WiFi access
Flight from London.
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
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 "Do as the Locals Do" walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour.
Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights and Parliament visit or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour.
In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and today it is yours to explore. A city tour will show you the architectural highlights of the Austrian capital as well as the legendary opera house in the heart of the city. Or, indulge your passion for art with visits to two distinctively different collections—a “cabinet of curiosities” collected by the Habsburgs and the Belvedere’s extraordinary cache of paintings by Klimt and other renowned artists.
Choice of Vienna panoramic highlights with Old Town food and art walk or Vienna panoramic highlights with World Museum Vienna
You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley toward Spitz. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and apricot orchards and vineyards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. Your ship will dock in Spitz, midway through this glorious landscape. Later, enjoy a private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle.
Choice of Private sparkling wine reception at Artstetten Castle with a member of the Habsburg royal family or Spitz “Village Day”
Engelhartszell an der Donau
Your ship cruises through a scenic highlight of the Danube today, the Schlögener Schlinge—a hairpin loop in the Danube that was once very hazardous for ships and is now a lovely, serene stretch of water—and leaves Austria behind today. Your first German port of call is Passau, where three rivers meet—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame, Europe’s largest pipe organ, or join an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.
“Let's Go” scenic Bavarian river biking
Choice of Passau walking tour or "Let's Go" hike along the Ilz River
You have your choice of adventures in Regensburg, famous for its beautiful, UNESCO protected old city center. “Regensburg is so beautifully situated; this region had to attract a town,” wrote Goethe in his Diary of an Italian Voyage. And attract a town it did, but not due to its beautiful location alone. Ambitious and farseeing locals built a bridge (Steinerne Brücke, or Stone Bridge) over the Danube back in the 12th century, making Regensburg an international trading hub. Because so many of the handsome buildings from that period remain, UNESCO declared the old city center a World Heritage Site in 2006.
Choice of "Baroque 500" Thurn and Taxis castle visit or BMW factory visit or "Let's Go" Regensburg hiking experience
The Main-Danube canal is a masterwork of engineering: It allows ships of all shapes and sizes to cruise from the Black Sea all the way to the North Sea, through no fewer than 15 countries. Sixteen locks punctuate the 106-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between Kelheim and Bamberg, linking the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Building the canal was no small task, especially considering changes of altitude (each river is different); the locks gently lift and lower the ships an astonishing 1,332 feet (406 meters) over the continental divide. Efforts to connect the rivers began with Charlemagne in AD 793, but the present-day canal was only completed in 1992.
Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII Rally Grounds visit and Documentation Center visit.
In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Disembark the ship early and set your sights on the “city of a hundred spires” as you transfer to Prague via motorcoach.
Is it possible not to be completely enchanted by Prague, with its fabled skyline of spires, fortress-like castle, beautifully preserved architecture and iconic Charles Bridge? A magnet for generations of artists, writers, scientists and composers, Prague is famous for its dynamic energy and elegant ambiance (and the beers here are pretty amazing, too).
Choice of Prague Old Town and Charles Bridge walking tour or Hradčany Castle visit
You’ve experienced the best of the Danube River and Prague, sampling myriad culinary delights and exploring fascinating stops along the way. Now your journey comes to a close. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.