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Highlights of Eastern Europe

An ideal voyage for travellers seeking new, off-the-beaten path destinations. Follow a path forged by crusaders, kings and conquerors through Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Fly Cruise
9 nights from £3419pp

River Cruise Holiday
Budapest, Hungary
Iron Gates
Golubac Castle, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia
Bucharest, Romania

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Highlights of Eastern Europe Special Offer

Immerse yourself in new cultures 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.

Gaze in wonder at the lofty spires of Hungary's Parliament Building as it rises majestically above the Danube in Budapest. Sit down for friendly, intimate meals with farmers in Croatia and enthusiastic locals in Bulgaria. Uncover scores of little-known treasures, including the picturesque Bulgarian hill towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi and the surprising rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step back in time to investigate the history and legends along the Danube while you cruise the Iron Gates. Tour Belgrade by bicycle and visit the Dictator's House, Ceausescu's Palace. From Budapest to Bucharest, Roman ruins to medieval fortresses, this journey will reveal the unstoppable resiliency of the human spirit, as well as the highlights of this spectacular region. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe Itinerary

Day 1 - Budapest (Hungary)

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt 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 ship.

Day 2 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. Explore this dynamic and multifaceted city with your choice of excursions — you can see it from a local’s perspective on our walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic highlights tour with synagogue visit. Vibrant Budapest, Hungary’s capital, offers an enchanting combination of East and West.

Day 3 - Batina, Osijek (Croatia)

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 simple, delicious local rustic food. Today you'll visit the Vučedol Museum, followed either by lunch with a local family in their home, or at a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Belgrade (Serbia)

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. Choose between a city tour with a visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace, or perhaps take a guided half-day cycling tour to get an up-close look at Belgrade. This evening, enter the Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade, a stunning building with a domed design that is meant to evoke the Hagia Sophia and an interior generously tiled in golden mosaics.

Day 5 - Golubac, Iron Gates

Head ashore to explore a Paleolithic site and an extraordinarily 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 Castle, built in the 14th century and attacked successively by the Serbs, Magyars, and Turks. Choose between Lepenski Vir Archaeological Park and Golubac Castle, or instead take a hike up to Golubac Castle. Unwind onboard as you cruise the breathtaking Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long (134-kilometer-long) stretch of scenic gorges that were cut through the Carpathian and Balkan mountains over eons by the Danube River.

Day 6 - Vidin (Bulgaria)

Vidin is a port town on the Danube that once played an important role in medieval Bulgarian politics, as the great fortress Baba Vida attests. It’s your base for an unusual excursion today — a visit to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations. Or you can indulge in a tasting at a local winery.

Day 7 - Ruse

Bulgaria’s foremost Danube port, Ruse is sometimes called “Little Vienna” for its elegant 19th-century mansions and public buildings. Choose between a Ruse walking tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo Monasteries, or visit Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi including an authentic Bulgarian lunch. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8 - Giurgiu (Romania), Transfer to Bucharest

This morning, you’ll disembark the ship in Giurgiu and drive through the countryside to Bucharest, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour and a visit to People’s Palace. Tonight, you’ll relax in the comfort of a luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, Romania’s capital and its cultural and economic centre.

Day 9 - Bucharest

Get to know the bustling heart of Romania's capital city with a full day to explore Bucharest on your own.

Day 10 - Bucharest

Check out of your hotel this morning. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport for your flight home.

Reverse direction itinerary calls at Vukovar instead of Osijek

Price Includes

  • Return travel from UK
  • Shore excursions
  • Unlimited beverages on board (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Open seating for meals
  • Informal dress code
  • Mainly UK/US passengers
  • All gratuities onboard and onshore
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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  • July
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  • September
    • Sep 6th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: River Duchess
    • Sep 13th - Sailing on: River Duchess
    • Sep 20th - Budapest to Bucharest - Sailing on: SS Beatrice
    • Sep 27th - Sailing on: SS Beatrice

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