Budapest at sunset European Jewels Danube River

Day 1

Board your overnight flight to Europe.*

Day 2 – Vienna

Transfers for your hotel depart Vienna Airport at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries, so feel free to stroll to a local café. Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner with wine
Hotel: Hilton, Vienna

Day 3 – Česky Krumlov and Prague

Once over the Czech border, head for Český Krumlov and get your bearings with a guided tour of this picturesque medieval town. You’ll have free time to wander through traffic-free, cobbled streets leading up to the finest castle in the land. Later, continue on through the lush Bohemian countryside to Prague.
Hotel: Majestic Plaza, Prague (2 nights)

Day 4 – Prague

Join a local expert for a guided visit around one of the most historic cities in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing views. Finish in the Old Town Square, where the glockenspiel figures of the city’s famous Astronomical Clock delight onlookers every hour. Later, your Freestyle Evening offers a plethora of dining options.

Day 5 – Auschwitz and Krakow

Enjoy a scenic drive through stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland and stopping at Oświęcim, better known by its German name “Auschwitz.” Visit the memorial and take a guide tour of the museum that bears witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Hotel: Andels, Krakow (2 nights)

Day 6 – Krakow

Delve into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka salt mines. This maze of tunnels deep below the surface features unique rock salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved by miners. Back in Krakow, join a local expert for a walking tour that will take you up Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, then past the courtyard of Jagiellonian University and through the Old Town to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. You’ll also see the medieval Cloth Hall and visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Church. In the evening, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.

Day 7 – Budapest

Journey into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Tatra Mountains, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravsky Hrad Castle before crossing into Hungary and arriving in Budapest. In the evening, dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.
Hotel: Sofitel, Budapest Chain Bridge (2 nights)

Day 8 – Budapest

Venture into the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District with a local expert, visiting Matthias Church and taking in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and drive along Andrassy Boulevard, then visit the vast Central Market Hall. The afternoon is yours to shop or explore at your own pace. In the evening, enjoy a scenic cruise and a delicious dinner.

Day 9 – Vienna

Cross the Austrian border and join a local expert in Vienna for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schonbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the “ring road,” a grand boulevard lined with many of the capital's architectural masterpieces. Later, enjoy a concert of classical music composed by Strauss and Mozart and featuring accomplished soloists and dancers. Savor it all as you dine on traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.
Hotel: Hilton, Vienna

Day 10 – Join Your Cruise

Transfer to your Uniworld ship, River Ambassador, to begin your exploration of the mighty Danube.
Ship: River Ambassador (7 nights)

Day 11 – Vienna

Stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour of one of the world’s most prestigious music venues. Alternatively, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting, The Kiss.

Day 12 – Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

After a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll arrive in Weissenkirchen and have a full day of activities – a stroll through the village, tastings of apricot-infused delicacies, and a “Go Active” hike through a vineyard with samples of the local wines. Or, you can choose to visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, home to a remarkable library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 13 – Passau

Your guided walking discovery tour of Passau is a fine introduction to this well-preserved town, strategically situated at the confluence of three rivers. You will also have some leisure time to relax and explore. Or, you may choose to “Go Active” with a guided bike ride along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube.

Day 14 – Deggendorf (Theresienthal) and Straubing

Ride through the Bavarian Forest s in a horse-drawn wagon, stopping to sample freshly baked bread and visit a renowned glass-making workshop. Or, opt for a guided bike ride along the Danube. Return to the ship and savor the beautiful scenery on the way to Straubing, where you'll spend the day and have a choice of activities.

Day 15 – Regensburg

Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany's oldest Jewish community, or choose to tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory.

Day 16 – Cruising The Main-Danube Canal and Nuremberg

Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Alternatively, take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Day 17 – Depart Nuremberg

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer via motorcoach to the Nuremberg airport.