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25 Day Ultimate European Journey

Uniworld River Cruise starting in Bucharest and finishing in Amsterdam

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 25 Day Ultimate European Journey. Discover the best of Europe on one grand journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea. For centuries, people have dreamed of linking the great rivers of Europe, making it possible to...read more


Operator: Uniworld
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 25 Days
From: Bucharest to Amsterdam
Tour Code: UNIUEJ_R
Visits: Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Holland
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$ 15,052
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day



Arrive at Bucharest's Henri Coanda International Airport and be transferred to the hotel.


Featured Excursions: Choice of People's Palace visit OR Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler's tomb.
Spend some time today in the lavish People's Palace - the world's largest civilian building. Or you can choose to explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler.

Bucharest, transfer to Giurgiu (Embark)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Bucharest tour.
A panoramic tour highlights the city's eclectic mix of architecture. If you prefer to do as the locals do, enjoy a leisurely walk as you take in the locals' favorite sights and taste some of their favorite appetizers. Later, transfer by motorcoach to Giurgiu and embark your ship.

Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries.
You could choose to spend the day visiting two historic hill towns, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, home to six amazing 17th-century stone churches, each one decorated with intricate frescoes, and visit the Nativity Church, with murals of the Nativity and the Last Judgment. Afterwards, be treated to a traditional Bulgarian country lunch. For those who wish for a different experience, spend time in Rousse and then visit the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo - once an enclave of more than 40 churches and chapels - and the Basarbovo Rock Monastery, where monks still live and worship today. Spend your first night on the ship at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Cruising the Danube River, Vidin

Featured Excursions: Choice of Bulgarian red rock country OR Romanian Cetate Cultural Port visit.
Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin, your base for one of two unusual excursions. One takes you to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations, which are over 200 million years old - and have inspired nearly as many legends. The other takes you to Cetate Cultural Port, a haven for Romanian artists of all sorts - poets, potters, painters, filmmakers and musicians.

Cruising the Iron Gates

Enjoy a day onboard, cruising through the Iron Gates, an 83-mile-long stretch of scenic gorges, which are among the most dramatic sights in all of Europe.


Featured Excursions: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' 'I Bike Belgrade' tour.
Choose one of two ways to explore Belgrade, the modern-day capital of Serbia and one of Europe's oldest cities. Join a panoramic tour that includes a visit to the Royal Palace. For a more active exploration, opt for a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)

Featured Excursions: Choice of full day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with exclusive farm visit and home-hosted lunch OR full day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch.
Start your day with a short walking tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, or head directly to Osijek. Discover the city's abundance of cultural and artistic heritage, including Tvrda, the self-contained 18th-century Habsburg defensive fortress. Later, travel through the Croatian countryside to a family-owned farm where you'll sip homemade brandy and indulge in a tapas-style buffet of locally produced delicacies.

Budapest, cruising the Danube River

Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Budapest by bike.
Choose one of three ways to discover Budapest's wonders. Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen's Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. For a more active exploration of the city, join the guided bike tour.


Enjoy a day at leisure in Budapest.


Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Budapest by bike.
Choose one of three ways to savor the beauty of Budapest: a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including Castle Hill; do as the locals do; or on an active exploration with biking on a 'Green Budapest' tour.

Cruising the Danube River

Enjoy a day of scenic cruising on the Danube River.


Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive 'Vienna, City of Arts' tour.
Get acquainted with Vienna's treasure trove of imperial gems on a city tour with a visit to Prince Eugene's Winter Palace. If you prefer to experience the city's artistic gems, join an art tour, featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere.

Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, where you can sample fine local wine, along with a vineyard hike. Alternatively, you can visit the Melk Abbey and its extraordinary library.

Engalhartszell, cruising the Danube River, Passau

Featured Excursions: A 'trifecta' of choices to experience Passau - walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bike ride.
Discover Passau with a variety of choices, either on an intimate walking tour, panoramic city tour or via a 'Go Active' choice with a ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube and into the heart of Passau.


Featured Excursions: Choice of '2, 000 Years in One Hour' Regensburg walking discovery tour OR 'From Hops Field to Beer Stein' farm visit OR BMW factory visit OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bird's-eye view of Regensburg.
Discover Germany's best-preserved medieval city on a walking tour; visit a Bavarian hops farm; or tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we'll visit the Audi factory. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you'll see the Audi museum.

Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Nuremberg

Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR WWII historical tour with Documentation Center.
Once in Nuremberg, join either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites. Note: We are only permitted to see Courtroom 600 during trial breaks.

Bamberg, cruising the Main River

Featured Excursions: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian 'Village Day'.
City dwellers will wish to discover Bamberg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and country dwellers will wish to experience a Franconian village outing.

Würzburg (Rothenburg)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR Rothenburg and Weikersheim village & castle tour.
Art lovers will want to visit the Würzburg Residence, and fairytale lovers will want to go to Rothenburg and Weikersheim, where you'll visit a grand palace.


Featured Excursions: Wertheim walking tour with pretzel making and wine tasting at a private wine estate.
Stroll through Wertheim's historic center and enjoy a private wine tasting and pretzel making with a baker.

Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Frankfurt city tour OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Frankfurt walking tour.
Get an overview of modern-day Frankfurt as well as its charming Old Town, or experience Frankfurt as a local.

Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

Featured Excursions: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Experience Rüdesheim from above on a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or visit a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments. Later, cruise through the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine.


Featured Excursions: Cologne walking tour with choice of cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig.
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne's many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city's iconic UNESCO Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you'll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.   Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.


Featured Excursions: Exclusive "Morning with the Masters" at the Van Gogh Museum and choice of Amsterdam canal cruise or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour.

Amsterdam (Disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.

Trip Inclusions

Uniworld Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 23 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 21 dinners
  • 2 Captain's Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions
  • 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

Uniworld Excursions

  • 19 days of excursions, including 'Choice Is Yours' options, all fully hosted by English speaking local experts
  • Guided 'Go Active,' 'Do as the Locals Do,' 'Village Day' and 'Gentle Walking' programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Uniworld Accommodations

  • 22-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Duchess
  • 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Uniworld Experiences

  • 8 countries
  • 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Uniworld Reviews: (63)
River Cruises on Sale: 53
Gratuities: All Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
Destinations: Asia & Europe

Reviews (4)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Ultimate European Journey with Uniworld.
WA, Australia
Aug 2016
3 Helpful Votes
6 Trips
“Great holiday, wonderful ship, totally 5 star all the way”
Booking With Global Journeys
Had a wonderful holiday with Uniworld. Was so glad we didn't bypass Istanbul. It was a highlight and due to the recent bombings and troubles, tourism was down 80% and there were no queues anywhere and very few tourists. We were looked after so well and never for a moment felt threatened. The cruise manager (Daniel) and local guide ("Doc") were fantastic hosts and even did a special free Istanbul by night with guests who wanted to see a bit of night life which was great fun. Still a very vibrant city actually with magnificent sightseeing and history. We joined the ship at Bucharest and found all the varied sightseeing choices on a daily basis were excellent and hard to choose sometimes as so many interesting options were included. Eastern Europe was quite an eye opener with horror tales of past history and violent rulers and more recently recovering from communist suppression.

Then of course the legendry sail from Budapest to Amsterdam, beautiful scenery, great weather , fascinating medieval towns and always with interesting local guides along the way to keep us informed and usually with a good sense of humour too. First class ship, though cabins slightly cramped but still plenty of storage and comfort. Dining was amazing, gourmet food almost 24 hours a day and most professional and efficient service throughout.Travelling companions were a happy crowd and most mixed well on outings and enjoyed various evenings entertainment. Our Cruise Director, Daniel, was also the best looking after everyone, guiding and keeping us well informed ( and a good dancer too !!! ) A truly wonderful holiday. Thank you Uniworld, and not forgetting Georgie at Global Journeys who never lets us down with her first class service, knowledge and advice and look forward to next time.
VIC, Australia
Aug 2016
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Uniworld rocked our World”
Booking With Global Journeys
Uniworld left no stone unturned in making our journey one we will remember forever. We were treated like part of the Uniworld family from the time we boarded the boat until the end. Daniel Tarr our cruise director was nothing short of fabulous. Supremely efficient and willing to go the extra mile to assist us whenever needed. He interacted with everyone in the lounge each evening and being a wonderful dancer he managed to make us all feel like dancing queens once the music started. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary our only regret being that we opted out of the Istanbul section which according to all who travelled there was magnificent. Excursions offered were varied and enjoyable. We did not have to put our hands in our pockets at all. When they state that everything is included in the initial price they truly mean it. The quality and variety of food was delicious.

Drinks flowed freely ... Anything your heart desired at anytime. The crew were marvellous and such a cohesive unit .... They too worked together as one happy family. Various singing and dancing groups came on board and entertained us in many of the places we visited. When a lock broke down and we had to spend extra time in town due to the boat having to queue on the river we were given 40 euros per couple to buy lunch. Extremely generous. No receipts required. Gifts were left on our beds each evening and being previous travellers with Insight, a sister company, we were not only given a beautiful throw as a thank you gift when we boarded the River Duchess but were also entitled to one bag of laundry each and every week ... Washed and ironed and returned to our cabin within a few hours. I cannot recommend them highly enough and look forward to travelling with them in the near future.
NSW, Australia
Jul 2016
1 Trip
“Excellent. From Black Sea to North Sea & only unpacked once”
Booking With Global Journeys
From the moment we were met at Istanbul Airport to our departure from Amsterdam, Uniworld representatives were excellent. The ship's staff were very polite and couldn't have been more helpful. The Cruise Director (Gabriel) was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The individual tour guides for the included tours were also very good. I have no hesitation in recommending this trip!
May 2014
1 Trip
“A holiday to be treasured forever!”
Booking With Global Journeys
The most amazing experience possible! We enjoyed the 29 day Istanbul to Amsterdam tour in May/June 2014, and could not fault the attendance and professionalism of the staff and crew, the incredible meals, the evening entertainment, the included and optional shore excursions, the beautiful scenery, and the entire atmosphere of the fun-loving participants. Not once did we encounter any sort of problem with our amenities, and not once did we witness any sort of unpleasantness or altercation with the passengers or crew. A holiday to be treasured, forever!
May 2018 - Oct 2018

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  Deck Plans: River Duchess
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Category 5  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category 4 $ 200
Category 3 $ 2,200
Category 2 $ 2,700
Category 1 $ 3,600
Suite $ 8,800

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