European Jewels

16 Day River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with Uniworld

Read 5 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 16 Day European Jewels. Indulge your passion for majestic art, architecture, music and history on an all-encompassing journey through four countries along three great rivers - the Danube, Main and Rhine - and to more

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1 Amsterdam (Embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. If your cruise 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. (D)
2 Amsterdam
Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a delightful tour of the Van Gogh Museum. Afterwards, explore the city with a canal ride or on foot with a local expert. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “Morning with the Masters” at the Van Gogh Museum OR Amsterdam canal cruise OR “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour
3 Cologne
Enjoy a delightful tour of Cologne's Old Town, where three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its stunning Renaissance façade. Wander through the historical center and take in its charming atmosphere and narrow alleyways flanked by old houses. No matter how you choose to explore Old Town, you'll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own. (B/L/WD)

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Kölsch beer tasting

Note: In the evening, a special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
4 Cruising the Romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
Experience Germany's fabled Rheingau in one of two ways today. Take in spectacular views of the region's famous vineyards from the perspective of an aerial cable car, or venture within an atmospheric medieval monastery and taste the Rieslings made on site. Like many cities along the Rhine, Rüdesheim has a lengthy history that stretches back to Roman times. These days, the town is best known for its narrow avenue of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse and its impressive Niederwald Monument. Later in the day, you'll experience the most spectacular scenery on the Rhine. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Rüdesheim wine village and panoramas of Niederwald Monument OR Abbey Eberbach medieval monastery tour with Riesling tasting
5 Frankfurt (Heidelberg)
Vibrant Frankfurt, often referred to as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, boasts world-class museums, soaring skyscrapers, cozy wine taverns and lovely parks. Choose a brief tour that gives you an overview of this major European financial and trade center. Alternatively, visit romantic Heidelberg and its Renaissance castle or hike the Philosopher's Walk. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour OR Heidelberg Castle visit OR Heidelberg Philosopher's Walk
6 Wertheim, Cruising the Main River
After today, you may never eat a pretzel again without thinking of the town of Wertheim. You'll meet one of Germany's best pretzel makers, as well as the owner of a historic wine estate. If you're more in the mood for a scenic bike ride, you are welcome to do that instead. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Wertheim walk with local treats OR “Let's Go” Wertheim bicycle tour
7 Würzburg
For today's excursion in the delightful Franconian town of Würzburg, you will visit the extraordinary Würzburg Residence—one of the most opulent baroque palaces in Europe. The Würzburg Residence is a 300-room palace with a famous staircase and a gigantic ceiling fresco (even larger than the Sistine Chapel's). (B/L/D)

Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residence visit with Court Gardens
8 Cruising the Main River, Kitzingen (Rothenburg)
Step into a fairytale version of the Middle Ages in Rothenburg and visit a medieval castle that's been described as a miniature Versailles. Spend a relaxing day onboard as your ship wends its way along the Main River between Würzburg and Bamberg. It's something of a truism to say that this route takes you from wine to beer, and you'll see the transition as you sail past the vineyard-covered slopes around Würzburg toward Bavaria's famous beer-brewing center, Bamberg. Along the way, you'll pass delightful little villages and romantic castle ruins, drift under lovely old bridges, and have plenty of time to observe the fascinating variety of vessels plying the river, from heavily loaded barges to jaunty little pleasure craft. (B/D)

Featured Excursion: Fairytale Rothenburg
9 Bamberg
Your floating boutique hotel takes you to Bamberg today, a well-preserved town that offers a fascinating glimpse of medieval times. Explore the city on foot or opt to head deeper into the Franconian countryside to experience an authentic slice of rural life—including a tractor ride. Like Rome, the city is built on seven hills—but in Bamberg, a church tops each one. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Bamberg walking tour OR Franconian “Village Day”
10 Nuremberg, Cruising the Main-Danube Canal
Head up to the top deck or find a seat with a good view—you won't want to miss seeing the ship navigate its way through a marvel of modern engineering, the Main-Danube Canal. A formidable set of locks, 16 in all, lifts your ship to the crest of the European “continental divide.” Arrive in the archetypal medieval German city of Nuremberg. Nuremberg is justifiably famous for its gingerbread and pocket watches, and it was also the site of some key moments in 20th-century history. You'll choose between two memorable ways of exploring this exceptional city. You can hop aboard a motorcoach and “Do as the Locals Do,” or you can accompany a local expert to the city's most important WWII sites, including the enormous Nazi Party Rally Grounds—the actual site of the Nazi Party rallies. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg panoramic city tour with WWII Rally Grounds visit and Documentation Center OR "Do as the Locals Do" Nuremberg walking tour
11 Kelheim, Regensburg
Today in Regensburg, you can travel through time or get a crash course in making craft beer, then watch high-tech robots assemble the Ultimate Driving Machine. Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, historic Roman ruins and a medieval city center. The remnants of Regensburg's golden age are still on display, but don't let its illustrious history fool you into thinking the town's best days are all in the past. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour OR “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit OR BMW factory visit
12 Passau, Cruising the Danube River
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz— Passau is well known for its ornate baroque cathedral. Today, the city is unusually well preserved, having been spared the brunt of Allied bombing during WWII, as you'll see on your walking tour. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking tour OR Passau panoramic tour with mini hikes
13 Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Melk)
Named for its white church, Weissenkirchen may very well be the prettiest village in the Wachau Valley. A local expert will show you around and introduce you to some regional delicacies, including a wine tasting. Prefer to go for baroque? Visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinarily opulent library. Later, you can stretch your legs with a vineyard hike. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “Let's Go” vineyard hike OR Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit
14 Vienna
Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the City of Waltzes with your choice of excursions. Begin your day with an itinerary highlight—our “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum. Then, you can choose between two different guided tours: a panoramic city tour or our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour. (B/L/FD)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum OR Vienna - Imperial city highlights OR “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

Note: A special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
15 Budapest
Called the “Queen of the Danube,” in part because of the way the city hugs the banks of the river, Budapest is an enchanting city that vibrantly mixes East and West, medieval and modern. Made up of two parts— Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—and divided by the Danube, Hungary's capital presents an array of architectural styles that reveal its long and varied history. You'll have two enticing ways to experience the city—a panoramic guided tour aboard a motorcoach with a visit to the Parliament, or discover the Budapest that locals love on a special walking tour of the city's most important landmarks. And if you choose, explore the city's hidden gems and ruin pubs by bike. (B/L/D)

Featured Excursions: Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR Budapest panoramic highlights and Parliament visit
16 Budapest (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. Or you can extend your stay in beautiful Budapest with our exciting optional post-cruise extension. (B)

Uniworld Inclusions

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • 4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands
  • 8 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 a Signature Lecture
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Let's Go," "Village Day" and "Do as the Locals Do" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Included Meals
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 15-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Duchess
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
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Reviews (5)

16 Day European Jewels reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“The Best Experience Ever”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2017 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

We have had the most delightful holiday ever! Fantastic service, quality inclusions, fabulous food, wine, tours, room service. The whole trip beginning with the organisation with Global Journeys to our disembarkation went extremely well. Not one problem . Loved Uniworld and would recommend to anyone.

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“Amsterdam to Budapest with Uniworld on River Empress ”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2017 13 Helpful Votes View Photo

Uniworld provided a worry free holiday that you can only imagine in your dreams. From the moment we boarded River Empress we were treated like knigs and queens. We arrived at the dock in Amsterdam dragging our luggage and a staff member walked towards us and took our bags and introduced us to the front office staff. We were then shown to our room and given the run down on how things worked in our room and told lunch was available in the dining room. We unpacked and went to the dining room more

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“Excellent cruise”
- NSW, Australia Aug 2017 6 Helpful Votes

We only had 76 on our cruise, very comfortable and gave us a chance to chat with almost everyone. Rooms are not big but comfortable. Very clean. Captain and all the crew were very friendly. Cruise director excellent. Each evening you were briefed on the following days activities. Bar stay friendly and generous. Washers and dryers on board excellent. There was no need to put your hand in your pocket for any other expenses. Excursions well run. Food more

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“The best holiday I've had ever.”
- QLD, Australia Aug 2015 1 Helpful Vote

Awesome. Fantastic. The best holiday I have ever had, a nice relaxed pace, amazing staff, amazing food and wine, great scenery and very knowledgable, experienced guides on the excursions. 10+.

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“Will definitely do it again soon.”
- Australia Nov 2014 1 Helpful Vote

We had the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday ever. Will definitely do it again soon. Will highly recommend to family and friends.

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Ship Profile

Cabin Types

Classic Stateroom
Classic Stateroom  Classic Stateroom Layout  
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom 151 sq ft/ 14 sq m
  • Half-Height Window(s)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers

Prices & Dates

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Wednesday 29 Apr 2020 Thursday 14 May 2020 13,799 per person 396 per person 13,403 per person Enquire
Friday 12 Jun 2020 Saturday 27 Jun 2020 13,999 per person 402 per person 13,597 per person Enquire
Sunday 26 Jul 2020 Monday 10 Aug 2020 13,799 per person 396 per person 13,403 per person Enquire
Tuesday 08 Sep 2020 Wednesday 23 Sep 2020 14,499 per person 417 per person 14,082 per person Enquire
Wednesday 29 Apr 2020 Thursday 14 May 2020 22,869 per person 668 solo traveller 22,201 solo traveller Enquire
Friday 12 Jun 2020 Saturday 27 Jun 2020 23,219 per person 679 solo traveller 22,540 solo traveller Enquire
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Tuesday 08 Sep 2020 Wednesday 23 Sep 2020 24,099 per person 705 solo traveller 23,394 solo traveller Enquire
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Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

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River Duchess
Classic  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Deluxe $ 1,300
French Balcony $ 2,800
Suite $ 6,700

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