Day 1: Amsterdam (embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2: Cologne
Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit
Visit Cologne’s beloved Gothic Cathedral—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BB, L, Captain's Welcome Gala)
Note: No tours are allowed inside the Cathedral on Sundays or Catholic holidays.
Day 3: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
Featured Excursion: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument
In the morning, cruise the UNESCO World Heritage- designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Then take a scenic gondola ride above the vineyards of Rüdesheim to the Niederwald Monument. (BB, L, D)
Day 4: Offenbach (Heidelberg or Aschaffenburg)
Featured Excursion: Choice of full-day Heidelberg OR tour of Aschaffenburg
Visit Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or relax onboard in the morning, enjoying a beautiful stretch of the Main, and then tour Aschaffenburg and the Pompeianum, King Ludwig I of Bavaria’s perfect replica of a Roman villa, which is located on the grounds of Castle Johannisburg. (BB, L, D)
Note: Lunch is not included with the Heidelberg tour.
Day 5: Cruising the Main River, Wertheim
Featured Excursion: Wertheim walking tour
Spend the morning meandering up the Main to Medieval Wertheim, where your guided stroll will introduce you to the town's castle and half-timbered houses, along with the laid-back life of a German small town. (BB, L, D)
Day 6: Cruising the Main River, Würzburg
Featured Excursion: Würzburg Residenz visit and wine tasting
Visit the exquisite Würzburg Residenz, a treasure trove of Baroque art and architecture, followed by a tasting in the historic Residenz cellar. (BB, L, D)
Day 7: Cruising the Main River, Schweinfurt
Enjoy an entire day at leisure aboard your floating luxury hotel, which provides the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the splendid scenery that lines the tranquil Main River. (BB, L, D)
Day 8: Bamberg
Featured Excursion: Bamberg city tour
Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, which combines beautiful historic buildings with a lively student population. In the afternoon, relax onboard as your ship embarks on the meandering Main River. (BB, L, D)
Day 9: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit
Cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the three highest locks of the Main-Danube Canal en route to Nuremberg. Explore this archetypal Medieval city. Or tour the city’s most important WWII
sites, including the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Court- room 600, where the famous trials took place. (BB, L, D)
Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Day 10: Regensburg
Featured Excursions: Choice of “2000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour OR Jewish Regensburg OR Audi factory visit
Discover one of Germany’s unspoiled, UNESCO-designated Medieval gems in Regensburg. Or, to get a different view of Medieval Regensburg, tour sites associated with Germany’s oldest Jewish community, which dates back more than a thousand years. Or, for a change of pace, see the latest technology at work at the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. (BB, L, D)
Day 11: Passau, cruising the Danube River
Featured Excursion: Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert
Passau boasts a delightful layer of Italian style on top of quintessential German foundations. Step off the ship to discover an accessible and charming town on your guided walking tour, and then hear the magnificent pipe organ at St. Stephan’s Cathedral. (BB, L, D)
Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 2 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternate venue will be organized before and after these dates.
Day 12: Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Vienna
Featured Excursion: Melk Abbey with library visit
Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley and then tour Melk’s 900-year-old abbey, a masterpiece of Baroque art and architecture. (BB, L, D)
Day 13: Vienna
Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour with an art historian guide
Unearth Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the Ringstrasse and to the Austrian National Library. Or opt to capture “Vienna, City of Arts” with an art historian guide who will show you the Belvedere and the Museum of Fine Arts. (BB, L, D)
Note: The Austrian National Library is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Mozarthaus will be visited instead.
Day 14: Budapest
Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour OR Budapest walking discovery of national treasures
A panoramic coach tour shows you all the highlights of the city. Or join a tour that stops at the Grand Market to taste some local specialties and visits the Hungarian Parliament building. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)
Note: The Parliament may be closed for official business without prior notice. If the Parliament is closed, we will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica instead.
Day 15: Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport
Transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, for your flight home, or extend your stay in beautiful Budapest. (CB/BB)
All This Included
Embark on a history-steeped, perfectly paced European journey that takes you through four countries—Hungary, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands—along three great rivers—the Danube, Main, and Rhine—and to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From stunning Budapest to music-rich Vienna to the soaring spires of Cologne Cathedral—you will encounter the many incomparable sights of Europe. Sail through Austria’s lush Wachau Valley and taste the famous wines of the region. Cruise through the 106-mile-long Main-Danube Canal, en route from the enchanting Danube to the meandering Main River. Travel the Rhine, where you will see fairytale castles and hear about the river’s legends. Step back in time as you walk through Medieval cities like Regensburg, Nuremberg, and Bamberg. Savor all the majestic beauty and mystique as you discover the many jewels of Europe.
14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen the chic River Empress
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
Complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks during lunch and dinner onboard; bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
Explore 4 countries
18 excursions, including 5 “Choice Is Yours” options, fully hosted by English-speaking local expert
Exclusive Go Active Program and "Gentle Walking" Program
9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Signature Lecture: “European Jewels of Art and Architecture”
Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™
Accommodations on this Tour
Cabin onboard River Empress or River Queen
Pre and Post Add-ons
3 days - $569 per person (single supplement $299)
Enjoy extra time in Budapest, the regal “Queen of the Danube” and one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.
3 days - $759 per person (single supplement $359)
Spend time discovering Holland’s best-known city, which is filled with history, art, architecture, canals, cobblestone streets, museums, bicycles, and so much more.
Cabin upgrades are available.
Prices exclude additional port charges of $280.
A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.