Day 1 - London - Budapest
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a scheduled British Airways, or another leading airline flight to Budapest. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark the River Princess or River Duchess.
Day 2 - Budapest - cruising the Danube River
Savour the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. Or, ‘Do as the Locals Do’ by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, beautiful Károlyi Garden, and the Hungarian National Museum. Or pedal past some of the city’s most memorable sights with an expertly-guided bike tour. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 - Cruising the Danube River - Vukovar (Osijek)
Begin the day with a short walking tour of Vukovar and a visit to the Green Market. As you depart the city, you will notice many of the buildings still damaged from the Croatian War of Independence. Explore Osijek’s Old Town, including Tvrda, the 18th century Baroque citadel, and the Church of the Holy Cross, before leaving the city for the Croatian countryside. You will be treated to a delicious tapas-style lunch in a family-owned farm.
Day 4 - Belgrade
Serbia’s capital can be seen in a choice of ways today. Enjoy a panoramic tour, driving past the National Museum, Parliament, and the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress before visiting the Royal Grounds of the elegant Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace. Or, you could see Belgrade from the seat of a bicycle, on a leisurely route that will highlight sites relevant to the city’s more immediate past, from WW II to today.
Day 5 - Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a peaceful day cruising along a particularly scenic stretch of the Danube, including the Iron Gates that mark the boundary between Romania and Serbia.
Day 6 - Vidin - Cruising the Danube River
Choose to visit the lesser-known town of Vidin and the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks, the inspiration for many local legends. Or, visit the Cetate Cultural Port. Reconstructed from Cetate’s old port, it is now a residence for writers and artists in honour of Mircea Dinescu, a poet and journalist who was a key figure in the Romanian Revolution.
Day 7 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)
In Veliko Tarnovo, see the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle. Then visit the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi before stopping at a village restaurant for a typical Bulgarian lunch. Or enjoy a walking tour of charming Rousse, and tour the UNESCO-designated rock-hewn cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 8 - Giurgiu - Bucharest
Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to Bucharest. Enjoy a panoramic tour with its mix of monumental Communist buildings and French-influenced architecture.
Day 9 - Bucharest
Opt to spend some time in the lavish People’s Palace, the largest civilian building in the world; now the home of Romania’s Parliament. Or spend the day in the countryside, where you’ll see how Romania’s villagers are transitioning from traditional lifestyles to modernity, and visit two historic monuments: Vlad the Impaler’s tomb, set in a serene garden on Snagov Lake, and Mogosoaia Palace, built about 1700 by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu, a great patron of the arts.
Day 10 Bucharest - Istanbul
Depart for Istanbul this morning. On arrival, you transfer to your hotel and have time to start your explorations at leisure. Take in the amazing Basilica Cistern, with its forest of marble columns, or just stroll the vibrant streets and stop for a Turkish coffee.
Day 11 Istanbul
Today’s panoramic tour takes you to Istanbul’s most famous sites, including the ancient Hippodrome, exquisite Blue Mosque, spectacular Hagia Sophia, and magnificent Topkapi Palace, followed by a visit to the legendary Grand Bazaar, a maze of vaulted passages housing some 6,000 merchant stalls.
Please note: The Blue Mosque is a place of active worship. Ceremonies may prevent visitors from entering at times. At all times, please obey mosque etiquette. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. The city tour of Istanbul will be arranged in accordance with the days attractions are open. If your visit occurs on days when these attractions are closed, your full-day city tour may be split into two half-day tours so that you can experience the attractions listed here. If Hagia Sophia is not available during your stay, we will offer a visit to the Topkapi Palace harem instead.
Day 12 Istanbul - London
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.