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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Budapest to Bucharest

10 days from £3,099 per person


How many memorable moments can you experience on a river cruise through five wonderful countries? Gliding along the Danube, we begin in Hungary’s architecturally fascinating capital, Budapest, then perhaps tour a buzzing Croatian university town. We cruise through the spectacular ‘Iron Gates’ gorge as we head to a magnificent medieval fortress. We can witness 200-million-year-old rock formations and explore intriguing cave churches in Bulgaria. Finally, we visit Ceausescu’s Palace - an extravagance in a quiet tree-lined street.

Your holiday includes:

8 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Parliament visit or ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Budapest walking tour
  • Choice of Vucedol Culture Museum visit and lunch at family winery or full-day tour of Osijek with exclusive home-hosted lunch
  • Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or ‘Let’s Go’ ‘I Bike Belgrade’ tour
  • Lepenski Vir archaeological park and Golubac Castle
  • Belogradchik Red Rock Valley
  • Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch or Rousse ‘Do as the Locals Do’ walking discovery tour with Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries
  • Choice of ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Bucharest walking tour or Bucharest panoramic highlights tour
  • Ceausescu’s Palace: the dictator’s private mansion


  • 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights cruise on S.S. Beatrice or River Duchess (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients. Breakfasts during hotel stay


  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captain’s welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager


  • VIP Outbound4

    Day 1 - UK - Budapest

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Budapest. Meet your Uniworld Representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star).

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 2 - Budapest - Cruising the Danube River

    Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all of its own. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of excursions - you can see it from a local’s perspective on our exclusive walking tour, or cover more ground with a panoramic tour. Cap your day off with the Captain’s welcome reception and gala dinner.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 3 - Cruising the Danube River - Vukovar (Osijek)

    The ancient country of Croatia has made a remarkable recovery from a brutal civil war and is noted for its beautiful countryside and thriving folk traditions. You’ll dock in Vukovar, Croatia’s biggest port, at the confluence of the Danube and Vuka rivers and can choose to explore here, or take a full-day tour to Osijek.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 4 - Belgrade

    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. Alternatively, opt for a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 5 - Golubac - Cruising the Iron Gates

    Today’s main attraction will be the spectacular scenery along the Danube, as you cruise a stretch of gorges known as the Iron Gates. Later, head ashore to explore the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir and the extraordinary well-preserved medieval fortress of Golubac Castle.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 6 - Vidin - Cruising the Danube River

    From Vidin, join an unusual excursion to the fascinating Belogradchik rock formations - over 200 million years old.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Day 7 - Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)

    Visit two historic hill towns, Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, home to six amazing 17th century stone churches and then enjoy a traditional Bulgarian country lunch. Alternatively, spend time in Rousse and then visit the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo and the Basarbovo Rock Monastery. Later, enjoy the Captain’s farewell reception and gala dinner.

    S.S. Beatrice (5-star) or River Duchess (5-star)

  • Giurgiu - Bucharest

    Disembark the ship and transfer by coach to Bucharest, where we spend the next two nights. A panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of architecture, including the People’s Palace - the world’s largest civilian building. If you prefer to do as the locals do, enjoy a leisurely walk as you take in their favourite sights and taste some of their favourite appetisers.

    Hotel in Bucharest

  • Bucharest

    At the end of a quiet, tree-lined street, is one of the wealthiest districts of Bucharest. There, sits a seemingly unassuming villa hiding a unique history. Today, you will explore the extravagant interior and grounds of Ceausescu’s Palace for yourself, with a history lesson on its infamous former residents.

    Hotel in Bucharest

  • VIP Inbound

    Day 10 Bucharest - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Budapest to Bucharest

10 days from £3,099 per person