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Itinerary Details
Vienna  |  Bratislava  |  Budapest  |  Vukovar (Osijek)  |  Belgrade
Kostolac (Viminacium)  |  Cruising the Scenic Iron Gates, Vidin
Vidin (Belogradchik)  |  Rousse  |  Bucharest

Vienna

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ARRIVE VIENNA
Tue. Sept. 27, 2011


Upon arrival into Vienna, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is free and this evening, you will hosted by Sanjay Goel, President of Cruise Connections Canada at a Welcome Reception at the hotel.

Optional afternoon tour will be available.
Welcome Cocktail Party with Canapés Included
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Vienna

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VIENNA
Wed. Sept. 28, 2011


Depart the hotel to capture Vienna’s imperial history during a tour that takes you along the stately Ringstrasse. Stroll through the Hofburg grounds to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and visit the Austrian National Library and the Schönbrunn Palace. There will be a casual lunch and the afternoon will be free to enjoy Vienna and all it has to offer.

Following an evening tour, join Sanjay Goel at a spectacular Viennese Concert.


Vienna

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VIENNA
Thu. Sept. 29, 2011


This morning you will have free time prior to transferring to your ‘home away from home for the next 12 days’ – the River Countess. Lunch will be onboard and there will be an transfer into Vienna for those who wish to explore some more! Dinner and local entertainment onboard. Overnight onboard.

Optional morning tour to see the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions during exercise and a tour of the facilities. Based on a minimum of 25 guests. $75 USD pp.

This evening, there will be an optional President's Select Evening Dinner Event. Price and details TBA.


Vienna

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VIENNA
Fri. Sept. 30, 2011


There will be an early lunch onboard before departing for the afternoon walking tour of Vienna.

This evening you are invited to the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner followed by a Masked Party.

There will be an optional tour to see the Vienna Boys Choir at 4pm today. Price TBA.


Bratislava

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BRATISLAVA
Sat. Oct. 1, 2011


This afternoon, admire Bratislava’s eclectic architecture of Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco styles on your walking tour including the Bratislava Castle and the Pharmacy Museum along with a visit to the Opera House.

This evening prior to dinner there will be a signature lecture on ‘the Musical Magic along the Danube and the Great Composers’.


Budapest

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BUDAPEST
Sun. Oct. 2, 2011


This afternoon, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Budapest that gives you a sweeping view of all its famous sights. This evening, local entertainers will be onboard to provide you with the local flavour of Budapest.

There will be an optional shopping tour from 10am-1pm with Sanjay Goel prior to the afternoon city tour.

There will be a President's Select Evening Tour – Budapest by Night including an authentic Hungarian Goulash Dinner. Limited to 40 guests. Price TBA.


Budapest

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BUDAPEST, Cruising the Danube
Mon. Oct. 3, 2011


On your last day in Budapest, you will experience and visit more of the city's sites, include its famous Baths.

Osijek

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VUKOVAR (OSIJEK)
Tue. Oct. 4, 2011


Following breakfast, depart the port of Vukovar for Osijek where you will be warmly greeted by the local school children. You will have the opportunity to see their schools and watch a performance special for us. Following the school visit, lunch will take place at one of the local families homes where you will experience Croatian life.

Small gifts and school supplies for the children are greatly appreciated.


Belgrade

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BELGRADE
Wed. Oct. 5, 2011


This morning, you will be taken on a panoramic drive through Belgrade, which features the St. Sava Cathedral and a visit to Tito’s Memorial. Following the morning tour, you will have the opportunity to live the Medieval Life at the Belgrade Fortress in Kalemegdan Park for our signature event. Try your hand at jousting, chess, backgammon and have your picture taken with a Knight at your private Castle. You will be indulged by a banquet feast fit for the Lord of the Castle!

Kostolac

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KOSTOLAC (VIMINACIUM)
Thu. Oct. 6, 2011


This morning, resident archeologists bring the historic grandeur of the excavations at Viminacium alive. The former Roman city boasted villas, thermal baths, a mausoleum, and even an amphitheater.

Iron Gates

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Cruising the Scenic Iron Gates, VIDIN
Fri. Oct. 7, 2011


Join Sanjay Goel at the official Lock Party as we cruise the spectacular Iron Gates, an 80-mile sequence of gorges and locks that the mighty Danube cut through the Carpathian Mountains and one of the most dramatic natural displays of beauty in Europe.

BELOGRADCHIK

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VIDIN (BELOGRADCHIK)
Sat. Oct. 8, 2011


This morning, visit the legendary Medieval Baba Vida Fortress and Belogradchik, a fairytale world of weathered red sandstone in fantastic formations and one of the natural wonders of Bulgaria.

Rousse

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ROUSSE (VARNA)
Sun. Oct. 9, 2011


Following breakfast, depart to visit Varna’s Archeological Museum, home to the oldest gold treasure in the world. You will savor Bulgarian cuisine during lunch prior to departing for the return journey to Rousse.

This evening there will be local entertainers onboard to showcase the region.

There will be a President Select Evening Tour Dinner. Limited to 40 guests. Price TBA


Varna's Archeological Museum

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ROUSSE
Mon. Oct. 10, 2011


Enjoy free time exploring Rousse, Bulgaria’s fourth-largest city. Walk along the lively pedestrian zone, known for its 19th and 20th century Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture.

This evening you are invited to the Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner.


Bucharest

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GIURGIU, BUCHAREST
Tue. Oct. 11, 2011


Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport or to the hotel in Bucharest for the option 2 night post cruise tour in Bucharest.

OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT POST CRUISE PACKAGE

Bucharest

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BUCHAREST
Tue. Oct. 11, 2011


Enjoy a Bucharest city tour prior to your transfer to the hotel

Bucharest, Bran Castle

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BUCHAREST
Wed. Oct. 12, 2011


Full day Bran Castle tour with lunch or 3/4 day Peles Castle with lunch at Rhine cellars and sparkling wine tasting.

Bucharest

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BUCHAREST
Thu. Oct. 13, 2011


Transfer to the airport for your flight.

Join me on this exclusive, full ship charter visiting seven countries – Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, and visiting five capitals. Enjoy sights that you will never forget and immerse yourself in new cultures. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends and enjoy colourful folklore, musical traditions, and culinary delights.

There are many ways to travel the world, but few compare to the unique, stylish and sophisticated experience of a river cruise. Sail along the world’s most legendary waterways onboard the stunning River Countess. Bringing you into the heart of the action, you’ll enjoy a leisurely atmosphere and intimate ambiance onboard this beautiful floating boutique hotel.

Don't miss out on this fantastic 14-night hosted European Cruise Tour. Space is limited and this deal is simply too good to pass up! Remember, as we’ve chartered the ship, we’ve made many enhancements. This will truly be a trip of a lifetime.

Call us today!

Sanjay Goel
President
Cruise Connections Canada

1. Hosted Cruise

Meet Cruise Connections president Sanjay Goel as he personally escorts this voyage. He has been on over 300 cruises and has hosted several, including the two largest travel programs in Canadian history, The Mediterranean Odyssey and the Caribbean Odyssey, in partnership with The Globe and Mail. You’ll delight in his expertise as well as enjoy special perks as his guest.

2. Amazing Value

Your cruise fare includes your 2-night land tour in Vienna and 12-night cruise, plus transfers, shore excursions, complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner, exclusive Captain welcome and farewell dinners and more!

3. Award-winning Cruise Line

Uniworld offers an exceptional vacation experience free of the stresses associated with today’s travel. It combines the pleasure of discovering the multitude of charms and landmarks of different destinations with the same exquisite accommodations, award-winning hospitality, and world-class cuisine of a five-star boutique hotel.

4. Limited Inventory

The intimate ambiance of a river cruise is one desired by several world-class travelers. With a ship capacity of only 134 guests space is extremely limited. Book today to get your best choice of stateroom and to secured your place onboard this voyage.

5. It’s a River Cruise

River cruising is a wonderful story of discovery, complete with easygoing comfort and convenience, and it delivers unique traveling experiences to all those onboard. Their intimate ships bring you up close to unique and exotic locations. You’ll uncover treasures you find straight out of history books and fairytales, charming squares, magnificent cathedrals and bustling marketplaces often just a stroll away from the ship. There is no waiting in long lines to get on or off the ship, and there are always amazing things to see, such as scenic vineyards, historic castles, or countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites from the comfort of your stateroom.

Staterooms

The boutique hotel experience onboard a Uniworld cruise ship flourishes in their luxurious staterooms and suites. Decorated by the renowned interior design team of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection, each stateroom and suite is furnished with the best in comfort and quality.

  • Hotel-style beds draped in the softest Egyptian combed cotton sheets, cashmere/wool blankets and duvets with a choice of pillows, including down
  • Modern amenities include a flat-screen TV with a selection of viewing choices, generous closet space, vanity with make-up mirror, hair dryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, direct-dial telephone, personal safe and complimentary bottled water on all European ships
  • Beautiful bathrooms fitted with lavish robes, exquisite L'Occitane bath and body amenities, luxurious towels from Christies of Manchester, the most renowned towel maker in Europe
  • Suites offer extra space, sitting area with sofa and chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows and on select ships French balconies

Dining

A wonderful dining experience calls for a few special ingredients:

  • Inviting ambiance of an elegant restaurant with a beautiful scenic backdrop
  • A professionally-trained culinary staff who stands ready to fulfill your requests including providing recommendations from their wine list planned by their award winning European sommelier
  • Gourmet cuisine prepared fresh daily with the finest ingredients, often brought onboard from local markets
  • International chefs from London’s five-star Meridian Piccadilly and Relais & Châteaux Hotels
  • Al fresco evening dining on the beautiful open-air sun deck
  • Open seating for all dining occasions

Service:

Gracious and accommodating, your all English-speaking staff has been well-trained in the art of hospitality. This means getting to know you, understanding your individual preferences, sharing their insights into the destinations you visit and offering you those extra special luxuries that make your experience more personalized.

When you join Uniworld on a river cruise, expect to be well cared for, from port to port. With around the clock 24-hour reception service, whatever you need, day or night, they are there to assist. They go above and beyond to ensure your journey provides memories that will last a lifetime.

With Uniworld, you’ll enjoy an atmosphere flowing with a sense of welcoming warmth and intimacy.

  • All English-speaking staff
  • Professionally-trained Cruise and Hotel Managers
  • Over 98% guest service satisfaction rates
  • One crew member for every three guests, ranking among the highest in the industry
  • Condé Nast “Gold List” winning team with highest honors in hospitality
  • Best River Ships - Condé Nast
  • Top River Cruises - Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • Top Cabins and Top Dining - ZAGAT Cruise Line Survey
  • One of North America's largest cruise retailers with over 250,000 guests served

  • Better Business Bureau A+ Rating

  • Ensemble Travel Group -
    #1 Canadian member 11 times in the past 12 years out of over 1100 travel agencies across North America.

  • Exclusive Partnership with The Globe and Mail Newspaper - Caribbean Odyssey and the Mediterranean Odyssey, the two largest travel programs in Canadian History

  • Member of Distinguished Travel Organizations:

    -  Cruise Lines International Association
    -  Association of Canadian Travel Agencies
    -  Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors

  • Open 7 days a week

  • Personal Service - Wholesale Prices

  • Prices are USD, per person, based on twin sharing. *Includes FREE Air from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton or New York. Other low cost air available. Government taxes & fees and gratuities are $365 extra. Cruise Line reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice, including on fully paid bookings. Cruise Connections reserves the right to correct errors and omissions. All rates subject to change & availability at time of booking. BPCPA #28364.