Eastern Europe Escape

From imperial rule, communist regimes, and everything in between, this cruise is an enticing look at the past set against a backdrop of vibrant Vienna, elegant and easy-going Novi Sad, Budapest’s dramatic architecture, and the perfectly picturesque landscapes along the way. You’ll sip some of Europe’s best white wine in Mohács, wander through Buda and Pest, and take in the proud exuberance of Belgrade.

Eastern Europe Escape

8

Vienna to Belgrade
Days

Eastern Europe Escape

8

Belgrade to Vienna
Days

The Goods

  • 3 included meals daily
  • Complimentary happy hour every day
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Included excursions
  • U Time optional excursions
  • Local DJ set

2020 Cruise DatesChoose a date below to view pricing

April
24
May
01
22
29
June
19
26
August
02
09
30
September
06
27
October
04
This sailing operates in reverse direction.
Ship: The A Danube River
Your Choice: Save 10% or Free U Drink Package—valued at $349—when you pay in full at time of booking by September 30.**
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$350*per day
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  • Belgrade to Vienna
This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Vienna

    Embark. Your adventure begins today.

  • DAY 2 - Vienna

    Included - Vienna in Depth

    Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna's artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture, and vibrant foodie and design scenes, as you will soon see. This walking tour takes you through churches, opera houses, gardens, the museum district, and ends at the fabulous St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This tour has everything: music history, shopping, café-culture and of course, amazing sights that only a local would know.

    U Time - Schönbrunn After Hours

    Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets, and since the 1960s has been one of Vienna’s must-see tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors each year. But the palace truly shines at night. Follow your guide through the palace after hours for a rare experience without the crowds.

    U Time - Shopping the Spittelberg Quarter

    The trendy 7th district of Vienna is home to a one-of-a-kind and very bustling quarter: Spittelberg. It’s tradition meets modern: a hodgepodge of culture with museums, stylish young boutiques, coffeehouses and designer and vintage shops. The tour will take you through a bespoke coffee shop to fuel up before heading to the adorable boutiques, eateries and businesses of this flowering district. End the day of shopping with rest and a beverage—like house-made beer from a nearby brewery or locally inspired and crafted ice cream at Eis Greissler. Or if you’re feeling up for it, try both!

    U Time - Waltz, Two, Three

    Put on your dancing shoes because today we’re learning the Viennese Waltz. Join us for an hour-long class at one of Vienna's most famous dance schools, Tanzschule Elmayer, that’s been teaching the art of dance, etiquette, and manners for almost 100 years—a testament to the area’s love for all things sophisticated.

    U Time - Taste of Vienna

    Take the metro with your local guide to Innere Stadt, Vienna's old town, for a walking tour of the city's coolest sights. Then, hop on a bus to a Heurigen (Viennese wine tavern) restaurant for a traditional lunch complete with soup, schnitzel and apple strudel. After lunch, choose to take the bus back to the ship or the city center to keep exploring on your own.

  • DAY 3 - Bratislava

    Included - Bohemian Dreamin'

    Take a stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Known for its lively bars and Art Deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of 18th-century Old Town and treat yourself to a little something from a Bratislava pastry shop. It’s vacation, after all.

    U Time - Bratislava by Škoda

    Take a trip through Slovakia’s Communist past by hopping into a vintage car made by Škoda. A local expert will take you off the beaten path to some amazing Soviet monuments, viewing points and markets as you ride along in this legendary Czech automobile. It’s a trip that only a local would know. Stop along the way to stretch your legs, taste the local cuisine and chat with the natives. Return to the ship (and the present day) by way of Bratislava’s Old Town.

    U Time - Bratislava In Depth

    Discover the hidden beauty of Bratislava on a stroll through this medieval town. Taste some local beer and pulled duck, an authentic Western Slovakian snack. Take in the sights of buildings dating back to the 15th century, then end the tour at the observation deck on the city’s famous cable bridge, more commonly known as the “UFO” of Bratislava – you'll understand when you see it. Enjoy some amazing views of the Danube before heading back to the ship.

  • DAY 4 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest’s Best

    Get ready, because we’re hitting all the highlights of Budapest on this walking tour. Head to the world-famous Hungarian Parliament Building, Hold Street Market (where you’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of local food), and Budapest City Centre where you can find the best bars and ruin pubs in town and stop off at Szimpla Ruin Pub for a beer. Take a rest before heading back toward the ship where we’ll stop at a synagogue and explore some of the area’s Jewish history.

    Included - Biking Buda

    Begin this active adventure from the ship on bike! We’ll take our two wheels across the Elisabeth Bridge and on to Castle Garden for a relaxing rest, magnificent views, and a moment of sun in the gardens. The tour continues onto Margaret Island, where there is much to see, including a gorgeous fountain, swimming pools, a spa, and even a small zoo.

    U Time - Budapest by Design

    Fashionistas and style-mavens: this tour is for you. Visit luxe design shops for a local perspective on the city’s fashion, social hubs, meeting spots, and ruin pubs. A local expert will share their experiences and guide you through the evolution of fashion in Budapest as you enjoy a drink at one of Budapest’s best ruin pubs.

  • DAY 5 - Mohács

    Included - The Walk of the Town

    Head into the city for a walk about town with your U Host. From there, you will have the option to stay and explore Mohács or continue on to the village of Kölked, home to Duna-Dráva National Park. Enjoy a stroll and explore the native wildlife.

    U Time - Milling About

    Take a mile-and-a-half bike trip with us to a local mill that belongs to a local (and totally adorable) family! The property’s mill functions either manually or by water current and is a picturesque escape to pastoral life. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with the family, wander the property, sunbathe and even swim in the river. It’s a charming and restorative escape that you won’t want to miss.

    U Time - Pécs Marks the Spot

    Time to show us your competitive side! Teams set out on a treasure hunt through the city to find notable landmarks with clues and surprises awaiting you each step of the way. Guides will be available to give you hints and orient you through the city. Grab a celebratory drink at the end and hear stories about the amazing places you have seen.

  • DAY 6 - Novi Sad

    U Time - Canoe the Danube

    Encounter the thrill of the river by canoeing through the beautiful blue Danube. Experience the Serbian countryside in a new light, then finish your experience with a traditional fisherman's meal.

    U Time - Novi Sad In Depth

    Take a walk with your guide to the best Novi Sad has to offer. This lively city is bustling with great music, cafes, and nightlife around every corner. Visit Danube Park and Novi Sad’s Old Town on this excursion as you get a taste of local life.

    U Time - Petrovaradin P.M.

    Overlooking the city of Novi Sad, Petrovaradin Fortress stands as one of the largest fortresses in Europe. Dating back to the 18th century, this historic fort now acts as an art center for the city, hosting music festivals and events throughout the year. Discover the legends and stories of this fortress connected to its underground tunnels on this evening walk.

  • DAY 7 - Belgrade

    Included - Changing Gears

    Rise and shine! Today we’re biking to the Ada Ciganlija recreation area, a natural escape for the city dwellers of Belgrade complete with a golf course, great cafés and a lake that many refer to as Belgrade’s Sea.

    U Time - Belgrade Below Ground

    Take a step into the past on this tour through the underground of Belgrade Fortress. Journey through the dungeons, army bunkers, and the Roman well that spans across this structure, while uncovering the secrets of the Cold War in Belgrade. Then, top off your day with a much-needed wine tasting.

    U Time - Belgrade In Depth

    Journey through the heart of Serbia’s capital! One of the first things you notice when approaching Belgrade is the iconic and imposing Belgrade Fortress that rises above the city. Take a stroll through the winding paths of the fortress to one of the largest Serbian Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the Church of Saint Sava. Soak in the history with local food and drink that has been passed down for generations.

    U Time - Paddle On

    An adventure awaits on this kayak excursion to Great War Island, a green oasis situated where the Sava and Danube Rivers meet. If you’re fortunate, you might spot some of the creatures that inhabit the island before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

    U Time - Serbian BBQ Cooking Class

    Take a visit to one of Belgrade’s many green markets with your chef to source ingredients for a Serbian-style BBQ. Then, work with your chef to prepare the meal and, of course, enjoy all your hard work with a well-deserved meal. You made it, you eat it.

  • DAY 8 - Belgrade

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Belgrade

    Embark. Your adventure begins today.

  • DAY 2 - Belgrade

    Included - Changing Gears

    Rise and shine! Today we’re biking to the Ada Ciganlija recreation area, a natural escape for the city dwellers of Belgrade complete with a golf course, great cafés and a lake that many refer to as Belgrade’s Sea.

    U Time - Belgrade Below Ground

    Take a step into the past on this tour through the underground of Belgrade Fortress. Journey through the dungeons, army bunkers, and the Roman well that spans across this structure, while uncovering the secrets of the Cold War in Belgrade. Then, top off your day with a much-needed wine tasting.

    U Time - Belgrade In Depth

    Journey through the heart of Serbia’s capital! One of the first things you notice when approaching Belgrade is the iconic and imposing Belgrade Fortress that rises above the city. Take a stroll through the winding paths of the fortress to one of the largest Serbian Orthodox cathedrals in the world, the Church of Saint Sava. Soak in the history with local food and drink that has been passed down for generations.

    U Time - Paddle On

    An adventure awaits on this kayak excursion to Great War Island, a green oasis situated where the Sava and Danube Rivers meet. If you’re fortunate, you might spot some of the creatures that inhabit the island before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

    U Time - Serbian BBQ Cooking Class

    Take a visit to one of Belgrade’s many green markets with your chef to source ingredients for a Serbian-style BBQ. Then, work with your chef to prepare the meal and, of course, enjoy all your hard work with a well-deserved meal. You made it, you eat it.

  • DAY 3 - Novi Sad

    U Time - Canoe the Danube

    Encounter the thrill of the river by canoeing through the beautiful blue Danube. Experience the Serbian countryside in a new light, then finish your experience with a traditional fisherman's meal.

    U Time - Novi Sad In Depth

    Take a walk with your guide to the best Novi Sad has to offer. This lively city is bustling with great music, cafes, and nightlife around every corner. Visit Danube Park and Novi Sad’s Old Town on this excursion as you get a taste of local life.

  • DAY 4 - Mohács

    Included - The Walk of the Town

    Head into the city for a walk about town with your U Host. From there, you will have the option to stay and explore Mohács or continue on to the village of Kölked, home to Duna-Dráva National Park. Enjoy a stroll and explore the native wildlife.

    U Time - Milling About

    Take a mile-and-a-half bike trip with us to a local mill that belongs to a local (and totally adorable) family! The property’s mill functions either manually or by water current and is a picturesque escape to pastoral life. Enjoy a home-cooked meal with the family, wander the property, sunbathe and even swim in the river. It’s a charming and restorative escape that you won’t want to miss.

    U Time - Pécs Marks the Spot

    Time to show us your competitive side! Teams set out on a treasure hunt through the city to find notable landmarks with clues and surprises awaiting you each step of the way. Guides will be available to give you hints and orient you through the city. Grab a celebratory drink at the end and hear stories about the amazing places you have seen.

  • DAY 5 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest’s Best

    Get ready, because we’re hitting all the highlights of Budapest on this walking tour. Head to the world-famous Hungarian Parliament Building, Hold Street Market (where you’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of local food), and Budapest City Centre where you can find the best bars and ruin pubs in town and stop off at Szimpla Ruin Pub for a beer. Take a rest before heading back toward the ship where we’ll stop at a synagogue and explore some of the area’s Jewish history.

    Included - Biking Buda

    Begin this active adventure from the ship on bike! We’ll take our two wheels across the Elisabeth Bridge and on to Castle Garden for a relaxing rest, magnificent views, and a moment of sun in the gardens. The tour continues onto Margaret Island, where there is much to see, including a gorgeous fountain, swimming pools, a spa, and even a small zoo.

    U Time - Budapest by Design

    Fashionistas and style-mavens: this tour is for you. Visit luxe design shops for a local perspective on the city’s fashion, social hubs, meeting spots, and ruin pubs. A local expert will share their experiences and guide you through the evolution of fashion in Budapest as you enjoy a drink at one of Budapest’s best ruin pubs.

  • DAY 6 - Bratislava

    Included - Bohemian Dreamin'

    Take a stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia’s charming capital. It’s located on the Danube and surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Known for its lively bars and Art Deco cafes, it’s a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of 18th-century Old Town and treat yourself to a little something from a Bratislava pastry shop. It’s vacation, after all.

    U Time - Bratislava by Škoda

    Take a trip through Slovakia’s Communist past by hopping into a vintage car made by Škoda. A local expert will take you off the beaten path to some amazing Soviet monuments, viewing points and markets as you ride along in this legendary Czech automobile. It’s a trip that only a local would know. Stop along the way to stretch your legs, taste the local cuisine and chat with the natives. Return to the ship (and the present day) by way of Bratislava’s Old Town.

    U Time - Bratislava In Depth

    Discover the hidden beauty of Bratislava on a stroll through this medieval town. Taste some local beer and pulled duck, an authentic Western Slovakian snack. Take in the sights of buildings dating back to the 15th century, then end the tour at the observation deck on the city’s famous cable bridge, more commonly known as the “UFO” of Bratislava – you'll understand when you see it. Enjoy some amazing views of the Danube before heading back to the ship.

  • DAY 7 - Vienna

    Included - Vienna in Depth

    Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna's artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture, and vibrant foodie and design scenes, as you will soon see. This walking tour takes you through churches, opera houses, gardens, the museum district, and ends at the fabulous St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This tour has everything: music history, shopping, café-culture and of course, amazing sights that only a local would know.

    U Time - Schönbrunn After Hours

    Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets, and since the 1960s has been one of Vienna’s must-see tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors each year. But the palace truly shines at night. Follow your guide through the palace after hours for a rare experience without the crowds.

    U Time - Shopping the Spittelberg Quarter

    The trendy 7th district of Vienna is home to a one-of-a-kind and very bustling quarter: Spittelberg. It’s tradition meets modern: a hodgepodge of culture with museums, stylish young boutiques, coffeehouses and designer and vintage shops. The tour will take you through a bespoke coffee shop to fuel up before heading to the adorable boutiques, eateries and businesses of this flowering district. End the day of shopping with rest and a beverage—like house-made beer from a nearby brewery or locally inspired and crafted ice cream at Eis Greissler. Or if you’re feeling up for it, try both!

    U Time - Waltz, Two, Three

    Put on your dancing shoes because today we’re learning the Viennese Waltz. Join us for an hour-long class at one of Vienna's most famous dance schools, Tanzschule Elmayer, that’s been teaching the art of dance, etiquette, and manners for almost 100 years—a testament to the area’s love for all things sophisticated.

    U Time - Taste of Vienna

    Take the metro with your local guide to Innere Stadt, Vienna's old town, for a walking tour of the city's coolest sights. Then, hop on a bus to a Heurigen (Viennese wine tavern) restaurant for a traditional lunch complete with soup, schnitzel and apple strudel. After lunch, choose to take the bus back to the ship or the city center to keep exploring on your own.

  • DAY 8 - Vienna

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

*The displayed pricing is in USD. Standard pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include port charges of $190. Gratuities are included. For complete details view our terms and conditions.

** 2020 Early Booking Savings offer requires payment in full at time of booking and is valid for new, individual bookings on 2020 itineraries and departure dates only, made between May 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only. All fares and savings listed are in US Dollars. Fares featured are for cruise only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates for single guests are available upon request. Rates and savings vary by itinerary and departure date. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires September 30, 2019.

Guests who qualify for the 2020 Early Booking Savings offer may select one of the following two options:

Option 1: 10% discount.
10% savings is based on the cruise portion of booking only (including category upgrades and single supplements). All applicable discounts are applied sequentially; fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except loyalty savings/benefits.

OR

Option 2: "U Drink Package"—Valued at $349.
Guests who opt for the "U Drink Package" must call U River Cruises Reservations to book this option. The pre-paid "U Drink Package" covers the cost of an individual guest’s onboard drinks for the duration of their cruise. This package includes drinks by the glass from entire bar selection. All drinks by the glass are included (including all soft drinks, cocktails, spirits, wine, champagne and beer). Bottles are available for an additional charge (wine, spirits and champagne). The package is non-transferable to other guests and intended solely for the consumption of drinks by the receiver of the package. Only one drink can be ordered by the guest at a time. Additional orders at the same time will be charged. The bartender has the right to stop serving at any time, at their discretion.