Enchanting Christmas and New Years Cruise

An 11-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $4,999

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Tour Length: 11 Days
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany, Danube River, Rhine River, Main River
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-9-2017
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Experience the enchantment of the holidays on the Danube and ring in the New Year in grand style.

Celebrate the holiday season in truly extraordinary fashion with a special Uniworld itinerary that gives you the best of four different countries at their most magical time of year. Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classical capitals like Budapest and Vienna. Hear the largest organ in Europe on Christmas Eve in Passau, and then ring in the New Year in elegant style with a gala dinner and ballroom dance in Budapest. Festive celebrations are plentiful during this cruise—what better way to create perfect holiday memories?

Commemorate a splendid musical heritage as you lift your voice and sing “Silent Night” in Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol was composed, and delight in the music of Strauss and Mozart in Vienna, where the composers lived. Sip a cocktail with a princess in the seven-towered Artstetten Castle, and waltz in a Viennese palace. Spend Christmas Day in Salzburg and enjoy a holiday lunch within the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. Discover the seasonal delicacies of Slovakia in Bratislava’s picturesque downtown, and enjoy the merriment of traditional hospitality in an Austrian wine village. Sample the finest of the Wachau Valley’s famous white wines in an exquisite baroque village. Ring out the old year and ring in the new with art, wine, and song, as you cruise through four nations during this most magical season.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Those who wish to celebrate a European Christmas and New Year in festive elegance. All lovers of art, music, and merriment.

 
 

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stately NEW S.S. Maria Theresa
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
4 countries
9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
4 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 Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature
Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”

 
 

Day 1 - Munich Airport, transfer to Passau (embark)
Day 1: Munich Airport, transfer to Passau (embark)

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau.

Day 2 - Passau
Day 2: Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Passau walking discovery tour with gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations


Join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape and many of its architectural gems. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces. Spend a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception with a special Christmas Eve dinner onboard. Later, you’re welcome to attend Midnight Mass at St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

Day 3 - Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf)
Day 3: Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salzburg and Oberndorf


What could be more memorable than spending Christmas Day in two Austrian towns famous for music? On your guided tour through Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, view historical gems from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house to the famous gardens where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. Be treated to a festive holiday lunch inside St. Peter’s Abbey before heading to Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” was performed for the first time.

Day 4 - Grein
Day 4: Grein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Grein walking tour and oldest Austrian theater, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg


Explore charming Grein, with its 15th-century castle and delightful little jewel-box theater built in 1791. Later, you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience—a private cocktail reception at a 13th-century castle, hosted by an Austrian princess descended from the royal Habsburgs.

Day 5 - Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein
Day 5: Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Melk Abbey with library visit, and Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in a monastery church


The 900-year-old Melk Abbey was a significant center of learning for many centuries, and its extraordinary library was the inspiration for the acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose. After visiting Melk, cruise through the beautiful UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style in the 18th century.

Day 6 - Vienna
Day 6: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Morning with the Masters at KHM and exclusive Taste of Christmas walking discovery tour OR Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour AND Exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace


Vienna your way! Choose between two exceptional tours of the city’s artistic treasures, followed by an archetypal Viennese experience. Morning with the Masters at Kunsthistorisches Museum gives you early access to the city’s preeminent museum, with an art historian guiding you on a tour of major works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Raphael, among others. Afterwards, stroll the famous shopping streets—which are decked in holiday finery—stopping to sample seasonal treats. Or visit two notable Viennese museums, taking in the Kunstkammer’s collection at the Kunsthistorisches and the world’s largest collection of Klimts at the Belvedere (with a lively panoramic tour of the city’s historic core in between). Cap off the day with an elegant concert of Mozart and Strauss music at a historic Viennese palace.

Day 7 - Vienna
Day 7: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Morning with the Masters at KHM and exclusive Taste of Christmas walking discovery tour OR Belvedere Palace


You have a second chance today to see the peerless treasures at the Kunsthistorisches, stepping through the doors before they open to the general public to view a unique group of works by Titian, Bruegel, Velazquez, Rembrandt—the greatest painters of the Habsburg Empire are on display here. Afterwards, stroll the famous shopping streets, stopping to sample seasonal treats. Or, if you prefer, visit the Belvedere palace complex, a triumph of baroque architecture. The Upper Belvedere houses the world’s largest group of works by Gustav Klimt, including his exquisite The Kiss, as well as paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir, among many others.

Day 8 - Bratislava
Day 8: Bratislava

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Bratislava walking discovery tour


Your walking discovery tour of the capital of Slovakia will reveal a fascinating mosaic of different cultures and architectural styles, such as the castle where the Habsburgs once ruled, the rococo-style Mirbach Palace and the 18th-century Primatial Palace.

Day 9 - Budapest
Day 9: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Budapest city tour OR Budapest Opera House tour, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance


Discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. Alternatively, you can opt to tour the remarkable Hungarian State Opera House. Ring in the New Year with what is sure to be a highlight of your trip—a gala dinner and dance in an elegant ballroom.

Day 10 - Budapest
Day 10: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Szentendre Artists’ Village


Spend New Year’s Day in the village of Szentendre, a haven for artists and artisans, who will open their shops today for Uniworld guests. You will also see the Marzipan Museum and the Micro Museum’s minuscule works of art. Spend your last night at a most festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 11 - Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport
Day 11: Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

 
         
Touring Date
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(Land + Air)
12/23/2017 - 1/3/2018
$4,999
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stately NEW S.S. Maria Theresa
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
4 countries
9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs
4 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 Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature
Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 5

 
 

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