Grand Christmas and New Years Cruise

A 13-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $5,799

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Tour Length: 13 Days
Countries Visited: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-16-2017
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Discover heaven on earth on the ultimate holiday river cruiseIf you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special cruise is for you. You’ll sail through Germany, Austria and Hungary along the shimmering Danube and past incredible sights on this unique itinerary. Explore charming old-world villages and Gothic cathedrals, and escape the hurry and hassle of the holidays as you relax onboard a luxurious ship and cruise through the ravishing landscapes of the Danube.On Christmas Eve, walk through the quiet medieval streets of Regensburg to the Gothic cathedral for Midnight Mass. As you pass through the magnificent doors, look up: You’ll see chalk marks invoking age-old blessings for all who enter. Listen to the harness bells chime as you ride through the serene Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon. Wander through locations from The Sound of Music in beautiful Salzburg and then warm up with rum-laced coffee. Meet Habsburg royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.Visit stunning churches and sample delicious wines in enchanting baroque villages. Ring in the New Year dancing in a real Viennese palace, and see how a dusting of snow adds to the glamour of Hungary’s historic capital.The mighty Danube takes you through three nations decked in all their holiday finery at this most delightful time of year.Who will enjoy this cruiseThose who wish to just get away and relax during the busy holiday season, and anyone seeking to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year in an extraordinarily memorable way.

 

YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Princess
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 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
3 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
5 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: “Heaven on Earth: The Worldly Pleasures of Baroque Art and Architecture”

 

Day 1 - Nuremberg (embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship

Day 2 - Nuremberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Discover Nuremberg, a quintessential medieval German city, on your panoramic city tour and enjoy Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas Market. Celebrate a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Spend a leisurely day onboard as you cruise along the marvel of modern engineering, the 106-mile-long Main- Danube Canal from the Main River to the Danube River.

Day 4 - Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour of Old Town OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour

Experience the perfect combination of an inviting skyline and impressive historic monuments as you stroll through Regensburg to its UNESCO-designated Old Town. Alternatively, trace the Jewish history in Regensburg, one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany.

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit

Snuggle in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through the Bavarian Forest before arriving at a famous glass manufacturer in Theresienthal. Learn about the techniques used to create Bohemian glassware. Once back onboard, prepare for a festive Christmas celebration, complete with all the trimmings.

Day 6 - Cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Passau walking discovery tour

The beautiful city of Passau, situated at the confluence of three rivers, was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages, and you will see its charming Old Town and ornate cathedral with Europe’s largest pipe organ on a guided walking discovery tour.

Day 7 - Linz (Salzburg)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salzburg tour

Journey through the region known to many as the “smile on the face of Austria,” Salzburg. On your guided tour through the UNESCO-designated 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.

Day 8 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in rococo Augustine monastery church, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Situated in the heart of the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein features many places of historic interest, including the Wedgewood-like baroque church tower. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a mulled wine tasting and to attend a soul-stirring organ concert. Later, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat—an exclusive private cocktail reception at the 13th-century Artstetten Castle, hosted by an Austrian princess descended from the royal Habsburgs.

Day 9 - Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart & Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

Vienna is a treasure trove of gems, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the stately Ringstrasse. After your tour, visit Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna. If you wish to experience a taste of Christmas in Vienna, join a local guide as you venture along famous shopping streets with stops to sample some of the local seasonal treats. End your day with a private concert of Mozart and Strauss at the baroque Abbey Klosterneuburg.

Day 10 - Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Schönbrunn Palace, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance at a Viennese palace

Schönbrunn Palace, the stunning former Habsburg summer residence, is on full display for you to enjoy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 1,441-room baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. It is largely in its original condition, from the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms to the maze and labyrinth in the gardens. Continue a day experiencing royalty as you ring in the New Year in grand royal style at the glorious Palais Daun Kinsky, complete with a festive dinner along with a private concert, and dancing to famous Strauss and Mozart tunes.

Day 11 - Vienna, cruising the Danube River

After exploring Vienna, relax onboard as the ship cruises to Budapest. Join another festive evening with the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 12 - Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Budapest city tour

Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, on a panoramic tour showcasing St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district.

Day 13 - Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport

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

 
         
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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
12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Princess
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 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
3 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
5 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: “Heaven on Earth: The Worldly Pleasures of Baroque Art and Architecture”

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 5

 
 

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