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
FEATURED EXCURSION: Passau walking discovery tour with gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations
Your walking discovery tour of the medieval town of Passau features many of Old Town’s architectural gems, as well as an extra special holiday treat—an opportunity to learn how to make gingerbread and elegant floral centerpieces. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and a festive Christmas Eve dinner onboard. Later, you are welcome to head back ashore to attend Midnight Mass at St. Stephan’s Cathedral.
Day 3 – Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salzburg and Oberndorf
Spend Christmas Day in two Austrian towns famous for music. Salzburg—the birthplace of Mozart—was also the location for several scenes in the classic film The Sound of Music. See the famous gardens where Maria and the children sang “Do-Re-Mi,” and enjoy a festive holiday lunch inside St. Peter’s Abbey. Then head to Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” was performed for the first time.
Day 4 – Grein
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Grein walking discovery tour with visit to the oldest theater in Austria, 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, which retains all of its original features—including a box for Napoleon. 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
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Melk Abbey with library visit, and Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in rococo Augustine monastery church
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 the village of Dürnstein, where you’ll stop for a warming cup of spiced wine and enjoy a delightful organ concert.
Day 6 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
Take a panoramic tour of Vienna’s must-see sites, stopping to view the city from the splendid Belvedere Palace. Afterwards, head to the Art History Museum to see the treasures on display in the Kunstkammer (“cabinet of curiosities”). Or, opt instead for a special walking discovery tour that features chic boutiques, tantalizing shop window displays and samples of decadent Viennese confections. This evening, you’re in for another treat—a Mozart and Strauss concert inside a private Viennese palace.
Note: The Art History Museum is closed on Mondays. If the tour lands on a Monday, Albertina Museum will be visited instead.
Day 7 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belvedere Palace OR Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit
Choose your own adventure—view the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings at Belvedere Palace, or take a city tour of Vienna and see the principal staterooms inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace.
Day 8 – Bratislava
FEATURED EXCURSION: 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. You’ll also have ample time to explore Bratislava’s picturesque downtown area on your own.
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 Budapest’s top sights on a panoramic city tour that includes the famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Alternatively, you can opt to tour the remarkable Hungarian State Opera House. This evening, 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
FEATURED EXCURSION: Szentendre Artists’ Village
Start the New Year off with a sumptuous brunch onboard. Head ashore to spend the 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 miniscule works of art. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 11 – Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.
Celebrate two holidays in grand style on this utterly delightful wintertime cruise.
Experience the best of four countries during the most magical time of year as you make your way along the mighty Danube. Music abounds on this festive journey; you’ll sing “Silent Night” in the town where the beloved carol was composed, delight in the music of Strauss and Mozart at a private concert in Vienna, and savor the soul-stirring sounds of Europe’s largest pipe organ on Christmas Eve. Other highlights include sipping cocktails with an Austrian princess inside her 13th-century castle home, visiting Prince Eugene's Winter Palace in Vienna, sampling seasonal delicacies in Slovakia, and enjoying old-world hospitality in an Austrian wine village. Spend Christmas Day in Salzburg, celebrating with a special holiday lunch inside the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey, then ring in the New Year with a gala dinner and dancing in a sumptuous Budapest ballroom. An ideal journey for creating unforgettable holiday memories!
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
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 excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks
10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic S.S. Maria Theresa
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.