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Danube Holiday Markets
7-Night Cruise from Budapest to Passau (or reverse)

Uniworld Danube Holiday Markets
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Budapest to Passau (or reverse) - 8 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Budapest to Passau

Skip to Passau to Budapest itinerary

Day 1: Budapest, Hungary (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

Day 2: Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas market—one of the largest in Europe. Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it’s been controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces. Today you’ll have a chance to experience some of the holiday traditions of this beautiful city.

Choice of Budapest city tour with Christmas Market or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas Market

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Cruising the Danube River - Bratislava, Slovakia

Once hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. You’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovakian? “Veselé Vanoce!” Today you’ll arrive in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Following Ottoman incursions into Hungary in the 16th-century, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, became the capital of Hungary in 1536 and retained that status under the Habsburgs well into the 19th-century. As a result of its longtime imperial prominence, the city is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque and art deco. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors— and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

Featured Excursion: Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Day 4: Vienna, Austria

Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art. To see such masterpieces in complete privacy is an experience reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Tonight, enjoy a concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace. The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and it’s yours to enjoy.

Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

Choice of Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour or Vienna city tour with Christmas Market

Day 5: Krems - Senic Cruising through Wachau Valley

One of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria is still an active Benedictine monastery, but a monastery the likes of which you’ve never seen—Napoleon himself once laid his head here in the lavish imperial quarters. With its 14th-century stained glass windows, the abbey’s jewel box of a church is the perfect setting for a soul-stirring concert of organ music. Back onboard, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. The fairytale town of Krems, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) west of Vienna, is your first port of call in the astonishingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; today you’ll have a chance to see why.

Choice of Benedictine Monastery Göttweig Abbey with organ concert or Krems town visit.

You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

Day 6: Linz (Salzburg)

Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. Fans of The Sound of Music may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of a grand cathedral and an absolutely enchanting Christmas market. Your ship docks in Linz today. From there, you’ll travel to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg for an enchanting full-day excursion.

Choice of Full-day Salzburg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Linz town and country: cider farm visit with Christmas Market

Day 7: Passau, Germany

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas market on the square in front of the cathedral. Later, enjoy a traditional holiday celebration in a festively decorated barn.

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Bavarian Christmas celebration in a country bar

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Passau (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Passau to Budapest

Skip to Budapest to Passau itinerary

Day 1: Munich Airport, transfer to Passau, Germany (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Munich  Airport where you will be transferred to the ship in Passau. (D)

Day 2: Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas market on the square in front of the cathedral. Later, enjoy a traditional holiday celebration in a festively decorated barn.

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Bavarian Christmas celebration in a country barn

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Linz (Salzburg), Austria

Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. Fans of The Sound of Music may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of a grand cathedral and an absolutely enchanting Christmas market. Your ship docks in Linz today. From there, you’ll travel to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg for an enchanting full-day excursion.

Choice of Full-day Salzburg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Linz town and country: cider farm visit with Christmas Market

Day 4: Cruising the scenic Wachau Valley - Krems

One of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria is still an active Benedictine monastery, but a monastery the likes of which you’ve never seen—Napoleon himself once laid his head here in the lavish imperial quarters. With its 14th-century stained glass windows, the abbey’s jewel box of a church is the perfect setting for a soul-stirring concert of organ music. Back onboard, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. The fairytale town of Krems, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) west of Vienna, is your first port of call in the astonishingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; today you’ll have a chance to see why.

Choice of Benedictine Monastery Göttweig Abbey with organ concert or Krems town visit

You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

Day 5: Vienna

Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art. To see such masterpieces in complete privacy is an experience reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Tonight, enjoy a concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace. The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and it’s yours to enjoy.

Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

Choice of “Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour or Vienna city tour with Christmas Market

Day 6: Cruising the Danube - Bratislava, Slovakia

Once hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. You’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovakian? “Veselé Vanoce!” Today you’ll arrive in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Following Ottoman incursions into Hungary in the 16th-century, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, became the capital of Hungary in 1536 and retained that status under the Habsburgs well into the 19th-century. As a result of its longtime imperial prominence, the city is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque and art deco. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors— and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

Featured Excursion: Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Day 7: Budapest, Hungary

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas market—one of the largest in Europe. Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it’s been controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces. Today you’ll have a chance to experience some of the holiday traditions of this beautiful city.

Choice of Budapest city tour with Christmas Market or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas Market

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Budapest (Disembarkation Day), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship  and transfer to airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Holiday markets generally open from the begining of Advent until December 23. The cruise operator reserves the right to substitute appropriate sights and excursions in keeping with the celebrations of the season.

Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Budapest

Program Start Date

Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Dec 2, 2019
$3,999
$4,699
$5,599
$7,299
$9,199
Dec 16, 2019
$4,099
$4,899
$5,799
$7,499
$9,399
Dec 2, 2020
$3,399
$4,199
$5,099
$6,799
$8,699
Dec 2, 2020
$3,399
$4,199
$5,099
$6,799
$8,699
 
From Passau

Program Start Date

Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
Dec 9, 2019
$4,599
$5,399
$6,299
$7,999
$9,899
Dec 9, 2020
$3,399
$4,199
$5,099
$6,799
$8,699
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. 
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.
Port charges : Additional $170 per person (2019 departures); Additional $190 per person (2020 departures).

4 UNESCO
Prices Include:
▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
▪ Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinner
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ 6 days of excursions including " Choice is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment and lecture
▪ Guided "Taste of Christmas" program
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ All transfers on arrival and departure days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Personal expenses


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