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Enchanting Christmas and New Year's Cruise

10-Night Cruise from Passau to Budapest

UNI Enchanting Christmas and New Year Cruise
UNI Enchanting Christmas and New Year

Passau to Budapest - 11 days

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Ship - Maria Theresa

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Detailed Itinerary:

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

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

Day 2 : Passau

Featured Excursion: Passau walking tour and floral decoration workshop

ituated at the confluence of three rivers, delightful Passau was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages. On your walking tour, you will see the architectural gems of Old Town, including the ornate cathedral built in the Italian baroque style, before discovering the secrets to decorating with floral arrangements. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and festive Christmas Eve dinner onboard before walking through the quiet city to St. Stephan’s Cathedral for mass (where the thunder of the largest organ in Europe will usher in Christmas Day). (BB, L, Captain’s Welcome Gala)

Day 3: Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf)

Featured Excursion: Full-day Salzburg and Oberndorf

Spend Christmas Day in two Austrian towns famous for music. Salzburg is not only the birthplace of Mozart, Austria’s most famous composer, it is also where favorite scenes from the beloved movie The Sound of Music were filmed. See the Mirabellgarten, where Maria and the children sang “Do-Re-Mi,” and have a festive holiday lunch at Stiftskeller Saint Peter, a beautiful restaurant within the ancient walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. Then head to Oberndorf, where the most beloved of all Christmas carols was performed for the first time. Joseph Morh, the village priest, and Franz Xaver Gruber, the choir master in nearby Arnsdorf, composed “Silent Night” for a Christmas Eve service in 1818. Visit the chapel and see the little museum dedicated to the history of the carol. (BB, L, D)

Day 4: Grein

Featured Excursions: Grein city walk 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 - now the home of the Austrian Shipping Museum - and delightful little jewel box theater built in 1791 that retains all of its original features, including a box for Napoleon. Later in the day, you are invited to an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the royal Habsburgs. (BB, L, D)

Day 5 : Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

Featured Excursions: Melk Abbey visit with organ concert and Dürnstein village walk with exclusive mulled wine tasting

Melk Abbey has been a center of learning for a millennium. In the Middle Ages, monks there created numerous manuscripts, and the library was renowned throughout Europe. Today the library, with 80,000 books printed before 1800 and innumerable Medieval manuscripts, is housed in a gorgeous Baroque structure along with the abbey church and school. After you tour these handsome buildings, you’ll be treated to an organ recital in the spectacular church. Then you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape, to Dürnstein, a tiny village nestled against towering cliffs, where you’ll have a chance
to taste some of the valley’s legendary white wines. (BB, L, D)

Day 6 : Vienna

Featured Excursions: Vienna city tour -or- exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour, and Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese concert hall

Vienna is a treasure trove of secular and sacred gems. A panoramic tour will introduce you to the city’s highlights, and then you can venture off on your own. Or, indulge in Vienna’s signature holiday treats on an exclusive “Taste of Christmas” tour. See the delightful confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Visit the glitzy shops on Graben and Kohlmarkt streets. Shuttles will be available to take you to and from the ship. In the evening, hear the music of Mozart and Strauss in one of Vienna’s famous concert halls. (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Vienna

Featured Excursions: Choice of Belvedere Palace -OR- Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit

Today, choose between two extraordinary museums: see the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings in the world at the Belvedere Palace, or encounter the highlights of Vienna’s Habsburg heritage, including the principal staterooms of Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, a stunning example of baroque architecture.. (BB, L, D)

Day 8 : Bratislava

Featured Excursion: Bratislava walking tour

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava was founded in the 9th-century, when it was known as Pressburg; it became the capital of Hungary following the battle of Mohács in 1526, when the Ottoman Empire succeeded in occupying Budapest. Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava, as the Habsburgs took over the Hungarian monarchy and turned Slovakia into a buffer zone between Austria and the Ottoman Turks. Today the city is a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere. See such gems of history as the rebuilt castle where the Habsburgs ruled; Mirbach Palace, a Rococo jewel built for a wealthy brewer that is now a museum; and the Primatial Palace, the 18th-century archbishop’s residence, before you explore the downtown area on your own. You’ll find that it’s simultaneously accessible, easy-going, picturesque, and fun to visit. (BB, L, D)

Day 9 : Budapest

Featured Excursions: Budapest city tour or Budapest Opera House tour and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance

Your panoramic city tour features Budapest’s highlights, including the famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Or choose to get a closer look at the remarkable Hungarian State Opera House. In the evening, ring in the New Year with what is sure to be the highlight of your trip: a gala dinner and dance in a gorgeous ballroom. (BB, L, D)

Day 10 : Budapest

Featured Excursion: Szentendre Artists’ Village

Start the day with an enchanting operetta brunch onboard, and then spend the afternoon in the village of Szentendre, a haven for artists and artisans (including one who makes microscopic works of art), who will open their shops on New Year’s Day for cruise guests. (BB, L, Captain’s Farewell Dinner)

Day 11: Budapest (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Departure & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until December 23. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.

2017 and 2018 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Nuremberg
Program Start Date
Ship

Cat 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/window

Cat 4 - Lower Deck w/window
Cat 3 - Middle Deck fwd w/ Window
Cat 2 - Middle Deck w/ window
Cat 1 - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/french balcony
Dec 23, 2017
Maria Theresa
$4,999
$5,449
$6,049
$6,649
$7,349
$9,049
$11,399
Dec 23, 2018
Maria Theresa
$4,999
$5,199
$5,999
$6,499
$7,399
$9,399
$9,999
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 Inquire.
2018 Departures:Port charges are additional $200 per person.

Prices Include:
▪10-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
▪ Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled 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
▪ An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of Nordic walking sticks
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultiral enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: " The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ 24-Hour Room Service (new in 2017)
▪ 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 (For 2017 Departures: Port charges are included in the cruise prices.)
▪ Personal expenses

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