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Danube Holiday Markets

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Budapest Parliament in Winter
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
9 Days from $3,099 per person

Glorious baroque architecture, delightful concerts, and ravishing scenery will make this Christmas season unforgettable as you sail through the holidays on the Danube.



Experience Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in the heart of Vienna during the day, and then celebrate the music of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese concert hall in the evening. Follow the lights down the Landstrasse in Linz to the Volksgarten, where you’ll find a fairytale Christmas display— large, animated renditions of scenes from fairytales that will entrance the child in you. Or mail a letter from Christkindl, where children from all over the world send their Christmas wish lists.

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  1. Overnight flight to Budapest (not included).

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

  3. Explore Budapest, an enchanting city made up of two parts—Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube River. See all the top sights on your city tour before exploring the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen are invited to display their wares here, so you’re sure to find many well-made, one-of-a-kind gifts. Another extra special feature of the market is a hand-carved manger with a Nativity scene that includes live animals. Savor mulled wine, cinnamon-spiced gingerbread and traditional honey cakes as you stroll and shop. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  4. Slovakia’s capital city is full of surprises, as you’ll discover on your walking discovery tour of the historic downtown area. The tour concludes at Bratislava’s Christmas Market, a relatively new tradition here—the city’s first Christmas Market was held in 1993. The local residents have fully embraced this delightful wintertime event, and today you’ll find a generous array of stalls brimming with unique handicrafts, folk art and decadent holiday treats.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  5. Vienna is at its most dazzling during the holiday season, and you’ll see many of its architectural treasures on a panoramic city tour. Venture inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace, then explore the Christmas Market in front of City Hall—Austria’s largest and most famous Christmas market—and the small but charming market at Freyung Square. Or, stroll through Old Town Vienna on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour. This evening, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss concert in a classic Viennese palace.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  6. Explore the baroque-style Benedictine Göttweig Abbey today and attend a private organ concert inside the abbey’s beautiful church. After lunch, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, a 19-mile stretch of the Danube with spectacular landscapes and quaint towns and wine villages clustered along the river.  

    *Note: The organ concert may take place in different location if the Göttweig Abbey visit falls on a Catholic holiday.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. Spend the day in beautiful Salzburg—decked out in dazzling holiday splendor—where you’ll enjoy a walking discovery tour of Old Town before delving into the city’s marvelous Christmas Market. Alternatively, visit the lovely Austrian towns of Steyr and Linz, each with their own Christmas markets, holiday traditions and unique character and charm.

    meal(s):Breakfast and Dinner
  8. Situated at the convergence of three rivers, the medieval town of Passau is a delightful place to explore on foot, especially during the holidays. Your walking discovery tour takes you past all the top sights—including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ—and visits the city’s festive Christmas Market. You’ll also have a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make gingerbread as well as a beautiful floral centerpiece for the holidays. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captains Farewell Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.


  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


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


  • 4 countries
  • 6 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


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
1 Dec 17 9 Dec 17 $3249pp Request Quote
asteriskhashtag 8 Dec 17 16 Dec 17 $3149pp Request Quote
hashtag 15 Dec 17 23 Dec 17 $3149pp Request Quote
1 Dec 18 9 Dec 18 $3099pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote
asterisk 8 Dec 18 16 Dec 18 $3099pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote
15 Dec 18 23 Dec 18 $3099pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote

*These departures operate in reverse.

Note: Christmas markets are generally open fro the beginning of Advent until December 23rd.

#Solo Friendly Departures. Single Supplements waived on these dates. Call for details.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in category 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port charges included for 2017 only. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in Germany, Slovakia and Austria is the Euro, and in Hungary is the Forint. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.


  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Length: 443 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 150 / Staff: 57

Suite: 11 (305-410 sq ft) / Staterooms: 64 (162-194 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River

Deemed “Best New River Ship” by Cruise Critic editors in 2015, the S.S. Maria Theresa features luxurious accommodations and numerous personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage. In Cruise Critic's words, this resplendent ship “is regal in its opulent 18th-century decor, a floating homage to the former Austrian empress....Besides indulgent dining and an elegant atmosphere, this is one of the prettiest ships out there.” Named in honor of one of the Habsburg Empire’s most beloved rulers, the magnificent S.S. Maria Theresa cruises the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers in grand Uniworld fashion.

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Royal Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

The Royal Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area


Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with an open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. 


Entrance Stairs


Lipizzan Cinema


Viennese Cafe


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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:


Discover Prague, the “City of Spires,” which is particularly magical during the holiday season. 

Included in your 4-day stay:

  • 3 nights at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Prague city tour with Castle District and Christmas markets
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $899 per person (single supplement $529)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Passau.

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