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Countries

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia ...more Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia

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Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Linz, Passau ...more Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Linz, Passau

Danube Holiday Markets

2021
8
Days
From
$3,999
2 reviews
Operated By Uniworld River Cruises

Countries

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia ...more Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia

Locations

Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Linz, Passau ...more Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Linz, Passau

Arrive at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Meals Dinner

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. 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 was controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces.

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

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Welcome Dinner
Choice of: Budapest city tour with Christmas market

Budapest city tour with Christmas market

or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas market

“Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas market

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 Slovak? “Veselé Vianoce!” 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. 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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: Bratislava walking tour with Christmas market

Bratislava walking tour with Christmas market

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Vienna city tour with Christmas market

Vienna city tour with Christmas market

or “Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour

“Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour

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

“Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

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. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Benedictine Monastery Göttweig with organ concert

Benedictine Monastery Göttweig with organ concert

or Krems town visit

Krems town visit

Featured Excursions: Melk village stroll

Your ship docks at Linz, a modern yet historic city that extends across the shimmering waters of the Danube. From there, you’ll head to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, which 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 the grand cathedral and absolutely enchanting Christmas Market.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Full-day Salzburg walking tour with Christmas market

Full-day Salzburg walking tour with Christmas market

or Linz Town & Country: cider farm visit and Christmas markets

Linz Town & Country: cider farm visit and Christmas markets

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. You’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls.

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

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Farewell Dinner
Featured Excursions: Passau walking tour with Christmas market

Passau walking tour with Christmas market

Disembark the ship in Passau. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Munich Airport for your flight home.

Meals Continental Breakfast Breakfast Buffet

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Arrive at Munich Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Meals Continental Breakfast Breakfast Buffet

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. You’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls.

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

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Welcome Dinner
Featured Excursions: Passau walking tour with Christmas market

Passau walking tour with Christmas market

Your ship docks at Linz, a modern yet historic city that extends across the shimmering waters of the Danube. From there, you’ll head to Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, which 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 the grand cathedral and absolutely enchanting Christmas Market.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Full-day Salzburg walking tour with Christmas market

Full-day Salzburg walking tour with Christmas market

or Linz Town & Country: cider farm visit and Christmas markets

Linz Town & Country: cider farm visit and Christmas markets

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. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Benedictine Monastery Göttweig with organ concert

Benedictine Monastery Göttweig with organ concert

or Krems town visit

Krems town visit

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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Choice of: Vienna city tour with Christmas market

Vienna city tour with Christmas market

or “Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour

“Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour

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

“Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum

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 Slovak? “Veselé Vianoce!” 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. 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.

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Dinner
Featured Excursions: Bratislava walking tour with Christmas market

Bratislava walking tour with Christmas market

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each have their own distinctive character and allure. 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 was controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces.

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

Meals Breakfast Buffet Lunch Farewell Dinner
Choice of: “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas market

“Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas market

or Budapest city tour with Christmas markets

Budapest city tour with Christmas markets

Disembark the ship in Budapest. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

Meals Continental Breakfast Breakfast Buffet

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Price Includes
Dining
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 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
Excursions
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” program
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks
Accommodations
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stately S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Experiences
  • 4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
Ship Information
Grand Suite
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • The Grand Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area
Suite
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers
Deluxe Balcony
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with an open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers
French Balcony
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers
Classic
  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162 sq ft - 15 sq m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers
S.S. Maria Theresa Deck Plan
Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

December 2021
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Dec 9 Thu
Current Deals
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Current Offers

Classic
  $4,099
French Balcony
  $4,999
Deluxe Balcony
  $5,899
Suite
  $7,599
Grand Suite
  $9,499
Cruise Itinerary: Budapest to Passau Ship(s): S.S. Maria Theresa Prices exclude additional port charges of $200 per person
Today's Price Based on twin share
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AARP members save $100
Dec 9 Thu
Dec 16 Thu
Current Deals
  • 2021 River Heritage Club Savings
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Current Offers

Classic
  $4,099
French Balcony
  $4,999
Deluxe Balcony
  $5,899
Suite
  $7,599
Grand Suite
  $9,499
Cruise Itinerary: Passau to Budapest Ship(s): S.S. Maria Theresa Prices exclude additional port charges of $200 per person
Today's Price Based on twin share
Financing from $/month
Request Quote
AARP members save $100
Dec 16 Thu
Dec 23 Thu
Current Deals
  • 2021 River Heritage Club Savings
Click here for more info

Current Offers

Classic
  $3,999
French Balcony
  $4,899
Deluxe Balcony
  $5,799
Suite
  $7,499
Grand Suite
  $9,399
Cruise Itinerary: Budapest to Passau Ship(s): S.S. Maria Theresa Prices exclude additional port charges of $200 per person
Today's Price Based on twin share
Financing from $/month
Request Quote
Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Dorothy Thomas
Monday, December 16, 2019
Service
The travel experts are always available and helpful
Vacation
We had excellent guides and the markets were wonderful
Trusted Customer
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Service
Beautiful ship, maintained to a pristine standard. Cabin and public spaces are lovely and very functional. Travel Itinerary was punctual for every departure and arrival. Captain, management team and crew down to maids, front desk and most junior dining room staff are highly professional, well trained, pleasant, caring and truly try their hardest to provide a personalized, superb experience. Food preparation and presentation truly outstanding. The locally sourced provisions & excellent wines and changing menus linked to areas we visit make a huge difference vs. key competitor. The service levels and attention to detail regarding customer names, preferences and food allergies were unsurpassed! All inclusive beverages in lounge are a big plus from prior cruise. Itinerary packs in terrific visits to memorable locations, with ample choices. Enjoy the significant free time to explore on own or take a nap before dinner after a long, tiring day afoot. Excellent local guides compared to other trips we've taken. Built in tips remove end of voyage stress, and are much appreciated.
Vacation
Great value for cost. Well conceived itinerary, highly professional staff at all levels, beautiful & functional ship layout and 5-star cuisine & wines make for a truly memorable travel experience.
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