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Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Salzburg in Winter
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
12 Days from $4,999 per person

Celebrate the holiday season in truly extraordinary fashion with a special itinerary that gives you the best of four different countries at their most magical time of year. Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classical capitals like Budapest and Vienna. 

Commemorate a splendid musical heritage as you lift your voice and sing “Silent Night” in Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol was composed, and delight in the music of Strauss and Mozart in Vienna, where the composers once lived. Sip a cocktail with a princess in the seven-towered Artstetten Castle, and visit Prince Eugene of Savoy's jewel-box Winter Palace in Vienna. Spend Christmas Day in Salzburg and enjoy a holiday lunch within the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. Discover the seasonal delicacies of Slovakia in Bratislava’s picturesque downtown, and enjoy the merriment of traditional hospitality in an Austrian wine village. Ring out the old year and ring in the new with art, wine and song, as you cruise through four nations during this enchanting season.

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  1. Overnight flight to Munich (not included).

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

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner
  12. Depart Budapest Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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

Taste

  • 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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

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

Explore

  • 4 countries
  • 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

Experience

  • 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
hashtag 22 Dec 17 3 Jan 18 $4999pp Request Quote
22 Dec 18 3 Jan 19 $5099pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote

2017 Departures cruise on the River Beatrice, 2018 Departures cruise on the S.S. Maria Theresa.

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

#Solo Friendly Departure. Single Supplement waived. 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.

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%.

 

Length: 410 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 156 / Staff: 53

Suite: Owner's Suite (300 sq ft), 14 Suites (225 sq ft) / Staterooms: 63 (150 sq ft) / Rivers: Danube River

Europe’s enchanting Danube River—with glorious jewels such as Budapest and Vienna situated along its legendary shores—can be experienced onboard Uniworld’s ultra-luxurious River Beatrice. From the gorgeous two-story lobby to the handsome Captain’s Lounge and Library to the indulgent Serenity River Spa, it’s clear that no expense was spared creating this meticulously crafted 410-foot, 156-passenger vessel.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Owner's Suite

Luxurious riverview owner's suite (300 sq ft - 28 sq m) with a French balcony

Owner's suite includes a handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers, a rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area

Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in the Captain's Lounge

Suite

Luxurious riverview suite (225 sq ft - 21 sq m) with a French balcony

Suite includes a handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in the Captain's Lounge

Category 1-3

Luxurious riverview stateroom (150 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, direct-dial telephone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment center, mineral water 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, 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. 

Lobby

Lounge

Restaurant

Restaurant

Lounge

Service

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.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

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

Suites

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. 

Reception

Entrance Stairs

Pool

Lipizzan Cinema

Lounge

Viennese Cafe

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany, Austria and Hungary must have a current passport that is 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 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.

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