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Enchanting Danube

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Wachau Valley along the Danube
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
9 Days from $2,949 per person

German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube “a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely.” For centuries, this exquisite waterway has cast its spell on poets, musicians and artists of all kinds. Now it’s your turn to be inspired. 

Waltz your way along as you cruise on the Danube River, sailing from one captivating city to the next. Discover the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites in stunning Budapest and breathtaking Vienna. Experience delightful Salzburg, the charming village of Dürnstein and Passau, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Stroll through the Old Town of Linz, explore the beautiful countryside and get a closeup view of the enchanting Danube biking along its tranquil shores. All along the way, delve into the flavors of the region with exclusive events ranging from an organic wine tasting of the Wachau Valley’s famous Rieslings to a saffron workshop. Let the “Enchanting Danube” carry you away in all-inclusive luxury.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  3. Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest on a panoramic tour. Or do as the locals do, riding the metro to an indoor market, enjoying refreshments at a coffee house, and visiting a public garden and the National Museum. Or, take in the sights on a guided bike tour. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the scenic Danube Bend and navigates a series of locks. Then explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Discover Vienna’s architectural treasures on a panoramic city tour. Explore the magnificent Winter Palace and stroll back to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. As an alternative, opt for our “Do as the Locals Do” tour highlighting Viennese essentials such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Take a guided tour of the charming village of Dürnstein, then opt for either a wine tasting or a workshop about saffron. Cruise the scenic, UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to Melk, or bike there with an expert guide. Explore Melk’s 900-year-old abbey, home to the famous library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s former home and the garden where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. If you prefer, head to nearby Linz for a tour that stops for coffee and Linzer torte, then visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat—hard cider, a specialty of the region. 

    Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.
    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Passau is a quintessential medieval town that's delightful to explore on foot. Inside St. Stephan’s Cathedral, you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. Or, take a guided bike ride or a hike with an expert naturalist. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. 

    Note: The organ concert is only available May 1 – Oct. 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  9. Disembark in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • 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
  • 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

Travel

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

Explore

  • 4 countries
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” 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 bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a 300th anniversary Signature Lecture: “Empress Maria Theresa: National Icon, Contemporary Role Model”
  • Exclusive Monarch Collection on select summer departures
Definite Departure
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29 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $4349pp Call 1-877-622-9109
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26 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $5349pp Request Quote
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9 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $5549pp Request Quote
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23 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $4749pp Request Quote
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7 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $3949pp Request Quote
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21 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $3749pp Request Quote
asterisk 28 Oct 17 5 Nov 17 $3349pp Request Quote
4 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 $3149pp Request Quote
hashtag 11 Nov 17 19 Nov 17 $2949pp Request Quote

* These departures operate in reverse.

# Solo Friendly Departure. Single Supplement waived on these dates. Call for details.

Δ Monarch Collection on these departures.

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: 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 the Czech Republic, 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.

Reviews

Friday, October 21, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : We are repeat GE travelers, and have yet to be disappointed.
Vacation : Uniworld lives up to all expectations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We appreciate your business and faith in us!

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The arrangements mad by GET were excellent. Our instructions were clear, and there were representatives to meet us and take us to our various destinations. The hotel in Prague, even though it wasn't the original one planned, was very good and we received excellent service, both from the hotel staff and from the Uniworld representative. The same experience repeated itself in Budapest. Our hotel was overbooked, so the Uniworld representative negotiatied room upgrades for everyone in our tour extension group, and we ended up in an apartment with full kitchen, dining and living room areas. It was too bad that we didn't need to use the kitchen!
Vacation : The Cruise was wonderful. At each stop there were interesting things to do. My only regret was that there wasn't more time to spend in any one place, but that's a limitation of a one-week cruise. The cabins on the Uniworld boat were smaller than I was accustomed to, but it wasn't too bad, because we spent so little time in our cabin. The programs on board ship, as well as the excursions were varied and interesting.

Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Budapest

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Walking discovery tour of national treasures
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $529 per person (single supplement $319)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Budapest.

Prague

Included in your 4-day stay:

  • 3 nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Prague city tour
  • 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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