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European Holiday Markets

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Hofburg Palace, Vienna
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
9 Days from $2,899 per person

This cruise takes you to some of the most famous and delightful of the holiday markets in Central Europe. At each market, you’ll find wooden stalls displaying traditional crafts that range from quirky little characters made of fruit and dressed in Bavarian costume to beautifully carved and painted Nativity figures. You’ll also find exquisite ornaments and fine contemporary crafts, along with fairytale villages decked in holiday finery.  

Enjoy Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in Vienna, where you’ll see astonishing confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Celebrate the season in a new way as you meander through old lands, and remember, as the Christkind says, “While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy it brings is eternal.”

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  1. Overnight flight to Nuremberg (not included).

  2. Arrive at the Nuremberg Airport, where you’ll be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  4. The UNESCO-designated city of Regensburg is a delight to explore on foot, and your walking discovery tour will take you down quaint cobblestone streets and through centuries of colorful history. Marvel at the cathedral’s luminous stained-glass windows and the famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, then head to Thurn and Taxis Castle to experience the Christmas Market held on the castle grounds.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  5. Following a horse-drawn wagon ride through the scenic Bavarian Forest, you’ll have a chance to see the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer and their lovely selection of handmade crystal. Then it’s on to Passau for a walking discovery tour of the charming Old Town, with ample free time to explore the local Christmas Market. As an extra special treat, you can learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful floral centerpieces for the holidays.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  6. On today’s guided walking discovery tour of Linz, you can view the town’s cathedral, the Old Market, and its pretty Main Square. Later, spend some time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. Cruise the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. You’ll also see the beautiful blue façade of the town’s baroque monastery and quaint, centuries-old townhouses on your guided walking discovery tour with a local expert. Stop to warm up with a special tasting of mulled wine, the ideal beverage at this festive time of year. Depart for Vienna, an elegant city with an illustrious Habsburg heritage, where you can attend an evening Mozart and Strauss concert inside a Viennese palace.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  8. Vienna is a treasure trove of sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic tour. Travel Ring Street, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the principle staterooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, and peruse the city’s world-famous Christmas Market. Or, indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” with a special tour through the heart of the city that features chic boutiques and tantalizing treats. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  9. Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna 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
  • 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 majestic River Beatrice
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 2 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
  • 3 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
asteriskhashtag 29 Nov 17 7 Dec 17 $3249pp Request Quote
6 Dec 17 14 Dec 17 $3149pp Request Quote
asteriskhashtag 13 Dec 17 21 Dec 17 $2949pp Request Quote
asterisk 30 Nov 18 6 Dec 18 $3299pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote
7 Dec 18 14 Dec 18 $3299pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote
asterisk 14 Dec 18 21 Dec 18 $2899pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote

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

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

*These departures operate in reverse.

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. Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount. 

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.

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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. 

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Prague

Discover Prague, the “City of Spires,” which 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 Nuremberg.

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