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Grand Christmas & New Year's Cruise

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Nuremberg Christmas Market
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
14 Days from $5,799 per person

The mighty Danube takes you through three nations decked in all their holiday finery at this most delightful time of year. Visit stunning churches and sample delicious wines in enchanting baroque villages. Ring in the New Year dancing in a real Viennese palace, and see how a dusting of snow adds to the glamour of Hungary’s historic capital.

On Christmas Eve, walk through the quiet medieval streets of Regensburg to the Gothic cathedral for Midnight Mass. As you pass through the magnificent doors, look up: you’ll see chalk marks invoking age-old blessings for all who enter. Listen to the harness bells chime as you ride through the serene Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon. Wander through locations from The Sound of Music in beautiful Salzburg and then warm up with rumlaced coffee. Meet Habsburg royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO designated Wachau Valley.

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  1. Overnight flight to Nuremberg (not included).

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

    meal(s):Dinner
  3. See the highlights of this quintessential medieval city on a panoramic tour, then visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest and best-known Christmas Market. Be sure to sample some lebkuchen (gingerbread) here in the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  4. Spend a leisurely day onboard as you cruise along the remarkable Main-Danube Canal to the Danube River. After arriving in Regensburg, you are welcome to attend Midnight Mass in the city’s spectacular Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Regensburg is a delight to explore, with its quaint cobblestone streets, medieval alleys and ancient Roman ruins. If you wish, attend Christmas Day Mass in a local church before exploring the city with a local expert. Alternatively, you can see sites associated with one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany. Return to the ship for a festive Christmas meal, complete with all the trimmings.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Snuggle down in warm blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride through a Bavarian Forest village. Later, visit the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer that has created beautiful Bohemian glassware for European rulers for centuries.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Enjoy scenic cruising en route to the beautiful city of Passau. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, Passau was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages, and you will see its charming Old Town on a guided walking discovery tour.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Your guided tour of Salzburg’s Old Town—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—features the city’s 17th-century cathedral, the house where Mozart was born and the famous gardens where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. You’ll also have time to browse Salzburg’s lovely shops and boutiques.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Explore charming Dürnstein with your Cruise Manager, stopping to warm yourself with a mulled wine tasting and to attend a soul-stirring organ concert. Later, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat—a private cocktail reception at the 13th-century Artstetten Castle, hosted by an Austrian princess descended from the royal Habsburgs.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. See the highlights of Vienna on a city tour that takes you inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace. Or, stroll through the Old Town on an exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, venturing down famous shopping streets, marveling at shop window displays of decadent confections and browsing the stalls of the Am Hof and Freyung Christmas markets. This evening, enjoy the music of Mozart and Strauss at a private concert at a Viennese palace.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former Habsburg summer residence that rivals Versailles with its ornate décor and elaborate gardens. Tonight, ring in the New Year in a glorious Viennese palace, with a festive dinner, private concert and dancing.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. After exploring Vienna on your own, relax onboard as the ship cruises to Budapest. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner
  13. Your panoramic tour of beautiful Buda and Pest—situated on opposite sides of the Danube—features the city’s famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. 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
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 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

  • 12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the majestic River Beatrice
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 3 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
  • 5 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: “Heaven on Earth: The Worldly Pleasures of Baroque Art and Architecture”
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
21 Dec 17 3 Jan 18 $5799pp Request Quote
21 Dec 18 3 Jan 19 $5799pp Early PaymentSave 10%, Ends SEPT 30 Request Quote

2017 Departures cruise on the River Princess, 2018 Departures cruise on the River Beatrice.

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

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 $240 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%.

 

 

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: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Danube River, Rhine River

The stunning foyer of the 130-passenger River Princess sets an indulgent and luxurious tone for your European journey. Throughout the ship, jewel-tone greens, warm browns, and mix of black of white create a sophisticated ambiance, while stylish public areas—including a Main Lounge, a Sky Lounge, and a Captain’s Lounge and Library—provide comfortable places to curl up with a good book, chat with friends, or sip your favorite cocktail.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 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

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

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 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

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

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

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, 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

Captain's Lounge

Dining

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the  Austria, Hungary, and Germany 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 Hungary is the Forint, while Austria and Germany use the Euro. 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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