Enchanting Danube - Leisure Holidays

Enchanting DanubeHungary

From RM8,804 / per person for 7 nights
Explore beautiful destination along the bank of the Danube on S.S. Maria Theresa

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Summary

The shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events. This perfectly composed journey provides an immersive cultural tasting menu of four equally beguiling countries—ideal for first-time river cruisers as well as seasoned travellers seeking to experience yet another dimension of these much-loved destinations.


Note: Cruise may start from Budapest to Passau or Passau to Budapest depending on sailing dates. 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.

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Itinerary

Airport Transfer

All transfers on arrival & departure days. Terms apply.

Accommodation

7 nights in a riverview stateroom on the S.S.Maria Theresa

Sightseeing

Cruise Itinerary


Day 1 - Budapest (Embark)

Arrive at 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.


Day 2 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has its own distinctive character and charm. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of tours—see it on four wheels or on your own two feet.

Choice of Budapest - panoramic highlights & Opera or Highstreet shopping or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you


Day 3 - Cruising the Danube River, Bratislava, Vienna

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. Learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert, then check out the whimsical street art and sample some only-in-Slovakia treats. Your ship sets sail from Budapest and heads for Vienna today. You may opt to relax onboard all day, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and taking in the scenery as the ship wends its way along the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. On the other hand, the ship stops in Bratislava for those who wish to visit the capital of Slovakia. Although it’s not a large city, Bratislava has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries, and it is well worth a visit.

Featured Excursions:

Bratislava small but precious walking tour

Exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese Palace


Day 4 - Vienna

Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the City of Waltzes with your choice of tours, as well as VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art—you’ll have an opportunity to view it in complete privacy, an extra special treat reserved solely for Uniworld guests. The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and it’s yours to enjoy.

Featured Excursion:

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

Choice of Vienna panoramic city tour or "Do as the Locals Do" Vienna walking tour


You have leisure time after your tour to explore Vienna on your own. You might wish to visit the Albertina Museum, which houses one million old-master prints and an impressive collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century painters, ranging from Renoir to Rothko.If you’d like to get a little exercise and see a completely different side of Vienna, borrow a bike from the ship and explore Danube Island and Prater Park. (For a wonderful view of the region, ride the Ferris wheel in Prater Park.)


Day 5 - Dürnstein, Cruising the Wachau Valley, Melk

Dürnstein is one of our favorite towns along the Danube, a lovely place to wander cobblestone lanes, browse quaint shops and maybe hike up to a ruined castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). You can also opt for a tasting at Austria’s oldest winery or learn all about the world’s costliest spice from the Wachau Valley’s only saffron grower. Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary baroque-style library. You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley today. 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 river banks, 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 ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. You have two ports of call in the incredibly scenic valley, Dürnstein and Melk, and an assortment of delightful ways to explore this lovely region.

Featured Excursion:

Melk Abbey with library visit

Choice of Dürnstein “Village Day” with exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting or Dürnstein village stroll & saffron workshop


Day 6 - Linz (Salzburg or Linz)

Salzburg or Linz? Both are equally tantalizing. Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland; Linz may be best known for its famous Linzer torte, but it’s also a hotbed for the arts. See the sights with a local expert, or go behind-the-scenes at the Linz opera house and taste cider at an apple and pear orchard. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz boasts a long history of trading (especially in salt) and textile manufacturing—not to mention steel—but these days it is perhaps best known for its lively arts and music scene. It is also your gateway to Salzburg.

Choice of Full-day in Salzburg or Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit


Day 7 - Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one, as three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame—Europe’s largest pipe organ—or “Let's Go” with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.Three rivers meet in Passau—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Its central location made it a trade hub for centuries, and with trade came wealth that endowed the town with many beautiful buildings. Spend some time exploring the town itself or get out and about along the Inn or the Ilz with a bike ride or a hike.

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan's organ concert or “Let's Go” bicycle ride along the Inn River or “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River


In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.


Day 8 - Passau (Disembark)

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

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals On board

20 Meals on board.

Unlimited Beverages

Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea, & mineral water

Excursions

6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts.

Entertainment

Captivating onboard local entertainment

Signature Lecture

Cultural enrichment, including a 300th anniversary Signature Lecture: "Empress Maria Theresa: National Icon, Contemporary Role Model"

Port Charges

Port charges included

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

French Balcony Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water.

Deluxe Balcony Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with an open-air balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water

Suite Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water

Grand Suite Upgrade

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) with a French balcony, included handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water. The Grand (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.

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