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Dashing through the Danube

From £1.399 pp

It’s Christmas and we’re too excited to sleep.

During the most festive time of year, your U cruise down the Danube will take you to some of the best and brightest Christmas Markets in Europe (just wait until you see the light displays) and a special New Year’s Eve celebration**.

Get in the holiday spirit by taking a dip into Budapest’s historic Lukács Thermal Bath and then a night out ice skating at the Castle. ‘Tis the season!

What’s Included:

  • Boutique 7 night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • 14 meals onboard, 2 meals a day onboard
  • Welcome Party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Soft drinks,
  • 10 included excursions
  • 14 U Time optional excursions
  • Local celebrity DJ Party
  • Included onboard Christmas mixology class
  • Complimentary Bikes on board for your use
  • Movies to rent in your room
  • Fitness center
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
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Day 1 - Regensburg

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT – A REGENSBURG WELCOME
Arrive in the heart of Regensburg and celebrate the season with your hosts and fellow crew members.

Come with an appetite, because there will be a German street food buffet. After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, step off the ship and into Regensburg’s city-wide holiday celebration.

Colorful Christmas markets in Old Town are buzzing in the evening, and locals are out and about enjoying hot Glühweins (mulled wines) in the streets.

Dinner

Day 2 - Regensburg

U TIME – BAVARIAN BREWS
Sometimes beer is a family affair. Take a brewer’s class at a family brewery in Regensburg. Learn about the traditional Bavarian method of brewing wheat beers. Follow the brewmaster on a facilities tour. Then finish off the tour with a taste of the house specialties, including an exclusive holiday beer. It’s educational, fun and delicious.

INCLUDED – MEDIEVAL HOLIDAY STROLL
Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Expect a heavy dose of holiday cheer when you run into the Magic of Christmas Market in Old Town’s palace courtyard. ‘Tis the season.

Day 2 - Regensburg

Brunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Passau

U TIME – CHRISTMAS AT THE QUARRY
The Bavarian Forest looks like it could be straight out of a fairy tale, but this is real life, and life sure is incredible when you’re en route to a quarry turned Christmas market. Stop in the local museum paying homage to the granite and stone cutting tradition of the region. Or head straight for the reason you’re here—the market filled with crafts, including hand-woven linen and wood and stone sculptures. After all of that shopping, you’ll work up an appetite, but with regional Christmas specialties at every turn, there is a simple solution for that: Eat, eat, and eat.

U TIME – CURL LIKE A LOCAL
Enjoy the natural wintertime beauty of Passau like the locals do—on a frozen river (there are three in Passau), engaging in some good ol’ Eisstockschiessen. What’s that? It’s Bavarian Curling, a celebrated Austrian pastime that you’ve probably seen on the Winter Olympics. But you won’t just watch: You’ll step out on the ice to participate for yourself. Competitors slide ice stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a target, or attempting to cover the longest distance. Bring a jacket (it’s cold out there) and some competitiveness. The locals don’t mess around.

Day 3 - Passau

Brunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Melk & Vienna

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT – ALL ABOARD THE VIENNA EXPRESS
Vienna, we have arrived, and just in time for the best time of day in this nightlife hotspot. Come aboard a Vienna tram for a host-escorted tour of the city. Take notes. You’ll want to come back.

U TIME – DEAR ABBEY
The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site’s crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

Day 4 - Melk & Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Vienna

U TIME – COOKING TO OPERA
Holiday music and holiday food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too.

U TIME – ROCK ME, AMADEUS
If there’s one “must-do” in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it’s attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn’t your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. After, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.

Day 5 - Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest

INCLUDED – THE FESTIVE STREETS OF OLD TOWN
Walk the festive streets of Bratislava’s Old Town with your host and stop at the city’s annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.

Day 6 - Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest

Brunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Budapest

INCLUDED – BUDAPEST CHRISTMAS FAIR
If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, you will be. Follow your host into Budapest’s Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square. Gifts, trinkets and holiday treats—this place has it all.

U TIME – BUDAPEST’S JEWISH LEGACY
Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.

U TIME – HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM
Pay holiday homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

Day 7 - Budapest

Brunch & Dinner

Day 8 -Budapest

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Budapest

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT – RUIN PUB RENDEZVOUS
After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, follow your host on a pub crawl through the city’s world-renowned ruin bars. Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please, follow your host through the city’s extensive scene of abandoned-buildings-turned-raves and report back to us.

Once upon a time, there was an abandoned factory that had an appointment set with a wrecking ball. Its owners had another idea. They threw together old furniture and DIY decorations to create Szimpla Kert, the mother of all clubs. This laid the blueprint for every ruin bar after and now Budapest is crawling with them.

Party your way through Budapest’s underground club scene, enjoying cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop.

Dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

INCLUDED – BUDAPEST CHRISTMAS FAIR
If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, you will be. Follow your host into Budapest’s Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square. Gifts, trinkets and holiday treats—this place has it all.

U TIME – BUDAPEST’S JEWISH LEGACY
Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.

U TIME – HOUSE OF TERROR MUSEUM
Pay holiday homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

Day 2 - Budapest

Brunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Bratislava & Vienna

INCLUDED – THE FESTIVE STREETS OF OLD TOWN
Walk the festive streets of Bratislava’s Old Town with your host and stop at the city’s annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.

INCLUDED NIGHT OUT – VIENNESE ICE PARTY
There’s no such thing as too many holiday parties. Follow your host to an outdoor extravaganza featuring ice pavilions, spectacular light shows, video projections onto building sides, DJs and live music. Sip on specialty punch to keep yourself warm and merry. Then hit the ice rink to try your hand at curling. It’s as fun as it looks.

Day 3 - Bratislava & Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

U TIME – AFTER HOURS AT THE CASTLE
What’s better than poking around a baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the state rooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

U TIME – COOKING TO OPERA
Holiday music and holiday food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too.

Day 4 - Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Melk

U TIME – DEAR ABBEY
The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site’s crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

U TIME – STEP BACK IN TIME
The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was the main site of political, social and racial persecution by the National Socialist regime on Austrian territory from 1938 to 1945. A visit here offers a solemn and moving look back in time.

Day 5 - Melk

Brunch & Dinner

Day 6 -Passau

U TIME – CHRISTMAS AT THE QUARRY
The Bavarian Forest looks like it could be straight out of a fairy tale, but this is real life, and life sure is incredible when you’re en route to a quarry turned Christmas market. Stop in the local museum paying homage to the granite and stone cutting tradition of the region. Or head straight for the reason you’re here—the market filled with crafts, including hand-woven linen and wood and stone sculptures. After all of that shopping, you’ll work up an appetite, but with regional Christmas specialties at every turn, there is a simple solution for that: Eat, eat, and eat.

U TIME – CURL LIKE A LOCAL
Enjoy the natural wintertime beauty of Passau like the locals do—on a frozen river (there are three in Passau), engaging in some good ol’ Eisstockschiessen. What’s that? It’s Bavarian Curling, a celebrated Austrian pastime that you’ve probably seen on the Winter Olympics. But you won’t just watch: You’ll step out on the ice to participate for yourself. Competitors slide ice stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a target, or attempting to cover the longest distance. Bring a jacket (it’s cold out there) and some competitiveness. The locals don’t mess around.

INCLUDED – FESTIVE PASSAU
Get a breath of fresh winter air on a scenic winter hike to the confluence of the Inn and Danube rivers. From there, your U host will usher you through Passau’s Old Town and right to the Christmas market. The baroque cathedral in the background is legendary. So is the local gingerbread.

Day 6 -Passau

Brunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Regensburg

INCLUDED – MEDIEVAL HOLIDAY STROLL
Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Expect a heavy dose of holiday cheer when you run into the Magic of Christmas Market in Old Town’s palace courtyard. ‘Tis the season.

U TIME – REGENSBURG THROUGH THE AGES
Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.

Day 7 - Regensburg

Brunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Regensburg

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

Breakfast

Part boutique hotel, part yacht, part local hotspot. The A makes her home on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, flowing through the Netherlands and Central Europe. She’s sleek and sophisticated.

When your waterfront hotel is also your taxi, bar, favorite restaurant, nightclub and yoga studio, travel becomes a bit more relaxed and a lot more hassle-free.

Onboard, you can expect everything you’d find in your favorite boutique hotel. But here’s the best part. Your floating boutique hotel makes it extra-easy to visit several European destinations in a single trip while only having to unpack once.

Grab a drink and meet us on the top deck, where the glass enclosed room disappears into the floor to create an open-air hangout. It’s the best view in the house and the spot to meet new friends or listen to a local guest DJ. With a casual dining venue and lounge seating, it’s the place to be.

Our ships feature a full-service restaurant and a lite-menu in the lounge for dining — serving farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the culinary style of the places you’ll visit.

Both ships feature three different room styles ranging from “I just need a comfortable place to sleep and stash my stuff” to “I’m going all out in a suite,” each with waterfront views. Flying solo? We have single rooms available and feature special room share rates for those traveling on their own who want to share the experience with a like-minded traveler.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 59 outside staterooms
  • 2 Suites
  • Top deck with panoramic views and rooftop Lounge, you can also enjoy a morning Yoga session
  • Ice Bar, featuring signature cocktails, craft beers, silent discos and DJ’s
  • 24 Hour MUGS Coffee bar
  • Complimentary Bottled water
  • Complimentary Wifi, We also offer personal hotspots for rent during the cruise which can be used onboard and on shore. The rental price is 8 euros per day.
  • U Lounge, always open, with a well stocked bar, mixology, paint and wine classes, serving Tapas style sharing plates and after hours snacks
  • The Spa, soothing massages and beauty treatments
  • Guest Laundry
  • The Gym, treadmills, TRX Bands, Yoga, Free Weights to keep you in shape
  • Bicycles to use on board or get the Wellness team to set up a hike for you
  • 2 Meals a day in Dine restaurant, enjoy farm to table cuisine inspired by the destinations you’ll visit

Suites & Staterooms

As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day.

Both ships feature three different room styles ranging from “I just need a comfortable place to sleep and stash my stuff” to “I’m going all out in a suite,” each with waterfront views. Flying solo? We have single rooms available and feature special room share rates for those traveling on their own who want to share the experience with a like-minded traveler.

  • Savoir Mattresses
  • Built in Blue tooth speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • Individual climate control

Suite

Upstairs Deck

  • French Balcony with Waterfront Views
  • King size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Desk, Table & Chairs
  • Marble Bathroom with Heated Mirror and towel warmer
  • Extra storage and a safe
  • Hairdryer

Balcony

Upstairs Deck

  • French Balcony with Waterfront Views
  • Queen size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Marble Bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe

Studio

Downstairs Deck

  • Waterfront Views
  • Queen Size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Marble Bathroom
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe

Studio Triple

Upstairs deck

  • Waterfront Views
  • Adjustable Mood Lighting
  • 3 Savior Twin Mattresses, one lofted and one Bunk Bed
  • Ensuite
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Each bed has its own Flatscreen TV
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe

 

Why Choose This Cruise?

U by Uniworld is a new take on experiential travel, for the young and young at heart, with cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. We at U have always believed that travel should be relaxing, exhilarating, convenient and tailored to your interests — all at the same time.

And on a U by Uniworld river cruise, that’s exactly what you’ll experience.

Prices from £1899 per person Dec 02 (sold out) Dec 09 (sold out) Dec 20^ Dec 27 ^Operates in reverse itinerary *From prices based on 20 December 2018
Prices from £1399 Dec 06 Dec 13^ Dec 20 Dec 27^ ^Operates in reverse itinerary *From prices based on 06 December 2018


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