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Enchanting Christmas & New Year’s

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Enchanting Christmas & New Year's

From £4,399 pp

A festive extravaganza celebrating two holidays in grand and unforgettable style.  Celebrate the holiday season in truly extraordinary fashion with a special Uniworld itinerary that gives you the best of four different countries at their most magical time of year. Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classic capitals like Budapest and Vienna. Hear the largest organ in Europe on Christmas Eve in Passau, then ring in the New Year in elegant style with a gala dinner and ballroom dance in Budapest. Festive celebrations are plentiful during this cruise—what better way to create perfect holiday memories?

Commemorate a splendid musical heritage as you lift your voice and sing “Silent Night” in Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol was composed. Sip a cocktail with a princess in the seven-towered Artstetten Castle, and visit Prince Eugene of Savoy’s jewel-box Winter Palace in Vienna. Spend Christmas Day in Salzburg and enjoy a holiday lunch within the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. Discover the seasonal delicacies of Slovakia in Bratislava’s picturesque downtown and enjoy the merriment of traditional hospitality in an Austrian wine village. Ring out the old year and ring in the new with art, wine and song as you cruise through four nations during this enchanting season.

Who will enjoy this cruise

Those who wish to celebrate a European Christmas and New Year in festive elegance. All lovers of art, music and merriment.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique  night cruise in a riverview stateroom on
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Flights or Eurostar rail from the UK (2019)
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Day 1 - Munich

Arrive at Munich 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 docked in Passau.

Dinner

Day 2 - Passau

Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get acquainted with the town’s baroque and rococo architecture, then visit the lively Christmas market in front of St. Stephan’s cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ.

Old-town Passau is built on a spit of land that looks almost like a ship with its narrow prow jutting into the water, a fitting shape for a city that has been an important center of river trade since it was founded by the ancient Romans. Today a local expert shows you the highlights of this delightful and accessible town located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz.

Featured Excursion:
Passau walking discovery tour

Day 2 - Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Linz ( Salzburg and Oberndorf)

Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg, is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland. Fans of The Sound of Music may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of a grand cathedral and a wonderful Christmas market.

You’ll also visit the nearby town of Oberndorf, where the world’s most beloved Christmas carol was composed and performed for the first time.

Your ship docks in Linz today. From there, you’ll travel to the alpine cities of Salzburg and Oberndorf for a delightful full-day excursion.

Featured Excursion:
Full-day Salzburg and Oberndorf

Day 3 - Linz ( Salzburg and Oberndorf)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Grein

Your diary entry for today will say “Cocktails with the princess at the castle.” Raise a glass with a bona fide member of Austrian royalty at her 13th-century home, Artstetten Castle, and hear some intriguing tales about her Habsburg ancestors. Also on the agenda—a walk through charming Grein and a peek inside Austria’s oldest theater. Grein, a picturesque little town dominated by a vast white Renaissance castle, is just one of your destinations today.

You’ll also join a princess for cocktails in her historic castle.

Featured Excursions:
Grein walking tour and oldest Austrian theater
Exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Grein walking tour and oldest Austrian theater
Ramble through charming Grein, which has long been associated with river shipping: The handsome 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century houses you’ll pass belonged to the prosperous river pilots who guided boats through the hazardous Danube waters here.

Step inside the oldest theater in Austria to retain its original form—and function, since troupes of actors still perform in it. Local artisans transformed part of the city granary into a theater in 1791; you enter through the old City Hall (now a museum) and immediately enter the past. It’s not every theater that boasts both a box for Napoleon and sight lines for prisoners, but that’s exactly what Grein’s State Theater has. (Prisoners in the city jail, which was attached to the City Hall, could watch plays on stage from their cells.) Nor are those the only unusual features—the first three rows have seats found nowhere else: They can be folded up and locked, so the subscribers could make sure no one else used them.

Exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg
Meet a princess and a fascinating slice of history at the same time today. You’re invited to an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg. The princess, a member of the Habsburg family, is a direct descendent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered WWI.

The seven-towered castle, parts of which date back to the 13th-century, remains the private property of the Hohenberg family. It is the final resting place of the archduke and his wife, who are entombed in the family crypt, which you may explore. A museum within the castle walls is dedicated to Franz Ferdinand; you might be surprised to discover that the archduke, a stern military man if one judges him by his portrait, renounced his descendants’ claim to the Habsburg throne in order to marry for love.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Melk, Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

Melk Abbey has an unexpectedly opulent library filled not only with rare and precious books but also secret doors and optical illusions.

After your visit, cruise the Wachau Valley to the tiny village of Dürnstein, where you can browse the shops selling apricot schnapps, hike up to the ruins of a castle, taste various mulled wines and attend an organ concert at a local church.

Your river adventure today takes you through one of the most beautiful regions in Austria, bookended by two picturesque and historic towns, Melk and Dürnstein.

Featured Excursions:
Melk Abbey with library visit
Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in a monastery church

Day 5 - Melk, Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6- Vienna

Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, followed by an evening concert of Mozart and Strauss, performed at a 12th-century monastery.

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 Mozart and Strauss concert at Klosterneuburg
Choice of Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour or Exclusive “Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour

Day 6- Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Vienna

An extremely rare treat awaits you today—early morning, VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art at one of the top fine arts museums on the planet. These artistic treasures were collected by the Habsburgs over many centuries, and to see them in complete privacy is a perk reserved solely for Uniworld guests.

Vienna’s art treasures are astonishing, and today you have a rare, pre-opening hours highlights tour of the Vienna Art History Museum’s collection of acclaimed masterworks.

Featured Excursion:

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

Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum & Vienna city tour
The Habsburgs assembled an astonishing collection of artistic treasures over the centuries, which formed the basis for the works now on display at Vienna’s preeminentmuseum, the Vienna Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches).

Day 7 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Bratislava

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. You’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert, then have free time to check out the whimsical street art and sample delicious delicacies found only in Slovakia.

Spend the morning relaxing onboard as your ship cruises along the Danube to Bratislava. The capital of Slovakia combines a historic downtown with a lively and bohemian art scene.

Featured Excursion:

Bratislava walking discovery tour

Day 8 - Bratislava

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. Get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, then visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas market—one of the largest in Europe. The highlight of the day comes after darkness falls, with a glorious New Year’s Eve gala dinner with dancing at a historic ballroom.

Budapest, formerly two towns, Buda and Pest, on opposite sides of the river, began as a Roman encampment in the second century, was overrun by Magyar horsemen in the 9th-century, and has been controlled by Ottomans, Austrians, Germans and Communists over the centuries, all of whom have left their mark. You may choose to get an overview of the city or delve into a single exceptional cultural institution.

Featured Excursion:
Exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance
Choice of Budapest city tour or Parliament House Tour

Day 9 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Budapest

Start off the New Year on a high note with an excursion to a village of talented artisans and craftspeople who live and create beautiful things together. The village is also home to two museums you’re welcome to visit—one devoted to lovely ceramics and the other to the art of…marzipan. (Yes, really.)

Featured Excursion:
Szentendre Artists’ village

Szentendre Artists’ village
Head to the charming little town of Szentendre with its well-preserved 17th-century houses and active community of artists and craftspeople. A guide will introduce you to the village’s main street, which is also its primary shopping boulevard. Here you’ll find all the traditional Hungarian arts and crafts you can imagine, including ceramics, hand-embroidered blouses and tablecloths, and wool sweaters, as well as fine Herend porcelain and Tokaji wines.

Day 10 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Budapest (Disembark)

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

Breakfast

The S.S. Maria Theresa offers three full decks with elegantly appointed public areas designed with one goal in mind: delighting guests.

A beautiful mosaic-tiled pool and spa area. An  Al fresco dining from the  main baroque restaurant enriching the dining experience as guests sail through the inspiring countryside.

The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Habsburg Salon

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Dürer sun deck with panoramic views
  • Habsburg Salon with full-service bar
  • Bar du Leopard
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Baroque Restaurant
  • Bohemia Terrace
  • Viennese Café
  • Lipizzan Cinema
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

* Payable locally.

World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld – as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

With 74 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies or full outside balconies, and 7 suites all with full balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Royal Suite

410 ft² – Hofburg Deck (Upper) Deck

  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • Full outside balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Royal Suite
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Suite

Suite

305 ft² – Hofburg (Upper) Deck

  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • Full outside balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Category 1 Staterooms

194 ft² – Hofburg (Upper) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

194 ft² – Schonbrunn (Middle) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Stateroom Cat 1
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Stateroom Cat 4 & 5

Category 4 – 5 Staterooms

162 ft² – Bavarian (Lower) Deck

  • High level window
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Deck Plan

The S.S. Maria Theresa offers three full decks with elegantly appointed public areas designed with one goal in mind: delighting guests.

A beautiful mosaic-tiled pool and spa area. An  Al fresco dining from the  main baroque restaurant enriching the dining experience as guests sail through the inspiring countryside.

The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Habsburg Salon

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Dürer sun deck with panoramic views
  • Habsburg Salon with full-service bar
  • Bar du Leopard
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Baroque Restaurant
  • Bohemia Terrace
  • Viennese Café
  • Lipizzan Cinema
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

* Payable locally.

World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld – as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

With 74 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies or full outside balconies, and 7 suites all with full balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Grand Suite

410 ft² – Hofburg Deck (Upper) Deck

  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • Full outside balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Royal Suite
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Suite

Suite

305 ft² – Hofburg (Upper) Deck

  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • Full outside balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Deluxe Balcony Staterooms

194 ft² – Hofburg (Upper) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers

French Balcony Staterooms

194 ft² – Schonbrunn (Middle) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Stateroom Cat 1
Uniworld SS Maria Theresa Stateroom Cat 4 & 5

Classic Staterooms

162 ft² – Bavarian (Lower) Deck

  • High level window
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet
  • Hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat,
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 23SS Maria TheresaBudapest£4299Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat 5162 ft², Fixed Windows£4299  
Lower DeckCat 5162 ft², Fixed Windows£4399  
Middle DeckCat 3194 ft², French Balcony£5099  
Middle DeckCat 2194 ft², French Balcony£5499  
Upper DeckCat 1194 ft², Outside Balcony£6299  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£7899  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 23SS Maria TheresaPassau£4399SAVE UPTO 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£4399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£5849  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£6249  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£7949  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£8349  


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