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Grand Christmas & New Year's

From £4,590 pp

Discover heaven on earth on the ultimate holiday river cruise

If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special cruise is for you. You’ll sail through Germany, Austria and Hungary along the shimmering Danube and past incredible sights on this unique itinerary. Explore charming old-world villages and Gothic cathedrals, and escape the hurry and hassle of the holidays as you relax onboard a luxurious ship and cruise through the ravishing landscapes of the Danube.

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 rum-laced coffee. Meet Habsburg royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.

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.

The mighty Danube takes you through three nations decked in all their holiday finery at this most delightful time of year.

Who will enjoy this cruise

Those who wish to just get away and relax during the busy holiday season, and anyone seeking to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year in an extraordinarily memorable way.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique  night cruise in a riverview stateroom on
  • 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, 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 onwards)
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Nuremberg Christmas Market
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Day 1 - Nuremberg (Embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg 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.

Dinner

Day 2 - Nuremberg

For an over-the-top, old-world holiday extravaganza, look no further than Nuremberg, which boasts the largest and grandest Christmas market in all of Germany—and that’s really saying something. The “Gingerbread Capital of the World” pulls out all the stops during the holidays, as you’ll see for yourself on a panoramic tour guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

You could not ask for a more perfect place to begin a celebration of the holiday season than Nuremberg. The historic Old Town is an archetypal German medieval city and home to a world-renowned gingerbread called lebkuchen.

Featured Excursion:
Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market

Day 2 - Nuremberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Spend a leisurely day onboard as you cruise along a marvel of modern engineering, the 106-mile-long Main-Danube Canal. Tonight, celebrate Christmas Eve in the enchanting town of Regensburg.

For more than 1,200 years, European leaders dreamed of linking the great rivers of Central Europe: the Rhine, Main and Danube. And in 1992, an engineering masterpiece, the 106-mile (170-kilometer) long Main-Danube Canal, made this dream come true.

This masterwork allows ships of all shapes and sizes to readily transit from the Rhine Delta in the Netherlands to the Danube Delta in Romania, connecting the North Sea to the Black Sea. The canal crosses the European Divide at 1,331 feet (405 meters) above sea level, climbing the summit by way of a series of impressive locks; the highest will lift your boat about 83 feet (25 meters).

Day 3 - Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Regensburg

The Old Town of Regensburg sparkles with holiday lights and decorations this time of year, adding to its already considerable charms. Check out the best and brightest cultural sights with a choice of tours—you can either plunge you into the town’s ancient past or explore its fascinating Jewish history.

Your first port of call on the Danube, Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, medieval alleys and ancient Roman ruins. Goethe thought that it was “so beautifully situated; this region had to attract a town.” And attract a town it did—Roman legions founded Regensburg 2,000 years ago, calling it Castra Regina. It prospered over the centuries, not just because of its beautiful location, but also because ambitious and far-seeing locals built a bridge over the Danube back in the 12th-century. Thanks to that bridge, Regensburg became an international trading hub and, at one time, the capital of Bavaria. In the morning, you’ll have time to attend Christmas Mass in one of Regensburg’s beautiful churches.

Tonight, there’s a festive Christmas celebration onboard.

Day 4 - Regensburg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

Is that the sound of…jingle bells? Yes indeed, but that’s not Santa’s sleigh you’re hearing, it’s a horse-drawn wagon whisking you through the densely wooded Bavarian Forest. This area is known for glass-making, which you’ll observe close-up at a famous workshop.

After a morning cruising the enchanting Danube, you’ll arrive in Deggendorf, gateway to the Bavarian Forest.

Featured Excursion:

Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit

Exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit
Want to know what it feels like to step into a Christmas card illustration? Find out as you snuggle down in toasty blankets for a brisk ride in a horse-drawn wagon (or, if there’s snow, a horse-drawn sleigh) through the wonderland that is the Bavarian Forest in December.

Day 5 - Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Cruising the Danube River, Passau

Located at the confluence of three rivers, Passau is a lovely place to take a stroll with a local expert who will regale you with stories about the town’s colorful (and ancient) past. Christmas may be over but the holiday spirit is still at its peak in Passau.Perhaps, enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner served in a festively decorated barn.

Luxuriate onboard this morning as your floating hotel cruises down the majestic Danube toward Passau. 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. A local guide will be waiting to take you into this delightful and accessible town where the Danube, Inn and Ilz meet.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Passau walking discovery tour or Bavarian Christmas celebration with dinner in a country barn

Day 6 - Cruising the Danube River, Passau

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Linz (Salzburg)

Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland. You definitely chose the perfect time of year to explore this refined and much loved city. If you’re a fan of The Sound of Music, all the better—you will recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town. Do-Re-Mi!

Your ship docks in Linz today, where you may travel to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg

Featured Excursion:

Full-day Salzburg tour

Full-day Salzburg tour
A 900-year-old fortress stands staunchly above Salzburg’s historic center, but the city is much better known for its musical heritage than it is for any military activities. Mozart was born here, performed in public for the first time (at the age of five) here, and composed his first pieces here.

Day 7 - Linz (Salzburg)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

After a scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley, we’ll reach the village of Dürnstein. Walk along the cobbled streets, browse the shops selling apricot schnapps and maybe take a quick jaunt up to a ruined castle (with an intriguing tale all its own).

Later, taste various mulled wines and attend an organ concert at an Augustine church, followed by the highlight of the day—a private cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle, hosted by a bona fide princess.

Make your way to the lounge in the morning to marvel at the scenery of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau is the 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of the Danube that cuts through a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between Melk and Dürnstein. This beautiful region, with steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the river and a mixture of crags and south-facing vineyards on the north, was declared a World Heritage Landscape by UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the terraces that cling to these rocky slopes.

Day 8 - Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Vienna

Renowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its famous former residents, Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience this elegant city with your choice of excursions, and enjoy VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art.

To see these masterpieces in complete privacy is an extra special treat reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Tonight, enjoy a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss at a 12th-century monastery.

Vienna is a city steeped in history, music and elegant architecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing perhaps his best-known works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.

Day 9 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Vienna

Some people celebrate New Year’s Eve by watching the ball drop in Times Square. But not you—this year, you’ll be celebrating it in grand old-world style, with a gala dinner and dancing at a Viennese palace. (And that’s just one of two palaces you’ll visit today.)

Definitely a memorable way to kick off 2019. Begin the day with a visit to a palace that pays tribute to the taste and wealth of the Habsburg emperors, spend some time exploring Vienna on your own and then ring in the New Year in style.

Featured Excursions:

Schönbrunn Palace with Puppet Theatre
Exclusive New Year’s Eve gala dinner and dance at a Viennese palace

Day 10 - Vienna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11- Vienna, Cruising the Danube River

After enjoying some extra free time to explore Vienna on your own, relax onboard as the ship cruises to Budapest. You have the morning at leisure. You could relax onboard or ramble through glorious Vienna.

Of course it is a holiday, so most places are closed, but the streets themselves are so beautiful, it is well worth strolling through them. You could go to Karlsplatz, which is dominated by the magnificent baroque Charles Church (named for Emperor Charles VI, who commissioned it) but also boasts a pair of charming Secession (as the art nouveau movement was known in Vienna) pavilions by Otto Wagner.

In the afternoon, your ship will cruise toward Budapest.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 11- Vienna, Cruising the Danube River

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Budapest

Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital with a city tour that will show you all the highlights.

Your ship arrives in the fabled capital of Hungary this morning. Budapest, formerly two towns, Buda and Pest, on opposite sides of the river, began as a Roman encampment in the second century and has been controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists over the centuries, all of whom have left their mark.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Budapest city tour

Day 12 - Budapest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Depart Budapest

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

For 2018 Uniworld launched their newest Super Ship — S.S. Beatrice. The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades, and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron – a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades, and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

S.S. Beatrice offers four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge and newly added Schubert’s and Max’s. For guests seeking an immersive culinary experience, Max’s restaurant offers intimate cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café located at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cosy Austrian-styled eatery features menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations.

Additionally, S.S. Beatrice has two new Grand Suites each measuring 310 square feet and a second 390 square foot Owner’s/Royal Suite. Connecting rooms, ideal for friends and families traveling together, have also been added.

  • 57 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French Balconies
  • 12 Suites all Luxurious decorated and with French Balcony
  • 2 Owners suites and 2 Royal Suites individually decorated with French Balconies
  • Sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
  • Elegant restaurant
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • 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
  • Lift to Rhine, Danube & Moselle decks
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

This majestic, ultra-luxurious, boutique cruise ship is the perfect base to explore the rivers from. Fabulous public areas are complelmented by lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites. Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds are draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the Rhine & Danube Decks have floor to ceiling windows opening to a French 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 & Grand Suite

390 ft² & 310 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 390 ft² & 310 ft²
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • French Balcony
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, rain 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Suite

225 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 225 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • French Balcony
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Deluxe French Balcony

150 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
French Balcony & Classic

French Balcony

150 ft² – Danube (Middle) Deck

  • French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

Classic

150 ft² – Moselle (Lower) Deck

  • High level windows
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
Uniworld river Beatrice deck plan2

Uniworld have launched a new Super Ship — S.S. Beatrice for 2018. The S.S. Beatrice boasts yacht-style light wood with blue and white finishes throughout, a renovated lobby featuring elegant mirrors, marble floors, a white Murano chandelier with blue shades, and a grand staircase made of nickel and black iron – a signature design element of Uniworld’s Super Ships. The ship’s redesigned lounge features sofas and chairs with hand-made upholstery, a parquet floor and upholstered ceiling panels, solar shades, and new USB ports allowing guests to charge anywhere they are sitting. The artwork throughout the ship includes pieces from Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Pino Signoretto.

S.S. Beatrice offers four dining options all inspired by famous Austrian composers, including Mozart’s, the ship’s main restaurant; Wolfgang’s bar and lounge and newly added Schubert’s and Max’s. For guests seeking an immersive culinary experience, Max’s restaurant offers intimate cooking classes where guests can create local European cuisines alongside the chef. Schubert’s, an 18-seat café located at the bow of the ship, offers guests shared plates from lunch through dinnertime. The cosy Austrian-styled eatery features menus reflecting the cuisine of the ship’s destinations.

Additionally, S.S. Beatrice has two new Grand Suites each measuring 310 square feet and a second 390 square foot Owner’s/Royal Suite. Connecting rooms, ideal for friends and families traveling together, have also been added.

  • 57 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French Balconies
  • 12 Suites all Luxurious decorated and with French Balcony
  • 2 Owners suites and 2 Royal Suites individually decorated with French Balconies
  • Sun deck with life-size chess and shuffleboard
  • Elegant restaurant
  • Main Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • 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
  • Lift to Rhine, Danube & Moselle decks
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

This majestic, ultra-luxurious, boutique cruise ship is the perfect base to explore the rivers from. Fabulous public areas are complelmented by lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites. Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds are draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the Rhine & Danube Decks have floor to ceiling windows opening to a French 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 & Grand Suite

390 ft² & 310 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 390 ft² & 310 ft²
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • French Balcony
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, rain 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Suite

225 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 225 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • French Balcony
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Category 1 – Deluxe French Balcony

150 ft² – Rhine (Upper) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

Category 2 & 3 French Balcony

150 ft² – Danube (Middle) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

Category 4 & 5

150 ft² – Moselle (Lower) Deck

  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 22SS BeatriceBudapest£4999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCat 5150 ft², Fixed Windows£4999  
Lower DeckCat 4150 ft², Fixed Windows£5099  
Middle DeckCat 3150 ft², French Balcony£5799  
Middle DeckCat 2150 ft², French Balcony£6299  
Upper DeckCat 1150 ft², French Balcony£7099  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£8799  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite310 ft², French Balcony£10099  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£12099  
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Dec 22SS BeatriceNuremberg£4590SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic150 ft², Fixed Windows£4590  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£5265  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony150 ft², French Balcony£5625  
Upper DeckSuite225 ft², French Balcony£7875  
Upper DeckGrands Suite310 ft², French Balcony£8955  
Upper DeckRoyal Suite390 ft², French Balcony£10665  


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