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15 Day Danube, Main and Rhine River Cruise – Amsterdam to Budapest with Uniworld River Cruises


Cruise ID 2863
Book By 22Oct15
Embarkation Amsterdam, Netherlands
Disembarkation Budapest, Hungary
Multiple Departures Multiple departures 15Nov15-06Nov16
Duration 15 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 30Nov15 to 21Nov16
Region Europe
Cruise Ship S.S. Maria Theresa
Cruise Type Ocean
Cruise Package Type Cruise Only
Important Terms
  • Rates are in AUD/USD
  • Prices are per person, based on twin share, inclusive of port charges, taxes, and all discounts unless otherwise stated.
    Single occupancy and 3rd guest rates are available upon request.
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

2015 Departures

Departure Date Fares From
15Nov15 $8,695

2016 Departures

Departure Dates Fares From
24Apr16 $9,395
04May16* $9,105
22May16 $9,675
25May16* $8,845
15Jun16* $8,845
19Jun16 $9,675
17Jul16 $9,575
27Jul16* $8,845
14Aug16 $9,575
07Sep16* $9,955
11Sep16 $10,155
09Oct16 $9,815
19Oct16* $9,315
06Nov16 $8,795

 

Upgraded room types availble at increased pricing, please ask your travel specialist for details.

* Departure aboard the River Empress, River Duchess or River Queen, All other departures are aboard the S.S Maria Theresa

Prices listed in AUDPrices include additional port charges of 380-$400 and are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply. Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please inquire at time of booking for best available airfare pricing. Prices shown above include cruise in lowest category stateroom. Single supplement applies for single accomodation. Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.

*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
For more information and other conditions please confirm with our Travel Specialists at time of booking.



Amsterdam to Budapest with Uniworld Cruises

Day 1: Amsterdam (embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol 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.

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam

Day 2: Cologne

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit 

Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern, and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city. 

As you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and the cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was damaged, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war, and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the aweinspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. After touring the cathedral, you’ll have free time to explore the area around it: three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance façade. Fascinating museums devoted to an astonishing range of subjects— everything from ancient Rome, to the Nazi regime, to chocolate—invite examination. The beautiful riverside promenade and parks are worth visiting, too, and make for wonderful bicycling. 

Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is regulated by a very strict scheme of time slots. Sightseeing will be arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible. 

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

Day 3: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

FEATURED EXCURSION: Gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument 

Byron described it as “a work divine, a blending of all beauties.” Turner painted it. Wagner used it as inspiration for his opera Götterdämmerung. Today you’ll see it: the sublime beauty of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of the Rhine features a stunning, castle-dotted landscape that 19th-century composers, painters, and poets considered the embodiment of an ideal romantic spirit, which was later dubbed “Rhine Romanticism.” Legend plays its part here too, with shipwrecks and lost lovers attributed to the Lorelei who, so the tale goes, lured all to their doom in the Rhine. Each bend and twist of the river affords new delights: steep riverbanks are graced with sloping vineyards and picturesque towns, and hilltops are crowned by fairytale castles. Each one of those castles tells a tale: of great families raising fortresses, of warfare and ruin, and of rebuilding through the centuries. Some castles have been entirely reconstructed; others tower above the water in majestic ruin, still an inspiration for romantics. 

Like many cities along the Rhine, Rüdesheim has a lengthy history that stretches back to Roman times. These days, the town is best known for its avenue of shops and wine bars called the Drosselgasse and its impressive Niederwalddenkmal (Niederwald Monument). 

The huge statue of Germania atop the hill above Rüdesheim is visible for miles. Erected by Wilhelm I to commemorate the unification of Germany following the Franco-Prussian War in 1877, the monument may perfectly embody 19thcentury imperial grandiosity—but the ride to and from it is the real point of your expedition. Hop aboard a cable car and begin your ascent to Niederwald Heights. You’ll get a great view of the town and the entire Rheingau wine-growing region as you climb high into the air, with the precipitous vineyards falling away below you and spectacular views of the Rhine valley spreading into the distance. Don’t worry if you find there are far too many glorious things to see as you ascend; anything you miss while going up, you’ll have a chance to catch coming back down. Explore the historic Niederwald Monument, then head back down into Rüdesheim, where you can enjoy some free time. 

Note: The gondola to Niederwald Heights is covered but not heated. Cars are open on the sides, and it is recommended that you dress warmly.

Castles along the Rhine

Day 4: Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit* or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour 

A major European transportation hub and financial center, Frankfurt-on-Main is nicknamed “Mainhattan” for a reason: it’s home to the European Central Bank, the world’s third-largest trading center for stocks, major international trade fairs, and one of the world’s busiest airports. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Full-day Heidelberg visit
  • Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour

 

Day 5: Miltenberg, cruising the Main River

FEATURED EXCURSION: Miltenberg walking tour with exclusive “Village Day” 

Picturesque and charming, Miltenberg’s Old Town grew along a narrow strip of riverbank that determined its narrow medieval layout, which exists to this day. 

Ramble with your guide along Main Street past 14th and 15th-century half-timbered houses to the central marketplace, where you’ll meet a local host and embark on one—and only one—of the following intriguing encounters. 

 

  1. Tour a boutique brewery with the brewmaster and sample his handiwork. 
  2. Visit a nearby farm and learn about local farming methods. 
  3. Hike up an ancient Roman footpath to the ruins of Miltenberg Castle for a fabulous view of the Main River valley. 
  4. Bike along the Main with a guide to the village of Kleinheubach and back. 
  5. Explore a family-owned vineyard with a family member in nearby Buergstadt. 
  6. Visit a local artist at her atelier and, if you wish, paint your own souvenir to take home.

Day 6: Würzburg

FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit 

Your ship will dock in the charming Franconian town of Würzburg where you will visit the extraordinary Würzburg Residenz—one of the most opulent baroque palaces in Europe. This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, who brought enormous knowledge and passion, as well as a budget for the best, to the project. Over the course of 60 years, they fostered the creation of a 300-room palace that contains jawdropping baroque art. The magnificent grand staircase boasts the world’s largest ceiling fresco, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Portions of the building were damaged by Allied bombing in 1945, but, fortunately, most of the historic furnishings had been stored off-site and key rooms were unharmed, so you can see the original— and matchless—artwork, gilding, and statuary. Check out both the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and the imposing Imperial Hall, which boasts a large oval dome and 20 half-columns. Even the gardens have been restored, right down to the topiary fruit trees in the kitchen garden, which are re-creations of the trees grown there in the 18th century. 

Return to the ship for a delicious lunch, and then spend the afternoon exploring Würzburg on your own. Head off to the central market square and pop into the local shops. Admire Würzburg Cathedral, a Romanesque structure built in 1040 and dedicated to Saint Kilian, the apostle of Franconia. Or check out Old City Hall and the 15th-century Old Main Bridge, which is adorned with statues of saints. 

Note: Visitors may not take photos or videos or carry backpacks inside the Würzburg Residenz.

 

Day 7: Cruising the Main River

Spend a relaxing day onboard as your ship wends its way along the Main River between Würzburg and Bamberg. It’s something of a truism to say that this route takes you from wine to beer, and you’ll see the transition as you sail past the vineyard-covered slopes around Würzburg toward Bavaria’s famous beer-brewing center, Bamberg. Along the way, you’ll pass delightful little villages and romantic castle ruins, drift under lovely old bridges, and have plenty of time to observe the fascinating variety of vessels plying the river, from heavily loaded barges to jaunty little pleasure craft. 

Alternatively, you might choose to leave the ship and jaunt off on an optional excursion to historic Rothenburg for fantastic sightseeing and even a bit of early Christmas shopping.

 

Day 8: Bamberg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking tour or exclusive Franconian “Village Day” farm and village visit 

Today, your ship will dock in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg, which has one of the largest intact medieval town centers in Europe. Like Rome, the city is built on seven hills—but in Bamberg, a church tops each one. During the Middle Ages, Bamberg was split in two, divided by the Regnitz River, one side controlled by the prince-bishop and the other by the burghers (a formally defined class in medieval Germany). As a result of this division, the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) was built on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz to serve both sides of town. Klein Venedig (Little Venice), a fishermen’s colony that dates back centuries, lies along the banks of the island and adds to the area’s charm. Marvel at this medieval city’s striking architecture and stirring history on a walking tour through Bamberg’s Old Town. Or, leave the city behind for an experience of Franconian rural life with a visit to a charming village in the verdant hills just outside of town. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Bamberg walking tour 
  • Exclusive Franconian “Village Day” farm and village visit

 

Day 9: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour or Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit 

Your ship docks in Nuremberg very early in the day. One of Germany’s leading cities for many centuries, Nuremberg’s glowing heritage as a center of German arts, culture, and economy was, sadly, also responsible for its disastrous experience in the 1930s and 1940s. Which aspect do you wish to explore? You must choose between two very different but equally fascinating excursions. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Nuremberg city tour 
  • Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

 

Day 10: Regensburg

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour or Jewish Regensburg or BMW factory visit 

Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets, historic Roman ruins, and a UNESCO World Heritage-designated medieval city center. This unspoiled gem was the capital of Bavaria for about 700 years, from the 6th to the 13th centuries. The remnants of Regensburg’s golden age are still on display, particularly in the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), the first bridge to span the Danube, built in the 12th century. This bridge, which is 1,014 feet (309 meters) long, was an architectural wonder in its day. But don’t let Regensburg’s illustrious history fool you into thinking the town’s best days are in all in the past. Modern Regensburg is a popular center of higher learning, with more than 30,000 students attending its various colleges and universities. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI was a professor of theology at the University of Regensburg until 1977. Regensburg also frequently appears on lists ranking the world’s best places to live, thanks to its outdoor spaces, historic city center, lively cultural and nightlife scenes, and great shopping. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour 
  • Jewish Regensburg 
  • BMW factory visit

Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, then you will visit the Audi factory instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead.

Amsterdam to Budapest with Uniworld River Cruises

Day 11: Passau, cruising the Danube River

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river 

Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau is well known for its ornate baroque cathedral. Long ago, it was a Roman colony in the province of Noricum, called Batavis after an ancient Germanic tribe. Today, the city is unusually well preserved, having been spared the brunt of Allied bombing during WWII, as you’ll see on your walking tour of Passau. While the medieval city will amaze, the organ concert at St. Stephan’s will truly astound. If you’d like some active touring, join us for a guided bike ride along the Danube or Inn river—no matter which river you choose, the views will delight. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert 
  • Exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube river

 

Day 12: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive fruit brandy distillery visit or exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting or Melk Abbey with library visit 

Awaken to the spectacular scenery of the Wachau Valley— one of the most beautiful stretches of river landscape in all of Europe. The 19-mile-long (30-kilometer-long) valley was formed over many centuries by the Danube River, which slowly wore away a rocky gorge in the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between Krems and Melk. This enchanting region—which boasts steep-sided, densely wooded southern slopes and northern slopes composed of a picturesque mixture of crags and vineyards—is a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. Dotted along the banks are boutique winemaking communities and historic small towns, like the pleasant village of Weissenkirchen, which you will have the opportunity to explore on a delightfully savory excursion. Or, if you are feeling active, consider a vineyard hike that will lead you high above the village. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that cling to these rocky slopes, including Grüner Veltliner, which is grown almost exclusively in Austria. If you have a taste for history rather than wine, consider a visit to medieval Melk Abbey, where you’ll explore its massive library and admire its magnificent architecture.

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive fruitbrandy distillery visit 
  • Exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting 
  • Melk Abbey with library visit

 

Vienna at Twilight

Day 13: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit or exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour 

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. To begin your exploration of this delightful and historic city you may choose between two different guided tours: a panoramic city tour that includes a stop at Vienna’s exquisite Winter Palace of Prince Eugene, or the exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour, which will take you to the Kunstkammer wing of the famed Art History Museum to see one of the finest art collections in the world. Later in the day, you can discover the endless charms of Vienna at your leisure, or join us on a trip to stunning Schönbrunn Palace, whose ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and glorious 18thand 19th-century interiors rival those of Versailles. 

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit 
  • Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

 

Budapest

Day 14: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour 

Called the “Queen of the Danube,” in part because of the way the city hugs the banks of the river, Budapest is an enchanting city that vibrantly mixes East and West, medieval and modern. Made up of two parts—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—and divided by the Danube, Hungary’s capital presents an array of architectural styles that reveal its long and varied history. You’ll have the choice of taking either a panoramic guided tour of the city aboard a motorcoach or discover the Budapest that locals love on a walking tour. Later in the day you can enjoy leisure time in Budapest or join us on an optional excursion.

Choice Is Yours Excursion Options: 

  • Budapest city tour 
  • Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

 

Day 15: 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 Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport for your flight home. Or you can extend your stay in beautiful Budapest with the exciting optional post-cruise extension. 

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels, closures because of public holidays, or other uncontrollable factors.





Classic

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162 sq ft – 15 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 Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers



French Balcony

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft – 18 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, cozy bathrobes and slippers



Deluxe Balcony

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft – 18 sq m) with a Full 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, cozy bathrobes and slippers



Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft – 28.3 sq m) with a Full 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



Grand Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (305 sq ft – 38 Sq m) with a Full 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

The 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


S.S. Maria Theresa

One of Europe’s most beloved and longest reigning monarchs, the great Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa, was so extraordinary that we built an entire Super Ship in her honor. Named “Best New River Ship” by Cruise Critic editors her maiden season, the S.S. Maria Theresa features ultra-luxurious accommodations and an array of thoughtful personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage along the Rhine and Danube Rivers.

 

Staterooms

The S.S. Maria Theresa has a Royal (Grand) Suite, 10 Suites and 64 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, a menu of pillow options and marble-lined bathrooms stocked with Asprey and Hermès bath and body products.

 

Deck Plans

Public spaces include the Viennese Café and Baroque Restaurant; Bar du Leopard, a favorite gathering place for guests; a well-equipped fitness center; enclosed heating swimming pool and Serenity River Spa; intimate Lipizzan Cinema for onboard screenings of popular films; and the Habsburg Salon with a full-service bar.

 

Quick Facts

River Rhine River, Danube River
Guests 150
Staff 57
Suites 11 (305-410 sq ft)
Staterooms 64 (162-194 sq ft)
Length 443 ft
Width 37.5 ft


S.S. Maria Theresa


 
Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #2863
Call a Luxury Cruise Specialist on 1300 308081 and Quote #2863