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Danube Holiday Markets with Uniworld


Cruise ID 2792
Book By 01Oct19
Embarkation Budapest, Hungary
Disembarkation Passau, Germany
Multiple Departures Multiple departures 02Dec19-16Dec20
Duration 7 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 09Dec19 to 23Dec20
Region Europe
Cruise Line Uniworld
Cruise Ship S.S. Maria Theresa
Cruise Type River
Cruise Package Type Cruise Only
Ports of Call Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Krems, Salzburg, Passau

Celebrate the season in the birthplace of many beloved holiday traditions.

Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousand years, since the reign of St. Stephen, the king who founded Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm. As you ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square, admiring the handmade porcelain, stop to watch as kürtos kalács (a pastry) is baked on rods over an open fire and then coated with sugar before it’s handed to you.

In Bratislava, where a lively young art scene is revitalizing the compact city core, stalls abound with traditional Slovakian Christmas items such as medovníky (spiced ginger cookies) and šúpolie (figurines made from corn husks). Experience Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” program in the heart of Vienna during the day.

Glorious baroque architecture, delightful concerts and ravishing scenery will make this Christmas season unforgettable as you sail through the holidays on the Danube.


Highlights
  • Save 5% on all Suite category staterooms or Save 10% on all other stateroom categories on select 2020 voyages.
  • Uniworld has waived or reduced the Single Supplement on a select number of 2019 itineraries and departures for guests eager to see the world solo. Book early, as these fares sell out quickly.
  • You maybe eligible to earn Qantas frequent flyer points with this purchase.
Important Terms
  • Book by 30Sep19
  • 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.

Cabin Name
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Classic
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French Balcony
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Deluxe Balcony
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Suite
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Grand Suite
$11,999
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* All prices quoted are PER PERSON based on twin share in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable). All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on 02Dec19. Certain departure dates and embarkation points may be at an additional supplement. For more information please contact one of our Travel Specialists.

 

2020 Early Payment Savings

Save 5% on all Suite category staterooms or
Save 10% on all other stateroom categories on select 2020 voyages. 
Book by 30Sep19 and pay in full at time of booking to be eligible for this offer.

 

2019 Solo Traveller Savings

Uniworld has waived or reduced the Single Supplement on a select number
of 2019 itineraries and departures for guests eager to see the world solo.
Book early, as these fares sell out quickly.

 



DAY 1: Budapest (Embark)

Arrive at the 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 a distinctive character and allure all its own. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas market—one of the largest in Europe. Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it’s been controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces. Today you’ll have a chance to experience some of the holiday traditions of this beautiful city.

Choice of Budapest city tour with Christmas Market or “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour with Christmas Market

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

 

DAY 3: Cruising the Danube River, 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 and also visit the local Christmas market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovakian? “Veselé Vanoce!” Today you’ll arrive in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Following Ottoman incursions into Hungary in the 16th-century, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, became the capital of Hungary in 1536 and retained that status under the Habsburgs well into the 19th-century. As a result of its longtime imperial prominence, the city is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque and art deco. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors— and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

Featured Excursion:
Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

 

DAY 4: 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, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art. To see such masterpieces in complete privacy is an experience reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Tonight, enjoy a concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace. 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 “Taste of Christmas” Vienna walking tour or Vienna city tour with Christmas Market

 

DAY 5: Krems, Cruising the Wachau Valley

One of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria is still an active Benedictine monastery, but a monastery the likes of which you’ve never seen—Napoleon himself once laid his head here in the lavish imperial quarters. With its 14th-century stained glass windows, the abbey’s jewel box of a church is the perfect setting for a soul-stirring concert of organ music. Back onboard, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. The fairytale town of Krems, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) west of Vienna, is your first port of call in the astonishingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; today you’ll have a chance to see why.

Choice of Benedictine Monastery Göttweig Abbey with organ concert or Krems town visit

You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. 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 riverbanks, 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 grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

 

DAY 6: Linz (Salzburg)

Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. 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 an absolutely enchanting Christmas market. Your ship docks in Linz today. From there, you’ll travel to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg for an enchanting full-day excursion.

Choice of Full-day Salzburg walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Linz town and country: cider farm visit with Christmas Market

 

DAY 7: 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 to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas market on the square in front of the cathedral. Later, enjoy a traditional holiday celebration in a festively decorated barn.

Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market or Bavarian Christmas celebration in a country barn

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

 

DAY 8: Passau (Disembark)

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





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


Uniworld

Whether you've visited Europe once or a dozen times, you haven't really experienced the best of Europe until you've sailed with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Uniworld offers an exceptional vacation experience free of the stresses associated with today's travel. It combines the pleasure of discovering the multitude of charms and landmarks of different destinations with the same exquisite accommodations, award-winning hospitality, and world-class cuisine of a five-star boutique hotel. Uniworld, the pioneer in elegant river cruising, has been cruising the waterways of the world for more than 30 years. A Uniworld Boutique River Cruise combines the charms and landmarks of different des tinations with exquisite accommodation, award-winning hos pitality, and world-class cuisine of a five-star boutique hotel. Cruise the historic waterways of Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Vietnam & Cambodia.

Why Uniworld?

Uniworld offers the highest level of comfort, quality and service in river cruising with an unparalleled variety of vacation choices. You’ll cherish this world of benefits designed just for you. CHOICE  

  • Over 500 departures
  • More than 40 itineraries
  • Sail 12 of the world’s most breathtaking rivers
  • Choose from over 20 countries throughout Europe, China, Egypt and Russia

  QUALITY  

  • Travel+Leisure’s “World’s Best Top 10 Small Cruise Lines”
  • Condé Nast Traveller's “Gold List”
  • Condé Nast Reader’s Cruise Poll Winner for “Top Small Cruise Ships”
  • Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Award for “World’s Top 10 Small Cruise Lines

  HOSPITALITY  

  • Over 98% guest service satisfaction rates
  • One crew member for every three guests
  • Professionally trained all English-speaking staff
  • Condé Nast “Gold List” winners with highest honours in hospitality
  • Meet and Greet transfers on arrival and departure days

  COMFORT  

  • Staterooms offer beautiful river views, modern amenities and luxury hotel-style beds
  • Meals prepared with the regions’ freshest ingredients by a gourmet culinary staff
  • Intimate ambiance of 130 guests on average
  • Local English-speaking experts leading shore excursions to the hidden treasures of each port

 

Six Star Experience

Uniworld’s “Six-Star Experience” represents our core value: delivering the highest standards of EXCELLENCE in the six most important aspects of luxury river cruising. EXPERTISE—As a luxury river cruise line, Uniworld handles all aspects of our onboard operations— nautical, hospitality, and culinary. And with the synergy Uniworld shares with their award-winning sister company Red Carnation Hotels, which has over 50 years of experience owning and operating luxury boutique hotels, they have created the world’s ONLY floating luxury boutique hotels. SERVICE—“No request too large, no detail too small” is the credo of the Uniworld staff, who go above and beyond to create an extraordinary experience for their guests. LUXURIOUS SHIPS UNIQUELY DESIGNED—Uniworld’s one-of-a-kind, exquisitely appointed river cruise ships are each a work of art, designed to be as unique as our guests, and as inspiring as the destinations they visit. CULINARY—Uniworld has crafted a culinary experience for the most discerning of palettes to ensure every guest’s dining experience exceeds their expectations. With every meal onboard, guests are treated to a rich selection of complimentary craft and local beers, spirits, and distinctive wines chosen by our acclaimed sommeliers. CHOICE—Uniworld offers more European itineraries than any other river cruise line, and more options for guests to personalize their Uniworld river cruise with innovative onshore programs, including “Choice Is Yours,” “Go Active,” and “Gentle Walking” options. TRULY ALL INCLUSIVE RIVER CRUISING—Uniworld’s true all-inclusive European river cruises are perfectly planned to create the ultimate, stress-free, luxury river cruise experience.

Dining Experience

Uniworld has crafted a culinary program for the most discerning of palettes to ensure every guest's river cruise dining experience exceeds expectations. Menus honour regional and seasonal specialties, in addition to offering old-fashioned comfort foods and lighter fare. You'll delight in the wonderful flavours of impeccably prepared meals on our river cruises by our culinary team using the freshest ingredients from farmers' markets and other local sources. And with every meal, be treated to a rich selection of craft and local beers, spirits, and distinctive wines chosen by our acclaimed sommeliers. EPICUREAN ADVENTURER PROGRAM™ Uniworld offers lovers of good food, craft beer, and wine the exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™, which is included at no extra charge in your cruise fare. This program is designed to take you deeper into the wonderful world of craft beer and wine, and expand your knowledge of its relationship with food. The Epicurean Adventurer Program is offered on 17 itineraries and includes a host of sumptuous treats.  

  • Savour different wines poured throughout the course of dinner during a special wine and food pairing event
  • Partake in an onboard culinary demonstration and tasting
  • Be treated to a private wine tasting onshore—only available to Uniworld guests

 



 

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