8 Days 7 Nights
Period
Budapest, Vienna
Location
2729

Itinerary

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 its own distinctive character and allure. 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 was controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces. A special Captain’s

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

 

Day 3 | Bratislava
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 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. 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 EXCURSIONS: 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.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: 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. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Benedictine Monastery Göttweig with organ concert or Krems town visit

 

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. Here you’ll find everything from Austrian lace to cinnamonmarbled cakes. Shop, nibble, browse and sing along with the carolers as you celebrate the holidays in this magical part of the world

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Full-day Salzburg walking discovery tour 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. You’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking discobery tour with Christmas Market and Bavarian Christmas celebration in a country barn.

 

Day 8 | Passau (Dlsembark)
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 flights home.

Cruise Includes

TRAVEL
→ 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
→ All transfers on arrival and departure days. Terms apply

EXPLORE
→ 4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
→ 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
→ Guided “Taste of Christmas” program
→ 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
→ Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
→ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
→ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

TASTE
→ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest & freshest ingredients
→ 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
→ Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
→ Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
→ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee & tea, soft drinks & mineral water

EXPERIENCE
→ Captivating onboard local entertainment

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EACH OF OUR LUXURY FLOATING BOUTIQUE HOTELS
brings your destinations onboard.

Unique, matchless, inimitable. Take your pick. The ships in our cruise collection are each one-of-a-kind statement pieces, inspired by the beauty, colors, heritage and intricate detail of the incredible destinations you’ll visit.

Our 17 award-winning ships are designed to the standards of the world’s finest boutique hotels, complete with handcrafted furniture commissioned exclusively for Uniworld, custom made fabrics and fixtures created by some of the most esteemed design houses in the world and original artwork from the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Degas.

Every room onboard is brimming with character and collectively gives each ship its own distinct personality. Take S.S. Joie de Vivre, a Super Ship inspired by the romance and charm of 20th-century Paris. Or the ultra-luxurious S.S. Beatrice, which recently earned her Super Ship title after undergoing masterful renovations, both on the inside and out. Some are bold, others serene, but each of our floating boutique hotels is unmatched.

Originality is the finest form of luxury, as they say.

THE MOST ALL-INCLUSIVE AMENITIES,
finely tailored to your tastes.

Wonderful trip to Venice—Uniworld welcomed us at the airport, then whisked us off to the ship. Comfortable cabin, attentive and helpful staff, food outstanding. The local guides were great and the private tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral was so memorable. For as magical as Venice was, our time onboard was even more stunning. The liquor selection was incredible, including all of my favorites, and then some. Unsurpassed in all aspects.” – Alex, Italy on the River Countess

There’s all-inclusive, and then there is the unmatched level of inclusive luxurious amenities that only we provide. Cruise Critic Editors summed it up best when they named us the “Most All-Inclusive River Cruise Line.”

UNLIMITED CHOICE SPIRITS AND WINES
Enjoy only the finest wines with every meal—curated by our sommeliers and sourced from the world’s best vineyards in the places you’ll visit. Or relax with a top-shelf cocktail, prepared with your favorite ultra-premium liquor—there is plenty to choose from.

UNIQUELY UNIWORLD
We stock our bars with 11 vodkas, including Grey Goose and Chopin. Choose from a collection of 28 different whiskeys and bourbons. Enjoy unique lagers, ales and stouts crafted by small specialty brewers in Europe.

AN ARTISTIC APPROACH TO FINE DINING
Wine, dine and repeat all cruise long, with five-star-caliber meals, carefully crafted to appeal to a distinguished international palette. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, you’ll be treated to exquisite cuisine around the clock, including specially prepared Welcome and Farewell dinners.

IT’S ALL INCLUDED
you deserve unsurpassed luxury at every turn.

ALL SCHEDULED AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Right after stepping off your plane, a staff member will be waiting for you with a luggage cart, ready to escort you to your transportation to the ship. After your voyage comes to an end, you’ll receive the VIP experience once again, as our team takes you from the ship directly to the airline check-in desk. Life is good.

ALL GRATUITIES ONBOARD AND ONSHORE
Convenience and ease are taken to new heights when you never have to worry about bringing your wallet with you.

YOUR CHOICE OF EXCURSIONS CURATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR UNIWORLD GUESTS
The royal treatment isn’t merely a metaphor on your cruise. In Dürnstein, you’ll meet a real-life princess at Artstetten Castle during a small group cocktail reception, one of many Exclusive Experiences only we provide.

SHIPWIDE INTERNET AND WI-FI ACCESS
Stay connected across all of your devices from the top deck to your stateroom.

AMPLE EXERCISE AND WELLNESS OPPORTUNITIES
Keep up with your daily workout routine or try something new, with an onboard fitness center, morning yoga, wellness classes, and bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.

ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT AND ENRICHMENT
The places you’ll visit make their way onboard with shows such as dance performances, local musicians and lectures by noteworthy historians.

IN-SUITE BUTLER SERVICE
Our butlers are trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palace, educated under the storied tutelage of Zita Langenstein at England’s Ivor Spencer Butler School. Each assumes the role of butler 100% of the time, and doesn’t moonlight in other roles, enabling him or her to focus fully on making your cruise one to never forget.

HOW CAN WE MAKE YOUR DAY REMARKABLE?
We have a few ideas.

Service isn’t merely a hallmark of distinction on your voyage—it’s at the heart of everything we do. The world’s most exclusive boutique hotels are synonymous with service beyond compare, and as the only cruise line that also operates luxury hotels, that’s exactly what you’ll experience on a river cruise with us, thanks to the most professionally trained and tenured staff on the rivers. While other lines hire contracted workers managed by third parties, our staff and crew are all part of the Uniworld family, adhering to the same standards required by our renowned, award-winning sister brand, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Our homegrown approach to service shines through every aspect of your cruise, as evidenced by the many kind notes we receive.

LIVE WITH CONVICTION.
Serve with passion.

The tiniest details often draw the brightest smiles, and initiating joyful grins is the goal for our staff and crew. But the biggest differences you may come to discover in our onboard family are the things we can’t teach them—a love of hospitality and passion for serving.

Our staff’s passion is apparent in their matchless attention to your interests, like remembering your personal drink order from day one, or venturing off the ship to surprise you with chocolates from the local candy shop you chatted about the previous evening. It’s evident when our Hotel Manager acquires hard-to-get tickets for you, for a show you mentioned you were longing to see. And it’s visible when the captain arranges an intimate dinner on the top deck, in celebration of your anniversary. We have a name for the mini moments and small niceties that take your voyage from great to grand—TINY NOTICEABLE TOUCHES.

“No request too large, no detail too small.”

WE’VE TAKEN CAREFUL MEASURES
so you can travel without worry.

Being mindful, well informed and prepared are essential traits of an experienced traveler, and we approach each Uniworld cruise with that same thorough care and mindset. When you travel with us, you can rest easy knowing that your plans and adventures are in the hands of a dedicated worldwide team.

Security assurance—another added inclusive on your cruise.

FROM FARM TO FIVE-STAR

Dining onboard is an art, and our chefs have perfected their creative techniques over the years. Our culinary philosophy is ever evolving, designed to appeal to the discerning palette of international travelers, with a variety of traditional dishes as well as inspired contemporary flavors, delicious healthy dining options and comfort cooking.

Our distinguished culinary team brings years of experience and unsurpassed passion to the table, and goes to great lengths to use ingredients that were sourced just miles down the road from where you’re docked to create delectable dishes that mirror the finest local restaurants. When in Budapest, our chef may venture to a local market to forage for ingredients for the evening’s citrus fruit marinated roast chicken with a honey-rosemary glaze. Or in Caudebec, your server may present you with beef bourguignon and deconstructed salad niçois —a local specialty.

FRESH, FLAVORFUL AND ADORNED WITH LOCAL FLAIR. LET’S EAT.

WE LEARNED FROM THE BEST
Food isn’t only an element of your experience. It’s a major part of who we are and how we came to be, with much of the credit given to Mrs. Bea Tollman, founder of our sister brand Red Carnation Hotel Collection, author of the highly acclaimed cookbook A Life in Food and the inspiration behind many of our meals.

Mrs. Tollman’s 60+ years of fine-dining experience and personal recipes, like Bea’s Chicken Soup or famous Honeycomb Ice Cream, are staples on our menus. Sometimes, a hearty homemade meal is exactly what you need to make mealtime a masterpiece.

APPETIZINGLY ACCOMMODATING FOR ALL DINING PREFERENCES
For those interested in healthier dining options, our Traveling Lite menu features all of the flavor of our traditional menu, but with fewer calories. We also offer a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, prepared just for you.

If you have a specific meal preference or desire, just ask. Our chefs will be happy to accommodate.

ENDLESS POURS
With every meal, you can enjoy a choice of featured fine local wines, selected by our sommelier, and grown and bottled directly in the regions you visit. Or enjoy a glass from Uniworld’s own award-winning vineyard—proudly served aboard every ship. It’s always a good time for wine onboard.

“The dinners were like dining at one of the best restaurants you have ever been to every night. Wonderful wine selections.”

A CREATIVE HISTORY OF HOSPITALITY
led to one picture-perfect cruise collection.

Boutique hospitality, unmatched service and a dedication to going above and beyond for our guests are deep-rooted in our DNA—we’re the only cruise line to also own and operate a collection of luxury boutique hotels. Uniworld is modeled after our sister company, the five-star Red Carnation Hotels, and we’ve been able to tap into their more than 100 years of experience and bring their knowledge and expertise to the rivers.

One thing they’ve taught us? Luxury travel is best when it’s all in the family, which is why we employ our own full-time staff both onboard and onshore, and don’t outsource any elements of your cruise to third parties. When you travel with Uniworld, you know exactly what you’ll get, each and every time.

ELEGANT AND UNIQUE
from suite to suite.

Life is extra sweet on the rivers, especially when you choose to stay in one of the ultraluxurious, graciously spacious and statement-piece suites in our floating boutique hotels. Each suite is truly a showstopper, flaunting original artwork, handcrafted furniture, Asprey and Hermès bath and body products, Savoir of England® beds, heated towel racks, your personal butler and the most spectacular balcony views of the world’s most gorgeous destinations.

Come enjoy the world’s finest accommodations in a variety of locations and don’t ever unpack—your butler would be delighted to take care of that for you.

A MOMENT BECOMES A MASTERPIECE
when it was created just for you.

There are some endeavors in life that remain fond memories forever. We have a name for them on your Uniworld cruise—Exclusive Experiences. These more than 80 once-in-a lifetime opportunities are created exclusively for Uniworld guests. A tour to Prague may take you to the Estates Theatre for an insider look at the exquisite jewel-box theater, coupled with a private concert and traditional Czech refreshments. When docked in Dürnstein, you’ll be invited to an exclusive wine tasting at Nikolaihof estate, the oldest winery in Austria. And while venturing through the Netherlands, a stop in Amsterdam will offer the opportunity to enjoy a “Morning with the Masters” at the Van Gogh Museum—an intimate tour of the largest collection of Vincent’s works, without the crowds.

If extraordinary is what you’re after, you’ll be sure to enjoy our assortment of new Masterpiece Collection optional experiences. Taste cheese with a cheese affineur in Rüdesheim, tour Budapest via e-bike or enjoy a round of golf at Europe’s #1 golf resort in Passau.

A world beyond compare is just a cruise away.

SPECIALTY-THEMED CRUISES
personalized to your interests.

Every Uniworld voyage is unique, but we’ve gone the extra mile on several itineraries to provide you with a themed cruise that’s catered to your specific tastes. Perhaps golf is your favorite pastime, wine speaks to your soul, you’re an admirer of Jewish culture, a lover of French cuisine or believe that Christmas is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year. If so, we will help bring your vacation masterpiece to life.

Looking to get even more bespoke? Our team is happy to help you craft a completely custom experience, whether you’re interested in chartering the entire ship or wish to bring your group onboard for a private event.

It’s a cruise created just for you, because one of a kind is what we do best.

HIGHLIGHT

Why River Cruise and Why Uniworld

E-BROCHURE

E-Brochure: 2019-Uniworld-Brochure.pdf

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