Uniworld 8D Enchanting Danube
ONBOARD THE MAJESTIC S.S. MARIA THERESA FROM BUDAPEST TO PASSAU
- 7-night cruise with meals onboard
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard
- 6 days of excursions
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
2021 Sailings: Mar 14^, 21, 28^ | Apr 4, 11^, 18, 25^ | May 9^, 16, 23^, 30 | Jun6^, 13, 20^, 27 | Jul 4^, 11, 18^, 25 | Aug 1^, 8^, 15^, 22, 29^ | Sep 5, 12^, 19, 26^ | Oct 3, 10^, 17, 24^, 31
2022 Sailings: Mar 13^, 20, 27^ | Apr 3, 10^, 17, 24^ | May 1, 8^, 15, 22^, 29 | Jun 5^, 12, 19^, 26 | Jul 3^, 10, 24, 31^ | Aug 7, 14^, 21, 28^ | Sep 4, 11^, 18, 25^ | Oct 2, 9^, 16, 23^, 30
^Itinerary operates in reverse
4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Itinerary from Budapest to Passau
DAY 1: Budapest (Embark)
Arrive at 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
Budapest is an enchanting city that presents a vibrant mix of medieval and modern.
Choice of Budapest panoramic highlights with Opera House visit or Budapest walk with local treats. In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 3: Bratislava, Vienna
Your ship sets sail from Bratislava later this morning and heads for Vienna today. You may relax onboard all day, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and taking in the scenery as the ship wends its way along the Danube Bend. When you arrive in Vienna, you’ll cap off your day with a private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a stunning Viennese palace.
Featured Excursion: Private Mozart and Strauss concert
Choice of Bratislava walking tour with UFO visit or "Let's Go" hike to Bratislava Castle
DAY 4: Vienna
Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the “City of Waltzes” with your choice of tours, as well as an expertly led tour of an extraordinary collection of art at the renowned Vienna Art History Museum.
Featured Excursion: “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum
Choice of Vienna - Imperial City highlights or "Do as the Locals Do" Vienna walking tour or Vienna's music and composers
You have leisure time after your tour to explore Vienna on your own. You might wish to visit the Albertina Museum, which houses one million old-master prints and an impressive collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century painters, ranging from Renoir to Rothko.If you’d like to get a little exercise and see a completely different side of Vienna, borrow a bike from the ship and explore Danube Island and Prater Park. (For a wonderful view of the region, ride the Ferris wheel in Prater Park.)
DAY 5: Dürnstein, Melk
Dürnstein is one of our favorite towns along the Danube, a lovely place to wander cobblestone lanes, browse quaint shops and maybe hike up to a ruined castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). You can also opt for a tasting or learn all about the world’s costliest spice from the Wachau Valley’s only saffron grower. Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary baroque-style library. You have two ports of call in the incredibly scenic valley, Dürnstein and Melk, and an assortment of delightful ways to explore this lovely region.
Featured Excursion: Melk Abbey with library visit
Choice of Dürnstein wine estate visit with tasting or Dürnstein village and saffron workshop
DAY 6: Linz (Salzburg)
Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland. Linz may be best known for its famous Linzer torte, but it’s also a hotbed for the arts. See the sights with a local expert and visit a family at their farm in the countryside. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz boasts a long history of trading and textile manufacturing, but these days it is perhaps best known for its electronic arts and annual festival.
Choice of Full-day in Salzburg with Sound of Music or Linz town and country: Opera House and cider farm visit
DAY 7: Passau
Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one, as three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame—Europe’s largest pipe organ—or “Let’s Go” with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride.
Featured Excursion: St. Stephen's organ concert
Choice of Passau walking tour or “Let's Go” bicycle ride along the Inn River or “Let's Go” hike along the Ilz River. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 8: Passau (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Munich Airport for your flight home.
Note: Selected sailing dates are operated in reversed itinerary. Itinerary will be provided on request basis. The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
The shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events. This perfectly composed journey provides an immersive cultural tasting menu of four equally beguiling countries—ideal for first-time river cruisers as well as seasoned travelers seeking to experience yet another dimension of these much-loved destinations.
Our locally-based destination experts will take you well beyond the “must-sees” of each region, offering fresh takes on classic sites, insider knowledge of delightful under-the-radar locales, and VIP access to places only a privileged few will ever experience—such as a private early-morning viewing of the acclaimed art collection of the Kunstkammer Vienna.
A veritable showcase of the best of Central Europe, this new journey is one any culturally curious world traveler will love, featuring old-world capitals and charming towns and villages.
ABOUT THE SHIP
S.S. MARIA THERESA
Regal in its opulent 18th-century decor, a floating homage to the former Austrian empress....Besides indulgent dining and an elegant atmosphere, this is one of the prettiest ships out there." - Cruise Critic editors
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 Danube and Main Rivers.
Total 75 staterooms; 11 suites including Grand Suites and 64 staterooms from Classic to Deluxe Balcony with its measurement of 443ft in length and 37.5ft in width. Carrying up to 150 guests and 58 staff.
Terms and Conditions:
- All fares are per guest in US dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
- Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
- The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
- Prices exclude additional port charges of range from US$200 – US$310 per person.
- Other terms and conditions apply.