• Enchanting Danube - Uniworld S.S. Maria Theresa

    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 travellers seeking to experience yet another dimension of these much-loved destinations.
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8 days
From S$ 3,880/Adult

Itinerary

 

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Ports of Call: Passau • Linz • Salzburg • Melk •Dürnstein • Vienna • Bratislava • Budapest

Passau-Budapest Departure Dates:
2018:
 10, 24 Jun; 19 Aug; 2, 30 Sep; 14, 28 Oct; 11 Nov
2019: 17, 31 Mar; 14, 28 Apr; 12, 26 May; 9, 23 Jun; 7, 21 Jul; 4, 18 Aug; 1, 15, 29 Sep; 13, 27 Oct

Budapest-Passau Departure Dates:
2018:
 17 Jun; 29 Jul; 12, 26 Aug; 23 Sep; 4 Nov
2019: 
24 Mar; 7, 21 Apr; 5, 19 May; 2, 16, 30 Jun; 14, 28 Jul; 11, 25 Aug; 8, 22 Sep; 6, 20 Oct; 3 Nov


  • Day 01 - Singapore / Munich / Passau - Embarkation

    Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the cruise port.

    Overnight: Onboard 
    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 02 - 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. Its central location made it a trade hub for centuries, and with trade came wealth that endowed the town with many beautiful buildings. Spend some time exploring the town itself or get out and about along the Inn or the Ilz with a bike ride or a hike.

    Choice of one of the three excursions in Passau

    1. Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert

    *The organ concert is only available from May 1 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.

    2. Exclusive guided Let's Go bicycle ride along the Inn River

    The route through the Inn River valley outside Passau is an especially attractive stretch, with great views of the lovely countryside, picturesque villages and the sparkling clear river itself. You’ll be traveling on both sides of the river, crossing between Germany and Austria as you cross the Inn, and your journey will include a stop for a typical Bavarian snack of dark bread, local ham or cheese, and perhaps a glass of wine. 

    3. Exclusive guided Let's Go hike along the Ilz River

    Put on your hiking boots, grab a windbreaker and a bottle of water, and head out with a local hiking guide and nature expert to explore the banks of the Ilz River. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 03 - Linz/Salzburg

    Salzburg or Linz? Both are equally tantalizing. 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. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz boasts a long history of trading (especially in salt) and textile manufacturing—not to mention steel—but these days it is perhaps best known for its lively arts and music scene. It is also your gateway to Salzburg.

    Choice of one of the two excursions

    1. Full-day Salzburg

    Walk with your guide through the Mirabell Gardens, the beautiful formal gardens where Maria sang “Do-Re-Mi” with her young charges in the movie The Sound of Music, and admire Mirabell Castle. You’ll ramble through the UNESCO-designated Old Town, where narrow lanes branch off your route, tempting you to explore the shops and cafés that line them, and cross the bridge for a look at the great 17th-century cathedral and the splendid episcopal residence. *Lunch is not offered with the full-day excursion to Salzburg.

    2. Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit

    A motorcoach will carry you into Mostviertel, Lower Austria’s famous cider region, where the road winds among beautiful orchard-covered hills and verdant meadows. Tour a typical farm for an insightful look at rural life and local crops, and enjoy the fruit of these orchards—pear and apple ciders—over a delicious lunch of foods produced on the farm.


    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 04 - Melk / Dürnstein
    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’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley today. 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. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. 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

    This beautiful complex, completely redone in the early 18th century, is a wonderful example of baroque art and architecture, and the views from its terrace are spectacular. As you walk through the abbey’s Marble Hall with your guide, look up at the ceiling fresco painted by Paul Troger: Those classical gods and goddesses represent Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, allegorically bringing his people from dark to light and demonstrating the link he claimed to the original Roman Empire.

    Choice of one of the two excursions

    1. Dürnstein “Village Day” with exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting

    Walk along the town’s narrow streets, past 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century houses; it’s an up-close look at over 300 years of architecture. And there’s no better way to conclude your village stroll than with a special tasting of organic wines at Nikolaihof, perhaps the oldest winery in Austria. 

    2. Exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll

    Meet Bernard and his wife, Alexandra, for a fascinating introduction to saffron—the plant, the spice and the cultural traditions— and educate your taste buds with flavorful delicacies as you taste red-wine-and-saffron chocolate and saffron-seasoned jams, vinegars and honey. Once you are ready to depart, your host will walk with you to Dürnstein’s Kremser Gate, which dates to the 15th century, and point out the path to the ruined castle above the town, where Richard the Lionheart was famously imprisoned. You can hike up to the ruins or continue to stroll through the charming village, past the blue baroque tower of the abbey church and the picturesque 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century houses.


    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 05 - Vienna
    Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music. 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. 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.)

    Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Vienna Art History Museum

     View a unique group of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer’s Allegory of Painting, Raphael’s Madonna in the Meadow, and portraits by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rubens, Titian, Tintoretto and Van Eyck, among others, in the Picture Gallery. Then move on to the Kuntskammer galleries, where you can see Benvenuto Cellini’s legendary salt cellar (the only gold sculpture he created that has survived to the present day) and hear its remarkable story. Your exclusive tour ends with a reception in the magnificent Cupola Hall, perhaps the architectural highlight of the splendid building.

    Featured Excursion: Exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at Viennese palace

    Experience the sort of entertainment Empress Maria Theresa once enjoyed herself with a private concert of classical music performed by chamber musicians in an exquisite Viennese palace. The music, of course, is by Mozart—but because this is Vienna, it is also by Strauss, and the perfect acoustics in the elegant hall will let you hear their music as if for the first time.

    Choice of one of the two excursions

    1. Vienna city tour

    2. Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

     Join an expert local guide for a taste of life as the Viennese live it.  At noon a Vienna Secession (as the art nouveau movement was known in Austria) clock features a parade of 12 historical figures, ranging from Marcus Aurelius to Joseph Haydn, marking the hour. While you wait for the clock show to begin, sample a classic Viennese treat, sausage, from a nearby stand.


    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 06 - Vienna / 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. Learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert, then check out the whimsical street art and sample some only-in-Slovakia treats.Your ship sets sail from Vienna and heads for Budapest today. The ship stops in Bratislava for those who wish to visit the capital of Slovakia. Although it’s not a large city, Bratislava has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries, and it is well worth a visit.

    Featured Excursion: Bratislava walking discovery tour


    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

  • Day 07 - Budapest
    Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has its own distinctive character and charm. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of tours. Budapest is an enchanting city that presents a vibrant mix of East and West, medieval and modern. Made up of two parts that were at one time two separate towns—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—the city, divided by the Danube, is a design-lover’s paradise. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Choice of one of the three excursions

    1. Budapest city tour

    2. Exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Budapest walking tour

    Get ready for a fun immersion in the daily life of Budapest — your local guide will show you how to use the metro (one of the oldest in Europe) to easily reach all the city has to offer. Start with a visit to one of the city’s irresistible market halls. Stalls spill over with produce, sausages and meats, festoons of dried paprika, cheeses and jars of honey, all of it authentically Hungarian. After you leave the market, stop for coffee and a sweet treat at Szamos Gourmet Palace, a combination pastry shop, café and chocolate maker in Vörösmarty Square. 

    3. Exclusive guided "Let's Go" Budapest bicycle tour

    Wheel along both sides of the Danube, passing the Hungarian Parliament building, and swoop over the bridge to Margaret Island, the narrow strip of land sometimes called the green heart of the city. There are a few buildings on the island but it is primarily parkland. Check out the refurbished Japanese Garden with its musical fountain (the melody it plays is based on medieval Hungarian folk tunes), the art nouveau Water Tower, the petting zoo and the lovely rose garden.


    Overnight: Onboard
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
  • Day 08 - Budapest (Disembark)

    Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Budapest.

    Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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