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Mystery Revealed: Salzburg & the Danube

10 Days | Salzburg to Budapest

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Salzburg, Austria
  • 10 days
  • 4 countries

We’re finally sharing the best-kept secret on the Danube, and it’s this one-of-a-kind voyage through Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.

This trip first set sail as Uniworld's Fall 2022 Mystery Cruise, wowing passengers with an abundance of incredible local experiences. Now that the mystery has been revealed, you can enjoy the same itinerary on a river cruise where the included onboard and onshore excursions go the extra mile. The result: a spectacular European vacation you won’t find anywhere else.

Start your trip with a relaxing stay at a spa hotel reserved entirely for our guests, perched in the foothills of the alps above Salzburg. From there, you’ll move on to the regal S.S. Maria Theresa to begin a river cruise fit for royalty. Enjoy private access to rare experiences, such as a reception with an Austrian Count in his ancestral castle, the best seats in the house at a horse show from Vienna’s famous Spanish Riding School and an after-hours viewing of Klimt masterpieces at the Belvedere.

Join special guest host Jacqui Gifford, Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure magazine on the June 2nd departure.

Mystery Revealed: Salzburg & the Danube Map
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  • UNESCO
  • Motorcoach
  • Embark/Disembark
Note: 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.
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Day 1

Salzburg

Salzburg

Arrive at Munich 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 your hotel.

Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
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Day 2

Salzburg

Find yourself immersed in the best of Salzburg today, on a tour complete with a focus on the city’s musical history and a delicious lunch of a regional specialty: schnitzel. Then for dinner, join us for a unique and utterly Alpine experience: a meal at a cozy hut tucked into the mountains near your hotel.

Featured Excursion

Salzburg Day with Schnitzel Lunch

Not only is Salzburg famously the shooting location for the 1965 film, The Sound of Music, but it is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, we’ll dive into the city’s deep musical heritage with a walking tour through its picturesque squares and baroque architecture.

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Salzburg Day with Schnitzel Lunch

Not only is Salzburg famously the shooting location for the 1965 film, The Sound of Music, but it is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, we’ll dive into the city’s deep musical heritage with a walking tour through its picturesque squares and baroque architecture.

We’ll stop for lunch in the Old Town to dine on authentic Austrian schnitzel. Made with a slice of veal pounded to the perfect tenderness, then breaded and fried, this comforting meal is a local favorite for good reason.

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Day 3

Salzburg, Passau (Embark)

Our transfer to the ship today isn’t scheduled until the afternoon, so take your time to sleep in, relax and enjoy the facilities at your gorgeous hotel. You can even get out and explore one of its hiking trails, which wind through picturesque alpine scenery.

This afternoon, settle into your home for the rest of your trip, the S.S. Maria Theresa. In the evening, we’re bringing Passau onboard with a Bavarian Night full of local cuisine and live music.

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Day 4

Linz

Linz

Start your day with a serene morning sailing as we make our way back into Austria. You’ll arrive in Linz, a city known for its beauty. Admire it on foot with a scenic hike, or partake in a more musical introduction to Linz on a visit to the St. Florian Monastery. Either way, you’ll end your experience here with a sampling of a beloved regional drink and witness a traditional Schuhplattler folk dance.

Featured Excursions

“Let’s Go” Hike with Most Tasting

Get out and admire the scenery of this picture-perfect town on foot as we hike up the Pöstlingsberg hill for a fantastic view over the Danube. We’ll conclude our hike at Restaurant Freiseder, where you’ll be treated to a tasting of an Austrian specialty: Most. Most is a type of...

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“Let’s Go” Hike with Most Tasting

Get out and admire the scenery of this picture-perfect town on foot as we hike up the Pöstlingsberg hill for a fantastic view over the Danube. We’ll conclude our hike at Restaurant Freiseder, where you’ll be treated to a tasting of an Austrian specialty: Most. Most is a type of fermented cider typically made with apples—though pears are also popular.

St. Florian Organ Concert with Most Tasting

The largest monastery in Upper Austria welcomes you today for a musical treat. St. Florian is amongst the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the country, and it is hard not to be impressed upon arrival. After an organ concert in the priory, we’ll leave the monastery and head to a...

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St. Florian Organ Concert with Most Tasting

The largest monastery in Upper Austria welcomes you today for a musical treat. St. Florian is amongst the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the country, and it is hard not to be impressed upon arrival. After an organ concert in the priory, we’ll leave the monastery and head to a local restaurant for a tasting of Austrian Most ciders.

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Day 5

Grein

Grein

Rolling green hills and a charming little city full of historic buildings characterize the stretch of the Danube that houses Grein. Get to know the area today with a tour that includes a visit to the oldest theater in Austria. Then in the evening, we’ll depart to the nearby Castle Clam for a private reception, hosted by the Count of Clam himself.

Featured Excursions

Grein walking tour with oldest Austrian theater

Ramble through charming Grein, which has long been associated with river shipping: The handsome 16th-,17th- and 18th-century houses you’ll pass belonged to the prosperous river pilots who guided boats through the hazardous Danube waters here. Step inside the oldest theater in Austria to...

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Grein walking tour with oldest Austrian theater

Ramble through charming Grein, which has long been associated with river shipping: The handsome 16th-,17th- and 18th-century houses you’ll pass belonged to the prosperous river pilots who guided boats through the hazardous Danube waters here. Step inside the oldest theater in Austria to retain its original form—and function, since troupes of actors still perform in it. Local artisans transformed part of the city granary into a theater in 1791; you enter through the old City Hall (now a museum) and immediately enter the past. It’s not every theater that boasts both a box for Napoleon and sight lines for prisoners, but that’s exactly what Grein’s State Theater has. (Prisoners in the city jail, which was attached to the City Hall, could watch plays on stage from their cells.) Nor are those the only unusual features—the first three rows have seats found nowhere else: They can be folded up and locked, so the subscribers could make sure no one else used them.

Nights Out: Castle Clam Reception

Inhabited by the Counts of Clam for over half a millennium, the Burg Clam is as much a beloved family home as it is a local landmark and attractive castle. The friendly Count will personally welcome you in for a warm reception and a chance to tour the building’s historic halls.

Nights Out: Castle Clam Reception

Inhabited by the Counts of Clam for over half a millennium, the Burg Clam is as much a beloved family home as it is a local landmark and attractive castle. The friendly Count will personally welcome you in for a warm reception and a chance to tour the building’s historic halls.

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Day 6

Dürnstein

Dürnstein

Dürnstein is one of our favorite towns along the Danube, a lovely place to wander cobblestone lanes and browse quaint shops. Inhabited by only 900 people, Dürnstein is known for its excellent vineyards and apricot orchards.

In the evening, don your grooviest attire for a 70s Party onboard!

Featured Excursion

Walking Tour with Marillen Tasting

Stroll the charming streets of Dürnstein, a relaxing village nestled between the hillsides and the Danube river, marked most prominently by an eye-catching blue tower rising above the riverside. The tower is part of a local church, Stift Dürnstein, which we will stop at today for a...

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Walking Tour with Marillen Tasting

Stroll the charming streets of Dürnstein, a relaxing village nestled between the hillsides and the Danube river, marked most prominently by an eye-catching blue tower rising above the riverside. The tower is part of a local church, Stift Dürnstein, which we will stop at today for a thorough introduction to one of the region’s most important agricultural products: apricots, known locally as marillen. Sample a variety of marillen-infused treats, including schnapps, chocolates and jam.

After your tour, return to the ship for a sampling of Dürnstein’s other famous product, wine, as we host a small wine festival just for our guests onboard.

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Day 7

Vienna

Vienna

Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music, with a refined flair due to its historic position at the center of the Habsburg Empire. Live the Viennese high life today with privileged access to two spectacular local experiences: a show at the Spanish Riding School and an after-hours visit to the Belvedere.

Featured Excursions

The Spanish Riding School

You don’t have to leave Austria for a show at the Spanish Riding School. This world-famous dressage school is the oldest still-operating one in the world and is named for the origins of the famous breed of Lipizzaner horses it uses. Lipizzaners are white horses with an uncanny strength and...

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The Spanish Riding School

You don’t have to leave Austria for a show at the Spanish Riding School. This world-famous dressage school is the oldest still-operating one in the world and is named for the origins of the famous breed of Lipizzaner horses it uses. Lipizzaners are white horses with an uncanny strength and elegance that makes them perfect show horses and can be traced back to the Moorish occupation of Spain during the medieval period, which led to the crossbreeding of Arabic and Iberian horses. These horses became a favorite of Habsburg royals, who brought the breed to their empire in the 16th century.

Nights Out: After-Hours at the Belvedere

Baroque art and architecture are often characterized by excess, a concept that was no stranger to the fabulously wealthy Habsburg emperors. One of their greatest masterpieces, the Belvedere Palace, is a sight to behold. Today, its museums house the greatest collection of works by famed Austrian...

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Nights Out: After-Hours at the Belvedere

Baroque art and architecture are often characterized by excess, a concept that was no stranger to the fabulously wealthy Habsburg emperors. One of their greatest masterpieces, the Belvedere Palace, is a sight to behold. Today, its museums house the greatest collection of works by famed Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt.

We are thrilled to be able to offer our guests a special private reception this evening at the Klimt wing of the palace, where you can admire dazzling works of gold-hued art, including “The Kiss.”

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Day 8

Bratislava

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, stopping to sample Slovakian treats along the way. Then enjoy some free time in town before returning to the ship for the evening’s festivities—a White Party in the lounge!

Featured Excursion

Communist Bratislava

Step back in time to the not-so-distant past as you tour the remnants of Slovakia’s Communist Era. Drive through the Petrzalka neighborhood and its dense cluster of towering apartment blocks, the Slavin monument to the fallen Soviet soldiers of WWII and the Castle of Bratislava.

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Communist Bratislava

Step back in time to the not-so-distant past as you tour the remnants of Slovakia’s Communist Era. Drive through the Petrzalka neighborhood and its dense cluster of towering apartment blocks, the Slavin monument to the fallen Soviet soldiers of WWII and the Castle of Bratislava.

Next, leave the bus behind and explore the Old Town on foot, including a stop at a retro cafe that looks just as it might have in the midst of the Communist Era.

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Day 9

Budapest

Budapest

Budapest is an enchanting city that presents a vibrant mix of modern delights and historic grandeur. While we’re docked here today, get your fill of spectacular architecture, bohemian culture and excellent cuisine.

Tonight is the captain’s Farewell Dinner, after which we invite you to take in the best sight in town: an unimpeded view of the gorgeous Hungarian Parliament Building, lit up for the evening and reflecting across the river as we set out for a scenic sailing.

Featured Excursions

Exploring Etyek

Venture outside of Budapest to the nearby town of Etyek, a quieter village known for its excellent winemaking. Sample the products of local vineyards on a tour with your local guide today.

Did you know Hungary has a booming film industry? If you opt to start your visit to Etyek early, we’ll...

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Exploring Etyek

Venture outside of Budapest to the nearby town of Etyek, a quieter village known for its excellent winemaking. Sample the products of local vineyards on a tour with your local guide today.

Did you know Hungary has a booming film industry? If you opt to start your visit to Etyek early, we’ll take you to the Korda Film Studios before the wine tasting. The studio is named for Sir Alexander Korda, a Hungarian-born British citizen who was a highly successful producer of silent films and early “talkies.”

Budapest Walk

Budapest is such a dynamic city that you could spend a lifetime here and not have seen everything that makes it special. If you’re wondering how to choose what to explore during your afternoon here, join our walking tour for a local’s perspective on which sites you can’t miss and...

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Budapest Walk

Budapest is such a dynamic city that you could spend a lifetime here and not have seen everything that makes it special. If you’re wondering how to choose what to explore during your afternoon here, join our walking tour for a local’s perspective on which sites you can’t miss and which stories you have to hear before you return home.

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Day 10

Budapest (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and begin your journey home. If your cruise package includes a group purchase or transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.

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Optional Extension

Budapest

Bisected by the Danube, Budapest combines old and new, East and West with vibrant and inviting grace. Made up of two parts—Buda, on the east side of the river, and Pest, on the west—the city offers dazzling architecture, welcoming cafés and startling reminders of both recent and long-ago history.
  • 2 nights at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Budapest Walking Tour with Rock Hospital
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

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What's Included

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Excursions

  • 7 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • A variety of onshore tours
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Accommodations

  • 2-night stay at the Salzburg Hotel Übergossene Alm, reserved exclusively for our guests during your stay
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the S.S. Maria Theresa
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Experiences

  • 4 countries: Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary
  • Multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

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