Enchanting Christmas & New Years 2017

Enchanting Christmas & New Year's

11 DAYS FROM PASSAU TO BUDAPEST

Day 1: Munich Airport, transfer to Passau (embark)

Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau.

Day 2: Passau

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Passau walking discovery tour with gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations

Join a local expert to discover the city’s magical townscape and many of its architectural gems. As an extra-special treat, learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful holiday floral centerpieces. Spend a festive evening at the Captain’s Welcome Reception with a special Christmas Eve dinner onboard. Later, you’re welcome to attend Midnight Mass at St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

Day 3: Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salzburg and Oberndorf

What could be more memorable than spending Christmas Day in two Austrian towns famous for music? On your guided tour through Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, view historical gems from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house to the famous gardens where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. Be treated to a festive holiday lunch inside St. Peter’s Abbey before heading to Oberndorf, where the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” was performed for the first time.

Day 4: Grein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Grein walking tour and oldest Austrian theater, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Explore charming Grein, with its 15th-century castle and delightful little jewel-box theater built in 1791. Later, you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience—a private cocktail reception at a 13th-century castle, hosted by an Austrian princess descended from the royal Habsburgs.

Day 5: Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Melk Abbey with library visit, and Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in a monastery church

The 900-year-old Melk Abbey was a significant center of learning for many centuries, and its extraordinary library was the inspiration for the acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose. After visiting Melk, cruise through the beautiful UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. Stroll through the town, stopping to warm yourself with a cup of spiced mulled wine and enjoy a soul-stirring organ concert at the 15th-century former Augustine monastery—splendidly redone in the baroque style in the 18th century.

Day 6: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

Experience the gems of Vienna as you wish. Art aficionados will want to visit the Art History Museum to see the treasures on display in the Kunstkammer, “cabinet of curiosities.” Those who wish to experience a taste of Christmas will want to join a local guide to venture along famous shopping streets with windows dressed in their holiday finery with stops to sample some of the local seasonal treats accompanied by Viennese coffee. Later, be treated to a Mozart and Strauss concert inside a private Viennese palace.

Day 7: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Belvedere Palace OR Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit

Vienna is a treasure trove of wonders, including the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings at Belvedere Palace, featuring his famous The Kiss, and Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace, one of the most magnificent baroque edifices in Vienna. Choose to visit either the Belvedere Palace or the Winter Palace, which includes a panoramic tour of Vienna.
Optional Excursions:
Schönbrunn Palace with Puppet Theatre

Schönbrunn Palace with Puppet Theatre

  • Duration: 2.25
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  • Price: $0.00

Perhaps the apex of baroque design in Vienna, Schönbrunn was Empress Maria Theresa’s favorite palace, and, beginning in 1740, she made it the social and political center of her empire. Now, it charms the eye with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens and glorious 18thand 19th-century interiors—and its surprising marionette theater, which you visit today. A marionette play—a version of the opera Alceste—was first performed here in 1777; the current theater pays tribute to those origins with a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. The delicately carved puppets in exquisite costumes and the remarkable sets and staging provide enchanting entertainment, making it a truly special addition to your holiday season. Meeting one of the puppeteers and learning about the craft and art that goes into this production makes it even more special.

Day 8: Bratislava

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Bratislava walking discovery tour

Your walking discovery tour of the capital of Slovakia will reveal a fascinating mosaic of different cultures and architectural styles, such as the castle where the Habsburgs once ruled, the rococo-style Mirbach Palace and the 18th-century Primatial Palace.

Day 9: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Budapest city tour OR Budapest Opera House tour, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance

Discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube.” Savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. Alternatively, you can opt to tour the remarkable Hungarian State Opera House. Ring in the New Year with what is sure to be a highlight of your trip—a gala dinner and dance in an elegant ballroom.

Day 10: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Szentendre Artists’ Village

Spend New Year’s Day in the village of Szentendre, a haven for artists and artisans, who will open their shops today for Uniworld guests. You will also see the Marzipan Museum and the Micro Museum’s minuscule works of art. Spend your last night at a most festive Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Optional Excursions:
Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

Etyek - Champagne in the Countryside

  • Duration: 3.75
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  • Price: $93.50

Some people call Etyek Budapest’s vineyard. Just a short distance from the bustling city, the village stands among rollings hills and verdant rows of vines—that just happen to be at same latitude as France’s famous Champagne vineyards. Though Hungary’s best-known wines are Tokai and Bull’s Blood, this region is ideal for growing white wine grapes. It’s the country’s newest wine district, and yet it’s also an old wine district—Swabians settled here after the Turks withdrew in date tk and planted wine grapes—that was virtually abandoned. In the 1990s a few dedicated winemakers began renewing the vineyards and reinventing the kinds of wines they produced. Istvan Kalna is one of them: his limestone cellar dates to the 1850s; his vines are much younger. He grows sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grapes and transforms them into delightful sparkling wines. Join the winemaker himself for a tour of his cellars and learn about the fermentation process that puts the bubbles in bubbly, then gather around for a tasting of Kalna wines and rustic Hungarian nibbles that set off the fruit of the vines perfectly.

Day 11: Budapest (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home.