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 theatre 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 centre 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 Morning with the Masters at KHM and exclusive Taste of Christmas walking discovery tour OR Exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour AND Exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace

Vienna your way! Choose between two exceptional tours of the city’s artistic treasures, followed by an archetypal Viennese experience. Morning with the Masters at Kunsthistorisches Museum gives you early access to the city’s preeminent museum, with an art historian guiding you on a tour of major works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Raphael, among others. Afterwards, stroll the famous shopping streets—which are decked in holiday finery—stopping to sample seasonal treats. Or visit two notable Viennese museums, taking in the Kunstkammer’s collection at the Kunsthistorisches and the world’s largest collection of Klimts at the Belvedere (with a lively panoramic tour of the city’s historic core in between). Cap off the day with an elegant concert of Mozart and Strauss music at a historic Viennese palace.

Day 7: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Morning with the Masters at KHM and exclusive Taste of Christmas walking discovery tour OR Belvedere Palace

You have a second chance today to see the peerless treasures at the Kunsthistorisches, stepping through the doors before they open to the general public to view a unique group of works by Titian, Bruegel, Velazquez, Rembrandt—the greatest painters of the Habsburg Empire are on display here. Afterwards, stroll the famous shopping streets, stopping to sample seasonal treats. Or, if you prefer, visit the Belvedere palace complex, a triumph of baroque architecture. The Upper Belvedere houses the world’s largest group of works by Gustav Klimt, including his exquisite The Kiss, as well as paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir, among many others.

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.

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

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