Discover heaven on earth on the ultimate holiday river cruiseIf you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special cruise is for you. You’ll sail through Germany, Austria and Hungary along the shimmering Danube and past incredible sights on this unique itinerary. Explore charming old-world villages and Gothic cathedrals, and escape the hurry and hassle of the holidays as you relax onboard a luxurious ship and cruise through the ravishing landscapes of the Danube.On Christmas Eve, walk through the quiet medieval streets of Regensburg to the Gothic cathedral for Midnight Mass. As you pass through the magnificent doors, look up: You’ll see chalk marks invoking age-old blessings for all who enter. Listen to the harness bells chime as you ride through the serene Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon. Wander through locations from The Sound of Music in beautiful Salzburg and then warm up with rum-laced coffee. Meet Habsburg royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley.Visit stunning churches and sample delicious wines in enchanting baroque villages. Ring in the New Year dancing in a real Viennese palace, and see how a dusting of snow adds to the glamour of Hungary’s historic capital.The mighty Danube takes you through three nations decked in all their holiday finery at this most delightful time of year.Who will enjoy this cruiseThose who wish to just get away and relax during the busy holiday season, and anyone seeking to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year in an extraordinarily memorable way.



12-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning River Princess

All transfers on arrival and departure days

All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners

Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions

Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

3 countries

9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

Guided “Taste of Christmas” and “Gentle Walking” programs

5 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all shore excursions

Use of Nordic walking sticks

Captivating onboard local entertainment

Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Heaven on Earth: The Worldly Pleasures of Baroque Art and Architecture”

day 1

Nuremberg (embark)

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)

day 2


FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market 

See the highlights of this quintessential medieval city on a panoramic tour, then visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, Germany’s oldest and bestknown Christmas Market. Be sure to sample some lebkuchen (gingerbread) here in the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

day 3

Cruising the Main-Danube Canal, Regensburg

Spend a leisurely day onboard as you cruise along the remarkable 106-mile-long Main-Danube Canal to the Danube River. Arrive in Regensburg in the evening; if you wish, you can attend midnight mass in the spectacular Gothic cathedral in the medieval town center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

day 4


FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking tour of Old Town or Jewish Regensburg walking tour 

Regensburg is a delight to explore, with its quaint cobblestone streets, medieval alleys and ancient Roman ruins. If you wish, attend Christmas Day Mass in a local church before exploring the city with a local expert. Alternatively, you can see sites associated with one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany. Return to the ship for a festive Christmas meal, complete with all the trimmings.

day 5

Cruising the Danube River, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive Bavarian Forest Village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit 

Snuggle down in warm blankets aboard a horse- drawn wagon and take a ride through a charming village in the Bavarian Forest. Then you’ll get a close-up view at the art of making the famous ruby-red Bohemian glass with a visit to the world-renowned glass manufacturer, Theresienthal (which produced glassware for the rulers of Europe for centuries).

day 6

Cruising the Danube River, Passau

FEATURED EXCURSION: Passau walking discovery tour

Enjoy scenic cruising en route to the beautiful city of Passau. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, Passau was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages, and you will see its charming Old Town on a guided walking discovery tour.

day 7

Linz (Salzburg)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salzburg tour 

On your guided tour through Salzburg’s UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, view such gems as the 17th-century cathedral and the house where Mozart was born, as well as the Mirabellgarten, where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. You’ll also have time to visit some of the many lovely shops in the area.

day 8

Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive spiced wine tasting and organ concert in rococo Augustine monastery church, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Explore charming Dürnstein with your Cruise Manager and enjoy an exclusive mulled wine tasting. Then attend an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the royal Habsburgs.

day 9


FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and exclusive waltz tuition or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour, and Mozart & Strauss concert at a Viennese palace 

See the highlights of Vienna on a city tour that takes you inside Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace. Or, stroll through the Old Town on an exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, venturing down famous shopping streets, marveling at shop window displays of decadent confections and browsing the stalls of the Am Hof and Freyung Christmas markets. This evening, enjoy the music of Mozart and Strauss at a private concert at a Viennese palace

day 10


FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Schönbrunn Palace, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance at a Viennese palace 

Take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former Habsburg summer residence that rivals Versailles with its ornate décor and elaborate gardens. Tonight, ring in the New Year in a glorious Viennese palace, with a festive dinner, private concert and dancing.

day 11

Vienna, cruising the Danube River

After exploring Vienna on your own, relax onboard as the ship cruises to Budapest. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

day 12


FEATURED EXCURSION: Budapest city tour 

Your panoramic tour of beautiful Buda and Pest— situated on opposite sides of the Danube—features the city’s famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district.

day 13

Depart Budapest

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

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