Day 1 – Vienna (embark)
Arrive at Vienna International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit and Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace
Vienna is a treasure trove of sacred gems, many of which you’ll see on your panoramic tour. Travel Ring Street, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the principle staterooms of the magnificent Winter Palace, and peruse the city’s world-famous Christmas Market. Or, indulge in the “Taste of Christmas” with a special tour through the heart of the city that features chic boutiques and tantalizing treats. Later, you'll be treated to an exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein walking discovery tour with exclusive mulled wine tasting, and organ concert in a rococo Augustine monastery church
Today you will visit the charming Wachau Valley village of Dürnstein, nestled at the foot of a hill crowned with the romantic ruins of a 12th-century castle. You’ll also see the beautiful blue façade of the town’s baroque monastery and quaint, centuries-old townhouses on your guided walking discovery tour with a local expert. Stop to warm up with a special tasting of mulled wine, the ideal beverage at this festive time of year, and enjoy an organ concert in a rococo Augustine monastery church.
Day 4 – Linz
FEATURED EXCURSION: Linz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market
On today’s guided walking discovery tour of Linz, you can view the town’s cathedral, the Old Market, and its pretty Main Square. Later, spend some time browsing the one-of-a-kind wares on display at the local Christmas Market, where you’ll encounter two things for which Linz is most famous—Christmas crèches (nativity scenes) and the delicious Linzer torte, a classic holiday dessert.
Day 5 – Passau, Vilshofen (Theresienthal)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Passau walking discovery tour with Christmas Market and gingerbread-making and floral-decorating demonstrations, and exclusive Bavarian Forest Village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit
In Passau, enjoy a walking discovery tour of the charming Old Town, with ample free time to explore the local Christmas Market. As an extra special treat, you can learn how to make delicious gingerbread and beautiful floral centerpieces for the holidays. Continue on to Theresienthal, where you'll take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the scenic Bavarian Forest and see the workshop of a world-renowned glass manufacturer and their lovely selection of handmade crystal.
Day 6 – Regensburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour with enchanting Christmas Market in the Castle of Thurn and Taxis
The UNESCO-designated city of Regensburg is a delight to explore on foot, and your walking discovery tour will take you down quaint cobblestone streets and through centuries of colorful history. Marvel at the cathedral’s luminous stained-glass windows and the famous 12th-century Stone Bridge, then head to Thurn and Taxis Castle to experience the Christmas Market held on the castle grounds.
Day 7 – Roth, Nuremberg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Nuremberg city tour with Christmas Market
The medieval walled city of Nuremberg—the “Gingerbread Capital of the World,” and equally famous for its toys—is yours to discover today on a panoramic tour. Stop at the imperial castle, Kaiserburg, and stroll past the handsome half-timbered houses of the charming old quarter. Make your way to Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt, one of the best and the largest in Germany, with over 200 wooden stalls filled with handcrafted gifts. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell and Gala Dinner.
Day 8 – Nuremberg (disembark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Prague.
Europe’s quintessential charms make the holiday season even more enchanting.
This wonderfully festive river cruise through Germany and Austria will transport you back in time with visits to some of Europe’s oldest and most acclaimed Christmas Markets. Venture forth into a magical wonderland filled with delights at every turn. Wooden stalls overflowing with traditional crafts, everything from quirky little characters made of dried fruit and dressed in Bavarian costumes to beautifully hand-carved toys and Nativity figurines to beautifully rendered ornaments, each more beautiful than the next. Twinkling lights illuminate the timeworn stones of village squares, as children’s laughter mingles with the sound of ringing bells and Christmas carols. Indulge in Uniworld’s exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour in Vienna, where you’ll see elaborate displays of exquisite confections in Café Demel’s legendary windows. Celebrate the season in a time-honored way, making memories that will last a lifetime.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 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
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Taste of Christmas" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stately River Beatrice
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Austria, Germany
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Sound of Christmas Music, from ‘Silent Night’ to Christmas Oratorio”
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.