Day 1 – Munich, transfer to Passau (embark)
Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau.
Day 2 – Passau, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Inn River OR exclusive guided “Go Active” hike along the river Ilz
Passau is a quintessential medieval town that's delightful to explore on foot. Inside St. Stephan’s Cathedral, you’ll have a rare opportunity to hear a concert played on Europe’s largest pipe organ. Or, take a guided bike ride or a hike with an expert naturalist. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: The organ concert is only available May 1 – Oct. 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An alternative venue will be organized before and after these dates.
Day 3 – Linz (Salzburg or Linz)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day Salzburg OR Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit
In UNESCO-designated Salzburg, you’ll see Mozart’s former home and the garden where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. If you prefer, head to nearby Linz for a tour that stops for coffee and Linzer torte, then visit a local farm and sample another delicious treat—hard cider, a specialty of the region.
Note: Lunch is not offered with the full day excursion to Salzburg.
Day 4 – Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Dürnstein “Village Day” with choice of exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Wachau Valley bicycle ride, and Melk Abbey with library visit
Explore Melk’s 900-year-old abbey, home to the famous library that inspired The Name of the Rose. Cruise the spectacular UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley to the village of Dürnstein or bike there with an expert guide. Enjoy a guided tour of Dürnstein and a choice of activities—an organic wine tasting or a workshop about saffron.
Day 5 – Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour
Discover Vienna’s architectural treasures on a panoramic city tour. Explore the magnificent Winter Palace and stroll back to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. As an alternative, opt for our “Do as the Locals Do” tour highlighting Viennese essentials such as coffee, sausages, wine, music and public transportation.
Day 6 – Vienna (Bratislava)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking discovery tour
Explore Slovakia’s capital city, a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere and a fascinating mosaic of architectural styles. Then enjoy a day of leisure onboard as your ship cruises the scenic Danube Bend and navigates a series of locks.
Day 7 – Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Budapest bike tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest with a panoramic tour. Or do as the locals do, riding the metro to an indoor market, enjoying refreshments at a coffee house, and visiting a public garden and the National Museum. Or, take in the sights on a guided bike tour. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 8 – Budapest (disembark)
Disembark the ship in Budapest and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in charming Budapest.
Experience a cultural tasting menu on a cruise showcasing Europe’s longest river.
The mighty Danube has cast its spell on poets, composers and artists for many centuries—now it’s your turn to be inspired as you journey along its considerable length. Discover extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites in Budapest and Vienna. Experience the many delights of Salzburg, as well as the charming village of Dürnstein and Passau, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Stroll through the Old Town of Linz, explore the beautiful countryside, and enjoy a close-up view of the river on an exhilarating bike ride along its tranquil shores. All along the way, delve into the flavors of the region with exclusive events ranging from a saffron workshop in the spectacular Wachau Valley to a tasting of organically grown Rieslings.
The Monarch Collection (select sailings)
Gain exclusive “insider access” to Europe’s rich aristocratic heritage on this all-inclusive Danube cruise. Sip cocktails with an Austrian princess at a private reception at her castle. Go behind the scenes at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School, home to the dazzling white Lipizzaner stallions. Delight in a concert pairing the musical genius of Mozart and Strauss with classic Bel Canto arias, and learn how to do the Viennese waltz at an opulent palais dating back to 1872.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
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 "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom onboard the majestic S.S. Maria Theresa
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Austria’s History in the Context of the House of Habsburg, a European Dynasty"
Exclusive Monarch Collection on select summer departures
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.