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Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise

Passau to Budapest | 11 Days
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2014Ship: River Beatrice

Passau to Budapest | 11 Days

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Day 1:
Munich Airport, transfer to Passau (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau. (D)
Day 2:
FEATURED EXCURSION:  Passau walking tour

Situated at the confluence of three rivers, delightful Passau was an important center of trade during the Middle Ages. On your walking tour, you will see the architectural gems of Old Town, including the ornate cathedral built in the Italian Baroque style following a 17th-century fire that nearly destroyed the city. In the evening, after a festive Christmas Eve dinner onboard, walk through the quiet city to the cathedral for mass and hear the thunder of the largest organ in Europe. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)
Day 3:
Linz (Salzburg and Oberndorf) UNESCOMotorcoachDining Out
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full day Salzburg and Oberndorf

Spend Christmas Day in two Austrian towns famous for music. Salzburg is not only the birthplace of Mozart, Austria’s most famous composer, it is also where favorite scenes from the beloved movie The Sound of Music were filmed. See the Mirabellgarten, where Maria and the children sang “Do-Re-Mi,” and have a festive holiday lunch within the ancient walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. Then head to Oberndorf, where the most beloved of all Christmas carols was performed for the first time: Joseph Morh, the village priest, and Franz Xaver Gruber, the choir master in nearby Arnsdorf, composed Silent Night for a Christmas Eve service in 1818. Visit the chapel and see the little museum dedicated to the history of the carol. (BB, L, D)
Day 4:
Grein Uniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Grein city walk with visit to the oldest theater in Austria, and exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg

Explore charming Grein, with its 15th-century castle—now the home of the Austrian Shipping Museum—and delightful little jewel-box theater built in 1791, which retains all of its original features, including a box for Napoleon. Later in the day, you are invited to an exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the royal Habsburgs. (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Melk Abbey visit with organ concert, and Dürnstein village walk with exclusive spiced wine tasting

Melk Abbey has been a center of learning for a millennium. In the Middle Ages, its library was renowned throughout Europe. Today the library, with 80,000 books printed before 1800 and innumerable Medieval manuscripts, is housed in a gorgeous Baroque structure. After you tour the abbey complex, you’ll be treated to an organ recital in the spectacular church. Then you’ll cruise through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, to Dürnstein, a tiny village nestled against towering cliffs, where you’ll stop for a warming cup of spiced wine. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachConcert
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour or exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking tour, and Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese concert hall

Vienna is a treasure trove of secular and sacred gems. A panoramic tour will introduce you to the city’s highlights, and then you can venture off on your own. Or, indulge in Vienna’s signature holiday treats on an exclusive “Taste of Christmas” tour. See the delightful confectionary decorations in Café Demel’s windows. Visit the glitzy shops on Graben and Kohlmarkt streets. Shuttles will be available to take you to and from the ship. In the evening, hear the music of Mozart and Strauss in one of Vienna’s famous concert halls. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Vienna Choice Is YoursMotorcoachMuseumConcertDining Out
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belvedere Palace or Albertina Museum, and typical Austrian dinner at a traditional restaurant

Today, choose between two extraordinary museums: see the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings in the world at the Belvedere Palace, or visit the Albertina, which houses works collected by the Habsburgs and features state rooms that are filled with elegant imperial furnishings. In the evening, experience traditional Viennese hospitality at a cozy restaurant with dinner, wine, and song. (BB, L, D)
Day 8:
FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking tour

Your walking tour of Bratislava will reveal a city that is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco. The capital of Slovakia, it is a thriving commercial center with a village-like atmosphere. See such gems of history as the rebuilt castle where the Habsburgs ruled; Mirbach Palace, a Rococo jewel built for a wealthy brewer that is now a museum; and the Primatial Palace, the 18th-century archbishop’s residence. Then explore the accessible, easy-going, and picturesque downtown area on your own. (BB, L, D)
Day 9:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachConcertDining Out
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Budapest city tour with choice of Budapest Opera House tour or underground hospital tour, and exclusive New Year’s gala dinner and dance

Your panoramic city tour features the famous 19th-century Chain Bridge, the Great Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Then choose to get a closer look at either the remarkable Hungarian State Opera House or the fascinating—and chilling—Cold War hospital and bunker complex built under Castle Hill. In the evening, ring in the New Year with a gala dinner and dance in a gorgeous ballroom. (BB, L, D)
Day 10:
Budapest MotorcoachMuseum
FEATURED EXCURSION: Szentendre Artists’ Village

Start the day with an enchanting operetta brunch onboard, and then spend the day in the village of Szentendre, a haven for artists and artisans (including one who makes microscopic works of art). They will open their shops on New Year’s Day for Uniworld guests. You will visit the Marzipan Museum and the Micro Museum to view astonishing, infinitesimal works of art. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 11:
Budapest (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)