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Budapest to Passau | 8 Days
Date Range: Jul 2014 - Nov 2014Ship: River Beatrice

Budapest to Passau | 8 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Budapest (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider
Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour that reveals all the highlights of this handsome city. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica , the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Opera House, and the Parliament Building. In the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, you’ll find magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or join our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour, visiting the spectacular Hungarian Parliament building, with its Neo-Gothic façade, and Central Market Hall, where you’ll have a chance to sample some local delicacies. You’ll stroll along Váci Utca, the main shopping street where Budapest’s affluent citizens have come to see and be seen for over 100 years. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Note: The Parliament building may be closed for official business without prior notice. If the Parliament is closed, we will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica instead.

Day 3:
Cruising the Danube River, Vienna
Enjoy a day of leisure onboard your floating hotel as the ship winds its way up the river and through a series of locks. You’ll travel through Slovakia before docking in the imperial city of Vienna. (BB, L, D)

Day 4:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseumInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

Vienna is an architectural treasure trove. See it all on a panoramic drive through the city before embarking on a walking tour of the Hofburg Palace grounds, which lead to the Austrian National Library (said to be the most beautiful library in the world) and to the designer shops of the Kohlmarkt. Or choose to “Do as the Locals Do” on an intimate walking tour of the city’s historic center. Travel by foot and subway with the locals. Sip a coffee in a traditional café and then explore Vienna’s oldest square, Hoher Markt, with its Ankeruhr, an Art Nouveau clock that features a parade of 12 historical figures.

Day 5:
Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley, Melk UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetastingVillage DaysGo Active
Featured Excursions: Choice of Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive wine tasting at Nikolaihof wine estate or exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll or exclusive guided “Go Active” Wachau Valley bicycle ride or Melk Abbey with library visit

A host of exclusive-to-Uniworld excursions await as you dock in the tiny Baroque village of Dürnstein. Take a guided tour of the village, then partake in an organic wine tasting or learn about the history of saffron in Austrian cuisine. Sail the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley to Melk—or make the journey via bicycle on a special guided ride. Arrive in Melk and explore the town and its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey. Your guided visit to this architectural gem includes the famous library that inspired Umberto Eco’s acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Linz (Salzburg or Linz) UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach
Featured Excursions: Choice of full-day Salzburg or tour of Linz and the countryside

Today’s adventure may take you to Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Medieval town core and musical heritage. During your guided walking tour, stroll the city’s famous shopping street, Getreidegasse, where you’ll find Mozart’s childhood home, and admire enchanting Mirabellgarten, with its Neoclassical palace and large figural sculptures. You’ll likely recognize the garden from the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene in The Sound of Music, which was filmed here in 1964. If you’ve explored Salzburg in the past, you might opt to visit nearby Linz instead. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Town, past Landhaus, a Renaissance tower, and Kremsmünstererhof, a historic hotel. See the Old Market and the impressive Main Square, with its Baroque column. You’ll visit Konditorei Jindrak, too, to sample its Linzer torte, the famous lattice-topped pastry of Linz. Then travel into the surrounding countryside, where you’ll visit a typical Austrian farm for a tasting of hard cider, or Most, as it is called locally. In fact, the entire area is known as the Mostviertel (cider region)—pear and apple orchards fill the landscape and, naturally, feature prominently in local culinary traditions.
(BB, D)
Day 7:
Passau Uniworld ExclusiveChoice Is YoursConcertGo Active

Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Inn River

Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau was a key center of European trade for centuries. The city’s Baroque buildings, erected after the fire of 1662, add Italian flair to the quintessentially Medieval German town center, with its winding little streets and narrow alleyways. These streets will lead you to St. Stephan’s Cathedral for an organ concert on the Continent’s largest pipe organ. Or, if you’re craving a more active adventure, join us on an exclusive bicycling tour along the banks of the Inn. The river originates in the Swiss Alps and its glacial waters are green, making it a particularly pretty tributary of the Danube. Ride through wooded hillsides and farmland to Wernstein Castle, where you’ll stop for refreshments before crossing a bridge to the Austrian side of the river for a different view of the landscape. As you cycle back into Passau, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful reflection of the city’s Old Town on the river’s glassy surface. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 2 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An excursion 
to an alternative venue will be organized if the organ concert is 
not available.

Day 8:
Passau (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship in Passau and transfer to Munich Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in the golden city of Prague. (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Passau to Budapest | 8 Days

Print
Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Munich, transfer to Passau (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Munich Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Passau. (D)
Day 2:
Passau Uniworld ExclusiveChoice Is YoursConcertGo Active

Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Inn River

Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau was a key center of European trade for centuries. The city’s Baroque buildings, erected after the fire of 1662, add Italian flair to the quintessentially Medieval German town center, with its winding little streets and narrow alleyways. These streets will lead you to St. Stephan’s Cathedral for an organ concert on the Continent’s largest pipe organ. Or, if you’re craving a more active adventure, join us on an exclusive bicycling tour along the banks of the Inn. The river originates in the Swiss Alps and its glacial waters are green, making it a particularly pretty tributary of the Danube. Ride through wooded hillsides and farmland to Wernstein Castle, where you’ll stop for refreshments before crossing a bridge to the Austrian side of the river for a different view of the landscape. As you cycle back into Passau, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful reflection of the city’s Old Town on the river’s glassy surface. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Note: St. Stephan’s organ concert is only available from May 2 to October 31, excluding Sundays and Catholic holidays. An excursion 
to an alternative venue will be organized if the organ concert is 
not available.

Day 3:
Linz (Salzburg or Linz) UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of full-day Salzburg or tour of Linz and the countryside

Today’s adventure may take you to Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Medieval town core and musical heritage. During your guided walking tour, stroll the city’s famous shopping street, Getreidegasse, where you’ll find Mozart’s childhood home, and admire enchanting Mirabellgarten, with its Neoclassical palace and large figural sculptures. You’ll likely recognize the garden from the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene in The Sound of Music, which was filmed here in 1964. If you’ve explored Salzburg in the past, you might opt to visit nearby Linz instead. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Town, past Landhaus, a Renaissance tower, and Kremsmünstererhof, a historic hotel. See the Old Market and the impressive Main Square, with its Baroque column. You’ll visit Konditorei Jindrak, too, to sample its Linzer torte, the famous lattice-topped pastry of Linz. Then travel into the surrounding countryside, where you’ll visit a typical Austrian farm for a tasting of hard cider, or Most, as it is called locally. In fact, the entire area is known as the Mostviertel (cider region)—pear and apple orchards fill the landscape and, naturally, feature prominently in local culinary traditions. (BB, D)

Day 4:
Melk, cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetastingVillage DaysGo Active

Featured Excursions: Choice of Melk Abbey with library visit or
Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive wine tasting at Nikolaihof wine estate or exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll or exclusive guided “Go Active” Wachau Valley bicycle ride 

Arrive in Melk and explore the town and its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey. Your guided visit to this architectural gem includes the famous library that inspired Umberto Eco’s acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose.  Later in the day, a host of exclusive-to-Uniworld excursions await as you dock in the tiny Baroque village of Dürnstein. Take a guided tour of the village, then partake in an organic wine tasting or learn about the history of saffron in Austrian cuisine. Sail the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley to Melk—or make the journey via bicycle on a special guided ride.  (BB, L, D)

Day 5:
Vienna UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseumInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visitor exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour

Vienna is an architectural treasure trove. See it all on a panoramic drive through the city before embarking on a walking tour of the Hofburg Palace grounds, which lead to the Austrian National Library (said to be the most beautiful library in the world) and to the designer shops of the Kohlmarkt. Or choose to “Do as the Locals Do” on an intimate walking tour of the city’s historic center. Travel by foot and subway with the locals. Sip a coffee in a traditional café and then explore Vienna’s oldest square, Hoher Markt, with its Ankeruhr, an Art Nouveau clock that features a parade of 12 historical figures. (BB, L, D)

Day 6:
Vienna
Enjoy a day of leisure onboard your floating hotel as the ship winds its way up the river and through a series of locks. You’ll travel through Slovakia before docking in Budapest. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Budapest UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour

Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour that reveals all the highlights of this handsome city. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica , the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Opera House, and the Parliament Building. In the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, you’ll find magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or join our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour, visiting the spectacular Hungarian Parliament building, with its Neo-Gothic façade, and Central Market Hall, where you’ll have a chance to sample some local delicacies. You’ll stroll along Váci Utca, the main shopping street where Budapest’s affluent citizens have come to see and be seen for over 100 years. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)

Note: The Parliament building may be closed for official business without prior notice. If the Parliament is closed, we will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica instead.

Day 8:
Budapest (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship in Budapest and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in charming Budapest. (CB/BB)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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