Celebrate the season in the birthplace of many beloved holiday traditions
Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousandyears, since the reign of St. Stephen, the king whofounded Hungary and encouraged the spread ofChristianity throughout his realm. As you ramblethrough the Christmas Market on VörösmartySquare, admiring the handmade porcelain, stopto watch as kurtos kalács (a pastry) is baked onrods over an open fire and then coated with sugarbefore it's handed to you.
In Bratislava, where a lively young art scene isrevitalizing the compact city core, stalls aboundwith traditional Slovakian Christmas items suchas medovníky (spiced ginger cookies) and ?úpolie (figurines made from corn husks).Experience Uniworld's exclusive "Taste ofChristmas" programme in the heart of Viennaduring the day. Follow the lights down the Landstrassein Linz to the Volksgarten, where you'll find afairytale Christmas display?large animatedrenditions of scenes from fairytales that willentrance the child in you. Or mail a letter fromChristkindl, where children from all over theworld send their Christmas wish lists.
Glorious baroque architecture, delightful concertsand ravishing scenery will make this Christmasseason unforgettable as you sail through the holidays on the Danube.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Music lovers will find many special holiday treatson this cruise, from onboard caroling and aclassical concert in Vienna to an exclusive organrecital. Shoppers will delight in the chance topick out a variety of unique gifts at enchantingChristmas markets.
All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 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-headsetsystem on all excursions
Use of Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stately S.S. Maria Theresa
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
4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
4 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"