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Danube Holiday Markets River Cruise
40's - 50's and 60's+ Singles Vacations

8 Days Fron Budapest, Hungry to Passau, Germany
December 2 - December 9, 2018


Celebrate the Season in the Birthplace of Beloved Holiday Traditions
With Best Single Travel and Uniworld River Cruises
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Budapest has celebrated Christmas for a thousand years, since the reign of St. Stephen, the king who founded Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm. As we ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square, admiring the handmade porcelain, stop to watch as kürtos kalács (a pastry) is baked on rods over an open fire and then coated with sugar before it’s handed to you.

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In Bratislava, where a lively art scene is revitalizing the compact city core, stalls abound with traditional Slovakian Christmas items such as medovníky (spiced ginger cookies) and šúpolie (figurines made from corn husks).  Follow the lights down the Landstrasse in Linz to the Volksgarten, where we’ll find a fairytale Christmas display—large animated renditions of scenes from fairytales that will entrance the child in us. Glorious baroque architecture, delightful concerts and ravishing scenery will make this Christmas season unforgettable as we sail through the holidays on the Danube.

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What's Included On Your Danube Holiday River Cruise

4 countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia  

4 UNESCO World Heritage sites

* 8-day River Cruise  

* ALL GRATUITIES onboard and onshore

* 6 Guided tours with audio headset  

* All taxes and port charges

* 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners   * Airport Transfers
* Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and water   Cultural enrichment includes "The Sound of Christmas Music from 'Silent Night' to Christmas Oratorio"
* Fun Exclusive Singles Activities   * Free Wi-Fi, connection speed may vary
  

Danube Holiday Markets Singles River Cruise Itinerary

Cruise Day 1: Budapest, Hungry (Saturday: December 2, 2018/ Boarding)
Arrive at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and be greeted by our Uniworld representative and transfer to the SS Maria Theresa. Meet your fellow single cruisers and your tour leader tonight at dinner.

 

Budapest ChristmasCruise Day 2: Budapest, Hungry  (Sunday: December 3, 2018)
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has a distinctive character and allure all its own. You’ll get a taste of this dynamic capital city with your choice of tours, and visit Budapest’s celebrated Christmas market—one of the largest in Europe.   Christmas has been celebrated in Budapest for a thousand years, since the time of St. Stephen, the king who founded the nation of Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm, but the city began as a Roman encampment almost a millennium before that. Over the centuries it’s been controlled by Germans, Austrians, Ottomans and Communists, all of whom have left traces. Today you’ll have a chance to experience some of the holiday traditions of this beautiful city.

Included Shore Excursion: Budapest city tour with Christmas Market
Budapest Christmas MarketA panoramic tour will carry us from Heroes’ Square, created in 1896 to honor the thousand-year anniversary of Hungary’s founding and its greatest historical figures, past some of the city’s most striking architectural sights—Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the state opera house, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the truly stunning Parliament Building—to Castle Hill. The city of Buda began here, when King Béla built a strong keep in 1243 as a defense against Mongol invaders. The current castle is primarily 18th-century, and the Castle Hill district has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll go inside the magnificent 700-year-old Matthias Church, named for one of Hungary’s greatest kings, and then wend our way on foot to the picturesque Fisherman’s Bastion, whose seven fairytale-like towers represent the seven tribes that Santa Christmas market Budapestoriginally settled the region.
At Vörösmarty Square we’ll find Budapest’s most celebrated Christmas Market, one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The enticing aromas of cinnamon, baking bread and meats grilling over open fires drift among the 100 or so gaily decorated stalls. Only the finest Hungarian craftspeople are invited to participate in this market, so we can be assured of finding unique and beautifully made gifts.  Be sure to check out the enchanting gingerbread ornaments decorated with Hungarian folk motifs; in the middle of the square we’ll find a playhouse where children bedeck their own tasty ornaments in workshops during the afternoon. (Feel free to join in and try your hand at creating your own gingerbread ornaments.)
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for us this evening.

 

Cruise Day 3: Bratislava, Slovakia (Monday: December 4, 2018)
Bratislava ChristmasOnce hidden from the world behind the “Iron Curtain,” Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. We’ll learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians.  How do you say “Merry Christmas” in Slovakian? “Veselé Vanoce!” Today we’ll arrive in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava, the heart and soul of Slovakia and full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Following Ottoman incursions into Hungary in the 16th-century, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, became the capital of Hungary in 1536 and retained that status under the Habsburgs well into the 19th-century. As a result of its longtime imperial prominence, the city is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, baroque and art deco. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors— and you’ll get to embrace them as well.
Included Shore Excursion: Bratislava Walking Discovery Tour with Christmas Market
Bratislava Christmas singersSt. Martin’s Cathedral gives us a hint of the surprising history of this city. The Gothic church was built into the medieval city’s fortifications, and 19 Habsburg rulers were crowned inside it, including Empress Maria Theresa. Close to the cathedral we’ll find St. Michael’s Gate, the last remaining portal in the medieval wall—and our entryway to Bratislava’s Old Town, which blends Gothic, baroque and art deco structures with some less graceful reminders of the Communist era. The stately 18th-century Primatial Palace, in the center of Old Town, was the site where the Pressburg peace treaty was signed in 1805. Another 18th-century palace, Grassalkovich, is now the president of Slovakia’s official residence. Our tour ends in the heart of Old Town, where the Christmas Market is in full swing. Vendors at this charming market specialize in small handcrafted items, such as figurines made from corn husks, bells, lace, wire jewelry and pottery from specific regions of Slovakia. Try a mug of a local honey wine, which is served hot; as we browse through the offerings and listen to children sing Christmas carols.

 

Cruise Day 4: Vienna, Austria (Tuesday: October December 5, 2018)
Vienna ChristmasRenowned for its art and architecture, its classical music, its decadent pastries and its lengthy list of famous former residents, the refined city of Vienna is a cultural treasure trove. Experience the city with your choice of tours, as well as something extra special—VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art. To see such masterpieces in complete privacy is an experience reserved solely for Uniworld guests. Tonight, enjoy a concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace.   The grand dame of the Danube, Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and remains, to this day, the political and cultural center of Austria. Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here. It’s a treasure trove of splendid architecture, astonishing art collections and inviting cafés—and it’s yours to enjoy.
Included Shore Excursion: “Morning with the Masters” at the Vienna Art History Museum
museum art history viennaThe Vienna Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum) is home to an astonishing collection of artistic treasures. Its doors open early especially for us as we join an art historian for a tour of some of the masterpieces gathered here: View a unique group of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer’s Allegory of Painting, Raphael’s Madonna in the Meadow, and portraits by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Rubens, Titian, Tintoretto and Van Eyck, among others, in the Picture Gallery before moving on to the Kuntskammer galleries, where we can see Benvenuto Cellini’s legendary salt cellar (the only gold sculpture he created that has survived to the present day) and hear its remarkable story. Our exclusive tour ends with a reception in the magnificent Cupola Hall, perhaps the architectural highlight of the splendid building.
Included Vienna city tour with Christmas Market
Vienna Christmas MarketRing Street, the great horseshoe-shaped boulevard lined with many of the city’s major landmarks— Parliament, City Hall, the Vienna State Opera, glorious museums—is a mere 150 years old, practically an infant for a city of Vienna’s age. It replaced the walls that had protected the city for centuries. A drive along Vienna’s Prater Street and Ring Street provides you with a glimpse of the magnificent buildings that showcased the Habsburgs’ grandeur, ending at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Stroll with our guide along the Graben, the elegant artery of downtown Vienna, and Kohlmarkt, which is lined with chic shops (don’t miss the dazzling display of holiday confectionary art in the windows of Café Demel, which once supplied Empress Sissi with candied violets), on our way to several delightful Christmas markets.  The Am Vienna Christmas giftHof Advent Market features contemporary crafts, ranging from jewelry to knitwear; just a few steps further along, on Freyung Square, is the oldest and most traditional of the city’s markets. Handsome palaces border the triangular square, which is filled with delightful stalls selling Nativity scenes, wine and vanilla crescents, Austria’s most famous Christmas cookie. How can you resist? Luckily, this is the moment and the place to sample these and other holiday specialties! Also on our agenda is Vienna’s most famous Christmas market, situated in front of City Hall, where more than 140 wooden stalls entice you with every sort of delicacy. Be sure to try the rum balls and nutmeg-spiced macaroons, which are local favorites, and amble through the adjacent park to admire the elaborately decorated trees.  After enjoying some treats here, we’ll walk through the luxe Palais Ferstel shopping arcade to the bustling Christmas Market in front of the City Hall, which we may explore on our own.

 

Cruise Day 5: Krems, Austria - Cruising the Wachau Valley (Wednesday: October December 6, 2018)
WACHAU VALLEYOne of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria is still an active Benedictine monastery, but a monastery the likes of which you’ve never seen—Napoleon himself once laid his head here in the lavish imperial quarters. With its 14th-century stained glass windows, the abbey’s jewel box of a church is the perfect setting for a soul-stirring concert of organ music. Back onboard, enjoy a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley. The fairy-tale town of Krems, about 40 miles west of Vienna, is our first port of call in the astonishingly beautiful Wachau Valley. Both the millennium-old town and the valley itself have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites; today we’ll have a chance to see why.
Included Shore Excursion: Göttweig Abbey with Private Organ Recital
It stands majestically on a hill above Krems, one of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria. Though Göttweig Abbey was founded in the 12th century, the complex of monastic buildings—where an active community of Benedictine monks still lives—largely dates to the early 1700s, when, following a fire, an extravagant abbot rebuilt on a lavish scale. Some of these rooms Göttweig Abbeywere designed for royal visitors, which might explain why the ceiling fresco above the Emperor’s Staircase features Emperor Charles VI as Apollo, and Napoleon once stayed in the imperial apartments. Following a guided tour of the complex’s highlights, we’ll step into the beautiful abbey church, which retains its 14th-century stained-glass windows, for a special organ recital. If the weather favors us on our journey to and from the abbey, we might get to see sunlight sparkling on icicle-crusted grape trellises as we ride through the vineyards; the monks have grown wine grapes here for more than 900 years and at one time supplied wine for church services all over Austria. Note: The organ concert may take place in a different location if the Göttweig Abbey visit falls on a Catholic holiday.
cruise Wachau ValleyWe’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck today as our ship cruises through the Wachau Valley. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful; UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the riverbanks, marking historic villages and splendid abbeys; and vineyards and apricot orchards cling to the rocky slopes. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes grown on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes were first planted 2,000 years ago.

 

Cruise Day 6: Linz (Salzburg), Austria (Thursday: October December 7, 2018)
Salzburg ChristmasMozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland this time of year. Fans of The Sound of Music may recognize locations from the Oscar-winning film in the city’s Old Town, the site of a grand cathedral and an absolutely enchanting Christmas market. Our ship docks in Linz today. From there, we’ll travel to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg for an enchanting full-day excursion.
Included Shore Excursion: Salzburg Walking Tour with Christmas Market
Salzburg’s musical heritage is apparent everywhere in its UNESCO-designated Old Town. The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg celebrates its most famous son in many forms—with statues, with chocolates, with concerts—but there are other musical associations to discover too. Walk with our guide through the Mirabell Garden, the beautiful formal gardens where Maria sang “Do-Re-Mi” with her young charges in the movie The Sound of Music, and through the heart of the Old Town, which lies on both sides of Salzburg Christmas Marketthe river. Because Salzburg belonged to the archbishops, the splendid cathedral has been the focal point of the city for nearly 600 years. The archbishop’s magnificent residence faces the square now named for Mozart, and the house where Mozart was born is nearby. (Mozart worked for the archbishop of his day—whom he despised—before he moved to Vienna.)  After our walking tour, we have some leisure time to explore the enchanting Christmas Market located in the square in front of the cathedral. Here we’ll find everything from Austrian lace to cinnamon-marbled cakes. Shop, nibble, browse and sing along with the carolers as you celebrate the holidays in this magical part of the world. Our guide can also suggest some great restaurants in the area: Café Tomaselli has hosted musical notables, from Mozart to Max Reinhardt, since 1705.

 

Cruise Day 7: Passau, Germany  (Friday: October December 8, 2018)
Passau ChristmasPassau is a crossroads in more ways than one—three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town with a guided stroll, then visit the local Christmas market on the square in front of the cathedral. Later, enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner served in a festively decorated barn.
Included Shore Excursion: Passau Walking Tour with Christmas Market
Join our local expert for a walk through picturesque lanes in the heart of Passau, stopping at the Town Hall to see its magnificent atrium, which boasts several massive works by the famous German painter Ferdinand Wagner, and pausing to admire the beautiful rococo stairway of the bishop’s New Residence. After much of the town burned to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the reconstruction involved many Passau Christmas MarketItalian artists, who gave Passau the baroque and rococo touches we see everywhere. Monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral, built in glorious baroque style, forms the backdrop for the Passau Christmas Market. We’ll find a lot to enjoy here—from miniature Bavarian houses and blown-glass ornaments to spun-sugar confections—in more than 70 stalls. At times, the Passau Christmas Market also features demonstrations by local craftspeople, such as glassblowers, candle makers, wood carvers and confectioners, so we can buy our gifts directly from the people who made them.
Country Barn DinnerBavarian Christmas Celebration with Dinner in a Country Barn
But that’s not the end of our Bavarian Christmas fun: We’ll also visit a nearby family-owned farm restaurant for a traditional holiday celebration. Sit down to a hearty dinner with drinks in the festively decorated country barn while we listen to carols and some beloved Bavarian polka and waltz tunes and see how good a pair of lederhosen can look on the right man at a mini fashion show (if you are in the market for dirndls and lederhosen, the family’s specialty clothes shop is right up your alley).

 

Cruise Day 8: Passau, Germany (Saturday: October December 9, 2018 / Disembark)
After breakfast, your singles river cruise ends, disembark and take the provided shuttle to the Munich airport. Please do not book your flight home before noon as it is 2 1/2 hour ride from the Passau port to the Munich airport.


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Uniworld's SS Maria Theresa Ship Features

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* 1 Royal Suite, 10 Suites and 64 staterooms   * The Viennese Café and Baroque Restaurant 
* 150 Guests - 57 Staff   * Bar du Leopard, a favorite gathering place
* Savoir of England beds, high-thread count, Egyptian cotton sheets & European duvets, pillows menu   * Marble-lined bath stocked with L'Occitaine and Hermès bath and body products
* Enclosed heating swimming pool & Serenity River Spa   * Lipizzan Cinema for onboard screenings of popular films
* Length - 443 ft  / Width 37.5 ft   * Habsburg Salon with a full-service bar

 

Danube Holiday Markets River Cruise Pricing
Standard
Standard Cabin
Half-height picture window.
Stateroom size: 162 sq. ft.
French BalconyFrench Balcony Cabin
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to create a French balcony. 
Stateroom size: 194 sq. ft
VeranadaVeranda Balcony
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open to a full-size veranda.
Stateroom size: 194 sq. ft
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Share a cabin with a friend or use the Free Roommate Match Program (2 Beds in the Room)
Deposit Full Payment Standard  Deposit Full Payment - French Deposit Full Payment - Veranda
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$600 $4999 $675 $5799 $775 $6699
All prices are per person and reflect our Special Cruise Fare. Strikeout fares reflect the Standard Cruise Fare.
Amounts are in US Dollars and Includes Shore Excursions and All Taxes and Surcharges

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1 Night at the Parliament Hotel with Breakfast and Transfer to River Cruise
$150 - Share / $250 Single

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