Classical Europe on the Danube from Budapest to Prague

The shimmering waters of the fabled Danube River flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events. Our journey will be a cultural tasting menu of five equally beguiling countries—Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary.

May 20 – 29, 2018

A veritable showcase of the best of Central Europe, our trip features old-world capitals, charming towns and villages, and two nights onshore in the Czech Republic capital of Prague. This well-preserved city, with its fabled skyline of spires and turrets, is one of the most beautiful and romantic locales in all of Europe, a fitting place to conclude your enchanting adventure.

Prague

The destination is amazing, but so is our mode of transportation.  Voted the “World’s Best River Cruise Line“, Uniworld is an absolute favorite amongst our clients.  As one of their newest ships, the SS Maria Theresa is a stunning homage to the former Austrian Empress.  You will be dazzled, pampered, renewed and completely blown away by your personal floating hotel.  And to top things off – everything is included:  all drinks, meals, entertainment, shore excursions, scheduled airport transfers, internet, bicycles and all gratuities (onboard and onshore).

Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest

Why don’t you join us?   This is carefree and truly effortless travel.

Wachau Valley Vineyard

As a bonus, our luxury river cruise ship company, Uniworld, is the only one to offer a truly all-inclusive experience taking its already impeccable award-winning product to even higher standards.  Here is an overview of what is included on this amazing cruise:

  • Impeccable Service – larger onboard staff than any other river cruise line
  • Intimate and beautifully designed ship
  • All Gratuities – onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Elegant staterooms and suites with handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • In-suite butler service
  • All dining onboard and unlimited beverages (includes many premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Crown Royal and Glenfiddich)
  • A wide choice of personalized excursions led by English-speaking local experts
  • Exclusive Excursions offered only by Uniworld
  • Onboard fitness center
  • Onboard exercise and wellness classes
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use
  • Ship-Wide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and signature lectures.

Our Itinerary along the Danube

Enchanting Danube Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest (embark)

Arrive at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Budapest

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour or exclusive “Go Active” Budapest bicycle tour.

Hungarian National Parliament

Discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube” as you savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. Cap the day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner

Discover the wonders of the “Queen of the Danube” as you savor the beauty of both Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube on a panoramic tour showcasing key highlights, including St. Stephen’s Basilica and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district. If you prefer to experience the city as the locals do, then take a ride on the metro; stop at a lively market hall; visit the oldest and most beautiful garden in the city, Károlyi Garden; and explore the National Museum. Cap the day off with the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

 

 

Day 3: Cruising the Danube River, Bratislava, Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSION: Bratislava walking tour

Bratislava

Slovakia’s capital city is full of surprises, as you will discover on your walking tour of the historic downtown area.

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Vienna

FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Vienna Art History Museum and choice of Vienna city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour, and exclusive Mozart and Strauss concert at a Viennese palace.

Strauss Statue photo by © Jorge Royan

Vienna is at its most dazzling during the holiday season, and you’ll have two choices for how you wish to experience it—both options include the Christmas Market in front of City Hall, Austria’s largest and most famous Christmas market, as well as the small but charming market at Freyung Square. Choose to visit Prince Eugene’s magnificent Winter Palace or experience a taste of Christmas as you are guided through famous shopping streets with windows bedecked with their holiday finery, including stops to sample some of the local seasonal treats with a Viennese coffee. And no visit to the “City of Waltzes” is complete without music, so you’ll be treated to an exclusive private concert of Mozart and Strauss at a Viennese palace in the evening.

 

Day 5: Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley, Melk

FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Dürnstein “Village Day” with exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting OR exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll, and Melk Abbey with library visit.

Panorama of Melk Abbey

The baroque-style Benedictine Göttweig Abbey, often referred to as Austria’s Monte Cassino because of its fantastic location, is where you’ll be treated to a private organ concert inside the abbey’s beautiful church. You’ll then set sail on a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, a 19-mile stretch of the Danube with spectacular landscapes and quaint towns and wine villages clustered along the river. Note: The organ concert may take place in a different location if the Göttweig Abbey visit falls on a Catholic holiday.

 

Day 6: Linz (Salzburg or Linz)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Salzburg or Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit.

Salzburg

Journey through the region known to many as the “smile on the face of Austria,” Salzburg. On your guided tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, view historical gems, from the 17th-century cathedral to Mozart’s birth house to the famous gardens where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed.  Alternatively, visit the lovely Austrian town of  Linz.

 

 

 

Day 7:  Passau

FEATURED EXCURSION: 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 Ilz River

Passau Dom pulpit

Situated at the convergence of three rivers, the medieval town of Passau is a delightful place to explore on foot.  Your walking discovery tour takes you past all the top sights—including St. Stephan’s Cathedral, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Celebrate your last night onboard with a festive evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8: Passau (disembark), transfer to Prague

Day 9: Prague

Featured Excursion: Choice of Prague city tour or Jewish Prague walking discovery tour.

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Welcome to the beautiful “City of Spires,” an inspiration for artists, poets and writers, and you’ll discover why on a panoramic tour that includes the Prague Castle district, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane before strolling across Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square to see Tyn Church and the famous astronomical clock.

 

 

 

Day 10:  Depart Prague  – Transfer to Prague Vaclav Havel Airport for your flight home.

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.

About our ship – the SS Maria Theresa

What began as an inspiration, a dream without limitations, is about to become the ship, you’ll never forget. When you step aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, you’ll immediately understand why the “S.S.” precedes “Maria Theresa,” as this appropriately means “Super Ship.”

Each Uniworld ship is as unique as your voyage.  The Maria Theresa is quite regal in its opulent 18th-century décor which is a floating homage to one of the Habsburg Empires most beloved ruler.  Come experience indulgent dining and an elegant atmosphere on the prettiest ship in Europe.

Public areas include: the Habsburg Salon with full-service bar and dance floor, sun deck with the Bar du Leopard, the Bohemian Terrace, the Baroque Restaurant, a mosaic-tiled and heated swimming pool with underwater music  for your enjoyment, a fitness center, Serenity River Spa, a boutique, guest laundry, and an elevator.

The Lippizan is a 20-seat state-of-the-art 3D movie theater with Dolby surround sound and plush seats for comfortable movie viewing. Movie lovers can enjoy a varied selection of great films including classics, comedy, adventure, and drama, along with a selection of snacks including popcorn, candy, and even hors d’oeuvres, making going to the movies an even more enjoyable experience. 

The SS Maria Theresa has several stateroom categories for you to choose from:  Royal Suite, Suites and Stateroom Categories 1-5.  All staterooms have closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, bottled water, flat screen TV with infotainment center, and marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

uw_mariatheresa_pres_suite401_22431512x1000There is only 1 Royal Suite – a 410 sq. ft unique accommodation with a French Balcony.  The Royal Suite has many extra benefits including a spacious living room, bathroom with separate rain shower and tub and secluded toilet and bidet area.

 

uw_mariatheresa_suite404_20131512x1000Suites are 305 sq. ft with open-air balconies.  There are only 10 suites which are all located on the Hofburg deck (salon level)

 

 

uw_mt_suite412_0731_01512x1000Category 1 Staterooms are on the same deck as the suites and also have open air balconies.  They are 194 sq. ft

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Category 2-3 Staterooms are all located on the Schonbrunn Deck (restaurant level).  These staterooms all have French balconies and are 194 sq. ft.

uw_mt_cat4_stateroom201_2451_0_1200x800Category 4-5 Staterooms are located on the Bavarian Deck and are 162 sq. ft. in size.

 

Come join us on this all-inclusive luxury cruise.

Call us at (262) 538-2140 or email sue@getaway.travel to reserve your spot now.

 We plan on travelling with, but need to have a minimum of 4 other cabins along to confirm this group.

SS Maria Theresa Deck Plan

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