Dashing Through The Danube (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Ship: The A
Budapest, Hungary to Regensburg, Germany
Dates: 20 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018

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DAY 1
20 Dec 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Ruin Pub Rendezvous / Included Night Out: After you've refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, follow your host on a pub crawl through the city's world-renowned ruin bars. Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can't be certain. If you could, please, follow your host through the city's extensive scene of abandoned-buildings-turned-raves and report back to us. Once upon a time, there was an abandoned factory that had an appointment set with a wrecking ball. Its owners had another idea. They threw together old furniture and DIY decorations to create Szimpla Kert, the mother of all clubs. This laid the blueprint for every ruin bar after and now Budapest is crawling with them. Party your way through Budapest's underground club scene, enjoying cheap drinks, techno beats, and street art at every stop.

DAY 2
21 Dec 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Christmas Fair / Included: If you're not yet in the holiday spirit, you will be. Follow your host into Budapest's Christmas fair at Vörösmarty Square. Gifts, trinkets, and holiday treats—this place has it all.; House of Terror Museum / U Time: Pay holiday homage to those who were held captive, tortured, and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.; Budapest's Jewish Legacy / U Time: Pay tribute to Budapest's rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.; Read, Sip, Repeat / U Time: Join your fellow bookworms and coffee addicts on a tour of Budapest's most beautiful libraries and coffeehouses. Flip through antique pages and revel in Hungary's unique literary culture. Caffeinate to your heart's content with the pick-me-ups that fuel the city's coffee scene.; Thermal Bliss / U Time: Take a break from the cold and warm yourself into a state of holiday bliss at Budapest's historic Lukács Thermal Bath. The pools leverage the underground healing waters of Hungary's oldest hot spring, dating all the way back to Roman and medieval Turkish times. Locals love Lukács for three things: relaxing in thermal baths, enjoying medical spa treatments, and partying. That's right—every Saturday night, it turns into a lively party venue with beer, cocktails, a DJ, and a laser show. Be there for it all.; Ice Skating at the Castle / Included Night Out: Put the night on ice and glide around the skating rink next to City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle for a Christmas activity that's both romantic and nostalgic.

DAY 3
22 Dec 2018
Bratislava, Slovakia
Vienna, Austria

The Festive Streets of Old Town / Included: Walk the festive streets of Bratislava's Old Town with your host and stop at the city's annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.; Viennese Ice Party / Included Night Out: There's no such thing as too many holiday parties. Follow your host to an outdoor extravaganza featuring ice pavilions, spectacular light shows, video projections onto building sides, DJs, and live music. Sip on specialty punch to keep yourself warm and merry. Then hit the ice rink to try your hand at curling. It's as fun as it looks.

DAY 4
23 Dec 2018
Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Three / Included: Vienna comes alive during the holidays. Take a host-escorted leisurely tour of the Freyung Christmas Market. It's elegant and charming, located in the heart of the city. Then stop by the City Hall Market right in front of the illuminated Neo-Gothic building. For nativity scenes and artisan goods, check out the market at Karlsplatz, arguably the grandest Baroque church in the world.; Rock Me, Amadeus / U Time: If there's one "must-do" in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it's attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn't your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. Afterward, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.; Cooking with NENI / U Time: When you take a NENI cooking class, you know you're learning from some of the best chefs in the world. Head to the flagship store in the heart of Vienna's Naschmarkt. Take in the festive sounds and smells of the market stalls. Then work alongside the NENI experts to prepare some all-time classic holiday recipes. Spoiler Alert: you eat what you make.; Cooking to Opera / U Time: Holiday music and holiday food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city's esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too.; After Hours at the Castle / U Time: What's better than poking around a Baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the staterooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

DAY 5
24 Dec 2018
Melk, Austria

Dear Abbey / U Time: The Baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors, and other intriguing secrets. The abbey's Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors' Gallery, and the site's crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It's photo city here.; Step Back in Time / U Time: The Mauthausen Concentration Camp was the main site of political, social, and racial persecution by the National Socialist regime on Austrian territory from 1938 to 1945. A visit here offers a solemn and moving look back in time.

DAY 6
25 Dec 2018
Passau, Germany

Festive Passau / Included: Get a breath of fresh winter air on a scenic winter hike to the confluence of the Inn and Danube rivers. From there, your U host will usher you through Passau's Old Town and right to the Christmas market. The Baroque cathedral in the background is legendary. So is the local gingerbread.; Christmas at the Quarry / U Time: The Bavarian Forest looks like it could be straight out of a fairy tale, but this is real life, and life sure is incredible when you're en route to a quarry turned Christmas market. Stop in the local museum paying homage to the granite and stone cutting tradition of the region. Or head straight for the reason you're here—the market filled with crafts, including hand-woven linen, and wood and stone sculptures. After all of that shopping, you'll work up an appetite, but with regional Christmas specialties at every turn, there is a simple solution for that: Eat, eat, and eat.; Curl Like a Local / U Time: Enjoy the natural wintertime beauty of Passau like the locals do—on a frozen river (there are three in Passau), engaging in some good ol' Eisstockschießen. What's that? It's Bavarian curling, a celebrated Austrian pastime that you've probably seen on the Winter Olympics. But you won't just watch: you'll step out on the ice to participate for yourself. Competitors slide ice stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a target, or attempting to cover the longest distance. Bring a jacket (it's cold out there) and some competitiveness. The locals don't mess around.

DAY 7
26 Dec 2018
Regensburg, Germany

Medieval Holiday Stroll / Included: Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long host-escorted stroll through Regensburg's well-preserved Old Town. Expect a heavy dose of holiday cheer when you run into the Magic of Christmas Market in Old Town's palace courtyard. 'Tis the season.; Regensburg Through the Ages / U Time: Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists, and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists, and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.; Bavarian Brews / U Time: Sometimes beer is a family affair. Take a brewer's class at a family brewery in Regensburg. Learn about the traditional Bavarian method of brewing wheat beers. Follow the brewmaster on a facilities tour. Then finish off the tour with a taste of the house specialties, including an exclusive holiday beer. It's educational, fun, and delicious.; Revved Engines / U Time: For many gearheads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg's high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW's impressive facilities where you'll walk into the middle of the action that's setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the "wedding" of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you're a car person or not, your mind will be blown.; A Regensburg Welcome / Included Night Out: Arrive in the heart of Regensburg and celebrate the season with your hosts and fellow crew members. Come with an appetite, because there will be a German street food buffet. After you've refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, step off the ship and into Regensburg's city-wide holiday celebration. Colorful Christmas markets in Old Town are buzzing in the evening, and locals are out and about enjoying hot Glühweins (mulled wines) in the streets.

DAY 8
27 Dec 2018
Regensburg, Germany

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

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About the Ship

Uniworld S.S. Catherine
The A

Cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Common Spaces: The Rooftop(top desk glass room for hanging out), The Gym, Two Bars (signature U cocktails, local beers/wines), Mugs (24-hour coffee bar), The U Lounge. Accommodations: Three different room styles, called bedroom – Studios, Balconies and Suites.

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Included

  • Two meals per day. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Silent Disco, Yoga & TRX, Paint and Wine, Chef's Table Cooking Class, & Mixology Class. Welcome party, 2 dedicated U Hosts, Local celebrity DJ party, & Mixology class.

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  • Port Charges

  • Alcohol (pay as you go)

  • Optional U Time Excursions (pay as you go)

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Budapest, Hungary - 20 Dec 2018

Budapest, Hungary - 21 Dec 2018

Vienna, Austria - 22 Dec 2018

Vienna, Austria - 23 Dec 2018

Passau, Germany - 25 Dec 2018

Regensburg, Germany - 26 Dec 2018

Regensburg, Germany - 27 Dec 2018

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