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Join Fox World Travel for two days in Munich and then onto the beautiful SS Maria Theresa and a 7-night river cruise along the Danube. Your stay in Munich is at the centrally located Eden Wolff hotel. We include a full day trip to visit the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein. This incredible castle is breathtaking and our tour will include lunch. Before departing for Passau to meet the SS Maria Theresa, you’ll have tour of Munich.
Once aboard your ship you’ll be sailing from one captivating city to the next. Stroll through the Old Town of Linz, explore the beautiful countryside. Experience delightful Salzburg, the charming village of Dürnstein, and Passau, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. All along the way, delve into the flavors of the region with exclusive events ranging from an organic wine tasting of the Wachau Valley’s world-famous Rieslings to a saffron workshop. Discover the plentiful UNESCO World Heritage sites as you visit,” and breathtaking Vienna, the “Waltz Capital of the World” and the beautiful “Queen of the Danube”, Budapest.
Let the “Enchanting Danube” carry you away on this regal journey, as centuries of intriguing history and culture unfold before your eyes.
Motorcoach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Munich.
Arrive at Munich Airport. Upon arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred the Eden Wolff Hotel. Enjoy your afternoon to explore Munich. Evening at leisure
After breakfast you will depart from the hotel in a private coach. Enjoy a two hour drive through the beautiful Bavarain scenery to reach Castle Neuschwanstein in the solitude of the Bavarian mountains. The idea for the castle sprang from the innermost soul of King Ludwig II, inspired by the breath-taking beauty of the countryside in which it now stands. Due to his early death, the castle was never completely finished. In fact, seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein opened its doors to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people come to view his private refuge. Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.3 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant. You will discover the palace of the fairy tale king and learn everything about it on a guided tour through the castle, which will be followed by lunch in a local restaurant near the Castle.
Enjoy breakfast before we depart for a short guided tour of Munich before transferring to Passau. There you’ll board the SS Maria Theresa. This evening enjoy a wonder welcome dinner onboard the ship.
Passau is a crossroads in more ways than one, as three rivers meet here and three nations nearly do, making for a fascinating cultural mosaic. Get to know the town and its main claim to fame—Europe’s largest pipe organ—or “Let's Go” with an invigorating riverside hike or bike ride. Three rivers meet in Passau—the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube—and three nations almost meet: Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Its central location made it a trade hub for centuries, and with trade came wealth that endowed the town with many beautiful buildings. Spend some time exploring the town itself or get out and about along the Inn or the Ilz with a bike ride or a hike.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour with St. Stephan’s organ concert or Exclusive guided Let's Go bicycle ride along the Inn River or Exclusive guided Let's Go hike along the Ilz River
Salzburg or Linz? Both are equally tantalizing. Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg is nestled in a glorious alpine setting that sparkles like a winter wonderland; Linz may be best known for its famous Linzer torte, but it’s also a hotbed for the arts. See the sights with a local expert, or go behind-the-scenes at the Linz opera house and taste cider at an apple and pear orchard. Austria’s third-largest city, Linz boasts a long history of trading (especially in salt) and textile manufacturing—not to mention steel—but these days it is perhaps best known for its lively arts and music scene. It is also your gateway to Salzburg.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Full-day Salzburg or Linz town and country: opera house and cider farm visit
Dürnstein is one of our favorite towns along the Danube, a lovely place to wander cobblestone lanes, browse quaint shops and maybe hike up to a ruined castle (with an intriguing tale all its own). You can also opt for a tasting at Austria’s oldest winery or learn all about the world’s costliest spice from the Wachau Valley’s only saffron grower. Later, visit the 900-year-old Melk Abbey and its extraordinary baroque-style library. You’ll want to find a comfortable seat in the lounge or on the Sun Deck as your ship cruises through the Wachau Valley today. Over the eons, the Danube cut a gorge through the foothills of the Bohemian Mountains, resulting in a 19-mile (30-kilometer) stretch of riverine scenery so beautiful, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Landscape. Castle ruins dominate hilltops; baroque church towers appear on the river banks, 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 ripening on the dry-stone terraces above the river, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. You have two ports of call in the incredibly scenic valley, Dürnstein and Melk, and an assortment of delightful ways to explore this lovely region.
Featured Excursion: Melk Abbey with library visit & Choice of Dürnstein “Village Day” with exclusive Nikolaihof wine estate visit and tasting or Exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll
Vienna is a cultural treasure trove revered for its art and music (and sinfully rich pastries). Experience the City of Waltzes with your choice of tours, as well as VIP access to an extraordinary collection of art—you’ll have an opportunity to view it in complete privacy, an extra special treat reserved solely for Uniworld guests. How to cap off a perfect Viennese day? An evening concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss.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.
You have leisure time after your tour to explore Vienna on your own. You might wish to visit the Albertina Museum, which houses one million old-master prints and an impressive collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century painters, ranging from Renoir to Rothko.If you’d like to get a little exercise and see a completely different side of Vienna, borrow a bike from the ship and explore Danube Island and Prater Park. (For a wonderful view of the region, ride the Ferris wheel in Prater Park.)
Featured Excursions: Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at Vienna Art History Museum / Exclusive Mozart & Strauss concert at Viennese palace / Choice of Vienna city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour
Once 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. Learn more about Bratislava’s past from a local expert, then check out the whimsical street art and sample some only-in-Slovakia treats. You may opt to relax onboard all day, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and taking in the scenery as the ship wends its way along the Danube Bend, which is lined with scenic towns—among them are the oldest settlements in the country—nestled at the foot of lovely wooded hills. On the other hand, the ship stops in Bratislava for those who wish to visit the capital of Slovakia. Although it’s not a large city, Bratislava has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries, and it is well worth a visit.
Featured Excursion: Bratislava walking discovery tour
Located on opposite sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest each has its own distinctive character and charm. Explore this dynamic and multi-faceted city with your choice of tours—see it on four wheels, two wheels or your own two feet. Budapest is an enchanting city that presents a vibrant mix of East and West, medieval and modern. Made up of two parts that were at one time two separate towns—Buda (the hills) and Pest (the flatlands)—the city, divided by the Danube, is a design-lover’s paradise. You have a variety of ways to experience the city: Take a panoramic guided tour aboard a motorcoach, sample the Budapest that locals love on a walking tour, or discover the city’s beautiful parks and gardens via bicycle with an expert local guide.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Budapest city tour or Exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Budapest walking tour or Exclusive guided "Let's Go" Budapest bicycle tour
In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Disembark the ship in Budapest and transfer to the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motorcoach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick-up.
- Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Munich, Germany and return from Budapest, Hungary
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and hotel and the ship when purchasing our air inclusive package
Munich Hotel Accommodations and Tours
- Two nights hotel accommodations at the four star Eden Wolf Hotel including baggage handling, taxes and fees
- Breakfast daily at the Eden Wolf
- Full Day guided tour to Castle Neuschwanstein including lunch and entrance into the castle
- City tour of Munich and transfer to Passau by motorcoach
Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning SS Maria Theresa
- Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
Sightseeing and Services Highlights
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- Six days of excursions, including “Choice is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided “Go Active”, “Do as the Locals Do”, “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
- English-speaking crew and Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
Meals unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or any other items of a personal nature; travel insurance, including trip cancellation coverage. A valid passport is required.
* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $664.30 per person are INCLUDED and subject to change. Single pricing is on a request basis and subject to availability. Triple accommodations are not available.
SS Maria Theresa
Regal in its opulent 18th-century decor, a floating homage to the former Austrian empress….Besides indulgent dining and an elegant atmosphere, this is one of the prettiest ships out there.” – Cruise Critic editors
One of Europe’s most beloved and longest reigning monarchs, the great Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa, was so extraordinary that we built an entire Super Ship in her honor. Named “Best New River Ship” by Cruise Critic editors her maiden season, the S.S. Maria Theresa features ultra-luxurious accommodations and an array of thoughtful personal touches, ensuring a truly indulgent and unforgettable voyage along the Rhine and Danube Rivers.
Departing Flight (September 12, 2019)
Lufthansa Chicago O’Hare – Munich 3:45 PM – 7:30 AM (arrive September 13)
Return Flight (September 22, 2019)
Lufthansa Budapest – Frankfurt 11:25 AM – 1:05 PM
Lufthansa Frankfurt – Chicago O’Hare 5:15 PM – 7:25 PM
Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.
- Date of Booking to May 7, 2019: Deposit amount $800.00 per person
- May 8 to July 12, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- July 13 to August 12, 2019: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
- August 13, 2019 to departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change.
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