Pay tribute to the “queen” of Europe’s great rivers, the enchanting Danube! German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube “a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely.” For centuries, this exquisite waterway has cast its spell on poets, musicians and artists of all kinds. Now it’s your turn to be inspired.
Experience delightful Salzburg, the charming village of Dürnstein and Passau, home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Stroll through the Old Town of Linz, explore the beautiful countryside and get a close-up view of the enchanting Danube biking along its tranquil shores. Discover the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites in stunning Budapest and breathtaking Vienna. 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 famous Rieslings to a saffron workshop. Let the “Enchanting Danube” carry you away in all-inclusive luxury.
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Munich.
Upon arrival in Munich, transfer to Passau and ship embarkation.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking tour or- exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride along the Inn River
Located at the confluence of three rivers - the Danube, Inn, and Ilz - Passau was a key center of European trade for centuries. The city’s Baroque buildings, erected after the fire of 1662, add Italian flair to the quintessentially Medieval German town center, with its winding little streets and narrow alleyways. These streets will lead you to St. Stephan’s Cathedral with the Continent’s largest pipe organ. Or, if you’re craving a more active adventure, join us on an exclusive bicycling tour along the banks of the Inn. The river originates in the Swiss Alps and its glacial waters are green, making it a particularly pretty tributary of the Danube. Ride through wooded hillsides and farmland to Wernstein Castle, where you’ll stop for refreshments before crossing a bridge to the Austrian side of the river for a different view of the landscape. As you cycle back into Passau, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful reflection of the city’s Old Town on the river’s glassy surface. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Featured Excursion: Choice of full-day Salzburg -or- tour of Linz and the countryside
Today’s adventure may take you to Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Medieval town core and musical heritage. During your guided walking tour, stroll the city’s famous shopping street, Getreidegasse, where you’ll find Mozart’s childhood home, and admire enchanting Mirabellgarten, with its Neoclassical palace and large figural sculptures. You’ll likely recognize the garden from the famous “Do-Re-Mi” scene in The Sound of Music, which was filmed here in 1964. If you’ve explored Salzburg in the past, you might opt to visit nearby Linz instead. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Town, past Landhaus, a Renaissance tower, and Kremsmünstererhof, a historic hotel. See the Old Market and the impressive Main Square, with its Baroque column. You’ll visit Konditorei Jindrak, too, to sample its Linzer torte, the famous lattice-topped pastry of Linz.
Then travel into the surrounding countryside, where you’ll visit a typical Austrian farm for a tasting of hard cider, or Most, as it is called locally. In fact, the entire area is known as the Mostviertel (cider region) - pear and apple orchards fill the landscape and, naturally, feature prominently in local culinary traditions
Featured Excursions: Choice of Melk Abbey with library visit -or- Dürnstein village stroll with exclusive wine tasting at Nikolaihof wine estate -or- exclusive saffron workshop with village stroll -or- exclusive guided “Go Active” Wachau Valley bicycle ride
Arrive in Melk and explore the town and its 900-year-old Benedictine abbey. Your guided visit to this architectural gem includes the famous library that inspired Umberto Eco’s acclaimed novel The Name of the Rose. Later in the day, a host of exclusive excursions await as you dock in the tiny Baroque village of Dürnstein. Take a guided tour of the village, then partake in an organic wine tasting -or- learn about the history of saffron in Austrian cuisine. Sail the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-designated Wachau Valley to Melk -or- make the journey via bicycle on a special guided ride.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with National Library visit -or- exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Vienna walking tour
Vienna is an architectural treasure trove. See it all on a panoramic drive through the city before embarking on a walking tour of the Hofburg Palace grounds, which lead to the Austrian National Library (said to be the most beautiful library in the world) and to the designer shops of the Kohlmarkt. Or choose to “Do as the Locals Do” on an intimate walking tour of the city’s historic center. Travel by foot and subway with the locals. Sip a coffee in a traditional café and then explore Vienna’s oldest square, Hoher Markt, with its Ankeruhr, an Art Nouveau clock that features a parade of 12 historical figures
Enjoy a morning at leisure in imperial Vienna. You'll spend the afternoon onboard your floating hotel as your ship meanders under bridges and through locks en route to Budapest.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Budapest city tour -or- exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour that reveals all the highlights of this handsome city. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarian National Museum, the Opera House, and the Parliament Building. In the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, you’ll find magnificent St. Matthias Church.
Or join our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour, visiting the spectacular Hungarian Parliament building, with its Neo-Gothic façade, and Central Market Hall, where you’ll have a chance to sample some local delicacies. You’ll stroll along Váci Utca, the main shopping street where Budapest’s affluent citizens have come to see and be seen for over 100 years. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner
Note: Parliament may be closed for official business without prior notice. If the Parliament is closed, we will visit St. Stephen’s Basilica instead.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Budapest Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up.
Air-Inclusive Transportation Package
- Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points
- Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Munich, Germany and return from Budapest, Hungary
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship
Host and Services
- Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel*
- Excursions and tours as outlined in daily itinerary below
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
- Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information
River Cruise Highlights
- Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stunning SS Maria Teresa
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship*
- $100.00 per person shipboard credit
- Bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi
- Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options and L’Occitane bath and body products
- Services of an Experienced Cruise Director
Not Included: Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides and shipboard staff; or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.
* Minimum group required for Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, an experienced local tour manager is still included. Unlimited beverages do not include premium wine and premium spirits.
Itinerary is subject to change.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
Departing from Chicago
Depart April 29
Lufthansa #431 – Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m. on April 30
Lufthansa#98 – Depart Frankfurt at 9:15 a.m. and arrive in Munich at 10:10 a.m.
Return May 7
Lufthansa #1677 – Depart Budapest at 1:40 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 2:55 p.m.
Lufthansa #434 – Depart Munich at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, 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. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresa, sails along the breathtaking Rhine, Main, and Danube. Public areas and its amenities include a Main lounge with full-service bar, Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, Restaurant, Terrace, Sun Deck with chess and shuffleboard, heated swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, Serenity River Spa, Boutique, guest laundry, elevator, 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar, free Internet and Wi-Fi access, and cinema. This ship holds a maximum of only 155 guests!
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.
- From date of deposit to January 23, 2017: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
- January 24 to February 27, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- February 28 to March 29, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
- March 30, 2017 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.
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