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2010 Cruise Companion and Shore Excursions
Frankfurt, Germany




Dear Valued Traveler,
Welcome to Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection!
We want to do everything we can to ensure you have
the most enjoyable and worry-free vacation possible.

With that in mind, we have prepared this booklet for
you so you can plan your trip with the greatest of ease.
Consider it a guideline to help you get ready for your
upcoming trip. It contains valuable tips and advice on
what to pack, your flight and transfer experience, on-
board information, day-to-day details, and much more.

Thank you for selecting Uniworld Boutique River Cruise
Collection. We look forward to hosting you onboard our
beautifully appointed ships and making your vacation
the most memorable and enjoyable experience possible.

Sincerely,
The Uniworld Team
                                 Cover photo: Salzburg, Austria
Symbols and Icons
In the following pages, you will find these symbols to help
guide you with the daily excursions. You will get an idea
of the pace of the excursions, you will find out if meals are
provided, and you will learn about any special excursions,
such as winetastings, museum visits, or music concerts.


                 Uniworld Signature Icons

 d                       b                           w
        Depart Home
                                    Motorcoach                Winetasting
        Gateway City

                                                              Captain’s
        Return Flight               Scenic
r Home                   s          Viewing         W         Welcome
                                                              Dinner
                                                              Captain’s
                                                    F
        Embark or                   Music
 e      Disembark         c         Concert
                                                              Farewell
                                                              Dinner
                                                       BB = Breakfast
 m      Museum Visit    f           Dining Out         L = Lunch
                                                       D = Dinner


                 Shore Excursion Symbols
 All tours involve walking unless strictly noted as a panoramic tour.
 In many cases, the walking takes place over uneven ground,
 cobblestone, or flagstone walkways, and more than a few tours
 involve stairs or short uphill climbs. We strongly recommend that
 our guests wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes while on all
 of our tours. The symbols below are provided alongside each tour
 to give you an idea of what to expect on each program.



 1                                      2
         Easy walking throughout                  Intermediate activity,
         tour, including walking                  including walks of up
         15 minutes or less from                  to two hours on uneven
 multiple motorcoach stops to,          terrain. Limited seating at sites.
 and while in, historical sights.       Multiple stairs and/or uphill/
 Possibly some steps, or gentle         downhill walking.
 uphill and downhill walks.



 3                                      45
          Most strenuous activity                            Tours vary
          with a combined                                    in length.
          walking duration at all       1/4 Day    1/4 Day   Darkened
                                          AM         PM      areas of
 sites of up to two and a half
 hours. Many stairs and uphill/
 downhill passages. Those with
 physical limitations and those
                                        67
                                        1/2 Day    1/2 Day
                                                             symbols
                                                             indicates
                                                             approximate
                                          AM         PM


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 who may need assistance with                                tour duration.
 private arrangements need to
 contact the Cruise Manager
                                        Full Day
 when onboard.




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                    Table of Contents


Cruise Companion
Helpful Hints Before You Go
Travel Documents ..............................................................4
         Passports
         Passenger Information Form
         Travel Protection
Cruise Documentation .................................................. 4 – 5
Baggage Limitations ..........................................................5
Travel Essentials .......................................................... 5 – 6
Health and Mobility ...........................................................6
         Physical Limitations
         Medical
         Special Diets
General Money Matters................................................. 6 – 7
         ATMs
         Credit Cards and Travelers Checks

Getting There
Airport Security and Check-In .............................................7
Transfers ................................................................... 8 – 11
         Airport Arrival Transfers
         Airport Departure Transfers
         Private Car Transfers
         Cruise-Only Guests and Guests with Independent
         Arrangements
         Late Flight Arrivals/Missed Flights
         Baggage Delays
Pre-/Post-Cruise Included or Optional Hotel/Land
Extensions ......................................................................11
Embarkation/Disembarkation .................................... 11 – 12
         Embarkation
         Disembarkation

About Your Uniworld Cruise Package and
Onboard Services
Weather ..........................................................................12
What to Wear........................................................... 12 – 13
Dining ............................................................................13
Elevators.........................................................................13
Internet Facilities ............................................................14
Fitness Room ..................................................................14
Bicycles and Nordic Walking Sticks ...................................14



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Front Desk ......................................................................14
Gift Shop ........................................................................15
Gratuities ........................................................................15
Stateroom Amenities ........................................................15
Health & Hygiene ............................................................16
Ice Machine ....................................................................16
Key Cards .......................................................................16
Laundry ..........................................................................16
Local and Onboard Money Matters............................. 16 – 17
Lounges ..........................................................................18
Mail ...............................................................................18
Mooring and Docking Facilities .........................................18
Sun Deck Access .............................................................18
Safety Deposit Box.......................................................... 19
Shopping ........................................................................19
Shore Excursions .............................................................19
Smoking .........................................................................19
Visa Requirements ...........................................................20
Visitors ...........................................................................20
Water .............................................................................20
Omissions .......................................................................20


Shore Excursions
Rhine Holiday Markets, Basel to Cologne ................... 21 – 29
Rhine Holiday Markets, Cologne to Basel ................... 30 – 37
Danube Holiday Markets, Budapest to Passau ............ 38 – 47
Danube Holiday Markets, Passau to Budapest ............ 48 – 57
Rhine & Main Holiday Markets, Nuremberg to Cologne .. 58 – 66
Rhine & Main Holiday Markets, Cologne to Nuremberg .. 67 – 75
European Holiday Markets, Nuremberg to Vienna ........ 76 – 83
European Holiday Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg ........ 84 – 91
Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise,
Nuremberg to Budapest ......................................... 92 – 101

Tour and General Information
Frequently Asked Questions .................................. 102 – 104


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                   Helpful Hints Before You Go
                   Travel Documents
                   Passports: All Uniworld river cruise/tours require a passport.
                   In most cases, passports must be valid for six months after
                   the scheduled return date from the trip. Some itineraries will
                   require visas. Each guest is fully responsible for obtaining and
                   carrying the travel documents necessary for his or her travel
                   itinerary. Uniworld will not be responsible for any delays,
                   damages, and/or losses, including missed portions of your trip,
                   related to improper travel documents.

                   Visa requirements on this itinerary for US and Canadian citi-
                   zens who hold US residency can be found at the end of this
                   booklet, in the section marked “About Your Uniworld Cruise
                   Package,” or on the Uniworld website, www.uniworld.com, in
                   the “Before You Go” section. Non-US citizens must contact
                   the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertain-
                   ing to their particular trip. Uniworld’s website provides infor-
                   mation on obtaining the required visa through Zierer Visa
                   Service as a courtesy only.

                   Passenger Information Form: By now, you should have
                   completed the Uniworld Passenger Information Form. The
                   information on this form is used to comply with certain foreign
                   government and airline security restrictions in advance of your
                   arrival onboard our ships. If you have completed this form, we
                   thank you for your prompt attention. If you have not completed
                   this form, please visit our website at www.uniworld.com and
                   complete the online Passenger Information Form in the “Before
                   You Go” section. Each guest must complete the form.

                   Travel Protection: Uniworld strongly recommends that each
                   guest purchase a Travel Protection Plan. Please carry all
                   policy information with you during the course of your trip.

                   Cruise Documentation
                   Uniworld sends all final cruise and air documents between
                   21 to 30 days prior to your trip departure, provided that
                   Uniworld has received a completed and signed Passenger
                   Information Form and your booking is paid-in-full. All
                   documents are sent via a priority mail delivery service,
                   such as UPS or Federal Express.




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Final Documentation Includes:




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•	Cruise	Ticket
•	Passenger	Ticket	Contract	(this	is	binding	on	each	guest)
•	Airline	Tickets	or	E-Ticket	Confirmation	(if	international	
  air	ticket	was	purchased	from	Uniworld)
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•	Baggage	Tags
•	Leave-Behind	Communication	Card
•	Travel	Protection	Plan	Pamphlet	(if	Uniworld	travel	
  protection	was	purchased)
•	Pre-/Post-Optional	Cruise	Extension	Information	(if	trip	
  extension	was	purchased)

Baggage Limitations
Airline baggage restrictions change frequently and each
guest needs to check with their specific air carrier for
limitations concerning baggage weight, baggage size,
carry-on regulations, and excess baggage or overweight
charges. This information can be found on the carrier’s
website.	Remember	to	check	for	both	international	(over	
the	water)	and	domestic	(intra-continental)	regulations,	as	
limitations differ depending on flight routings. Overweight
or excess baggage charges vary, and guests who exceed an
airline’s recommended limit may be asked by the airline to
pay fees ranging from US Dollars $25 – $80, or possibly
more, per infraction.

Onboard the ships and motorcoaches, storage space is very
limited. Therefore, for your comfort and convenience on the
cruise as well as on pre- or post-cruise land stays, we ask
that	you	bring	one	(1)	suitcase	per	person	and	one	(1)	
carry-on	bag	per	person	(excluding	purses).	Please	note	
there may be a fee assessed on-site for excess baggage.

Keep an eye on your baggage and all personal belongings—
they are your responsibility throughout the trip. Uniworld is
not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to baggage and
personal belongings. A Travel Protection Plan covering lost,
stolen, or damaged baggage is highly recommended.

Travel Essentials
The following items are essential to any destination: com-
fortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, an
umbrella, and a lightweight raincoat or outerwear garment
appropriate to the seasonal weather conditions. It is recom-
mended that you bring duplicates of prescription eyewear,
copies of prescriptions for any medicine, copies of credit

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                   card information, and copies of passport information pages.
                   Make sure that your baggage has identification tags both in-
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                   side and outside with your contact information and address
                   clearly marked. Do not pack valuables or important medication
                   in your checked baggage. You should carry any valuables
                   and important medication with you in your carry-on baggage.
                   Please contact your air carrier for any additional regulations.

                   Health and Mobility
                   Physical Limitations: Uniworld trips are exciting, relatively
                   active vacations. While there will be plenty of time to relax,
                   there will also be much to see and do. Your included excur-
                   sions generally require an extensive amount of walking, as
                   well as navigation of numerous steps and cobblestone streets.
                   On shore tours, guests with physical limitations will find
                   access to sites generally restrictive. For your safety and en-
                   joyment, we recommend that all guests be in good physical
                   condition. In addition, river ships, while spacious and elegant,
                   are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
                   Act, and most do not have elevators. Uniworld, at its sole
                   discretion, reserves the right to refuse passage or to require
                   a current passenger to end their trip if the passenger’s state
                   of health or physical condition may affect their own health,
                   safety, and enjoyment, or that of other passengers.

                   Medical: Uniworld does not employ staff nurses or doctors
                   onboard its ships. Should you need medical attention, it will
                   be at local facilities, at your own expense. Uniworld is not
                   responsible for any costs incurred as a result of medical
                   service, or for the quality of medical care received. A Travel
                   Protection Plan covering medical expenses is highly
                   recommended.

                   Special Diets: Please advise us in advance of your departure
                   of any special dietary restrictions. This information will be
                   provided to the proper personnel. To the extent possible, and
                   in consideration of local conditions, every effort will be made
                   to accommodate your needs. It is the guest’s responsibility to
                   provide us with as much detail as necessary concerning any
                   medically related diet concerns. Not all dietary requests can
                   be accommodated, and we appreciate your understanding in
                   this matter.

                   General Money Matters
                   ATMs: ATMs connected to bank networks such as PLUS or
                   Cirrus are widely available in most major metropolitan areas,
                   in airports, city centers, and in some instances, hotels. Fees
                   for transactions vary. ATMs are not available onboard the
                   ships. Your bank can tell you which network your ATM card


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can access, and whether a debit or credit card must be used.
Make sure you have the correct PIN for the card you plan




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to use before leaving home, as the PIN is required for all
money withdrawals. It is also recommended that you bring
an overseas contact number for your bank or credit card
company in case you require assistance while traveling.

Credit Cards and Travelers Checks: Most major credit cards
(Visa,	MasterCard,	and	American	Express)	are	accepted	
worldwide.	Credit	cards	and	Travelers	Checks	(in	Euro	or	
US	Dollars)	are	also	accepted	onboard.

There may be some stores or locations where cash is preferred
(especially	for	small	purchases)	or	a	particular	credit	card	
cannot be used for purchases. We recommend bringing at
least one major credit card, as well as an ATM card that
is both a debit and credit card, and, if you wish, Travelers
Checks in small denominations. With Travelers Checks, it
is always a good idea to bring your receipt for the purchase
of the Travelers Checks with you, and to carry it separately
from the checks. Please note that Travelers Checks are not
accepted as local currency and usually incur a fee when
being exchanged for cash. It is also becoming increasingly
difficult to cash them at local banks. Also, we recommend
you to not carry Euro bills in denominations greater than
€100, as many merchants are hesitant to accept them due
to counterfeiting. Local banks can break the larger bills into
smaller denominations for you.

Please contact your bank and/or credit card companies to let
them know that you will be leaving the country to avoid any
problems	using	your	credit	card(s)	overseas.

Please note: € = Euro


Getting There
Airport Security and Check-In
It is advisable to contact the airline in advance of your de-
parture to verify that there have been no changes to the
flight number or schedule found on your travel documents.
After your travel documents are issued and sent to you,
Uniworld is not responsible for notifying guests of any
changes in flight schedules.

Please make sure you arrive at the airport at least two and
a	half	(2.5)	hours	prior	to	scheduled	departure	to	complete	
check-in and security procedures. For peak travel times,
you	may	even	want	to	arrive	three	(3)	hours	prior	to	your	
scheduled departure time.



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                   Transfers
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                   Airport Arrival Transfers: If your cruise/tour package includes
                   a	group	arrival	transfer	(and	your	flights	coincide	with	our	
                   transfer	guidelines)	or	if	you	have	purchased	a	private	arrival	
                   transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and
                   transferred to the ship or hotel. Those guests with a Pre-Cruise
                   Extension will also be met by a Uniworld representative at
                   the	airport	of	the	city	the	extension	is	to	take	place	(for	the	
                   Lucerne	Extension,	the	airport	used	is	Basel,	Switzerland).	
                   You will be met as you exit the secure customs area. Please
                   claim all of your baggage before exiting the baggage claim
                   area. From the airport, you’ll be transferred to the ship or
                   your hotel.

                   Please note that transfers are non-refundable. There may be
                   a waiting period for scheduled airport transfers, depending
                   on	groupings	of	flight	arrivals.	This	wait	can	be	up	to	two	(2)	
                   hours. Uniworld will not be responsible for late arrivals or
                   missed transfers due to delayed, changed, canceled, missed
                   flights, for missed cruise/trip days, or for extra costs resulting
                   from delayed, changed, canceled, or missed flights.

                   In accordance with Uniworld’s recommended transfer time
                   guidelines, all guests making their own flight arrangements
                   are required to provide Uniworld with their flight information
                   and pre-trip arrangements no later than 45 days prior to
                   departure in order to receive transfers. For complete details
                   please see the Terms and Conditions section of our current
                   brochure or our website, www.uniworld.com.

                   Depending on transfer times, hotel-to-ship or ship-to-hotel
                   transfers may include sightseeing en route.
                   Guests who have purchased extra nights with hotel stays will
                   be provided private transfers as part of the extra night pur-
                   chase as long as Uniworld has received their flight information.

                   If	your	cruise/tour	package	does	not	contain	transfers	(i.e.	
                   for flights outside of Uniworld’s recommended transfer time
                   guidelines or if flight details have not been communicated to
                   Uniworld	in	time),	then	please	make	your	own	way	to	the	ship	
                   or hotel as per your trip itinerary at your own expense.

                   Airport Departure Transfers: If your cruise/tour package
                   includes	a	group	departure	transfer	(and	your	flights	coincide	
                   with	our	transfer	guidelines)	or	if	you	have	purchased	a	private
                   departure transfer, you will be transferred to the airport for
                   your flight home. For those guests with a Post-Cruise Exten-
                   sion, you will be transferred from the ship to the hotel and
                   from the hotel to the airport accordingly.



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In accordance with Uniworld’s recommended transfer time
guidelines, all guests making their own flight arrangements




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are required to provide Uniworld with their flight information
and pre-trip arrangements no later than 45 days prior to
departure in order to receive transfers. For complete details
please see the Terms and Conditions section of our current
brochure or our website, www.uniworld.com.
Depending on transfer times, hotel-to-ship or ship-to-hotel
transfers may include sightseeing en route.
Guests who have purchased extra nights with hotel stays will
be provided private transfers as part of the extra night pur-
chase as long as Uniworld has received their flight information.
If	your	cruise/tour	package	does	not	contain	transfers	(i.e.	
for flights outside of Uniworld’s recommended transfer time
guidelines or if flight details have not been communicated to
Uniworld	in	time),	then	please	make	your	own	way	from	the	
ship or hotel as per your trip itinerary at your own expense.
Private Car Transfers: Guests who make independent flight
arrangements and arrive outside Uniworld’s transfer guide-
lines can purchase private car transfers from Uniworld at
an additional cost. Private car transfers are only available
on the cruise/tour start and end dates.
Please ask your travel agent or Uniworld for details. In
some locations, private transfers are not available due to
the distance between the airport arrival city and the port
of embarkation and disembarkation.
Cruise-Only Guests and Guests With Independent
Arrangements: For guests who are making their own way to
the ship and who are not using Uniworld’s transfer options,
we strongly suggest that you call the ship to determine its
exact location before proceeding to the dock. The ship’s
telephone number will be shown on your Cruise Ticket.
Docking assignments for river cruise vessels can change
at the last minute, and the information provided on your
Cruise Ticket about the expected docking location could
be incorrect on your day of arrival. It is not possible for
Uniworld to notify guests making their own way to the ship
of any sudden changes.
Cruise-only guests may join Uniworld’s group transfers or may
purchase private transfers for the cruise/tour start and end
dates. However, independent flight arrangements must be
made in accordance with Uniworld’s recommended transfer
times, which are coordinated with the ship’s required time of
embarkation and disembarkation for all guests and must be
provided to Uniworld no later than 45 days prior to departure.



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                   Late Flight Arrivals/Missed Flights: If your package includes
                   a Uniworld arrival transfer and you experience a travel delay
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                   of any kind, please adhere to the following instructions:

                   Advise an airline representative at the airport that you are
                   a cruise passenger set to sail that day or the following day.
                   Typically, airlines are able to arrange alternative flights
                   for passengers to continue with their travel to the point
                   of embarkation.

                   Upon arrival in the cruise or tour-start city, after you have
                   cleared customs look for the Uniworld representative outside
                   the customs area. Depending on the nature of the delay,
                   Uniworld’s ground staff can, at times, track flight changes. If
                   your flight arrangements were drastically altered, it is unlikely
                   that the ground staff will be notified in time of your specific
                   flight changes. And, due to security protocols enacted post
                   September 11, 2001, airlines very rarely provide updated
                   flight information to third parties.

                   If you cannot find the Uniworld representative, please contact
                   the Transfer Provider in your arrival city. Their contact infor-
                   mation is shown in the transfer section of your Cruise Ticket.
                   If unable to match you up with a scheduled group transfer,
                   the Transfer Provider will ask you to make your own way to
                   the ship or hotel at your own expense. Costs incurred due to
                   missed transfers are the responsibility of the guest, and in
                   most cases, compensation can be obtained from your travel
                   protection plan provider or airline carrier.

                   If your delay is serious enough that you miss the starting
                   point of your cruise, you will need to get to the next stop
                   on the ship’s itinerary at your own expense. Using the ship’s
                   phone number shown on your Cruise Ticket, please contact
                   the ship for its exact location on your revised date of arrival.
                   The ship’s personnel will advise you of the best course of
                   action. Uniworld is not responsible for missed transfers or
                   additional costs incurred in getting to the next destination
                   due to missed or delayed flight arrangements.

                   Baggage Delays: Baggage delays do unfortunately occur
                   from time to time, especially during peak travel periods.
                   First and foremost, do not leave the baggage area without
                   completing a Lost Baggage Report with your air carrier. This
                   report is essential to the tracking of your claim. If traveling
                   with	a	companion,	we	recommend	that	one	(1)	person	exit	
                   the baggage claim area and locate the transfer representa-
                   tive to inform them of the situation. This will allow the
                   representative to ensure transfers are properly provided.
                   Give the air carrier a copy of your travel itinerary and the
                   ship’s contact information. Report your lost baggage to the

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Uniworld representative and provide your Uniworld Cruise
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assist our staff in helping to locate your baggage as quickly
as possible. Uniworld is not responsible for loss, theft, or
damage to baggage and/or personal belongings. A protection
plan covering lost, stolen, or damaged baggage is available
through the Uniworld Travel Protection Plan.

Pre-/Post-Cruise Included or Optional
Hotel/Land Extensions
All Uniworld land programs are fully hosted and include
daily breakfast, transfers, and porterage. Most feature at
least	one	(1)	special	sightseeing	program.	Your	on-site	
Uniworld representative will host a welcome briefing the
evening of your first day to familiarize you with the sched-
uled program and to provide additional information about
optional tour programs, dining recommendations, and
shopping tips. Details of your pre-/post-cruise land stay
are included with your final documents.

Please note that every effort is made to ensure that your
hotel room is available and ready for occupancy upon your
arrival at the hotel. This is not always possible due to dif-
ferences in hotel check-in/check-out times and scheduled
airport-to-hotel or ship-to-hotel transfers. A short wait for
your room to become available may be necessary.

Embarkation/Disembarkation
Embarkation: If sailing time is 8:00 pm or later, guests are
to embark no later than 6:00 pm. If sailing time is scheduled
between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, guests are to embark no later
than	two	(2)	hours	prior	to	the	scheduled	sailing	time.

On embarkation day, the ship is being cleaned and prepared
for your arrival. Most of the ship’s facilities, including your
stateroom, will not be available before 3:00 pm. We appreciate
your understanding and cooperation. Should you arrive at the
ship earlier than 3:00 pm, you may leave your baggage at the
Front Desk and take a walk in the area or relax in the lounge.
Please keep your hand baggage with you at all times. Compli-
mentary coffee, water, and light snacks will be available in
the lounge for your enjoyment.

Disembarkation:	About	two	(2)	evenings	before	your	departure	
from the ship, your Cruise Manager will brief all guests about
what to expect on the morning of disembarkation and what
time to have baggage available for pick-up, and to distribute
any documentation necessary to make your departure as
smooth as possible.


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                   All guests must vacate their staterooms no later than 8:00 am
                   the day of disembarkation so the staff and crew can prepare
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                   for the next group of guests. Breakfast hours are coordinated
                   around airport transfer times, which, in some cases, can be
                   very early in the morning. It is not unusual in some destina-
                   tions to have airport transfers as early as 4:00 am. In such
                   cases, we will provide guests with coffee, tea, juices, and
                   pastries from our 24-hour coffee station.

                   Guests staying onboard for an additional cruise might have
                   sightseeing included on this day, or will have time at leisure
                   for their continued enjoyment of the destination. In some
                   destinations, optional excursions will be available on this day.


                   About Your Uniworld Cruise Package and
                   Onboard Services
                   Weather
                   Today, weather forecasts are widely available at the click
                   of a button on the Internet. Uniworld’s favorite resource for
                   up-to-the-minute international weather is www.weather.com.
                   Weather.com features a very informative vacation-planner
                   tool that you may find useful.

                   What to Wear
                   Prepare for a variety of weather conditions depending on
                   your travel season and the regions you will be cruising
                   through. Layering clothing items is always your best bet,
                   as this allows each person to adjust to any temperature,
                   including artificially maintained temperatures, by removing
                   or adding items throughout the day.

                   Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate
                   both onshore and onboard. You’ll find sweatshirts, heavier
                   cotton or wool tops and long-sleeved shirts, and corduroy
                   or heavy khaki pants perfectly suitable during the Holiday
                   Season cruises. Mix-and-match color schemes work best to
                   help keep baggage light. You will find a significant amount
                   of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We
                   recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle
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For evenings, any resort-type wear is perfectly suitable; how-
ever, we do ask that you not wear shorts to dinner. Men may




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want to bring one sport jacket for dressier restaurant venues
in such cities as Vienna, Budapest, and Paris, etc., and for
special events onboard such as the Captain’s Welcome and
Farewell festivities. Women find that a cocktail dress or two
always comes in handy no matter the destination.

Don’t	forget	to	pack	a	lightweight,	waterproof	jacket	(prefer-
ably	hooded),	or	even	a	heavier-weight	windbreaker	or	coat	
for colder temperatures.

Dining
The Restaurant onboard provides a relaxed environment
and accommodates all guests with open seating. It offers
international and local cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are
sumptuous buffets, with evenings featuring specialties of
the chef and regional dishes. During onboard dinners,
complimentary red and white house wine, ice water, iced
tea, draught beer, and soft drinks will be included. Compli-
mentary hot coffee and tea will be served during all meals.

Complimentary beverages may only be consumed in the Dining
Room. All meal times are scheduled around tour departures,
and breakfast can take place very early in the morning.

In addition, depending on weather conditions, al fresco deck
dining may be available on scheduled nights. Reservations
are necessary as space is limited. Reservations can only be
made onboard the ship.

Please notify Uniworld immediately if you have any special
dietary concerns or considerations that need to be taken into
account while traveling with us. We will do our best to ensure
your request is accommodated but we cannot guarantee that
this will happen in all cases.

Elevators
Most of our ships sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
are equipped with an elevator that services all decks except
the Sun Deck. On the River Queen, the elevator does not
service the Moselle Deck. The River Beatrice also has a chair
lift to aid in accessing the Sun Deck.




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                   Internet Facilities
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                   Our Internet Corner allows you to send and receive emails
                   and to access the Internet using our computer stations. In
                   addition, you may use your own laptop computer to access
                   our	Wireless	Internet	Service	(Wi-Fi).	Wi-Fi	access	is	only	
                   available in the Main Lounge and Captain’s Lounge. To
                   use the Internet Corner and Wi-Fi service, your shipboard
                   account will be charged the following flat rate fees:

                   •	7-Night Cruises = a flat-rate charge of €15. This allows
                     access during the entire cruise.
                   • Cruises longer than 7 Nights = a flat-rate charge of €20.
                     This allows access during the entire cruise.
                   Please note: € = Euro

                   Please note the fees are subject to change without notice
                   and the Internet connection might not be available in remote
                   areas or when transiting locks. Expect the connectivity speed
                   to be slower than your home connection.

                   Fitness Room
                   The Fitness Room hours of operation are generally from
                   6:00 am to 10:00 pm, but may be adjusted based on
                   each day’s program. Use of the fitness equipment is at
                   your own risk.

                   Bicycles and Nordic Walking Sticks
                   Complimentary bicycles and Nordic walking sticks are
                   available for your onshore enjoyment. Bicycle and walking
                   paths are easily accessible from some of the ports-of-call.
                   Your Cruise Manager can offer recommendations. Both can
                   only	be	reserved	through	the	Front	Desk	one	(1)	day	in	
                   advance	(or	on	the	day	if	available)	of	the	time	you	wish	to	
                   use them. The number of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
                   available is limited and their use is solely at your own risk.
                   A release form needs to be signed prior to using bicycles
                   or Nordic walking sticks.

                   Front Desk
                   The Front Desk operates 24 hours a day. The Night
                   Receptionist will make hourly safety checks of the ship.




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Gift Shop




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There is a gift shop onboard with a limited selection of
toiletries, souvenirs, and other sundries. All purchases are
charged to your shipboard account. The hours of operation
are adjusted to each day’s program.

Gratuities
Onboard: Gratuities are customary expressions of apprecia-
tion for a job well done, and it is our goal to ensure that the
service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. The
amount of the gratuity you choose to give is entirely subject
to your satisfaction with your travel experience. To assist you
in determining the amount of your gratuities, we recommend
the following as a guideline:

•	Ship	staff	and	crew:	€10	per	guest,	per	day	to	be	shared	
  among all staff and crew
•	Cruise	Manager:	€3	per	guest,	per	day
•	Local	host	or	hostess	for	included	or	optional	extensions:	
  €3 per guest, per day
•	Local	guides:	from	€1	per	guest	for	a	half-day	tour	
  to €1 to €2 per guest for a full-day tour
•	Drivers:	€1	per	guest,	per	day
Please note: € = Euro

The above is solely a guideline. The amount you give
should depend upon your personal experience and level
of satisfaction. Gratuities cannot be billed to onboard
accounts or paid with a credit card, so please ensure
that you have cash on hand for this expense. Please note that
personal checks cannot be accepted.

Stateroom Amenities
Every stateroom includes an individual thermostat for air
conditioning and/or heat, a flat-screen TV, an internal tele-
phone, a safety deposit box, an en-suite bathroom stocked
with L’Occitane body products, a luxurious bathrobe for each
guest, complimentary bottled water, a hair dryer, and an
umbrella. Electrical current is 220V, the European standard;
however, each stateroom has one 110V outlet. The majority
of staterooms have hotel-style beds that can be positioned
separately or together. Your stateroom will be serviced by your
Cabin Attendant on a daily basis. Security and maintenance
checks may also be performed. Butler service is available in
the Suites and Owner’s Suite onboard the River Beatrice.




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                   Health & Hygiene
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                   As part of our commitment to a clean, safe, and healthy
                   onboard environment, Uniworld practices a strict sanitization
                   protocol on our ships. To assist us in this important matter,
                   we kindly ask all Guests to consistently use the hand sanitizer
                   machines when entering the ship and when entering the
                   Restaurant. The machines are located just inside the main
                   entrance to the ship and at the entrance to the Restaurant.

                   Ice Machine
                   For your convenience, a self-service ice machine is located on
                   each ship, and an ice bucket is provided in your stateroom.

                   Key Cards
                   A magnetic key card will be issued to each guest at the time
                   of check-in. The key card can be used to open your stateroom
                   as well as the main entrance to the ship. On the River Beatrice,
                   magnetic key cards are not used; standard keys will be issued
                   instead.

                   Laundry
                   A launderette containing a self-service washing machine,
                   dryer,	and	iron	is	available	for	your	use	(detergent	is	available	
                   for	a	minimal	fee	at	the	Front	Desk).	There	are	no	dry	cleaning
                   facilities. The ship also provides washing, drying, and ironing
                   services for a fee.

                   Local and Onboard Money Matters
                   Currency in the following countries is the Euro: Austria,
                   Belgium, Germany, France, Slovakia, and the Netherlands.

                   The Euro comes in banknote denominations of 5, 10, 20,
                   50, 100, 200, and 500. One Euro is divided into 100 Cents
                   and coin denominations are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents or
                   1 Euro and 2 Euro.

                   Currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The Swiss Franc
                   is available in banknotes, which bear the value of 10, 20, 50,
                   100, 200, 500, or 1000 Francs. International currencies can
                   be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange dealers while on
                   tours of Switzerland. You will need to show your passport as
                   proof of identity for foreign exchange transactions. All airports,
                   shopping arcades and railway stations have licensed money
                   changers who carry out currency exchange transactions. All
                   popular credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and American
                   Express card are accepted widely in shops, airports, railway
                   stations and other payment centers across Switzerland.




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Currency in Hungary is the Forint, which comes in banknote
denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000




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and 20,000 Forints. Coins are available in denominations
of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Forints. Hotels, banks, and
bureau de changes can all be used for currency exchanges,
along with some restaurants, airports, railway stations, and
travel agencies. All currency exchange receipts should be
retained in case they need to be presented to officials.
ATMs are available in most towns, and the vast majority of
international credit cards are accepted in larger establish-
ments. It is also possible to withdraw cash from a great
number of post offices with a credit card.

Currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, with one
Koruna equaling 100 Haler. Notes come in denominations
of 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20, with
coins coming in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1,
and 50, 20 and 10 Haler. Bureau de changes are available
nationwide, and money can be exchanged in banks, at road
border crossing points, and by authorized dealers. ATMs are
widespread throughout the Czech Republic and the majority
of major international credit and debit cards are accepted.

Uniworld features a “cashless” environment onboard, and all
charges are billed directly to each guest’s shipboard account.
The onboard currency of our ships is the euro. While onboard,
guests can sign for all purchases, and pay their balance at
the end of the cruise with a credit card, including American
Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Credit cards will be charged
in Euro. Please check with your bank before departing home.

Alternatively, if paying by cash, the currency accepted on-
board for settlement of final bills is the Euro or US Dollars
(total	amount	will	be	converted	into	US	Dollars	based	on	
the	onboard	exchange	rate)	or	Travelers	Checks.

The ships do not have ATMs, but ATMs linked to major
bank networks can be found throughout Europe. Most
debit or major credit cards can be used for cash withdrawals
ashore. Limited currency exchange is available onboard for
the exchange of cash only. Credit cards cannot be accepted
for money exchange. All hotels and major tourist sites have
exchange facilities.

Please note that currency-exchange transactions and ATM
cash withdrawals always involve transaction fees. It is always
best to inquire about the fee before exchanging any money.
ATMs will typically ask you if you accept the fee before
enabling the transaction.




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                   Lounges
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                   The Lounge provides spectacular, expansive views at
                   every turn. Relax in the comfort of soft chairs and sofas
                   upholstered in fine fabrics and leathers. Enjoy our full-
                   service bar and dance the night away to the piano tunes
                   of our onboard musician.

                   The intimate Captain’s Lounge provides a delightful atmos-
                   phere in which to read a book from our Library or to play
                   cards or games.

                   The Patio Lounge offers a casual atmosphere with comfortable
                   chairs and tables. Complimentary coffee and tea are available
                   here 24 hours a day.

                   The Sky Lounge, on the Sun Deck, offers a pleasant, glass-
                   sheltered area with tables and chairs. It is perfect for watching
                   the passing scenery without be subjected to the elements.
                   The River Beatrice features several canopy-covered areas.
                   The River Queen does not have a partially covered area on
                   the Sun Deck.

                   Mail
                   Stamps are available for purchase at the Front Desk. Mail is
                   posted daily unless local mail facilities are not available.

                   Mooring and Docking Facilities
                   Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship
                   arrivals and departures in port. Typically, river ships always
                   dock facing upstream, against the current. Occasionally port
                   conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in
                   which case guests may be required to walk through another
                   ship to get to their own ship. This is part of the river cruise
                   experience and is perfectly normal and beyond the control
                   of Uniworld. Guests may experience obstructed views from
                   staterooms when the ship is docked.

                   Sun Deck Access
                   For safety reasons, access to the Sun Deck or Sky Lounge may
                   be limited during the Main-Danube-Canal transit, while passing
                   through areas with low bridges, and during inclement weather.




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Safety Deposit Box




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There is a safe in your stateroom. We urge you to leave valu-
able jewelry at home. We are not responsible for any valuables
left in the staterooms. Any charge to return lost-and-found
property onboard will be at the owner’s expense. Please
beware of pickpockets when ashore.

Shopping
Time for shopping is usually but not always allowed for
within the framework of most of the sightseeing programs.
And, actual time available for shopping may be limited due
to tour constraints. Shopping recommendations can be made
by your Cruise Manager and shipboard staff. Larger stores
accept most major credit cards. Market vendors and small
stores will usually only accept local currency. It is a good
idea to take a small amount of cash for on-the-spot gratuities
or for purchasing souvenirs or sundries.

Shore Excursions
Each cruise and tour program features comprehensive included
shore excursions with a local English-speaking guide designed
to provide you with the best possible experience ashore. From
time to time, we also offer optional excursions designed to
enhance the range of sightseeing already included in your
cruise program. These optional excursions are available for
purchase when you are onboard the ship. Your Cruise Manager
will provide details about the reservation process at your
Welcome Briefing. All tours purchased onboard are billed
to your shipboard account and can be paid when settling
your final bill. Optional excursions are subject to cancellation
if a minimum number of participants is not met.

A complete day-by-day shore excursion itinerary is provided
in this booklet. Details for your particular itinerary can also
be found at www.uniworld.com.

Smoking
The ship enjoys a non-smoking environment in all public
areas and in the staterooms. Smoking is only allowed on
designated parts of the Sun Deck. They are marked on the
deck plan in your room directory.




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                   Visa Requirements
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                   No visas are required for US citizens on any of the itineraries
                   shown in this book. Non-US or Canadian citizens must contact
                   each consulate of the country or countries to be visited for
                   specific requirements. Canadian citizens may also need a
                   Czech visa for travel to the Czech Republic. We recommend
                   you check with the consulates of the countries you are to visit
                   to determine exact visa requirements. Information for US and
                   Canadian citizens holding US residency can also be found at
                   www.uniworld.com in the “Before You Go” section.

                   Obtaining and carrying the proper documents, including
                   passports, is the sole responsibility of the guest. Uniworld
                   will not be responsible for any delays, damages, and/or
                   losses, including missed portions of your cruise/tour, that
                   are related to improper travel documentation. All guests are
                   strongly advised to obtain necessary visas well in advance
                   to avoid unnecessary expedited-processing charges.

                   Whenever using a visa service, it is highly recommended
                   that you provide the service with a copy of your entire travel
                   itinerary. There are times when multiple-entry visas may
                   be required, or there are restrictions to entering one country
                   from another depending on your nationality. If the service
                   does not have your full itinerary, this may result in improperly
                   issued documentation.

                   Visitors
                   Visitors are generally not permitted onboard the ship and
                   not allowed to join any shore excursions. Please make
                   arrangements to meet your friends and relatives onshore.

                   Water
                   The tap water in each stateroom is safe for drinking. The
                   ship has been outfitted with a sophisticated filtration system.
                   In addition, bottled water is provided in your stateroom for
                   your comfort.

                   Omissions
                   Uniworld is not responsible for omissions, printing, and/or
                   presentation errors in brochures, on Internet sites, or in any
                   other media where such information may be presented; we
                   reserve the right to make corrections as required.




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             Basel to Cologne, 9 Days

          Rhine Holiday
            Markets
Share in the joy of the season while cruising along the legend-
ary Rhine through three wonderful countries

Switzerland, France, and Germany provide the perfect back-
drop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas Markets cruise.
Visit the delightful Christmas Markets of Basel, Switzerland
and Strasbourg, France.

Then continue on to Germany—where many of our signature
holiday traditions began—with stops in lovely Medieval villages
such as Heidelberg, Mainz, Rüdesheim, and Koblenz, and the
majestic city of Cologne with its UNESCO Gothic cathedral.
As you sail along the legendary Rhine, especially the 40
miles	along	the	Upper	Middle	Rhine	Valley	(a	UNESCO	World	
Heritage	Site),	you’ll	be	captivated	by	ancient	fortresses,	
Medieval castles, and half-timbered villages—all set in a
winter wonderland.

This cruise offers so much! The personality of each country
shines even more brightly at this time of year because of
each area’s special holiday traditions. Share the joy and


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                   magic of the season and enter into a festive mood as you
                   enjoy the cozy and intimate holiday atmosphere onboard
                   your exquisitely decorated boutique hotel-style cruise ship.
                   Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
                   of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
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                   substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
                   events of the season.

                   Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Basel        d
                   Day 2: Arrive Basel   beD
                   Arrive at the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. If your
                   cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you
                   have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted
                   by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

                   Day 3: Basel   s BB, L W
                   Included Tour: Basel walking tour and Christmas Market
                   62
                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Half-day tour of Lucerne
                   72b
                   You’ll begin the day in Basel with a short ride on the local
                   streetcar and a walking tour of Switzerland’s second-largest
                   city. Long an important center of education, banking, and
                   trade, Basel boasts a glorious past that is still evident in its
                   striking	Medieval	Rathaus	(Town	Hall).	The	city’s	cultural	
                   treasury offers more than 30 museums.

                   Local	guides	will	lead	you	through	the	Marktplatz	(Market	
                   Square)	to	the	Town	Hall	the	seat	of	government	for	the	
                   district as well as the city. The Town Hall has been located
                   here since the 14th century. The cathedral, with its red
                   sandstone walls, multicolored roof tiles, and twin towers, is
                   also a dominant structure in the city. Its crypt, choir, tomb of
                   Erasmus of Rotterdam, and two cloisters are testimonies to the
                   eventful history during its construction over several centuries.

                   In the center of Old Town is the wondrous Christmas Market,
                   one of the most popular in Switzerland. With more than 150
                   stands, it’s sure to offer special gifts, unique ornaments, and
                   delicious seasonal baked goods.

                   After exploring this Swiss treat, you’ll want to visit the town’s
                   illuminated Christmas Street, which is beautifully decorated
                   with over 100 Christmas trees. If you’re looking for truly
                   unique gifts, visit Johann Wanner’s shop with its array of
                   elegant angels, ornaments, blown-glass figurines, and pewter




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Victorian miniatures. Explore Basel further at your leisure
during the afternoon, or join us on the remarkable optional
tour to Lucerne.

A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
this evening.




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Irresistible Optional Tour: Half-day tour of Lucerne
A motorcoach will pick you up pierside for a scenic drive to
Lucerne. Because of its picture-perfect location on Lake
Lucerne with the surrounding mountains, Lucerne looks like
the quintessential Swiss village.

A famous landmark will greet you as soon as you step off
the motorcoach. In the 14th century, the covered wooden
walkway of the Chapel Bridge was built where the River
Reuss flows out of Lake Lucerne. In the 17th century, a
series of painted panels was hung beneath its eaves. After
a major fire in 1993, the bridge was faithfully and accurately
reconstructed. Downriver, the Spreuerbrücke, or Mill Bridge,
zigzags across the Reuss river. The water tower, at 90 feet
(27	m)	high,	has	served	as	a	prison	and	an	archive	since	the	
12th century.

Next,	you’ll	move	on	to	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town),	where	
clusters of Medieval houses surround cobbled squares like
Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, and Kornmarkt. At the east end
of town is a sculpture created in the early 1800s in honor
of the Swiss Guard by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Because the Swiss have been politically neutral for centuries
and have long enjoyed a reputation for honoring their agree-
ments, a pope or emperor could be confident that his Swiss
Guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds shifted.
The honor of the Swiss Guard was put to the test in 1792,
when—after trying to escape the French Revolution—King
Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and their children were hauled
back to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. A mob of working-class
Parisians stormed the palace in search of aristocratic blood.
More than 700 Swiss officers and soldiers died while defend-
ing the palace without knowing that their royal employers
had left the building. Thorvaldsen’s Lion Monument, which
honors the members of the Swiss Guard who fell in that
conflict, was carved in a sandstone cliff above the city and
dedicated in 1821.

You will have some free time in Old Town to shop, explore
the Christmas Market, and enjoy this Swiss gem.




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                   Day 4: Strasbourg   s BB, L, D
                   Included Tour: Strasbourg canal cruise and Christmas Market
                   61b
                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Alsatian Wine Road 72bw
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                   You’ll arrive in Strasbourg during the morning. Situated
                   halfway between Paris and Prague, Strasbourg is known as
                   the “Crossroads of Europe.” It is home to a magnificent,
                   single-spire Gothic cathedral called Notre Dame and many
                   beautiful half-timbered houses.

                   One of the best ways to see Strasbourg is from its historic
                   canals. Taking a canal cruise is an enlightening and relaxing
                   way to get a great overview of this historically important
                   metropolitan city. Your water taxi will take you through the
                   canals of the city in a comfortable, glass-enclosed environ-
                   ment. You will pass the Ponts-Couverts, which are covered
                   bridges linked by Medieval watchtowers, once used for
                   observation purposes.

                   You’ll also see the modern building that houses the European
                   Parliament, the Council of Europe, Palais Rohan and its
                   glorious museums, and the Museum of Modern Art. Finally,
                   you’ll see Petite France, a historic, picturesque neighborhood
                   of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.

                   The canal tour ends in the vicinity of Strasbourg’s stunning
                   Gothic cathedral. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the
                   Christmas Market in front of it. The Strasbourg Christmas
                   Market is the oldest in France and features finely crafted
                   toys, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and handmade Nativity
                   figurines in a wonderfully festive atmosphere. You won’t
                   want to miss the delectable holiday delights like Buche de
                   Noel, a delicious Christmas cake.

                   During the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander
                   through the village. You might want to spend more time at
                   the Christmas Market, visit the magnificent cathedral, or
                   simply stroll along the lanes of Petite France.

                   If you’re interested in getting a glimpse of the Alsatian
                   countryside, you will love the optional excursion on the
                   Alsatian Wine Road, which includes a winetasting.

                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Alsatian Wine Road
                   You will head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the
                   foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages and
                   vineyards producing great white wines line this winding
                   scenic route.



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The Alsace grape varieties bear such notable names as
Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Tokay, and Pinot Gris. After
savoring fantastic Alsatian wines and taking a brief walk
through the picturesque village, you’ll return to the ship.

Day 5: Speyer (Heidelberg)     s BB, D




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Included Tour: Full-day Heidelberg and Christmas Market
82b
The “Cathedral City” of Speyer will be your gateway to
one of Germany’s most romantic locales, the storied city
of Heidelberg. Perfectly nestled in the Neckar River Valley
along Germany’s Castle Road, Heidelberg is one of the best-
preserved Baroque cities in Europe. From Speyer, you’ll travel
by motorcoach with a guide who will provide an introduction
to the history of the area and offer insight into Germany’s
university system. The University of Heidelberg, founded
in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany.

Upon arrival in Heidelberg, you’ll begin with a walk up to
the Heidelberg Castle ruins, where you will tour the castle’s
courtyard. Be sure to check out the world’s largest wine barrel!

Next, the motorcoach will bring you to downtown Heidelberg
and its wondrous Christmas Market, which is one of the
largest in Germany. Marvel at the new Christmas Pyramid
with figures from the city’s history rotating inside the tower
at	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square).	You	can	also	take	a	ride	
on	the	carousel	at	the	Universitätsplatz	(University	Square).

Local guides will recommend places for you to enjoy
lunch. Afterwards, you can continue to wander around
Old Town, where you’ll encounter a 15th-century Gothic
church	Heiliggeistkirche	(Holy	Spirit	Church)	and	the	
Studentenkarzer	(Student’s	Prison),	where	students	served	
time for public drunkenness, extinguishing street lamps,
or chasing the villagers’ piglets! Heidelberg has one of the
longest pedestrian streets in Germany—perfect for strolling
and window-shopping. Or simply spend a little more time
at the Christmas Market before boarding the motorcoach to
return to the ship in Speyer.
Note: The Heidelberg Christmas Market visit will not be available
after December 23.




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                   Day 6: Mainz and Rüdesheim      s BB, L, D
                   Included Tour: Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
                   52m
                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
                   entertainment 51f
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                   Mainz is a city well-known for its famous citizen, Johannes
                   Gutenberg, and his priceless 42-line Bible. In 1485, Gutenberg
                   prepared the Bible for printing and publication using his newly
                   invented printing press. You’ll have the morning at leisure to
                   explore the city that inspired such ingenuity.

                   Stroll	past	Kaiserdom	(Imperial	Cathedral),	Kirschgarten,	
                   the Kurfürstliche Schloss, and St. Stephan’s Church, where
                   Marc	Chagall	(1887	–	1985)	created	a	stunning	set	of	six	
                   stained-glass windows. Make sure you allow some time to
                   explore the 200-year-old St. Nicholas Christmas Market with
                   the 1,000-year-old St. Martin’s Cathedral as the backdrop.
                   After some festive shopping, you’ll head back to the ship for
                   a short cruise to Rüdesheim.

                   Rüdesheim, like most cities along the Rhine, has a long
                   history going back to Roman times. Along with the Danube,
                   the Rhine formed the northern edge of the Roman Empire.
                   Today, Rüdesheim is famous for its stunning beauty and
                   entertaining alleyway of shops and wine bars called the
                   Drosselgasse. The Rheingau region of Germany is one of
                   the smallest wine-growing regions in the country, yet it is
                   world-renowned for its high-quality Riesling.

                   You’ll depart the ship and board a mini-train for a trip to
                   Siegfried’s Museum, where one of the world’s best collect-
                   ions of mechanical musical instruments is housed in a
                   16th-century mansion, the Brömserhof. Once inside, you’ll
                   take a guided tour of the museum and see rare mechanical
                   instruments, some of which are more than 300 years old.
                   You’ll also hear some period musical pieces played on instru-
                   ments from this impressive collection.

                   There’s another fabulous Christmas Market here as well.
                   Browse the more than 120 stalls packed with holiday
                   delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s life-sized Nativity
                   Scene—one of Germany’s largest.
                   Note: The Mainz and Rüdesheim Christmas Market visits will not be
                   available after December 23.




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Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
entertainment

If you want a better understanding and appreciation of
local cuisine, as well as a fun night on the town, you’ll
love this outing. Back onboard the mini-train, you’ll go to




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Rüdesheim’s most famous street, the Drosselgasse, where
you’ll enjoy a traditional four-course meal at Rüdesheimer
Schloss restaurant. You can partake of full-bodied wines
with your meal as the restaurant’s band plays an assort-
ment of traditional German and international songs. This
is your night to kick up your heels and try some popular
dances with the locals.
Note: On the December 20 departure, the optional dinner will not
be available.

Day 7: Koblenz   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Koblenz walking tour and Christmas Market
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En route to Koblenz, you’ll spend a spectacular morning
onboard your floating hotel sailing the Upper Middle Rhine
Valley. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this
area of the Rhine is rife with castles. You’ll see castles
perched atop steep cliffs looking down on the ship from
majestic heights. The ship will pass famous Lorelei rock,
where a legendary siren used to mesmerize sailors.

After	sailing	past	40	miles	(65	km)	of	picturesque	vineyards,	
villages, and forests, you’ll reach the famous river intersection
of	the	Rhine	and	Moselle—called	Deutsches	Eck	(Corner	of	
Germany).	Look	for	the	monument	of	Kaiser	Wilhelm	I	astride	
his horse, built in honor of the German reunification. At this
confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers is Koblenz.

Set amidst 2,000 years of history between Ehrenbreitstein
Fortress, one of the largest in Europe, and Stolzenfels Castle,
one of the most romantic castles on the Rhine, Koblenz
is simply enchanting. Your visit to this romantic town will
include a delightful Christmas Market with more than 100
wooden stalls filled with jewelry and beautiful arts and crafts.

Local guides will meet you pierside to lead you through
charming streets whose names are indicative of the types
of buildings surrounding the squares, such as Jesuitenplatz
(Jesuit’s	Square)	and	Münzplatz	(Old	Mint	Square).	Make	
your way past the stunning Church of Our Lady, which sits at




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                   the	highest	promontory	in	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town),	and	then	
                   take	in	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square)	with	its	shops,	cafés,	
                   and beautifully preserved buildings. Koblenz is also known
                   for its whimsical fountains, including the Schängelbrunnen
                   (The Spitting Boy).
Basel to Cologne




                   Next, you’ll go to the edge of the Rhine River to see the
                   confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. From this
                   famous vantage point, you’ll catch sight of the impressive
                   Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Then, you’ll move on to the Koblenz
                   Christmas Market with its unique Rhine Valley handicrafts,
                   baked goods, and wines. Enjoy the local color as long as you
                   like before making your way back to the ship.
                   Note: The Koblenz Christmas Market visit will not be available after
                   December 23.

                   Day 8: Cologne    s BB, L F
                   Included Tour: Cologne walking tour, cathedral visit, and
                   Christmas Markets    62
                   Cologne	(also	known	as	Köln)	is	the	largest	city	of	the	
                   Rhineland and a cultural mecca with more than 30 muse-
                   ums and hundreds of art galleries. You’ll meet up with local
                   guides at the pier and stroll through this city with a rich
                   history. Stepping through the narrow streets and tiny squares
                   of Old Town, you’ll pass Romanesque churches as you make
                   your	way	to	the	Domplatte	(Cathedral	Square).	At	the	top	
                   stands the largest Gothic cathedral in Germany, Kölner
                   Dom	(Cologne	Cathedral).	From	every	angle,	this	church,	
                   which began construction in 1248 and was finally completed
                   in 1880, is a stunning work of art. The cathedral remains
                   the tallest Gothic structure in the world and one of the most
                   awe-inspiring.

                   Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed that
                   the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings of the Magi lie
                   at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and
                   its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine
                   of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for
                   centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was
                   intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel to
                   experience the wonder of this sacred site.

                   Outside the cathedral, you won’t be able to miss the largest
                   Christmas tree in the Rhineland and the location of the first
                   of six Christmas Markets you can explore throughout the city.
                   Here, you’ll find 160 wood pavilions with a variety of gifts
                   and souvenirs. You can return to lunch onboard or stay in
                   town to see all of these holiday markets. There’s the fun Alter



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Markt	(Old	Market)	in	the	Old	Town	and	the	Neumarkt	(New	
Market)	in	the	city	center	shopping	district.	The	Rudolfplatz	
displays fairytale figures and spectacular holiday lighting. The
Medieval Christmas Market is located next to the Chocolate
Museum. The Düxer Advent at the Deutzer Freiheit offers
antiques and art work.




                                                                    Basel to Cologne
A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
this evening.
Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is
regulated by a very strict set of time slots. Sightseeing will be
arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic
holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Note: The Cologne Christmas Markets visit will not be available
after December 23.

Day 9: Depart Cologne     ebr
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to Cologne Airport
for your flight home.




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              Cologne to Basel, 9 Days

          Rhine Holiday
            Markets
Share in the joy of the season while cruising along the legend-
ary Rhine through three wonderful countries

Germany, France, and Switzerland provide the perfect back-
drop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas Markets cruise.

Start in Germany—where many of our signature holiday
traditions began—with stops in lovely Medieval villages such
as Heidelberg, Mainz, Rüdesheim, and Koblenz, and the
majestic city of Cologne with its UNESCO Gothic cathedral.
As you sail along the legendary Rhine, especially the 40
miles	along	the	Upper	Middle	Rhine	Valley	(a	UNESCO	World	
Heritage	Site),	you’ll	be	captivated	by	ancient	fortresses,	
Medieval castles, and half-timbered villages—all set in a
winter wonderland.

Visit the delightful Christmas Markets of Strasbourg, France
and Basel, Switzerland.

This cruise offers so much! The personality of each country
shines even more brightly at this time of year because of
each area’s special holiday traditions. Share the joy and


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magic of the season and enter into a festive mood as you
enjoy the cozy and intimate holiday atmosphere onboard
your exquisitely decorated boutique hotel-style cruise ship.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
events of the season.

Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Cologne        d




                                                                   Cologne to Basel
Day 2: Arrive Cologne    beD
Arrive at the Cologne Airport. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Cologne   s BB, L W
Included Tour: Cologne walking tour, cathedral visit, and
Christmas Markets    62
Cologne	(also	known	as	Köln)	is	the	largest	city	of	the	
Rhineland and a cultural mecca with more than 30 museums
and hundreds of art galleries. You’ll meet up with local guides
at the pier and stroll through this city with a rich history.
Stepping through the narrow streets and tiny squares of Old
Town, you’ll pass Romanesque churches as you make your
way	to	the	Domplatte	(Cathedral	Square).	At	the	top	stands	
the	largest	Gothic	cathedral	in	Germany,	Kölner	Dom	(Cologne	
Cathedral).	From	every	angle,	this	church,	which	began	
construction in 1248 and was finally completed in 1880, is a
stunning work of art. The cathedral remains the tallest Gothic
structure in the world and one of the most awe-inspiring.

Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed that
the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings of the Magi lie
at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and
its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine
of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for
centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was
intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel to
experience the wonder of this sacred site.

Outside the cathedral, you won’t be able to miss the largest
Christmas tree in the Rhineland and the location of the first
of six Christmas Markets you can explore throughout the city.
Here, you’ll find 160 wood pavilions with a variety of gifts
and souvenirs. You can return to lunch onboard or stay in
town to see all of these holiday markets. There’s the fun Alter
Markt	(Old	Market)	in	the	Old	Town	and	the	Neumarkt	(New	
Market)	in	the	city	center	shopping	district.	The	Rudolfplatz	


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                   displays fairytale figures and spectacular holiday lighting. The
                   Medieval Christmas Market is located next to the Chocolate
                   Museum. The Düxer Advent at the Deutzer Freiheit offers
                   antiques and art work.

                   A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
                   this evening.
                   Note: The number of visitors allowed in the Cologne Cathedral
                   is regulated by a very strict set of time slots. Sightseeing will be
Cologne to Basel




                   arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic
                   holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be given.

                   Day 4: Koblenz and Rüdesheim         s BB, L, D
                   Included Tour: Koblenz walking tour and Christmas Market
                   42
                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
                   entertainment 51f

                   Set amid 2,000 years of history between Ehrenbreitstein
                   Fortress, one of the largest in Europe, and Stolzenfels Castle,
                   one of the most romantic castles on the Rhine, Koblenz is
                   simply enchanting. Your visit to this romantic town will include
                   a delightful Christmas Market with more than 100 wooden
                   stalls filled with jewelry and beautiful arts and crafts.

                   Local guides will meet you pierside to lead you through
                   charming streets whose names are indicative of the types
                   of buildings surrounding the squares, such as Jesuitenplatz
                   (Jesuit’s	Square)	and	Münzplatz	(Old	Mint	Square).	Make	
                   your way past the stunning Church of Our Lady, which sits
                   at the highest promontory in the Old Town, and then take
                   in	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square),	with	its	shops,	cafés,	
                   and beautifully preserved buildings. Koblenz is also known
                   for its whimsical fountains, including the Schängelbrunnen
                   (The Spitting Boy).

                   Next, you’ll go to the edge of the Rhine River to see the
                   confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. From this
                   famous vantage point, you’ll catch sight of the impressive
                   Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Then, you’ll move on to the Koblenz
                   Christmas Market with its unique Rhine Valley handicrafts,
                   baked goods, and wines. Enjoy the local color as long as
                   you like before making your way back to the ship for lunch.

                   En route to Rüdesheim, you’ll spend a spectacular afternoon
                   onboard your floating hotel, sailing the Upper Middle Rhine
                   Valley. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this
                   area of the Rhine is rife with castles. You’ll see castles
                   perched atop steep cliffs looking down on the ship from



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majestic heights. The ship will pass famous Lorelei rock,
where a legendary siren used to mesmerize sailors.

After	sailing	past	40	miles	(65	km)	of	picturesque	vineyards,	
villages, and steeply sloping fields, you’ll reach festive
Rüdesheim. Join our optional night out in Rüdesheim for
a fun night of holiday cheer and dinner.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
entertainment




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Onboard a mini-train, you’ll go to Rüdesheim’s most famous
street, the Drosselgasse, where you’ll enjoy a traditional four-
course meal at Rüdesheimer Schloss restaurant. You
can partake of full-bodied wines with your meal as the
restaurant’s band plays an assortment of traditional German
and international songs. This is your night to kick up your
heels and try some popular dances with the locals.

Day 5: Rüdesheim and Mainz       s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
42m
Rüdesheim, like most cities along the Rhine, has a long
history going back to Roman times. Along with the Danube,
the Rhine formed the northern edge of the Roman Empire.
Today, Rüdesheim is famous for its stunning beauty and
entertaining alleyway of shops and wine bars called the
Drosselgasse. The Rheingau region of Germany is one of
the smallest wine-growing regions in the country, yet it is
world-renowned for its high-quality Riesling.

You’ll depart the ship and board a mini-train for the trip
to Siegfried’s Museum, where one of the world’s best
collections of mechanical musical instruments is housed
in a 16th-century mansion, the Brömserhof. Once inside,
you’ll take a guided tour of the museum and see rare mech-
anical instruments, some of which are more than 300 years
old. You’ll also hear some period musical pieces played on
instruments from this impressive collection.

There’s another fabulous Christmas Market here as well.
Browse more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights,
and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s life-sized Nativity Scene—one
of Germany’s largest. Then, you’ll head back to the ship for
lunch and set sail for the beautiful city of Mainz.

Mainz is a city well-known for its famous citizen, Johannes
Gutenberg, and his priceless 42-line Bible. In 1485, Gutenberg
prepared the Bible for printing and publication using his newly
invented printing press. You’ll have the afternoon at leisure to
explore the city that inspired such ingenuity.

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                   Stroll	past	Kaiserdom	(Imperial	Cathedral),	Kirschgarten,	
                   the Kurfürstliche Schloss, and St. Stephan’s Church, where
                   Marc	Chagall	(1887	–	1985)	created	a	stunning	set	of	six	
                   stained-glass windows. Make sure you allow some time to
                   explore the 200-year-old St. Nicholas Christmas Market with
                   the 1,000-year-old St. Martin’s Cathedral as the backdrop.

                   Day 6: Speyer (Heidelberg)   s BB, D
                   Included Tour: Full-day Heidelberg and Christmas Market
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                   82b
                   The “Cathedral City” of Speyer will be your gateway to
                   one of Germany’s most romantic locales, the storied city
                   of Heidelberg. Perfectly nestled in the Neckar River Valley
                   along Germany’s Castle Road, Heidelberg is one of the best-
                   preserved Baroque cities in Europe. From Speyer, you’ll travel
                   by motorcoach with a guide who will provide an introduction
                   to the history of the area and offer insight into Germany’s
                   university system. The University of Heidelberg, founded
                   in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany.

                   Upon arrival in Heidelberg, you’ll begin with a walk up
                   to the Heidelberg Castle ruins, where you will tour the
                   castle’s courtyard. Be sure to check out the world’s
                   largest wine barrel!

                   Next, the motorcoach will bring you to downtown Heidelberg
                   and its wondrous Christmas Market, which is one of the
                   largest in Germany. Marvel at the new Christmas Pyramid
                   with figures from the city’s history rotating inside the tower
                   at	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square).	You	can	also	take	a	ride	
                   on	the	carousel	at	the	Universitätsplatz	(University	Square).

                   Local guides will recommend places for you to enjoy
                   lunch. Afterwards, you can continue to wander around
                   Old Town, where you’ll encounter a 15th-century Gothic
                   church	Heiliggeistkirche	(Holy	Spirit	Church)	and	the	
                   Studentenkarzer	(Student’s	Prison),	where	students	served	
                   time for public drunkenness, extinguishing street lamps,
                   or chasing the villagers’ piglets! Heidelberg has one of the
                   longest pedestrian streets in Germany—perfect for strolling
                   and window-shopping. Or simply spend a little more time
                   at the Christmas Market before boarding the motorcoach
                   to return to the ship in Speyer.




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Day 7: Strasbourg   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Strasbourg canal cruise and Christmas Market
61b
Irresistible Optional Tour: Alsatian Wine Road 72bw
You’ll arrive in Strasbourg during the morning. Situated
halfway between Paris and Prague, Strasbourg is known
as the “Crossroads of Europe.” It is home to a magnificent,
single-spire Gothic cathedral called Notre Dame and many




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beautiful half-timbered houses.

One of the best ways to see Strasbourg is from its historic
canals. Taking a canal cruise is an enlightening and relaxing
way to get a great overview of this historically important
metropolitan city. Your water taxi will take you through
the canals of the city in a comfortable, glass-enclosed
environment. You will pass the Ponts-Couverts, which are
covered bridges linked by Medieval watchtowers, once used
for observation purposes.

You’ll also see the modern building that houses the European
Parliament, the Council of Europe, Palais Rohan and its
glorious museums, and the Museum of Modern Art. Finally,
you’ll see Petite France, a historic, picturesque neighborhood
of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses.

The canal tour ends in the vicinity of Strasbourg’s stunning
Gothic cathedral. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the
Christmas Market in front of it. The Strasbourg Christmas
Market is the oldest in France and features finely crafted
toys, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and handmade Nativity
figurines in a wonderfully festive atmosphere. You won’t
want to miss the delectable holiday delights like Buche de
Noel, a delicious Christmas cake.

During the afternoon, you will have some free time to wander
through the village. You might want to spend more time at
the Christmas Market, visit the magnificent cathedral, or
simply stroll along the lanes of Petite France.

If you’re interested in getting a glimpse of the Alsatian
countryside, you will love the optional excursion on the
Alsatian Wine Road, which includes a winetasting.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Alsatian Wine Road
You will head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the
foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages and
vineyards producing great white wines line this winding
scenic route.



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                   The Alsace grape varieties bear such notable names as
                   Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Tokay, and Pinot Gris. After
                   savoring fantastic Alsatian wines and taking a brief walk
                   through the picturesque village, you’ll return to the ship.

                   Day 8: Strasbourg    s BB, L, D
                   Included Tour: Basel walking tour and Christmas Market
                   62
                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Half-day tour of Lucerne
Cologne to Basel




                   72b
                   You’ll begin the day in Basel with a short ride on the local
                   streetcar and a walking tour of Switzerland’s second-largest
                   city. Long an important center of education, banking, and
                   trade, Basel boasts a glorious past that is still evident in its
                   striking	Medieval	Rathaus	(Town	Hall).	The	city’s	cultural	
                   treasury offers more than 30 museums.

                   Local	guides	will	lead	you	through	the	Marktplatz	(Market	
                   Square)	to	the	Town	Hall	the	seat	of	government	for	the	
                   district as well as the city. The Town Hall has been located
                   here since the 14th century. The cathedral, with its red
                   sandstone walls, multicolored roof tiles, and twin towers,
                   is also a dominant structure in the city. Its crypt, choir,
                   tomb of Erasmus of Rotterdam, and two cloisters are
                   testimonies to the eventful history during its construction
                   over several centuries.

                   In the center of Old Town is the wondrous Christmas Market,
                   one of the most popular in Switzerland. With more than 150
                   stands, it’s sure to offer special gifts, unique ornaments, and
                   delicious seasonal baked goods.

                   After exploring this Swiss treat, you’ll want to visit the town’s
                   illuminated Christmas Street, which is beautifully decorated
                   with more than 100 Christmas trees. If you’re looking for
                   truly unique gifts, visit Johann Wanner’s shop with its array
                   of elegant angels, ornaments, blown-glass figurines, and
                   pewter Victorian miniatures. Explore Basel further at your
                   leisure during the afternoon, or join us on the remarkable
                   optional tour to Lucerne.

                   A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                   this evening.

                   Irresistible Optional Tour: Half-day tour of Lucerne
                   A motorcoach will pick you up pierside for a scenic drive
                   to Lucerne. Because of its picture-perfect location on Lake
                   Lucerne with the surrounding mountains, Lucerne looks like
                   the quintessential Swiss village.


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A famous landmark will greet you as soon as you step off
the motorcoach. In the 14th century, the covered wooden
walkway of the Chapel Bridge was built where the River
Reuss flows out of Lake Lucerne. In the 17th century, a
series of painted panels was hung beneath its eaves. After
a major fire in 1993, the bridge was faithfully and accurately
reconstructed. Downriver, the Spreuerbrücke, or Mill Bridge,
zigzags across the Reuss river. The water tower, at 90 feet
(27	m)	high,	has	served	as	a	prison	and	an	archive	since	




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the 12th century.

Next, you’ll move on to the Old Town, where clusters of
Medieval houses surround cobbled squares like Mühlenplatz,
Weinmarkt, and Kornmarkt. At the east end of town is a
sculpture created in the early 1800s in honor of the Swiss
Guard by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen.

Because the Swiss have been politically neutral for cent-
uries and have long enjoyed a reputation for honoring their
agreements, a pope or emperor could be confident that his
Swiss Guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds
shifted. The honor of the Swiss Guard was put to the test in
1792, when—after trying to escape the French Revolution—
King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and their children were
hauled back to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. A mob of
working-class Parisians stormed the palace in search of
aristocratic blood. More than 700 Swiss officers and soldiers
died while defending the palace without knowing that their
royal employers had left the building. Thorvaldsen’s Lion
Monument, which honors the members of the Swiss Guard
who fell in that conflict, was carved in a sandstone cliff
above the city and dedicated in 1821.

You will have some free time in Old Town to shop, explore
the Christmas Market, and enjoy this Swiss gem.

Day 9: Depart Basel   ebr
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to EuroAirport
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home. Or, join us on
a wonderful extension to lovely Lucerne.




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           Budapest to Passau, 9 Days

       Danube Holiday
          Markets
Experience timeless traditions and elegant pageantry along
the enchanting Danube

Four countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany—
await your arrival for one unique, festive party after another.
From the large Christmas Markets of Vienna to the more
intimate Christmas Markets of Bratislava, Passau, and
Salzburg—each combines timeless traditions with elegant
pageantry.

Discover the Baroque splendor of the Habsburg Empire
with visits to Göttweig, Salzburg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava,
and Linz on this enchanting holiday extravaganza along
the Danube. Uncover the heart and soul of Slovakia as you
tour Bratislava and enjoy its Christmas Market. Participate
in a gingerbread-baking demonstration in Passau. Enjoy a
festive classical concert in a famous Viennese concert hall,
an evening of onboard Christmas caroling, and an insightful
lecture on the history of Christmas music.




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Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand
European style as you cruise along the Danube during this
festive time of the year.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
events of the season.

Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Budapest         d
Day 2: Arrive Budapest    beD
Arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. If your
cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you




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have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted
by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Budapest    s BB, L, W
Included Tour: Budapest city tour and Christmas Market
62b
Irresistible Optional Tour: Jewish Budapest 72bm
Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
72bm
You’ll board a motorcoach and cross the Danube on the
famous,	early-19th-century	Széchényi	Lánchíd	(Chain	Bridge),	
the first bridge to connect Buda with Pest. You’ll make a short
stop	at	Ho  ˝sök	tere	(Heroes’	Square)	to	see	the	Millenniumi	
emlékmu   ˝	(Millennial	Monument),	which	was	designed	and	
built for Hungary’s millennial anniversary to honor the nation’s
greatest historical figures. After re-boarding the motorcoach,
you	will	marvel	at	the	Dohány	utcai	Zsinagóga	(Dohány	Street
Synagogue),	a	reminder	of	the	city’s	once-flourishing	Jewish	
community;	the	Magyar	Nemzeti	Múzeum	(Hungarian	National	
Museum);	the	Magyar	Állami	Operaház	(Hungarian	State	
Opera	House);	Szent	István	Bazilika	(St.	Stephen’s	Basilica);
and	the	stunning	Országház	(Parliament	Building),	which	
features 223 exterior statues.

Next,	you’ll	cross	Margit	híd	(Margaret	Bridge)	and	drive	up	
to	Várhegy	(Castle	Hill),	where	you’ll	stroll	through	what	has	
been called the heart of the nation. Once the site of more
than 170 buildings—many of which date back to the 13th
and 14th centuries—the Castle Hill district is now a designated
UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go inside the magnificent
Mátyás	Templom	(St.	Matthias	Church).	Originally	called	
the Church of Our Lady, it was renamed after King Matthias.




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                     Notice the eclectic blend of architectural styles and influences
                     on display. Admire the amazing array of decorations on the
                     pillars, walls, and ceilings. Outside the church is a statue
                     honoring St. Stephen, the founder of Hungary.
                     The walk will continue around Castle Hill, winding up at the
                     fairytale-inspired	turrets	and	ramparts	of	the	Halászbástya	
                     (Fisherman’s	Bastion).	Built	in	the	19th	century	in	honor	of	
                     the fishermen who defended Buda from the Turks during the
                     Middle Ages, it offers a glorious panoramic view of the city
                     and the Danube below.
                     You’ll	see	Váci	utca	(Váci	Street),	where	the	well-heeled	do	
Budapest to Passau




                     their	shopping	and	dining,	and	Nagycsarnok	(Central	Market	
                     Hall),	with	its	stalls	of	fresh	vegetables	and	meats,	before	
                     you return to the ship for lunch.
                     Budapest’s Christmas Market is one of the largest of its kind
                     in Eastern Europe. Special features of the market include
                     a hand-carved manger and a six-foot Advent wreath. Savor
                     traditional honey cakes with mulled wine or aromatic coffee
                     as you stroll and shop. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen
                     are invited to participate in the market, so you can be
                     assured of obtaining high-quality gifts.

                     Back onboard the ship, enjoy a sumptuous lunch before
                     heading back into town for further explorations. The rest of
                     the day is yours to continue your discovery of this marvelous
                     city’s charms. Revisit the Christmas Market and join in the
                     holiday cheer, or join our optional tour of the Jewish history
                     and culture of Budapest. You can also be a part of optional
                     tour that takes you to the artist village–Szentendre– where
                     you have an opportunity get acquainted with this lovely town.

                     A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
                     in the evening.
                     Note: Inside visits of St. Matthias Church may not be possible on
                     some weekends and Catholic holidays.

                     Irresistible Optional Tour: Jewish Budapest
                     Jewish people were banned from the city in the 18th century
                     and established a quarter just outside the city walls of Pest.
                     Within this residential area, they built the second-largest
                     synagogue	in	the	world,	Dohány.	A	motorcoach	will	take	you	
                     to this magnificent temple for a guided tour of its history.
                     Built in 1859, the beautifully adorned synagogue has a
                     Byzantine-Moorish style accentuated by its two towers topped
                     with onion-shaped domes, symbolizing King Solomon’s
                     Temple. Today, it has a seating capacity of 3,000.

                     Next, you’ll proceed to the Holocaust Memorial, erected in


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1989 in honor of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who perished
during the Holocaust. A sculpture of a weeping willow tree
bears leaves with the names of those lost. You will have
some time to explore a Jewish Museum located here.

A glass wall encircles the courtyard of the Holocaust Memorial
Center with the names of Hungarian Jewish victims of WWII.
Inside the complex are exhibitions for you to learn about this
chapter of Hungarian Jewish history. You can also visit the
Páva	Synagogue	on	these	grounds,	originally	built	in	1924.
Note: Optional tour does not operate on Saturdays. On Mondays the
Holocaust Memorial Center will be substituted by a stroll through
the former Jewish quarter.




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Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
The excursion to Szentendre takes you on a lovely drive along
the Danube, past the Roman excavation of Aquincum and
through rural suburbs to Szentendre. A guided walk along
the main street will acquaint you with this charming town.
You’ll come across quality Hungarian arts and crafts along the
town’s long shopping boulevard. Find hand-stitched blouses
and tablecloths, woolen sweaters, capes, jackets, paprika in
all	forms	(dried,	in	a	paste,	in	bunches,	hot	and	mild),	Tokaj	
wines, porcelain, and so much more. You will also have the
option of visiting the Margit Kovacs museum, which houses
amazing ceramics, including her famous devotional sculptures
made from clay.

Day 4: Bratislava   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Bratislava city tour and Christmas Market
72b
You’ll arrive in Bratislava after lunch. The heart and soul of
Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. Straddling the banks
of the Danube, this vibrant capital city is a melting pot of
cultures. Unlike the sites of some of the more venerable
Christmas Markets, Bratislava established its first Christmas
Market in 1993; the Slovakians have quickly embraced the
holiday traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors—
and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

The tour through Bratislava will acquaint you with the
town’s eclectic mixture of Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco
architectural styles. The tour will begin with a panoramic
drive through Bratislava. You’ll first see the seat of the
Slovakian government, which is housed in the restored
17th-century palatial summer residence of the former
Archbishop of Esztergom. Then, you’ll move toward the
squares that neatly occupy Old Town: Freedom Square,
birthplace	of	the	Velvet	Revolution	(named	after	the	smooth	

                                                Uniworld.com 41
                     transition	of	government);	Peace	Square,	with	its	echoes	
                     of the former communist regime; and the Neoclassical
                     Grassalkovich Palais, home of the president of Slovakia.

                     Then, you’ll take to the city by foot to get an up-close view.
                     Starting at Michael’s Gate, built during Medieval times, the
                     walk will continue past Mirbach Palace and the Primatial
                     Palace, where Napoleon reluctantly signed a peace treaty
                     with Prussia in the 18th century. You’ll also see where a
                     six-year-old boy named Mozart once played the piano.

                     Then it’s on to another brilliant Christmas Market filled with
                     everything from exquisite fine art to cookies, cakes, and
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                     cider. Take time to browse, nibble, and enjoy!

                     You can either return to the ship with the guides, passing the
                     Opera House on a leisurely walk, or stay in town to continue
                     sharing in the wonderful Slovakian culture.

                     Day 5: Vienna   s BB, L, D
                     Included Tour: Vienna city tour, visit to the National Library
                     and Christmas Markets    62b
                     Included Tour: Classical music performance of Mozart and
                     Strauss in a Vienna concert hall  71bc
                     Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
                     Market 72b

                     You’ll have a full day to partake of the Christmas spirit in
                     Vienna. Get acquainted with the city on a panoramic tour, then
                     join in the evening celebration of Austria’s musical heritage.

                     Before visiting the Christmas Market, you’ll get accustomed
                     to the city with a scenic tour.

                     Vienna is a city steeped in history, music, and elegant arch-
                     itecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the
                     height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing
                     perhaps his most famous works, including The Marriage of
                     Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found
                     Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.

                     Today you will take a guided tour of this city of artistic
                     splendors. A motorcoach will wait pierside to take you
                     around the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare
                     surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments
                     that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. Among the
                     many magnificent sights you’ll see on your drive are Rathaus
                     (City	Hall),	Parliament,	and	the	Staatsoper	(State	Opera).	
                     You’ll disembark your motorcoach at Maria-Theresia-Platz
                     (Maria	Theresa	Square)	near	the	Kunsthistorisches	Museum	



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(Art	History	Museum).	Your	walking	tour	will	first	take	you	
to	Österreichische	Nationalbibliothek	(Austrian	National	
Library).	Here,	you’ll	visit	what	has	been	called	the	most	
beautiful library room in the world: Baroque State Hall. Richly
decorated, two-story-tall bookcases line the walls, and in the
center of the room stands a statue of Emperor Charles VI.

You’ll leave the National Library and continue your walking
tour to Hofburg Palace complex. Grand Hofburg Palace
served as the winter residence of the royal Habsburg
dynasty. You tour will bring you past the oldest section of
the complex, dating back to the 13th century, and past
the	famous	Spanische	Reitschule	(Spanish	Riding	School).	




                                                                    Budapest to Passau
You’ll	cross	Michaeler	Platz	(St.	Michael’s	Square).	Across	
the square, the former parish church of the imperial family,
Michaelerkirche	(St.	Michael’s	Church),	will	catch	your	eye	
with its solitary spire. From the square, you’ll make your
way	past	the	elegant	designer	shops	of	Kohlmarkt	(Cabbage	
Market).	You’ll	also	see	the	stunning	Pestsäule	(Plague	
Column),	which	rises	prominently	along	the	street.	This	
sculpture was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I in
honor of the citizens who died during the plague of 1679.
Eventually, you will reach the awe-inspiring centerpiece of
Vienna,	Stephansdom	(St.	Stephen’s	Cathedral).	You’ll	then	
have leisure time to explore more of this beautiful city on
your own before re-boarding the motorcoach and returning
to the ship.

You’ll walk with local guides to the Christmas Markets at
Rathaus and Freyung. Austria’s most famous Christmas
Market	is	situated	in	front	of	City	Hall	(Rathaus)	with	more	
than 140 wooden huts. Rum balls and nutmeg-spiced
macaroons are treats you’ll want to try. You’ll also visit the
intimate and charming Christmas Market at Freyung Square,
which has taken place every winter since 1772.

The afternoon is yours; feel free to visit one of the city’s many
museums, or join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace
before the evening concert at a famous Viennese concert hall.

In the evening, after an early dinner, you’ll enjoy yet another
special treat: a visit to one of Vienna’s many famous concert
halls for a night of beautiful Viennese music. You’ll take in a
concert of traditional Austrian songs, along with the beautiful
orchestral pieces of Mozart and Strauss for which Vienna is so
famous. This musicale forms a perfect backdrop for costumed
dancers, accomplished in the art of the waltz. The evening
concludes with a drive alongside the glimmering lights of the
Ringstrasse. Afterward, you’ll return to your ship.



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                     Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
                     Market

                     From a former hunting lodge to a stunning palace rivaling
                     Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see on any visit
                     to Austria. This summer Habsburg residence was merely a
                     work in progress until the reign of the 23-year-old Empress
                     Maria Theresa began in 1740. Under her guidance, the
                     palace became the center of Austria’s political and social
                     scene. Today, this stunning palatial monument delights the
                     eyes with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and
                     glorious 18th- and 19th-century interiors. One could spend
                     days here. Today, you’ll concentrate on the imperial rooms
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                     from the era of Franz Joseph and his beloved Empress Sissi,
                     whose popularity throughout Europe during the Gilded Age
                     was unmatched by anyone before her. You will also have
                     some time to explore the Christmas Market set up right in
                     front of Schönbrunn.

                     Day 6: Krems and cruising the Wachau Valley s BB, L, D
                     Included Tour: Visit to the Benedictine Göttweig Abbey with
                     organ recital 62bmc
                     The fairytale town of Krems is located at the beginning of
                     the lush, wine-producing Wachau Valley. With more than
                     1,000 years of history, Krems is an age-old witness to
                     Austria’s rich winemaking tradition. The historical center of
                     Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Stroll through
                     Krems at your leisure and encounter a millennium’s worth of
                     history at every step—from the streets and squares to the old
                     monasteries and churches.

                     Easily visible from a distance at the gateway to the Wachau
                     Valley, Göttweig Abbey looks like a magnificent palace.
                     Located on a beautiful hillside, the monastery was founded
                     by Bishop Altmann of Passau in 1083.

                     The monastery’s museum showrooms and monumental
                     emperor stairs, crowned by an impressive ceiling fresco by
                     Paul Troeger, will leave you awestruck. After a short motor-
                     coach ride, you’ll take a guided tour through the abbey.
                     Plus, a special organ recital has been arranged for you at
                     the abbey before your return to Krems.

                     Then, be prepared for something special when your ship
                     departs Krems after lunch. You’ll want to make your way to
                     the lounge to marvel at the scenery of the Wachau Valley.
                     The	Wachau	is	a	19-mile	(30-km)	stretch	of	the	Danube	that	
                     cuts through a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian




                     Uniworld 44
Forest between Krems and Melk. This beautiful region, with
steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the river
and a mixture of crags and south-facing vineyards on the
north, was recently declared a World Heritage Landscape
by UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns
and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white
wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that
cling to these rocky slopes.
Note: On Sundays or Catholic holidays, the organ recital may be
held on a different day and in a different location.

Day 7: Linz (Salzburg)   s BB, D




                                                                   Budapest to Passau
Included Tour: Full-day excursion to Salzburg, including
walking tour and Christmas Markets     82b
Linz will serve as the gateway for your full-day excursion
to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg. With its magnificent
cathedral—inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican—
and the Hohensalzburg Fortress towering over the city,
Salzburg will surely enchant you. The Christmas Market will
be filled with the sounds of Mozart, Christmas carolers, and
choral groups.

You’ll journey through the region known to many as the
“smile on the face of Austria.” The scenic drive from Linz
to Salzburg is filled with beautiful vistas and the romantic-
ism that inspired so many great composers.

Salzburg was originally a Roman outpost called Luvavum.
For most of its history, it made its money from salt mining.
In fact, salz in German means salt. This city of salt is also
famous for being the birthplace of Mozart. Mozart lived in
Vienna and wrote many a concert there, but it was here in
Salzburg where he was born and raised.

Arriving in the city, with expert guides on hand, you’ll
disembark the motorcoach for a walking tour of the Altstadt
(Old	Town).	This	UNESCO	World	Heritage	Site	is	known	for	
its well-preserved Medieval town center and musical heritage.
You’ll see the Mirabellgarten, featured in the beloved film
The Sound of Music. Then, you’ll view Mirabell Castle, built
in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his
mistress, before heading past the Mozart House.

Next, you’ll walk through the bustling Old Market, lined with
coffee shops and boutiques, to the Residenz, an enormous
Baroque house. You’ll see the 15th-century Dom Cathedral
where Mozart was baptized. Its three bronze doors represent,
from left to right, Faith, Hope, and Charity.




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                     After the walking tour, you will have leisure time for lunch
                     and to explore the delightful Christmas Market located in the
                     charming Old City center. Here, you’ll find everything from
                     Austrian lace to cinnamon-laced cakes. Shop, eat, browse,
                     sing along with the carolers—celebrate the holidays in this
                     magical part of the world before returning to the ship in Linz.

                     Day 8: Passau   s BB, L F
                     Included Tour: Passau walking tour and Christmas Market;
                     gingerbread-making and floral decoration demonstration
                     62
                     Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube,
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                     Inn, and Ilz—Passau is well-known for its ornate Baroque
                     cathedral. Originally, the city was a Roman colony in the
                     province of Noricum, called Batavis, named after an ancient
                     Germanic tribe. Local guides will be waiting to take you into
                     this wonderful town.

                     You will walk through Medieval alleyways on your way to
                     the monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After the town
                     burned to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the
                     reconstruction involved many Italian artists, giving Passau
                     its Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical touches. After visiting
                     the cathedral, you’ll see the Rococo stairways of the New
                     Residence. Then you’ll walk along the Inn River to the
                     confluence of the three rivers. Next, it’s on to the Town Hall
                     and its magnificent atrium, which boasts several massive
                     paintings by the famous German painter Ferdinand Wagner.

                     During the walking tour, you’ll have the chance to watch local
                     talent perform their holiday magic at gingerbread-making and
                     wreath-winding demonstrations.

                     Then, it’s time for the Passau Christmas Market in Domplatz
                     (Cathedral	Square),	which	is	set	against	the	impressive	
                     backdrop of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. You’ll find a lot to
                     enjoy here—from miniature Bavarian houses and blown-
                     glass ornaments to whipped sugar confections—in more
                     than 70 stalls. At times, the Passau Christmas Market also
                     features demonstrations by local craftsman, such as glass
                     blowers, candle makers, wood carvers, and confectioners.

                     Enjoy the afternoon at the market, or explore the charming
                     town as you wish. Definitely worth a visit is the outstanding
                     glass museum on the promenade. Ask your Cruise Manager
                     for directions.

                     A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                     in the evening.



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Day 9: Depart Passau, Munich     ebr
Disembark the ship in Passau. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased
a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Munich
Airport for your flight home. Or, join us on a wonderful exten-
sion to lovely Munich.




                                                                  Budapest to Passau




                                              Uniworld.com 47
           Passau to Budapest, 9 Days

       Danube Holiday
          Markets
Experience timeless traditions and elegant pageantry along
the enchanting Danube

Four countries—Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary—
await your arrival for one unique, festive party after another.
From the large Christmas Markets of Vienna to the more
intimate Christmas Markets of Bratislava, Passau, and
Salzburg—each combines timeless traditions with elegant
pageantry.

Discover the Baroque splendor of the Habsburg Empire
with visits to Göttweig, Salzburg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava,
and Linz on this enchanting holiday extravaganza along
the Danube. Uncover the heart and soul of Slovakia as you
tour Bratislava and enjoy its Christmas Market. Participate
in a gingerbread-baking demonstration in Passau. Enjoy a
festive classical concert in a famous Viennese concert hall,
an evening of onboard Christmas caroling, and an insightful
lecture on the history of Christmas music.




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Cherish all the glory and magic of the season in grand
European style as you cruise along the Danube during this
festive time of the year.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
events of the season.

Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Munich         d
Day 2: Arrive Munich to Passau      beD
Arrive at Munich Airport. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
representative and transferred to the ship docked in Passau.

Day 3: Passau   s BB, L, W


                                                                   Passau to Budapest
Included Tour: Passau walking tour and Christmas Market;
gingerbread-making and floral decoration demonstration
62
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube,
Inn, and Ilz—Passau is well-known for its ornate Baroque
cathedral. Originally, the city was a Roman colony in the
province of Noricum, called Batavis, named after an ancient
Germanic tribe. Local guides will be waiting to take you into
this wonderful town.

You will walk through Medieval alleyways on your way to the
monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After the town burned
to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the reconstruction
involved many Italian artists, giving Passau its Baroque,
Rococo, and Neoclassical touches. After visiting the cathedral,
you’ll see the Rococo stairways of the New Residence. Then
you’ll walk along the Inn River to the confluence of the three
rivers. Next, it’s on to the Town Hall and its magnificent
atrium, which boasts several massive paintings by the famous
German painter Ferdinand Wagner.

During the walking tour, you’ll have the chance to watch local
talent perform their holiday magic at gingerbread-making and
wreath-winding demonstrations.

Then, it’s time for the Passau Christmas Market in Domplatz
(Cathedral	Square),	which	is	set	against	the	impressive	
backdrop of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. You’ll find a lot to enjoy
here—from miniature Bavarian houses and blown-glass
ornaments to whipped sugar confections—in more than 70
stalls. At times, the Passau Christmas Market also features
demonstrations by local craftsman, such as glass blowers,
candle makers, wood carvers, and confectioners.

                                                 Uniworld.com 49
                     Enjoy the afternoon at the market, or explore the charming
                     town as you wish. Definitely worth a visit is the outstanding
                     glass museum on the promenade. Ask your Cruise Manager
                     for directions.

                     A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
                     in the evening.

                     Day 4: Linz (Salzburg)   s BB, D
                     Included Tour: Full-day excursion to Salzburg, including
                     walking tour and Christmas Markets    82b
                     Linz will serve as the gateway for your full-day excursion
                     to the elegant alpine city of Salzburg. With its magnificent
                     cathedral—inspired by St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican—
                     and the Hohensalzburg Fortress towering over the city,
                     Salzburg will surely enchant you. The Christmas Market will
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                     be filled with the sounds of Mozart, Christmas carolers, and
                     choral groups.

                     You’ll journey through the region known to many as the
                     “smile on the face of Austria.” The scenic drive from Linz
                     to Salzburg is filled with beautiful vistas and the romanticism
                     that inspired so many great composers.

                     Salzburg was originally a Roman outpost called Luvavum.
                     For most of its history, it made its money from salt mining.
                     In fact, salz in German means salt. This city of salt is also
                     famous for being the birthplace of Mozart. Mozart lived in
                     Vienna and wrote many a concert there, but it was here that
                     he was born and raised.

                     Arriving in the city, with expert guides on hand, you’ll
                     disembark the motorcoach for a walking tour of the Old
                     Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its
                     well-preserved Medieval town center and musical heritage.
                     You’ll see the Mirabellgarten, featured in the beloved film
                     The Sound of Music. Then, you’ll view Mirabell Castle, built
                     in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his
                     mistress, before heading past the Mozart House.

                     Next,	you’ll	walk	through	the	bustling	Altstadt	(Old	Market),	
                     lined with coffee shops and boutiques, to the Residenz, an
                     enormous Baroque house. You’ll witness the 15th-century
                     Dom Cathedral, where Mozart was baptized. Its three bronze
                     doors represent, from left to right, Faith, Hope, and Charity.

                     After the walking tour, you will have leisure time for lunch
                     and to explore the delightful Christmas Market located in the
                     charming Old City center. Here, you’ll find everything from




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Austrian lace to cinnamon-laced cakes. Shop, eat, browse,
sing along with the carolers—celebrate the holidays in this
magical part of the world before returning to the ship in Linz.

Day 5: Cruising the Wachau Valley and Krems
s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Visit to the Benedictine Göttweig Abbey with
organ recital 72bcm
You’ll want to make your way to the lounge to marvel at
the scenery of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau is a 19-mile
(30-km)	stretch	of	the	Danube	that	cuts	through	a	rocky	
gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between
Melk and Krems. This beautiful region, with steep, densely
wooded slopes on the south side of the river and a mixture
of crags and south-facing vineyards on the north, was recently
declared a World Heritage Landscape by UNESCO. Dotted



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along the banks are small historic towns and winemaking
communities. Some of Austria’s finest white wines are
produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that cling
to these rocky slopes.

The fairytale town of Krems is located in the wine-producing
Wachau Valley. With more than 1,000 years of history, Krems
is an age-old witness to Austria’s rich winemaking tradition.
The historical center of Krems is one of the most beautiful in
Europe. Stroll through Krems at your leisure and encounter a
millennium’s worth of history at every step—from the streets
and squares to the old monasteries and churches.

Easily visible from a distance at the gateway to the Wachau
Valley, Göttweig Abbey looks like a magnificent palace.
Located on a beautiful hillside, the monastery was founded
by Bishop Altmann of Passau in 1083.

The monastery’s museum showrooms and monumental
emperor stairs, crowned by an impressive ceiling fresco
by Paul Troeger, will leave you awestruck. After a short
coach ride, you’ll take a guided tour through the abbey.
Plus, a special organ recital has been arranged for you at
the abbey before returning back to Krems.
Note: On Sundays or Catholic holidays, the organ recital may be
held on a different day and in a different location.




                                                 Uniworld.com 51
                     Day 6: Vienna   s BB, L, D
                     Included Tour: Vienna city tour, visit to the National Library
                     and Christmas Markets   62b
                     Included Tour: Classical music performance of Mozart and
                     Strauss in a Vienna concert hall  71bc
                     Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
                     Market 72b

                     You’ll have a full day to partake of the Christmas spirit in
                     Vienna. Get acquainted with the city on a panoramic tour, then
                     join in the evening celebration of Austria’s musical heritage.

                     Before visiting the Christmas Market, you’ll get accustomed
                     to the city with a scenic tour.

                     Vienna is a city steeped in history, music, and elegant arch-
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                     itecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the
                     height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing
                     perhaps his most famous works, including The Marriage of
                     Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found
                     Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.

                     Today, you will take a guided tour of this city of artistic
                     splendors. A motorcoach will wait pierside to take you
                     around the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare
                     surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments
                     that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. Among the
                     many magnificent sights you’ll see on your drive are Rathaus
                     (City	Hall),	Parliament,	and	the	Staatsoper	(State	Opera).	
                     You’ll disembark your motorcoach at Maria-Theresia-Platz
                     (Maria	Theresa	Square)	near	the	Kunsthistorisches	Museum	
                     (Art	History	Museum).	Your	walking	tour	will	first	take	you	
                     to	Österreichische	Nationalbibliothek	(Austrian	National	
                     Library).	Here,	you’ll	visit	what	has	been	called	the	most	
                     beautiful library room in the world: Baroque State Hall. Richly
                     decorated, two-story-tall bookcases line the walls, and in the
                     center of the room stands a statue of Emperor Charles VI.

                     You’ll leave the National Library and continue your walking
                     tour to Hofburg Palace complex. Grand Hofburg Palace
                     served as the winter residence of the royal Habsburg
                     dynasty. You tour will bring you past the oldest section of
                     the complex, dating back to the 13th century, and past
                     the	famous	Spanische	Reitschule	(Spanish	Riding	School).	
                     You’ll	cross	Michaeler	Platz	(St.	Michael’s	Square).	Across	
                     the square, the former parish church of the imperial family,
                     Michaelerkirche	(St.	Michael’s	Church),	will	catch	your	eye	
                     with its solitary spire. From the square, you’ll make your



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way	past	the	elegant	designer	shops	of	Kohlmarkt	(Cabbage	
Market).	You’ll	also	see	the	stunning	Pestsäule	(Plague	
Column),	which	rises	prominently	along	the	street.	This	sculp-
ture was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I in honor of the
citizens who died during the plague of 1679. Eventually, you
will reach the awe-inspiring centerpiece of Vienna, Stephans-
dom	(St.	Stephen’s	Cathedral).	You’ll	then	have	leisure	time	
to explore more of this beautiful city on your own before re-
boarding the motorcoach and returning to the ship.

You’ll walk with local guides to the Christmas Markets at
Rathaus and Freyung. Austria’s most famous Christmas
Market	is	situated	in	front	of	City	Hall	(Rathaus)	with	more	
than 140 wooden huts. Rum balls and nutmeg-spiced
macaroons are treats you’ll want to try. You’ll also visit the
intimate and charming Christmas Market at Freyung Square,




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which has taken place every winter since 1772.

The afternoon is yours; feel free to visit one of the city’s many
museums, or join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace
before the evening concert at a famous Viennese concert hall.

In the evening, after an early dinner, you’ll enjoy yet another
special treat: a visit to one of Vienna’s many famous concert
halls for a night of beautiful Viennese music. You’ll take in a
concert of traditional Austrian songs, along with the beautiful
orchestral pieces of Mozart and Strauss for which Vienna is so
famous. This musicale forms a perfect backdrop for costumed
dancers, accomplished in the art of the waltz. The evening
concludes with a drive alongside the glimmering lights of the
Ringstrasse. Afterward, you’ll return to your ship.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
Market

From a former hunting lodge to a stunning palace rivaling
Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see on any visit
to Austria. This summer Habsburg residence was merely a
work in progress until the reign of the 23-year-old Empress
Maria Theresa began in 1740. Under her guidance, the
palace became the center of Austria’s political and social
scene. Today, this stunning palatial monument delights the
eyes with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and
glorious 18th- and 19th-century interiors. One could spend
days here. Today, you’ll concentrate on the imperial rooms
from the era of Franz Joseph and his beloved Empress Sissi,
whose popularity throughout Europe during the Gilded Age
was unmatched by anyone before her. You will also have
some time to explore the Christmas Market set up right in
front of Schönbrunn.



                                               Uniworld.com 53
                     Note: The Vienna Christmas Markets visit will not be available after
                     December 23.

                     Day 7: Bratislava   s BB, L, D
                     Included Tour: Bratislava city tour and Christmas Market
                     62b
                     The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises.
                     Straddling the banks of the Danube, this vibrant capital city
                     is a melting pot of cultures. Unlike the sites of some of the
                     more venerable Christmas Markets, Bratislava established
                     its first Christmas Market in 1993; the Slovakians have
                     quickly embraced the holiday traditions of their Austrian and
                     Hungarian neighbors—and you’ll get to embrace them as well.

                     The tour through Bratislava will acquaint you with the
                     town’s eclectic mixture of Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco
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                     architectural styles. The tour will begin with a panoramic
                     drive through Bratislava. You’ll first see the seat of the
                     Slovakian government, which is housed in the restored
                     17th-century palatial summer residence of the former
                     Archbishop of Esztergom. Then, you’ll move toward the
                     squares that neatly occupy the Old Town: Freedom Square,
                     birthplace	of	the	Velvet	Revolution	(named	after	the	smooth	
                     transition	of	government);	Peace	Square,	with	its	echoes	
                     of the former communist regime; and the Neoclassical
                     Grassalkovich Palais, home of the president of Slovakia.

                     Then you will take to the city by foot to get an up-close view.
                     Starting at Michael’s Gate, built during Medieval times, the
                     walk will continue past Mirbach Palace and the Primatial
                     Palace, where Napoleon reluctantly signed a peace treaty
                     with Prussia in the 18th century. You’ll also see where a six-
                     year-old boy named Mozart once played the piano.

                     Then it’s on to another brilliant Christmas Market filled with
                     everything from exquisite fine art to cookies, cakes, and
                     cider. Take time to browse, nibble, and enjoy!

                     You can either return to the ship with the guides, passing the
                     Opera House on a leisurely walk, or stay in town to continue
                     sharing in the wonderful Slovakian culture.
                     Note: The Bratislava Christmas Market visit will not be available
                     after December 23.




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Day 8: Budapest   s BB, L F
Included Tour: Budapest city tour and Christmas Market
62b
Irresistible Optional Tour: Jewish Budapest 72bm
Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
72bm
You’ll board a motorcoach and cross the Danube on the
famous,	early-19th-century	Széchényi	Lánchíd	(Chain	Bridge),	
the first bridge to connect Buda with Pest. You’ll make a short
stop	at	Ho  ˝sök	tere	(Heroes’	Square)	to	see	the	Millenniumi	
emlékmu   ˝	(Millennial	Monument),	which	was	designed	and	
built for Hungary’s millennial anniversary to honor the nation’s
greatest historical figures. After re-boarding the motorcoach,
you	will	marvel	at	the	Dohány	utcai	Zsinagóga	(Dohány	Street



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Synagogue),	a	reminder	of	the	city’s	once-flourishing	Jewish	
community;	the	Magyar	Nemzeti	Múzeum	(Hungarian	National	
Museum);	the	Magyar	Állami	Operaház	(Hungarian	State	
Opera	House);	Szent	István	Bazilika	(St.	Stephen’s	Basilica);
and	the	stunning	Országház	(Parliament	Building),	which	
features 223 exterior statues.

Next,	you’ll	cross	Margit	híd	(Margaret	Bridge)	and	drive	up	
to	Várhegy	(Castle	Hill),	where	you’ll	stroll	through	what	has	
been called the heart of the nation. Once the site of more
than 170 buildings—many of which date back to the 13th
and 14th centuries—the Castle Hill district is now a designated
UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go inside the magnificent
Mátyás	Templom	(St.	Matthias	Church).	Originally	called	
the Church of Our Lady, it was renamed after King Matthias.
Notice the eclectic blend of architectural styles and influences
on display. Admire the amazing array of decorations on the
pillars, walls, and ceilings. Outside the church is a statue
honoring St. Stephen, the founder of Hungary.
The walk will continue around Castle Hill, winding up at the
fairytale-inspired	turrets	and	ramparts	of	the	Halászbástya	
(Fisherman’s	Bastion).	Built	in	the	19th	century	in	honor	of	
the fishermen who defended Buda from the Turks during the
Middle Ages, it offers a glorious panoramic view of the city
and the Danube below.
You’ll	see	Váci	utca	(Váci	Street),	where	the	well-heeled	do	
their	shopping	and	dining,	and	Nagycsarnok	(Central	Market	
Hall),	with	its	stalls	of	fresh	vegetables	and	meats,	before	
you return to the ship for lunch.




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                     Budapest’s Christmas Market is one of the largest of its kind
                     in Eastern Europe. Special features of the market include
                     a hand-carved manger and a six-foot Advent wreath. Savor
                     traditional honey cakes with mulled wine or aromatic coffee
                     as you stroll and shop. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen
                     are invited to participate in the market, so you can be
                     assured of obtaining high-quality gifts.

                     Back onboard the ship, enjoy a sumptuous lunch before
                     heading back into town for further explorations. The rest of
                     the day is yours to continue your discovery of this marvelous
                     city’s charms. Revisit the Christmas Market and join in the
                     holiday cheer, or join our optional tour of the Jewish history
                     and culture of Budapest. You can also be a part of optional
                     tour that takes you to the artist village–Szentendre– where
                     you have an opportunity get acquainted with this lovely town.
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                     A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                     in the evening.
                     Notes: The Budapest Christmas Market visit will not be available
                     after December 23. Inside visits of St. Matthias Church may not be
                     possible on some weekends and Catholic holidays.

                     Irresistible Optional Tour: Jewish Budapest
                     Jewish people were banned from the city in the 18th century
                     and established a quarter just outside the city walls of Pest.
                     Within this residential area, they built the second-largest
                     synagogue	in	the	world,	Dohány.	A	motorcoach	will	take	you	
                     to this magnificent temple for a guided tour of its history.
                     Built in 1859, the beautifully adorned synagogue has a
                     Byzantine-Moorish style accentuated by its two towers topped
                     with onion-shaped domes, symbolizing King Solomon’s
                     Temple. Today, it has a seating capacity of 3,000.

                     Next, you’ll proceed to the Holocaust Memorial, erected in
                     1989 in honor of the 600,000 Hungarian Jews who perished
                     during the Holocaust. A sculpture of a weeping willow tree
                     bears leaves with the names of those lost. You will have
                     some time to explore a Jewish Museum located here.

                     A glass wall encircles the courtyard of the Holocaust Memorial
                     Center with the names of Hungarian Jewish victims of WWII.
                     Inside the complex are exhibitions for you to learn about this
                     chapter of Hungarian Jewish history. You can also visit the
                     Páva	Synagogue	on	these	grounds,	originally	built	in	1924.
                     Note: Optional tour does not operate on Saturdays. On Mondays the
                     Holocaust Memorial Center will be substituted by a stroll through
                     the former Jewish quarter.




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Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
The excursion to Szentendre takes you on a lovely drive
along the Danube, past the Roman excavation of Aquincum
and through rural suburbs to Szentendre. A guided walk
along the main street will acquaint you with this charming
town. You’ll come across quality Hungarian arts and crafts
along the town’s long shopping boulevard. Find hand-stitched
blouses and tablecloths, woolen sweaters, capes, jackets,
paprika	in	all	forms	(dried,	in	a	paste,	in	bunches,	hot	and	
mild),	Tokaj	wines,	porcelain,	and	so	much	more.	You	will	
also have the option of visiting the Margit Kovacs museum,
which houses amazing ceramics, including her famous
devotional sculptures made from clay.

Day 9: Depart Budapest    ebr
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group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Budapest
Ferihegy International Airport for your flight home.




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        Nuremberg to Cologne, 11 Days

        Rhine & Main
       Holiday Markets
Visit picturesque villages and historically important cities for
a special holiday experience

Enjoy this leisurely paced cruise along the majestic Rhine
and meandering Main rivers during the most magical time of
year, and discover the origins of centuries-old traditions at ill-
uminated Christmas Markets. Relish the charm of Bamberg, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Nativity Walk, and seek
treasures at Rothenburg’s Medieval-themed Christmas Market.

Admire Nuremberg’s Christmas Angel who presides over
Christmas Market activities in her white and golden dress,
and delight in the unusual collection of musical instruments
at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim. Visit
Germany’s most pristine example of Baroque architecture—
the stunning 18th-century Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Stroll through the bustling stalls of
cosmopolitan Frankfurt’s grand marketplace, and while in
Cologne enjoy several Christmas Markets, including the
memorable market front and center outside the awe-inspiring
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Delight in a unique and joyous holiday celebration in the
countries where many of our Christmas traditions began.
Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
events of the season.

Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Nuremberg          d
Day 2: Arrive Nuremberg     beD
Arrive at the Nuremberg Airport. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Nuremberg     s BB, L, W
Included Tour: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market
62b
The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt
(Christmas	Markets)	very	close	to	their	hearts.	The	iconic	        Nuremberg to Cologne
golden Rausch Angel hovers high above the market; the
Christkind, a young female angel dressed in white with
glittering gold wings, opens the market by declaring,
“Welcome young and old to my little community of wood
and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy
it brings is eternal.” With that declaration, the market
festivities begin.

The tour will take you through Nuremberg, an archetypal
Medieval German city enriched by defensive walls and red-
roofed buildings. Located on the Pegnitz River, Nuremberg
is the second-largest city in Bavaria and home to world-
renowned gingerbread—called lebkuchen—and tiny, piquant
sausages. Nuremberg was declared a free town of the Holy
Roman Empire in 1219 and prospered greatly—so much so
that in the days before, during, and after the Renaissance,
Nuremberg attracted a number of artists and intellectuals
and became one of the cultural centers of Europe.

No visit can be made to Nuremberg without acknowledging
a dark chapter from the city’s 20th-century history. The
city was the reluctant regional headquarters of the Nazis.
You will see the grounds where filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
immortalized Hitler during his infamous parades and rallies,
including the unfinished Roman coliseum, Kongresshalle.

Today, however, Nuremberg is a magical place, especially at
this festive time of the year. After leaving the motorcoach,
you’ll	walk	through	the	heart	of	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town).	Just	
as people have done for centuries, you’ll gather around the

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                       stone pyramid of the Beautiful Fountain, dating back to 1396
                       and located in the center of the Market Square.

                       Then it’s on to Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, the largest
                       Christmas Market in Germany, with more than 200 wooden
                       stalls. The best way to experience the market is with a warm
                       cup of sweet and spicy glühwein or authentic Nuremberg
                       bratwurst. As you wander through the market, you’ll want
                       to indulge in some lebkuchen; after all, Nuremberg is known
                       as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The city has also
                       been a toy-making center for centuries, providing special
                       gifts for children around the world.

                       In the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your
                       own. Local guides will be happy to make recommendations
                       for the best sights to see, places to shop, or charming
                       coffeehouses to visit.

                       A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
                       in the evening.
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                       Note: Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is currently
                       being converted from a working courtroom into a museum, set to
                       open in 2011, and is therefore not open to visitors at this time.

                       Day 4: Bamberg    s BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Bamberg walking tour and Christmas Market
                       62b
                       You’ll wake up in Bamberg, located on the Regnitz River
                       near its confluence with the Main River. Like Rome, the city
                       is built on seven hills with a church atop each hill. During the
                       Middle Ages, Bamberg divided itself into two towns across
                       the Regnitz, one for the prince-bishops and the other for the
                       Burghers	(a	formally	defined	class	in	Medieval	Germany).	
                       During the tour, you’ll see how this division impacted the
                       Altes	Rathaus	(Old	Town	Hall).	The	Gothic	edifice	was	built	
                       on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz to serve both
                       the secular and non-secular sides of town.

                       Along	the	banks	of	the	river	resides	Klein	Venedig	(Little	
                       Venice),	a	fishermen’s	colony	that	dates	back	to	the	19th	
                       century. Local guides will walk you through the Medieval
                       alleyways	of	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	to	the	Kaiserdom	
                       (Imperial	Cathedral).	Founded	in	1012,	its	present	late-
                       Romanesque style was completed in the 13th century. The
                       cathedral houses the tombs of Emperor Henry II and Pope
                       Clement II, making it the only papal tomb in Germany.
                       Passing	through	Domplatz	(Cathedral	Square),	you’ll	come	
                       upon the Old Palace and New Palace. The Alte Hofhaltung
                       (Old	Palace),	the	late-Gothic	imperial	residence,	sits	across	


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from	the	lovely	rose	garden	of	the	Neue	Residenz	(New	
Palace),	where	the	17th-century	prince-bishops	lived.	As	
the guides lead you back down to the Old Town Hall, you’ll
pass Schlenkerla, known for its smoked beer and Bamberg’s
most famous brewery, and visit the Antique Dealer’s Quarter
as well. Along the way, you’ll come upon one of the beautiful
scenes of the Nativity Walk, displaying tableaux throughout
the city. You’ll have free time to explore the rest of the
Nativity Walk or enjoy shopping in the Christmas Market.
Follow the popular Bamberg Nativity trail to see around
40 Nativity scenes located throughout the town and at the
Christmas Markets. Christmas Markets come in two guises
in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg: the
traditional Christmas market and the delightful medieval
Christmas Market in the authentic setting of Alte Hohfhaltung
Palace. Relax onboard after lunch as you sail to the next port-
of-call, Würzburg.

Day 5: Würzburg (Rothenburg)     BB, D
Included Tour: Full-day tour of Rothenburg and Christmas          Nuremberg to Cologne
Market 82b
The ship will dock in the port of Würzburg, where the motor-
coach will take you to Rothenburg, which is located on the
Tauber River. A visit to Rothenburg is like a trip back in time
to the Middle Ages. Much has been preserved over the last
600 years. The city walls still stand, protecting the charming
core of Gothic churches and gabled houses.

Local	guides	will	lead	you	to	Marktplatz	(Market	Square)	for	
a tour of this Medieval gem. Here, you’ll find one of Germany’s
oldest and most celebrated Christmas Markets. There’s one
timber-framed house after another lining the narrow streets,
which hide tiny village squares, each with its own fountain.
You’ll	see	the	magnificent	Rathaus	(Town	Hall)	with	its	
touches of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
The Gothic church, Franziskanerkirche, is revered for its
famous altarpiece depicting the stigmatization of St. Francis.
It’s an early work of the artist Tilman Riemenschneider, one
of the greatest sculptors of the Middle Ages, who worked in
neighboring Würzburg from 1483 until his death in 1531.
He was one of the most prolific and versatile Medieval
sculptors, a master in stone and limewood.

You’ll have time for lunch and further exploring of the
Christmas Market on your own. Rothenburg is a beacon
of Bavarian fare, and local guides will suggest excellent
choices for a lunch of spätzle or other regional delicacies.
The Reiterlesmarkt, in its idyllic setting between the Town
Hall and St. Jacob’s Church, is acknowledged as one of

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                       Germany’s prettiest Christmas Market. There are also plenty
                       of holiday shopping opportunities for handmade crafts and
                       souvenirs. The original Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store is
                       here. This famous location also features a delightful museum
                       that displays vintage toys from as early as the 17th century.
                       After finding some great gifts, you will travel by motorcoach
                       back to the ship in Würzburg.

                       Day 6: Würzburg    s BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Würzburg Residenz visit and Christmas
                       Market  62b
                       Würzburg offers one of Germany’s most pristine examples
                       of Baroque architecture in the Würzburg Residenz, a
                       stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent
                       Baroque palace—one of the largest in Germany with its
                       magnificent gardens—was created under the patronage
                       of the Prince-Bishops Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl von
                       Schönborn. It was built and decorated in the 18th century
                       by	an	international	team	of	architects,	painters	(including	
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                       Tiepolo),	sculptors,	and	stucco-workers,	led	by	Balthasar	
                       Neumann. This visit will give you a true sense of the history
                       of this region through the European Renaissance. Next,
                       you’ll see the seasonal delights of Würzburg’s 200-year-
                       old Christmas Market, full of holiday music and gifts, before
                       returning to the ship for lunch. Würzburg’s Christmas Market
                       is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Market Square
                       with Falkenhous mansion and St. Mary’s Chapel. Discover
                       authentic, locally made items and enjoy seasonal food and
                       drink in friendly and traditional surroundings.

                       During the afternoon, you’ll cruise along the scenic Main
                       River, en route to historic Wertheim.
                       Note: Please note that the Würzburg Residenz prohibits the taking
                       of photos or videos and the carrying of backpacks.

                       Day 7: Wertheim    s BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Wertheim walking tour 41
                       You’ll arrive in delightful Wertheim, a picture perfect German
                       small town during the morning. Located at the confluence of
                       the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim dates back to 1183.
                       Beginning at the pier, local guides will lead you into the
                       Medieval town towards the Maingate so that you can enjoy
                       the breathtaking view of Bavaria and the prince’s residence
                       across the Main River. Your first stop will be at the Pointed
                       Tower, a former jail built in 1170. You’ll enter through the
                       Maingate	into	the	Maingasse.	Overlooking	the	Altstadt	(Old	
                       Town)	are	the	ruins	of	Wertheim	Castle.	Built	during	the	


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13th century, it remains one of the largest red-sandstone
castles	in	Southern	Germany.	Once	in	the	Marktplatz	(Market	
Square)	lined	with	half-timbered	houses,	you’ll	see	the	14th-
century	Gothic-style	Stifskirche	(Protestant	church).	After	
the tour, you can shop for some handmade glassworks in the
wonderful village shops adorned for the holidays.

Day 8: Frankfurt   BB, L, D
Included Tour: Frankfurt city tour and Christmas Market
61b
Irresistible Optional Tour: Heidelberg with castle visit and
Christmas Market 82b

You’ll wake up to the pulse of one of Germany’s most
flourishing cities, Frankfurt. The energy of its cosmopolitan
citizens and soaring skyscrapers makes for a sophisticated
city that has become one of the largest and most traveled
crossroads of Europe. There’s nothing like experiencing the
big city’s festive spirit during the holidays, especially at its
Christmas Market.                                                   Nuremberg to Cologne

After breakfast, a motorcoach will take you on a scenic drive
around this metropolis off the Main, dubbed “Mainhattan.”
The skyline of Frankfurt is defined by 50 high-rise buildings,
two of which are the tallest skyscrapers in the European
Union. You’ll be impressed by their stature and the dash of
city life beneath them. Major European transportation and
financial centers are located among these streets, such as
the European Central Bank. From the contemporary setting
north of the Main, you’ll cross over to its charming southern
banks	for	a	short	stop	at	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	of	Frankfurt.	
This is a good time to admire the art, antiques and apple-
wine taverns of this historic neighborhood. Returning to
the city side, a dazzling display of the city’s shopping and
entertainment sparkles along the Golden Mile known as the
Zeil, Frankfurt’s Times Square, the Hauptwache, and the
New Opera House. The hustle of the financial district comes
boldly into view with the world’s third-largest stock market,
the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Just as noteworthy is Goethe-
Haus, the childhood home of one of Europe’s greatest writers
and philosophers, Johann Von Wolfgang Goethe. Next, there
will be a stop to behold the Old Opera House with the famous
Pegasus statue atop its beautiful high-Renaissance façade.
Then, it’s on to the campus of Goethe University, birthplace
of the Frankfurt School of Philosophy, and the beautiful
Botanical	Gardens.	You’ll	step	out	at	Paulskirche	(St.	Paul’s	
Church),	symbolizing	Germany’s	democratic	origins.




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                       The perfect place to explore the historic beginnings of
                       Frankfurt	is	here	in	Römerplatz	(Römerberg	Square),	where	
                       Romans settled around the 1st century and Charlemagne
                       claimed Bavaria in the 8th century. This central square
                       heralds	the	Medieval	era	of	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	with	
                       the Römer, a Gothic complex of patrician houses originally
                       built around 1288, and the location of Frankfurt’s Christmas
                       Market. With more than 200 stalls, the Frankfurt Christmas
                       Market is one of the most important in Germany. The elab-
                       orate stand decorations, the scenic surroundings of the
                       Römerberg and Paulsplatz, and the huge Christmas tree
                       also make it one of Germany’s most beautiful. Spend the
                       afternoon at leisure browsing the stands of the holiday
                       market, or perhaps you would like to join our optional full-
                       day outing to colorful Heidelberg instead.
                       Note: The Frankfurt and Heidelberg Christmas Markets will not be
                       available after December 23.

                       Irresistible Optional Tour: Heidelberg with castle visit and
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                       Christmas Market

                       Mark Twain, describing the view from Heidelberg Castle in
                       1878, said, “I have never enjoyed a view which had such
                       a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one gives.”
                       After a short panoramic tour of Frankfurt, you’ll continue
                       to Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved Baroque city nestled in
                       the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. The
                       charm of the city and its Christmas Market is wonderfully
                       inviting during this special time of the year. Your guide will
                       provide an introduction to the history of the area and offer
                       insight into Germany’s university system. The University
                       of Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is the oldest university
                       in Germany.

                       When you arrive in Heidelberg, the tour will begin with
                       a walk up to the Heidelberg Castle ruins, where you’ll be
                       guided through the castle’s courtyard. You will have an
                       opportunity to roam freely around the castle and take
                       pictures. Take time to see the world’s largest wine barrel.

                       After the castle visit, you’ll ride to downtown Heidelberg.
                       As	you	stroll	through	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town),	you’ll	see	the	
                       late-Gothic	church,	Heiliggeistkirche	(Holy	Spirit	Church),	
                       and	the	Studentenkarzer	(Student’s	Prison),	where	students	
                       were	placed	when	they	did	something	crazy	(like	drinking	at	
                       night!).	You’ll	have	some	free	time	to	enjoy	lunch	and	explore	
                       the Christmas Market, including more than 140 pavilions
                       throughout	the	city’s	five	squares.	The	Marktplatz	(Market	
                       Square)	is	the	perfect	place	to	sit	at	a	café	and	watch	the	
                       flow of people around the central square. You can also


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admire the beautiful Madonna statue and Nativity Scene of
the Kornmarkt or the regal late-Renaissance house of Knight
St. George. Heidelberg has truly retained its charms from the
Renaissance and Romantic eras.

Day 9: Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine
s BB, L F
Included Tour: Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
42m
Known	for	its	robust	Rieslings,	brandy,	and	Sekt	(sparkling	
wine),	Rüdesheim	is	a	quintessential	Rhine	town.	After	
breakfast, you’ll begin the day with a wonderfully quaint
ride on the local mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music
Museum. This fascinating museum displays the largest and
most impressive collection of automated musical instruments
from the 18th century to today. You’ll see more than 350
automated instruments and learn how they work. The
museum is located near Rüdesheim’s most famous street,
the Drosselgasse. You’ll have free time to enjoy the city’s      Nuremberg to Cologne
entertainment district. Holiday music, shopping, and fun will
be on parade here in the heart of the Old Town. You’ll return
to the ship for lunch and set sail down the romantic Rhine.

As the ship leaves Rüdesheim, it would be an excellent idea
to make your way to the lounge, because this is where the
Rhine truly begins to show off its natural romantic beauty.
Designated	a	40-mile	(65-km)	UNESCO	World	Heritage	Site,	
the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley between Rüdesheim
and Koblenz features a stunning landscape that for many
esteemed 19th-century poets, composers, and painters—
including Richard Wagner and JMW Turner—embodied a
romantic spirit, later dubbed Rhine Romanticism. You’ll
pass the famous Lorelei rock, the city of Koblenz, and at the
confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, a monument to Kaiser
Wilhelm I honoring the reunification of Germany.

A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
this evening.

Day 10: Cologne   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Cologne walking tour, cathedral visit, and
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Cologne	(also	known	as	Köln)	is	the	largest	city	of	the	
Rhineland and a cultural mecca with more than 30 muse-
ums and hundreds of art galleries. You’ll meet up with
local guides on the pier and stroll through this city of rich
antiquities. Stepping through the narrow streets and tiny
squares of Old Town, you’ll pass Romanesque churches as


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                       you	make	your	way	to	the	Domplatte	(Cathedral	Square).	
                       At the top stands the largest Gothic cathedral in Germany,
                       Kölner	Dom	(Cologne	Cathedral).	From	every	angle,	this	
                       church, which began construction in 1248 and was finally
                       completed in 1880, is a stunning work of art. The cathedral
                       remains the tallest Gothic structure in the world and one of
                       the most awe-inspiring.

                       Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed that
                       the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings of the Magi
                       lie at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral
                       and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the
                       Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking
                       here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions
                       was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel
                       to experience the wonder of this sacred site.

                       Outside the cathedral, you won’t be able to miss the largest
                       Christmas tree in the Rhineland and the location of the first
                       of six markets you can explore throughout the city. Here,
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                       you’ll find 160 wood pavilions with a variety of gifts and
                       souvenirs. You can return to the ship for lunch onboard or
                       stay in town to see all of these holiday markets. There’s
                       the	fun	Alter	Markt	(Old	Market)	in	Old	Town	and	Neumarkt	
                       (New	Market)	in	the	city	center	shopping	district.	The	
                       Rudolfplatz displays fairytale figures and spectacular
                       holiday lighting. The Medieval Christmas Market is located
                       next to the Chocolate Museum.
                       Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is
                       regulated by a very strict set of time slots. Sightseeing will be
                       arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic
                       holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

                       Note: The Cologne Christmas Markets visit will not be available
                       after December 23.

                       Day 11: Depart Cologne     ebr
                       Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
                       group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
                       departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Cologne
                       Airport for your flight home.




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        Cologne to Nuremberg, 11 Days

        Rhine & Main
       Holiday Markets
Visit picturesque villages and historically important cities for
a special holiday experience

Enjoy this leisurely paced cruise along the majestic Rhine
and meandering Main rivers during the most magical time of
year, and discover the origins of centuries-old traditions at ill-
uminated Christmas Markets. Relish the charm of Bamberg, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Nativity Walk, and seek
treasures at Rothenburg’s Medieval-themed Christmas Market.

In Cologne, visit several Christmas Markets, including the
memorable market front and center outside the awe-inspiring
Cologne Cathedral. Stroll through the bustling stalls of cosmo-
politan Frankfurt’s grand marketplace. Visit Germany’s most
pristine example of Baroque architecture—the stunning 18th-
century Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Admire Nuremberg’s Christmas Angel who presides over
Christmas Market activities in her white and golden dress,
and delight in the unusual collection of musical instruments
at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim.



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                       Delight in a unique and joyous holiday celebration in the
                       countries where many of our Christmas traditions began.
                       Note: Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning
                       of Advent until December 23. Uniworld reserves the right to
                       substitute appropriate sites and excursions in keeping with the
                       events of the season.

                       Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Cologne        d
                       Day 2: Arrive Cologne    beD
                       Arrive at the Cologne Airport. If your cruise/tour package
                       includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
                       a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
                       representative and transferred to the ship.

                       Day 3: Cologne   s BB, L, W
                       Included Tour: Cologne walking tour, cathedral visit, and
                       Christmas Market    62
                       Cologne	(also	known	as	Köln)	is	the	largest	city	of	the	
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                       Rhineland and a cultural mecca with 30 museums and
                       hundreds of art galleries. You’ll meet up with local guides
                       on the pier and stroll through this city of rich antiquities.
                       Stepping through the narrow streets and tiny squares of
                       Old Town, you’ll pass Romanesque churches as you make
                       your	way	to	the	Domplatte	(Cathedral	Square).	At	the	top	
                       stands the largest Gothic cathedral in Germany, Kölner
                       Dom	(Cologne	Cathedral).	From	every	angle,	this	church,	
                       which began construction in 1248 and was finally comp-
                       leted in 1880, is a stunning work of art. The cathedral
                       remains the tallest Gothic structure in the world and one
                       of the most awe-inspiring.

                       Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed that
                       the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings of the Magi lie
                       at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and its
                       artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the
                       Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries.
                       In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was intended to
                       accommodate the many faithful who travel to experience the
                       wonder of this sacred site.

                       Outside the cathedral, you won’t be able to miss the largest
                       Christmas tree in the Rhineland and the location of the first
                       of six markets you can explore throughout the city. Here, you’ll
                       find 160 wood pavilions with a variety of gifts and souvenirs.
                       You can return to the ship for lunch onboard or stay in town
                       to see all of these holiday markets. There’s the fun Alter
                       Markt	(Old	Market)	in	Old	Town	and	Neumarkt	(New	Market)	



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in the city center shopping district. The Rudolfplatz displays
fairytale figures and spectacular holiday lighting. The Medieval
Christmas Market is located next to the Chocolate Museum.

A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
in the evening.
Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is
regulated by a very strict set of time slots. Sightseeing will be
arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic
holidays, guided tours are not allowed inside the cathedral.

Day 4: Cruising the romantic Rhine, Rüdesheim
s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum
52m
Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
entertainment 51f

In the morning, you’ll wake up to one of the most beautiful
sections of the Rhine River Valley, the scenic 40 miles             Cologne to Nuremberg
(65	km)	of	the	Upper	Middle	Rhine	Valley.	Designated	a	
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhine River Valley between
Koblenz and Rüdesheim features a stunning landscape that
for many esteemed 19th-century poets, composers, and
painters—including Richard Wagner and JMW Turner—
embodied a romantic spirit, later dubbed Rhine Romanticism.
Historical monuments have been preserved in a quantity and
density here that can be found in almost no other European
cultural region.

Along the way, you’ll pass the famous Lorelei rock and
Deutsches	Eck	(Corner	of	Germany)	at	the	confluence	of	
the Moselle and Rhine rivers—with its famous monument
to Emperor William I—where you’ll catch sight of the
impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of the largest of
the Rhine River fortresses. Enjoy the natural and cultural
highlights of this region from the perfect vantage point of
your ship’s panoramic lounge as you sail to Rüdesheim.

Known	for	its	robust	Rieslings,	brandy,	and	Sekt	(sparkling	
wine),	Rüdesheim	is	a	quintessential	Rhine	town.	After	
breakfast, you’ll begin the day with a wonderfully quaint
ride on the local mini-train to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music
Museum. This fascinating museum displays the largest and
most impressive collection of automated musical instruments
from the 18th century to today. You’ll see more than 350
automated instruments and learn how they work. The
museum is located near Rüdesheim’s most famous street,
the Drosselgasse. You’ll have free time to enjoy the city’s



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                       entertainment district. Holiday music, shopping, and fun will
                       be on parade here in the heart of Old Town. You’ll return
                       to the ship for lunch and set sail down the romantic Rhine.

                       Irresistible Optional Tour: Rüdesheim dinner and
                       entertainment

                       Back onboard the mini-train, you’ll return to the Drossel-
                       gasse, where you’ll enjoy a traditional four-course meal
                       at Rüdesheimer Schloss restaurant. You can partake of
                       full-bodied wines with your meal as the restaurant’s band
                       plays an assortment of traditional German and holiday
                       songs. This is your night to kick up your heels and try
                       some popular dances with the locals.

                       Day 5: Frankfurt   BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Frankfurt city tour and Christmas Market
                       61b
                       Irresistible Optional Tour: Heidelberg with castle visit and
                       Christmas Market 82b

                       You’ll wake up to the pulse of one of Germany’s most
                       flourishing cities, Frankfurt. The energy of its cosmopolitan
                       citizens and soaring skyscrapers makes for a sophisticated
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                       city that has become one of the largest and most traveled
                       crossroads of Europe. There’s nothing like experiencing the
                       big city’s festive spirit during the holidays, especially at its
                       Christmas Market.

                       After breakfast, a motorcoach will take you on a scenic drive
                       around this metropolis off the Main, dubbed “Mainhattan.”
                       The skyline of Frankfurt is defined by 50 high-rise buildings,
                       two of which are the tallest skyscrapers in the European
                       Union. You’ll be impressed by their stature and the dash of
                       city life beneath them. Major European transportation and
                       financial centers are located among these streets, such as
                       the European Central Bank. From the contemporary setting
                       north of the Main, you’ll cross over to its charming southern
                       banks	for	a	short	stop	at	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	of	Frankfurt.	
                       This is a good time to admire the art, antiques, and apple-
                       wine taverns of this historic neighborhood. Returning to
                       the city side, a dazzling display of the city’s shopping and
                       entertainment sparkles along the Golden Mile known as the
                       Zeil, Frankfurt’s Times Square, the Hauptwache, and the
                       New Opera House. The hustle of the financial district comes
                       boldly into view with the world’s third-largest stock market,
                       the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Just as noteworthy is Goethe-
                       Haus, the childhood home of one of Europe’s greatest writers
                       and philosophers, Johann Von Wolfgang Goethe. Next, there
                       will be a stop to behold the Old Opera House with the famous

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Pegasus statue atop its beautiful high-Renaissance façade.
Then, it’s on to the campus of Goethe University, birthplace
of the Frankfurt School of Philosophy, and the beautiful
Botanical	Gardens.	You’ll	step	out	at	Paulskirche	(St.	Paul’s	
Church),	symbolizing	Germany’s	democratic	origins.

The perfect place to explore the historic beginnings of
Frankfurt	is	here	in	Römerplatz	(Römerberg	Square),	where	
Romans settled around the 1st century and Charlemagne
claimed Bavaria in the 8th century. This central square
heralds	the	Medieval	era	of	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	with	
the Römer, a Gothic complex of patrician houses originally
built around 1288, and the location of Frankfurt’s Christmas
Market. With more than 200 stalls, the Frankfurt Christmas
Market is one of the most important in Germany. The elab-
orate stand decorations, the scenic surroundings of the
Römerberg and Paulsplatz, and the huge Christmas tree
also make it one of Germany’s most beautiful. Spend the
afternoon at leisure browsing the stands of the holiday
market, or perhaps you would like to join our optional full-
day outing to colorful Heidelberg instead.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Heidelberg with castle visit and
Christmas Market
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Mark Twain, describing the view from Heidelberg Castle in
1878, said, “I have never enjoyed a view which had such
a serene and satisfying charm about it as this one gives.”
After a short panoramic tour of Frankfurt, you’ll continue
to Heidelberg, a perfectly preserved Baroque city nestled in
the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. The
charm of the city and its Christmas Market is wonderfully
inviting during this special time of the year. Your guide will
provide an introduction to the history of the area and offer
insight into Germany’s university system. The University
of Heidelberg, founded in 1386, is the oldest university
in Germany.

When you arrive in Heidelberg, the tour will begin with
a walk up to the Heidelberg Castle ruins, where you’ll be
guided through the castle’s courtyard. You will have an
opportunity to roam freely around the castle and take
pictures. Take time to see the world’s largest wine barrel.

After the castle visit, you’ll ride to downtown Heidelberg.
As	you	stroll	through	Altstadt	(Old	Town),	you’ll	see	the	
late-Gothic	church,	Heiliggeistkirche	(Holy	Spirit	Church),	
and	the	Studentenkarzer	(Student’s	Prison),	where	students	
were	placed	when	they	did	something	crazy	(like	drinking	at	
night!).	You’ll	have	some	free	time	to	enjoy	lunch	and	explore	
the Christmas Market, including more than 140 pavilions

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                       throughout	the	city’s	five	squares.	The	Marktplatz	(Market	
                       Square)	is	the	perfect	place	to	sit	at	a	café	and	watch	the	
                       flow of people around the central square. You can also
                       admire the beautiful Madonna statue and Nativity Scene of
                       the Kornmarkt or the regal late-Renaissance house of Knight
                       St. George. Heidelberg has truly retained its charms from the
                       Renaissance and Romantic eras.

                       Day 6: Wertheim    s BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Wertheim walking tour 51
                       You’ll arrive in delightful Wertheim, a picture perfect German
                       small town during the morning. Located at the confluence of
                       the Tauber and Main rivers, Wertheim dates back to 1183.
                       Beginning at the pier, local guides will lead you into the
                       Medieval town towards the Maingate so that you can enjoy
                       the breathtaking view of Bavaria and the prince’s residence
                       across the Main River. Your first stop will be at the Pointed
                       Tower, a former jail built in 1170. You’ll enter through the
                       Maingate	into	the	Maingasse.	Overlooking	Altstadt	(Old	
                       Town),	are	the	ruins	of	Wertheim	Castle.	Built	during	the	
                       13th century, it remains one of the largest red-sandstone
                       castles	in	Southern	Germany.	Once	in	the	Marktplatz	(Market	
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                       Square),	lined	with	half-timbered	houses,	you’ll	see	the	
                       14th-century	Gothic-style	Stifskirche	(Protestant	church).	
                       After the tour, you can shop for some handmade glassworks
                       in thewonderful village shops adorned for the holidays.

                       Day 7: Würzburg (Rothenburg)      BB, D
                       Included Tour: Full-day tour of Rothenburg and Christmas
                       Market  82b
                       The ship will dock in the port of Würzburg, where a motor-
                       coach will take you to Rothenburg, located on the Tauber
                       River. A visit to Rothenburg is like a trip back in time to the
                       Middle Ages. Much has been preserved over the last 600
                       years. The city walls still stand, protecting the charming
                       core of Gothic churches and gabled houses.

                       Local	guides	will	lead	you	to	Marktplatz	(Market	Square)	for	
                       a tour of this Medieval gem. Here, you’ll find one of Germany’s
                       oldest and most celebrated Christmas Markets. There’s one
                       timber-framed house after another lining the narrow streets,
                       which hide tiny village squares, each with its own fountain.
                       You’ll	see	the	magnificent	Rathaus	(Town	Hall)	with	its	
                       touches of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
                       The Gothic church, Franziskanerkirche, is revered for its
                       famous altarpiece depicting the stigmatization of St. Francis.
                       It’s an early work of the artist Tilman Riemenschneider, one
                       of the greatest sculptors of the Middle Ages, who worked in

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neighboring Würzburg from 1483 until his death in 1531.
He was one of the most prolific and versatile Medieval
sculptors, a master in stone and limewood.

You’ll have time for lunch and further exploring of the
Christmas Market on your own. Rothenburg is a beacon
of Bavarian fare, and local guides will suggest excellent
choices for a lunch of spätzle or other regional delicacies.
The Reiterlesmarkt, in its idyllic setting between the Town
Hall and St. Jacob’s Church, is acknowledged as one of
Germany’s prettiest Christmas Market. There are also plenty
of holiday shopping opportunities for handmade crafts and
souvenirs. The original Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store is
here. This famous location also features a delightful museum
that displays vintage toys from as early as the 17th century.
After finding some great gifts, you will travel by motorcoach
back to the ship in Würzburg.

Day 8: Würzburg    s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Würzburg Residenz visit and Christmas
Market  62b
Würzburg offers one of Germany’s most pristine examples
of Baroque architecture in the Würzburg Residenz, a
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stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent
Baroque palace—one of the largest in Germany with its
magnificent gardens—was created under the patronage
of the Prince-Bishops Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl von
Schönborn. It was built and decorated in the 18th century
by	an	international	team	of	architects,	painters	(including	
Tiepolo),	sculptors,	and	stucco-workers,	led	by	Balthasar	
Neumann. This visit will give you a true sense of the history
of this region through the European Renaissance. Next,
you’ll see the seasonal delights of Würzburg’s 200-year-
old Christmas Market, full of holiday music and gifts, before
returning to the ship for lunch.

While you enjoy lunch back onboard, your floating hotel will
make its way along the scenic Main River to the next port of
call, Bamberg.
Note: Please note that the Würzburg Residenz prohibits the taking
of photos or videos and the carrying of backpacks.

Day 9: Bamberg    s BB, L F
Included Tour: Bamberg walking tour and Christmas Market
62b
You’ll wake up in Bamberg, located on the Regnitz River
near its confluence with the Main River. Like Rome, the city
is built on seven hills with a church atop each hill. During the


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                       Middle Ages, Bamberg divided itself into two towns across
                       the Regnitz, one for the prince-bishops and the other for the
                       Burghers	(a	formally	defined	class	in	Mediaeval	Germany).	
                       During the tour, you’ll see how this division impacted the
                       Altes	Rathaus	(Old	Town	Hall).	The	Gothic	edifice	was	built	
                       on a tiny island in the middle of the Regnitz to serve both
                       the secular and non-secular sides of town.

                       Along	the	banks	of	the	river	resides	Klein	Venedig	(Little	
                       Venice),	a	fishermen’s	colony	that	dates	back	to	the	19th	
                       century. Local guides will walk you through the Medieval
                       alleyways	of	the	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	to	the	Kaiserdom	(Imperial	
                       Cathedral).	Founded	in	1012,	its	present	late-Romanesque	
                       style was completed in the 13th century. The cathedral houses
                       the tombs of Emperor Henry II and Pope Clement II, making
                       it the only papal tomb in Germany. Passing through Domplatz
                       (Cathedral	Square),	you’ll	come	upon	the	Old	Palace	and	New	
                       Palace.	The	Alte	Hofhaltung	(Old	Palace),	the	late-Gothic	
                       imperial residence, sits across from the lovely rose garden
                       of	the	Neue	Residenz	(New	Palace),	where	the	17th-century	
                       prince-bishops lived. As the guides lead you back down to the
                       Old Town Hall, you’ll pass Schlenkerla, known for its smoked
                       beer and Bamberg’s most famous brewery, and visit the Antique
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                       Dealer’s Quarter as well. Along the way, you’ll come upon
                       one of the beautiful scenes of the Nativity Walk, displaying
                       tableaux throughout the city. You’ll have free time to explore
                       the rest of the Nativity Walk or enjoy shopping in the Christmas
                       Market. Follow the popular Bamberg Nativity trail to see around
                       40 Nativity scenes located throughout the town and at the
                       Christmas Markets. Christmas Markets come in two guises in
                       the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bamberg: the traditional
                       Christmas market and the delightful Medieval Christmas Market
                       in the authentic setting of Alte Hohfhaltung Palace.

                       A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                       this evening.

                       Day 10: Nuremberg    s BB, L, D
                       Included Tour: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market
                       62b
                       The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt
                       (Christmas	Markets)	very	close	to	their	hearts.	The	iconic	
                       golden Rausch Angel hovers high above the market; the
                       Christkind, a young female angel dressed in white with
                       glittering gold wings, opens the market by declaring,
                       “Welcome young and old to my little community of wood
                       and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy
                       it brings is eternal.” With that declaration, the market
                       festivities begin.

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The tour will take you through Nuremberg, an archetypal
Medieval German city enriched by defensive walls and red-
roofed buildings. Located on the Pegnitz River, Nuremberg
is the second-largest city in Bavaria and home to world-
renowned gingerbread—called lebkuchen—and tiny, piquant
sausages. Nuremberg was declared a free town of the Holy
Roman Empire in 1219 and prospered greatly—so much so
that in the days before, during, and after the Renaissance,
Nuremberg attracted a number of artists and intellectuals
and became one of the cultural centers of Europe.

No visit can be made to Nuremberg without acknowledging
a dark chapter from the city’s 20th-century history. The
city was the reluctant regional headquarters of the Nazis.
You will see the grounds where filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
immortalized Hitler during his infamous parades and rallies,
including the unfinished Roman coliseum, Kongresshalle.

Today, however, Nuremberg is a magical place, especially at
this festive time of the year. Leaving the motorcoach, you’ll
walk	through	the	heart	of	Altstadt	(Old	Town).	Just	as	people	
have done for centuries, you’ll gather around the stone
pyramid of the Beautiful Fountain, dating back to 1396 and
located in the center of the Market Square.
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Then it’s on to Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt, the largest
Christmas Market in Germany, with more than 200 wooden
stalls. The best way to experience the market is with a warm
cup of sweet and spicy glühwein or authentic Nuremberg
bratwurst. As you wander through the market, you’ll want
to indulge in some lebkuchen; after all, Nuremberg is known
as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The city has also
been a toy-making center for centuries, providing special
gifts for children around the world.

In the afternoon, you’ll have plenty of time to explore on your
own. Local guides will be happy to make recommendations
for the best sights to see, places to shop, or charming
coffeehouses to visit.
Note: Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is currently
being converted from a working courtroom into a museum, set to
open in 2011, and is therefore not open to visitors at this time.

Day 11: Depart Nuremberg       ebr
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to the Nuremberg
Airport for your flight home. Or, join us in an extension in
beautiful Prague to continue your wonderful vacation.



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          Nuremberg to Vienna, 9 Days

          European
       Holiday Markets
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Discover where many of our signature holiday traditions—
Christmas trees, gingerbread, nutcrackers, St. Nick, and
candy canes—came from as you sail through Germany
and Austria on a magical cruise.

Be spellbound by the Medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg’s
main Christmas Market, and sample its famous holiday
gingerbread. Stroll through Regensburg’s romantic Christmas
Market, savoring fresh dumplings with vanilla sauce. In
Passau, shop for unique crafts like hand-painted porcelain
and Bohemian glass ornaments. In Linz, “The Town of
Christmas Crèches,” marvel at the small clay figurines that
represent the people of a typical village—the butcher, the
baker, and the candlestick maker. And hear a Mozart and
Strauss concert while in the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna.

All this and more, in two countries of culture and elegance,
will surely make for a joyous start to your holiday festivities.




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Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Nuremberg        d
Day 2: Arrive Nuremberg    beD
Arrive at the Nuremberg Airport. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Nuremberg    s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market
62b
After breakfast, a motorcoach will take you on a panoramic
tour of Nuremberg, an archetypal German Medieval city.
Nuremberg is the second-largest city in Bavaria and home
to world-renowned gingerbread, called lebkuchen. The city
enjoyed its status as a free town of the Holy Roman Empire
beginning in 1219 and, like many such places, prospered
greatly—so much so that during the days before, during,
and after the Renaissance, Nuremberg attracted a number
of artists and intellectuals, making it one of the cultural
centers of Europe.

No visit can be made to Nuremberg without acknowledging
a dark chapter from the city’s 20th-century history. The
city was the reluctant regional headquarters of the Nazis.
You will see the grounds where filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
immortalized Hitler during his infamous parades and rallies,
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including the unfinished Roman coliseum, Kongresshalle.
As you ride around Nuremberg, you’ll be amazed by how
many Medieval fortifications still exist. Gateway towers rise
up along the rampart walls around the city.

At	the	crown	of	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	stand	the	three	complexes
of the Kaiserburg, including the Imperial Castle and Burgraves’
Castle. Here, the kings and emperors of Germany resided
from 1050 – 1571. You will stroll through the castle gardens
and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. From here, you’ll
walk into Old Town. Just as people have done for centuries,
you’ll gather around the stone pyramid of the Beautiful
Fountain, dating back to 1396 and located in the center of
the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square).

The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt
(Christmas	Markets)	close	to	their	hearts.	The	iconic	
golden Rausch Angel hovers high above the market, and
the Christkind, a young female angel dressed in white
with glittering gold wings, opens the market by declaring,
“Welcome young and old to my little community of wood
and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy


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                      it brings is eternal.” With that declaration, the market
                      festivities begin.

                      The Christkindlesmarkt will be in full swing, with more than
                      200 stalls filled with distinctive gifts and seasonal treats.
                      One of the best ways to experience the market is with a
                      warm cup of sweet and spicy glühwein. As you wander
                      through the marketplace, you’ll want to indulge in some
                      lebkuchen, especially since Nuremberg is known as the
                      “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The city has also been
                      a toy-making center for centuries, providing special gifts for
                      children around the world. A motorcoach will take you back
                      to the ship for lunch, but you can return afterward to spend
                      the afternoon shopping the fun holiday market.

                      A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
                      this evening.
                      Note: Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is currently
                      being converted from a working courtroom into a museum, set to
                      open in 2011, and is therefore not open to visitors at this time.

                      Day 4: Regensburg     s BB, L, D
                      Included Tour: Regensburg walking tour and Christmas
                      Market  52
                      You will arrive in the afternoon at an unspoiled gem and
                      UNESCO Heritage City, Regensburg, a friendly town with
                      quaint cobblestone streets, Medieval alleys, and historic
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                      Roman remnants. Regensburg was once the capital of
                      Bavaria.	Thanks	to	the	building	of	Steinerne	Brücke	(Stone	
                      Bridge),	a	Medieval	bridge	spanning	the	Danube	and	built	
                      in the 12th century, Regensburg became an international
                      trading	hub.	This	bridge,	which	is	1,014	feet	(309	m)	long,	
                      was an architectural wonder in its day.

                      Local guides will meet you pierside and show you the
                      highlights of the town, beginning with the Cathedral of St.
                      Peter. Built on the site of a former Roman military camp,
                      this cathedral is modeled on French architecture. Be sure
                      to see the magnificent stained-glass windows dating from
                      the 14th century. After viewing the cathedral, you’ll pass
                      the Gothic structure of Town Hall, where the first parliament
                      in Germany sat from 1663 to 1806. Ambassadors from
                      all over Europe were attracted here and built stately and
                      impressive homes throughout the area. Then, you’ll wind
                      your way through narrow alleys to the Stone Bridge. Besides
                      making Regensburg a center of trade, the bridge is also great
                      for picture-taking, offering a panoramic view of the town.
                      Note: The Regensburg Christmas Market visit will not be available
                      after December 23.


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The stalls and booths of the Christmas Markets are set up
around the 500-year-old Neupfarrkirche and in front of
the Classical columns of the former city guardhouse and
the Lucrecia craft market. Shop for children’s toys or
traditional Nativity Scenes with handcarved figures. Enjoy
regional specialties such as mulled blueberry wine from
the Bavarian Forest, Regensburg sausages on crisp bread
rolls, and mulled cider. As you take in the splendor of the
Christmas Market, indulge in some steamed dampfnudel
(dumplings	with	vanilla	sauce).

Day 5: Passau   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Passau walking tour and Christmas Market;
gingerbread-making demonstration and floral decoration
demonstration   62
Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube,
Inn, and Ilz—Passau is well-known for its ornate Baroque
cathedral. Originally, the city was a Roman colony in the
province of Noricum, called Batavis, named after an ancient
Germanic tribe. Local guides will be waiting to take you into
this wonderful town.

You will walk through Medieval alleyways on your way to the
monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After the town burned
to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the reconstruction
involved many Italian artists, giving Passau its Baroque,
Rococo, and Neoclassical touches. After the cathedral, you’ll
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see the Rococo stairways of the New Residence. Then you’ll
walk along the Inn River to the confluence of the three rivers.
Next, it’s on to the Town Hall and its magnificent atrium,
which boasts several massive paintings by the famous
German painter Ferdinand Wagner.

During the walking tour, you’ll have the chance to watch local
talent perform their holiday magic at gingerbread-making
and wreath-winding demonstrations.

Then, it’s time for the Passau Christmas Market in Domplatz
(Cathedral	Square),	which	is	set	against	the	impressive	back-
drop of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. You’ll find much to enjoy
here—from miniature Bavarian houses and blown-glass
ornaments to whipped sugar confections—in more than 70
stalls. At times, the Passau Christmas Market also features
demonstrations by local craftsman such as glassblowers,
candle makers, wood carvers, and confectioners.

Enjoy the afternoon here at the market, or explore this
charming town as you wish. Definitely worth a visit is the
outstanding glass museum on the promenade. Ask your
Cruise Manager for directions.

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                      Note: The Passau Christmas Market visit will not be available after
                      December 23.

                      Day 6: Linz   s BB, L, D
                      Included Tour: Linz walking tour and Christmas Market
                      52
                      Your cruise sails into Austria and the wonderful city of Linz.
                      In keeping with the Austrian traditions of good food and good
                      music, Linz is also home to both the Linzertorte and the Linz
                      Symphony. The torte is a delectable confection. One of class-
                      ical music’s most famous compositions, Mozart’s Symphony
                      No. 36, was written here in 1783. The story goes that the
                      composer was so inspired by the beauty of the city that he
                      finished the work in less than a week.
                      Linz’s strategic location on the river and on the salt road that
                      ran from the Salzkammergut to Bohemia ensured its position
                      as the number-one trading place for the vital commodity of
                      salt. In the 1700s, Linz was Austria’s main center for trade
                      and textiles. A wool fabrication plant employed up to 50,000
                      people. Today, this vibrant city, the third-largest in Austria,
                      is still well-known as a center for trade and industry. It is
                      also the country’s largest Danube port.
                      You’ll meet up with local guides pierside and start your
                      exploration on foot. The walking tour will go through Linz’s
                      Altstadt	(Old	Town)	and	pedestrian	zone,	passing	by	Alter	
                      Markt	(Old	Market),	Kremsmünsterhaus,	and	Main	Square,	
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                      one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares, with the
                      Baroque Trinity Column.
                      Once in the square, it will be time to visit Linz’s lively
                      Christmas Market, which enjoys a backdrop of Baroque
                      buildings with pastel façades. The stalls are filled with
                      everything from Christmas crèches, for which Linz is
                      famous, to the ever-popular Linzertorte. Enjoy the festive
                      atmosphere created by bands playing holiday music and
                      seasonal lights that lend a special sparkle to one of
                      Austria’s largest markets.
                      Note: The Linz Christmas Market visit will not be available after
                      December 23.

                      Day 7: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, and Vienna
                      s BB, L, D
                      Included Tour: Dürnstein walking tour 42
                      Included Tour: Classical music performance of Mozart and
                      Strauss in a Vienna concert hall     71bc
                      Make your way to the lounge in the morning to marvel
                      at the scenery of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau is the


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19-mile	(30-km)	stretch	of	the	Danube	that	cuts	through	
a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest
between Melk and Dürnstein. This beautiful region, with
steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the river
and a mixture of crags and south-facing vineyards on the
north, was recently declared a World Heritage Landscape by
UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns
and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white
wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that
cling to these rocky slopes.

Bordered by a triangle of fortified walls, Dürnstein is situated
against rugged cliffs overlooking the Danube at the end of
the Wachau Valley. This tiny Baroque village is timeless. It
is perhaps most famous for being the place where Richard
the Lionheart was held captive from 1192 to 1193. You’ll
see the castle ruins high above the city walls, where the
English king was held captive until he paid a heavy ransom
in silver. Local guides will lead you through the village,
with its 16th to 18th century townhouses, and beautiful
Augustinian Convent, and Baroque cathedral.

In the evening, after an early dinner, you’ll experience yet
another special treat: a visit to one of Vienna’s many famous
concert halls for a night of beautiful Viennese music. You’ll
enjoy a concert of traditional Austrian songs, along with
the beautiful orchestral pieces of Mozart and Strauss for
which Vienna is so famous. This musicale forms a perfect
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backdrop for costumed dancers, accomplished in the art
of the waltz. The evening concludes with a drive alongside
the glimmering lights of the Ringstrasse. Afterward, you’ll
return to your ship.

Day 8: Vienna   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Vienna city tour, visit to the National Library
and Christmas Markets    62b
Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
Market 72b

You’ll have a full day to partake of the Christmas spirit in
Vienna. Get acquainted with the city on a panoramic tour, then
join in the evening celebration of Austria’s musical heritage.

Before visiting the Christmas Market, you’ll get accustomed
to the city with a scenic tour.

Vienna is a city steeped in history, music, and elegant arch-
itecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the
height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing
perhaps his most famous works, including The Marriage of



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                      Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found
                      Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.

                      Today, you will take a guided tour of this city of artistic
                      splendors. A motorcoach will wait pierside to take you
                      around the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare
                      surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments
                      that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. Among the
                      many magnificent sights you’ll see on your drive are Rathaus
                      (City	Hall),	Parliament,	and	the	Staatsoper	(State	Opera).	
                      You’ll disembark your motorcoach at Maria-Theresia-Platz
                      (Maria	Theresa	Square)	near	the	Kunsthistorisches	Museum	
                      (Art	History	Museum).	Your	walking	tour	will	first	take	you	
                      to	Österreichische	Nationalbibliothek	(Austrian	National	
                      Library).	Here,	you’ll	visit	what	has	been	called	the	most	
                      beautiful library room in the world: Baroque State Hall. Richly
                      decorated, two-story-tall bookcases line the walls, and in the
                      center of the room stands a statue of Emperor Charles VI.

                      You’ll leave the National Library and continue your walking
                      tour to Hofburg Palace complex. Grand Hofburg Palace
                      served as the winter residence of the royal Habsburg
                      dynasty. You tour will bring you past the oldest section of
                      the complex, dating back to the 13th century, and past
                      the	famous	Spanische	Reitschule	(Spanish	Riding	School).	
                      You’ll	cross	Michaeler	Platz	(St.	Michael’s	Square).	Across	
                      the square, the former parish church of the imperial family,
                      Michaelerkirche	(St.	Michael’s	Church),	will	catch	your	eye	
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                      with its solitary spire. From the square, you’ll make your
                      way	past	the	elegant	designer	shops	of	Kohlmarkt	(Cabbage	
                      Market).	You’ll	also	see	the	stunning	Pestsäule	(Plague	
                      Column),	which	rises	prominently	along	the	street.	This	
                      sculpture was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I in honor
                      of the citizens who died during the plague of 1679. Eventually,
                      you will reach the awe-inspiring centerpiece of Vienna, Steph-
                      ansdom	(St.	Stephen’s	Cathedral).	You’ll	then	have	leisure	
                      time to explore more of this beautiful city on your own before
                      re-boarding a motorcoach and returning to the ship.

                      You’ll walk with local guides to the Christmas Markets at
                      Rathaus and Freyung. Austria’s most famous Christmas
                      Market	is	situated	in	front	of	City	Hall	(Rathaus)	with	more	
                      than 140 wooden huts. Rum balls and nutmeg-spiced
                      macaroons are treats you’ll want to try. You’ll also visit the
                      intimate and charming Christmas Market at Freyung Square,
                      which has taken place every winter since 1772.

                      The afternoon is yours; feel free to visit one of the city’s many
                      museums, or join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace
                      before the evening concert at a famous Viennese concert hall.


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In the evening, after an early dinner, you’ll enjoy yet another
special treat: a visit to one of Vienna’s many famous concert
halls for a night of beautiful Viennese music. You’ll take in a
concert of traditional Austrian songs, along with the beautiful
orchestral pieces of Mozart and Strauss for which Vienna is so
famous. This musicale forms a perfect backdrop for costumed
dancers, accomplished in the art of the waltz. The evening
concludes with a drive alongside the glimmering lights of the
Ringstrasse. Afterward, you’ll return to your ship.

A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you in
the evening.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
Market

From a former hunting lodge to a stunning palace rivaling
Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see on any visit
to Austria. This summer Habsburg residence was merely a
work in progress until the reign of the 23-year-old Empress
Maria Theresa began in 1740. Under her guidance, the
palace became the center of Austria’s political and social
scene. Today, this stunning palatial monument delights the
eyes with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and
glorious 18th- and 19th-century interiors. One could spend
days here. Today, you’ll concentrate on the imperial rooms
from the era of Franz Joseph and his beloved Empress Sissi,
whose popularity throughout Europe during the Gilded Age
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was unmatched by anyone before her. You will also have
some time to explore the Christmas Market set up right in
front of Schönbrunn.
Note: The Vienna Christmas Market visit will not be available after
December 23.

Day 9: Depart Vienna     ebr
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes
a group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a
private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Vienna
International Airport for your flight home.




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          Vienna to Nuremberg, 9 Days

          European
       Holiday Markets
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Discover where many of our signature holiday traditions—
Christmas trees, gingerbread, nutcrackers, St. Nick, and
candy canes—came from as you sail through Germany
and Austria on a magical cruise.

Be spellbound by the Medieval atmosphere of Nuremberg’s
main Christmas Market, and sample its famous holiday
gingerbread. Stroll through Regensburg’s romantic Christmas
Market, savoring fresh dumplings with vanilla sauce. In
Passau, shop for unique crafts like hand-painted porcelain
and Bohemian glass ornaments. In Linz, “The Town of
Christmas Crèches,” marvel at the small clay figurines that
represent the people of a typical village—the butcher, the
baker, and the candlestick maker. And hear a Mozart and
Strauss concert while in the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna.

All this and more, in two countries of culture and elegance,
will surely make for a joyous start to your holiday festivities.




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Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Vienna       d
Day 2: Arrive Vienna   beD
Arrive at the Vienna International Airport. If your cruise/tour
package includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have
purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by
a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Vienna   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Vienna city tour, visit to the National Library
and Christmas Markets    62b
Included Tour: Classical music performance of Mozart and
Strauss in a Vienna concert hall 72bc

Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
Market 72b

You’ll have a full day to partake of the Christmas spirit in
Vienna. Get acquainted with the city on a panoramic tour,
then join in the evening celebration of Austria’s musical
heritage.

Before visiting the Christmas Market, you’ll get accustomed
to the city with a scenic tour.

Vienna is a city steeped in history, music, and elegant arch-
itecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the
height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing
perhaps his most famous works, including The Marriage of
Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found
Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.
                                                                  Vienna to Nuremberg




Today, you will take a guided tour of this city of artistic
splendors. A motorcoach will wait pierside to take you
around the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare
surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments
that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. Among the
many magnificent sights you’ll see on your drive are Rathaus
(City	Hall),	Parliament,	and	the	Staatsoper	(State	Opera).	
You’ll disembark your motorcoach at Maria-Theresia-Platz
(Maria	Theresa	Square)	near	the	Kunsthistorisches	Museum	
(Art	History	Museum).	Your	walking	tour	will	first	take	you	
to	Österreichische	Nationalbibliothek	(Austrian	National	
Library).	Here,	you’ll	visit	what	has	been	called	the	most	
beautiful library room in the world: Baroque State Hall. Richly
decorated, two-story-tall bookcases line the walls, and in the
center of the room stands a statue of Emperor Charles VI.

You’ll leave the National Library and continue your walking
tour to Hofburg Palace complex. Grand Hofburg Palace



                                                Uniworld.com 85
                      served as the winter residence of the royal Habsburg
                      dynasty. You tour will bring you past the oldest section of
                      the complex, dating back to the 13th century, and past
                      the	famous	Spanische	Reitschule	(Spanish	Riding	School).	
                      You’ll	cross	Michaeler	Platz	(St.	Michael’s	Square).	Across	
                      the square, the former parish church of the imperial family,
                      Michaelerkirche	(St.	Michael’s	Church),	will	catch	your	eye	
                      with its solitary spire. From the square, you’ll make your
                      way	past	the	elegant	designer	shops	of	Kohlmarkt	(Cabbage	
                      Market).	You’ll	also	see	the	stunning	Pestsäule	(Plague	
                      Column),	which	rises	prominently	along	the	street.	This	
                      sculpture was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I in honor
                      of the citizens who died during the plague of 1679. Eventually,
                      you will reach the awe-inspiring centerpiece of Vienna, Steph-
                      ansdom	(St.	Stephen’s	Cathedral).	You’ll	then	have	leisure	
                      time to explore more of this beautiful city on your own before
                      re-boarding a motorcoach and returning to the ship.

                      You’ll walk with local guides to the Christmas Markets at
                      Rathaus and Freyung. Austria’s most famous Christmas
                      Market	is	situated	in	front	of	City	Hall	(Rathaus)	with	more	
                      than 140 wooden huts. Rum balls and nutmeg-spiced
                      macaroons are treats you’ll want to try. You’ll also visit the
                      intimate and charming Christmas Market at Freyung Square,
                      which has taken place every winter since 1772.

                      The afternoon is yours; feel free to visit one of the city’s many
                      museums, or join the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace
                      before the evening concert at a famous Viennese concert hall.

                      In the evening, after an early dinner, you’ll enjoy yet another
                      special treat: a visit to one of Vienna’s many famous concert
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                      halls for a night of beautiful Viennese music. You’ll take in a
                      concert of traditional Austrian songs, along with the beautiful
                      orchestral pieces of Mozart and Strauss for which Vienna is so
                      famous. This musicale forms a perfect backdrop for costumed
                      dancers, accomplished in the art of the waltz. The evening
                      concludes with a drive alongside the glimmering lights of the
                      Ringstrasse. Afterward, you’ll return to your ship.

                      Irresistible Optional Tour: Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas
                      Market

                      From a former hunting lodge to a stunning palace rivaling
                      Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see on any visit
                      to Austria. This summer Habsburg residence was merely a
                      work in progress until the reign of the 23-year-old Empress
                      Maria Theresa began in 1740. Under her guidance, the
                      palace became the center of Austria’s political and social
                      scene. Today, this stunning palatial monument delights the



                      Uniworld 86
eyes with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and
glorious 18th- and 19th-century interiors. One could spend
days here. Today, you’ll concentrate on the imperial rooms
from the era of Franz Joseph and his beloved Empress Sissi,
whose popularity throughout Europe during the Gilded Age
was unmatched by anyone before her. You will also have
some time to explore the Christmas Market set up right in
front of Schönbrunn.

Day 4: Dürnstein, cruising the Wachau Valley
s BB, L, W
Included Tour: Dürnstein walking tour 42
Bordered by a triangle of fortified walls, Dürnstein is situated
against rugged cliffs overlooking the Danube at the end of
the Wachau Valley. This tiny Baroque village is timeless. It
is perhaps most famous for being the place where Richard
the Lionheart was held captive from 1192 to 1193. You’ll see
the castle ruins high above the city walls, where the English
king was held captive until he paid a heavy ransom in silver.
Local guides will lead you through the village, with its 16th
century to 18th century townhouses, Augustinian Convent,
and beautiful Baroque cathedral.

There’s something special in store for you when the ship
departs Dürnstein after lunch: make your way to the lounge
to marvel at the scenery of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau
is	the	19-mile	(30-km)	stretch	of	the	Danube	that	cuts	
through a rocky gorge amid the foothills of the Bohemian
Forest between Melk and Dürnstein. This beautiful region,
with steep, densely wooded slopes on the south side of the
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river and a mixture of crags and south-facing vineyards on
the north, was recently declared a World Heritage Landscape
by UNESCO. Dotted along the banks are small historic towns
and winemaking communities. Some of Austria’s finest white
wines are produced from grapes ripened on the terraces that
cling to these rocky slopes.

A special Captain’s Welcome Dinner will be prepared for you
in the evening.

Day 5: Linz   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Linz walking tour and Christmas Market
42
Awake in Linz this morning. In keeping with the Austrian
traditions of good food and good music, Linz is also home
to both the Linzertorte and the Linz Symphony. The torte is a
delectable confection. One of classical music’s most famous
compositions, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, was written here


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                      in 1783. The story goes that the composer was so inspired
                      by the beauty of the city that he finished the work in less
                      than a week.

                      Linz’s strategic location on the river and on the salt road that
                      ran from the Salzkammergut to Bohemia ensured its position
                      as the number one trading place for the vital commodity of
                      salt. In the 1700s, Linz was Austria’s main center for trade
                      and textiles. A wool fabrication plant employed up to 50,000
                      people. Today, this vibrant city, the third-largest in Austria,
                      is still well-known as a center for trade and industry. It is
                      also the country’s largest Danube port.

                      You’ll meet up with local guides pierside and start your
                      exploration on foot. The walking tour will go through Linz’s
                      Altstadt	(Old	Town)	and	pedestrian	zone,	passing	by	Alter	
                      Markt	(Old	Market),	Kremsmünsterhaus,	and	Main	Square,	
                      one of Austria’s most attractive closed squares, with the
                      Baroque Trinity Column.

                      Once in the square, it will be time to visit Linz’s lively Christ-
                      mas Market, which enjoys a backdrop of Baroque buildings
                      with pastel façades. The stalls are filled with everything from
                      Christmas crèches, for which Linz is famous, to the ever-
                      popular Linzertorte. Enjoy the festive atmosphere created
                      by bands playing holiday music and seasonal lights that
                      lend a special sparkle to one of Austria’s largest markets.

                      Day 6: Passau    s BB, L, D
                      Included Tour: Passau walking tour and Christmas Market;
                      gingerbread-making demonstration and floral decoration
                      demonstration   62
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                      Located at the confluence of three rivers—the Danube,
                      Inn, and Ilz—Passau is well-known for its ornate Baroque
                      cathedral. Originally, the city was a Roman colony in the
                      province of Noricum, called Batavis, named after an ancient
                      Germanic tribe. Local guides will be waiting to take you into
                      this wonderful town.

                      You will walk through Medieval alleyways on your way to the
                      monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After the town burned
                      to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the reconstruction
                      involved many Italian artists, giving Passau its Baroque,
                      Rococo, and Neoclassical touches. After the cathedral, you’ll
                      see the Rococo stairways of the New Residence. Then you’ll
                      walk along the Inn River to the confluence of the three rivers.
                      Next, it’s on to the Town Hall and its magnificent atrium,
                      which boasts several massive paintings by the famous
                      German painter Ferdinand Wagner.



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During the walking tour, you’ll have the chance to watch local
talent perform their holiday magic at gingerbread-making
and wreath-winding demonstrations.

Then, it’s time for the Passau Christmas Market in Domplatz
(Cathedral	Square),	which	is	set	against	the	impressive	back-
drop of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. You’ll find much to enjoy
here—from miniature Bavarian houses and blown-glass
ornaments to whipped sugar confections—in more than 70
stalls. At times, the Passau Christmas Market also features
demonstrations by local craftsman such as glassblowers,
candle makers, wood carvers, and confectioners.

Enjoy the afternoon here at the market, or explore this
charming town as you wish. Definitely worth a visit is the
outstanding glass museum on the promenade. Ask your
Cruise Manager for directions.

Day 7: Regensburg   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Regensburg walking tour and Christmas
Market 42
During the morning, you’ll arrive at an unspoiled gem,
Regensburg, a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets,
Medieval alleys, and historic Roman remnants. Regensburg
was once the capital of Bavaria. Thanks to the building of
Steinerne	Brücke	(Stone	Bridge),	a	Medieval	bridge	spanning	
the Danube and built in the 12th century, Regensburg became
an international trading hub. This bridge, which is 1,014 feet
(309	m)	long,	was	an	architectural	wonder	in	its	day.

Local guides will meet you pierside and show you the
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highlights of the town, beginning with the Cathedral of St.
Peter. Built on the site of a former Roman military camp,
this cathedral is modeled on French architecture. Be sure
to see the magnificent stained-glass windows dating from
the 14th century. After viewing the cathedral, you’ll pass
the Gothic structure of Town Hall, where the first parliament
in Germany sat from 1663 to 1806. Ambassadors from
all over Europe were attracted here and built stately and
impressive homes throughout the area. Then, you’ll wind
your way through narrow alleys to the Stone Bridge. Besides
making Regensburg a center of trade, the bridge is also great
for picture-taking, offering a panoramic view of the town.

The stalls and booths of the Christmas Markets are set up
around the 500-year-old Neupfarrkirche and in front of
the Classical columns of the former city guardhouse and
the Lucrecia craft market. Shop for children’s toys or
traditional Nativity Scenes with handcarved figures. Enjoy



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                      regional specialties such as mulled blueberry wine from
                      the Bavarian Forest, Regensburg sausages on crisp bread
                      rolls, and mulled cider. As you take in the splendor of the
                      Christmas Market, indulge in some steamed dampfnudel
                      (dumplings	with	vanilla	sauce).

                      Day 8: Nuremberg    s BB, L F
                      Included Tour: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market
                      62b
                      From the port of Roth, a motorcoach will take you on a
                      panoramic tour of Nuremberg, an archetypal German
                      Medieval city. Nuremberg is the second-largest city in
                      Bavaria and home to world-renowned gingerbread, called
                      lebkuchen. The city enjoyed its status as a free town of
                      the Holy Roman Empire beginning in 1219 and, like many
                      such places, prospered greatly—so much so that during the
                      days before, during, and after the Renaissance, Nuremberg
                      attracted a number of artists and intellectuals, making it
                      one of the cultural centers of Europe.

                      No visit can be made to Nuremberg without acknowledging
                      a dark chapter from the city’s 20th-century history. The
                      city was the reluctant regional headquarters of the Nazis.
                      You will see the grounds where filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
                      immortalized Hitler during his infamous parades and rallies,
                      including the unfinished Roman coliseum, Kongresshalle.
                      As you ride around Nuremberg, you’ll be amazed by how
                      many Medieval fortifications still exist. Gateway towers rise
                      up along the rampart walls around the city.

                      At	the	crown	of	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	stand	the	three	com-
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                      plexes of the Kaiserburg, including the Imperial Castle and
                      Burgraves’ Castle. Here, the kings and emperors of Germany
                      resided from 1050 to 1571. You will stroll through the castle
                      gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. From here,
                      you’ll walk into the Old Town. Just as people have done for
                      centuries, you’ll gather around the stone pyramid of the
                      Beautiful Fountain, dating back to 1396 and located in
                      the	center	of	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square).

                      The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt
                      (Christmas	Markets)	close	to	their	hearts.	The	iconic	
                      golden Rausch Angel hovers high above the market, and
                      the Christkind, a young female angel dressed in white
                      with glittering gold wings, opens the market by declaring,
                      “Welcome young and old to my little community of wood
                      and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy
                      it brings is eternal.” With that declaration, the market
                      festivities begin.


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The Christkindlesmarkt will be in full swing, with more than
200 stalls filled with distinctive gifts and seasonal treats.
One of the best ways to experience the market is with a
warm cup of sweet and spicy glühwein. As you wander
through the marketplace, you’ll want to indulge in some
lebkuchen, especially since Nuremberg is known as the
“Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The city has also been
a toy-making center for centuries, providing special gifts for
children around the world. A motorcoach will take you back
to the ship for lunch, but you can return afterward to spend
the afternoon shopping the fun holiday market.

A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
this evening.
Note: Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is currently
being converted from a working courtroom into a museum, set to
open in 2011, and is therefore not open to visitors at this time.

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Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to Nuremberg
Airport for your flight home. Or, join us on an extension to
beautiful Prague and continue your wonderful vacation.
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       Nuremberg to Budapest, 14 Days

  Grand Christmas &
  New Year’s Cruise
Make this holiday season extra special and welcome 2011
in grand style

Let this holiday season be an unforgettable one. Celebrate
Christmas in Regensburg, one of the loveliest Medieval towns
in Europe, where you will have time to attend Christmas Mass
in one of Regensburg’s magnificent churches, followed by a
grand celebration onboard your ship. Learn how the tradition
of glassblowing has remained basically unchanged since the
glassblower’s pipe was invented some 2,000 years ago, and
take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Bavarian Forest.

We have arranged for a private cocktail reception at Artstetten
Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of
the royal Habsburgs. You’ll also welcome the New Year at an
exclusive gala dinner and dance in the magnificent Viennese
Palais Pallavicini, which traditionally hosts official Austrian
receptions for monarchs and heads of state! While here, you’ll
be treated to a festive dinner and a private concert, at which you
can even waltz to the famous tunes of Strauss and Mozart—all
in the stylish and elegant ambience of this historic salon.


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Three captivating countries and one enchanting river will
provide the perfect backdrop for celebrating the holidays
in grand style.

Day 1: Depart home gateway city to Nuremberg       d
Day 2: Arrive Nuremberg    beD
Arrive at the Nuremberg Airport. If your cruise/tour package
includes a group arrival transfer, or if you have purchased
a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld
representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 3: Nuremberg    s BB, L, W
Included Tour: Nuremberg city tour and Christmas Market
62b
After breakfast, a motorcoach will take you on a panoramic
tour of Nuremberg, an archetypal German Medieval city.
Nuremberg is the second-largest city in Bavaria and home
to world-renowned gingerbread, called lebkuchen. The city
enjoyed its status as a free town of the Holy Roman Empire
beginning in 1219 and, like many such places, prospered
greatly—so much so that during the days before, during,
and after the Renaissance, Nuremberg attracted a number
of artists and intellectuals, making it one of the cultural
centers of Europe.

No visit can be made to Nuremberg without acknowledging
a dark chapter from the city’s 20th-century history. The
city was the reluctant regional headquarters of the Nazis.
You will see the grounds where filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
immortalized Hitler during his infamous parades and rallies,
including the unfinished Roman coliseum, Kongresshalle.
As you ride around Nuremberg, you’ll be amazed by how
many Medieval fortifications still exist. Gateway towers rise
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up along the rampart walls around the city.

At	the	crown	of	Altstadt	(Old	Town)	stand	the	three	com-
plexes of the Kaiserburg, including the Imperial Castle and
Burgraves’ Castle. Here, the kings and emperors of Germany
resided from 1050 to 1571. You will stroll through the castle
gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. From here,
you’ll walk into the Old Town. Just as people have done for
centuries, you’ll gather around the stone pyramid of the
Beautiful Fountain, dating back to 1396 and located in
the	center	of	the	Marktplatz	(Market	Square).

The people of Nuremberg hold their Christkindlesmarkt
(Christmas	Markets)	close	to	their	hearts.	The	iconic	
golden Rausch Angel hovers high above the market, and
the Christkind, a young female angel dressed in white

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                        with glittering gold wings, opens the market by declaring,
                        “Welcome young and old to my little community of wood
                        and cloth. While this market’s splendor is fleeting, the joy
                        it brings is eternal.” With that declaration, the market
                        festivities begin.

                        The Christkindlesmarkt will be in full swing, with more than
                        200 stalls filled with distinctive gifts and seasonal treats.
                        One of the best ways to experience the market is with a
                        warm cup of sweet and spicy glühwein. As you wander
                        through the marketplace, you’ll want to indulge in some
                        lebkuchen, especially since Nuremberg is known as the
                        “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The city has also been
                        a toy-making center for centuries, providing special gifts for
                        children around the world. A motorcoach will take you back
                        to the ship for lunch, but you can return afterward to spend
                        the afternoon shopping the fun holiday market.

                        A special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                        this evening.
                        Note: Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice is currently
                        being converted from a working courtroom into a museum, set to
                        open in 2011, and is therefore not open to visitors at this time.

                        Day 4: Cruising the Main-Danube Canal and Danube,
                        Regensburg s BB, L, D
                        For more than 1,200 years, European leaders and their
                        engineers dreamed of linking the great rivers of Central
                        Europe: the Rhine, Main, and Danube. Since 1992, the
                        engineering	masterpiece	of	the	106-mile	long	(170-km)	
                        Main-Danube Canal has made this dream come true. This
                        masterwork allows ships of all shapes and sizes to readily
                        transit from the Rhine Delta in the Netherlands to the
                        Danube Delta in Romania, connecting the North Sea and
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                        Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The canal crosses the
                        European	Divide	at	1,331	feet	(405	m)	above	sea	level,	
                        climbing the summit by way of a series of impressive locks,
                        the	highest	lifting	about	83	feet	(25	m).	It	then	follows	the	
                        natural course of the Altmühl Valley, a picturesque area of
                        limestone mountains and Franconian villages, before it
                        joins the Danube near Regensburg.

                        You’ll arrive in Regensburg during the evening, with the town
                        celebrating Christmas Eve. You’ll be free to explore the city
                        on your own, and you can even attend the special Christmas
                        Midnight Mass in town.




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Day 5: Regensburg   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Regensburg walking tour 52
An unspoiled gem and the first port of call on the Danube,
Regensburg is a friendly town with quaint cobblestone streets,
Medieval alleys, and historic Roman remnants. Regensburg
was once the capital of Bavaria. Thanks to the building of
Steinerne	Brücke	(Stone	Bridge),	a	Medieval	bridge	spanning	
the Danube and built in the 12th century, Regensburg became
an international trading hub. This bridge, which is 1,014 feet
(309	m)	long,	was	an	architectural	wonder	in	its	day.

In the morning, you’ll have time to attend Christmas Mass
in one of Regensburg’s beautiful churches. During the
afternoon, local guides will meet you pierside and show the
highlights of the town, beginning with the Cathedral of St.
Peter. Built on the site of a former Roman military camp,
this cathedral is modeled on French architecture. Be sure
to see the magnificent stained-glass windows dating from
the 14th century. After viewing the cathedral, you’ll pass
the Gothic structure of Town Hall, where the first parliament
in Germany sat from 1663 to 1806. Ambassadors from
all over Europe were attracted here and built stately and
impressive homes throughout the area. Then, you’ll wind
your way through narrow alleys to the Stone Bridge. Besides
making Regensburg a center of trade, the bridge is also great
for picture-taking, offering a panoramic view of the town.

Invigorated by the stroll through this winter wonderland,
you’ll return to the ship for a warm and festive Christmas
celebration, complete with a sumptuous meal, superb wines,
and Christmas caroling. This will be a Christmas you’ll
cherish for years.

Day 6: Deggendorf   s BB, L, D
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Included Tour: Horse-drawn sleigh ride in the Bavarian
Forest and glass museum and workshop visit    72bm
After a morning cruising the enchanting Danube, you’ll arrive
in Deggendorf, gateway to the Bavarian Forest. After lunch,
you’ll board a motorcoach for a scenic ride through mountain
forests to the town of Zwiesel, well-known for its tradition of
glassmaking.

The Bavarian Forest, called the “green roof of Europe,” is the
largest continuous wooded area in Germany. The mountain
range, stretching from the Danube to the Bohemian Forest
and the Austrian border, is a playground of nature and winter
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                        Cultivated by monks in the Middle Ages, it has always been
                        a remote area. People in the forest primarily engaged in
                        agriculture, forestry, mining, and traditional glassmaking.
                        Glass beads, windowpanes, and drinking glasses from the
                        region were highly prized at princes’ courts across Europe.
                        The famous ruby-red Bohemian glass with lead crystal,
                        decorated by master engravers, is made in some of these
                        artists’ workshops.

                        The first stop will be the small village of Baernzell, where
                        the horse-drawn sleigh awaits you for a ride through the
                        woods surrounding the village. Oh what fun it is to ride on
                        a horse-drawn sleigh, wrapped in warm blankets, admiring
                        the winter wonderland.

                        Then you’ll return to the town of Zwiesel, located in the
                        heart of the Bavarian Glass Route. You’ll head for one of
                        the small, family-operated glass manufacturers, where the
                        warm and spicy flavor of mulled wine will welcome you. See
                        art in the making, and learn the materials required to make
                        glass, some fascinating techniques used to shape it, and
                        the craftsmanship necessary to create such wonderful items
                        as friendship cups. Plus, you’ll learn how the tradition of
                        glassblowing has remained basically unchanged since the
                        glassmaker’s pipe was invented 2,000 years ago.
                        Note: The order of sightseeing might be reversed for operational
                        reasons.

                        Day 7: Passau   s BB, L, D
                        Included Tour: Passau walking tour 72
                        Luxuriate onboard this morning as your floating hotel cruises
                        down the majestic Danube towards Passau. Located at the
                        confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn, and Ilz—Passau
                        is well-known for its ornate Baroque cathedral. Originally, the
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                        city was a Roman colony in the province of Noricum, called
                        Batavis, named after an ancient Germanic tribe. Local guides
                        will be waiting to take you into this wonderful town.

                        You will walk through Medieval alleyways on your way to
                        the monumental St. Stephan’s Cathedral. After the town
                        burned to the ground in 1662 and again in 1680, the
                        reconstruction involved many Italian artists, giving Passau
                        its Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical touches. After
                        visiting the cathedral, you’ll see the Rococo stairways of the
                        New Residence. Then you’ll walk along the Inn River to the
                        confluence of the three rivers. Next, it’s on to the Town Hall
                        and its magnificent atrium, which boasts several massive
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The remainder of the afternoon will be yours to do as you
wish. Relax onboard or continue to discover the delights
of this charming town.

Day 8: Linz (Salzburg)   s BB, D
Included Tour: Full-day Salzburg including a walking tour
82b
You will journey through the region known to many as the
“smile on the face of Austria.” The scenic drive from Linz to
Salzburg is filled with beautiful vistas and the romanticism
that inspired so many great composers.

Salzburg was originally a Roman outpost called Luvavum.
And for most of its history, it made its money from salt
mining. In fact, salz in German means salt. This city
of salt is also famous for being the birthplace of Mozart.
Mozart lived in Vienna and wrote many a concert there,
but it was here that he was born and raised.

Arriving in the city, with expert guides on hand, you’ll dis-
embark	the	motorcoach	for	a	walking	tour	of	Altmarkt	(Old	
Town).	This	UNESCO	World	Heritage	Site	is	known	for	its
well-preserved Medieval town center and musical heritage.
You’ll see the Mirabellgarten, featured in the beloved film
The Sound of Music. Then, you’ll view Mirabell Castle, built
in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his
mistress, before heading past the Mozart House.

Next, you’ll walk through the bustling Old Market, lined with
coffee shops and boutiques, to the Residenz, an enormous
Baroque house. You’ll view the 15th-century Dom Cathedral,
where Mozart was baptized. Its three bronze doors represent,
from left to right, Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Afterward, you will have ample time to explore, shop, grab a
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bite, and enjoy this charming old city center before returning
to the ship in Linz.

You may want to stroll through Linz’s Old Town during the
evening to see Main Square, one of Austria’s most attractive
closed squares, with its Baroque Trinity Column.

Day 9: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein s BB,        L, D
Included Tour: Exclusive cocktail reception at Artstetten
Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg    51bm
Make your way to the lounge in the morning to marvel at the
scenery of the Wachau Valley. The Wachau is the 19-mile
(30-km)	stretch	of	the	Danube	that	cuts	through	a	rocky	gorge	
amid the foothills of the Bohemian Forest between Melk and
Dürnstein. This beautiful region, with steep, densely wooded

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                        slopes on the south side of the river and a mixture of crags
                        and south-facing vineyards on the north, was recently declared
                        a World Heritage Landscape by UNESCO. Dotted along the
                        banks are small historic towns and winemaking communities.
                        Some of Austria’s finest white wines are produced from grapes
                        ripened on the terraces that cling to these rocky slopes.

                        Bordered by a triangle of fortified walls, Dürnstein is situated
                        against rugged cliffs overlooking the Danube at the end of
                        the Wachau Valley. This tiny Baroque village is timeless. It is
                        perhaps most famous for being the place where Richard the
                        Lionheart was held captive from 1192 to 1193. You’ll see the
                        castle ruins high above the city walls, where the English king
                        was held captive until he paid a heavy ransom in silver.

                        You’ll have some leisure time in the morning to explore
                        Dürnstein. Stroll through the village with its old burgher
                        houses, 16th century to 18th century townhouses, and
                        beautiful Baroque cathedral. Or visit the Augustinian
                        Convent, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

                        Later, you’re invited to an exclusive cocktail reception at
                        Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a
                        descendant of the Habsburg lineage. You will also visit
                        the museum located within the castle.

                        Day 10: Vienna   s BB, L, D
                        Included Tour: Vienna city tour and a visit to the National
                        Library 62b
                        Vienna is a city steeped in history, music, and elegant arch-
                        itecture. Mozart, Austria’s most famous citizen, was at the
                        height of his creative powers when he lived here, writing
                        perhaps his most famous works, including The Marriage of
                        Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. He found
                        Vienna a very inspiring place, and so will you.
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                        Today you will take a guided tour of this city of artistic
                        splendors. A motorcoach will wait pierside to take you
                        around the stately Ringstrasse, the broad thoroughfare
                        surrounded by the many imperial buildings and monuments
                        that give Vienna its wedding cake appearance. Among the
                        many magnificent sights you’ll see on your drive are Rathaus
                        (City	Hall),	Parliament,	and	the	Staatsoper	(State	Opera).	
                        You’ll disembark your motorcoach at Maria-Theresia-Platz
                        (Maria	Theresa	Square)	near	the	Kunsthistorisches	Museum	
                        (Art	History	Museum).	Your	walking	tour	will	first	take	you	
                        to	Österreichische	Nationalbibliothek	(Austrian	National	
                        Library).	Here,	you’ll	visit	what	has	been	called	the	most	
                        beautiful library room in the world: Baroque State Hall. Richly



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decorated, two-story-tall bookcases line the walls, and in the
center of the room stands a statue of Emperor Charles VI.

You’ll leave the National Library and continue your walking
tour to Hofburg Palace complex. Grand Hofburg Palace
served as the winter residence of the royal Habsburg
dynasty. You tour will bring you past the oldest section of
the complex, dating back to the 13th century, and past
the	famous	Spanische	Reitschule	(Spanish	Riding	School).	
You’ll	cross	Michaeler	Platz	(St.	Michael’s	Square).	Across	
the square, the former parish church of the imperial family,
Michaelerkirche	(St.	Michael’s	Church),	will	catch	your	eye	
with its solitary spire. From the square, you’ll make your
way	past	the	elegant	designer	shops	of	Kohlmarkt	(Cabbage	
Market).	You’ll	also	see	the	stunning	Pestsäule	(Plague	
Column),	which	rises	prominently	along	the	street.	This	
sculpture was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I in honor
of the citizens who died during the plague of 1679. Eventually,
you will reach the awe-inspiring centerpiece of Vienna, Steph-
ansdom	(St.	Stephen’s	Cathedral).	You’ll	then	have	leisure	
time to explore more of this beautiful city on your own before
re-boarding the motorcoach and returning to the ship.

The afternoon is yours; feel free to visit one of the city’s
many museums.

Day 11: Vienna   s BB, L, D
Included Tour: Schönbrunn Palace 62b
Included Tour: Exclusive New Year’s dinner and dance at
Palace Pallavicini 71bcf
From a former hunting lodge to a stunning palace rivaling
Versailles, Schönbrunn Palace is a must-see on any visit
to Austria. This summer Habsburg residence was merely a
work in progress until the reign of the 23-year-old Empress
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Maria Theresa began in 1740. Under her guidance, the
palace became the center of Austria’s political and social
scenes. Today, this stunning palatial monument delights the
eyes with its ornate architecture, extravagant gardens, and
glorious 18th- and 19th-century interiors. One could spend
days here. You’ll focus on the imperial rooms from the era of
Franz Joseph and his beloved Empress Sissi, whose popularity
throughout Europe during the Gilded Age was unmatched by
anyone before her.

After an afternoon at leisure, get ready to celebrate the new
year in grand style at the magnificent Palais Pallavicini. The
prestigious palace lies in the very heart of Vienna, next to
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                        The Palace Pallavicini miraculously survived both WWI
                        and WWII, as well as the fire of the Imperial Palace, and
                        counts the most illustrious personalities amongst its visitors—
                        Mozart, Beethoven, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, and Jacqueline
                        Kennedy Onassis, to name just a few.

                        Today, the palace is where the Wiener Rennverein, Vienna’s
                        most prestigious men’s club, hosts its gatherings, and it
                        is still the location of official receptions for monarchs and
                        heads of state. Delight in a festive dinner, along with a
                        private concert, during which you can waltz to the legendary
                        music of Strauss and Mozart. Ring in the new year in an
                        unforgettable setting, creating the experience of a lifetime.

                        Day 12: Cruising the Danube and Budapest
                        s BB, L F
                        Spend a full day cruising the majestic Danube, enjoying
                        the beautiful scenery, and reflecting on your fantastic New
                        Year’s Eve celebration before you arrive in Budapest. A
                        special Captain’s Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you
                        in the evening.

                        Day 13: Budapest  s BB, L, D
                        Included Tour: Budapest city tour 62b
                        Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
                        72bm
                        You’ll board a motorcoach and cross the Danube on the
                        famous,	early-19th-century	Széchényi	Lánchíd	(Chain	Bridge),	
                        the first bridge to connect Buda with Pest. You’ll make a short
                        stop	at	Ho  ˝sök	tere	(Heroes’	Square)	to	see	the	Millenniumi	
                        emlékmu   ˝	(Millennial	Monument),	which	was	designed	and	
                        built for Hungary’s millennial anniversary to honor the nation’s
                        greatest historical figures. After re-boarding the motorcoach,
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                        you	will	marvel	at	the	Dohány	utcai	Zsinagóga	(Dohány	Street
                        Synagogue),	a	reminder	of	the	city’s	once-flourishing	Jewish	
                        community;	the	Magyar	Nemzeti	Múzeum	(Hungarian	National	
                        Museum);	the	Magyar	Állami	Operaház	(Hungarian	State	
                        Opera	House);	Szent	István	Bazilika	(St.	Stephen’s	Basilica);
                        and	the	stunning	Országház	(Parliament	Building),	which	
                        features 223 exterior statues.

                        Next,	you’ll	cross	Margit	híd	(Margaret	Bridge)	and	drive	up	
                        to	Várhegy	(Castle	Hill),	where	you’ll	stroll	through	what	has	
                        been called the heart of the nation. Once the site of more
                        than 170 buildings—many of which date back to the 13th
                        and 14th centuries—the Castle Hill district is now a designated
                        UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll go inside the magnificent
                        Mátyás	Templom	(St.	Matthias	Church).	Originally	called	


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the Church of Our Lady, it was renamed after King Matthias.
Notice the eclectic blend of architectural styles and influences
on display. Admire the amazing array of decorations on the
pillars, walls, and ceilings. Outside the church is a statue
honoring St. Stephen, the founder of Hungary.
The walk will continue around Castle Hill, winding up at the
fairytale-inspired	turrets	and	ramparts	of	the	Halászbástya	
(Fisherman’s	Bastion).	Built	in	the	19th	century	in	honor	of	
the fishermen who defended Buda from the Turks during the
Middle Ages, it offers a glorious panoramic view of the city
and the Danube below.
You’ll	see	Váci	utca	(Váci	Street),	where	the	well-heeled	do	
their	shopping	and	dining,	and	Nagycsarnok	(Central	Market	
Hall),	with	its	stalls	of	fresh	vegetables	and	meats,	before	
you return to the ship for lunch.
Budapest’s Christmas Market is one of the largest of its kind
in Eastern Europe. Special features of the market include
a hand-carved manger and a six-foot Advent wreath. Savor
traditional honey cakes with mulled wine or aromatic coffee
as you stroll and shop. Only the finest Hungarian craftsmen
are invited to participate in the market, so you can be
assured of obtaining high-quality gifts.
Note: Inside visit to St. Matthias Church may not be possible on
some weekends and Catholic holidays.

Irresistible Optional Tour: Szentendre Artists’ Village
The excursion to Szentendre takes you on a lovely drive
along the Danube, past the Roman excavation of Aquincum
and through rural suburbs to Szentendre. A guided walk
along the main street will acquaint you with this charming
town. You’ll come across quality Hungarian arts and crafts
along the town’s long shopping boulevard. Find hand-stitched
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blouses and tablecloths, woolen sweaters, capes, jackets,
paprika	in	all	forms	(dried,	in	a	paste,	in	bunches,	hot	and	
mild),	Tokaj	wines,	porcelain,	and	so	much	more.	You	will	
also have the option of visiting the Margit Kovacs museum,
which houses amazing ceramics, including her famous
devotional sculptures made from clay.

Day 9: Depart Budapest      ebr
Disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a
group departure transfer, or if you have purchased a private
departure transfer, you will be transferred to Budapest
Ferihegy Airport for your flight home.




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                               Tour and General
                               Information
                               Frequently Asked Questions
                               What about the weather?
                               Prepare for a variety of weather conditions depending on your
                               travel season and the river you will be cruising on. Layering
                               clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows each
                               person to adjust to any temperature, including artificially
                               maintained temperature, by removing or adding items
                               throughout the day.

                               What should I wear ashore?
                               Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate
                               both onshore and onboard. For holiday season departures,
                               you’ll find that coats, sweatshirts, heavier cotton or wool tops
                               and long-sleeved shirts, and corduroy or heavy khaki pants
                               perfectly suitable. You will find a significant amount of walking
                               over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend
                               comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Don’t
                               forget	to	pack	a	waterproof	jacket	(preferably	hooded),	or	
                               even a heavier-weight coat for colder temperatures.

                               I have concerns about my physical ability.
                               What do I do?
                               Guests with mobility concerns need to discuss their concerns
                               with Uniworld staff in advance of their departure. The nature
                               of Uniworld shore programs is such that guests requiring the
                               use of a mobility device, such as a wheelchair, motorized
                               scooter, or walker, will not be able to participate in many
                               tours or use them onboard the ship. Guests who may be
                               limited in their ability to walk long distances will also have
                               difficulties. Guests with physical limitations will find access
                               to sites generally restrictive.

                               How accurate are the tour descriptions?
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                               Uniworld does everything possible to ensure that shore tours
                               are performed as promoted and as outlined in the previous
                               pages. In certain circumstances or for reasons beyond the
                               control of Uniworld, it may not be possible or practical for
                               the tour to be performed exactly as written. The decision to
                               not operate, to alter the operation, change content, and/or
                               otherwise adjust or modify any element of the tour as adver-
                               tised is at the sole discretion of Uniworld, always taking into
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intent of the overall product delivery. Any such modifications
to tours will not result in eligibility for a refund.

Can the itinerary change? What happens if it
does change?
You can count on the value of Uniworld’s experience and
regional knowledge to make sure you enjoy your cruise/tour
even when conditions beyond our control occur. The very
nature of a river, its sources, and networks of bridges and
locks means that there will be times when weather or other
conditions in a region require Uniworld to make adjustments
and modifications to the operation of an itinerary. Although
every effort is made to keep itineraries as advertised, Uniworld
reserves the right to make changes and substitutions as may
be necessary to ensure the safety of our guests and the ves-
sels. Itineraries may need to be altered specifically because
of water levels. Time permitting, every possible effort will be
made to alert guests in advance of boarding of any known
changes. Otherwise, all guests will be informed onboard of
changes and amendments. Any changes to itineraries, in-
cluding the addition of extensive motorcoach touring to effect
delivery of the intended itinerary operation, will not result in
eligibility for a refund.

What time will the tours depart?
All tours are carefully coordinated to the ship’s daily schedule.
Just prior to dinner each evening, or perhaps earlier, your
Cruise Manager will brief all guests about what activities will
take place the next day. This briefing includes information
about tour departure times, specifics about the tour not
covered in this booklet, suggested shopping and restaurant
recommendations, and other important information about
the port of call. In addition to the briefing, a daily program
will be distributed to each guest’s stateroom every evening.
This program provides a written overview of all events taking
place the next day—whether onboard or ashore.

How can I book the optional tours listed in
the booklet?
Reservations for the optional tours on your cruise can be made
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directly with your Cruise Manager onboard the ship. Charges
for optional tours will be added to your onboard account. On
pre- and post-cruise extensions, payment for optional tours
will be made directly with your Local Host via credit cards.
We cannot accept cash payments for optional tours. A briefing
will be held the day prior to go over any information you may
need to make an informed purchase decision. Operation of
optional tours is subject to a minimum number of participants.


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                               No refunds are available for any optional tours canceled by
                               the guest within 24 hours of the start of the tour, or if the
                               tour was pre-purchased.

                               Does each motorcoach or walking group have its
                               own tour guide?
                               Yes. Each motorcoach or walking group has its own English-
                               speaking local tour guide. Uniworld tries very hard to ensure
                               that our guides are of the highest quality, well-versed in their
                               subjects, and most of all, making sure that you have the
                               best possible time ashore.

                               What about tipping on tour?
                               Gratuities should always be in accordance with each
                               guest’s personal satisfaction. And Uniworld endeavors
                               to work with the best local guides available. Please refer
                               to the “Gratuities” section of this book for specific
                               recommendations and guidelines.

                               What is the transportation like on the tours?
                               Uniworld works with some of the world’s best tour companies,
                               all of which are chosen with exact standards in mind. To
                               ensure your maximum enjoyment of each tour, all motor-
                               coaches seat 40 – 45 people and are air-conditioned
                               whenever possible. There are a few destinations where the
                               equipment may not be of a similar standard and, in such
                               cases, the best possible transportation will be arranged.
                               Rest stops are provided throughout the course of the tour,
                               as most motorcoaches used for excursions will not have
                               onboard toilets.

                               Is smoking allowed on tours?
                               Smoking is not allowed while on the motorcoach, and many
                               historical venues now request that visitors not smoke anywhere
                               on site. We ask all our guests who smoke not to do so while
                               on tour.

                               Responsibility and Waiver
                               The Passenger accepts the terms and conditions of the Pas-
                               senger Ticket Contract when participating in any organized
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                               tour that is provided by Uniworld. Participation in some tours
                               may also be subject to an independent operator’s own Terms
                               and Conditions.




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