Germany Christmas Markets

Dashing through the Danube It’s Christmas and we’re too excited to sleep.

During the most festive time of year, your U cruise down the Danube will take you to some of the best and brightest Christmas Markets in Europe (just wait until you see the light displays) and a special New Year’s Eve celebration.** ‘Tis the season!

Dashing through the Danube

8

Budapest to Regensburg
Days

Dashing through the Danube

8

Regensburg to Budapest
Days

The Goods

  • 3 included meals daily
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Included excursions
  • U Time optional excursions
  • Local DJ set

2019 Cruise DatesChoose a date below to view pricing

December
13
20
27
This sailing operates in reverse direction.
Ship: The A Danube River
Last Call for 2019: Save $500 per person on select departures for a limited time.
From
$1,999*per person
$250*per day
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  • Regensburg to Budapest
This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Budapest

    Included Night Out - Ruin Pub Rendezvous (PM)

    Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please follow your host through the city’s scene of abandoned buildings turned raves and report back to us. We hear cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop are to be expected.

  • DAY 2 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest: The Heart of Hungary (AM)

    Head out with your U Host for an exciting orientation walk along the Danube in Budapest. As you begin to walk, famous buildings and attractions will pop up left and right. The Buda Castle, Vaci Street with the famous Market Hall, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Square just to name a few. So, come along, ask questions, and enjoy the city and all it offers!

    U Time - Budapest’s Best (AM)

    Did you know Budapest is actually made up of two cities? On this walking tour, you’ll experience the greatest sites that Pest has to offer. From Parliament to the Jewish Quarter and everything in-between, discover hidden gems and even sample some Hungarian street food from a local market!

    U Time - Hungarian Holidays (PM)

    Follow your U Host into the beautiful city of Budapest for a holiday adventure! Head to the Philanthia shop lined with amazing Christmas décor, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit! Then head to the St. Stephen's Basilica for a little bit of exploring, then cap it off with a drink at the Rooftop Igloo on Andraszi Street. You won’t be saying brrr for long after a few beers!

  • DAY 3 - Bratislava, Vienna

    Included - The Festive Streets of Old Town (AM)

    Walk the festive streets of Bratislava’s Old Town with your host and stop at the city’s annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.

    Included Night Out - 'Tis the Season (PM)

    Follow your U Host for an evening of Viennese holiday fun! For this excursion, you’ll head to a traditional Christmas market in Vienna that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Eat, drink, and be merry, it’s the most wonderful time of year!

    U Time - Taste of Bratislava (PM)

    Head to Bratislava’s Old Town, a short walk from the ship, to try the tasty local street food and beer. Then, go up to the observation deck on the city’s famous cable bridge, more commonly known as the “UFO” of Bratislava – you'll understand when you see it. Enjoy some amazing views of the Danube before heading back to the ship.

  • DAY 4 - Vienna

    Included - Festive Christmas Market (AM)

    Can’t get enough Christmas? Well you’re in luck, Vienna is home to some of the best and most festive Christmas markets in Europe! Spend the morning sipping seasonal drinks, laughing with friends and getting yourself something sweet to eat. It’s vacation after all!

    U Time - Festive Vienna (AM)

    Experience Vienna’s greatest hits in one tour! Your experience begins in Karlsplatz, just a hop skip and a jump away on the inner-city metro system (pass included)! There, take in Vienna’s most important sights like Charles Church, Burggarten and the Albertina with a brief stop at Café Sacher. Then, make your way to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s best-known market where you have the opportunity to try local delicacies like palatschinken, cheese and wine!

    U Time - Rock Me, Amadeus (PM)

    Vienna’s musical legacy was shaped throughout history by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. What better way to spend the day in the classical music capital than to attend a concert performed by a professional chamber orchestra. Your local host will guide you from the ship to Albert Hall where you will experience the music of Mozart, Strauss and other famous composers.

    U Time - After Hours at the Castle (PM)

    Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the staterooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to the highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

  • DAY 5 - Melk

    U Time - Burg Clam (PM)

    We're taking you to Clam Castle, the family home of the Counts of Clam for more than five centuries.

    U Time - Dear Abbey (PM)

    The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site's crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

  • DAY 6 - Passau

    Included - Scenic Passau (AM)

    Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to one of Passau's best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

    U Time - Ilz Winter Walk (PM)

    Come along for a good old-fashioned holiday adventure! Light a torch and take a scenic walk along the river Ilz where your local guide will lead your group in singing Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine, indulging in sweet treats and making a stop at a beautiful, festive barn. If this excursion doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you might just be Scrooge!

  • DAY 7 - Regensburg

    Included - Medieval Regensburg (PM)

    Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Visit landmarks like Regensburg Cathedral and the famous Old Stone Bridge. Then, make your way through crooked town alleys and stumbling stones before hitting one of the many beer pubs. Cheers to history and hops!

    U Time - Revved Engines (PM)

    For many gear heads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg’s high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW’s impressive facilities where you’ll walk into the middle of the action that’s setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the “wedding” of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you’re a car person or not, your mind will be blown. Note: This excursion will not be available the week of Christmas.

    U Time - Regensburg Through the Ages (PM)

    Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.

  • DAY 8 - Regensburg (Disembark)

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Regensburg

    Included Night Out - A Regensburg Welcome (PM)

    Arrive in the heart of Regensburg and celebrate the season with your hosts and fellow crew members. Come with an appetite, because there will be a German street food buffet. After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, step off the ship and into Regensburg’s city-wide holiday celebration. Colorful Christmas markets in Old Town are buzzing in the evening, and locals are out and about enjoying hot Glühweins (mulled wines) in the streets.

  • DAY 2 - Regensburg

    Included - Medieval Holiday Stroll (AM)

    Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Expect a heavy dose of holiday cheer when you run into the Magic of Christmas Market in Old Town's palace courtyard. 'Tis the season.

    U Time - Revved Engines (PM)

    For many gear heads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg’s high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW’s impressive facilities where you’ll walk into the middle of the action that’s setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the “wedding” of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you’re a car person or not, your mind will be blown.

    U Time - Regensburg Through the Ages (PM)

    Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.

  • DAY 3 - Passau

    Included - Scenic Passau (AM)

    Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to one of Passau's best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

    U Time - Ilz Winter Walk (PM)

    Come along for a good old-fashioned holiday adventure! Light a torch and take a scenic walk along the river Ilz where your local guide will lead your group in singing Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine, indulging in sweet treats and making a stop at a beautiful, festive barn. If this excursion doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you might just be Scrooge!

  • DAY 4 - Melk, Vienna

    U Time - Dear Abbey (AM)

    The baroque-style Melk Abbey has a fascinating 900-year history and an extraordinarily beautiful library filled with priceless medieval manuscripts, optical illusions, cleverly concealed doors and other intriguing secrets. The abbey’s Marble Hall is a work of art, as is the impressive library, Emperors’ Gallery and the site's crown jewel—the incredible Abbey Church. Get ready to light up your social feed. It’s photo city here.

    U Time - Burg Clam (PM)

    We're taking you to Clam Castle, the family home of the Counts of Clam for more than five centuries.

  • DAY 5 - Vienna

    Included - Festive Christmas Market (AM)

    Can’t get enough Christmas? Well you’re in luck, Vienna is home to some of the best and most festive Christmas markets in Europe! Spend the morning sipping seasonal drinks, laughing with friends and getting yourself something sweet to eat. It’s vacation after all!

    Included Night Out - A Viennese New Year (PM) (Dec. 27 sailing only)

    When it comes to New Year’s celebrations, no place does it quite like Vienna! Follow the New Year’s Eve Trail through Vienna’s old city center, listening to music, dancing and eating local delicacies. At midnight, ring in 2020 with a large firework display on City Hall Square and in the Prater. Happy New Year!

    U Time - Rock Me, Amadeus (PM)

    Vienna’s musical legacy was shaped throughout history by the likes of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. What better way to spend the day in the classical music capital than to attend a concert performed by a professional chamber orchestra. Your local host will guide you from the ship to Albert Hall where you will experience the music of Mozart, Strauss and other famous composers.

    U Time - Festive Vienna (PM)

    Experience Vienna’s greatest hits in one tour! Your experience begins in Karlsplatz, just a hop skip and a jump away on the inner-city metro system (pass included)! There, take in Vienna’s most important sights like Charles Church, Burggarten and the Albertina with a brief stop at Café Sacher. Then, make your way to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s best-known market where you have the opportunity to try local delicacies like palatschinken, cheese and wine!

  • DAY 6 - Bratislava, Budapest

    Included - Best of Bratislava (AM)

    Follow your U Host for a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia's small and charming capital. It's located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully-charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and art deco cafes, it's a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. Then, treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We're good with that.

    U Time - Taste of Bratislava (PM)

    Head to Bratislava’s Old Town, a short walk from the ship, to try the tasty local street food and beer. Then, go up to the observation deck on the city’s famous cable bridge, more commonly known as the “UFO” of Bratislava – you'll understand when you see it. Enjoy some amazing views of the Danube before heading back to the ship. Note: This excursion will not be available the week of New Years Eve.

  • DAY 7 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest: The Heart of Hungary (AM)

    Head out with your U Host for an exciting orientation walk along the Danube in Budapest. As you begin to walk, famous buildings and attractions will pop up left and right. The Buda Castle, Vaci Street with the famous Market Hall, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Square just to name a few. So, come along, ask questions, and enjoy the city and all it offers!

    U Time - Budapest’s Best (AM)

    Did you know Budapest is actually made up of two cities? On this walking tour, you’ll experience the greatest sites that Pest has to offer. From Parliament to the Jewish Quarter and everything in-between, discover hidden gems and even sample some Hungarian street food from a local market!

    Included Night Out - Ruin Pub Rendezvous (PM)

    Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please follow your host through the city’s scene of abandoned buildings turned raves and report back to us. We hear cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop are to be expected.

    U Time - Hungarian Holidays (PM)

    Follow your U Host into the beautiful city of Budapest for a holiday adventure! Head to the Philanthia shop lined with amazing Christmas décor, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit! Then head to the St. Stephen's Basilica for a little bit of exploring, then cap it off with a drink at the Rooftop Igloo on Andraszi Street. You won’t be saying brrr for long after a few beers!

  • DAY 8 - Budapest (Disembark)

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

*The displayed pricing is in USD. Standard pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include port charges of $170. Gratuities are included. For complete details view our terms and conditions. **Special New Year's Eve celebration is only available on December 27, 2019 cruise departure date. Other restrictions may apply.

*Last Call promotion is valid for new, individual bookings on select 2019 itineraries and departure dates only, made between July 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only. All fares and savings listed are in US Dollars. Fares featured are for cruise only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates for single guests are available upon request. Rates and savings vary by itinerary and departure date. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except loyalty savings/benefits. All applicable discounts are applied sequentially; fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply.

Dashing through the Danube

8

Budapest to Regensburg
Days

Dashing through the Danube

8

Regensburg to Budapest
Days

The Goods

  • 3 included meals daily
  • Complimentary happy hour every day
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Included excursions
  • U Time optional excursions
  • Local DJ set

2020 Cruise DatesChoose a date below to view pricing

December
06
13
20
27
This sailing operates in reverse direction.
Ship: The A Danube River
Your Choice: Save 10% or Free U Drink Package—valued at $349—when you pay in full at time of booking by September 30.**
From
$2,799*per person
$350*per day
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  • Regensburg to Budapest
This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Budapest

    Included Night Out - Ruin Pub Rendezvous (PM)

    Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please follow your host through the city’s scene of abandoned buildings turned raves and report back to us. We hear cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop are to be expected.

  • DAY 2 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest: The Heart of Hungary (AM)

    Head out with your U Host for an exciting orientation walk along the Danube in Budapest. As you begin to walk, famous buildings and attractions will pop up left and right. The Buda Castle, Vaci Street with the famous Market Hall, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Square just to name a few. So, come along, ask questions, and enjoy the city and all it offers!

    U Time - Budapest’s Best (AM)

    Did you know Budapest is actually made up of two cities? On this walking tour, you’ll experience the greatest sites that Pest has to offer. From Parliament to the Jewish Quarter and everything in-between, discover hidden gems and even sample some Hungarian street food from a local market!

    Included Night Out - Ice Skating at the Castle (PM)

    Put the night on ice and glide around the skating rink next to City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle for a Christmas activity that’s both romantic and nostalgic.

    U Time - Hungarian Holidays (PM)

    Follow your U Host into the beautiful city of Budapest for a holiday adventure! Head to the Philanthia shop lined with amazing Christmas décor, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit! Then head to the St. Stephen's Basilica for a little bit of exploring, then cap it off with a drink at the Rooftop Igloo on Andraszi Street. You won’t be saying brrr for long after a few beers!

  • DAY 3 - Bratislava, Vienna

    Included - The Festive Streets of Old Town (AM)

    Walk the festive streets of Bratislava’s Old Town with your host and stop at the city’s annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.

    U Time - Retro Bratislava (AM)

    Take a trip through Slovakia’s Communist past. Start by hopping into a Škoda car, Czechoslovakia’s legendary automobile, where a local expert will take you off the beaten path to some amazing Soviet monuments, viewpoints and food markets. There, you can get a taste of the socialist worker’s cuisine and snacks. Finish your tour with a drive into Bratislava’s old town where you can explore before heading back to the ship.

    Included Night Out - 'Tis the Season (PM)

    Follow your U Host for an evening of Viennese holiday fun! For this excursion, you’ll head to a traditional Christmas market in Vienna that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Eat, drink, and be merry, it’s the most wonderful time of year!

  • DAY 4 - Vienna

    Included - Festive Christmas Market (AM)

    Can’t get enough Christmas? Well you’re in luck, Vienna is home to some of the best and most festive Christmas markets in Europe! Spend the morning sipping seasonal drinks, laughing with friends and getting yourself something sweet to eat. It’s vacation after all!

    U Time - Festive Vienna (AM)

    Experience Vienna’s greatest hits in one tour! Your experience begins in Karlsplatz, just a hop skip and a jump away on the inner-city metro system (pass included)! There, take in Vienna’s most important sights like Charles Church, Burggarten and the Albertina with a brief stop at Café Sacher. Then, make your way to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s best-known market where you have the opportunity to try local delicacies like palatschinken, cheese and wine!

    Included Night Out - Winter Paradise (PM)

    Get excited, because for this excursion, you are heading to Rathaus City Hall, the most beautiful ice skating rink in the world. Skate for as long as you like, and don’t be afraid if it’s your first time, just hold on to your U Host! After you skate, head outside and explore the Christmas market located conveniently in front of the rink! Shop, drink, and enjoy some amazing seasonal festivities!

    U Time - After Hours at the Castle (PM)

    Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the staterooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to the highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

  • DAY 5 - Melk

    U Time - Burg Clam (PM)

    We're taking you to Clam Castle, the family home of the Counts of Clam for more than five centuries.

  • DAY 6 - Passau

    Included - Scenic Passau (AM)

    Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to one of Passau's best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

    U Time - Ilz Winter Walk (PM)

    Come along for a good old-fashioned holiday adventure! Light a torch and take a scenic walk along the river Ilz where your local guide will lead your group in singing Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine, indulging in sweet treats and making a stop at a beautiful, festive barn. If this excursion doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you might just be Scrooge!

  • DAY 7 - Regensburg

    Included - Medieval Regensburg (PM)

    Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Visit landmarks like Regensburg Cathedral and the famous Old Stone Bridge. Then, make your way through crooked town alleys and stumbling stones before hitting one of the many beer pubs. Cheers to history and hops!

    U Time - Regensburg Through the Ages (PM)

    Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.

    U Time - Revved Engines (PM)

    For many gear heads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg’s high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW’s impressive facilities where you’ll walk into the middle of the action that’s setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the “wedding” of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you’re a car person or not, your mind will be blown. Note: This excursion will not be available the week of Christmas.

  • DAY 8 - Regensburg (Disembark)

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
  • DAY 1 - Regensburg

    Included Night Out - A Regensburg Welcome (PM)

    Arrive in the heart of Regensburg and celebrate the season with your hosts and fellow crew members. Come with an appetite, because there will be a German street food buffet. After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, step off the ship and into Regensburg’s city-wide holiday celebration. Colorful Christmas markets in Old Town are buzzing in the evening, and locals are out and about enjoying hot Glühweins (mulled wines) in the streets.

  • DAY 2 - Regensburg

    Included - Medieval Holiday Stroll (AM)

    Revel in 2,000 years of medieval history on an hour-long, host-escorted stroll through Regensburg’s well-preserved Old Town. Expect a heavy dose of holiday cheer when you run into the Magic of Christmas Market in Old Town's palace courtyard. 'Tis the season.

    U Time - Revved Engines (PM)

    For many gear heads, the epicenter of German engineering is Regensburg’s high-tech BMW factory, where you can observe how the Ultimate Driving Machine is made on a fascinating tour. Follow your host on a guided tour of BMW’s impressive facilities where you’ll walk into the middle of the action that’s setting the blueprint for the future of the automotive industry. Watch giant conveyors lift car bodies into place for automated welding by computer-controlled robots. Bear witness to the “wedding” of engines and car bodies. Observe engine installation and final assembly—remarkable displays of logistical efficiency. Whether you’re a car person or not, your mind will be blown.

    U Time - Regensburg Through the Ages (PM)

    Regensburg has a fascinating history. Learn about the animal fights, reckless tightrope artists and public executions that lured people into the city streets during the Middle Ages. Watch re-enactments and hear captivating stories about the lives of executioners, street artists and other outcasts. The city, once divided by glittering wealth and bitter poverty, has come a long way.

  • DAY 3 - Passau

    Included - Scenic Passau (AM)

    Into beautiful scenery and architecture? Don't pass on Passau. Situated at the intersection of the Danube, Inn and llz rivers, the city boasts some of the best views on the German-Austrian border. Take a hike to one of Passau's best viewpoints: Veste Oberhaus. The views are storybook, allowing you to see the entire city of Passau as well as the surrounding countryside. Get lost in the city’s maze of old town alleys. Get your architecture fix at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, with its distinctive domed towers. Fun fact: The cathedral is also home to one of the largest organs in the world, with 17,974 pipes.

    U Time - Ilz Winter Walk (PM)

    Come along for a good old-fashioned holiday adventure! Light a torch and take a scenic walk along the river Ilz where your local guide will lead your group in singing Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine, indulging in sweet treats and making a stop at a beautiful, festive barn. If this excursion doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you might just be Scrooge!

  • DAY 4 - Melk, Vienna

    U Time - Burg Clam (PM)

    We're taking you to Clam Castle, the family home of the Counts of Clam for more than five centuries.

  • DAY 5 - Vienna

    Included - Festive Christmas Market (AM)

    Can’t get enough Christmas? Well you’re in luck, Vienna is home to some of the best and most festive Christmas markets in Europe! Spend the morning sipping seasonal drinks, laughing with friends and getting yourself something sweet to eat. It’s vacation after all!

    Included Night Out - A Viennese New Year (PM) (Dec. 27 sailing only)

    When it comes to New Year’s celebrations, no place does it quite like Vienna! Follow the New Year’s Eve Trail through Vienna’s old city center, listening to music, dancing and eating local delicacies. At midnight, ring in 2021 with a large firework display on City Hall Square and in the Prater. Happy New Year!

    U Time - Festive Vienna (PM)

    Experience Vienna’s greatest hits in one tour! Your experience begins in Karlsplatz, just a hop skip and a jump away on the inner-city metro system (pass included)! There, take in Vienna’s most important sights like Charles Church, Burggarten and the Albertina with a brief stop at Café Sacher. Then, make your way to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s best-known market where you have the opportunity to try local delicacies like palatschinken, cheese and wine!

  • DAY 6 - Bratislava, Budapest

    Included - Best of Bratislava (AM)

    Follow your U Host for a delightful stroll through Bratislava, Slovakia's small and charming capital. It's located on the Danube and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains, so a fully-charged phone for pictures is a must. Known for its lively bars and art deco cafes, it's a great place for Czech beer and Bohemian eats. Soak in the relaxed urban lifestyle of the pedestrian-only, 18th-century Old Town. Then, treat yourself to a croissant or an éclair from a Bratislava pastry shop. Or both. We're good with that.

  • DAY 7 - Budapest

    Included - Budapest: The Heart of Hungary (AM)

    Head out with your U Host for an exciting orientation walk along the Danube in Budapest. As you begin to walk, famous buildings and attractions will pop up left and right. The Buda Castle, Vaci Street with the famous Market Hall, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge and the Elisabeth Square just to name a few. So, come along, ask questions, and enjoy the city and all it offers!

    U Time - Budapest’s Best (AM)

    Did you know Budapest is actually made up of two cities? On this walking tour, you’ll experience the greatest sites that Pest has to offer. From Parliament to the Jewish Quarter and everything in-between, discover hidden gems and even sample some Hungarian street food from a local market!

    Included Night Out - Ice Skating at the Castle (PM)

    Put the night on ice and glide around the skating rink next to City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle for a Christmas activity that’s both romantic and nostalgic.

    Included Night Out - Ruin Pub Rendezvous (PM)

    Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please follow your host through the city’s scene of abandoned buildings turned raves and report back to us. We hear cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop are to be expected.

    U Time - Hungarian Holidays (PM)

    Follow your U Host into the beautiful city of Budapest for a holiday adventure! Head to the Philanthia shop lined with amazing Christmas décor, perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit! Then head to the St. Stephen's Basilica for a little bit of exploring, then cap it off with a drink at the Rooftop Igloo on Andraszi Street. You won’t be saying brrr for long after a few beers!

  • DAY 8 - Budapest (Disembark)

    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

*The displayed pricing is in USD. Standard pricing is per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include port charges of $190. Gratuities are included. For complete details view our terms and conditions. **Special New Year's Eve celebration is only available on December 27, 2020 cruise departure date. Other restrictions may apply.

** 2020 Early Booking Savings offer requires payment in full at time of booking and is valid for new, individual bookings on 2020 itineraries and departure dates only, made between May 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only. All fares and savings listed are in US Dollars. Fares featured are for cruise only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates for single guests are available upon request. Rates and savings vary by itinerary and departure date. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires September 30, 2019.

Guests who qualify for the 2020 Early Booking Savings offer may select one of the following two options:

Option 1: 10% discount.
10% savings is based on the cruise portion of booking only (including category upgrades and single supplements). All applicable discounts are applied sequentially; fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except loyalty savings/benefits.

OR

Option 2: "U Drink Package"—Valued at $349.
Guests who opt for the "U Drink Package" must call U River Cruises Reservations to book this option. The pre-paid "U Drink Package" covers the cost of an individual guest’s onboard drinks for the duration of their cruise. This package includes drinks by the glass from entire bar selection. All drinks by the glass are included (including all soft drinks, cocktails, spirits, wine, champagne and beer). Bottles are available for an additional charge (wine, spirits and champagne). The package is non-transferable to other guests and intended solely for the consumption of drinks by the receiver of the package. Only one drink can be ordered by the guest at a time. Additional orders at the same time will be charged. The bartender has the right to stop serving at any time, at their discretion.