You can never have too much some holiday cheer. You will be in a state of holiday bliss as you cruise through Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Experience true Christmas magic as these cities come alive during the holidays. Think Budapest's Christmas Fair, pub crawls through the city's world-renowned ruin bars, festive streets and ice skating. The holidays and U go together like cookies and milk. 

  • Day 01

    Budapest

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

  • Day 02

    Budapest

    U Time - Budapest's Jewish Legacy
    Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.

    Included - Budapest Christmas Fair
    If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, you will be. Follow your host into Budapest’s Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square. Gifts, trinkets and holiday treats—this place has it all.

    U Time - House of Terror Museum
    Pay holiday homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

    Included Night Out - Ice Skating at the Castle
    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 - Read, Sip, Repeat
    Join your fellow bookworms and coffee addicts on a tour of Budapest’s most beautiful libraries and coffeehouses. Flip through antique pages and revel in Hungary’s unique literary culture. Caffeinate to your heart’s content with the pick-me-ups that fuel the city’s coffee scene.

    U Time - Thermal Bliss
    Take a break from the cold and warm yourself into a state of holiday bliss at Budapest’s historic Lukács Thermal Bath. The pools leverage the underground healing waters of Hungary’s oldest hot spring, dating all the way back to Roman and medieval Turkish times. Locals love Lukács for three things: relaxing in thermal baths, enjoying medical spa treatments and partying. That’s right—every Saturday night, it turns into a lively party venue with beer, cocktails, a DJ and a laser show. Be there for it all.

  • Day 03

    Bratislava & Vienna

    U Time - Rock Me, Amadeus
    If there’s one “must-do” in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it’s attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn’t your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. After, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.

    Included - The Festive Streets of Old Town
    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.

  • Day 04

    Vienna

    U Time - After Hours at the Castle
    What’s better than poking around a baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the state rooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

    U Time - Cooking to Opera
    Holiday music and holiday food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too.

    Included - The Vienna Three
    Vienna comes alive during the holidays. Take a host-escorted, leisurely tour of the Freyung Christmas Market. It’s elegant and charming, located in the heart of the city. Then stop by the City Hall Market right in front of the illuminated neo-gothic building. For nativity scenes and artisan goods, check out the market at Karlsplatz, arguably the grandest baroque church in the world.

  • Day 05

    Budapest (Disembark)
    Disembark and head off to your next adventure.

    Your river cruise adventure may be over, but we know you'll enjoy the memories you've made for years to come. 

Details

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Cruise Line: U by Uniworld
Cruise ship: The A
The A makes her home on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, flowing through the Netherlands and Central Europe. She is sleek and sophisticated. 
Capacity: 116 passengers
Refurbished: 2017
Passenger Decks: 3

Route details
From Budapest to Budapest

Dates (4 nights)
16 December, 2018 to 20 December, 2018

Inclusive

  • 8 meals onboard

Not included

  • Welcome party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • 5 included excursions
  • 8 U Time optional excursions
  • Local celebrity DJ Party
  • Spirit of Christmas mixology class

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