Dashing Through Danube
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Starts Regensburg Cruise Accommodation Above Deck

Dash your way down the Danube on this jolly Christmas river cruise. Explore the best and brightest European Christmas Markets of during this most festive time of year. Just you wait until you see all the light displays and special New Year's Eve celebrations we have in store for you.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 103.201/211653
  • Starts: Regensburg, Germany
  • Finishes: Budapest, Hungary
  • Age requirement: 18 - 35
You will Visit
  • Regensburg
  • Passau
  • Melk
  • Vienna
  • Budapest



Day 1: Regensburg

What's up, river cruising peeps? Let's do this! 8 days, 4 countries, the best and brightest Christmas markets, tons of like-minded travelers and jolly good times. We'll meet aboard The A to kick things off with a Welcome party complete with some delish German street food. Then, who's up for a slice of Regensburg nightlife? Offering the highest concentration of bars per square mile, things could get interesting. So, get ready for colourful Christmas markets, lots of hot Glühweins (mulled wines), a tour of the historic centre, and lots more.


Day 2: Regensburg to Passau

Today, explore this medieval city and its Christmas markets as you learn about its 2,000 years of history with an included walking tour. Then, you have free time to explore more Christmas markets, narrow old town alleys, bars, antique shops and general x-mas party feel on your own. Or, be tempted by one of our U Time optionals, like a Brewery class from a Bavarian brewmaster, a guided tour of BMW's factory or learn about the history of Regensburg through the middle ages. Tonight, join us onboard for a beer mixology class and traditional Bavarian dinner (think sausages, roasts, sauerkraut and dumplings. YUM!).

Say goodbye to Regensburg as we party the night away with an onboard DJ party and make our way to Passau overnight.


Day 3: Passau to Melk

We'll start the day's adventures with a scenic winter hike to two viewpoints overlooking Passau, admiring the town's Christmas markets in front of the baroque cathedral and crooked lanes on route. Then, it's decision time – either explore the town's shopping and great selection of Traditional Lederhosen and hip Dirndl Dresses or to take part in one of our U Time optionals - a scenic drive through the Bavarian Forests to the Christmas markets located in an old granite quarry. Or, enjoy the outdoors with a Bavarian Curling lesson - a typical Bavarian/Austrian winter pastime. Tonight, enjoy a delish Viennese dinner onboard, followed by a European movie night.
Then, we say goodbye to Passau and make our way to Melk overnight.


Day 4: Melk to Vienna

After a leisurely brunch, enjoy some free time to explore Melk's Old Town Market or perhaps take a winter jog up Abbey Hill or along the Danube banks before you refuel with some delish local cuisine. Or, opt to check out Melk Abbey, which boasts a 900 year old history and has a library any book nerd will literally drool over. Of course, like many other European countries, Austria has a dark and often deeply saddening past, so today you'll have the option to venture to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, which operated from 1938-45, to learn more with an educational tour.
Then, this evening join us onboard for a PM scenic sail of the Wachau Valley, villages, castle ruins and mountains as we set sail to Vienna. After a well-deserved dinner, learn all about the spirits of Christmas with a Mixology class before we arrive in Vienna later tonight just in time for a tour of the city including a late night subway/tram tour.


Day 5: Vienna

Even the Grinch would find it hard not to fall in love with Vienna during Christmas time. With its enchanting Christmas Markets and lights, the atmosphere during this festive time of year is pure magic. After a leisurely breakfast, get oriented with Austria’s artistic capital city as you explore the X-mas markets of Feyung, the illuminated neo-gothic City Hall, and the artisan markets and festivities of Karlsplatz square (x-mas delights tasting included). Then, the choice is yours with a free afternoon in Vienna. You could explore the world-class museums, famous coffeehouses, pastry stores, ice rink at Konzert House, vintage shops or all of the above. Or let us tempt you with an opera music/Viennese cooking class (at the same time, incredibly), and even a unique Neni cooking class and dining experience at Naschmarkt. Then tonight, opt to join us for an evening of Mozart and Strauss performed by a high profile chamber orchestra at a concert hall in Klosterneuburg Abbey (with a musician meet and greet plus bubbling after). And if all THAT wasn't enough, we'll conclude with an included Vienna Magic Christmas evening complete with a spectacular light show, video projection broadcast onto building sides, DJs and live music, ice skating and curling, as well as a specialty punch to keep you toasty and warm.


Day 6: Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava

This am, we'll depart early in the morning (while you're still cozy in bed) to make our way to Budapest by way of Bratislava.
With its small town charm, Czech beer, bohemian cuisine and art deco cafes, Slovakia's capital city doesn't disappoint. A walking tour of the city and its Christmas Markets will get you fully oriented as you enjoy the local delicacies and Bohemian handmade x-mas decorations and toys. Then, onboard our chef will teach us all a thing or two about making famous Austrian desserts (Topfenstrudel anyone?) as well as an initiation to the art of drinking Viennese coffee.
...and then bam, we're in (yet another) country, and how pumped are you to be in Budapest? Who's up for heading straight out to see what the ruin bars are saying...?


Day 7: Budapest

Majestic, bohemian, post-modern Budapest is waiting. Today, you'll do as the locals do with a visit to a Budapest market hall where you'll shop with your onboard chef for your Hungarian cooking class. Then, you'll visit a Christmas market in Vörosmarty Square (yummy tastings included) and then you have the afternoon to do your thing or let us show you around with one of our U Time optionals like, visiting a Jewish Synagogue, some seriously gorgeous libraries or braving the aptly named House of Terror museum. Tonight, join us for an included castle Ice-skating session and then top it all off with a winter time magic bath party at famous Lukacs Bath, complete with laser show, DJ, cocktails and beer. After that, join us back onboard for your farewell party & Hungarian dinner. Then, if you're still up for it - join us for one last night out on the town..


Day 8: Budapest

After one more blissful sleep, we're sad to say it's all over. River cruising, you're our new favourite way of travelling…

    • You'll be sleeping exclusively aboard The A, part of the U by Uniworld river boat collection, decked out with all the home comforts you could dream of�and a few little extra flourishes just for fun�
    • Oh Good Lord are you in for a treat. 14 meals are included in this trip - breakfast (or brunch) and dinner every night, plus special inclusions and U Time optional experiences with an emphasis on delicious, regional eats
    • Alongside your experienced crew, a dedicated U Host (the older sister to a Contiki Trip Manager) will look after you from start to finish, plus super knowledgeable Local Experts along the journey. For more info on what's included on your U by Uniworld trip, click here
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Tour Highlights:
  • Embark at Regensburg: ONBOARD: Welcome Party with German Street Food,Night out in Regensburg
  • Regensburg to Passau: 2,000 Years of History & Christmas Markets Tour,ONBOARD: Beer Mixology Class,Onboard: Dj Party
  • Passau to Melk: Passau Scenic Hike,ONBOARD: European Movie Night
  • Vienna: Vienna`s Taste of Christmas with X-mas delights tastings,Vienna Magic Christmas Evening at the Museumsquartier
  • Budapest: Budapest Queen of the Danube & X-mas Delight Tasting,ONBOARD: Hungarian Cooking Class,Ice-Skating at Vajydahunyad Castle,Night Out in Budapest with the Famous Ruin Pubs and Clubs