Day 1 : Departure-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.