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Authentic Danube

Take to the world-renowned Danube River and discover the treasures she has to offer on your luxury Uniworld River Cruise.

Marvel at the wonders of Baroque Vienna, the Gothic architecture of Nuremberg, and everything in-between. Immerse yourself in enchanting European landscapes as you sail down the Danube.

Use your time doing what you enjoy, whether that be historic walking tours, exciting family activities, or wine tasting. Germany and Austria are at your fingertips aboard your Danube River Cruise!

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: River Princess
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Aug - Oct & May - Oct
£2,299pp
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Authentic Danube Cruise Itinerary

Our 7-night Authentic Danube Cruise brings you to enchanting Austrian and German landscapes, putting you at the forefront of the frontier of beauty and heritage with a mix of architectural and historical European splendour.

Day 1

Vienna

Transfer to the River Princess from Vienna International Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship if your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer.

Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.

Day 2

Vienna

Explore Vienna with a range of fascinating excursions, including the Schönbrunn Palace Tour; the Magical History Tour at the interactive Time Travel Vienna venue; and the Schönbrunn Royal Experience, wherein you can learn about the Habsburg family at the “Schloss Schönbrunn Experience” Children’s Museum. [Last two excursions are suitable for children to join]

You can pay to watch a private Mozart and Strauss Concert, where you’ll be entreated to an evening of chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s world-class professionals. You can also pay for the Vienna Culinary Walking Tour, which will see you through a delectable tour of establishments, including a coffee house, Garben Square, and the Stephansplatz, followed by a stop at a wine cellar. You’ll have the opportunity to sample delicious Viennese refreshments at most of these locations.

Day 3

Weissenkirchen / Melk

Board a smaller vessel and get closer to the beauty of the Wachau River with a sail down the Danube, complete with a local guide and beverages. [Suitable for children to join]

Choose from one of the three following excursions: the Melk Abbey Tour with Library Visit, the perfect blend of history and heritage with the library’s 100,000-strong collection of volumes and the abbey’s beautifully Baroque Marble Hall, which you’ll tour with a guide. After the tour, you can explore Melk independently or you can catch the motorcoach back to the River Princess.

Or, sample the wines of Weissenkirchen during a guided visit to a local winery after your scenic village walk.

If you seek a more active excursion, join a group hike through the picturesque vineyards.

In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 4

Engelhartszell / Passau / Vilshofen

Go on a bike tour from Engelhartszell to Passau’s Old Town and enjoy the beautiful, natural sights the Danube Valley has to offer.

Go on a guided walking tour of mediaeval Passau, wherein a plethora of architectural wonders lie, many of resplendent rococo and Baroque design.

Venture along the renowned Danube Bike Trail on the cycling excursion. [Suitable for children to join]

Fill your afternoon sailing along the Ilz River. Or, join a local geocaching guide and explore Passau’s historical wonders by collecting clues and hints and progressing from one station to the next. Each station has a special activity for children. [Both excursions are suitable for children to join]

Day 5

Deggendorf / Straubing

Embark on your Bavarian Forest Adventure and explore the national park. Sample local schnapps and see how the local style of glassware is created. Alternatively, join the Silver Mine visit where you’ll ride up to the mine in a cable car, retrieve your helmet and explore the mountain.

In the evening, be entreated to a private Regensburger Domspatzen concert held in the revered St. Peter’s Cathedral.

You can explore the Bavarian Forest and join a family host to observe how the local style of glassware is made, or you can join a family host to visit the former Silver Mine, arriving there by cable car and getting your helmet before exploring the mountain. [Suitable for children to join]

Day 6

Regensburg

Explore the largest “adventure ball” in the world with your guide. Traverse the ball via its walkable paths and reach the top where scenic views await you. Slide back down to the bottom on the “mega slide” and take a short hike around the lake to learn about its natural wonders. After the excursion, enjoy your leisure time and stop off at the on-site restaurant, or try your hand at the climbing wall. Or, see how well you can endure the balancing path. [Suitable for children to join]

Embark on a Regensburg walking tour and explore the UNESCO-designated Old Town, the Stone Bridge, the town hall, the Cathedral of St. Peter, and the fortified patrician houses. You’ll have free time to explore Regensburg and go on a shopping trip if you so wish. Or, visit one of the local pubs.

Enjoy a picturesque hops field visit, complete with a tour from an enthusiastic guide and a lesson on the history, cultivation, and brewing of hops. After, indulge in a craft beer tasting in the beer hall.

Day 7

Nuremberg

Visit the castle headquarters of one of the oldest and most prolific wooden pencil creators in the world – Faber-Castell. You’ll get to see these iconic pencils being made, too. [Suitable for children to join]

An alternate excursion to Faber-Castell headquarters is available solely for adults.

Or, you can tour Nuremberg and its WWII rally grounds, learning about their history while visiting the Documentation Centre.

In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

NOTE: The permanent exhibition at the Documentation Center will be closed until the fall of 2023. In its place, a special temporary exhibition may be available.

Day 8

Nuremberg

Bid farewell to the River Princess. You will be transferred to Nuremberg Airport for your flight if your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you bought a private departure transfer.

Day 1

Nuremberg

Bid farewell to the River Princess. You will be transferred to Nuremberg Airport for your flight if your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you bought a private departure transfer.

Day 2

Nuremberg

Visit the castle headquarters of one of the oldest and most prolific wooden pencil creators in the world – Faber-Castell. You’ll get to see these iconic pencils being made, too. [Suitable for children to join]

An alternate excursion to Faber-Castell headquarters is available solely for adults.

Or, you can tour Nuremberg and its WWII rally grounds, learning about their history while visiting the Documentation Centre.

In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

NOTE: The permanent exhibition at the Documentation Center will be closed until the fall of 2023. In its place, a special temporary exhibition may be available.

Day 3

Regensburg

Explore the largest “adventure ball” in the world with your guide. Traverse the ball via its walkable paths and reach the top where scenic views await you. Slide back down to the bottom on the “mega slide” and take a short hike around the lake to learn about its natural wonders. After the excursion, enjoy your leisure time and stop off at the on-site restaurant, or try your hand at the climbing wall. Or, see how well you can endure the balancing path. [Suitable for children to join]

Embark on a Regensburg walking tour and explore the UNESCO-designated Old Town, the Stone Bridge, the town hall, the Cathedral of St. Peter, and the fortified patrician houses. You’ll have free time to explore Regensburg and go on a shopping trip if you so wish. Or, visit one of the local pubs.

Enjoy a picturesque hops field visit, complete with a tour from an enthusiastic guide and a lesson on the history, cultivation, and brewing of hops. After, indulge in a craft beer tasting in the beer hall.

Day 4

Deggendorf / Straubing

Embark on your Bavarian Forest Adventure and explore the national park. Sample local schnapps and see how the local style of glassware is created. Alternatively, join the Silver Mine visit where you’ll ride up to the mine in a cable car, retrieve your helmet and explore the mountain.

In the evening, be entreated to a private Regensburger Domspatzen concert held in the revered St. Peter’s Cathedral.

You can explore the Bavarian Forest and join a family host to observe how the local style of glassware is made, or you can join a family host to visit the former Silver Mine, arriving there by cable car and getting your helmet before exploring the mountain. [Suitable for children to join]

Day 5

Engelhartszell / Passau / Vilshofen

Go on a bike tour from Engelhartszell to Passau’s Old Town and enjoy the beautiful, natural sights the Danube Valley has to offer.

Go on a guided walking tour of mediaeval Passau, wherein a plethora of architectural wonders lie, many of resplendent rococo and Baroque design.

Venture along the renowned Danube Bike Trail on the cycling excursion. [Suitable for children to join]

Fill your afternoon sailing along the Ilz River. Or, join a local geocaching guide and explore Passau’s historical wonders by collecting clues and hints and progressing from one station to the next. Each station has a special activity for children. [Both excursions are suitable for children to join]

Day 6

Weissenkirchen / Melk

Board a smaller vessel and get closer to the beauty of the Wachau River with a sail down the Danube, complete with a local guide and beverages. [Suitable for children to join]

Choose from one of the three following excursions: the Melk Abbey Tour with Library Visit, the perfect blend of history and heritage with the library’s 100,000-strong collection of volumes and the abbey’s beautifully Baroque Marble Hall, which you’ll tour with a guide. After the tour, you can explore Melk independently or you can catch the motorcoach back to the River Princess.

Or, sample the wines of Weissenkirchen during a guided visit to a local winery after your scenic village walk.

If you seek a more active excursion, join a group hike through the picturesque vineyards.

In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 7

Vienna

Explore Vienna with a range of fascinating excursions, including the Schönbrunn Palace Tour; the Magical History Tour at the interactive Time Travel Vienna venue; and the Schönbrunn Royal Experience, wherein you can learn about the Habsburg family at the “Schloss Schönbrunn Experience” Children’s Museum. [Last two excursions are suitable for children to join]

You can pay to watch a private Mozart and Strauss Concert, where you’ll be entreated to an evening of chamber music performed by some of Vienna’s world-class professionals. You can also pay for the Vienna Culinary Walking Tour, which will see you through a delectable tour of establishments, including a coffee house, Garben Square, and the Stephansplatz, followed by a stop at a wine cellar. You’ll have the opportunity to sample delicious Viennese refreshments at most of these locations.

Day 8

Vienna

Transfer to the River Princess from Vienna International Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship if your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer.

Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.

Authentic Danube Cruise Ships

River Princess

This luxurious floating hotel sets an indulgent tone for your journey through Europe. Enjoy sophisticated decor consisting of jewel-toned greens, warm browns, and a mix of black and white. Recline in one of our stylish lounges with a good book or cocktails.

Max. Capacity of 128 Guests
Remodelled in 2011
French Balconies

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Authentic Danube Deals

Don’t just experience The Danube, experience The Authentic Danube

7 Nights
May Oct

Authentic Danube

  • Vienna
  • Weissenkirchen / Melk
  • Engelhartszell / Passau / Vilshofen
  • Deggendorf / Straubing
  • Regensburg
  • Nuremberg
£2,299pp Est. Price per person
  • River Princess  

Authentic Danube Cruise Review

“By far the most luxurious cruise we’ve ever been on. My wife and I booked this cruise with the Suite cabin for our anniversary and we have been overjoyed with the service we received. My wife loved the library and I spent much of my time on the ship sunbathing on the sun deck. Our favourite excursion has to be the visit to the hops harvesting fields. The beer was delicious and the scenery was beautiful. I was a big fan of the Nuremberg and World War Two rallying grounds tour since history is a hobby of mine. We can’t wait to go on another Uniworld cruise for our next anniversary.”

Pete and Maria Artingstall, Lancaster, Lancashire

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Authentic Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Which cabin is the most expensive to buy?

The Suite is the most expensive room you can purchase for your stay aboard the River Princess. This is because you receive more amenities when you book the Suite compared to the other rooms available, which you can read about under the ‘Accommodation’ heading of this page beneath the ‘About The River Princess’ heading.

What kind of activities can we expect to be available on the Authentic Danube Cruise?

Austria and Germany offer a wealth of history, heritage and culture, and the Authentic Danube Cruise helps you discover it all with walking tours of towns, a private choir concert, craft beer tasting and more. You’ll also have many ways to keep yourself occupied aboard the River Princess, too, as the ship comes equipped with a library, three lounges and a sun deck.

What should I pack for my cruise?

What you pack is entirely your choice: our only advice is that you check the weather conditions of your cruise’s destinations closer to the embarkation date to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for any expected and unexpected weather conditions.

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