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Christmas Markets on the Danube


Linz Christmas Market
  • Overview


    • Explore magical Vienna
    • Spend time in captivating Linz

    Start your festive season in style on our fantastic cruise sailing along the majestic Danube and take in its spectacular winter landscapes. Discover the timeless beauty of the charming cities and towns that decorate its banks. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Shopping
    • Great for - Walking

    This enchanting river cruise gives you the opportunity to admire wonderful winter scenes along the beautiful Danube, with ports of call offering the chance to take in the magical Christmas markets along the scenic Danube, with highlights including a panoramic tour of the Austrian capital city of Vienna and the chance to explore the wondrous stalls of Vienna’s Christmas markets, where you’ll find unique gift ideas and tasty local cuisine. You’ll also have the chance to experience the cultural delights of Linz.

    Your river cruise takes place on the well-appointed A-Rosa Donna. While on board you can enjoy stunning ever-changing views along the Danube from the inviting panorama lounge, and don’t miss the chance to relax and unwind in the on-board spa, or to enjoy a workout in the gym. With all this and more to enjoy on board, the A-Rosa Donna is the ideal vessel for a relaxing river cruise along the Danube...
  • Itinerary



  • The Ship


    MS A-ROSA Donna

    • MS A-ROSA Donna
    The A-Rosa Donna first set sail in 2002. She is one of the impressive A-Rosa fleet of river cruise vessels, designed with relaxation in mind; the ship boasts a spacious sun deck, complete with plenty of shaded areas and recliners.

    While on board, why not treat yourself to a dip in the outdoor heated pool? And challenge your fellow cruisers to a friendly game of shuffleboard, giant chess or a round on the putting green. Or enjoy an indulgent speciality coffee at the cafe bar (or maybe a glass of vino or two!) Then, why not admire the ever-changing views from the impressive panorama lounge? Or how about an indulgent treatment in the spa, or a workout in the gym?

    With all this to enjoy on board, plus a casual dress code, you’ll have no problem relaxing and unwinding on board the A-Rosa Donna!
    • Length: 124m
    • Width: 14.5m
    • Passenger Capacity: 242
    • Passenger decks: 4


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  • Excursions & Extras


    Panoramic Tour of Vienna
    Vienna is a beautiful city and those interested in seeing the city from a different angle can enjoy an optional panoramic tour of the city and the Vienna Woods.

    Vienna boasts majestic architecture and beautiful cultural attractions, and the Vienna Woods will allow us to see the city’s quieter side.


    Linz am Donau
    Cultural Linz

    The city of Linz has stood either side of the Danube since Roman times and was one of the major cities of the Habsburg Empire. We will take a guided walking tour of the historic city, with the many of the buildings we’ll walk between in the Old Town dating from its 15th century heyday.  The city mixes the old and new with the beautiful Brucknerhaus concert hall and Lentos art museum on the banks of the Danube reflecting its growing international reputation as a modern cultural centre. Close to Linz castle is St. Martin’s Parish Church, at least 1200 years old; it is the oldest in Austria and was originally constructed from the debris of Roman buildings.

    Mozart & Strauss Concert
    Mozart & Strauss concert

    Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy.

    We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.

    Schonbrunn Palace
    Schonbrunn Palace

    We visit the summer palace of the Habsburg Dysnasty in the centre of Austria’s capital, Vienna. Schonbrunn Palace contains over 300 years of history as well as beautiful Baroque architecture and vast, lavish gardens. We’ll take the Imperial tour, which gives us a picture of the different stylish eras that have shaped the palace and the lives and history of the people who lived here. Our tour includes a visit to the State Rooms at the palace, designed to the tastes of Franz Josef I and his wife Elisabeth, who ruled Austria-Hungary during the latter 19th century and the early 20th century. At the time the couple was one of the most powerful and important in Europe.

    Vienna Opera
    Vienna by Night

    Vienna is always an incredible city to visit, but by night this capital becomes even more mesmerising. Brightly lit, and with many wonderful sights to enjoy, we’ll get to explore this fascinating location during our optional excursion.


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What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by Rail from London St Pancras via Brussels with overnight stays in Frankfurt including dinner and breakfast
  • Four nights all inclusive cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • One included excursion
  • FREE Home Connect Service
  • FREE drinks on board including beer, wine, selected spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, water and speciality coffee and teas


The A-Rosa Donna first set sail in 2002. She is one of the impressive A-Rosa fleet of river cruise vessels, designed with relaxation in mind; the ship boasts a spacious sun deck, complete with plenty of shaded areas and recliners.

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