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Christmas on the Danube

 

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  • Overview

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    • Spend time in Durnstein, in the Wachau Valley
    • Celebrate Christmas in Vienna
    • Visit Melk Abbey, perched on a rocky hilltop

    Celebrate a magical Christmas and enjoy the festivities amid the backdrop of the Danube River. Rejoice in the wintery scenery of the river banks and pass by traditional towns and villages decorated with twinkling Christmas lights and decorations.  Read More

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


    Melk Abbey on the Danube
    Celebrate in real style this Christmas by taking a relaxing festive river cruise along the breathtaking Danube. Highlights include a visit to historic Melk Abbey, the pretty Austrian municipality of Engelhartszell and festive entertainment on board your ship.

    Your Christmas river cruise takes place on the well-appointed A-Rosa Donna. While on board you can enjoy stunning ever-changing views of winter scenery 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 winter river cruise along the Danube...
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    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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    Durnstein
    Durnstein Transfer
    This charming town on the Danube River in Austria is a wonderful example of the traditional Austrian way of life. With its beautiful surrounding scenery and slow pace, we’ll enjoy excellent time at leisure to discover the sights here. The major attraction is the castle, perched high above the town it was the place in 1192 that Richard the Lionheart was captured by the Duke of Austria during the Third Crusade.
    Melk Abbey on the Danube
    Melk Abbey
    Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.
    Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.
    We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.
    Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.
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What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by coach with overnight stays including en-route dinner in France and dinner and breakfast in Belgium
  • Four nights all inclusive cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Two included excursions
  • FREE Home Connect Service
  • FREE drinks on board including beer, wine, selected spirits, cocktails, soft drinks, water and speciality coffee and teas
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.

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