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Highlights of the Danube

 

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    • Explore elegant Vienna
    • Take a stroll around Esztergom
    • Discover imperial Budapest
    • Admire the Slovakian capital, Bratislava
    • Enjoy time in picturesque Melk

    There is plenty of justification as to the reason Europe's second-longest river is known as ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’ – a combination of outstanding natural beauty and wonderful history. Some of Europe's most majestic cities are to be found along the Danube including the capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.  Read More

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    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


    Budapest
    The beautiful blue Danube has so many fascinating ports of call dotted along it, and this superb river cruise takes you right into some of the best. During your river cruise, you’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the Austrian capital city of Vienna, which has produced some of the all-time giants of classical music, plus a visit to Hungary’s beautiful capital city of Budapest, which is bisected by the Danube, and where you’ll find stunning architecture and fascinating history to explore.

    So, with visits to two capital cities included and the chance to savour stunning scenery, plus an array of exciting optional excursions on offer, this river cruise really does show you the Highlights of the Danube!

    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 truly is the ideal vessel from which to experience the Highlights of 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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    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest

    Join us on our guided tour of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our excursion takes us by coach on a visit to both.

    On the Pest side, we see St Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square, which is dominated by the impressive Millenary Monument, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    We then cross to Buda and the Castle District, where we find the seven-hundred year-old Matthias Church, one of the jewels of Budapest. We also see the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers great views over the city.

    The city is home to the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Szechenyi Medicinal Bath) and the third-largest Parliament building in the world, once the largest in the world. The city also contains the third-largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica) and the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Godollo).

     

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Hofburg Palace in Vienna
    Discover Vienna

    Join us for an amazing tour of Vienna, allowing us to discover this splendid city for ourselves. Our coach tour will begin as we travel past Vienna’s large park, the Prater, admiring views of the famous Ferris wheel and then on to the State Opera House, also seeing the Fine Arts and History Museum.

    We will also see the stunning Hofburg Palace during our city tour, along with the Parliament building, the Town Hall and the Burg Theatre. Making our way to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the city centre, we will disembark our coach and enjoy a walking tour of Vienna. We will stroll along the Graben, one of Vienna’s most famous streets.

    After our walking tour, we return to our coach and begin our return journey, taking in the famous buildings by painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, stopping to admire the unique Hundertwasserhaus.   

    Bratislava square
    Hidden Bratislava
    Join us as we discover one of the smallest and most picturesque capitals of Central Europe. Our tour commences by local tourist train, we pass the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the Slovak National Theatre around the Old Historical Town to the Archbishops Summer Residence. We also see Blumental Church, the bustling commercial street of Obchodna with its many shops, the buildings of the Technical University, Slovak Radio, and the Slovak National Bank.

    We then head to Bratislava’s imposing Castle and through the garden suburb and onto Vienna Gate and Castle Hill, where we enjoy majestic views of the city before heading to the Old Town. Our tour continues on foot where we see Archbishop Place, St. Martin Cathedral – the previous Coronation Church of the Hungarian Kings – Academia Istropolitana – the oldest University dated from the 15th century, Main Square with its Old Town Hall and the Opera House and the famous manhole - Ganymedes.   
    Melk Abbey
    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.

    Gold Strauss statue
    Mozart and 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.

    UFO and Slovak Beer tasting
    Spanish riding school of Vienna
    Vienna Spanish Riding School

    We visit the famous Spanish Riding School in the centre of Vienna. The school has been training horses for performance for more than 450 years and in that time has performed for some of the most famous and important leaders in Europe’s history. We will take a guided tour of the school and stables, learning about the workings of the institution as well as a bit about its history. Training schedules permitting we may even be able to see horses and riders practicing their performances in the winter riding hall.

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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
  • 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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