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Highlights of the Danube


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  • Overview


    • 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 - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


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    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...
  • 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


    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.

    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.

What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by Rail from London St Pancras via Brussels with overnight stays in Frankfurt. Overnight stays include dinner and breakfast
  • Seven 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


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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