Explore Europe's second longest river on a stylish, contemporary A-ROSA river cruiser. Sail through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, visiting some beautiful cities and enjoying the casual elegance of life on board.
The A-ROSA experience is designed to make river cruising as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. With excellent, 'freestyle' buffet dining, cocktails in the lounge bar and fine-weather barbecues on the sun-soaked top deck, fun things to do on board and ashore, and a lively, friendly atmosphere, you'll soon feel right at home.
Immerse yourself in the Danube's history and culture as you spend two days in stunning Vienna, see Hungary's largest church and tallest building - the dome-capped Basilica in Esztergom - and pass another two days exploring the historic capital of Hungary, Budapest. Enjoy a day in Bratislava, Slovakia, before sailing back past Vienna overnight to spend a morning cruising though the glorious scenery of the Wachau Valley to Melk.
Make your own way from the UK to Passau where your cruise begins. Head to the riverside to board your A-ROSA river cruiser, and then spend the rest of your day getting to know the boat and settling into life on board.
Fly to Germany and transfer to Engelhartszell near Passau, where A-ROSA DONNA waits. Settle into your cabin, and prepare to depart in the early evening as your delightful Christmas river cruise begins.
Enjoy a memorable Christmas Eve, as A-ROSA DONNA docks in Durnstein. This pretty medieval city is one of the most popular spots in the Wachau region, and sits beneath the ruins of Burgruine Durnstein, the castle where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive. Wander the streets, taking in the sights until your ship leaves Durnstein to meander through the Wachau Valley. This UNESCO heritage site, which runs between Melk and Krems, boasts some of the most majestic scenery anywhere along the Danube.
By the mid evening you'll have arrived in Vienna. The city is a wonder to behold at Christmas, and you'll discover decorations everywhere, and elegant buildings lit by floodlights or draped with festive lights, if you choose to head ashore this evening.
On Christmas Day, your included festive city tour will bring Vienna to life even further, and there will be a chance to explore under your own steam, before on-board celebrations and a party atmosphere ensure a memorable time is had by all.
Possibly the first thing you'll notice as you arrive in the Austrian town of Melk, this morning, is the imposing Baroque monastery - Melk Abbey - on the hill above the town. Spend the morning strolling the pretty squares, courtyards and cobbled streets lined with old-European houses, or perhaps visit the Abbey itself, before your A-ROSA ship departs in the early afternoon.
Disembark in Passau as your cruise comes to an end and you begin your journey home.