Make your own way from the UK to Engelhartszell 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.
Ease into the relaxed rhythm of everyday life on board your casual-but-stylish A-ROSA river cruiser as she spends the day gliding east through the Wachau Valley, past pristine forests, imposing waterfront castles and slumbering vineyards.
A guided city tour will introduce Budapest's many attractions today - the steeple-topped dome of Budai Var (the former Royal Palace and that now houses a number of the city's major museums) Matyas Church and the old town's elegant coffee houses.
You'll also have the chance to join the continuing festivities at the Christmas markets on Vorosmarty Square and in front of the Basilica, where performances of classical and folk music and dancing add extra energy and colour to the wooden craft stall, ice rink and traditional Christmas delicacies.
Slovakia's beautiful capital, Bratislava, is a cosmopolitan mix of Central European influences and glorious Baroque palaces that guards the entrance to one of the Danube's many sweeping bends. Why not climb the Old Town Hall's tower, or to the observation platform at the top of Most SNP (the city's futuristic 'UFO' bridge) to take in the views across the city and the river?
Discover a city of Baroque palaces, historic churches and museums, elegant shopping arcades and pleasant open spaces on today's included tour of Vienna. Visit the Imperial Hofburg - home to the Spanish Riding School, Vienna Boys' Choir and the Austrian President. Wander the Ringstrasse and the elegant, pedestrianised Innere Stadt, and perhaps climb the spire of Stephansdom, Vienna's majestic Gothic cathedral.
Alternatively, board the coach and take a trip to the Schoenbrunn Palace. This magnificent building was an Imperial summer home, and its great apartments and opulent saloons once echoed with the music of the young Mozart.
As evening falls, return to A-ROSA DONNA to begin your New Year festivities and take full advantage of the special festive food and entertainment on offer as the New Year celebrations begin.
After a morning cruising through the stunning scenery of the Wachau Valley, A-ROSA DONNA will stop at the beautiful town of Durnstein. Wander the narrow streets that wind gently up the slope from the riverbank, and discover Burgruine Durnstein, the castle above the town where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive, before returning to the ship to continue cruising west.
The riverside city of Linz welcomes A-ROSA DONNA today. Spend a full day and evening exploring this modern city and its contrastingly quaint old town, and don't miss the chance to sample a slice (or more) of the city's namesake delicacy, the sweetly nutty and fruity Linzertorte, before the final stage of your cruise back along the Danube begins tonight.
Disembark in Engelhartszell as your cruise comes to an end and you begin your journey home.