Celebrate the New Year A-ROSA style
From the moment you step on board you'll be free to do as little or as much as you wish - when you wish - by day and by night, on board and off, as A-ROSA DONNA carries you to the riverside capitals of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, and to the lovely Austrian towns of Linz and Durnstein.
Make the most of the flexibility that your Premium All-Inclusive A-ROSA package offers and dine when you like, alone or with friends, enjoy cocktails and conversation at the bar, head to the on-board gym or pamper yourself with a treatment at SPA-ROSA. Take part in the activities on offer, sign up for the tours and trips available in each new port, or simply let your mood dictate your decisions each day. It's your time to use as you see fit.
Leaving Engelhartszell you'll spend a day on board cruising past the forested slopes of the Wachau Valley east to Budapest. After a memorable day exploring the Hungarian capital, you'll turn west and retrace your route in a leisurely fashion. After stopping in Bratislava to see the Slovakian capital's Baroque palaces, you'll arrive in glorious, iconic Vienna to spend an unforgettable New Year's Eve exploring the city and enjoying a host of New Year festivities on board. Calls in the impossibly pretty town of Durnstein and the cultured, cosmopolitan city of Linz round of your Danube cruise as you sail back to Engelhartszell.
Fly to Munich, and board the coach for your included transfer to Engelhartszell on the banks of the Danube, where your A-ROSA river cruise ship waits, ready to get underway this afternoon.
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.
Your A-ROSA experience comes to an end this morning as you arrive back in Engelhartszell and disembark to join your included coach transfer back to the airport.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Optional shore excursions
Optional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
Tipping is not compulsory, but from experience we know that many passengers like to leave gratuities for the crew. At the end of the cruise you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception and the suggested amount is five Euros per guest per day. Of course, you are free to tip individual crew members at any time, should you wish.
Disabled guests and guests in need of assistance
All ships have stairs, are not equipped with lifts, and may not be suitable for passengers with restricted mobility.
The dress code on board and ashore is comfortable and casual; we recommend that you bring sturdy footwear for excursions. For the restaurant we recommend smart casual dress. Please remember to bring warmer clothes for evenings out on deck.
Wi-Fi is provided free of charge in accordance with A-ROSA's conditions of use. You can request a login and password from reception. Internet reception is limited and will vary from location to location.
Where possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
A heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
A heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
In your cabin you will find a safe installed in the wardrobe, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, insect screens and pool towels. The power supply in your cabin is 220 V/50 Hz. All sockets are European two-pin, meaning you will need to bring an adaptor.
All A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
The water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
On rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
*This offer applies to new bookings made between 1st September and 18th October 2018 on 2019 river cruises on board A-ROSA only. Prices shown online do not include the discount. Call us and quote the promo code (WATER) to receive a £100 per person discount on your booking. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.