Splendours of the Majestic Danube Cruise

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Welcome to this wonderful cruise on the Danube, calling at iconic European cities and passing spectacular scenery, including the Iron Gates and Wachau Valley. Join your sleek A-ROSA vessel at the Austrian market town of Engelhartszell. Set sail in the afternoon, arriving at elegant Vienna the next day. Continue overnight to ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, where you’ll stay until the following evening. Enjoy a day on the majestic Danube, tying up the following morning at Belgrade, beneath the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, for an included city tour. Depart the next evening and spend the next day on the river as the Danube narrows to pass through an impressive almost-vertical gorge, known as the Iron Gates. Your next port of call is the picturesque Serbian city of Novi Sad, dominated by the looming Petrovaradin Fortress. Moor here for the day, before continuing overnight to Bratislava, where you’ll moor for the afternoon. The next morning is spent cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley, tying up at the picturesque town of Melk in the afternoon for a final call.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Board A-ROSA FLORA in Engelhartszell
Six visits and tours
Spend half a day in magnificent imperial city Vienna, with included city tour
Overnight stay in stylish Hungarian capital Budapest, with included city tour
Overnight stay in the historic city of Belgrade, with included city tour
A day in elegant Novi Sad
Spend an afternoon in medieval gem Bratislava
An afternoon in Melk, famous for its 11th-century abbey
Daytime cruise through the Iron Gates
Morning cruise through the Wachau Valley
12 nights’ Premium Inclusive cruise aboard A-ROSA FLORA, in your chosen cabin, on a full-board basis, with on-board entertainment and activities
FREE unlimited Premium Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality tea, and coffees, beer, wine and cocktails throughout the day and evening

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Engellhartszell in Austria, where you’ll meet your sleek A-ROSA vessel. Perhaps take a stroll through the town, before your ships departs in the late afternoon. Overnight, you’ll sail east, toward Vienna.

Day 2

You’ll arrive in Vienna around lunchtime. Enjoy an included city tour of the Austrian capital, city of Strauss waltzes, ‘coffee and cake’, elegant arcades, the Ringstrasse of imposing buildings, great St Stephan’s Cathedral and the magnificent Hofburg Palace.  Your ship will depart in the early evening for the overnight journey to Hungarian capital Budapest.

Days 3 and 4

Enjoy a morning on your ship, before arriving in Budapest around lunch, where you’ll stay until the following evening. Enjoy an included city tour that will bring to life the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. The most striking monuments are found on the left bank of the river, Buda, and include the romantic Castle Hill, home to the former Royal Palace and to important museums. The vast Gothic Parliament buildings line the right side of the river, Pest, in the style and location of their British counterparts, while the buzzing metropolis of the Belváros, or old town, is a hive of designer stores, elegant coffee houses. Spend the following day in Budapest. Perhaps join one of several optional excursions or continue exploring this stylish city under your own steam. Your ship will leave in the evening, around 10pm.

Day 5

Enjoy a day on the river today, as you pass some picturesque scenery. Sit back, relax and make the most of the ship’s facilities, perhaps enjoying some spa treatments. The choice is yours.

Days 6 and 7

You’ll arrive in Belgrade early in the morning, staying until the following evening. Explore the city on the included city tour. Sitting on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Belgrade has been a strategic stronghold for centuries. Overlooking the city is the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, which dates to the 3rd century BC and was originally built by the Celts. The fort is surrounded by Kalemegdan Park, which meets the old town at its outer reaches. At the heart of the old town is Republic Square, a great place to sit and relax, and maybe try a pljeskavica, a tasty local burger-like snack, served with cream cheese and flatbread. Depart Belgrade later the following evening, giving you the whole of the next day to continue your exploration of the Serbian capital, either under your own steam, or by joining an optional excursion.

Day 8

Spend a delightful day on your ship, as you pass through one of the most scenic stretches of the Danube, the Iron Gates. Sit back and relax as you cruise past the steep-sided dramatic gorges, and the mighty Danube is reduced to a narrow channel. Keep an eye out for the 141ft-high carving of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia who fought against the Romans and preserved his country’s independence. Enjoy a pleasant evening on board, as you continue overnight to Novi Sad.

Day 9

This morning you’ll dock at Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city. Dominated by the Petrovaradin Fortress, nicknamed Gibraltar on the Danube, Novi Sad boasts a captivating old town, with a distinctly Italian feel to it. Perhaps join one of several excursions to discover the city, or alternatively explore by your own arrangement. Your ship will depart in the early evening.

Day 10

Sit back, relax and enjoy life on board as you spend a day on the Danube, passing some spectacular scenery. Perhaps use of the ship’s facilities, such as the spa, or just rest and relax on deck – the choice is yours.

Day 11

After lunch today, you’ll tie up in Bratislava. The Slovakian capital, which uniquely also borders Hungary and Austria, is a medieval gem. Perhaps join an optional tour, which will include the Gothic St Martin’s Cathedral, some splendid Baroque palaces and the city’s ancient suspension bridge. This afternoon, you’ll continue upstream, cruising back into Austria.

Day 12

This morning, you’ll wake to the delightful scenery of the Wachau Valley. Sit back and relax, as you enjoy a delightful morning cruising on the river, passing by picturesque rolling hills, carpeted with vineyards and dotted with medieval villages and fortresses. Around lunchtime, you’ll dock at the picturesque town of Melk for the afternoon, home to the famous abbey. Join an optional excursion to explore the magnificent 11th-century abbey, perched high above the town. Enjoy a last night on board, as you depart Melk in the late afternoon, arriving back at Engelhartszell early the following morning.

Day 13

Tie up this morning in Engelhartszell and begin your homeward journey, bringing a wonderful cruise the Danube to an end.

What's Included

What's Included

12 nights' Premium Inclusive cruise accommodation
Return travel from the UK to Austria (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Included city tour of Vienna
Included city tour of Belgrade
Included city tour of Budapest
Included coach transfers to the ship (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Free Wi-Fi on board
On-board activities and entertainment
Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations
Flexible mealtimes
A FREE unlimited Premium Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality teas and coffees, beer, wine, spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening
Occasional regional treats and specialities to complement your destination that day
Afternoon tea with freshly prepared cakes and pastries
15 per cent off on a range of beauty and wellness treatments in the on-board spa, SPA-ROSA
The services of an International Host and an experienced English-speaking crew
All port taxes and surcharges

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