Set sail from the ‘three rivers city’ of Passau and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Europe. Melk - Vienna - Budapest - Bratislava - Dürnstein!
Set sail from the three rivers city of Passau and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Europe. Discover the delights of Strauss famous Danube from the comfort of MS Arena, taking time to explore scenic and historical stops along the way. Take in the beauty of the Wachau Valley as you visit the Austrian town of Melk; a cluster of terracotta rooftops among a forest of green. A full day in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vienna, plus another full day in the breathtakingly beautiful city of Budapest. Spend time in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and wander the cobbled streets of Dürnstein on this enthralling river adventure.
Cross Channel Ferry
1 Night Outbound - Germany
7 Nights - MS Arena
1 Night Inbound - Germany
Full Breakfast - 9 Mornings
Lunch - 6 Days
Dinner - 8 Evenings
Live Entertainment - 7 Evenings
On Board Activites
Guided Tour - Benedictine Abbey
Vienna Guided Walking Tour
Guided Tour - Belvedere Palace
Guided Tour - Budapest
Traditional Folklore Show
Puszta Horse Show
Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience
All of the cabins on board the MS Arena feature outward-facing floor to ceiling panoramic windows with French balconies, allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own cabin. The spacious cabins feature en suite bathrooms with a shower and toilet. Theres plenty of space and storage for your belongings, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. You can choose from accommodation on the Upper Deck or Main Deck; all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise.
Main Deck Standard Cabin
Each Main Deck cabin benefits from floor to ceiling windows with a French balcony. All cabins also feature twin beds - one fixed bed and one fold down bed, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.
Main Deck Superior Cabin | Supplement £130pp
The Main Deck Superior cabins also feature floor to ceiling windows and a French balcony for excellent views of the river. Theres plenty of room for all your belongings and each cabin features comfortable hotel-style beds, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.
Upper Deck Superior Cabin | Supplement £250pp
Each stylish Upper Deck cabin features floor to ceiling windows with a French balcony, perfect for enjoying the passing scenery. The cabins also feature comfortable hotel-style beds, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. Theres ample room to make yourself at home, so you can open the doors and feel the gentle breeze as you sail through the waters.
Departure Times/Itinerary/Luggage Labels will be forwarded to you approximately 7/10 days prior to travel.
We depart local area early morning and head to Dover for our lunchtime crossing to France. We continue our journey to our overnight hotel in Germany.
After breakfast we travel by coach and board our ship in Passau, known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. We enjoy a relaxing evening onboard as we sail and cruise towards Melk.
This morning arrive in the small town of Melk, which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here we visiting the Benedictine Abbey. This is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria and has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. Relax onboard for the remainder of the day as you cruise to Vienna for an overnight stop.
Spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a world heritage site. We join a guided city tour followed by lunch onboard. This afternoon we explore Belvedere Palace, a stunning Baroque building made up of two palaces, an orangery and the palace stables. The palace is also home to an incredible collection of art, including the world’s largest collection of work by Gustav Klimt. In the early evening cast off and cruise towards Budapest.
Today we arrive into Budapest. Enjoy lunch onboard the ship before joining a tour of this fascinating city. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an extensive area recognised as a world heritage site. Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital which is divided by the meandering Danube - traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Most of the famous sites are concentrated around Castle Hill on the Buda side, in downtown Pest and along the riverside walkways. Look out for the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Parliament building, St Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square and the Chain Bridge. Return to the ship for a relaxing dinner onboard before we experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.
This morning we drive through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live Puszta horse show. Set sail in the afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.
We reach Bratislava this morning and join our guided tour to explore this this historic capital city, which is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ - a sweet white chocolate with poppy seed filling. Lunch is served onboard and the afternoon is free to explore Bratislava at your leisure before we enjoy dinner onboard before cruising towards Dürnstein.
The town of Dürnstein nestles among Austria’s most famous vineyards and is crowned by the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. It’s a beautiful place filled with cobbled streets, pretty courtyards and 16th century houses. After some free time set sail for the final time and cruise towards Passau.
We sadly disembark this morning and travel to Germany and our overnight hotel.
After breakfast, we continue our journey home to Calais and our ferry to Dover. We return back to Staffordshire late evening.
Earning its place in a premier cruise collection, this 4 star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise: comfort, style and unfaltering attention to detail.
Take advantage of the wellness and fitness suite, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the Ambassadors Lounge or soak up the ambience and spectacular sights from the comfort of the elevated sun deck. Wherever you choose to spend your time on board, youll be in great hands with the attentive crew and cruise managers who are on hand to assure you of the perfect river cruise experience.
Port visits are the highlights of anybodys cruise, but the crew onboard MS Arena want to make sure your time on the ship is just as special. It has everything you could possibly need to enjoy an unforgettable cruising experience, with panoramic windows throughout the ships Main and Upper Decks to make sure you dont miss any of the stunning river scenery.
Dine on exceptionally fresh and delicious dishes in the Panorama Restaurant, then head up for a drink at the Ambassadors Lounge Bar. You can also relax in the lounge with a book, chat with fellow guests or simply watch the world drift by.
When youre not at port, the fitness suite, library or sun deck are just a few of the places where you can spend time indulging in the things you love. Theres also the onboard shop for stocking up on souvenirs and essentials, and for your convenience there is complimentary WiFi onboard.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Burntwood|| The Wych Elm Pub Bridge Cross Road |
|Cannock|| The Bus Station |
|Hednesford|| The Bus Stop Outside Tesco's Victoria Street |
|Lichfield|| The Bus Station |
|Rugeley|| The Bus Station |
|Stafford|| Outside the Police Station Eastgate Street |
|Tamworth|| Assembly Rooms Corporation Street |
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