Treat yourself to a Christmas celebration unlike any other on an A-ROSA river cruise along the Danube. Discover the Christmas markets and local festivities in three fascinating old-European cities.Your A-ROSA Premium Inclusive package is the ideal way to enjoy a stress-free Christmas. Excellent gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations available at times to suit you, discounted treatments at the on-board spa and handmade cocktails all add to the relaxed atmosphere. Join in the festive fun as a host of special celebrations take place on board, take the time to indulge yourself a little, and generally make yourself at home.This very special Christmas break includes a visit to impossibly pretty Durnstein and its historic castle, the opportunity to explore to Melk's impressive abbey and an unforgettable Christmas Day spent in the elegant surroundings of imperial Vienna.
Cruise through the Wachau to call at Durnstein
Arriving in Vienna on Christmas Eve
A tour of the Austrian capital on Christmas Day
A visit to Melk
Special festive meals and entertainment on board
Embark A-ROSA DONNA in Engelhartszell
Travel 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.
This morning you'll arrive back in Engelhartszell. Say goodbye to your new friends and the crew as you disembark to begin your journey home at the end of a memorable Christmas break.
Four nights' Premium Inclusive cruise accommodation
Return travel from the UK to Germany (unless you select our Tour Only option)
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
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 a Cruise Director and experienced English-speaking crew
All port taxes and surcharges
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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