Classic Danube Explorer

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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Newmarket Holidays

Europe's second longest river

Explore on a stylish, contemporary A-ROSA river cruiser. Sail through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, visiting some beautiful cities and enjoying the casual elegance of life on board.The A-ROSA Premium Inclusive experience is designed to make river cruising as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Gourmet buffet dining with live cooking stations, cocktails in the lounge bar and fine-weather barbecues on the sun-soaked top deck, fun things to do on board and ashore, and a lively, friendly atmosphere, mean you'll soon feel right at home. Immerse yourself in the Danube's history and culture as you spend two days in stunning Vienna, see Hungary's largest church and tallest building – the dome-capped Basilica in Esztergom – and pass another two days exploring the historic capital of Hungary, Budapest. Enjoy a day in Bratislava, Slovakia, before sailing back past Vienna overnight to spend a morning cruising though the glorious scenery of the Wachau Valley to Melk.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Six visits and tours
An overnight stay and included guided tour in Vienna
A morning call in Hungary's Esztergom
An overnight stay and included guided tour in Budapest
A visit to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava
A scenic passage through the Wachau Valley
An afternoon call in Melk, site of the famous Abbey
Embark A-ROSA DONNA in Passau

Destinations
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • River Cruise
  • A-ROSA
  • AIR
  • Seniors
Departure Points
  • Birmingham
  • London Heathrow
  • Manchester
  • Gatwick

Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Engelhartszell near Passau, where you'll begin your A-ROSA Danube cruise. Settle in to your cabin and explore the ship, ready for departure in the early evening.

Day 2

After a lovely morning meandering down the Danube, you'll arrive in the Austrian capital, Vienna, around lunchtime. This bustling cultural and economic centre will be brought to life by an included city tour. Discover why it is known as the 'City of Music', and explore streets and squares lined with a wonderful blend of classical and more modern architecture. Or simply explore or relax at your leisure.

Day 3

Spend another day exploring Vienna's endless sights and landmarks. Sample the local Gruner Veltliner wines, chat with new friends and locals in an authentic Viennese cafe or soak up the culture in a few of Vienna's 100-plus art galleries and museums. A visit to the 1000-room Schonbrunn Palace is a must, for it's where a young Mozart first enthralled astonished listeners with his extraordinary musical prowess. After a wonderful two days, A-ROSA DONNA sets sail again in the early evening, heading east into Hungary

Day 4

A lively day of exploration lies ahead. Arrive early at small but historic Esztergom, one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Visit the impressive Esztergom Basilica, which dominates the town skyline, and then return to the ship in time to depart before lunchtime.In the mid afternoon you'll arrive in beautiful Budapest. Stroll through the streets on an included city tour, take in the neo-Gothic architecture, perhaps visit the newly reopened Museum of Fine Arts, which holds one of the most extensive collections of European art in the world, or just relax in a quaint cafe or bar.

Day 5

Enjoy a second day in Budapest, perhaps continuing to explore the city's many cultural attractions. With so many museums and galleries, fashionable stores and restaurants on offer, your biggest chore will be deciding which to choose. The ship leaves this evening to begin the long, relaxed cruise back up the Danube.

Day 6

After a morning on the river you'll arrive in Bratislava, Slovakia's largest city, to spend the day. The pretty streets and old European cityscape make this a really enjoyable place to explore before A-ROSA DONNA departs in the late afternoon.

Day 7

After a memorably picturesque cruise through Austria's Wachau Valley, you will arrive in Melk in the early afternoon. This city is dominated by the spectacular hill-top structures of Melk Abbey, and is home to stunning medieval architecture as well as charming shops, bars and cafes.You'll have a few hours of free time before A-ROSA DONNA leaves Melk and cruises back out into the Danube. Watch the banks drift past from the top deck in the late afternoon sun, and enjoy your last evening on board.

Day 8

You'll arrive back in Passau early this morning. Disembark A-ROSA DONNA to begin your journey home.

What's Included

Seven 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
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 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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Touring with Newmarket Holidays

With more than 35 years’ tour-operating experience, Newmarket Holidays can provide escorted tours, river cruises, cruise holidays and resort-based stays that combine superb value for money and the highest standards of customer care. Having won Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company six years running at the British Travels Awards, the company has become one of the largest and most respected independently owned tour operators in the UK.

Newmarket Holidays offers a huge array of escorted tours, short breaks, long explorations and holiday experiences for just about every interest and activity level, with transfers, excursions, carefully chosen accommodation and many entrances included in the price. All holidays also include a friendly and knowledgeable tour manager to help you make the most of your trip and to ensure your holiday operates as smoothly as possible. And although much of your escorted tour is prearranged, you’ll still have plenty of free time to relax and the flexibility to do your own thing.

With Newmarket Holidays, there’s a whole world to explore, from the historic railways of the Isle of Man and the canals of Amsterdam to the exciting city of New York and the magical sight of the Taj Mahal in India. Alternatively, relax and unwind beside the blue waters of Lake Garda, enjoy a guided tour of Poland’s former royal capital or spend a few nights in the heart of Moscow in Russia. Newmarket Holidays has something special for all couples, groups, families and solo travellers, including romantic breaks in Paris, safari adventures in Kenya, Santa experience days in Lapland and rail journeys through the Italian countryside.

There’s also a choice of holiday types and themes, such as small group tours, rail holidays, UK and Ireland short breaks, Christmas markets and cultural experiences, as well as concerts and events. As a company that now focuses on UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises, you can even choose how to travel to your chosen destinations. Not forgetting that Newmarket Holidays specialises in included and optional excursions to ensure your escorted tours are memorable from beginning to end.

When you choose an air holiday, you can either tour as many attractions and cultures as you can fit in or base yourself at a quiet resort and take your pick from a collection of excursions and day trips. This means that your holiday can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you wish. If a cruise is your ideal group tour, Newmarket Holidays has departures from nearly every major port in the UK and can take you to places in and around Europe, the Canary Islands, the Baltic Cities, Greenland, the Far East, Australia and Africa. You can also choose from a wide range of European and worldwide river cruises or select a Christmas and New Year river cruise along the Danube, the Rhine or the Seine River.

From the moment you book an escorted tour, resort-based stay or cruise holiday, you can have peace of mind that your money is safe because Newmarket Holidays is a member of ABTA and is licensed by ATOL. Also, the company has a 4.5 out of 5 customer rating, which is a testament to the quality of the escorted tours and the outstanding customer care provided by the team. But that’s not all. As Newmarket Holidays is all about offering the best value for money holidays, this competitive tour operator promises to price match any like-for-like escorted tour found cheaper elsewhere.

Please note: After many years of operation, Newmarket Holidays has decided to discontinue the UK and European coach breaks and tours departing from local pick-ups in the UK (as of 2019) to concentrate on its range of UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises. 

 

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