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Classic Danube Explorer

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Overview

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. Taste the Destination We’ll complement our delicious international dining with the very best authentic regional cuisine. Here’s a sample of what to expect… Braised Beef Esterhazy – Braised sirloin with a savoury-sweet sauce of sour cream, onions and vegetables Austrian veal roll roast served with rich chanterelle cream sauce A BBQ evening on the sun deck with local dishes from the destination

Itinerary

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 BELLA sets sail again in the early evening, heading east into Hungary. The local A-ROSA Destination scout will be on hand to help you make the most of your time in Vienna and Budapest.
  • 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.
  • 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 at mid-afternoon to begin the long, relaxed cruise back up the Danube.
  • Arrive in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava in the morning and enjoy an included guided walking tour of the medieval old town - a joy to explore, with cobbled streets, maze-like alleyways, boutiques and cafes. Returning to the ship, enjoy a speciality dinner on board tonight.
  • We'll have a brief stop in the quaint town of Krems this morning. You can choose to take an optional tour here with time in Krems, Durnstein and finishing at the pastel-painted Benedictine Melk Abbey. If you’d prefer to stay on board, enjoy cruising the Wachau Valley, a picture-perfect stretch of Danube river valley flanked by vineyards and fairy-tale villages. We offer the chance to take a bike and cycle the route too. Whether you’ve toured, cruised or cycled, we rejoin the ship back at Melk Abbey this afternoon.
  • You'll arrive back in Passau early this morning. Disembark A-ROSA BELLA to begin your journey home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Seven ports of call
  • Three included excursions
  • 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 BELLA in Passau

Our Price Includes

  • Seven nights' Premium All-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 All-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
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Ship Information

Cruise Overview
Each of A-ROSA's elegant river cruise vessels has been built specifically for the river upon which it sails, offering spacious, contemporary public areas, light, bright cabins and a casual-yet-stylish cruising experience.
Facilities
Relax on a comfy sun lounger, admiring the views of castles, vineyard-clad hills and enchanting riverside towns and villages (perhaps with a drink from the bar), or enjoy a game of shuffleboard or giant chess with friends. Each river cruiser has either a whirlpool or plunge pool, perfect for keeping cool on those warmer days. On fine days you'll also find A-ROSA chefs on the top deck, barbecuing so you can enjoy a lunch with a view.
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Other Information

Special requirements

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

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. Wheelchairs cannot be used on board.

Dress code

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

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.

Luggage

Where possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.

Pool

A heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.

Whirlpool

A heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.

Cabin facilities

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.

Air-conditioning

All A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.

Drinking water

The water on board potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.

Itinerary changes

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.

Holiday code

N1694

Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: fully flexible booking policy, covid-19 cancellation cover insurance as standard and 100% protection with ABTA & ATOL. This holiday is sold and operated by Newmarket Holidays (ABTOT 5509, ATOL 2325, ABTA V7812), you can be 100% sure that your money is safe.

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