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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. You can take advantage of 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.
Wednesday – This morning we will collect you from home as we travel to our included Channel Crossing before continuing down towards our overnight stop in Germany.
Thursday – Embark in Passau – Melk
Today, we make our way to Passau and join our ship the MS Arena as we set sail and cruise towards Melk. We will be greeted with a welcome reception on arrival before having time to relax before dinner
Friday – Melk to Vienna
This morning we arrive in the small town of Melk, which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here you can join our included excursion 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. You can relax onboard for the remainder of the day as we cruise to Vienna for an overnight stop.
Saturday – Vienna – Budapest
We 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. In the morning you can join our included city tour followed by lunch onboard. This afternoon you can take advantage of our included excursion to 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 we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.
Sunday – Budapest
Today we arrive into Budapest. Enjoy lunch onboard the ship before joining our 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. We can 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. We return to the ship for a relaxing dinner onboard then there’s the chance to join our included excursion to experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.
Monday – Budapest – Bratislava
Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our included excursion which takes you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we 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. We set sail in the afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava.
Tuesday – Bratislava – Dürnstein
We reach Bratislava this morning where there’s the opportunity to join our included excursion taking in this historic capital city, which is dominated by its castle and unique suspension bridge. We’ll enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and sample ‘Makovka’ which is 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.
Wednesday – Dürnstein – Passau
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 we set sail for the final time and cruise towards Passau. This evening there will be a 5-course farewell dinner.
Friday – Disembark in Passau
This morning we will disembark from the ship and begin the journey to our overnight hotel.
Saturday – We continue our journey home from our overnight stop, making our way back to England via our included Channel Crossings.
This 4 star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise: comfort, style and unfaltering attention to detail.
Step aboard and feel right at home from the minute you set sail on the stylish and spacious MS Arena. Let the Captain and crew take care of your every need while you prioritise relaxing and unwinding in comfort as you glide along the river.
Take advantage of the wellness and fitness suite, treat yourself to a drink or two with new friends in the Ambassador’s 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, you’ll 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 anybody’s 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 ship’s Main and Upper Decks to make sure you don’t miss any of the stunning river scenery.
When you’re 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. There’s also the onboard shop for stocking up on souvenirs and essentials, and for your convenience there is complimentary WiFi onboard.
Dine on exceptionally fresh and delicious dishes in the Panorama Restaurant, then head up for a drink at the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. You can also relax in the lounge with a book, chat with fellow guests or simply watch the world drift by.
All of our 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. There’s 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. Both Upper Deck Superior and Main Deck Superior cabins feature hotel style beds.
Main Deck Cabin
Each Main Deck cabin benefits from our floor to ceiling windows with a French balcony. All cabins also feature twin beds - one fixed bed and one fold down bed, an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe. There’s ample room to make yourself at home, so you can open the doors and feel the gentle breeze as you sail through the waters.
Main Deck Superior Cabin
The Main Deck Superior cabins also feature floor to ceiling windows and a French balcony for excellent views of the river. There’s plenty of room for all your belongings and each cabin features comfortable hotel-style beds, an en suite shower and toilet, air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.
Supplement - £126.00 per person
Upper Deck Superior Cabin
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, an en suite shower and toilet, plus air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe all come as standard. Supplement - £245.00 per person
River cruising is not always suitable to those with mobility issues and a reasonable degree of mobility is required. This is due to ship access and occasionally ships needing to dock one or more ships abreast. It is not always possible to get the coach immediately close to the ship. Please advise us of any mobility requirements or special requests at the time of booking.
Luxury coach travel
Hostess service on board
2 nights overnight hotel in Germany - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
7 nights full board on board ship
Captain's party on one night
Entrance and guided tour of Melk Abbey
Vienna City Tour by coach followed by a guided walking tour
Entrance and guided tour of Belvedere Palace
Guide tour of Budapest
Budapest by Night with a visit to a traditional Folklore Show
Visit to the Puszta Horse Show
Guided walking tour of Bratislava and Chocolate Experience