Splendours Of The Majestic Danube Cruise
12 nights. May 2024. From £4199.00.
In-Depth Danube Discovery
Welcome to this wonderful two week cruise on the Danube, calling at iconic European cities and passing spectacular scenery, including the magnificent Iron Gates and scenic Wachau Valley. Join your sleek A-ROSA vessel at the Austrian market town of Engelhartszell and sail to elegant Vienna the next day where you have 2 days to explore. Continue overnight to ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest, where you’ll stay until the following evening. Enjoy a day on the majestic Danube, tying up the following morning at Belgrade, beneath the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress. Depart the next evening and spend the next day on the river as the Danube narrows to pass through an impressive almost-vertical gorge, known as the Iron Gates. Sailing through the Iron Gates is a truly memorable travel experience. Your next port of call is the picturesque Serbian city of Novi Sad, dominated by the looming Petrovaradin Fortress. Moor here for the day, before continuing overnight to Bratislava, where you’ll stay overnight and enjoy an included tour and speciality dinner on board. The next morning is spent cruising through the scenic Wachau Valley, tying up at the picturesque town of Melk in the afternoon for a final call.
What's Included14 nights' Premium All-Inclusive cruise accommodation
Return travel from the UK to Austria (unless you select our Tour Only option)
Included city tour of Vienna
Included city tour of Belgrade
Included city tour of Budapest
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
Holiday HighlightsNine ports of call
Three included excursions
Speciality dinner in Bratislava
Board A-ROSA FLORA in Engelhartszell
Spend half a day in magnificent imperial city Vienna, with included city tour
Overnight stay in stylish Hungarian capital Budapest, with included city tour
Overnight stay in the historic city of Belgrade, with included city tour
A day in elegant Novi Sad
Spend an afternoon in medieval gem Bratislava
An afternoon in Melk, famous for its 11th-century abbey
Daytime cruise through the Iron Gates
Morning cruise through the Wachau Valley
12 nights’ Premium All-Inclusive cruise aboard A-ROSA FLORA, in your chosen cabin, on a full-board basis, with on-board entertainment and activities
FREE unlimited All-Premium Inclusive drinks package including water, soft drinks, speciality tea, and coffees, beer, wine and cocktails throughout the day and evening
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Travel to Engellhartszell in Austria, where you’ll meet your sleek A-ROSA vessel. Perhaps take a stroll through the town, before your ships departs in the late afternoon. Overnight, you’ll sail east, toward Vienna.
Day 2You’ll arrive in Vienna around lunchtime. Enjoy an included city tour of the Austrian capital, city of Strauss waltzes, ‘coffee and cake’, elegant arcades, the Ringstrasse of imposing buildings, great St Stephan’s Cathedral and the magnificent Hofburg Palace. Your ship overnight’s in Vienna giving you the opportunity to experience this wonderful city at night.
Days 3A full day to explore Vienna further. Choose from a range of optional excursions. The A-ROSA destination scout will also be on hand to assist with your independent explorations, so you can get the most out of your time here. Set sail after dinner towards Budapest.
Day 4 and 5Enjoy a morning on your ship, before arriving in Budapest after lunch, where you’ll stay until the following evening. Enjoy an included city tour that will bring to life the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. The most striking monuments are found on the left bank of the river, Buda, and include the romantic Castle Hill, home to the former Royal Palace and to important museums. The vast Gothic Parliament buildings line the right side of the river, Pest, in the style and location of their British counterparts, while the buzzing metropolis of the Belváros, or old town, is a hive of designer stores, elegant coffee houses. Spend the following day in Budapest. Perhaps join one of several optional excursions or continue exploring this stylish city under your own steam. The local A-ROSA destination scout will be on hand to assist you with your independent explorations. Your ship will leave in the evening, around 10pm.
Days 6This morning stop for a short visit to Kalocsa, one of Hungary's oldest towns, and famous for the production of paprika peppers that you can appreciate at the Paprika Museum. We then cruise to Mohacs, a pretty town on the Danube in southern Hungary with an almost Mediterranean climate and scenic setting. Choose to spend the afternoon here leisurely exploring Mohacs' snug alleys and generous squares or delving into the area's profound history.
Day 7 and 8You’ll arrive in Belgrade early in the morning, staying until the following evening. Sitting on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Belgrade has been a strategic stronghold for centuries. Overlooking the city is the imposing Kalemegdan Fortress, which dates to the 3rd century BC and was originally built by the Celts. The fort is surrounded by Kalemegdan Park, which meets the old town at its outer reaches. At the heart of the old town is Republic Square, a great place to sit and relax, and maybe try a pljeskavica, a tasty local burger-like snack, served with cream cheese and flatbread. Depart Belgrade later the following evening, giving you the whole of the next day to continue your exploration of the Serbian capital, either under your own steam, or by joining an optional excursion.
Day 9Spend a delightful day on your ship, as you pass through one of the most scenic stretches of the Danube, the Iron Gates. Sit back and relax as you cruise past the steep-sided dramatic gorges, and the mighty Danube is reduced to a narrow channel. Keep an eye out for the 141ft-high carving of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia who fought against the Romans and preserved his country’s independence. Enjoy a pleasant evening on board, as you continue overnight to Novi Sad.
Day 10This morning you’ll dock at Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city. Dominated by the Petrovaradin Fortress, nicknamed Gibraltar on the Danube, Novi Sad boasts a captivating old town, with a distinctly Italian feel to it. We spend the day here where you can join one of several excursions to discover the city, or alternatively explore by your own arrangement. Your ship will depart in the evening.
Day 11Sit back, relax and enjoy life on board as you spend a day on the Danube, passing some spectacular scenery. Perhaps use of the ship’s facilities, such as the spa, or just rest and relax on deck – the choice is yours.
Day 12 and 13Cruise upstream on the Danube towards Bratislava, arriving early evening, where we overnight. Tonight enjoy an included speciality dinner on board. The next day you have a full day to explore the Slovakian capital, which uniquely also borders Hungary and Austria, and is a medieval gem. Join an included tour visiting the Gothic St Martin’s Cathedral, some splendid Baroque palaces and the city’s ancient suspension bridge. You’ll continue cruising back into Austria after dinner.
Day 14This morning, you’ll wake to the delightful scenery of the Wachau Valley. Sit back and relax, as you enjoy a delightful morning cruising on the river, passing by picturesque rolling hills, carpeted with vineyards and dotted with medieval villages and fortresses. Around lunchtime, you’ll dock at the picturesque town of Melk for the afternoon, home to the famous abbey. Join an optional excursion to explore the magnificent 11th-century abbey, perched high above the town. Enjoy a last night on board, as you depart Melk in the late afternoon, arriving back at Engelhartszell early the following morning.
Day 15Tie up this morning in Engelhartszell and begin your homeward journey, bringing a wonderful cruise the Danube to an end. Back to top
Special requirementsIf 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 excursionsOptional excursions are available on all cruises. If the number of bookings needed to operate any excursion is not reached, the excursion may be cancelled.
TippingTipping 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 assistanceAll 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 codeThe 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-FiWi-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.
LuggageWhere possible, we recommend non-rigid suitcases as these are easier to store within your cabin.
PoolA heated pool can be found on the sun deck of the following ships: A-ROSA DONNA, FLORA, SILVA and STELLA.
WhirlpoolA heated Whirlpool can be found on the following ships: A-ROSA AQUA, and VIVA.
Cabin facilitiesIn 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 adapter.
Air-conditioningAll A-ROSA vessels are air-conditioned throughout, with individual climate control in each cabin.
Drinking waterThe water on board is potable and bottled water is provided in your cabin.
Itinerary changesOn rare occasions, the Captain may need to alter the Cruise Itinerary. If this happens, the Cruise Manager will keep passengers informed.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit 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.
Travelling to EuropeRules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at www.etias.com. Back to top