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Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

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.



This 4-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise, comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail. From the moment you step aboard you’ll enjoy the sense of space, stylish décor and unfaltering attention to detail that runs throughout the ship. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on the main and upper decks ensure you don’t miss a moment of the magical landscape. Whether you are treating yourself to a drink in the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar, dining on delicious cuisine served in the panorama restaurant, or relaxing in the comfort of your spacious cabin the captain and crew take care of your every need while you prioritise relaxing and unwinding in comfort as you glide along the river.


The superior cabins on board the MS Arena features panoramic windows and French balcony allowing you to take in the wonderful views of the river and surroundings from the comfort of your own room. The spacious cabins also feature air conditioning, television, telephone, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, safe and plenty of storage space.


Standard cabins are also available on the main deck and feature similar facilities to the superior cabins but are smaller and feature one fixed bed and one fold down bed.




  • Accommodation with breakfast in Lille.

  • Accommodation with breakfast in Offenbach.

  • Accommodation with dinner, lunch and breakfast onboard MS Arena.

  • Admission and tour of Melk Abbey.

  • Guided tour of Vienna.

  • Admission to Schoenbrunn Palace.

  • Guided tour of Budapest.

  • Budapest by night and folklore show.

  • Guided tour of a traditional stud farm and live Puszta horse show.

  • Guided tour of Bratislavia.

  • Programme of entertainment and activities onbaord ship.

  • Rhine River cruise from Bacharach to Bingen.

  • Return coach travel from your local pick up point.

Day One

Early departure for our journey south to Dover for a ferry crossing to Calais. We then continue on to our overnight hotel at Lille.

Day Two

We continue our journey today into Germany where we travel through the Rhine Valley to Bacharach where we will enjoy a short cruise on the Rhine to Bingen. We then journey to Niedernhausen for our second overnight stay.


Day Three

After breakfast we continue our journey through Germany to board the MS Arena in Passau, known as the 'three rivers city' due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. After settling in to your cabin enjoy a welcome reception including glass of sparkling wine before dinner this evening as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

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Day Four

This morning we arrive in the small town of Melk, which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here we have included a visit the Benedictine Abbey, 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.

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Day Five

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. This morning enjoy an included city tour followed by lunch onboard. This afternoon we visit Schoenbrunn Palace, once home to imperial families, now a World Heritage site and Austria's most visited tourist attraction. You will be taken on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1,441 residential and state rooms all with their original furnishings and decorations. In the early evening we cast off and cruise towards Budapest.

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Day Six

Today we arrive into Budapest late morning. Enjoy lunch onboard the ship before a 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 dinner before an excursion to experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.

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Day Seven

This morning enjoy an 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 return to the ship early afternoon and cruise towards Bratislava. This afternoon why not pull up a chair or lounger on the ship's elevated sun deck. Relax with a drink and soak up the sun whilst taking in the scenery as you cruise along the river.

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Day Eight

We reach Bratislava this morning where our excursion takes 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 and cruise towards Dürnstein.

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Day Nine

This morning we arrive in the town of Dürnstein, which 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.

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Day Ten

We disembark this morning at Passau and begin our return journey by coach through Germany, stopping at the delightful medieval Bavarian town of Bamburg with some free time to explore and enjoy some lunch. As you wonder around, be sure not to miss the Old Town Hall that is situated on a small island in the middle of the Regnitz river. We continue mid-afternoon to our overnight hotel in Offenbach.


Day Eleven

Today we continue our journey through the Moselle Valley, stopping at the enchanting town Bernkastel-Kues, on the banks of the Moselle River. Enjoy some free time to have lunch and explore this beautiful fairytale town with its lovely colourful timbered buildings and narrow cobbled streets. This afternoon we return to France and head to Lille for our final overnight stay.


Day Twelve

We continue to Calais for our return ferry crossing to Dover and on home to North Wales.


B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch Included, D=Dinner Included

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Nelson Pub Bangor, Bus Stop Opposite Nelson Pub
Bangor, Pontio Centre Bangor, Pontio Centre Bus Stop
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Chester Chester, Holiday Inn South Hotel Bus Stop
Chirk Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Ewloe Ewloe, Outside St David's Park Hotel
Gaerwen Gaerwen, Stermat Car Park
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. Station Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Llandygai Llandygai, Penrhyn Castle Entrance
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
(Parking not permitted at Pringles car park)
Llanfairpwll Park & Ride Llanfairpwll, Park & Ride
Llangefni Llangefni, Church Street Bus Stop
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Northop Northop, Red Lion Pub Bus Stop
Oswestry Oswestry, Mile End Services Coach Park
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea, Cayley Arms Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Cayley Arms
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Wrexham Wrexham, Bus Stand Lord Street
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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