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Stitch and cruise along the Danube to Vienna and Budapest

2nd - 9th July 2020

8 days from £1,999pp

A fantastic opportunity to join expert Lisa Walton and indulge in your favourite pastime as you cruise the River Danube. Enjoy fabulous scenery and visit three European capitals with exclusive textile-related excursions in Vienna and Budapest.
  • Bead embroidery workshops with Lisa Walton
  • City tours of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava 
  • Visit to the Austrian town of Melk
  • Visit to MAK Museum

Ideal for Embroiderers

Carefully created for lovers of embroidery, this Stitchtopia embroidery holiday is the ideal opportunity to learn a new craft or indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented embroidery expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Stitch & Cruise along the Danube to Vienna & Budapest

Set sail from Passau and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Europe! Discover the delights of the famous Danube as you explore scenic and historical stops along the way. Take in the beauty of the Wachau Valley as we visit the Austrian town of Melk and enjoy full days in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vienna and breathtakingly beautiful Budapest. This enthralling river adventure also takes us to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and the cobbled streets of Durnstein.

Included sightseeing excursions will give you the chance to explore the Benedictine Abbey in Melk and enjoy charming city tours of Vienna and Budapest. Your holiday also includes exclusive textile-related excursions in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava and three half day workshops with Lisa as we cruise between our ports of call, enjoying the scenery as we go.

A message from our expert:

Just what you need – another obsession! This workshop will teach the basics of bead embroidery and variations including attaching cabochons. The sampler made in class will be the starting point for many wonderful future projects as well as a piece of art in itself. As an added bonus you will also make a beaded button using your newfound beading skills. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and will cover the following techniques:

  • Seed Stitch
  • Stop Stitch
  • Lazy Stitch
  • Dangles or fringing
  • Writing with beads
  • Kaleidoscope patterns
  • Raised or elevated beading
- Lisa Walton

Your Accommodation

MS Arena


Our new 4 star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything.

MS Arena is completely deserving of its place in our premier cruise collection! Whether you’re cruising the Dutch Waterways, the rivers Rhine, Moselle or Danube, all the way to the Black Sea, this elegant, 4-star ship promises everything you’d wish for – and more – making for an unforgettable river cruising experience.