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Play and Explore Cruise on the Danube to Vienna and 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. During the evenings, after a superb dinner on board, we play a relaxed bridge session. There will also be some morning or afternoon sessions to compliment the cruise itinerary. We will be sailing onboard the recently refurbished MS Arena, one of the ships belonging to our own Arena Travel River Cruise Collection. [Click here](https://www.arenatravel.com/river-cruises/ships/ms-arena)for more information,

Your Tour Includes

  • Bridge programme, directed by John Barker and hosted by Sarah Marriott, with relaxed evening bridge sessions
  • Prizes awarded
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis (in a superior upper deck cabin to share)
  • Return flights from Heathrow and transfers to ship. Manchester available at supplement.
  • Services of our bridge director
  • Welcome drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake and late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Cruise Manager
  • Enjoy a full board, seven-night river cruise as you sail the Danube to Vienna & Budapest
  • Partake in daily sessions of bridge with our friendly bridge host/director
  • Explore Vienna on an included city tour
  • Experience the wonders of Melk Abbey on an included excursion
  • Join an included walking tour of Bratislava with a tasty chocolate experience
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Itinerary

Overview

We fly from London Heathrow and board our ship in Passau, known as the ‘three rivers city’ due to its unique location where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. Those travelling by air join today. You can then enjoy a relaxing evening onboard as we set sail and cruise towards Melk.

Overview

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.

Overview

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 optional 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.

Overview

Today we arrive into Budapest. Enjoy lunch onboard the ship before joining our optional 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 optional excursion to experience Budapest by night with a traditional folklore show.

Overview

Enjoy a morning in Budapest or join our optional 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.

Overview

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 and cruise towards Dürnstein.

Overview

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.

Overview

Travel back to the UK by air.

  • Bridge programme, directed by John Barker and hosted by Sarah Marriott, with relaxed evening bridge sessions 
  • Prizes awarded 
  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis (in a superior upper deck cabin to share)
  • Return flights from Heathrow and transfers to ship.  Manchester available at supplement.
  • Services of our bridge director
  • Welcome drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake and late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and Wi-Fi 
  • Services of a Cruise Manager
Plus the following excursions: 
  • Vienna City Tour 
  • Melk Abbey 
  • Bratislava walking tour and chocolate experience
 
A programme of optional excursions is also available.

Accommodation

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.