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Imperial Cities of the Danube River Cruise

Imperial Cities of the Danube River Cruise

Cruise the Danube in elegant style on board the MS Arena


Cruise the Danube in elegant style on board the MS Arena

Melk Abbey

With its ornate golden-colored façade and grand baroque church towers set against an idyllic backdrop of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River, Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) looks more like a palace than a monastery. Founded in 1089, the Benedictine abbey underwent a dramatic makeover in the 18th century and is now regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque churches. For 900 years, monks of St. Benedict have lived and worked in Melk's abbey, during the Reformation (1500s), occupation by Napoleon (1800s), and the Nazis (1900s). Today, the institution survives, funded by agriculture and your visit.



Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

Belvedere Palaces

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape on the south-eastern edge of the city centre. It houses the Belvedere museum. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.



Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces life from Roman times onwards. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views.

Puszta Horse Show

The horses and Magyar cowboys at the Hungarian horse show on a ranch near Kalocsa are a highlight of a Danube River cruise in eastern Europe. The Puszta or Great Hungarian Plain is covered with large ranches, and Magyar cowboys demonstrate their equestrian skills in the show. UNESCO declared part of the Puszta, the Hortobágy National Park, a World Heritage Site in 1999. The Magyar cowboys take their name from the region of the same name, and the Hungarian people are often called Magyar.



Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.

Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries. The location provides excellent views of Bratislava, Austria and in clear weather, parts of Hungary. Many legends are connected with the history of the castle.



Durnstein is a popular stop on many Danube river cruises. Situated on a curve in the Danube right ahead of the picturesque Wachau Valley, Durnstein is famous for being not only one of the most beautiful villages in Austria but also for being home to a stunning abbey and the Kuenringerburg Castle ruins, which are both complemented by romantic 16th-century houses. Durnstein is one of Austria’s top-rated wine and apricot growing regions, making it one of the most visited spots in the Wachau Valley

thanks to gentle hills dotted with vineyards and mature forests. In the castle above the town, King Richard I of England was held captive by Leopold V, Duke of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade when Richard the Lionheart had offended Leopold the Virtuous.

Tuesday 4th Aug

A morning departure as we travel to Hull and the overnight sailing with P & O to Rotterdam.

Wednesday 5th Aug

Rotterdam to Darmstadt, overnight and dinner at the Maritim Hotel.


Thursday 6th Aug

Darmstadt to Passau boarding our cruise ship the MS Arena mid afternoon. A welcome cocktail party is followed by dinner on board and live music. We sail tonight towards Melk.

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Friday 7th Aug

This morning we have an included visit & guided tour of Melk Abbey. We depart Melk at 12.00 and lunch is taken on board as we sail towards Vienna, arriving 19.00. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.

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Saturday 8th Aug

We have an included guided tour of Vienna and a visit to the Belvedere Palace. Lunch can be taken on board, we sail from Vienna at 18.00 and enjoy our evening meal on the way to Budapest.

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Sunday 9th Aug

Arriving in Budapest mid morning, we are joined by a local guide for a city tour, showing us both sides of Hungary’s capital - traditional 'Buda' and cosmopolitan 'Pest'. Dinner is followed by a visit to a local traditional gypsy folklore show.

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Monday 10th Aug

Morning visit to a stud farm where we enjoy a local Puszta Horse Show and a horsedrawn carriage ride, before we depart Budapest late morning as we set sail for Bratislava, enjoy lunch and dinner as we sail.

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Tuesday 11th Aug

We will arrive in Bratislava in the early morning, following breakfast on board we have a guided walking tour of this historic city. We set Sail at 18.00 for Dürnstein. Dinner and Entertainment on board.

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Wednesday 12th Aug

After breakfast on board enjoy Dürnstein, famed for the ruins of the castle that once imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. Lunch is served as we set sail back to Passau for our last night on board. Farewell 5 course dinner.

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Thursday 13th Aug

We disembark in Passau after breakfast and rejoin our coach for the journey to Wiesbaden and our overnight hotel the H+ dinner in the hotel.

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Friday 14th Aug

Wiesbaden to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull


Saturday 15th Aug

Hull to Cumbria

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

MS Arena

We are delighted to introduce you to a brand new ship, the MS Arena, an impressive 135m in length, the spectacular 4 star ship features 96 comfortable cabins, a fitness suite, library, on board shop, Panorama restaurant and Ambassadors lounge bar, spread over three decks. There is also a stunning sun deck, which offers the best views on board.

The bright and spacious Panorama Restaurant on the Main Deck provides the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious meal while watching the world drift by. With panoramic windows along three sides of the room, you’re treated to exceptional views of the river and its banks. Four course meals will be served to you each evening of your cruise with a selection of traditional local delicacies and international favourites for you to choose from.

Holidays are all about relaxation and we can assure you that the stylish yet cosy Ambassador’s Lounge Bar is the perfect place for you to do just that. With its floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the lounge bar is also the place to go if you want to enjoy the view – letting your cares and worries sail away.

Head to the sun deck for 360-degrees of uninterrupted views; the best views on the ship. Relax as you travel between ports and take in the beautiful surroundings, get yourself comfortable on a sun lounger and soak up the sun whilst taking in the sights. You’re treated to some breath-taking scenery throughout the duration of your river cruise and the sun deck offers the ultimate vantage point from which to see it all.

All of the 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.



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
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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