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The Amazing Danube Delights River Cruise

The Amazing Danube Delights River Cruise

Fully escorted by Karen Kirby!

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For an intimate, relaxing and unforgettable travel experience, river cruising is hard to beat. As you sail at a pleasingly easy pace you’recocooned in comfort. This is a great way to see a lot of different places in a short amount of time without having to worry about arrangingtransport yourself, or even unpacking your suitcase more than once. The incredible staff and crew really go above and beyond to make your experience a special one. A river cruise includes transportation to and through the country, or countries, on your chosen route; but alsotravelling with you every day, a ‘floating hotel’ with a lounge, bar and restaurant, outdoor space and evening entertainment, all of which are only a short walk from your en-suite cabin door. Think of it as a luxury hotel on the river.



Europe has the perfect mix of ancient and modern and there is no better way to explore some of the timeless beauty Europe has to offer than on this river cruise. Experience the heart of each country, travelling along the river these countries thrive on and visit some of the deeper, more cultural and historical experiences, from the Imperial Vienna & Budapest to one of the youngest Capitals of Europe, Bratislava.

Day 1

UK to Germany.
Crossing the channel by Eurotunnel then travel through Belgium to Holland making suitable refreshment stops, arrive in the afternoon at our overnight hotel in Germany with time to freshen up before your evening meal.


Day 2

Germany - Passau.
After breakfast we travel through Germany making refreshment stops and arrive in Passau just across the Austrian border for embarkation of your cruise vessel mid-afternoon.

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Day 3

Passau - Melk.
Our ship departs Passau and makes its way along the Danube River to Melk. Enjoy a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey which dominates this little town with free time to visit the gardens. Please note: it is a short walk to the entrance of Melk Abbey for anyone who walks at a slow pace it will take approximately 10 mins. In the afternoon our ship departs for Vienna.

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Day 4

Vienna - Budapest.
Spend the morning exploring Vienna by coach and on foot. This is a wonderful city with a fantastic mix of Imperial Palaces and residences, Art Noveau masterpieces and excellent shopping areas. We return to our ship for lunch and afterwards return to the city for a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace with free time to visit the gardens.

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Day 5

Arrive in the capital of Hungary, Budapest approx. 11am. We have arranged a 3-hour step on guided afternoon tour of Budapest with free time to shop and explore this fascinating city. On the hilly Buda side is the Hungary of old and medieval Castle district including Fisherman’s Bastion. On the flat pest side admire the historic monuments such as Heroes Square. In the evening we have arranged a special visit to a Folklore Show with gypsy music and dancing with goulash soup and wine and on return to the ship there will be a short sightseeing tour with opportunity to view the illuminated city from Gellert Hill.

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Day 6

Budapest to Bratislava.
After breakfast enjoy a visit to the Puszta Horse Show including a welcome Pogaca & Palinka (salty scone and fruit brandy). Return afterwards to our ship for lunch and sail along the Danube to Bratislava.

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Day 7

Bratislava to Durnstein.
After breakfast enjoy a guided walk of Bratislava, one of the youngest capitals of Europe. Here you will also be treated to a Chocolate Experience. Return to the ship for lunch. The ship sails early evening to Durnstein, the most famous river town in the Wachau region of Austria. Tonight, is Captains Party Night.

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Day 8

Durnstein to Passau.
We depart after breakfast for a short walk into Durnstein, the most famous medieval Danube river town overlooked by its famous ruined castle, where Richard Lionheart was held prisoner. Durnstein is also famous for its Apricots and somewhat unexpectedly, for the revival of saffron. We return to our ship as it sets sail at 11.30am for Passau.

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Day 9

Passau to Wiesbaden.
We disembark our ship after breakfast and make our way to our overnight hotel, the 4-star Pentahotel Wiesbaden, Germany in time to freshen up before your evening meal.

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Day 10

Depart after breakfast and make our way home with suitable refreshment stops along the way.


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


This fabulous 4-star ship has 96 cabins split over 2 decks. All 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 (subject to availability); all with contemporary furnishings, providing the ideal home from home on your cruise. Dine on exceptionally fresh and delicious dishes in the Panorama Restaurant, then head up for a drink at the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. When you’re not at port, the fitness suite, library or sun deck are just a few of the places where you can spend time indulging in the things you love. There’s also the onboard shop for stocking up on souvenirs and essentials, and for your convenience there is complimentary WiFi onboard.



  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • Half Board overnight accommodation in Germany on the outward and return journey

  • 7 nights Full Board accommodation on board MS Arena

  • Porterage on board

  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine on board

  • Live entertainment each night on board

  • All coach outings as listed and entrance fees

  • Early risers & mid-morning tea/coffee on board

  • Captains Party on 1 night

  • Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

(Please remember to bring an overnight bag on this holiday)

(Lunch is not included on Days 1, 2, 9 and 10)


Passports are required.



Upgrade your room (subject to availability). Supplements apply, call 01268 777 777, option 1



If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE


A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday.

This cruise is promoted by Success Tours and cannot be booked via a Travel Agent.



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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
Trafford House Outside Trafford House, by Bus Stop, Basildon
Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU

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