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The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise 2020

River Rhine | Germany, Europe

13 days
from
£1349
per person
  • Budapest
  • Mainz
  • Miltenberg
  • Rudesheim
  • Wurzburg
BudapestMainzMiltenbergRudesheimWurzburg
Note that there may be small differences between our general Itinerary for this cruise and a specific departure. To view departure specific itineraries please go to the Dates and Prices tab and click "View Itinerary" on a specific departure.

The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise

Journey through the heart of Europe on the ultimate river cruise experience. Sail along the Rhine, the Main and finally the famous ‘Blue Danube’, taking in the breathtaking scenery and stopping at fascinating destinations along the way. From the gothic masterpiece of Cologne to the unfaltering beauty of Budapest and the best picks of Bavaria in between, you’ll love discovering the lush landscapes, medieval old towns and historical sights that bring your cruise to life. When you’re not exploring ancient cities, the crew onboard MS Arena will ensure your every need is catered for, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Day 1: UK – Cologne
We travel to Cologne and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship before sailing overnight towards Rüdesheim.

Day 2: Rüdesheim
Relax on the sun deck this morning as we pass the legendary Lorelei and continue our cruise along the Rhine through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We stop at the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim where you can enjoy many highlights on our optional excursion, including a cable car ride for panoramic views across the Rhine valley. Join our evening optional excursion visiting a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s delicious wine.

Day 3: Rüdesheim – Mainz – Miltenberg
This morning we arrive in the fascinating city of Mainz, heralded as the wine capital of Germany. Here you have the morning free to explore or join our optional coach excursion visiting the majestic city of Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university. Later today we set sail for Miltenberg.

Day 4: Miltenberg – Würzburg
We arrive into historic Miltenberg this morning where there’s free time to explore the pearl of the river Main. Explore the half-timbered houses which fill the Old Market Place or the oldest part of the town which sits between the Main River and the mountain Greinberg. We return to the ship for lunch before an afternoon sailing to Würzburg.

Day 5: Würzburg – Bamberg
This morning we arrive in the city of Würzburg, which served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for centuries. Join our optional excursion to visit Würzburg Palace, one of the finest pieces of baroque art in the world, its 8th century church and the Fortress Marienberg. This evening enjoy a relaxing evening on board as we set sail for Bamberg.

Day 6: Bamberg – Nuremberg
We enjoy lunch on board before arriving into the beautiful Bavarian town of Bamberg which is located at the start of the Main-Danube canal. Surrounded by seven hills, it boasts the most intact centre in Germany with the old town listed as a world heritage site because of its authentic medieval appearance. Join our optional tour of the city to enjoy the main sights including the cathedral, Altenburg Castle, the Old Town Hall and the former Benedictine Monastery. This evening we enjoy dinner on board and set sail for Nuremberg.

Day 7: Nuremberg – Regensburg
This morning we arrive in Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city after Munich. Here, there’s the opportunity to join our sight-seeing tour. The majority of the city walls still stand and inside you can explore the fascinating juxtaposition of medieval and modern life in an area filled with gothic churches, aristocratic houses, fountains, memorials and romantic corners, all dominated by the Kaiser Castle. Our optional excursion is a great way to make the most of our visit. This evening we cruise towards Regensburg.

Day 8: Regensburg – Passau
We arrive in Regensburg in the morning, which is located at the northernmost point of the Danube and also at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers. You’ll have the opportunity to join our optional city tour this afternoon, taking in one of the best preserved medieval centres which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening, relax onboard as we sail overnight to Passau.

Day 9: Passau – Salzburg – Linz – Melk
This morning we arrive into Passau where you can join our optional excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s famed birthplace and the Sound of Music city. The centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and our guided tour takes in some of the highlights of this historic city, with its Baroque architecture and fantastic squares, where you can relax with a typical Austrian coffee and cake. We rejoin our ship in Linz and set sail for Melk this evening.

Day 10: Melk – Vienna
We arrive in the Austrian town of Melk this morning, which is filled with cobbled streets and attractive buildings. It is also overlooked by one of the most splendid monastic houses in Austria – the Benedictine Abbey, which you can visit on our optional excursion. We return to the ship for lunch before we continue our cruise to Vienna, where we arrive later this evening.

Day 11: Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest
After breakfast you can take advantage of our optional sight-seeing tour by coach, taking in the delights of Vienna, capital of Austria and birthplace of classical music. More than 150 grand palaces, over 27 baroque castles, impressive squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this magnificent city, whose historic centre is inscribed on the world heritage list. We return to our ship for lunch and set sail towards Bratislava where we arrive later today. This afternoon, there’s the opportunity to join our optional excursion to 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, before sailing to Budapest this evening.

Day 12: Budapest
We arrive into Budapest around lunchtime where you have the opportunity to join our optional sight-seeing tour of the city, described by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our tour introduces you to the highlights on both sides of the river, including the 700-year-old Matthias Church, Parliament building – a magnificent example of neo-gothic architecture, and Buda Castle, which rises 48 metres above the river. This evening, we enjoy a relaxing final evening onboard our ship.

Day 13: Budapest – Munich (Rail) / UK (Air)
This morning we bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship. Passengers travelling by air will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. Passengers travelling by rail travel to Munich where we check into our overnight hotel.

Day 13: Munich – UK (Rail)
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Travel through the Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

Spend time in Germany’s most visited building, the cathedral in Cologne

Sail through the World Heritage Rhine Gorge

See one of the finest pieces of Baroque art in the world in the city of Würzburg

Visit Bamberg and its authentic looking medieval old town

Explore Nüremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city

Sail through the stunning Wachau Valley, with its many charming towns, terraced vineyards, castles and monasteries

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

Eurostar from London St Pancras

Enjoy the benefits of rail travel – boarding at London St Pancras International, you will be whisked effortlessly along by Eurostar whilst relaxing in your reserved seat. You have the freedom to stretch your legs whenever the mood takes you and purchase drinks and snacks from the buffet carriage.

By Air from London Heathrow

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Join at the Ship

Make your own travel arrangements at your convenience to join your selected cruise, simply board your cruise ship at the embarkation point.

Dates and pricing

The details below show the travel options, pricing and the available departure dates for this itinerary. If you have any questions about this cruise please do not hesitate to call our Holiday Advisors.

Departures

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2020-06-15
15 June 2020
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2020-06-15
15 June 2020
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Eurostar
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15 June 2020
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Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional and included excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Rüdesheim Highlights

Rudesheim Highlights

£24

A road train ride transports you to view fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems at Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. We also include a cable car ride to reach the Niederwald monument, with spectacular views along the way.

Rudesheim By Night

Rudesheim By Night

£25

Visit a traditional wine cellar to sample some of the region’s best wines, before exploring the captivating Drosselgasse, which is filled with little taverns and courtyards and is the cultural heart of the town.

Heidelberg Highlights

Heidelberg Highlights

£19

Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in Germany, situated on the edge of the Denwald Forest where the Neckar river reaches the Rhine Plain. The main attractions are its castle, the Church of the Holy Ghost, and its university – the oldest in Germany.

Wurzburg Palace

Wurzburg Palace

£26

The residence of the former prince bishops is one of the most important baroque castles in Europe and an absolute must-see for visitors to Würzburg. Our guided tour starts in the opulent Garden Hall and takes you to the grand staircase, through the White Hall, to the Imperial Hall – one of the most magnificent in the history of palace architecture. From there we are shown the stunning imperial rooms.

Bamberg City Tour

Bamberg City Tour

£28

Bamberg’s brewing industry goes back almost 900 years to the days when monasteries were the first breweries. This guided tour takes you around the old town so you can see the highlights of the old town with buildings from the 11th to 19th centuries including the town hall and the Bamberg Cathedral.

Nuremburg City Tour

Nuremburg City Tour

£35

Our coach takes you through this medieval city. Its old town is almost completely surrounded by the 15th and 16th century city walls and houses the Kaiserberg Castle. You can also enjoy some free time exploring the city on foot.

Regensburg City Tour

Regensburg City Tour

£25

This excursion shows you the highlights of Regensburg, a fascinating city with over 1,500 listed buildings. Many of these make up the old town which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006.

Salzburg

Salzburg

£29

Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and home to ‘The Sound of Music’, this enchanting city is set on the banks of the River Salzach, framed by the Kapuzinerberg and Mönchsberg mountain range. We have a guided tour of the famous sights in Salzburg.

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

£28

Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites – Melk Abbey. Our guided tour shows you highlights such as the magnificent Marble Hall, Emperor’s Gallery and Abbey Church. There is also free time to explore the grounds and the gardens.

Vienna City Tour

Vienna City Tour

£24

This is the perfect introduction to Vienna; the city of music. Our tour focuses on the historic centre and its rich architecture, where we learn about the baroque castles and gardens and the 19th-century Ringstrasse, is lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks – all of which are inscribed on the Unesco world heritage list.

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

Bratislava Walking Tour & Chocolate Experience

£24

Our guided tour of this magnificent city allows you to explore the charming squares, courtyards and narrow lanes of the Slovakian capital. The old town is filled with all the must-see sites and is a pedestrian zone which makes exploring on foot a safe and relaxing activity. You'll also get to sample the sweet delicacy 'Makova' as well!

Budapest City Tour

Budapest City Tour

£20

Accompanied by a local guide, we discover the architectural gem of Budapest. Our coach city tour takes in some of the most beautiful areas, including Heroes Square, which is home to the iconic statue complex of the Millennium Memorial.

Package Price

Package Price

£307 per person

You can book our excursions individually or as a package, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!

Premium Package

Premium Package

£240 per person

Our Premium Package is a great way to add a touch of something special to your MS Arena river cruise experience. This exclusive package is a pre-bookable addition available across all cabin grades, and includes drinks with your meals, 10% off excursions, a welcome basket of fruit on arrival, water delivered to your cabin, a selection of complimentary toiletries and free use of the wellness and fitness suite aboard MS Arena. For more information call our Holiday Advisers.

At a glance

Length: 13 days

From: Cologne

Ends: Budapest

Travel options available:

  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air from London Heathrow
  • Join at the Ship
13 days
from
£1349
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Twelve nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Welcome Drink
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cake & late evening snack
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and WiFi
  • Visits to Cologne, Rudesheim, Mainz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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