This seven-night itinerary will introduce you to former imperial capitals Vienna and Budapest as well as Bratislava and the dramatic Wachau Valley

Embark on a unique sailing along the Danube with an exclusive visit to the Royal Lipizzaner Stables in Vienna with historian Lucy Worsley.

Along the way, you'll discover iconic cities and enjoy the verdant landscapes along the banks of this mighty river, including the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley, with several guided tours** to look forward to.

You'll dock in Vienna, where you'll discover its fabulous culinary scene on a guided city tour and visit the Spanish Riding School at the Lipizzaner Stables with Lucy Worsley. Another stop will be in beautiful Budapest, known for its magnificent buildings such as the Hungarian Houses of Parliament. Then there's Bratislava, where you'll marvel at ornate Gothic architecture and the city's dramatic castle on a walking tour.

You'll be sailing aboard the well-appointed A-ROSA FLORA, with meals and drinks included, and where you'll have full use of the sauna, gym, and heated pool. You'll also have a 15% discount for treatments at the spa so you can fully relax in between your excursions.

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Lucy Worsley OBE
Historian, author, TV presenter and curator

Lucy Worsley OBE is one of Britain's leading historians and is chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces. She has written a number of books, including Courtiers: A Secret History Of The Georgian Court, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History Of Your Home and a biography of Agatha Christie.

Lucy has presented a number of history shows including Six Wives With Lucy Worsley, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors and Lucy Worsley On The Mystery Queen which followed in the footsteps of Christie in Egypt. She is also the winner of a Specialist Factual Bafta for the documentary Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley.

Price includes

  • Seven nights on board A-ROSA FLORA in an outside cabin on full board with drinks included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, along with snacks, cakes and treats at tea and coffee time
  • A range of high-quality drinks included throughout the day and evening
  • Private excursion with Lucy to the Royal Lipizzaner stables
  • Guided tour of Vienna followed by a talk and Q&A from Lucy at a local venue
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • 15% off treatments at SPA A-ROSA
  • Use of all on board facilities, including sun deck games, gym, relaxation area, sauna, swimming pool and jacuzzi
  • 24 hour tea, coffee and water station
  • Room service, drinks only
  • Evening entertainment: DJ, quizzes and games, port talks, cultural entertainment
  • Spacious and elegant outside cabins with air conditioning, shower, flatscreen-TV, phone, hair dryer, safe, bathrobe and slippers
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • Choose to book cruise only or cruise including flights and transfers
  • Book before 29 February 2024 for a limited-time discount: £600pp* savings for cruise-only and £350pp* savings for flight inclusive bookings

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 22, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,549*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes flights and transfers. Price includes early booking discount, expires 29 February 2024. Single supplement applies. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. **On-shore excursions are optional and will incur additional costs. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL bonded).

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 22, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,049*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price does not include flights and transfers. Price includes early booking discount, expires 29 February 2024. Single supplement applies. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. **On-shore excursions are optional and will incur additional costs. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL bonded).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Engelhartszell, Austria
    Engelhartszell, Austria

    Today you'll arrive in Engelhartszell and board your home for the next seven nights, the stylish A-ROSA FLORA, checking in to your well equipped outside cabin.

  2. Day
    2
    Vienna, Austria
    Vienna, Austria

    Today you'll arrive in Vienna, one of the most elegant and enchanting cities on the banks of the Danube. Rich in culture and gastronomy, this enchanting city boasts baroque palaces, beautifully-tended gardens and grand coffee houses where you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time. Schoenbrunn palace is particularly impressive and you may wish to visit during your time in the city.

    Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city with your group, before meeting Lucy at a local venue where she will deliver a talk.

    An overnight stay in Vienna will be one of the highlights of your Danube cruise. You may decide to put on your glad rags and head out for a classical music concert. Whatever you decide to do, you'll be glad to return to your stylish and comfortable ship for a restful night's sleep.

  3. Day
    3
    The Royal Lippizaner Stables
    Vienna, Austria

    After breakfast on your ship, you'll set out this morning for an exclusive visit to the Royal Lippizaner Stables with Lucy Worsley. You'll get a fascinating insight into the training work of the riders and their beautiful Lipizzaner horses.

    On arrival, you'll enjoy an aperitif and an introductory talk. You'll then be able to watch the training of the often grey young stallions as well as the already trained school stallions - the 'white stars' - in the imperial atmosphere of the baroque winter riding school, accompanied by classical Viennese music.

    After a wonderful morning at the stables with Lucy, you'll transfer back to the ship for lunch and to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  4. Day
    4
    Esztergom, Hungary
    Esztergom, Hungary

    Today's first port of call is Esztergom, a pretty Hungarian town on a picturesque stretch of the River Danube

    The first thing you'll see as you approach is the enormous basilica that crowns this historic town. With an impressive history stretching back to the birth of the nation's first king, St Stephen, Esztergom has been the seat of Catholicism in Hungary for over 1,000 years.

    Prepare to be astounded by the scale of the Basilica up close, with its monumental 118-metre dome. Continuous excavations since 1930 have uncovered a treasure trove of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Ottoman styles.

    Next, it's time to set sail for Budapest. Straddling both sides of the water, the 'Pearl of the Danube' is chock-full of imperial buildings, dramatic history and contrasting scenery.

    This will be your first evening in the bustling Hungarian capital, where you'll dock overnight.

  5. Day
    5
    Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest, Hungary

    This morning, after another delicious breakfast on board, you'll head out to explore more of Budapest. Today is yours to explore independently, or you could choose to book an extra excursion in the city (at your own expense).

    On the Buda side of the Danube, you'll see a landscape of rolling hills and gloriously over-the-top buildings, the impressive Hungarian Houses of Parliament amongst them. Over in former Pest, you'll find a more buzzy, bohemian feel, with an eclectic mix of cafes, bars and restaurants perfectly complementing the more upmarket Buda.

    There's a whole host of history to discover on a visit to Budapest too. While the city retains its Golden Age glamour, its more recent past is everywhere you look. You'll find poignant reminders of WWII and the 1956 Uprising, including bullet holes and shrapnel marks, as well as the moving Shoes on the Danube memorial.

  6. Day
    6
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    Bratislava, Slovakia

    You'll arrive in Slovakia's capital, Bratislava this morning, where you'll go on a guided walking tour. Squeezed snugly between Austria and Hungary, Bratislava may be compact, but it packs a punch in history and culture.

    Bratislava's location has made it a meeting point of cultures since ancient times, and you can expect to see these influences play out in every corner of the city.

    There's a medieval and Gothic old town which buzzes with the sound of different languages and nationalities, grand baroque palaces built by Hungarian nobility and communist-era blocks and a unique futuristic bridge reflecting its more recent past.

    Travel outside of Bratislava, along the banks of the River Danube, and you'll also find the surrounding area is incredibly beautiful too, and just north of the city there are excellent vineyards nestled in the Small Carpathian mountains waiting to be discovered.

  7. Day
    7
    The Wachau Valley, Austria
    Krems, Austria

    Today's first stop is a small town which packs a big punch. Krems might not be one of the better-known locations on the Danube, but it has plenty to offer both culturally and scenically, with story-book churches and museums to discover on a meandering walk along the Danube's banks.

    You can join an optional tour to explore Krems, the Wachau Valley by coach and visit the famous Baroque Abbey at Melk. Set high above the Danube and commanding incredible views across this area's beautiful valleys and Melk's cobbled streets, Melk Abbey is full of fascinating artefacts and boasts a stunning library with an intricately frescoed ceiling, spiral staircase and thousands upon thousands of books.

    Or stay on board and you'll set sail along an unbeatably scenic stretch of the Danube, the Wachau Valley, on the way to Melk. Famed for its charming towns dotting verdant landscapes, the Wachau Valley is best enjoyed from the Sun Deck or balcony of the ship.

    After spending some time simply absorbing the spectacular scenery on your journey, you'll arrive in Melk.

  8. Day
    8
    Departure
    Engelhartszell, Austria

    Today you'll dock in your final port of call on this cruise, Engelhartzell. You'll begin your journey home as your Danube adventure comes to an end.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 22, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,549*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price includes flights and transfers. Price includes early booking discount, expires 29 February 2024. Single supplement applies. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. **On-shore excursions are optional and will incur additional costs. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL bonded).

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 22, 2024
To
Sun, Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,049*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a lead in cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Price does not include flights and transfers. Price includes early booking discount, expires 29 February 2024. Single supplement applies. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. **On-shore excursions are optional and will incur additional costs. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offers or promotions. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL bonded).

Call now to book 02039932958
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