5nights

Danube Enchanting Christmas 2022

Itinerary

Route of the river cruise on the Danube
Route of the river cruise on the Danube

This is the departure point for your Danube cruise. Our tip: to ensure that you get off to a relaxed start, travel the day before the cruise begins and spend the night at one of our partner hotels. This will allow you to explore the region around Passau, too. And when your ship sets sail for an exciting Danube cruise, you will have already enjoyed your first few adventures.

Melk

Arr 07:00 am Dep 12:00 pm

The UNESCO World Heritage Wachau lies christmassy in the Danube valley and enchants you with its beautiful landscapes. And of course, a visit to the landmark of the Wachau, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, should not be missed. Cities and nature have a special interplay here. A beautiful Christmas Eve on your Danube Christmas trip.

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Trips

€ 49

The Benedictine Abbey Melk is not only the landmark of the Wachau, but also one of faith and Austrian history. Since its founding in 1089, it has been continuously inhabited by Benedictine monks. It is regarded as a masterpiece of fusion of art, culture and nature, of faith and science. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Wachau from the 60-metre-high Melk Abbey, before taking a look at the imposing interior with its many baroque rooms.

Price:

€ 49 per person

Duration:

approx. 2 h

Transport:

bus and by foot

Level:

Moderat

Stift Melk besuchen

Vienna

Arr 08:00 pm

Vienna has many wonderful places. And now here it comes: on probably every one of them a different Christmas market sparkles and attracts with the smell of cinnamon, punch and loud sweet specialties! Christmas music plays everywhere, and traditional handicrafts tempt you to store against an imperial backdrop. Enjoy an extraordinary Christmas Eve in Vienna.

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On Christmas Day you also have the opportunity to discover Vienna with all its wonderful places. On probably every one of them a different Christmas market sparkles and attracts with the smell of cinnamon, punch and loud sweet specialties! Christmas music plays everywhere, and traditional arts and crafts tempt you to store against an imperial backdrop. And between all the lively Christmas atmosphere: time to just let yourself drift.

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Trips

€ 55

On this tour, you will get to know Vienna's most historically significant sights. We will begin with a drive along the Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings, such as the State Opera, the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament Building, the city hall, the university, the stock exchange and past numerous palaces and monuments to famous composers, poets and artists. We will then continue to travel along the Prater with its famous Ferris Wheel to the Hundertwasser house, to St. Charles's Church and the Viennese Music Association. One of Vienna’s landmarks can only be reached by foot due to its location – St. Stephen's Cathedral. After a brief tour of the outside, you will be taken back to your cruise ship.

Price:

€ 55 per person

Duration:

approx. 3.5 h

Transport:

bus and by foot

Level:

Moderat

Stadtrundfahrt in Wien mit Hofburg
€ 69

This walk through Vienna will take you to some of the most precious treasures from different eras. In St Stephen’s Cathedral you can see the city's history. And even away from the magnificent squares and buildings, you will discover romantic streets and idyllic backyards. Experience the finest coffee house culture in one of Vienna’s most famous coffee houses, the Central or the Café Hofburg. Here you can enjoy a typical Viennese Melange and delicious pastries.

Price:

€ 69 per person

Duration:

approx. 3.5 h

Transport:

bus and by foot

Level:

Moderat

Provisions:

Typical Viennese coffee and cake.

In Wien den Stephansdom erkunden

On Boxing Day we will stop in Bratislava. The traces of the Austrian-Hungarian dual monarchy are omnipresent in the old town. A leisurely life between baroque and rococo, palaces and palisades, art and coffee houses. Enjoy your own individual day in christmassy Bratislava.

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Trips

€ 39

Taking you directly to the most beautiful view, the Bratislava City Express will deliver you to the Bratislavský Hrad (Bratislava Castle). From the 85-metre-high plateau, you can see far over the Danube. The city owes its name to Duke Wratislaw, who built the complex in the middle of the 17th century. Maria Theresia decided to reconstruct the castle a century later as you'll see on your visit today. After the castle, you will explore the historical centre with its Renaissance houses and baroque palaces by foot.

Price:

€ 39 per person

Duration:

approx. 2h

Transport:

City Express and by foot

Level:

Moderat

€ 85

Experience the magic of picturesque landscapes northeast of Bratislava in the little Carpathian Mountains, known for its charming villages, historic towns and castles. Slovakia's largest contiguous wine-growing area starts right in Bratislava and stretches over 60 km northeast of the city. Visit Cerveny Kamen (Beaver Castle), which is one of the best-preserved castles in Slovakia and, in addition to its beautifully furnished rooms, also boasts the largest wine cellars in Central Europe. Afterwards, visit the Majolica Ceramics Factory, where you can observe the process of traditional majolica making. On the way back to Bratislava, you will visit a family business where majolica is still lovingly made by hand and where you can also try your hand at working on the wheel yourself.

Price:

€ 85 per person

Duration:

approx. 4h

Transport:

bus and by foot

Level:

Moderat

Enjoy the passing landscapes on this day and look forward to relaxation. Tip: In the SPA-ROSA you can really spoil yourself.

After an exciting and thrilling Christmas cruise, you will dock back in Engelhartszell (Passau) today shortly before the turn of the year. With so many wonderful experiences and enjoyable moments, you return home from the Queen of Rivers. Enjoy the last hours on board and in the city of Passau before heading home again. See you soon, ahoy and a Happy New Year!

A-ROSA Premium all inclusive

Enjoy your most beautiful time with maximum comfort and with the all-round carefree package: A-ROSA Premium all inclusive.

Your desired cabin? Voilà! Sauna, fitness area, pool? Always at your service! Top culinary menus? Enjoy your meal! Attractive discounts on all massage and beauty treatments? Of course! Plus all transfers and many other benefits that will always put a smile on your face, while you have nothing to do but think about your next wish.

  • FullboardPlus: extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, additional embarkation snack and tea and coffee hour. On many cruises, seasonal supplements such as a midnight snack
  • High-quality drinks included throughout the day: tea, coffee and coffee specialities, soft drinks, beers, sparkling wine and a selection of wines, cocktails and long drinks. Also besides the lunch and dinner hours. Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne.
  • English-speaking travel and hotel management on our international ships
  • Free use of the on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness room
  • Transfer between railway station¹ or airport² and ship
  • 15% discount on treatments in our SPA-ROSA
  • Bathroom amenities and bathrobe in the cabin
  • On-board entertainment
  • Port charges
  • many other services

¹ Guests receive an extra voucher, valid for day of embarkation or disembarkation in Cologne and Engelhartszell. The transfer in Paris and Lyon is only included when booking the train tickets through A-ROSA.

² The transfer is included when booking the flight through A-ROSA. You will receive an extra voucher with your travel documents.

  • Varied gourmet buffets with regional and seasonal specialities
  • Live cooking à la minute
  • No seating or dress code; last but not least, free table times ensure a relaxed atmosphere among the guests
  • A wine list adapted to the region
  • Indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as barbecue buffet on the sun deck of selected ships

Choose exactly the cabin you like. If available, we will book your desired cabin with cabin number.

Dates & Prices

Arrival & Hotel

Outbound & Return flight; e.g. with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, KLM, Swiss

From various German airports an Zurich to Vienna, incl. transfer Airport – Ship – Airport (incl. taxes).

Flights from € 329 per person

ONEWAY FLIGHT FROM/TO BUCHAREST FOR DANUBE DELTA CRUISES

For our Danube Delta cruises from and to Oltenita the flight from/to Frankfurt/Main, Munich and Düsseldorf airport is included in the travel price.

Flights from many other German airports or Zurich and Vienna from € 69 per person.

A-ROSA Rail & Cruise

Train operated by Deutsche Bahn from all German train stations to Passau or Vienna.

Train from € 159 per person (Return / 2nd Class).

Train from € 79 per person (Oneway / 2nd Class).

Arrive on your own - and park safely!

If you plan your arrival individually, we offer you a parking space in a guarded car park for the length of your cruise.

Price from € 42 per car (Passau/ fenced parking lot)
Price from € 47 per car (Passau/ roofed parking space)

Price from € 37 per car (Engelhartszell/ fenced parking lot)
Price from € 47 per car (Engelhartszell/ roofed parking space)

The hotel is located in the ‘Innstadt‘, which is part of the newly developed district ‘InnViertel‘ of Passau. The hotel offers two and three-room appartments. You can reach within walking distance (approx. 10 minutes) the pedestrian area and the old town with the university and Stephen’s cathedral. A parking lot in the underground car park can be booked additionally for a surcharge per night. Each appartments is equipped with the following facilities: air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, safe, kitchenette, spacious bathroom with underfloor heating, towel dryer, shower (some rooms with a bathtub), hairdryer, make-up mirror, toilet. The hotel has also a lift.

Size ca.

63 sqm
for up to 2 persons

Double occupancy

€ 89 pp

incl. breakfast

Size ca.

73 sqm
with 2 bedrooms
for up to 4 persons

Double occupancy

€ 109 pp
incl. breakfast

3-person occupancy

€ 79 pp
incl. breakfast

4-person occupancy

€ 69 pp
incl. breakfast

Located in a historical building dating back to the 14th century, Hotel Passauer Wolf has a very special atmosphere. Yet the hotel also meets state-of-the-art standards from extensive refurbishment in 2009. The fantastic location in the middle of the old town, right between the cathedral and the pedestrian zone, makes the hotel a perfect starting point for sightseeing and shopping. Enjoy your complimentary welcome drink at the bar or in your comfortably furnished room. Then relax in the hotel spa’s whirlpool and sauna. Use of the spa is included in the booking price. Free Internet access and a bottle of mineral water are available in each room. For luggage and passenger transfers to / from the A-ROSA transfer in Passau (distance from / to hotel approx. 1–2 km) we recommend a taxi.

Included services

1. overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 69pp

Single occupancy

€ 99 pp

Double occupancy

€ 79 pp

Single occupancy

€ 109 pp

Double occupancy

€ 89 pp

Single occupancy

€ 119 pp

This modern hotel in Passau is located in quiet green surroundings just 200 m from the Danube and 500 m from the town centre on the other side of the river. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival in the light-filled lobby, by the palms on the terrace or in your comfortable hotel room. The hotel bar is open in the evenings. Alternatively, you can enjoy complete relaxation in the spa, which offers a Finnish sauna, a steam room, a whirlpool and an infrared sauna. Free Internet access and a bottle of mineral water are available in each room. For luggage and passenger transfers to / from the A-ROSA transfer in Passau (distance from / to hotel approx. 1–2 km) we recommend a taxi.

Included services

1. overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 69 pp

Single occupancy

€ 99 pp

Double occupancy

€ 79pp

Single occupancy

€ 109 pp

Double occupancy

€ 89 pp

Single occupancy

€ 119 pp

Hotel Wesenufer is located right by the Danube in Wesenufer, which is near Engelhartszell (7 km) and Waldkirchen am Wesen (4 km). The nearest train station is Passau (37 km). The hotel building itself is more than 300 years old and was carefully renovated in 2008 and 2013. All rooms feature a modern interior design to make you feel at ease. The rooms – some of which have a balcony or terrace looking on to the Danube – are equipped with a flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi, a phone, a safe, a minibar and a bathroom with a shower, toilet and hairdryer. The hotel also has three wheelchair-accessible rooms. Enjoy the view of the Danube from your terrace, the seasonal and regional meals in the Schloss restaurant, and the sauna and steam bath in the spa. Free parking is available on request. Guest and luggage transfer to and from the ship is available for a fee payable at the hotel. When booking, please inform the hotel of your requirements.

Note: Check-in on Sunday is only possible until 17:00. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evening.

Included services

1. overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 75 pp

Single occupancy

€ 89 pp

Double occupancy

€ 79 pp

Single occupancy

€ 99 pp

Double occupancy

€ 99 pp

Single occupancy

€ 119 pp

Hotel Residenz stands out with one of Passau’s top locations: right by the Danube, in the heart of Passau’s old town. All attractions are within easy walking distance. Rooms are modern and comfortable, the “Comfort” category and above have air conditioning. The hotel has five exclusive Suites or Junior Suites that are designed very differently. For prices and availability, please enquire when making your reservation. Soak up the hotel’s calm atmosphere by either relaxing in the small but comfortable sauna or listening to classical music with a glass of wine in the hotel’s very well-stocked library.

Included services

1. overnight stay incl. breakfast, extended stay possible

Double occupancy

€ 69 pp

Double occupancy

€ 79 pp

Single occupancy

€ 109 pp

SUN - THU
Double occupancy

€ 79 pp

FRI - SAT
Double occupancy

€ 119 pp

Ships on this cruise

A-ROSA FLORA

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A-ROSA FLORA

A-ROSA BELLA

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A-ROSA BELLA

A-ROSA MIA

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A-ROSA MIA