MS Arena - The Ultimate Rhine & Danube Cruise


12 nights in Germany
Full Board

What you can expect

4* Ship

This four-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise

Cruise The Rhine & Danube

Experience the very best of the Rhine and the Danube on this once-in-a-lifetime river cruise.

Beautiful Cities

Explore the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

About the trip

Experience the very best of the Rhine and the Danube on this once-in-a-lifetime river cruise. Visit Rüdesheim and the wine capital of Germany, take a guided tour around Nuremberg and explore Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest – three stunning capital cities.  Journey through the heart of Europe on the ultimate river cruise experience. Sail along the river Rhine, the Main and finally the famous ‘Blue Danube’, and take in the breathtaking scenery as we stop at fascinating destinations along the way. From the gothic masterpiece of Cologne in Germany to the unfaltering beauty of Hungary’s Budapest, and the best picks of Bavaria in between – you’ll love discovering the lush landscapes, medieval old towns and historical sites that bring this river cruise to life.

This is not a Solos group tour, however, there will be an onboard Cruise Manager to assist you with all aspects of your cruise.

What's Included

  • Cabin for sole use
  • Full Board
  • Fully financially protected


  • Cologne
  • Rüdesheim
  • Rüdesheim – Mainz – Miltenberg
  • Miltenberg – Würzburg
  • Würzburg – Bamberg
  • Bamberg – Nuremberg
  • Nuremberg – Regensburg
  • Regensburg – Passau
  • Passau – Salzburg – Linz – Melk
  • Melk – Vienna
  • Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest
  • Budapest
  • Budapest

What’s Extra

  • Flights & Transfers
  • Please note flights and transfers are not included, you can contact us for more information and assistance.
  • Premium package price: £204 (Premium Package includes drinks with meals, complimentary fruit basket on arrival with upgraded toiletries selection and daily water in cabin along with free use of the Health Suite.
  • Excursions (excursion package from as little as £446)
  • Insurance see here

What you'll be doing


Arrival Day

Once you have arrived in Cologne you can transfer to the MS Arena. Enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship before sailing overnight towards Rüdesheim.

  • Dinner Included
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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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included



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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 an 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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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. An optional excursion is a great way to make the most of your visit. This evening we cruise towards Regensburg.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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 an 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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Passau – Salzburg – Linz – Melk

This morning we arrive into Passau where you can join an optional excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s famed birthplace and the Sound of Music city. The centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the 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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
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 an optional excursion. We return to the ship for lunch before we continue our cruise to Vienna, where we arrive later this evening.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
DAY 11

Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest

After breakfast you can take advantage of an 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 an 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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
DAY 12


Arriving into Budapest around lunchtime you have the opportunity to join an optional sight-seeing tour of the city, described by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The 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.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
DAY 13


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.

  • Please note: Due to low bridges the sun deck will be closed on some days
  • Breakfast included
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4* MS Arena

This new four-star ship has all the ingredients of an unforgettable river cruise; comfort, style and the crew’s unfaltering attention to detail is everything.  Whether you’re cruising the Dutch Waterways, the rivers Rhine, Moselle or Danube,  this elegant, four-star ship promises everything you’d wish for – and more – making for an unforgettable river cruising experience.

From the moment you step aboard you’ll enjoy the sense of space, stylish décor and unfaltering attention to detail that runs throughout the ship. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows on the main and upper decks ensure you don’t miss a moment of the magical landscape, whether you are treating yourself to a drink in the Ambassador’s Lounge Bar, dining on delicious cuisine served in the panorama restaurant, or relaxing in the comfort of your spacious cabin.

Facilities Include

Ship Facilities:

Bright, spacious and with panoramic windows along three sides of the room, the Panorama Restaurant on the main deck provides the perfect setting to enjoy delicious cuisine whilst watching the world drift by. Our excellent chefs are proud of their menus, which feature a superb range of freshly-prepared dishes from traditional local delicacies to international favourites. The ambience and first-class service from our attentive crew ensure you enjoy a dining experience like no other.
Holidays are all about relaxation and there’s no better place to do that on board than in the comfort of the stylish Ambassador’s Lounge Bar. The inviting ambience, comfy chairs and floor to ceiling panoramic windows all make it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, perhaps reading a good novel from the ship’s library. The Ambassador’s lounge bar is the perfect spot to end the day too. Sip on a cocktail as you take in the moonlit views along the twinkling river bank, reflecting on an unforgettable day in the company of new-found friends.
Sun Deck
360-degrees of uninterrupted vistas, the sun deck promises the best views on the ship! Pull up a chair and relax over a drink with friends, or simply pick the lounger of your choice and soak up the sun and sights at leisure. You’ll be treated to some breath-taking scenery as you cruise and the sun deck offers the ultimate vantage point to see it all.

Room Includes

Cabin facilities:

Whether you choose accommodation on the upper deck or the main deck, all of the 98 cabins on MS Arena feature floor to ceiling panoramic windows and a French balcony, so you can relax in comfort and take in the wonderful scenery. Spacious and with contemporary furnishings, each cabin has an en suite bathroom with shower, toilet and complimentary toiletries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

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