The Classic Danube 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
Beginning in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, enjoy a trip through the country's military past during visits to the Nazi rally grounds, before the beautiful preserved medieval city of Regensburg. Walk Passau's picturesque cobblestone streets and marvel at the magnificent Oberhaus Fortress. In Linz, you are invited to remember the victims of the Bubonic plague of the 14th century, before Melk's Benedictine Abbey and the beautiful Wachau Valley precede classical music capital, Vienna.
Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to Nuremberg. Journey time: 90 minutes approximately.
Your Captain and crew will greet you as you Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.
Nuremberg is situated along the Main–Danube canal, an engineering masterpiece linking the rivers of Germany with the mighty Danube which flows from the Alps to the Black Sea.
Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by the 900-year-old ramparts, the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other historical sights. Afterwards take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centre.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Nuremberg.
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Regensburg.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board.
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Passau.
Austria’s third largest city is situated on either side of the Danube River. Your city tour takes in the impressive “Pestsäule”, the high column built to remember the victims of the bubonic plague epidemic of the 14th century, followed by the market squares. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Linz.
Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century.
Included excursion: Tour of Melk Abbey.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein OR
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Durnstein Castle.
Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk.
Included excursion: Drive around the Ringstrasse and a guided walk through Vienna’s city centre OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour.
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|27 July 2019||£2,795 Cat C Balcony Suite|
|17 August 2019 (in reverse)||£2,295 Cat B Balcony Suite|
- Savings of up to £1,000 per person
- Return economy flights from up to 16 UK airports, subject to availability.
- 7 Nights accommodation on board an Emerald Waterways 'Star Ship'
- 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- 6 Shore excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- EmeraldPLUS activities including organ concert in Passau
- 4 EmeraldACTIVE activities
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
- Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
- Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
- A variety of on-board evening entertainment
- First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
- All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
- All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple