Danube Delights 2021 Emerald Cruises River Cruise
This insightful itinerary crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.
Upon arrival at Munich airport, you'll transfer to Nuremburg to board your comtemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship.
This morning, relax as you cruise down the Main-Danube Canal
Welcome to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, visiting the Old Town Hall complex and Porta Praetoria, an ancient stone building that can be dated back to 179 AD
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian band on board
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg
Today’s cruising will take you to the heart of Passau, where three of Europe’s main rivers converge in the shadows of the castle. Your guided tour of this illustrious city will unveil how it was rebuilt following fires in the 17th century. Italian architects left their mark with a scattering of Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)
Your included tour will take you to Melk Abbey, famous for its invaluable library. This afternoon, enjoy a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, cruise through the wine region and on to Dürnstein, embarking on a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle when you arrive.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey
Welcome to Vienna. The “City of Dreams” was home to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Today, you can explore the capital with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the city. Soak in the opulent façades of the Vienna State Opera and City Hall before admiring the multi-coloured tiled roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island, before finishing in Prater, underneath the giant Ferris wheel.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the beautifully restored historic quarter, venturing down winding cobbled streets and passing a number of architectural highlights, including the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre and the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Alternatively, hike to Bratislava Castle and discover how it was destroyed by Napoleon’s troops during the 19th century.
Gain a thorough understanding of Slovakian culture this afternoon as you meet a local family for coffee and cake. This evening, you are welcomed to the Gala Dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava
Offering an abundance of European history, Budapest is known for its charming neo-Gothic architecture, cultural whimsy and historic monuments around every corner. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city offers many links to the past, including the remains of the Roman city of Aquincum.
Enjoy a guided coach tour, starting at the Citadella that sits on top of Gellért Hill, overlooking the Danube. Relax as a drive down Andrássy Avenue showcases the decorative façades of neo-Renaissance townhouses and journey to Heroes’ Square to see the seven chieftains of the Magyars.
Alternatively, hike to Buda Hill, gazing up at the Buda Castle complex and admiring the Habsburg monuments that adorn the streets. This evening, a traditional Hungarian folklore show is sure to delight, as is a postcard-worthy night-time cruise along the Danube.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: Budapest evening cruise
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)
After breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.
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Extend Your Cruise
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- Pre or post cruise extention in Prague.
- Free Premium Drinks Package & save up to £1,600 per couple
- Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures
- 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
- 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
- 6 shore excursions, including visits to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 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 (restrictions apply)
- All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
- All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple