Splendours of Europe 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
In just 15 days, you’ll have the chance to experience many of Europe’s highlights in one seamless journey along the continent’s wonderful waterways. As you sail along the epic Rhine and the fantastic Main and Danube rivers, you’ll weave through the most stunning landscapes sprinkled with charming churches, story-book castles and vine-covered slopes, creating the perfect backdrop for an amazing cruise. Along the way, we take you on a voyage of discovery to a variety of imperial cities including Cologne, Vienna and Budapest, giving you the opportunity to explore their vibrant culture - which is contrasted brilliantly with the rural districts of Miltenberg.
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
Included excursion: Canal Cruise & Orientation Walk OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship.
Included excursion: Guided Walking Tour of City Centre & Chocolate Tasting.
Discover More: Tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense)
***passengers on this tour will have the guided tour of Cologne afterwards***
Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.
Included excursion: Visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum & Rudesheimer Coffee Tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Miltenberg.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Wertheim Castle
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.
Included excursion: Walking Tour of Wurzburg & Visit to Bishop’s Residenz.
Discover More: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)
***passengers on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg as both tours run at the same time***
Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation.
Included excursions: A guided tour of Bamberg
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 excursions: A 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.
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)
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.
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) OR Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense)
Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg or the Český as both Discover More tours run at the same time. Also note that passengers on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau***
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 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 excursions: Drive around the Ringstrasse and a guided walk through Vienna’s city centre.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour.
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) AND / OR Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense)
***please note that passengers on this tour will not be able to join the included Vienna tour***
Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. In the afternoon, you will have a choice to visit locals or join an active hike to Bratislava Castle.
Included excursions: A tour of Bratislava.
EmeraldPLUS: Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakian Family OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle.
***please note passengers can only do either the EmeraldPLUS Home-Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakian Family or the guided hike***
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
Included excursion: Guided Bus Tour of Budapest
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise.
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.
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- Savings of up to £1,200 per person
- Return economy flights from up to 16 UK airports, subject to availability.
- 14 Nights accommodation on board an Emerald Waterways 'Star Ship'
- 14 shore excursions, including visits to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 6 EmeraldPLUS activities including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family
- 41 on-board meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
- 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 £440 per couple