Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music, embark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew.
Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, 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. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
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. EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise DiscoverMORE: Visit to Szentendre (extra expense)
Mohacs - Pécs
Today you will sail to the Hungarian border with Croatia to visit the picturesque town of Pécs. This town was founded by the Romans and it is known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, which features frescoed tombsm, the Vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square and the domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim. DiscoverMORE: Villány Wine Tasting Tour (extra expense)
Osijek is an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks. EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village
Novi Sad located northeast of Serbia, is consider a hidden gem on the banks of the Danube River. One of the main attractions, standing atop a riverside bluff, the Petrovaradin Fortress dates to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an iconic clock tower and a network of tunnels. Across the river is the old quarter, Stari Grad, site of the Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church and the neo-Renaissance City Hall. DiscoverMORE: Visit to Sremski Karlovci (extra expense)
Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.