An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.
Welcome to Budapest! 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 Budapest. This evening, join your fellow travellers with a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
EmeraldPLUS: Budapest Evening Cruise
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 afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
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 the sights of the 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)
Dürnstein - Melk
In the morning you will arrive in Dürnstein, one of the Wachau wine region’s most enchanting villages and home to the medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades in the 12th century. Those feeling more active can join a guided hike to this historic landmark, before returning to the ship to sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Melk. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour along the Danube River to Melk, where your Star-Ship will be docked. The 11th century Austrian city is home to an imposing 900–year-old Benedictine Abbey, a fine example of Italian Baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial corridor and fresco ceilings.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk
Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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.
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)
*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.
After breakfast, we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour, you will 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
Nuremberg Disembarkation - Munich
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to Munich Airport.