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.
Munich - Nuremberg
You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you.
This morning, sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing over a series of impressive aqueducts. The medieval centre of Regensburg is yours to discover, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town as your local guide leads you down cobblestone streets and past historic patrician houses. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner & reception followed by traditional Bavarian band on board.
A traditional Bavarian band on board
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.
A guided tour of Passau
Hike to Veste Oberhaus
Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)
Melk – Dürnstein
History is brought to life in the quaint village of Melk. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Benedictine abbey, stopping to admire beautiful relics in the museum and an extensive collection of ancient manuscripts in the library. Afterwards, your Star-Ship will sail through the fascinating Wachau Valley, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, and on to Dürnstein. If you are feeling active, join a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle, a medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before arriving where your Star-Ship is docked in Dürnstein.
A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
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.
A guided bike tour
A guided tour of Vienna
An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)
A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and blocks that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as we sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting past, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle and its idyllic Baroque gardens, offering the perfect backdrop to the Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months. This afternoon, enjoy a home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your Farewell Dinner.
Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
A hike to Bratislava Castle
A walking tour of Bratislava
Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and touching on many of Budapest’s highlights, including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour showcases Matthias Church and panoramic views best admired from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.
A traditional Hungarian folklore show
A hike to Buda Hill
A guided coach tour of Budapest
Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)
Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of a Viennese skyline and Baroque masterpieces with you.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.