Danube Explorer

Emerald Waterways reviews clearly demonstrate Emerald Waterways guests prefer sailings of 8 to 17 days. Two of the most popular guest choices are the Rhine river cruise and the Danube river cruise. So many guests of Emerald cruises enjoy the breath of destinations around the World. Of course complimentary wine and beer are chosen for each lunch and dinner. All soft drink beverages are included. Once again Emerald Waterways has won the Cruise Critic Editors pick for the best value river cruise for 2019. Pavlus Travel discounts every Emerald sailing through-out the World.
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Danube Explorer



Tour Description:

Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.
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Dates & Pricing

Sunday 25 Aug 24 — Sunday 01 Sep 24Starting at $9,690Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 20 Oct 24 — Sunday 27 Oct 24Starting at $8,590Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 27 Oct 24 — Sunday 03 Nov 24Starting at $8,790Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 23 Mar 25 — Sunday 30 Mar 25Starting at $7,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 30 Mar 25 — Sunday 06 Apr 25Starting at $7,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 08 May 25 — Thursday 15 May 25Starting at $7,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 15 May 25 — Thursday 22 May 25Starting at $7,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 07 Jun 25 — Saturday 14 Jun 25Starting at $7,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 14 Jun 25 — Saturday 21 Jun 25Starting at $8,590Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 02 Aug 25 — Saturday 09 Aug 25Starting at $7,590Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 09 Aug 25 — Saturday 16 Aug 25Starting at $7,590Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 30 Aug 25 — Saturday 06 Sep 25Starting at $7,590Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 06 Sep 25 — Saturday 13 Sep 25Starting at $7,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 20 Sep 25 — Saturday 27 Sep 25Starting at $7,990Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 19 Oct 25 — Sunday 26 Oct 25Starting at $7,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 26 Oct 25 — Sunday 02 Nov 25Starting at $7,190Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Check Mark Icon Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.


ITINERARY

Budapest 
Welcome to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you.   This evening, join your fellow guests for a traditional Hungarian folklore show.  EmeraldPLUS Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.

Budapest 
Explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter today, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian capital’s culinary scene while touring the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapests largest and most expansive indoor market, where you’ll plenty of time for exploration.   If you’re feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand and are best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle.   Included Excursion Budapest tour with Grand Market visit EmeraldACTIVE Hike to Gellert Hill DiscoverMORE Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Hungarian Bath Experience (extra expense)

Bratislava
Relax on board as we sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. This graceful nation of leafy avenues became an independent country in 1993, and since then Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural centre. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are yours to explore with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings.  Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legend that looks as though it has been plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. This striking building has been rebuilt several times, most recently in a Renaissance style.  Tonight, enjoy some local Slovakian entertainment on board.   Included Excursion Walking tour of Bratislava EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Bratislava Castle EmeraldPLUS Local Slovakian entertainment on board DiscoverMORE Carpathian Wine route (extra expense)

Vienna 
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, the birthplace of revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of music and psychology. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces, some of which you will be able to see during your guided coach tour of the Ringstrasse. Following this, embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre and its surrounding classical architectural styles, evidence of the melting pot of artistic influences that have existed here since the turn of the 20th century.   If you’re feeling more active, then perhaps choose to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to the Danube Island.  Included Excursion Guided tour of Vienna EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour of Vienna EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour of Vienna DiscoverMORE Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

Weissenkirchen - Melk
Effortlessly suspended in time, Weissenkirchen is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture.   Later, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey. Originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century, this opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.  Included Excursion Tour of Melk Abbey EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour along the Danube River DiscoverMORE Visit to Schallaburg Castle (extra expense)

Linz – Ceský Krumlov
This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Linz, where you’ll be transferred by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Ceský Krumlov, a town built around a 13th-century castle. Join your local guide on a walk along the labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, passing the colourful façades of buildings, as you learn about how they have survived the test of time. The town surrounds the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ceský Krumlov Castle, and your guided tour will include the 15th-century St. Vitus Church and a number of delightful Gothic façades.   EmeraldPLUS Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov DiscoverMORE Walking tour of Linz with a Linzer Torte making (extra expense)

Passau 
Narrow cobblestone streets and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. This important historic trading centre borders Austria and boasts a distinctive blend of cultures.  Experience life on a typical Bavarian farm for some interesting insights into the life of local farmers and livestock farming, then try their homemade specialities. Alternatively, you can set off on a hike, catching sights such as the Mariahilf and St. Severin, an ancient church dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.   EmeraldPLUS Bavarian Countryside Experience EmeraldACTIVE Hike to Veste Oberhaus  DiscoverMORE Bavaria Live (extra expense)

Passau 
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Europe’s iconic skylines with you.   Please book your flight to depart out of Munich after 01:00 PM. 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Check Mark Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.