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.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.

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Dates & Pricing

Sunday 10 Jul 22 — Sunday 17 Jul 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Sunday 17 Jul 22 — Sunday 24 Jul 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Thursday 28 Jul 22 — Thursday 04 Aug 22Starting at $3,395 Get a Quote
Sunday 14 Aug 22 — Sunday 21 Aug 22Starting at $3,395 Get a Quote
Saturday 27 Aug 22 — Saturday 03 Sep 22Starting at $3,395 Get a Quote
Saturday 03 Sep 22 — Saturday 10 Sep 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Saturday 03 Sep 22 — Saturday 10 Sep 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Thursday 08 Sep 22 — Thursday 15 Sep 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Saturday 10 Sep 22 — Saturday 17 Sep 22Starting at $3,595 Get a Quote
Sunday 02 Oct 22 — Sunday 09 Oct 22Starting at $3,195 Get a Quote
Sunday 09 Oct 22 — Sunday 16 Oct 22Starting at $3,195 Get a Quote
Sunday 02 Apr 23 — Sunday 09 Apr 23Starting at $3,295 Get a Quote
Monday 03 Apr 23 — Monday 10 Apr 23Starting at $3,295 Get a Quote
Monday 10 Apr 23 — Monday 17 Apr 23Starting at $3,295 Get a Quote
Sunday 07 May 23 — Sunday 14 May 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Sunday 07 May 23 — Sunday 14 May 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Sunday 14 May 23 — Sunday 21 May 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Sunday 14 May 23 — Sunday 21 May 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Sunday 21 May 23 — Sunday 28 May 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Monday 05 Jun 23 — Monday 12 Jun 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Saturday 15 Jul 23 — Saturday 22 Jul 23Starting at $3,495 Get a Quote
Saturday 22 Jul 23 — Saturday 29 Jul 23Starting at $3,495 Get a Quote
Sunday 30 Jul 23 — Sunday 06 Aug 23Starting at $3,495 Get a Quote
Monday 07 Aug 23 — Monday 14 Aug 23Starting at $3,495 Get a Quote
Monday 14 Aug 23 — Monday 21 Aug 23Starting at $3,495 Get a Quote
Sunday 03 Sep 23 — Sunday 10 Sep 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Sunday 10 Sep 23 — Sunday 17 Sep 23Starting at $3,695 Get a Quote
Monday 09 Oct 23 — Monday 16 Oct 23Starting at $3,295 Get a Quote
Sunday 15 Oct 23 — Sunday 22 Oct 23Starting at $3,295 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

Budapest
Welcome to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. You will 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
Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip awaits. 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 and the tour will finish at the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapests largest and most expansive indoor market, where you’ll have time to explore on your own.     If you are feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. EmeraldACTIVE Hike to Buda Hill Included Excursion Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit DiscoverMORE Budapest spa experience (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Jewish heritage tour (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, 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 fairytale. This striking building has been rebuilt several times, most recently in a Renaissance style. Tonight, enjoy some local Slovakian entertainment on board. EmeraldPLUS Local Slovakian entertainment on board EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Bratislava Castle Included Excursion Walking tour of Bratislava

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, followed by 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 existed here at the turn of the 20th century.  If you are feeling more active, then perhaps choose to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to the Danube Island. EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour in Vienna Included Excursion Guided tour of Vienna DiscoverMORE Art tour of Vienna including Kunsthistorisches Museum (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)

Dürnstein - Melk
Effortlessly suspended in time, Dürnstein is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where a delightful panoramic view of the surrounding medieval villages, vineyards and forest is certain to delight. 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. EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour along the Danube River EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle Included Excursion Tour of Melk Abbey DiscoverMORE Visit to Schallaburg Castle (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Vineyard hike & tasting in Weissenkirchen (extra expense)

Linz – Ceský Krumlov
This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Linz and you will 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 Linzer torte making workshop (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 a typical Bavarian farm for some interesting insights into the life of local farmers and livestock farming, then try their homemade specialties. 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 EmeraldACTIVE Hike to Veste Oberhaus  EmeraldPLUS Bavarian brunch DiscoverMORE Bavaria Live (extra expense)

Passau
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark the 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.