Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Emerald Sun, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a seven-night cruise through four countries. Includes two nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English-speaking guides.
Day 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Prague, the Czech Republic, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Day 2 - Prague, the Czech Republic
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The day is at leisure to begin discovering your new surroundings.
Day 3 - City Tour of Prague
After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the famous sites of the city. See Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the medieval Charles Bridge. During free time this afternoon, discover the city on your own or join the optional excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp. Meal: B
Day 4 - Nuremberg, Germany
After breakfast, depart Prague by motorcoach for Nuremberg. After a brief city tour of Nuremberg, board Mayflower Tours’ exclusively chartered river ship MS Emerald Sun, home for the next seven nights. Meals: B, D
Day 5 - Regensburg, Germany
After a leisurely monring sailing the Danube, arrive in Regensburg. This afternoon, explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience its beauty and history firsthand. This evening the ship departs for Passau as you enjoy a welcome reception and dinner onboard. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 - Passau, Germany
This morning, arrive in Passau, one of Germany’s oldest cities, situated at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Enjoy free time for shopping and exploring or join an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria, to see sights from The Sound of Music and walk along the famous Getreidegasse Lane past Mozart’s birthplace. Reboard the ship in Linz, Austria. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 - Melk and Dürnstein, Austria
Join an optional excursion in Melk to the magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which boasts an opulent Baroque interior. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley, while cruising along the Danube, before arriving in Dürnstein – ‘The Pearl of the Wachau Valley.’ Join your local guide for a stroll through this quaint medieval town, dominated by the magnificent Baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue façade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart, can be seen on the hilltop. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 - Vienna, Austria
Discover all Vienna has to offer during the included orientation tour. Travel along the Ringstrasse and see the impressive Opera House, famous concert halls, stately architecture and historic monuments. Visit Schönbrunn Palace with its magnificent interiors and landscape gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center this afternoon. This evening, join an optional excursion to a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 - Bratislava, Slovakia
The day begins with an included panoramic city tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the former capital of Hungary. ‘All Aboard’ the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. As the train winds its way up to Bratislava Castle, the guide will point out the beautiful buildings and historic sites. See the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop’s Summer Residence and the Blumental Church. In the Old City, a leisurely paced walking tour passes the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and Opera House. Enjoy leisure time or an afternoon optional excursion to a home-hosted visit. Tonight, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 - Budapest, Hungary
Today’s city tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellért Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time to explore and shop for porcelain or other local specialties. Meals: B, L, D
Day 11 - Budapest / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. Meal: B