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Danube Delights

Admire ornate architecture in the capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava and explore Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey on this fascinating 7-night Danube river cruise. Includes shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

River Cruise Holiday
Melk Abbey
Natural History Museum, Vienna
Bratislava Castle
Hungarian Parliament, Budapest
River Danube

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Visit lively capital cities and charming riverside towns as you cruise along the romantic Danube from Regensburg to Budapest.

Explore Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities on a guided walking tour and admire the ornate architecture of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers.

Discover the spectacular fresco ceilings in Melk’s 900-year old Benedictine Abbey, before cruising through the picturesque Wachau Valley and on to Vienna, the “City of Music”.

Enjoy a special afternoon tea with a local family in Bratislava, before this holiday comes to an end in the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, home to the impressive Fisherman’s Bastion and the iconic Chain Bridge.

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Danube Delights Itinerary

Day 1 - Munich - Regensburg

You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you.Please book your flight to arrive into Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

Day 2 - Regensburg

Explore the medieval centre of Regensburg with a local guide, walking the cobblestone streets, passing the patrician houses of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Alternatively, join a bike tour to the Walhalla monument which towers high above the slopes of the Danube. From here you can enjoy a fascinating view of the river and the surrounding landscape.  This evening, enjoy a welcome reception with dinner, followed by a traditional Bavarian band on board.EmeraldPLUSTraditional Bavarian band on boardEmeraldACTIVEGuided bike tour to the Walhalla monumentIncluded ExcursionGuided tour of RegensburgDiscoverMOREExcursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

Day 3 - Passau - Engelhartszell

Today, we’ll cruise into 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. If you are feeling active, you can join a bike tour along the River Inn, one of the three rivers converging in Passau. Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.EmeraldACTIVEGuided bike tour along the River InnIncluded ExcursionGuided tour of PassauDiscoverMOREExcursion to the Bavarian forest (extra expense)

Day 4 - Dürnstein - Krems

Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, offering delightful panoramic views of the surrounding medieval villages. Afterwards, we will sail through the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Krems.  Alternatively, you can embark on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Krems, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before meeting your Star-Ship where it is docked. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey, a true treasure overlooking the Wachau from a hill covered by vineyards and forests. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape since 2001, it is one of Austria's most important Benedictine abbeys and attracts visitors from all over the world. Built in 1083, it continues to serve as a spiritual center in the heart of Lower Austria and is run by a community of about 45 monks. Visible from great distance, the abbey provides epic panoramas when you visit.EmeraldACTIVEGuided bike tour along the Danube River EmeraldACTIVEGuided hike to Dürnstein CastleIncluded ExcursionGuided tour of Göttweig Abbey

Day 5 - Vienna

Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. For art-lovers, there is no other place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork but because of its variety. Your tour will include a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide. Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island.EmeraldACTIVEGuided bike tour in ViennaIncluded ExcursionVienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches MuseumDiscoverMOREViennese evening concert (extra expense)DiscoverMORETastes of Vienna (extra expense)

Day 6 - Bratislava

A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces and Gothic architecture 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 history, 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 coffee and cake in the home of a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your farewell dinner.EmeraldPLUSHome-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian familyEmeraldACTIVEHike to Bratislava CastleIncluded ExcursionWalking tour of BratislavaDiscoverMORESkoda tour of post-communist Bratislava (extra expense)DiscoverMORECarpathian wine route (extra expense)

Day 7 - Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided city tour, covering some of the highlights of Budapest and learn more about its stunning landscape and architecture. The history of the Hungarian capital shows a unique blend of cultures, cuisine and vibrant lifestyle. There is so much to take in while you pass through the bustling city, which is an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.EmeraldPLUSTraditional Hungarian folklore show on boardEmeraldACTIVEHike to Buda HillIncluded ExcursionGuided coach tour of BudapestDiscoverMOREJewish Heritage tour (extra expense, not available on Friday and Saturday)DiscoverMOREExcursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

Day 8 - Budapest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking wonderful memories of the Viennese skyline and architectural 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Waterways deluxe ship
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guides
  • 3 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Cruise Extensions

  • Prague Extension Enjoy a 3-night stay at the Hotel Grandium or similar from £400pp. Please contact us for more details

Special Features

  • EmeraldPLUS activities:
  • Traditional Bavarian band on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show
  • EmeraldActive excursions:
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour of Vienna
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill

Please contact us for the latest dates and prices

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