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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

River Danube Explorer

Discover the captivating wonders and elegant cities of Austria on this delightful 7-night cruise along the Danube river from Budapest to Passau. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1095pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Durnstein, Wachau Valley
  • Linz
  • Melk Abbey, Austria
  • Passau, Germany
  • Upper Belvedere Palace, Vienna
  • St Stephens Cathedral, Vienna

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Save £1000pp on 20 Oct 2019 departure! Subject to availability

Save £450pp PLUS free Premium Drinks Package and €150 OBC per cabin! Applies to 2020 departures. Book by 31 Oct 2019. Subject to availability. £125pp Early Payment Discount when paying in full by 31 Dec 2019. Prices shown do not include this discount

No single supplement! Applies to selected cabin categories on 20 Oct 2019 departure. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer

River Danube Explorer Special Offer

Enjoy a Hungarian Folk Dance and music performance and discover the highlights of Budapest before cruising to the vibrant city of Vienna. Spend two days exploring Austria's capital; see world-famous attractions such as St Stephens Cathedral and enjoy a leisurely drive along the Ringstrasse.

In the enchanting village of Durnstein, witness the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned and journey through the beautiful landscapes to the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk. Here you can admire Austria's finest Italian Baroque architecture.

Uncover the eventful history of Linz which is often reflected in the city's stunning architecture then head to the German town of Passau. Stroll through picturesque cobblestone streets and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress or perhaps enjoy a guided hike.

EM183 Operated by Emerald Waterways

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Danube Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark your ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a traditional Hungarian dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board and evening cruise. (D)

Day 2 - Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. (B, L, D)

Days 3-4 - Vienna (Austria)

In the lovely city of Vienna, perhaps enjoy a drive along the Ringstrasse, where you will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. The following day, explore Vienna at leisure. There is an optional excursion to Bratislava and an exclusive optional Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss. Please note: On the 2020 reverse itinerary, there is only one day in Vienna. The following day is spent in Bratislava with a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, guided tour of Bratislava and local Slovakian entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

Discover the enchanting village of Durnstein in the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Then, enjoy a drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. There are two EmeraldActive excursions - a guided bike tour along the Danube from Melk to Durnstein, and a guided hike to Durnstein Castle. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Linz

Enjoy a guided tour of the lively city of Linz which has an eventful history reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. Then spend time at leisure discovering the marvellous old quarter. There is an alternative optional excursion to Salzburg. On the 2020 reverse itinerary, there is a tour of Cesky Krumlov today. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Passau (Germany)

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Alternatively, enjoy a guided hike. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Munich - UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise on Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Return flights from up to 15 UK regional airports
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • Up to 4 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • Up to 6 EmeraldACTIVE 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
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & 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

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Special Features

  • EmeraldPLUS activities:
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Guided tour of Cesky Krumlov (2020 reverse itinerary only)
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board (2020 reverse itinerary only)
  • EmeraldActive excursions:
  • Active walk to Buda Hill
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durstein
  • Guided hike near Passau
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 20th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £1095
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      Brochure price from: £2095 Brochure price from: £2245 Brochure price from: £2745 Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3645 Brochure price from: £4295
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 28th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £1795
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      Brochure price from: £2245 Brochure price from: £2395 Brochure price from: £2895 Brochure price from: £3145 Brochure price from: £3245 Brochure price from: £3795 Brochure price from: £4445
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  • June
    • Jun 1st - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £2095
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    • Jun 8th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £2095
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    • Jun 28th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £2095
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  • July
    • Jul 5th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £1995
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    • Jul 26th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £1995
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      Brochure price from: £2445 Brochure price from: £2595 Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3445 Brochure price from: £3995 Brochure price from: £4645
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  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Ships From: £1995
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      Brochure price from: £2445 Brochure price from: £2595 Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3445 Brochure price from: £3995 Brochure price from: £4645
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