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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
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 £1345pp

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

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

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Save up to £1100pp on 2020 departures PLUS free Premium Drinks Package! Subject to availability. Pay in full by 31 Mar 2020 and receive a £250pp early payment discount. Prices shown do not include the early payment discount. Offers end 31 Mar 2020

Save up to £250pp on 2021 departures PLUS €200 per cabin on board credit! Subject to availability. Book by 30 Apr 2020. Pay in full by 31 Oct 2020 and receive a £125pp early payment discount. Prices shown do not include the early payment discount

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.

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Danube Explorer Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Budapest (Hungary)

Fly from the UK to Budapest and embark your ship. (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 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. Bratislava's romantic cobblestone lanes weave through the city and 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 legends. Enjoy local Slovakian entertainment on board. (B,L,D)

Day 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. There is an optional Tastes of Vienna tour and an exclusive optional Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Durnstein - Melk

Discover the enchanting village of Durnstein in the Wachau wine region and hike to the ruins of the castle. Then sail to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. There is the chance to cycle along the Danube. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Linz - Cesky Krumlov

Travel by coach to Cesky Krumlov for a guided tour of the winding streets. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Passau

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 - Passau - 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 3 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
  • Guided tour of Cesky Krumlov
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
  • EmeraldActive excursions:
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
  • Hike to Bratislava Castle
  • 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 1st - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £1445
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    • Jun 8th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £2095
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    • Jun 28th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £1445
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  • July
    • Jul 5th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £1345
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    • Jul 26th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £1345
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  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £1795
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 9th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2095
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2345 Brochure price from: £2495 Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3245 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3895 Brochure price from: £4545
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    • Apr 10th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2095
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2345 Brochure price from: £2495 Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3245 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3895 Brochure price from: £4545
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    • Apr 17th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2095
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2345 Brochure price from: £2495 Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3245 Brochure price from: £3345 Brochure price from: £3895 Brochure price from: £4545
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  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Sky From: £2295
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
      Brochure price from: £2545 Brochure price from: £2695 Brochure price from: £3195 Brochure price from: £3445 Brochure price from: £3545 Brochure price from: £4095 Brochure price from: £4745
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  • July
    • Jul 24th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2195
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
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    • Jul 31st - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2195
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
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  • August
    • Aug 20th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2195
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
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    • Aug 27th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2195
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    • Aug 29th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Luna From: £2195
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  • September
    • Sep 20th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2295
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    • Sep 27th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Destiny From: £2295
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  • October
    • Oct 1st - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2195
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    • Oct 8th - Passau to Budapest - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2195
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    • Oct 15th - Budapest to Passau - Sailing on: Emerald Star From: £2195
      Cat E Emerald Stateroom Cat D Emerald Stateroom Cat C Panorama Balcony Suite Cat B Panorama Balcony Suite Cat A Panorama Balcony Suite Cat S Grand Balcony Suite Cat SA Owner's Suite
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