When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.
After a relaxing night in your hotel, embark on a guided walking tour of Prague. Your local guide will introduce you to the lavish façade of Mozart's Theatre and the mechanical spectacle that is the medieval Astronomical Clock. Cross Charles Bridge to see vendors distributing their wares overlooking the Vltava and board a coach to be transferred to the Prague Castle area.
Included Excursion A guided tour of Prague
EmeraldPLUS Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace (B)
Your tour director will be available to help you plan a day of independent exploration today, perhaps strolling past ornate façades in the Baroque quarter or discovering Prague's Jewish heritage in Josefov.
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You'll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Passau this morning, to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. (B/D)
Today, you will gain a fascinating insight into the life of local Bavarian farmers during a visit to a farm, where you'll also be able to 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
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Today, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centres in Europe, with more than three hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th century St. Vitus' Church and a series of delightful Gothic façades, each taking you back to the Middle Ages.
EmeraldPLUS Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
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Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing some of the world's best wine-producing vineyards, before arriving in Melk. On your included tour today, walk the gold-leaf halls of Melk Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. When you arrive, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, you can stay in Melk and cycle to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region's viticulture.
EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour along the Danube
EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
Included Excursion Tour of Melk Abbey
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Discover the classical charms of Vienna today, as we take you through the heart of the city, pointing out all of the best cafés and artisan studios as you discover its imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on the Danube Island.
EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour in Vienna
Included Excursion Guided tour of Vienna
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Enjoy a short but tranquil sailing between Vienna and Bratislava, marvelling at the everchanging scenery of the Danube. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Its silhouette looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a fairytale. Alternatively, explore the city's historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.
EmeraldPLUS Local Slovakian entertainment on board
EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
Included Excursion Guided tour of Bratislava (B/L/D)
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, Budapest's 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. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.
EmeraldPLUS Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
EmeraldACTIVE Hike to Buda Hill
Included Excursion Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit
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After breakfast, it's time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities 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. (B)