Danube Delights

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River View
$3,802
Balcony
$4,955
Suite
$6,326
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
8 Days
 Cruise Starts
Budapest
 Cruise Finishes
Munich
8 Day Danube Delights Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Hungary Slovakia Austria Germany
River Ship
Departures
Passengers
180
Crew
51
Launched
2022
Cruise Code
EWMB-2

Overview

This insightful itinerary crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.

Itinerary

Welcome to Budapest. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, before enjoying time at leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner. EmeraldPLUS A traditional Hungarian folklore show (D)

The ancient Roman city of Aquincum once sat on the site of modern Budapest, where architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda on the right and Pest on the left offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe.

Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks. EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Buda Hill Included Excursion A guided tour of Budapest (B/L/D)

This morning, relax on board as we sail to Bratislava. An ancient landscape awaits, where remarkable towers add to a skyline that perfectly encapsulates the history of the city, and preserved medieval fortifications tell tales of a turbulent past. Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city, as you soak in sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre.

If you are feeling more active, then you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, offering the perfect environment for the Shakespeare festival that occurs during the summer months. This afternoon, you will be invited into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over coffee and cake. EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Bratislava Castle Included Excursion A walking tour of Bratislava (B/L/D)

Set on the banks of the Danube, Vienna has been considered to be Europe’s capital of music for centuries. Viennese Classicism is still highly regarded around the world, as the 18th century brought with it the First Viennese School, consisting of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today, your local guide will take you for a drive around the world-famous Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Vienna, including a peppering of lavish Baroque mansions and the Vienna State Opera.

If you are feeling more active, then choose to explore on two wheels instead, cycling along the riverbanks before touching on Danube Island and Prater, home to a traditional 19th-century Ferris wheel. EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike tour Included Excursion A guided tour of Vienna DiscoverMORE An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) DiscoverMORE Tastes of Vienna (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, arrive in Dürnstein; a small town nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. When you arrive, you will have the chance to hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, a place peppered with natural lookout points that highlight the beauty of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, traversing the banks of the Danube.

Later, sail through the Wachau Valley, a place that showcases a plethora of historic architecture, in the form of monasteries, castles and ruins, and the development of urban design through the ages. When you arrive in Melk, you will be taken for a tour of the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, touching on the lavish surrounds of the former palace and viewing ancient manuscripts in the monastic library. EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike tour along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk Included Excursion A visit to Melk Abbey (B/L/D)

After a morning of sailing along the Danube, perhaps relaxing with a drink in hand on the Sun Deck, we will take you into the heart of Passau. As the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet, Passau is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt, meaning the “City of Three Rivers”. Your included guided tour of Passau will unveil its noteworthy Gothic and Baroque architecture.

The town was destroyed by a series of fires in the 17th century, leaving a blank canvas for Italian architects to work with. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore Passau at leisure, before an afternoon spent sailing towards Regensburg. Included Excursion A guided tour of Passau EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Veste Oberhaus DiscoverMORE Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, we will arrive in Regensburg, a city that has been generously steeped in history, built on the site of an ancient Roman fort that went on to become a major centre for trade during the Middle Ages. Your guided walking tour of Regensburg will showcase its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval centre, where ancient Roman architecture can be found sitting alongside 11th – 13th century patrician houses. Narrow cobbled lanes and tall façades help to define the character of this enchanting Bavarian city.

Afterwards, sail down the Main-Danube Canal, passing over a series of aqueducts as panoramas of idyllic landscapes pass by. This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board. EmeraldPLUS A traditional Bavarian band on board Included Excursion A guided tour of Regensburg (B/L/D)

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 Roman architecture and the cultural divide in Budapest 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 note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change. (B)

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Friday 20 Oct 2023
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Monday 30 Oct 2023
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Monday 15 May 2023
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Sunday 21 May 2023
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Saturday 17 Jun 2023
Saturday 24 Jun 2023
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Friday 30 Jun 2023
Friday 07 Jul 2023
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Balcony
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Suite
$12,876View Cabins
Saturday 01 Jul 2023
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Monday 24 Jul 2023
Monday 31 Jul 2023
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Sunday 27 Aug 2023
Sunday 03 Sep 2023
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Balcony
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Suite
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Friday 08 Sep 2023
Friday 15 Sep 2023
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$5,460View Cabins
Balcony
$10,408View Cabins
Suite
$12,876View Cabins
Monday 18 Sep 2023
Monday 25 Sep 2023
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Friday 20 Oct 2023
Friday 27 Oct 2023
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Monday 30 Oct 2023
Monday 06 Nov 2023
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