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Classic Prague and Danube Delights
(Prague to Budapest)

11 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Prague
Welcome to Prague, one of Europe’s magical cities. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this beautiful city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. You will be met at Prague International Airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.
 
Day 2 Prague
This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle. Here we see Old Kings Palace, St. George´s Monastery, The National Gallery painting exhibition and Golden Lane (Golden Lane extra expense). This evening we experience a night of dancing and entertainment at a Czech Highlight Dinner in a local tavern. (B,D)
 
Day 3 Prague at Leisure
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look. (B,D)

Optional Tour: Blatná Castle (additional cost)

 Day 4 Prague - Nuremberg Embarkation
Transfer by coach to Nuremberg to your river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. The city is situated along the Main–Danube canal, an engineering masterpiece linking the rivers of Germany with the mighty Danube which flows from the Alps to the Black Sea. Some of the locks are as high as 25 metres, with only inches on each side, the navigation of them showcases the Captain's skill. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board. (B,D)  
 
Day 5 Kelheim - Regensburg
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to stroll across one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. EmeraldPLUS: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Band on board. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Danube Gorge Cruise and Weltenburg Abbey (additional cost)

 Day 6 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. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Enjoy a day tour to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound of Music’ and the birth place of Mozart; or Cesky Krumlov a UNESCO World Heritage site which has been preserved as an example of medieval life (additional cost)

Day 7 Melk - Durnstein
Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Be guided through the artistic corridors by one of the local students for an insight into Abbey life. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley lined with medieval castles, and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of 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. Stroll along the cobbled streets or perhaps join Emerald Active for a guided biking tour along the Danube River. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8 Vienna
Welcome to Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. Today we explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. On foot your guide will take you through the grounds of the palace which once was home to over 1000 nobles. Pass the training stable of the Spanish Riding School into the centre of Vienna where St Stephen's Cathedral stands proud in the main square. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Vienna, perhaps try some chocolate cake and coffee that the city is famous for. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schonbrunn Palace tour (additional cost)

 Day 9 Bratislava  
Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. EmeraldPLUS: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)
 
 Day 10 Budapest  
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. Later, there is free time to visit the city markets or the famous thermal baths. This evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music. (B,L,D)
 
Day 11 Depart Budapest
After breakfast, it’s time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
SUPERB SERVICES
  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • Stay three nights in Prague
  • 7nights on a luxury European river ship
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 10 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Tour Prague, visiting 1,000 year-old Hradcany Castle courtyard, Charles Bridge, the Old Market Square and the famous Astronomical Clock (Prague guests only)
  • Witness the Changing of the Guard in Prague Castle District
  • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
  • Take a city tour of Bratislava
  • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Destiny, or Emerald Sun
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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