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Splendours of Europe
(Budapest to Amsterdam)

15 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred^ from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening join your fellow travellers for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music. (D)

Day 2 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 and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Bratislava
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Vienna
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, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna. (B,L,D)

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

Day 5 Durnstein - Melk
In the morning we arrive in 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. Thereafter you 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. Emerald Active: A guided biking tour along the Danube River (active fitness level). (B,L,D)

Day 6 Passau
Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Full Day Trips to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (additional cost)

Day 7 Regensburg - Kelheim
After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to see 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 8 Nuremberg
Your included choices today include a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The city tour leads you to the major sights, from the early beginnings to the present. Alternatively, journey to the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 and take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre. EmeraldPLUS: This evening enjoy an EU Lecture. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Bamberg
This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Würzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Würzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town (additional cost)

Day 11 Miltenberg
Travel to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. Take a guided tour of Miltenberg village or join Emerald Active: A guided hike up to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level). (B,L,D)

Day 12 Rudesheim - Koblenz
After breakfast arrive at Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Take the cable car up to the impressive Germania monument with stunning views of the Rhine Valley. Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We’ll pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000 year old town of Koblenz. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Cologne
The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Take a tour to Bruhl, famous for the Augustus Palace and Falkenlust (additional cost)

Day 14 Amsterdam
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This afternoon join a glass top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals or Emerald Active: take a guided walking tour around the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. You then have free time in the afternoon to visit the Rijks Museum or Van Gogh Museum, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Depart Amsterdam
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. (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
  • 14 nights on a luxury European river ship
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 15 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • In Amsterdam, take a canal boat cruise or a walking tour of the city centre
  • Take a walking tour of vibrant Cologne
  • In Rudesheim take the cable car to the Germania monument
  • Walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg or a guided hike in Wertheim
  • Absorb the sights of Würzburg on a tour
  • Take a tour of charming Bamberg
  • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Walk the cobblestone streets on a walking tour of Passau
  • Visit St. Stephens Cathedral – home to Europe’s largest church organ
  • 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
  • 41 superb meals including 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 13 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Traditional Hungarian Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Sun, Emerald Destiny or Emerald Dawn
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae 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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