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Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

21 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 Sightseeing
This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and the Astronomical Clock. After lunch we continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, and see the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle. Here we see Old Kings Palace and St. George´s Monastery. This evening we enjoy 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. 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)

Optional Tour: Blatná Castle (additional cost)

Day 4 Prague - Budapest Embarkation
This morning travel by coach from Prague to Budapest. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception followed by a night-time cruise along the Danube, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music. (B,D)

Day 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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 18 Disembarkation Amsterdam - Paris
After breakfast we journey by coach from Amsterdam to Paris.  This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink. (B)

Day 19 Paris
A sightseeing tour with a local guide takes you to see Notre Dame Cathedral famous for the tale of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame. See the Obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and drive along the elegant Champs Élysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the River Seine finishing at the Eiffel Tower. This tour will give you an excellent overview of the city. Our day is completed with a Parisian dinner. (B,D)

Day 20 Paris
Sightseeing is an endless pleasure in Paris, and your Tour Director is on hand to help you plan your day to explore the romance capital of the world. View the Mona Lisa at The Louvre or stroll the Champs Elysees. (B)

Optional Tour: Palace of Versailles and/or Lido Parisian cabaret (additional cost)

Day 21 Depart Paris
After breakfast you will be transferred to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your onward or home bound 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
  • Three nights in Prague
  • Three nights in Paris
 PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 17 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
  • Discover Paris’ famous sights during your tour, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera House and Champs Elysées
  • Discover the grandeur of Budapest on a guided city tour
  • Enjoy a city tour of Bratislava
  • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
  • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • Take a tour of charming Bamberg
  • Absorb the sights of Würzburg on a tour
  • Enjoy a walking tour of vibrant Cologne
  • Take a walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
  • In Rüdesheim take the cable car up to the Germania monument
  • In Amsterdam, take a canal boat cruise or included walking tour
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 49 superb meals including
  • 20 Full Breakfasts (FB), 13 Lunches (L), 13 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners (HD) Captains Welcome Reception and Hungarian Dinner Captains Gala 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 Belle 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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