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Splendours of Europe 2018
(Budapest to Amsterdam)

15 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury 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. (Dinner)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
 
Day 2 Budapest
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
 
Day 4 Vienna
Today you have a choice of either exploring 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. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Guided bike Tour
 
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss AND / OR Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense and please note - passengers on the Palace tour will not be able to join the included Vienna tour)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended)
 
Emerald Active: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg OR Cesky Krumlov (extra expense and please note - you can only choose one Discover More as both tours run at the same time. Also note that passengers on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
 
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)
 
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. You will also get the chance see the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. Afterwards take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 10 Wurzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense and please note - passengers on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg as both tours run at the same time)
 
Day 11 Wertheim - Miltenberg
Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach 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. After your guided tour enjoy free time until the ship arrives. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level recommended)
 
Day 12 Rudesheim - Koblenz
After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike to a local winery. In your free time, continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Hike to Local Winery
 
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 Farewell Gala Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense and please note - passengers on this tour will have the guided tour of Cologne afterwards)
 
Day 14 Cruising - Amsterdam
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. For those on the canal cruise, afterwards continue with an orientation walk followed by free time, to visit some other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Guided Bike Tour
 
Day 15 Amsterdam Disembarkation
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Bratislava
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg
  • Guided Tour of Nuremberg
  • Guided Tour of Bamberg
  • Visit to Bishop’s Residenz in Wurzburg
  • Walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
  • Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
EmeraldPLUS
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour from Durnstein to Melk
  • Guided hike to Wertheim Castle
  • Guided hike to local winery in Rudesheim
  • Guided bike tour in Amsterdam
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 41 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Dawn, Emerald Destiny, Emerald Sky, Emerald Star or Emerald Sun 
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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