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Treasures of the Danube 2018
(Bucharest to Nuremberg)

16 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival Bucharest
Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel. Included is a one night stay in Bucharest. (D)
 
Day 2 Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation
Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. (B,D)
 
Day 3 Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo
Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra valley and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight join your Captain for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
Emerald Active: Hike to Ivanovo Church
 
Day 4 Vidin
Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates. (B,L,D)
 
Emerald Active: Hike to Belogradchik
 
Day 5 Kostolac
Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration
 
Day 6 Belgrade
Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral. (B,L,D)
 
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
Emerald Active: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show
 
Day 7 Osijek
Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further upstream towards Hungary. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
 
Day 8 Kalocsa - Budapest
Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
 
Day 9 Budapest
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city, and you will have the full day to spend at your leisure. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, complete with folk dancing and music
 
Day 10 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. (B,L,D)
 
Emerald Active: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
 
Day 11 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. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
 
Day 12 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. (B,L,D)
 
Emerald Active: Guided bike Tour
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense AND / OR Visit to Belvedere Museum (extra expense)
 
Day 13 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. (B,L,D)
 
Emerald Active: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended)
Emerald Active: A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk
 
Day 14 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)
 
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense, please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg Discover More or the Passau included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time)
 
Day 15 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. (B,L,D)
 
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)
 
Day 16 Nuremberg Disembarkation
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nuremberg airport. (B)
Tour Map
All This Included
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 18 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Guided walking tour of Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Walk the cobblestone streets on a walking tour of Passau
  • 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
  • Enjoy a Puszta Horse Show in Hungary
  • Take a city tour of Belgrade
  • Cruise through the Iron Gates
  • Visit the hilltop villages of Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi
  • City tour of Bucharest
YOU’RE INVITED
  • Traditional Bavarian Band and dancing
  • Home hosted afternoon tea with a Slovakian family
  • Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • EU Lecture on board
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 42 superb meals including 15 Full Breakfasts (FB), 12 Lunches (L), 15 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Traditional Hungarian Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Sky
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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