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Danube Explorer 2018
(Budapest to Passau)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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  • Fly from $495 per person from select gateways or save $1,000 per couple off select 2018 Europe cruises. Plus, receive a premium drink package. Expires November 30. Click here for eligible departures.
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Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some discounts are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival 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. (Breakfast)
 
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 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 (extra expense)
 
Day 4 Vienna
Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)
 
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 bike tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk
 
Day 6 Linz
Austria’s third largest city is situated on either side of the Danube River. Your city tour takes in the impressive “Pestsäule”, the high column built to remember the victims of the bubonic plague epidemic of the 14th century, followed by the market squares. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Discover More: Tour to Hallein Salt Mines (extra expense and please note - you can only choose either the Hallein Salt Mines Discover More or the Passau included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time)
 
Day 7 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Emerald Active: Guided hike near Passau
 
Day 8 Passau Disembarkation - Munich
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich Airport. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 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 Passau
  • Guided Tour of Linz
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Budapest
EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided hike near Passau
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 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 Destiny
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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