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Duration: 7 Nights
Destination: Europe
Deal Code: DC119CGX

 

 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Danube Delights :

An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.

This insightful itinerary crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.

Duration : 8 days

Travel Date : 22nd Oct 2022

Ship : Emerald Destiny

Emerald Cruises Selling price from £1,245 per person / Cabin : E - Emerald Stateroom

TOUR INCLUSIONS :

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES :

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald CruisesStar-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald CruisesCruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS :

  • A guided tour of Regensburg
  • A guided tour of Passau
  • A guided tour to Melk Abbey
  • A guided tour of Vienna
  • A walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS :

  • Traditional Bavarian band on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

EmeraldACTIVE :

  • Hike to Veste OberhausA guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • A hike to Buda Hill

DINING HIGHLIGHTS :

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

8 Day Itinerary :

Day 1 - Munich - Regensburg

Return economy flights from one of up to 16 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you.

Meals Included : Dinner

Day 2 - Regensburg

The medieval centre of Regensburg is yours to discover, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town as your local guide leads you down cobblestone streets and past historic patrician houses. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner & reception followed by traditional Bavarian band on board.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Passau

Today’s cruising will take you to the heart of Passau, where three of Europe’s main rivers converge in the shadows of the castle. Your guided tour of this illustrious city will unveil how it was rebuilt following fires in the 17th century. Italian architects left their mark with a scattering of Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Melk – Dürnstein

History is brought to life in the quaint village of Melk. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Benedictine abbey, stopping to admire beautiful relics in the museum and an extensive collection of ancient manuscripts in the library.

Afterwards, your Star-Ship will sail through the fascinating Wachau Valley, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, and on to Dürnstein. If you are feeling active, join a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle, a medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner.

Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before arriving where your Star-Ship is docked in Dürnstein.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Vienna

Welcome to Vienna. The “City of Dreams” was home to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Today, you can explore the capital with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the city. Soak in the opulent façades of the Vienna State Opera and City Hall before admiring the multi-coloured tiled roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Bratislava

A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and blocks that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as we sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting past, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace.

Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle and its idyllic Baroque gardens, offering the perfect backdrop to the Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months.

This afternoon, enjoy a home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your Farewell Dinner.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and touching on many of Budapest’s highlights, including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour showcases Matthias Church and panoramic views best admired from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Budapest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of a Viennese skyline and Baroque masterpieces with you. Your flight home in included in the price of your holiday, please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


 

Legendary Rhine & Moselle Roundtrip Frankfurt

Beginning in Mainz, you’ll sail to Wiesbaden, a spa town known for its mineral springs. Sail onwards to Rüdesheim in the Rheingau region and visit picturesque settings fit for TV and film sets. Marksburg Castle brings fairytale-like Koblenz to life, while the slopes of the Moselle Valley are yours to explore by bike in Cochem. Uncover Trier’s beautifully preserved Roman remains on a guided walk and, in Bernkastel, you’ll taste the town’s finest wines within a truly majestic surrounding.

Emerald Cruises Selling Price from £1,395 per person / E - Emerald Stateroom

Duration : 8 Days

Travel Date : 09th April 2022

Ship : Emerald Sky

TOUR INCLUSIONS :

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES :

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald CruisesCruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS : 

  • Walking tour of Wiesbaden
  • Visit to Eberbach Abbey
  • Visit to Marksburg Castle
  • Guided tour of Cochem
  • Guided tour of Trier
  • Walking tour of Bernkastel

EmeraldPLUS :

  • Cochem Castle visit with entertainment
  • Wine tasting in Bernkastel

EmeraldACTIVE :

  • Guided hike to Niederwalddenkmal
  • Guided bike tour in Cochem
  • Guided bike tour near Bernkastel

DINING HIGHLIGHTS :

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

8 Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Frankfurt – Mainz

Return economy flights from one of up to 16 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your award-winning Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Meals Included : Dinner

Day 2 - Wiesbaden

Famous for its mineral springs dating since Roman times, Wiesbaden resembles a 19th century resort. This morning our guided tour will pass by the Russian Chapel (Russian Orthodox) and you can enjoy the magnificent view over the city and Rhine valley. We will see some fine examples of Wilhemine Architecture (UNESCO Heritage) on the way to the Kochbrunnen where you can take a sip of hot water. The walking tour will take us to the Old Town, the Castle and the Kurhaus where we will board the coaches for the ride back to Wiesbaden.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Rüdesheim

Start your day with a visit to the Eberbach Abbey, offering you the opportunity to experience a journey with all of your senses. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries which lie in the Rheingau Region. Founded in 1136 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Burgundy) the monastery was one of the most active in Germany, and also boasted the largest vineyards in medieval Germany. As a major filming location of 1986 film 'In the Name of the Rose', adapted from Umberto Eco's thrilling novel with same name, Eberbach deserves a visit. Today the abbey continues to make exquisite wines and offers guided tours, enabling everyone to enjoy its history and architectural splendour. It also serves as a set for film and TV: the Season 5 trailers of Game of Thrones were filmed here.

Alternatively, enjoy a hike up the Niederwalddenkmal - a monument located in the Niederwald, near Rüdesheim am Rhein in Hesse, Germany. It overlooks the valley of the Rhine and was built in the 1870/80s to commemorate the Unification of Germany.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Koblenz

Wonderfully maintained inside and out, Marksburg Castle boasts a selection of typical interiors including the castle kitchen, knight’s hall, armoury, and even an inviting wine cellar. The attractive light-stoned walls of the castle are protected by an outer fortress. With a single tower peering over the turrets and castle walls, Marksburg Castle takes on the appearance of a fairy-tale monument, not unlike something found in a story from Brothers Grimm.

In the evening, enjoy a visit to the Imperial Castle in Cochem which stands majestically over the Mosel River valley, are an invitation for every history and culture enthusiast to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in one the highest hill castles on the Mosel River. Soaring over Cochem, this medieval castle was heavily damaged while in the possession of the electoral princes of Trier. However, it was restored in the neo-gothic style associated with German castle romanticism in the 19th century.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Cochem

Today, you will enjoy the enchanting town of Cochem during a guided walk through the numerous well-preserved sites of this quaint town, including the remains of the historic town wall with its old fortifications, the Town Hall and its many other gems.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Trier

In southwest Germany, near the Luxemburg border, the city of Trier is a hidden treasure often called the “Rome of the North”. During your guided tour, explore the ruins of the old city baths, once a hive of activity during ancient times, and the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Bernkastel

Dating back to 3000 BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Enjoy a guided walking tour, where you will have the opportunity to stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate. Or, take part in a guided bike tour of the area.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Bernkastel – Frankfurt

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Meals Included : Breakfast

 


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Our Flexible Booking Policy :

With our Flexible Booking Policy*, for new 2022 European River Cruises, 2022 & 2023 Southeast Asia River Cruises, and 2022 & 2023 Yacht Cruise bookings, you can defer your travel plans by transferring to an alternate departure date or itinerary or cancel up to 60 days prior to your cruise commencing with no Emerald Cruises (third party fees may apply).  For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months. This flexible booking and cancellation policy excludes Russia.

 

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