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8 Days
Availability : August 4, 2019
Budapest
Passau
Tour Details

AWARD-WINNING DELUXE EUROPE RIVER CRUISING

Cruising through the heart of Europe on an Emerald Waterways cruise is an unforgettable experience and we are excited to have Michael Bonacini Celebrity Chef onboard and hosting another cruise this  August 4, 2019 sailing the Danube River from Budapest to Passau. This is an exciting 8 day cruise that will take you through the heart of Europe with exciting ports to explore like Budapest, Vienna and Passua. Or small gems like Bratislava,  Dürnstein – Melk and Linz. From fine dining, boutique suites, 5 star service and fantastic daily excursions and tours,  you’ll love what is all included in the price of the cruise!

Prices starting at $5,305 per person plus INCLUDED round-trip airfare! Panorama Balcony Suite included, featuring larger suite with decked area and open-air balcony for you to enjoy the stunning scenery as you sail.

Departure Location

Budapest

End Location

Passau

Price Includes

  • Presentation on board by Michael Bonacini featuring local delicacies
  • Cocktail Party hosted by Michael Bonacini
  • Heated pool with retractable roof and cinema
  • Boutique style suites with our open-air balcony system
  • All on board meals at Reflections Restaurant
  • A selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Included shore excursions at every port
  • Cultural experiences with Emerald PLUS excursions
  • Biking and hiking tours with Emerald ACTIVE
  • Excellent English-speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary bicycles & WIFI
  • All airport transfers to and from your ship
  • Port taxes included in prices
  • Plus we even take care of all gratuities

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect

The captivating wonders and elegant cities of Austria play out beautifully on the Danube River. This 8-day river cruise between Budapest and Passau provides the perfect showcase — from Vienna to the Wachau Valley.

For those yearning to discover the beautiful alpine scenery and rich heritage cities of Austria, our Danube Explorer river cruise provides a timeless and elegant way to experience the country.

Flowing from west to east through Austria’s beautiful northern regions, the Danube provides effortless passage between historic towns and cities like Passau, Melk and Vienna, whilst highlighting the captivating beauty of the Wachau Valley.

Your journey begins in the east, in the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest, and sees you travel upstream into Austria, lingering for a two-day stay in Vienna to admire its collection of architectural wonders.

Then, you’ll travel deeper into Austria’s wild, alpine countryside, passing through the inimitable wine region of the Wachau Valley. Durnstein and Melk are next on your itinerary, and both provide an abundance of historic wonders, including the Benedictine Palace.

Your journey ends in Passau, where you can savour some of the most iconic baroque architecture in Europe.

  • See a traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Enjoy a guided bike tour of Vienna
  • Explore Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region
  • Visit Passau and stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Budapest

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 traditional Hungarian dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2Budapest

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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Vienna

Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, 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 will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Vienna

Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)
AND / OR
DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Dürnstein - 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 will 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Linz

Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Linz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Passau

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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Passau Disembarkation - Munich

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

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