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Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

Package Includes
  • Return airfare to Munich and return from Budapest (or reverse)
  • Deluxe 7 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard Emerald Destiny, Sky or Star
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Prepaid gratuities

Book by March 31 Save $1000 and receive a free upgraded beverage package (price reflects savings)

Vancouver, Toronto
May 31, 2020 July 4, 2020
Stateroom
$4299 $4099
Balcony Suite $6049 $5199
Taxes and fees $826 $826
Kelowna, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton add from $300 per person
It’s Amazing What’s also Included:
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations with panoramic suites and staterooms
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with our EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald’s Concierge Service* – served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, predinner canapés and after dinner treats
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi

2019 Itinerary (2020 listed below)

Day 1 Sun, 20 Oct Arrival Munich – Passau (D)
You will be met and transferred from Munich Airport to Passau where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
Day 2 Mon, 21 Oct Passau (B,L,D)
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. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau
Day 3 Tue, 22 Oct Linz (B,L,D)
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.

Day 4 Wed, 23 Oct Melk – Dürnstein (B,L,D)
Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Duürnstein Castle
Day 5 Thu, 24 Oct Vienna (B,L,D)
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike TourDiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Day 6 Fri, 25 Oct Vienna (B,L,D)
Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city. This evening, the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

Day 7 Sat, 26 Oct Budapest (B,L,D)
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 evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and complete the evening with a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
Day 8 Sun, 27 Oct Budapest Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

2020 Itinerary

Day 1 Mon, 08 Jun Munich – Passau (D)
Upon your arrival in Munich, you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Waterways representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Day 2 Tue, 09 Jun Passau (B,L,D)
The gateway to the Black Sea will be a memorable part of your river cruise along the mighty Danube, as Passau’s atmosphere effortlessly reflects the work that was undertaken in the city by Italian architects, who brought a little piece of Venice with them to Germany.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the ornate exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, perfectly mirroring the beautifully restored interior, and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, which comprises of an ensemble of eight historic patrician houses. Alternatively, set off on a guided hike around Passau, catching sights of the Mariahilf, a place of pilgrimage, and St. Severin, an ancient church that can be dated back to the Ottonian dynasty.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike near Passau
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
Day 3 Wed, 10 Jun Linz – Ceský Krumlov (B,D)
Today, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centres in Europe, with more than three hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th-century St. Vitus’ Church and a series of delightful High Gothic façades, each taking you back to the heart of the Middle Ages.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
Day 4 Thu, 11 Jun Melk – Dürnstein (B,L,D)
Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine and delightful apricot orchards before arriving in Melk.
During an included tour of Melk Abbey, gaze upon ornate gold leaf walls and walk up seemingly endless spiral staircases in what was once a royal palace, gifted to the monks by Leopold II. After your tour, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley. When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle.
When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, stay in Melk to cycle from Melk to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike ride along the Danube
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey
Day 5 Fri, 12 Jun Vienna (B,L,D)
Discover the classical charms of Vienna today, as we take you through the heart of the city, pointing out all of the best cafés and artisan studios as you discover its imperial grandeur. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre was once a fortified Roman frontier city, and a drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to architecture from across the last millennia.
Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Danube Island.
EmeraldACTIVE: A bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Day 6 Sat, 13 Jun Bratislava (B,L,D)
Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital.

Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features.
Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Slovakian entertainment on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bratislava

Day 7 Sun, 14 Jun Budapest (B,L,D)
Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip through the heart of Europe awaits. Once the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, a true historic marvel, with bathhouses and homes with heated floors thanks to the surrounding hot springs. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre will enable you to follow the chapters of architecture through the ages as you set off on a coach tour of Budapest, passing Romanesque, Baroque and Classical façades.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board. As the city comes alive at dusk, set out on a night-time cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated attractions that line the riverbanks.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: A Budapest evening cruise
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
DiscoverMORE:Tour of Szentendre (extra expense)
Day 8 Mon, 15 Jun Budapest (B)
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 apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities with you.

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