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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.

Inclusions
  • Airfare to Budapest and return from Nuremberg
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald CruisesStar-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • 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
  • 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 Göttweig Abbey
      -Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
      -A walking tour of Bratislava
      -Guided coach tour of Budapest
      -EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian band on board
      -EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
      -EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian band on board
      -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to the Walhalla monument
      – EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to the River Inn
      -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
      -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Vienna
      -EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
      -EmeraldACTIVE: A hike to Buda Hill
  • Book by Dec 31: Reduced airfare and save $300 per couple! (price reflects discounts)
October 19, 2023 Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax
Emerald Stateroom $4040
Panorama Balcony Suite from $5030
Taxes & Fees $380
Prague Extension 3 nights add $665 per person

New Booking Only

Day 1 Fri, Oct 20 Budapest (D)
Welcome to Budapest, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, before enjoying time at leisure to explore the Hungarian capital.
This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner.

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Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

Day 2 Sat, Oct 21 Budapest (B,L,D)
Architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda to the west and Pest to the east, offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe. Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks.

EmeraldACTIVE
Hike to Buda Hill

Included Excursion
Guided coach tour of Budapest

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Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

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Jewish heritage tour ( extra expense)

Day 3 Sun, Oct 22 Bratislava (B,L,D)
This morning, relax on board as we sail to Bratislava. An ancient landscape awaits, where remarkable towers add to a skyline that perfectly encapsulates the history of the city, and preserved medieval fortifications tell tales of a turbulent past. Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city, as you soak in sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre.
If you are feeling more active, you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, offering the perfect environment for the Shakespeare festival that occurs during the summer months.
This afternoon, you will be invited into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over coffee and cake.

EmeraldPLUS
Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

EmeraldACTIVE
Hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
Walking tour of Bratislava

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Skoda tour of post-communist Bratislava (extra expense)

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Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

Day 4 Mon, Oct 23 Vienna (B,L,D)
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. The Austrian capital is an art-lovers dream and your guided tour will include a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide.
If you are feeling more active, then choose to explore on two wheels instead, cycling along the riverbanks before touching on Danube Island and Prater, the famous Viennese amusement park, home to the traditional 19th-century Ferris wheel.

EmeraldACTIVE
Guided bike tour in Vienna

Included Excursion
Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

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Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)

Day 5 Tue, Oct 24 Krems – Dürnstein (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey, a true treasure overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley. Visible from great distance, it is one of Austria’s most important Benedictine abbeys and attracts visitors from all over the world and provides epic panoramas.
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.
Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Krems to Dürnstein, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before arriving where your Star-Ship is docked in Dürnstein.
In the afternoon we arrive in Dürnstein; a small town nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. you will have the chance to hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, a place peppered with natural lookout points that highlight the beauty of the region.

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey

EmeraldACTIVE
Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle (extra expense)

EmeraldACTIVE
Guided bike tour along the Danube (extra expense)

Day 6 Wed, Oct 25 Engelhartszell – Passau (B,L,D)
After a morning of sailing along the Danube, we will take you into the heart of Passau. Nicknamed the Dreiflüssestadt, meaning the “the city of three rivers”, it is situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers.
Your included guided tour of Passau will unveil its noteworthy Gothic and Baroque architecture. Or, if you’re feeling active, you could join a bike tour along the River Inn, one of the three rivers converging in Passau.
After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore Passau at leisure, before an evening spent sailing towards Regensburg.

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Passau

EmeraldACTIVE
Guided bike tour along the River Inn

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Excursion to the Bavarian forest (extra expense)

Day Thu, Oct 26 Regensburg (B,L,D)
This morning we will arrive in Regensburg, a city built on the site of an ancient Roman fort. Your guided walking tour of Regensburg will showcase its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval centre, where narrow cobbled lanes and tall façades help to define the character of this enchanting Bavarian city.
Alternatively, you could join a bike tour to the Walhalla monument which towers high above the slopes of the Danube. From here you can enjoy a fascinating view of the surrounding landscape and the river.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board.

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Traditional Bavarian band on board

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Regensburg

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BMW factory behind the scenes (extra expense)

EmeraldACTIVE
BMW factory behind the scenes

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Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

Day 8 Fri, Oct 27 Regensburg Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Roman architecture and eclectic culture with you.

Please book your flight to depart out of Nuremberg after 12:00 PM.

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.

 

 

Day 1 Fri, Oct 27 Prague
Welcome to Prague, home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture from across the ages. Included is a comfortable three-night stay in the city.

Day 2 Sat, Oct 28 Prague (B)
This morning, join a walking tour of Prague to explore its vivid history through its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, with each style encapsulating a slice of the city’s past. Witness the splendour of Mozart’s Theatre, the Little Square and the Astronomical Clock, a medieval wonder that can be dated back to the start of the 15th century.

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Prague

EmeraldPLUS
Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace (extra expense)

Day 3 Sun, Oct 29 Prague (B)
Today is yours to spend exploring Prague at leisure, perhaps uncovering the secrets of Josefov, the Jewish Quarter and Malá Strana, one of the most historic regions in the city. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day and to answer any questions that you may have.

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Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

Day 4 Mon, Oct 30 Prague (B)
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and leave Prague’s idyllic centre for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of ancient wonders and idyllic panoramic views of UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas with you.

Flexible Booking Plan

Our Flexible Booking Plan has been introduced for complete peace of mind. We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed.
Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, up to 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months.
This plan is available to purchase for a wide range of destinations* for departures in 2022 and onwards.

*Excludes Russia Cruises. 
River Cruising Yacht Cruising
$125 $200
Terms and conditions:
  • Should you choose to defer or cancel your booking, the total monies paid to us (less third-party fees) will be applied as a Future Travel Credit which is valid for 24 months for you to use on an alternate tour/cruise.
  • If you do not re-book within 24 months, your FTC it will be forfeited.
  • Non-refundable. Non commissionable.
  • Excludes Russia cruising.
  • Not available to guests using COVID Future Travel Credits

Platinum Protection Plan

The Platinum Protection Plan (“PPP”) is available for new river and ocean cruising bookings for travel after 1 January 2022 for Scenic and Emerald Cruises (“Eligible Booking”). By adding this plan, you are covered if you unable to travel due to health reasons, or your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost), or a 70% refund between 15 and 30 days prior to departure (less PPP cost).

The PPP must be purchased together with the Eligible Booking at time such booking is made and may not be added at a later date. The PPP is provided at a cost of $395 per person per river cruise, $495 per person per cruise on Emerald Cruises yacht cruising and $595 per person per cruise on Scenic Eclipse voyages (“PPP Fee”).

The PPP is not available on Oberammergau, Amazon and Galapagos cruises or land tours and the PPP is also not available to new bookings using a Future Travel Credit.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287