Experience more of Europe’s most treasured destinations, beginning with a wonderful three-night city stay in the Czech capital of Prague and followed by an 8-day Danube river cruise. Natural beauty is plentiful, as this mighty waterway carves a course through the foothills of the Austrian Alps, journeying between four renowned capital cities, the esteemed Wachau Valley wine region and a string of other fascinating historic towns and cities, like Passau, Nuremberg, Melk and Dürnstein.
- 3 night pre or post cruise hotel in Prague
- 7 night river cruise aboard Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
- 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
- Excursions and guided tours
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Complimentary Bicycles on board (when available)
- All tipping and gratuities
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- Port taxes and charges
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- 20 delectable 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
- Guided tour of Passau
- Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey
- Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
- Walking tour of Bratislava
- Guided coach tour of Budapest
- Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting
- Traditional Bavarian band on board
- Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
- Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
- Guided bike tour to the Walhalla monument
- Guided bike tour along the River Inn
- Guided bike tour along the Danube River
- Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
- Guided bike tour in Vienna
- Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
- Hike to Buda Hill
Budapest to Prague (or in reverse)
Day 1 Budapest (D)
Welcome to Budapest, where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, before enjoying plenty of free time to explore the Hungarian capital at your leisure.
This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner.
Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.
Day 2 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’ll 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 Gellert Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama view of the Danube banks.
Hike to Gellert Hill
Guided coach tour of Budapest
Day 3 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 the sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre.
If you’re feeling more active, you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, which provides the perfect setting 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 more about their traditions and culture over coffee and cake.
Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family
Hike to Bratislava Castle
Walking tour of Bratislava
Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)
Carpathian wine route (extra expense)
Day 4 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-lover’s 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’re feeling more active, then you may opt 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.
Guided bike tour in Vienna
Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
Viennese evening concert (extra expense)
Day 5 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’s one of Austria’s most important Benedictine abbeys and attracts visitors from all over the world and provides epic panorama views.
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’ll 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.
Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey
Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
Guided bike tour along the Danube
Day 6 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’s 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. 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 your leisure, before spending an evening sailing blissfully towards Regensburg.
Guided tour of Passau
Guided bike tour along the River Inn
Visit to Schuetz Museum Engelhartszell (extra expense)
Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)
Day 7 Regensburg (B,L,D)
This morning, we 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 performance on board.
Traditional Bavarian band performance on board
Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting
Guided bike tour to the Walhalla monument
Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)
Day 8 Regensburg – Prague (B)
In Regensburg disembark your Star-Ship to be transferred 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 9 Nov 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. After passing through three castle courtyards, you will visit St. Vitus Cathedral, then we walk down the Castle steps with a wonderful view over the city of Prague and we continue to Charles Bridge which we cross to reach the Old Town of Prague. We finish the city sightseeing tour in front of the famous Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square.
A walking tour of Prague
Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace
Day 10 Nov 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.
Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)
Day 11 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.
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.
Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders may require an ETIAS visa waiver from late 2023 when traveling to the E.U.
United Kingdom passport holders do not require visas (excluding tours that feature Russia and Turkey, where guests are required to obtain a Visa).
Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice, Scenic recommends that you contact the relevant Consulates for the latest information regarding visa requirements.
Clients must make their own enquiries regarding safety warnings and government warnings in relation to the destinations they are travelling to. These change quite regularly and can be found through your local government travel advisory. Scenic can accept no responsibility for the actions of terrorism etc in certain locations. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further advice.