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Journey along the mighty Danube River and through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant, and influential cities

  • Airfare to Prague and return from Budapest (or in reverse)
  • 3 night pre-cruise hotel in Prague with breakfast
  • 9 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 24 superb meals on board the ship, including 9 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 8 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 on board the ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • Book by Oct 31: Reduced airfare and FREE Land Package! (price reflects discount)
2024 Departures Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax
April 9, 15 or 27 from $5149
May 3, Aug 7, 13 from $5649
October 10, 16 from $5549
Taxes & Fees $625

New Bookings Only – Full payment is required upon booking
Flights from other Canadian airports will incur surcharges.
Promotion is subject to change without notice.

Dining Highlights:
  • 24 delectable meals including 9 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
Included Excursions
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit
  • EmeraldPLUS:
    • Bavarian brunch
    • Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
    • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
    • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
    • Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest
  • EmeraldACTIVE:
    • Hike to Veste Oberhaus
    • Hike in Weissenkirchen
    • Guided bike tour along the Danube River
    • Guidedike tour in Vienna
    • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    • Hike to Buda Hill

Munich to Budapest (or in reverse)
Tour Map

Day 1 Munich-Passau (D)

Welcome to Munich, where you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Cruises representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship in Passau. A warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew, and this evening, you’ll join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Please book your flight to arrive into Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

Day 2 Passau (B,L,D)

Today, you’ll sample homemade specialities and explore the customs and traditions of Bavarian agriculture during a visit to a local farm. Alternatively, you can set off on a hike, soaking up views such as the hilltop church of Mariahilf and the ancient St. Severin, dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.

Hike to Veste Oberhaus

Bavarian brunch

Bavaria Live (extra expense)

Day 3 Linz – Ceský Krumlov (B,D)

Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, 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 Gothic façades, each taking you back to the Middle Ages.

Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

Linzer torte making workshop (extra expense)

Day 4  Melk – Weissenkirchen (B,L,D)

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube River en-route to Melk. Here, you’ll explore the golden halls of Melk Abbey on today’s included tour.

Afterwards, you’ll have the choice to sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, or if you’re feeling active cycle from Melk along the Danube River, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.

Guided bike tour along the Danube

Hike in Weissenkirchen with activity manager

Included Excursion
Tour of Melk Abbey

Vineyard hike & wine tasting in Weissenkirchen (extra expense)

Day 5 Vienna (B,L,D)

Discover the classical charms of Vienna as we take you through the city. Uncover the cafés, artisan studios and baroque majesty of Vienna’s imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstraße will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Donauinsel, the Danube Island.

Guided bike tour in Vienna

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Vienna

Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

Day 6  Vienna- Bratislava (B,L,D)

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Vienna before sailing on to Bratislava, marvelling at the ever-changing scenery of the Danube. Explore the city’s historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is within walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the fairy tale-like Bratislava Castle.

Local Slovakian entertainment on board

Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Bratislava

Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

Day 7 Budapest (B,L,D)

This morning, relax on board your Star-Ship while we sail from Slovakia to Hungary. In Budapest, an exciting program awaits you. As you sail into this magnificent city, it becomes immediately apparent why the Hungarian capital is known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. Venture into the city independently or make use of our on board bikes to explore Budapest’s hidden treasures.

Later, return to your Star-Ship to sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing Kelheim as you make your way to Nuremberg.

Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

Budapest by Night (extra expense)

Day 8 Budapest (B,L,D)

Today, explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian capital’s culinary scene, finishing at the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapest’s largest and most expansive indoor market, where you’ll have time to explore independently.

If you’re feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways of the area around Buda Castle. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.

Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

Included Excursion
Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit

Hike to Buda Hill

Jewish heritage tour (extra expense)

Day 9 Budapest (B,L,D)

On your last full day in Budapest, we invite you to a special dinner and a traditional folklore show for a truly immersive local experience. This is a great chance to bid farewell to your fellow travellers before going home.

Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest

Hungarian Bath Experience (extra expense)

Retro tour of post-Communist Budapest (extra expense)

Day 10 Budapest (B)

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests. Disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities 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.


Complimentary Land Package: Prague ($1600 savings per couple!)

Day 1: Prague
When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.

Day 2: Prague (B)
After a relaxing night in your hotel, embark on a guided walking tour of Prague. 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.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Prague

Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace

Day 3: Prague (B)
Your tour director will be available to help you plan a day of independent exploration today, perhaps strolling past ornate façades in the Baroque quarter or discovering Prague’s Jewish heritage in Josefov.

Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

Day 4: Prague – Passau (B/D)
Today, transfer to your contemporary Star-Ship in Passau. A warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew, and this evening, you’ll join your fellow guests for dinner on board.


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.

Visa Requirements

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.


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 contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287