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Splendours of Europe & Prague

18 Day
Between Amsterdam and Prague
Rhine, Danube, Main
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As if journeying the breadth of the continent wasn’t memorable enough, we’ve combined our extraordinary Splendours of Europe river cruise with a three-day city break in Prague – affording you yet more opportunity for cultural enrichment and wonder. Your journey begins in Amsterdam, where you can enjoy a guided bike tour of the city’s heritage highlights or stroll the canals and indulge in the famed Dutch café culture. Striking out on the iconic passage of the Rhine, tour the momentous German city of Cologne, marvelling at the towering spires of the Kölner Dom, before slipping through the spectacular Rhine Gorge whose terraced slopes are the perfect place for a guided vineyard hike with EmeraldACTIVE.

Leaving the course of the Rhine for the quiet Main, stray into the ancient destinations of Wertheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg, where medieval heritage is brought to life by knowledgeable and inspiring local guides. Soon, you’ll reach Austria and the spectacular Wachau Valley, before exploring the elegant architecture of Vienna, the first of a trio of stops in capitals along the Danube, including Bratislava and Budapest, whose exquisite cityscape promises to be one of the great highlights of your trip. From Budapest, you’re transferred by coach to Prague to begin your three-day city break, which includes a guided walking tour and a local dinner with after-meal entertainment.

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* From price is for a 22 July 2019 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1

Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. 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 Amsterdam. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Amsterdam Cruising

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cologne

Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)
OR
DiscoverMORE:
Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Rüdesheim

Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring, and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.
EmeraldACTIVE:  Guided hike through vineyards

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Miltenberg - Wertheim

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Würzburg

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Bamberg

Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Nuremberg

Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights.

DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Kelheim - Regensburg

This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour, you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Passau - Linz

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. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Melk - Dürnstein

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
OR
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of the Vienna’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)
AND / or
DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
Bratislava

Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldPLUS: Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
Budapest

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 farewell dinner, then 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

DiscoverMORE: Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Budapest Disembarkation - Prague

After breakfast, be transferred by coach from Budapest to Prague. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this beautiful city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Included is a three-night stay in Prague.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16
Prague

This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Dinner with Entertainment

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Prague

Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look.

DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia  (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Prague - Farewell

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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