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Splendours of Europe River Cruise

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Between Amsterdam and Budapest
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Introducing our ultimate European river cruise; the Splendours of Europe cruise travels in style from Amsterdam to Budapest, spending 15 days traversing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Encounter amazing natural sights like the Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley and explore famous capital cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna and Budapest.There are also visits to more intimate destinations like Rüdesheim, Bamberg and Melk, where tours and excursions will introduce you to the lesser-known gems of the region. The carefully planned cruise navigates five of the continent’s nations atop three winding waterways – exploring hundreds of years of European history and culture. Observe the evolution of the continent with the architectural delights and cultural delights which have stood the test of time.

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Day 1
UK > Amsterdam

Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.


A warm welcome awaits you in the amazing city of Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your award winning ship, where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and unpack at your leisure.
 

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Amsterdam - Cruising

This morning board a glass top canal boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals, cruising past 16th century merchant houses and charming churches, dating back to Holland’s Golden Age. Also enjoy an orientation tour of Amsterdam or why not join Emerald Active for a city guided walking tour around the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. After lunch on board, depart on your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside, including canals, locks and windmills.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Cologne

Enjoy free time on board your ship before arriving into 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 with its beautiful squares and historical monuments. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship.

Discover More: Take a tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense & must be pre booked) with guided tour of Cologne afterwards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Rhine Gorge - 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’ll 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 at Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Enjoy a cable car ride up to the impressive Germania monument with stunning views of the Rhine Valley, then free time to shop for handicrafts or taste the famous Rudesheim ice coffee.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Miltenberg

Arrive into 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. Enjoy a guided tour of Miltenberg and free time, also an opportunity to join Emerald Active, with a guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level).

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. Then join our guide for a walking tour of Würzburg.

Discover More: Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town (extra expense) guests on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Bamberg

Relax on board this morning as we cruise through the Main-Danube Canal, 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

Your included choices today include a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The city tour leads you to the major sights, from the early beginnings to the present. Alternatively, journey to the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 and take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre. EmeraldPLUS: This evening enjoy a lecture given by your cruise director.

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’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. EmeraldPLUS: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Band on board.

Discover More: Local brauhaus excursion (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Passau

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.

Discover More: Tour to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (additional cost) guests on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau

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. Emerald Active: Guided bike tour along the Danube River (active fitness level) or a guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended – actual hike)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. Today we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schönbrunn Palace tour (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. EmeraldPLUS: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

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 Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This evening the ship will take you for a night-time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
Budapest > UK

After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.

** Please note - Our Discover More excursions are optional excursions that guests can book with their Cruise Director once on board. Further details of all our Discover More excursions and their costs are sent with guests documentation.
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