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Classic Danube

8 Day
Between Vienna and Munich
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Centuries of history unfold on the banks of the Danube, making this 8-day river cruise between Vienna and Nuremberg one of the continent’s great river journeys. From Vienna, whose palatial Ringstrasse and Baroque highlights are yours to explore during a guided tour, to the traditional charms of Bavaria, an ancient region boasting such heritage cities as Nuremberg and Regensburg; the Danube provides the perfect introduction to Austria and Germany as you cruise its waters in luxury and comfort with Emerald Waterways.

Journeying northward on the Danube as it weaves from Vienna into the inimitable Wachau Valley, join an EmeraldACTIVE hike to the 12th-century castle of Dürnstein, and enjoy uninterrupted views of one of Europe’s finest beauty spots. Alternatively, explore the river bank as part of a half-day cycling tour from Dürnstein to Melk, with the famous Benedictine Abbey as your finishing point. Passing into Germany, marvel at the Baroque splendour of Passau, before travelling on to medieval Regensburg, a visit complemented by an EmeraldPLUS performance from a traditional Bavarian oompah band. The historic city of Nuremberg marks the end of your Danube journey, and here you’ll have free time to enjoy the city before transferring to Munich for your return flight home.

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Day 1

Welcome to Vienna, the city of Waltz. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Vienna

Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see some of Vienna’s world–famous sights such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Dürnstein - Melk

In the morning we arrive in 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. Thereafter you drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
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EmeraldACTIVE:
A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Linz

Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Passau

Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike around Passau Area

DiscoverMORE: Open Air Museum (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Bavarian Beer Evening (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Regensburg

After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. 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
EmeraldPLUS: Organ Concert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Nuremberg

Today, you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by the sights of the 900-year-old ramparts, the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other historical sights. Afterwards, take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Nuremberg Disembarkation - Munich

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to Munich Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast
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