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Danube Explorer

8 Day
Between Passau and Budapest
Danube
From * £2,795
£2,295
Departing 22 April 2018
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Get set for an unforgettable journey on the iconic River Danube. Travelling between Passau and Budapest over eight wonderful days, you’ll encounter the majesty of Vienna and the scenic charms of the Wachau Valley.

The timeless Danube River twists and turns through the bulk of continental Europe, providing passage to an array of incredible destinations. Our Danube Explorer itinerary gives you the chance to experience one of the most dramatic portions of this mighty European waterway, travelling from Passau to Budapest via globally-renowned destinations like Linz, Melk and the Wachau Valley. The Danube stretches across the breadth of Austria, meandering through alpine vistas before descending to carve a course through the heart of the country’s elegant capital, Vienna. Your experience on the Danube begins amid the historic splendour of Passau, whose cobbled streets and elegant public arcades are prime for a fascinating walking tour. From here, you’ll travel east via Linz, arriving at Melk on the fourth day of your journey. This wonderful Austrian city boasts no shortage of heritage, and you can enjoy a tour of the 900-year-old Benedictine Palace or a guided hike to nearby Durnstein Castle. This is followed by two days spent exploring beautiful Vienna, before a visit to Budapest provides a wonderful conclusion to your tour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 1
UK > Passau
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.

You will be met and transferred from Munich Airport to Passau where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
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. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Linz

Austria’s third largest city is situated on either side of the Danube River. Your city tour takes in the impressive “Pestsäule”, the high column built to remember the victims of the bubonic plague epidemic of the 14th century, followed by the market squares. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Discover More: Tour to Hallein Salt Mines (extra expense) Please note, you can only choose either the Hallein Salt Mines Discover More or the Linz included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Melk - Durnstein

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 Durnstein OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
Discover More: Visit to Louisium (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Vienna

Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world–famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, 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
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Vienna

Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest.
Discover More: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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 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 dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Budapest > UK
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast
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