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Danube Explorer

8 Day
Between Budapest and Passau
Danube
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The captivating wonders and elegant cities of Austria play out beautifully on the Danube River. This 8-day river cruise between Budapest and Passau provides the perfect showcase — from Vienna to the Wachau Valley.

For those yearning to discover the beautiful alpine scenery and rich heritage cities of Austria, our Danube Explorer river cruise provides a timeless and elegant way to experience the country.

Flowing from west to east through Austria’s beautiful northern regions, the Danube provides effortless passage between historic towns and cities like Passau, Melk and Vienna, whilst showcasing the captivating beauty of the Wachau Valley.

Your journey begins in the east, in the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest, and sees you travel upstream into Austria, lingering for a two-day stay in Vienna to admire its collection of architectural wonders.

Then, you’ll travel deeper into Austria’s wild, alpine countryside, passing through the inimitable wine region of the Wachau Valley. Durnstein and Melk are next on your itinerary, and both provide historic wonders aplenty, including the wonderful Benedictine Palace.

Your journey ends in beautiful Passau, where you can savour some of the most iconic baroque architecture in Europe. 

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* From price is for a 16 October 2018 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
UK > Budapest
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.

Welcome to Budapest! 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 Budapest. This evening join your fellow travellers for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
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 afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Vienna

Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city.
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Discover More: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Durnstein - 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 Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended) OR
EmeraldACTIVE:
A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
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. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the farewell dinner. 
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 7
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

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

Meals included: Breakfast
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