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Prague & Danube Delights

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Start your exploration of Europe’s cultural heart with a 3-day stay in the Czech Republic’s enigmatic capital, Prague, before setting sail on an unforgettable journey down the Danube. A recognised UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, Prague offers a dizzying mix of beautiful architecture, historical significance and a truly unique ambience. From Prague, you’ll be carried through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary atop the romantic Danube. You’ll explore ancient towns and cities, stopping at vibrant Passau, impressive Melk and incomparable Vienna along the way – uncovering Europe’s finest abbeys, palaces, landmarks and vineyards. Following Vienna, a stop in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, offers Emerald Waterways passengers the chance to enjoy an authentic slice of regional life, welcoming you into the home of a local family for afternoon tea.
 

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Day 1
UK > Prague

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.


On arrival at the airport in Prague, you’ll be met by a friendly Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your hotel and the start of your three night stay in Prague.

Day 2
Prague Sightseeing

This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and the Astronomical Clock. Walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle area. This evening we experience a night of dancing and entertainment at a Czech Highlight Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Prague Day at Leisure

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’ll no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look.

Discover More: Blatná Castle (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Prague – Nuremberg Embarkation

After breakfast, transfer by coach to your luxury river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. The city of Nuremberg is situated along the Main-Danube canal, an engineering masterpiece linking the rivers of Germany with the mighty Danube which flows from the Alps to the Black Sea. Some of the locks are as high as 25 metres, with only inches on each side, the navigation of them showcases the Captain's skill. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
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 and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board.

Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
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 (extra expense) or Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense) guests on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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. 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 8
Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. Today we explore 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.

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) and /or Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense) – please note that guests on this tour will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Vienna

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
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: 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 10
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 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. EmeraldPLUS: enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Budapest > UK
** 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.
Meals included: Breakfast
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