Classic Danube & Budapest

Taking in three countries, two celebrated European capitals and a string of captivating heritage towns brimming with historic and cultural wonders.

10 Days
Munich to Budapest
From (GBP)
£ 3,570
£ 2,970
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2019 Munich > Budapest

Taking in three countries, two celebrated European capitals and a string of captivating heritage towns brimming with historic and cultural wonders.
Taking in three countries, two celebrated European capitals and a string of captivating heritage towns brimming with historic and cultural wonders; our Classic Danube & Budapest river cruise and city stay is a wonderfully insightful continental getaway. Join us on-board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and relax as you’re transported from Germany to Austria via dazzling medieval settlements, alpine vistas and elegant Vienna, where your waterborne journey ends. From here, you’re transported by coach to the stunning Hungarian capital of Budapest, where cultural discovery and exploration are guaranteed during an enriching two-night city break – the perfect way to end this momentous voyage through the heart of Europe. Begin in the heritage-rich lands of the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, where medieval cities such as Nuremberg and Regensburg offer much in the way of cultural sightseeing – from the sobering Nazi rally grounds and WWII Documentation Centre to Regensburg Cathedral, The Walhalla and the Palais Thurn und Taxis. From here, you’ll venture south to the graceful streets of Passau, before crossing the Austrian border to visit Linz, Melk Abbey and the captivating Wachau Valley, where you can enjoy an enlivening EmeraldACTIVE riverside cycling experience. The commanding boulevards of Vienna are next, and here you’ll marvel at the Ringstrasse and its fabled architectural highlights, from Burgtheater to Hofburg Imperial Palace. From Austria to Hungary via a region of spectacular beauty, your two-night Budapest city break begins, and with it the start of your love affair with the great queen of the Danube.
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10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Munich – Nuremberg

    Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

    Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to Nuremberg to embark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. 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.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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

  3. Day 3 - Regensburg

    This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. 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

  4. Day 4 - 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike around Passau Area

    DiscoverMORE: Open Air Museum (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE: Bavarian Beer Evening (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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

  6. Day 6 - 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Vienna

    Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent 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. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vienna Disembarkation – Budapest

    After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer by coach to the vibrant city of Budapest. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, passing by like the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. Included is a two-night stay in Budapest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Budapest

    Take the day to enjoy this lively and exciting city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Budapest > UK

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

    Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Guided Tour Nuremberg
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Linz
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Budapest

  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Organ Concert in Regensburg

  • Guided Hike around Passau Area
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna

  • 23 superb meals including 9 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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