Classic Danube

Beginning in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, this 8-day Classic Danube itinerary offers a trip through Germany's military past, the medieval city of Regensburg and an immersive experience in Austria.

8 Days
Munich to Vienna
From (GBP)
£ 2,545
£ 1,745
Dates & Pricing

2019 Munich > Vienna

Beginning in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, this 8-day Classic Danube itinerary offers a trip through Germany's military past, the medieval city of Regensburg and an immersive experience in Austria.
Linking elegant cities and beautiful landscapes, this 8-day river cruise between Nuremberg and Vienna is a classic European passage beloved by generations of travellers. Your journey starts in Nuremberg, where a tour showcases the city’s historic highlights, from the 900-year-old medieval city walls to the Nazi rally grounds. From here you’ll pass through traditional Germanic countryside to reach Regensburg, a medieval city whose cobblestoned streets lead to landmarks of arresting heritage, and a collection of the oldest bridges on the Danube. Weaving steadily towards the Austrian border, Passau enthrals with its Baroque highlights and imposing hilltop Oberhaus Fortress, yours to discover during an included tour of Passau. As you travel into the Wachau Valley region of northern Austria, enjoy a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle or a guided biking tour along the river bank, taking in the beauty of Melk Abbey. Then you’ll head to Vienna, the capital of classical music, and here you can enjoy a guided tour of the Ringstrasse, home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Spanish Riding School, Burgtheater and the Opera House. Your time on-board concludes with a special farewell dinner, giving you time to raise a toast to the memorable highlights of the Danube.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWMV
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Munich
Return City:
Vienna

8 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
    OR
    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 > 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

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 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

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour Nuremberg
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Linz
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Organ Concert in Regensburg

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability