Danube Delights

An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.

8 Days
Munich to Budapest
From (GBP)
£ 2,045
£ 1,445
Dates & Pricing

2019 Munich > Budapest

An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
From Bavaria to Budapest, join us for an 8-day river cruise on the River Danube. Travelling from Munich to the exquisite capital of Hungary, you’ll uncover the wonders of this majestic European river. Follow the weaving flow of the Danube between the southern German state of Bavaria to Budapest, a city of immense cultural contrast. Your journey begins on the famous Main-Danube Canal, where you’ll savour a warm Germanic welcome courtesy of a traditional Bavarian band. Crossing the border into Austria, visit beautiful Passau and join an enriching walking tour, taking in such sights as Oberhaus Fortress and St Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the largest church organ in Europe. Cruising through the dramatic Wachau Valley, cycle the Danube from Melk to Durnstein on an EmeraldACTIVE excursion, or take a hiking tour of Durnstein Castle. Vienna is the next stop, and here you can explore famous sights like the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. The Slovakian capital of Bratislava highlights the cultural complexity of the region, with Celtic, Slavic, and Roman architecture on display across the city. Budapest is your final call, and here you can experience a traditional Hungarian folk show and evening cruise, or an invigorating guided hike to the summit of Buda Hill.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWMB
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Munich
Return City:
Budapest

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 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Passau - Linz

    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.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - 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 the sights of the Vienna’s world-famous attractions 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

  6. Day 6 - 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. This evening, the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Bratislava castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. 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, enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner; Complete the evening with folk dancing and music performance on board.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    DiscoverMORE: Budapest Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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

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 of Regensburg
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Bratislava
  • Guided Tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian Band on board
  • Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided Hike to Bratislava Castle
  • A guided active walk to Buda Hill

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