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
Budapest to Munich
From (GBP)
£ 1,895
£ 1,395
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Munich

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.
Travel from the vibrant city of Budapest in eastern Europe to the heart of Bavaria on the Danube River. Our 8-day Danube Delights river cruise introduces three capital cities, a string of charming heritage towns, and a wealth of natural beauty – for an unforgettable European adventure. Budapest is the liveliest and most beautiful city in Eastern Europe. Your day begins with a guided tour of the city’s main heritage highlights, including the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building. Those feeling active can hike to the summit of Buda Hill, and enjoy stunning views of the city. From one capital to another; welcome to Bratislava, the largest city in Slovakia. Offering a blend of architectural styles – from Roman to Celtic – Bratislava is a pleasure to explore on foot, with Mirbach Palace and the Gothic St Martin cathedral providing an architectural showcase. Emerald Waterways guests are invited to enjoy home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family – for an authentic slice of local life. Austria provides countless opportunities for cultural immersion, both in the elegant capital of Vienna and the stunning heritage cities of Melk and Passau. EmeraldACTIVE excursions allow you to hike to the battlements of Durnstein Castle, or enjoy an unforgettable cycling tour on the banks of the river.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWMB
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Munich

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK - Budapest

    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.

    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 with a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. 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 active walk to Buda Hill

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Bratislava

    This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

    In the morning you will arrive in Dürnstein, one of the Wachau wine region’s most enchanting villages and home to the medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades in the 12th century. Those feeling more active can join a guided hike to this historic landmark, before returning to the ship to sail through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Melk.  Alternatively, join a guided bike tour along the Danube River to Melk, where your Star-Ship will be docked. The 11th century Austrian city is home to an imposing 900–year-old Benedictine Abbey, a fine example of Italian Baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial corridor and fresco ceilings.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Passau

    Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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.

    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

  7. Day 7 - Regensburg

    After breakfast, we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. 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

  8. Day 8 - Nuremberg - Munich - UK

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer from Nuremberg to Munich 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 Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Bratislava
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Regensburg

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

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

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