Lower Danube Waltz

Tour Vienna's main attractions, before enjoying a guided tour of Budapest. Sail to the Hungarian-Croatian border and join a Croatian family for lunch, whilst Belgrade reveals Serbia's hidden gems.

8 Days
Vienna to Belgrade
From (GBP)
£ 2,495
£ 1,695
Dates & Pricing

2019 Vienna > Belgrade

Tour Vienna's main attractions, before enjoying a guided tour of Budapest. Sail to the Hungarian-Croatian border and join a Croatian family for lunch, whilst Belgrade reveals Serbia's hidden gems.
Waltz through the heartland of Europe on the timeless passage of the Danube, slipping between the elegant capitals of Vienna and Budapest and on to the enigmatic reaches of eastern Europe. This 8-day river cruise whisks you through four diverse countries, introducing cultural highlights from traditional Hungarian folk music and dance, to the burgeoning viticulture of Croatia and the sprawling heritage of Serbia – immersing you in experiences not regularly experienced by the ordinary traveller. Vienna is the starting point for this Danube River journey, and here you can enjoy iconic sights such as the Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Imperial Palace during an included city tour. Venturing out of Austria, you’ll reach the great Hungarian capital of Budapest, where a day of sightseeing reveals cultural treasures including Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge. From Budapest, the Danube takes you eastward into Croatia, where you’ll sample wine in the town of Pécs before enjoying a home-hosted lunch with a local family in Osijek. Soon after, Croatia gives way to Serbia and the town of Novi Sad, where you’ll enjoy historic highlights such as Stari Grad and the Petrovaradin Fortress. The country’s capital, Belgrade, marks your final port of call, and here you can enjoy a performance of Serbian folklore with EmeraldPLUS – the perfect way to end this fascinating journey across the continent.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWVB
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Vienna
Return City:
Belgrade

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK – Vienna

    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 Vienna, the capital of classical music, embark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Vienna

    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 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise 

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Szentendre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mohacs - Pécs

    Today you will sail to the Hungarian border with Croatia to visit the picturesque town of Pécs. This town was founded by the Romans and it is known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, which features frescoed tombsm, the Vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square and the domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim.

    DiscoverMORE: Villány Wine Tasting Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Osijek

    Osijek is an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Novi Sad

    Novi Sad located northeast of Serbia, is consider a hidden gem on the banks of the Danube River. Across the river is the old quarter, Stari Grad, site of the Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church and the neo-Renaissance City Hall.

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Sremski Karlovci (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Belgrade

    Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Belgrade – UK

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to 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 Vienna
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided tour of Pecs
  • Guided Tour of Osijek
  • Guided Tour of Novi Sad
  • City tour of Belgrade

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Meet students from the Local Village
  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike Tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
  • Guided Bike Tour in Belgrade

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

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