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Danube Delights River Cruise

Emerald Waterways
4.9 . Excellent
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
From: $ 1,945 $ 243 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Cruise along the Danube River by Emerald Star-Ships
  • Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Visit to Hofburg Imperial Palace
  • Discover Budapest

Short Description

As you cruise along one of Europe’s most romantic rivers, you leave behind busy western life and sail into a world that’s filled with authentic architecture and steeped in tradition. Our 8-day Nuremberg to Budapest cruise takes you on a journey of discovery into ‘Old Europe’, uncovering ancient Abbeys, beautiful palaces, and historic landmarks left in the wake of WWII. An invitation to a homehosted afternoon tea provides a truly authentic insight into Slovakian life and the chance to try traditional fare, while vibrant cities such as Vienna and Budapest fill your European exploration with trips to iconic sights and bustling city streets.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Nuremberg
End City Budapest

Trip Includes

  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Explore 10 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
  • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
  • Take a city tour of Bratislava
  • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

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Itinerary

Day 1: Nuremberg

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Nuremberg. Transfer to your river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. The city 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. Some of the locks are as high as 25 metres, with only inches on each side, the navigation of them showcases the Captain's skill. This evening enjoy your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Kelheim - Regensburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to stroll across one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. EmeraldPLUS: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Band on board.

Discover More: Danube Gorge Cruise and Weltenburg Abbey (additional cost)

Day 3: Passau

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Discover More: Enjoy a day tour to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound of Music’ and the birth place of Mozart; or Cesky Krumlov a UNESCO World Heritage site which has been preserved as an example of medieval life (additional cost)

Day 4: Melk - Durnstein

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Be guided through the artistic corridors by one of the local students for an insight into Abbey life. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley lined with medieval castles, 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. Stroll along the cobbled streets or perhaps join Emerald Active for a guided biking tour along the Danube River.

Day 5: Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. Today we explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. On foot your guide will take you through the grounds of the palace which once was home to over 1000 nobles. Pass the training stable of the Spanish Riding School into the centre of Vienna where St Stephen's Cathedral stands proud in the main square. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Vienna, perhaps try some chocolate cake and coffee that the city is famous for.

Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schonbrunn Palace tour (additional cost)

Day 6: Bratislava

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. EmeraldPLUS: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 7: Budapest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. Later, there is free time to visit the city markets or the famous thermal baths. 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.

Day 8: Disembarkation - Depart Budapest

Meals: Breakfast

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

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Danube Delights River Cruise

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Awesome!!! Best river cruise!

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We just completed a 15 day Amsterdam to Budapest cruise and it was really great. Our ship was spotless...with all the chrome and glass you can only imagine the amount of polishing to keep fingerprint free. Also, the baked Alaska was as good as any 5 star ocean cruise (probably as good as 6 star but I've never sailed on a 6 star ship). I highly recommend Emerald if you are thinking about a river cruise. By the way we were docked directly across from the Parliament building and the views at night were spectacular.
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Will Absolutely go again!

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Absolutely outstanding and fun crew on the Sun from Amsterdam to Budapest in mid-october! Very clean and comfortable ship and rooms. Cruise Director Patricia did a great job keeping us all informed of activities and details. Hotel Director Robert obviously loves his job as well as his staff, since they all always made us feel welcome. All the staff did a great job.
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Amazing Vacation!

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We sailed on the Emerald Dawn from Nuremberg to Budapest, beginning on Sept 24 and ending on Oct 1. What an amazing vacation! We enjoyed first class accommodations, gourmet meals, fantastic service, interesting excursions and delightful cruising. I can't really find a fault and would highly recommend Emerald to anyone looking for a relaxing, enjoyable way to visit Central Europe.
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Excellent cruises with Emerald Waterways.

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The best River Boat in Europe. I love the first one, now booked in 2017. I have been on five river boats, Emerald Waterways is the best. The cabins are the best , the food is excellent, the ports are great. It is a beautiful ship.Take your friends and have a great time you will want to go on more cruises with Emerald Waterways.
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Everything is very good

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We are presently on one of the cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Everything is very good. Great value for the cost. The crew is outstanding.

Emerald river ship was exceptional

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We enjoyed the Rhein River cruise very much. The food and service on the Emerald river ship was exceptional. We will go on Emerald again.

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Ship Name

Emerald Star-Ships

Ship Stats

Built: 2014

Length: 135 metres

Passengers: 182

Cabins: 92

Crew: 47

Ship Description

Emerald Star-Ships

Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Sun. 

On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect stylish and spacious ships, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you wouldn’t have expected is a brand new fleet, custom-built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Sun Deck

Sun Deck

Horizon Deck

Horizon Deck

Vista Deck

Vista Deck

Riviera Deck

Riviera Deck
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Optional Activities

EXTEND YOUR STAY IN NUREMBERG: $305

Highlights: 2 Nights

The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is filled with traditional half-timbered houses and Gothic churches. Once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg evokes its exalted past with imposing medieval Imperial Castle. Nuremberg was well known historically for its role in World War II, as both the site of Zeppelin Field's Nazi rallies and as the site of the war crimes trials at the Palace of Justice. Pricing is per person

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Notice. Cancellation notices must be issued to Emerald in writing during its regular office hours. Any changes to your tour departure date or name changes will be deemed a cancellation and the applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Fees. In the event of cancellation, you will be liable to pay Emerald cancellation fees calculated in accordance with the following table. Please note that in the event of cancellation you may also be obligated to pay cancellation fees to third parties including, without limitation, airlines.

NO. OF DAYS’ NOTICE PRIOR CANCELLATION CHARGE TO TOUR COMMENCEMENT (per person)

90 days and greater Loss of Tour Deposit

89-60 days 35% of Tour Price

59-30 days 50% of Tour Price

Less than 30 days 100% of Tour Price

Trip ID#:

DanDelEme

Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

7 Breakfast, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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