First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!

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

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.

Travelers Also Viewed All similar trips
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Danube River
Ship Name
  • Emerald Star-Ships

Emerald Waterways Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

5.0 out of 5
Excellent 3 Great 0 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 0
5.0 Guide
5.0 Activities
5.0 Lodging
5.0 Transportation
5.0 Meals
Danube Delights River Cruise

No reviews yet for this trip. Browse other reviews below for Emerald Waterways.



Awesome!!! Best river cruise! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
Read more

Operator Emerald Waterways



Will Absolutely go again! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.
Read more

Operator Emerald Waterways



Would highly recommend August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had an excellent 15 day cruise Amsterdam-Budapest on Emerald Sun May 30-June 13, 2015. The staff, the food, the cabin, the amenities on board exceeded expectations. The tours covered the right amount of history and important landmarks and highlights at each city/town. And we had enough free time at each port. Simona, our Cruise Director is extremely good at her job. Very personable, hardworking and engaging. She represents Emerald Waterways very well. Even though this boat was only launched in April 2015 , everything ran smoothly from the guests' perspective and the staff seemed to get along extremely well having only worked together for a short time. They all worked extremely hard at keeping all the guests happy. Would highly recommend Emerald Waterways.
Read more

Operator Emerald Waterways


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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,945

Price Per Day:

$ 243 per day
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
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
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
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Optional Activities


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

Meals Included:

7 Breakfast, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
End City
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.


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

Great Choice!

You can access members-only savings of up to $700 on over 6,000 Stride Select trips.

Sign in to see trip eligibility

Provide email and password

With your FREE membership you get to:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
Already a member?

We respect your privacy and take great care to protect your information. By joining you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Tours & Operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

  • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
  • Outside, The New York Times