Danube Explorer

Resort: Danube Explorer
Operator: Emerald Waterways
Destination: Austria
Price From: £1695.00

Overview

This 8 day cruise from Munich to Budapest along the Danube river will take you to some of the most beautiful places in Germany, Austria and Hungary.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Munich – Passau

You will be met and transferred from Munich Airport to Passau where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Passau

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this mornings walking tour, stroll through the old towns narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephens Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europes largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Linz

Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Melk – Drnstein

Situated within Austrias winegrowing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austrias 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 Drnstein, 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 Drnstein
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Vienna

Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austrias capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Viennas worldfamous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, 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

Day 6 – Vienna

Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austrias capital city. This evening, the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captains Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europes 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 dinner, and complete the evening with a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Budapest Disembarkation

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

Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

Meals Included: Breakfast

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