Danube Explorer

Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

8 Days
Budapest to Passau
From (USD)
$ 3,895
Dates & Pricing

2019 Budapest > Passau

The Danube Explorer itinerary takes guests through the beautiful, quaint landscape of Central Europe. Embark on your Budapest, Linz, Passau and Vienna river cruise, taking in the stunning sights of these wonderfully historic, culturally diverse and vibrant destinations. Experience the lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Budapest as you witness the inspiring Hungarian Parliament Building, traditional Hungarian folk dancing and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Passau, reflect on the marvelous old quarter of Linz and visit the world-famous opera house of Vienna on your river cruise.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPA
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Passau

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Budapest

    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 for a traditional Hungarian 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Vienna

    Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)
    AND / OR
    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 we arrive in 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. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - Passau

    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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Passau Disembarkation - Munich

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich Airport.
    Flights departing out of Munich: Please book your flight to depart after 2pm.

    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 Vienna
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Linz
  • Guided Tour of Passau

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active walk to Buda Hill
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike near Passau

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

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