Delights of the Danube

8 Days
Nuremberg to Budapest
From (USD)
$ 2,895
Dates & Pricing

2021 Nuremberg > Budapest

This insightful itinerary crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ENUB
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Nuremberg
Return City:
Budapest

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Nuremberg

    Welcome to Nuremberg! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and, after boarding, will enjoy some time to explore the city and its architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries.
    This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Kelheim – Regensburg

    This morning, you’ll sail the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. As you continue sailing down the Danube, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities welcomes you with two millennia of history.
    For almost 150 years, the Old Town Hall was the seat of parliament and, dating back to the 13th century, it consists of the Town Hall Tower, the Imperial Chamber building and the Town Hall. Wander the streets with your guide as the romantic narrow alleys of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town enable you to live through the city’s history, in the present.
    The main highlight of your tour will be the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a medieval structure crossing the Danube. Enjoy time to explore Regensburg at leisure after your guided tour or return to your Star-Ship.
    Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band performance on board.

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    A Bavarian band performance

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Regensburg

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    Visit to a local brewery (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Passau

    Passau is a picturesque city that has been shaped by the surrounding rivers over the years, sitting right on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz. This memorable destination is dominated by large squares, magical promenades and romantic lanes.
    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through streets lined by Baroque buildings dating back to the 17th century and look at the Gothic Town Hall, Bishop’s Residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to the largest church organ in Europe.
    Return for lunch on board and an afternoon peacefully cruising along the Danube.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Passau

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    A tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

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    A tour to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Melk – Dürnstein

    Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, which is yours to explore today during an included tour. Your guide will take you through a series of opulent rooms, each adorned with the finest Italian Baroque architecture and ornate gold leaf walls, including the ancient monastic library, renowned for its extensive collection of medieval manuscripts.
    Later, the Star-Ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein , one of the most enchanting villages in the Wachau wine region, where you can choose to hike to Dürnstein Castle, the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades.
    Alternatively, enjoy an EmeraldACTIVE guided bike ride along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, passing famous vineyards and quaint towns before settling down for a picnic lunch on the riverbanks.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour along the Danube

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    A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Included Excursion

    A tour of Melk Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    Austria’s breath-taking capital is recognised for its cultural legacy. As the former residence of Mozart and Beethoven, a multitude of imperial palaces represent a rich history, and the museum district boasts contemporary buildings, housing the work of some of the world’s most prolific artists.
    Explore the famous sights of the Ringstrasse and Vienna’s city centre by coach and on foot, or join a guided bike tour. Marvel at the Renaissance-style arches that adorn the faades of the Opera House, the Baroque Burgtheater and the Flemish Gothic Parliament before enjoying time to explore Vienna at leisure.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Vienna

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    An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

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    A visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bratislava

    Set at the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a place where Baroque palaces, boutiques and cafés adorn cobblestone streets. In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the enchanting Old City or hike to Bratislava Castle.
    Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city. Pass by the botanical gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace, the Old Town Hall and its delightful Renaissance courtyard and the Slovak National Theatre, where busts of famous composers adorn the façade. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. 
    This afternoon, a local family will be happy to welcome you into their home for some great conversation over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Coffee and cake with a local family

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Divided by the iconic Danube River, Buda and Pest on either side can be reached via the Chain Bridge, one of the city’s most symbolic structures.
    Enjoy a guided tour of the city with your local guide this morning. Alternatively, embark on a hike to Buda Hill, traversing winding cobblestone streets underneath the massive Baroque masterpiece that is Buda Castle. 
    This evening, you will enjoy a Hungarian folklore show after your farewell dinner.

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    Traditional Hungarian folklore show

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    A hike to Buda Hill

    Included Excursion

    A guided coach tour of Budapest

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    Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of the delightful Danube with you.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    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 UNESCO World Heritage-listed Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Traditional Bavarian band performance on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Hungarian folklore show performance on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • A guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Hike to Buda Hill

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

Pricing & Availability