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Get set for an unforgettable journey on the iconic River Danube. Travelling between Passau and Budapest over eight days, you’ll encounter the majesty of Vienna and the scenic charms of the Wachau Valley.

The timeless Danube River twists and turns through the bulk of continental Europe, providing passage to an array of incredible destinations. Our Danube Explorer itinerary gives you the chance to experience one of the most dramatic portions of this mighty European waterway, travelling from Passau to Budapest via globally-renowned destinations like Linz, Melk and the Wachau Valley. The Danube stretches across the breadth of Austria, meandering through alpine vistas before descending to carve a course through the heart of the country’s elegant capital, Vienna. Your experience on the Danube begins amid the historic splendour of Passau, whose cobbled streets and elegant public arcades are prime for a fascinating walking tour. From here, you’ll travel east via Linz, arriving at Melk on the fourth day of your journey. This gem Austrian city boasts no shortage of heritage, and you can enjoy a tour of the 900-year-old Benedictine Palace or a guided hike to nearby Durnstein Castle. This follows two days spent exploring beautiful Vienna, before a visit to Budapest concludes your tour.

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Day 1

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 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. 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 - Dürnstein

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. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Duürnstein Castle

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
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.
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 Austria’ capital city. This evening, the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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