Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Nuremberg. Transfer to your Emerald Waterways luxury 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 Highlights:
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 see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board.
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)
Day 3 | Passau Highlights:
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: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) or Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense) guests on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau
Day 4 | Melk - Durnstein Highlights:
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. Emerald Active: Guided bike tour along the Danube River (active fitness level) or a guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended – actual hike).
Day 5 | Vienna Highlights:
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, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) and /or Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense) – please note that guests on this tour will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Vienna
Day 6 | Bratislava Highlights:
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: 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 Highlights:
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 and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges. EmeraldPLUS: enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
Day 8 | Budapest - Disembarkation Highlights:
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.