Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Romania's capital, Bucharest, it is a lively city full of history and life. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel. Included is a one night stay in Bucharest.
Day 2 | Bucharest – Giurgiu Embarkation Highlights:
Today in the morning, you will drive through the streets and boulevards of Bucharest in a guided city tour, which includes the enormous Palace of the Parliament; Europe's largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. After the tour, you will transfer from Bucharest to Giurgiu, where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.
Day 3 | Rousse – Arbanasi & Veliko Tarnovo Highlights:
Today your ship will cruise to Rousse, once at the port take a coach ride to town of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. Veliko Tarnovo, was the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the 'city of the Tsars'. Visit the historic town of Arbanasi perched on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River and lined with traditional houses. The town is known for its 17th and 18th century churches and many examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Tonight join your Captain for a welcome reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Choir Concert in Arbanasi
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Ivanovo Church
Day 4 | Vidin Highlights:
Today you will sail upstream and dock on the most Eastern town in Bulgaria, Vidin. In the afternoon, you will sail again through the narrow gorge between the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gates.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Belogradchik
Day 5 | Kostolac Highlights:
Today you will embark on an incredible journey to the first and biggest architectural archaeological excavation in Eastern Europe, the Viminacium Archaeological Excavation Site and Museum. This site was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its exceptional strategic importance was reflected both in the defence of the northern border of the Roman Empire and in turn of communications and commercial transactions.
EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Class Demonstration
Day 6 | Belgrade Highlights:
Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
Discover More: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show
Day 7 | Osijek Highlights:
Cruise into the border region of Croatia today, an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further upstream towards Hungary. Tonight join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
EmeraldPLUS: Local School Visit
Day 8 | Kalocsa - Budapest Highlights:
Arrive in Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. This morning visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Puszta Horse Farm
Day 9 | Budapest Highlights:
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city, and you will have the full day to spend at your leisure.
EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, complete with folk dancing and music
Day 10 | Budapest Highlights:
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 to Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
Day 11 | Bratislava Highlights:
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin.
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
Day 12 | Vienna Highlights:
Today you have a choice of either exploring 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. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense AND / OR Visit to Belvedere Museum (extra expense)
Day 13 | Durnstein - Melk Highlights:
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 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: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended) OR
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Durnstein to Melk
Day 14 | Passau Highlights:
Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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.
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense). Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg Discover More or the Passau included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time
Day 15 | Regensburg - Kelheim Highlights:
After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. 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 16 | Nuremberg Disembarkation Highlights:
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nuremberg airport. If flying out of Nuremberg, please book flight to depart after 1pm.