Day 1 | Highlights:
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. (Please ensure flights into Munich arrive prior to 2pm).
Day 2 | 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. During you leisure time in Passau, why not visit one of the traditional Christmas markets in town. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
Day 3 | Linz Highlights:
Austria’s third largest city is situated on either side of the Danube River. Your city tour takes in the impressive “Pestsäule”, the high column built to remember the victims of the bubonic plague epidemic of the 14th century, followed by the market squares. The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas markets will certainly attract you during your leisure time in the afternoon.
Discover More: Tour to Hallein Salt Mines (extra expense) Please note, you can only choose either the Hallein Salt Mines Discover More or the Linz included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time
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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
Discover More: Visit to Louisium (extra expense)
Day 5 | 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. After the tour, enjoy free time to sample the wonderful Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Day 6 | Vienna Highlights:
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.
Discover More: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)
Day 7 | 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 on Buda Hill. On your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street. This evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
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.