From Budapest to Prague, and at every stop between, you're taken back in time to ‘Old Europe', uncovering ancient abbeys, beautiful palaces, and historic landmarks left in the wake of WWII. For a truly authentic insight into Slovakian life, you're welcomed into the home of a local family for afternoon tea, while the iconic sights and bustling city streets of Vienna and Budapest perfectly showcase Europe's vibrant modern culture. Your journey of discovery continues to the beautiful city of Prague - the historical pearl of Europe. A truly deserving UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site, the city's center brings to life its rich history with a wealth of monuments, amazing architecture, musical masterpieces and nostalgic atmosphere.
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Tour Name: Delights of the Danube River Cruise & Prague
Day 1 Arrive Budapest (D)
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred* from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening join your fellow travellers for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner complete with folk dancing and music.
Day 2 Budapest (B,L,D)
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 afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
Day 3 Bratislava (B,L,D)
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: The highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family.
Day 4 Vienna (B,L,D)
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. Then you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
Optional Tour: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schonbrunn Palace tour (additional expense)
Day 5 Dürnstein - Melk (B,L,D)
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. Emerald Active: A guided biking tour along the Danube River.
Day 6 Passau (B,L,D)
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.
Optional Tour: Full Day Trips to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov (additional expense)
Day 7 Regensburg - Kelheim (B,L,D)
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: Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian band on board.
Optional Tour: Danube Gorge Cruise and Weltenburg Abbey (additional expense)
Day 8 Disembarkation Nuremberg - Prague (B)
After breakfast we journey by coach to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this artistic city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture.
Three Night Stay: Prague
Day 9 Prague Sightseeing (B,D)
This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and the Astronomical Clock. After lunch we continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, and see the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle. Here we see Old Kings Palace and St. George´s Monastery. This evening we enjoy a night of dancing and entertainment at a Czech Highlight Dinner in a local tavern.
Day 10 Prague Day at Leisure (B)
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look.
Optional Tour Blatná Castle (additional expense)
Day 11 Depart Prague (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred* to Prague International Airport for your onward or home bound flight.
*Transfers included for those using Emerald Waterways's Air Program