Danube Explorer with Emerald

Overview

Danube Explorer with Emerald

Walk the cobblestone streets of medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

What's Included

  • Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Other regional departures available from only £49 per person return
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of a Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Captains Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Excursions

  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of Linz
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Budapest evening cruise

Hand Picked By

Simon De Burgh

An Emerald Waterways river cruise introduces the highlights of ocean cruising to the intimacy of Europe's waterways. Comfort and innovation combine on board their state-of-the-art Star-Ships, boasting an exciting variety of luxurious on-board amenities and inclusions. Their award-winning promise of Exceptional Emerald Value ensures your peace-of-mind, with everything you could need included in the price of your trip. From return flights, all transfers and on-board tips, to every thoughtful, chef-prepared meal and complimentary drinks served with lunch and dinner.

Simon De Burgh

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: April - October 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

Ship Overview

Emerald Destiny

Navigating the river Danube; the Emerald Destiny can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.

At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge. A contemporary, chic social space; the lounge is equipped with a comprehensively-stocked bar, skilled bartenders, help-yourself hot drinks facilities and a generous offering of plush seating and sofas. The Horizon Bar & Lounge is an ever-popular after-dinner retreat for guests looking to make new friends and share the day’s events with friends of old.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts the wonderful retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, this area of the ship is primed for relaxation when you’ve got a few upcoming hours of river navigation.

Emerald Destiny Profile

  • Built: 2017
  • Staterooms & Suites: 92
  • Length: 135m
  • Max. guests: 182
  • Crew: 47

Emerald Destiny Deck Plan

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Passau

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 a welcome 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.

Day 3: Linz

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 rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 4: Melk – Durnstein

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.

Day 5: Vienna

Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where you 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.

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.

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 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.

Day 8: Budapest – UK

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Additional Information

  • Departure Date: April - October 2021
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Highlights: Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

Cabin and Fares

Cabin TypeGuide PriceAdditional InfoCabinEnquire
StateroomFrom £1,970ppView Cabin

Stateroom

162 square feet

All cabins include a flat-screen TV, a table with two chairs, a bedside light and picture windows.

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View Cabin

Stateroom

162 square feet

All cabins include a flat-screen TV, a table with two chairs, a bedside light and picture windows.

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