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Danube Explorer on Emerald Star 2020

Danube Explorer on Emerald Star 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Star
Starts: Munich, Germany on Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Sun, Aug 09, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sun, Aug 02, 2020): Munich – Passau

Upon your arrival in Munich, you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Waterways representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Mon, Aug 03, 2020): Passau

The gateway to the Black Sea will be a memorable part of your river cruise along the mighty Danube, as Passau’s atmosphere effortlessly reflects the work that was undertaken in the city by Italian architects, who brought a little piece of Venice with them to Germany.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the ornate exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, perfectly mirroring the beautifully restored interior, and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, which comprises of an ensemble of eight historic patrician houses. Alternatively, set off on a guided hike around Passau, catching sights of the Mariahilf, a place of pilgrimage, and St. Severin, an ancient church that can be dated back to the Ottonian dynasty.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike near Passau
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue, Aug 04, 2020): Linz – Ceský Krumlov

Today, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centres in Europe, with more than three hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th-century St. Vitus’ Church and a series of delightful High Gothic façades, each taking you back to the heart of the Middle Ages.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed, Aug 05, 2020): Melk – Dürnstein

Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine and delightful apricot orchards before arriving in Melk.
During an included tour of Melk Abbey, gaze upon ornate gold leaf walls and walk up seemingly endless spiral staircases in what was once a royal palace, gifted to the monks by Leopold II. After your tour, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley. When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle.
When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, stay in Melk to cycle from Melk to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike ride along the Danube
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu, Aug 06, 2020): Vienna

Discover the classical charms of Vienna today, as we take you through the heart of the city, pointing out all of the best cafés and artisan studios as you discover its imperial grandeur. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre was once a fortified Roman frontier city, and a drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to architecture from across the last millennia.
Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Danube Island.  
EmeraldACTIVE: A bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri, Aug 07, 2020): Bratislava

Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital.

Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features.
Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Slovakian entertainment on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bratislava


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat, Aug 08, 2020): Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip through the heart of Europe awaits. Once the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, a true historic marvel, with bathhouses and homes with heated floors thanks to the surrounding hot springs. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre will enable you to follow the chapters of architecture through the ages as you set off on a coach tour of Budapest, passing Romanesque, Baroque and Classical façades.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board. As the city comes alive at dusk, set out on a night-time cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated attractions that line the riverbanks.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: A Budapest evening cruise
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
DiscoverMORE:Tour of Szentendre (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun, Aug 09, 2020): Budapest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Star


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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