Classic Prague & Danube Delights on Emerald Star 2020

Classic Prague & Danube Delights on Emerald Star 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Star
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Sun, May 17, 2020
Ends: Prague, Czech Republic on Wed, May 27, 2020

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For new bookings on 2020 itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Rhône rivers made by December 31, 2019. Air offers are only applicable to bookings made 61 or more days before departure, otherwise an air credit will apply. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due 6 months prior to departure for economy flights; $800 for premium economy. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways' choice of airlines and routes. Travelers who purchase their own air receive $1000 off per person on 7-14 day itineraries; $1500 off per person on 15+ day itineraries. Bookings in Horizon Deck categories receive an extra $250 per person savings. Offers are based on cruise days, and exclude land portions. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER and referral vouchers. Not combinable with group discounts. Taxes and port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, canceled or withdrawn at any time without notice.


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Czech, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sun, May 17, 2020): Budapest

Welcome to Budapest. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, before enjoying time at leisure to explore Budapest.
This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner. Later, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck for a memorable evening cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated façades of some of Hungary’s most iconic buildings and the delightful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle Quarter.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: A Budapest evening cruise


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Mon, May 18, 2020): Budapest

The ancient Roman city of Aquincum once sat on the site of modern Budapest, where architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda on the right and Pest on the left offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe.
Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a guided hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Budapest


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue, May 19, 2020): Bratislava

This morning, relax on board as we sail to Bratislava. An ancient landscape awaits, where remarkable towers add to a skyline that perfectly encapsulates the history of the city, and preserved medieval fortifications tell tales of a turbulent past. Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city, as you soak in sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre.
If you are feeling more active, then you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, offering the perfect environment for the Shakespeare festival that occurs during the summer months.
This afternoon, you will be invited into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over coffee and cake, before being welcomed to the Gala Dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Bratislava


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed, May 20, 2020): Vienna

Set on the banks of the Danube, Vienna has been considered to be Europe’s capital of music for centuries. Viennese Classicism is still highly regarded around the world, as the 18th century brought with it the First Viennese School, consisting of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Today, your local guide will take you for a drive around the world-famous Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Vienna, including a peppering of lavish Baroque mansions and the Vienna State Opera. If you are feeling more active, then choose to explore on two wheels instead, cycling along the riverbanks before touching on Danube Island and Prater, home to a traditional 19th-century Ferris wheel.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu, May 21, 2020): Dürnstein - Melk

This morning, arrive in Dürnstein; a small town nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. When you arrive, you will have the chance to hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, a place peppered with natural lookout points that highlight the beauty of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, traversing the banks of the Danube.
Later, sail through the Wachau Valley, a place that showcases a plethora of historic architecture, in the form of monasteries, castles and ruins, and the development of urban design through the ages. When you arrive in Melk, you will be taken for a tour of the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, touching on the lavish surrounds of the former palace and viewing ancient manuscripts in the monastic library.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour along the Danube from Dürnstein to Melk
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Melk Abbey


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri, May 22, 2020): Passau

After a morning of sailing along the Danube, perhaps relaxing with a drink in hand on the Sun Deck, we will take you into the heart of Passau. As the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet, Passau is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt, meaning the “City of Three Rivers”.
Your included guided tour of Passau will unveil its noteworthy Gothic and Baroque architecture. The town was destroyed by a series of fires in the 17th century, leaving a blank canvas for Italian architects to work with.
After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore Passau at leisure, before an afternoon spent sailing towards Regensburg.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (additional cost)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat, May 23, 2020): Regensburg

This morning, we will arrive in Regensburg, a city that has been generously steeped in history, built on the site of an ancient Roman fort that went on to become a major centre for trade during the Middle Ages. Your guided walking tour of Regensburg will showcase its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval centre, where ancient Roman architecture can be found sitting alongside 11th – 13th century patrician houses. Narrow cobbled lanes and tall façades help to define the character of this enchanting Bavarian city.
Afterwards, sail down the Main-Danube Canal, passing over a series of aqueducts as panoramas of idyllic landscapes pass by. This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Bavarian band on board
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Regensburg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun, May 24, 2020): Nuremberg - Prague

In Nuremberg, disembark your Star-Ship to be transferred to Prague, home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture from across the ages. Included is a comfortable three-night stay in the city.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Mon, May 25, 2020): Prague

This morning, join a walking tour of Prague to explore its vivid history through its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, with each style encapsulating a slice of the city’s past. Witness the splendour of Mozart’s Theatre, the Little Square and the Astronomical Clock, a medieval wonder that can be dated back to the start of the 15th century.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Prague
EmeraldPLUS: Local dinner with entertainment


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Tue, May 26, 2020): Prague

Today is yours to spend exploring Prague at leisure, perhaps uncovering the secrets of Josefov, the Jewish Quarter and Malá Strana, one of the most historic regions in the city. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day and to answer any questions that you may have.
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Wed, May 27, 2020): Prague

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and leave Prague’s idyllic centre for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of ancient wonders and idyllic panoramic views of UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Questions & Answers

Question: does your cost include tips and drinks

Emeralds offers free beer, wine and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner. Spirits and drinks not at meal times are not included. Tips are also included.

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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