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Splendours of Europe on Emerald Sun 2021

Splendours of Europe on Emerald Sun 2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Sun
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Thu, May 20, 2021
Ends: Budapest, Hungary on Thu, Jun 03, 2021

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For new bookings 2021 European river cruises. 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 $250 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 savings on 8+ day itineraries. For 5-day itineraries, fly to Europe for $695, or save and $500 per person. Extended drink package: Splendours of Europe itineraries also receive a complimentary extended drink package including all house wines, beer and soft drinks daily, a maximum value of $225 per person. Drink packages are available until 11:00 p.m. daily or as dictated by the operating hours of the lounge/onboard facilities. Minibar is not included. Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125/pp and is applicable if guest needs to cancel or change a cruise for whatever reason the plan allows them to reallocate their non-refundable deposit for use towards an alternative future sailing. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferable, and only covers the cruise. Air deposits are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees such as hotels will be subtracted from your deposit amount. Early payment offer: Additional savings for new bookings only applies to 2021 Emerald Waterways bookings when paid in full within 14 days of booking or by August 31, 2020 only. Full payment must be made by the specified dates to obtain the corresponding savings. Not combinable with future travel credits or other full payment offers.

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, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube, Main, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, May 20, 2021): Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, a postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafés and innovative galleries that showcase contemporary art and the works of world-renowned artists, like van Gogh and Rembrandt.
You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and, after boarding, will enjoy some time to explore the narrow-cobbled streets and gabled houses of Amsterdam at leisure.
This evening, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner on board.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Fri, May 21, 2021): Amsterdam

This morning, you can decide to explore the Dutch Golden Age as you board a glass top canal boat cruise to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system or enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland.
Both excellent ways to experience the city in all its authenticity, take to its charming waterways, passing iconic buildings and elegant merchant’s residences that reflect a time when Amsterdam was one of the most lucrative ports in the world. If you are feeling more active, then explore on two wheels, cycling alongside a backdrop of historical villages and traditional windmills.
Upon returning to your ship, your first day of sailing will take you through the Dutch countryside to the Rhine River.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour to Waterland

Included Excursion
A canal cruise

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Guided tour of Haarlem (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Sat, May 22, 2021): Cologne

Founded by the Romans in 50 AD, the cathedral city of Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany and the largest on the Rhine. The historic capital of the Rhineland, this illustrious city has been generously peppered with ancient architecture, from Roman ruins to medieval structures, despite much of the inner city being completely destroyed during WWII.
Join your local guide and explore the city, including the Old Town with its beautiful squares, historic monuments and contemporary architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, whose filigree twin towers form an iconic part of the skyline. During your free time, shop for trinkets or explore further before returning to your ship.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Sun, May 23, 2021): Rüdesheim

Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we meander through the fairytale-like surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Hilltop castles and fortresses will be yours to admire as we sail.
We will pass the infamous Lorelai Rock, where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by an enchanting siren, and the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, a former stronghold.
This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town with a vibrant wine-growing heritage. You will have a choice of either riding on the Winzerexpress and visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum or, if you feel active, take an active walk through a local vineyard to explore this section of the Rheingau wine region.

EmeraldACTIVE
An active walk through the vineyards

Included Excursion
Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Mon, May 24, 2021): Miltenberg – Wertheim

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an inimitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the 15th-century half-timbered buildings.
On your included walking tour, stroll down cobblestone streets that are lined with these colourful houses and view the Gothic Merchant Hall, an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic.
Alternatively, enjoy an active walk through the forest to Mildenburg Castle. This iconic landmark was once lost to time and now houses a wonderful collection of contemporary art and old masters.

EmeraldACTIVE
An active walk to Mildenburg Castle

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Miltenberg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Tue, May 25, 2021): Würzburg

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg, is a centre for grape-growing, the product of the sloping vineyard-laden hills which surround the former capital of Franconia.
The architects behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different styles, including Viennese Baroque and secular features from Italy, but it was heavily damaged during WWII. Enjoy learning about how this impressive building was restored to its former glory with a guided tour.

Included Excursion
A tour of Würzburg and visit to the Bishop Residence

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A tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, May 26, 2021): Bamberg

This morning, relax on the Sun Deck with a drink in hand or witness the beauty of Europe’s waterways from the plush surrounds of your cabin as we cruise to Bamberg. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed town boasts one of the largest medieval centres in Europe, with around 2,400 listed buildings gracing its streets.
Feel the magic of the past as you explore the city with your local guide, marvelling at the opulence of the New Residence, once resided in by the prince bishops and now home to a plethora of old German and Baroque paintings from the Bavarian State collection. Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the Rose Garden.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Bamberg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, May 27, 2021): Nuremberg

Your included excursion today is a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg, touching on the architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries and exploring the effects that the war years had.
After your tour, enjoy time to explore Nuremberg at leisure, passing half-timbered houses that were beautifully reconstructed following the war.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Nuremberg

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A World War II tour with Courtroom visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Fri, May 28, 2021): Kelheim – Regensburg

This morning, you’ll sail the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. As you continue sailing down the Danube, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities welcomes you with two millennia of history.
For almost 150 years, the Old Town Hall was the seat of parliament and, dating back to the 13th century, it consists of the Town Hall Tower, the Imperial Chamber building and the Town Hall. Wander the streets with your guide as the romantic narrow alleys of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town enable you to live through the city’s history, in the present.
The main highlight of your tour will be the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a medieval structure crossing the Danube. Enjoy time to explore Regensburg at leisure after your guided tour or return to your Star-Ship.
Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band performance on board.

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A Bavarian band performance

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Regensburg

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Visit to a local brewery (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sat, May 29, 2021): Passau

Passau is a picturesque city that has been shaped by the surrounding rivers over the years, sitting right on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz. This memorable destination is dominated by large squares, magical promenades and romantic lanes.
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through streets lined by Baroque buildings dating back to the 17th century and look at the Gothic Town Hall, Bishop’s Residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to the largest church organ in Europe.
Return for lunch on board and an afternoon peacefully cruising along the Danube.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Passau

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A tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

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A tour to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sun, May 30, 2021): Melk – Dürnstein

Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, which is yours to explore today during an included tour. Your guide will take you through a series of opulent rooms, each adorned with the finest Italian Baroque architecture and ornate gold leaf walls, including the ancient monastic library, renowned for its extensive collection of medieval manuscripts.
Later, the Star-Ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein , one of the most enchanting villages in the Wachau wine region, where you can choose to hike to Dürnstein Castle, the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades.
Alternatively, enjoy an EmeraldACTIVE guided bike ride along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, passing famous vineyards and quaint towns before settling down for a picnic lunch on the riverbanks.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour along the Danube

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Included Excursion
A tour of Melk Abbey


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Mon, May 31, 2021): Vienna

Austria’s breath-taking capital is recognised for its cultural legacy. As the former residence of Mozart and Beethoven, a multitude of imperial palaces represent a rich history, and the museum district boasts contemporary buildings, housing the work of some of the world’s most prolific artists.
Explore the famous sights of the Ringstrasse and Vienna’s city centre by coach and on foot, or join a guided bike tour. Marvel at the Renaissance-style arches that adorn the faades of the Opera House, the Baroque Burgtheater and the Flemish Gothic Parliament before enjoying time to explore Vienna at leisure.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Vienna

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An exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

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A visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Tue, Jun 01, 2021): Bratislava

Set at the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a place where Baroque palaces, boutiques and cafés adorn cobblestone streets. In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the enchanting Old City or hike to Bratislava Castle.
Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city. Pass by the botanical gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace, the Old Town Hall and its delightful Renaissance courtyard and the Slovak National Theatre, where busts of famous composers adorn the façade. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. 
This afternoon, a local family will be happy to welcome you into their home for some great conversation over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

EmeraldPLUS
Coffee and cake with a local family

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Bratislava


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Wed, Jun 02, 2021): Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Divided by the iconic Danube River, Buda and Pest on either side can be reached via the Chain Bridge, one of the city’s most symbolic structures.
Enjoy a guided tour of the city with your local guide this morning. Alternatively, embark on a hike to Buda Hill, traversing winding cobblestone streets underneath the massive Baroque masterpiece that is Buda Castle. 
This evening, you will enjoy a Hungarian folklore show before your farewell dinner.

EmeraldPLUS
Traditional Hungarian folklore show

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike to Buda Hill

Included Excursion
A guided coach tour of Budapest

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Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

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Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Thu, Jun 03, 2021): Budapest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of the delightful Danube with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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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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