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Splendours of Europe on Emerald Dawn 2021

Splendours of Europe on Emerald Dawn 2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Dawn
Starts: Budapest, Hungary on Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sat, Aug 28, 2021

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Book your 2021 Europe river cruise early and save $1,500 per couple on all 8+ day itineraries, or choose $295 international economy flights. Save an additional $800 per couple when you pay in full within 14 days of booking itineraries of 8 or more days and $300 per couple on 5-day itineraries. Enjoy peace of mind with Free Deposit Protection, allowing you to change to another cruise with no change fees before final payment. Plus, reduced $250pp deposit.
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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 $750 per person savings on 8+ day itineraries, and $500 per person on 5-day itineraries.

DiscorerMORE tours included: on 15-day itineraries, up to 7 included tours; on 8-day itineraries, up to 3 included tours; on 5-day itineraries, 2 included tours.

Deposit Protection Plan: Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125 per person 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. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER vouchers, referral vouchers and early payment offers. 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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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Sat, Aug 14, 2021

    Welcome to Budapest, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Eastern Europe. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the comfortable surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you.
    This evening, relax on board as you watch an authentic Hungarian folklore show and indulge in a dinner of traditional cuisine.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A traditional Hungarian folklore show


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Budapest
    Sun, Aug 15, 2021

    Budapest is a place of striking contrasts, with Buda on one side housing a generous scattering of the city’s elegant landmarks and Pest on the other encapsulating Budapest’s fascinating past. The two are separated by the mighty Danube, and you can explore them both by crossing the Chain Bridge, one of the most symbolic structures in the capital.
    Today, you will have the opportunity to discover the city’s history during a guided tour, including the Castle District, where sights of Buda Castle perched on top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the city are certain to delight. If you are feeling active, then you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill, following a maze of cobblestone streets to the massive Baroque masterpiece towering overhead. 

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Budapest

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Buda Hill


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Bratislava
    Mon, Aug 16, 2021

    Bordering Austria and Hungary, the Slovakian capital is yours to discover today. Wander down cobblestone streets and witness the sheer majesty of ornate Baroque palaces as you explore with a local guide, passing the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Town Hall and the picturesque gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure, perhaps perusing some of the quaint boutiques that line the streets.
    This afternoon, you will be welcomed into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion
    A walking tour of Bratislava


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Vienna
    Tue, Aug 17, 2021

    A wave of culture paves the way for life in the Austrian capital, where some of history’s most prestigious composers once walked the streets and found their inspiration, before taking to the opulent surrounds of the Vienna State Opera. Today, you will have the opportunity to pass iconic imperial palaces and a number of noteworthy buildings adorning the Ringstrasse, both by coach and on foot.
    Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour past idyllic riverbanks, monuments and lush parks before passing by Prater.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour 

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Vienna

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    A visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

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


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Dürnstein - Melk
    Wed, Aug 18, 2021

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle, perhaps stopping to imagine how it would have looked when it held Richard the Lionheart captive following the Third Crusade. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, passing noteworthy vineyards and settling down for lunch on the riverbanks.
    After visiting Dürnstein Castle, relax on the Sun Deck as you sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Melk, nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, including its ancient monastic library and medieval manuscripts, saved by the monks from fires in the 13th century.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour along the Danube

    Included Excursion
    A tour of Melk Abbey


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Passau
    Thu, Aug 19, 2021

    Sat on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is a postcard-worthy destination that has been shaped by the surrounding waterways. Maze-like romantic lanes weave through the city, opening up into large squares and magical promenades adorned with classical boutiques.
    This afternoon, join your local guide for a tour of Passau and discover a peppering of delightful Baroque buildings, some of which date back to the 17th century. Stop to admire the silhouette of the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress and witness St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home of the largest church organ in Europe. Later, return for an afternoon spent peacefully cruising through the heart of Europe.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Passau

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    A tour of Salzburg (extra expense)

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    A tour of Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Regensburg - Kelheim
    Fri, Aug 20, 2021

    After breakfast, set out on an exploration of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, where more than two millennia of history is yours to discover. Your local guide will lead you through the heart of Regensburg’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, once home to the seat of parliament. Delightful historic patrician houses line the streets, a visible testament to the area’s importance as a trading centre hundreds of years ago. 
    Later, return to your Star-Ship to sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing Kelheim as you make your way to Nuremberg. 

    EmeraldPLUS
    A Bavarian band performance on board

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Regensburg

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    Visit to a local brewery (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Nuremberg
    Sat, Aug 21, 2021

    Today, the historic city of Nuremberg is yours to explore during an included sightseeing tour, touching on the architectural wonders that have acted as an inspiration for famous artists from around the world for generations.
    After your guided tour, enjoy time to explore Nuremberg at leisure, passing idyllic houses that were lovingly reconstructed following the destruction of the war years.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Nuremberg

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    A World War II tour with Court room visit


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bamberg
    Sun, Aug 22, 2021

    This morning, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Bamberg awaits. Thousands of listed buildings can be found in the medieval town centre, an area bursting with character, charm and one of the best-preserved old quarters in Europe.
    Admire hundreds of ornamental façades as you explore the town with your local guide, passing the New Residence, a building that truly captures the opulence that was enjoyed by the prince bishops. Relax in the Rose Garden before witnessing the opulence of the medieval Altenburg Castle, overlooking the town.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Bamberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Würzburg
    Mon, Aug 23, 2021

    Set alongside the Main River, Würzburg offers a perfect introduction to the Romantic Road, one of Bavaria’s most popular tourism routes that links stunning medieval locations throughout the country. Your own charming journey of discovery will touch on the sloping vineyard-laden hills of one of the biggest wine-producing areas in Germany.
    Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence, perhaps stopping to admire the Viennese Baroque architecture and secular features from Italy. Your local guide will teach you about how the architects behind the Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different popular styles. After the tour, enjoy a guided walking tour of Würzburg, including the Gothic Marienkapelle and Town Hall.

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Würzburg & Visit to the Bishop Residenz

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    A tour of Rothenburg (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Wertheim - Miltenberg
    Tue, Aug 24, 2021

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to explore the medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim independently, perhaps stopping to admire the traditional craft that has put Wertheim on the map in a local museum. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg, a place that perfectly encapsulates traditional Bavarian life.
    Enjoy a guided tour of the village, as your local guide leads you down an intricate network of cobblestone streets, each adorned with colourful houses. Centuries ago, this area benefited from trade that was brought by river traffic, and that past affluence can still be seen today.
    Alternatively, embark on an active walk to Mildenburg Castle, where a wonderful collection of artworks can be found inside of a castle that was once little more than a set of ruins.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    An active walk to Mildenburg Castle

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Miltenberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Rüdesheim – Koblenz
    Wed, Aug 25, 2021

    Relax on your Star-Ship this morning until we reach Rüdesheim, a town with a rich history of viticulture. When you arrive, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum to see spectacular displays, including rare music boxes that have stood the test of time in a postcard-worthy building with a half-timbered façade. 
    Alternatively, enjoy an active walk through vineyards to see what makes this wine region so popular.
    After lunch, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge, perhaps standing on the Sun Deck and watching for the castles and fortresses that pepper the surrounding hilltops.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    An active walk through the vineyards

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Instrument Museum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Cologne
    Thu, Aug 26, 2021

    Cruise along the Rhine from Koblenz to Cologne this morning, where an illustrious 2,000-year-old history awaits. The Romans founded Cologne in 50 AD, and it is one of the oldest cities in the country. This status has granted it a number of ancient monuments, including Roman ruins and medieval structures.
    Enjoy a walking tour of the city today, as your local guide takes you through the Old Town, passing ancient bridges that survived the air raids of WWII, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral and its filigree twin towers, a recognisable aspect o the city’s skyline.
    This evening, your crew will be delighted to welcome you to your Farewell dinner.

    Included Excursion
    A guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Amsterdam
    Fri, Aug 27, 2021

    This morning, board a glass top canal boat cruise to venture down the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system that weaves across Amsterdam, passing elegant merchant’s residences that reflect the prosperity of the Dutch Golden Age, a time when Amsterdam was an important trading centre. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. 
    Alternatively, explore on two wheels, cycling from the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship to Waterland, passing a number of quintessentially Dutch villages and traditional windmills along the way.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion
    A canal cruise

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    Guided tour of Haarlem (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Depart Amsterdam
    Sat, Aug 28, 2021

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and depart the Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the postcard-worthy Rhine Gorge and idyllic Dutch countryside 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: Breakfast

Countries Visited

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Danube, Main, Rhine

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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.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

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Ratings based off 37 reviews about Emerald Waterways Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Although this is my first river cruise, so I cannot compare with other companies, I was very happy with Emerald with a few exceptions. They advertise that it is all inclusive and do offer several free tour options at each port, but that also sell Discovery options that are more money. We did 4 of those which increased the cost for 2 by $600. If you like to workout, forget the gym, which had one rowing machine, an exercise bike and some dumbbells with enough room for 3 people at most. The staff were all great, the food was very good and the itinerary was excellent. They have a small swimming pool and late night activities. Good diversity with most people from US, Canada, Australia and new Zealand.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.

Our third river cruise but found the baths on this particular ship to be very small. The crew, though, was excellent, especially the director!

This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.

Emerald provided a very memorable experience. Everything went according to plan. There were many activity options to pick from. The food and drink and staff were excellent. I liked the pool and bikes which gave us additional activities to enjoy, which Viking Cruises did not offer when I went on a previous river boat cruise with them 3 years ago.

I absolutely loved the cities and towns we visited. I met mant new friends on this trip. The staff were very friendly, professional and attentive to my needs.


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