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Treasures of the Danube on Emerald Sun 2021

From Bucharest, Romania to Nuremberg, Germany
Length: 16 Days - Departs: Wed, Jun 09, 2021
Departure
Jun 09, 2021
Arrival
Jun 24, 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 $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 Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Bucharest
    Wed, Jun 09, 2021

    When you arrive in Bucharest, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your perfectly situated hotel, including a one-night stay in Bucharest.
    Welcome to the “Paris of the East”. The centre of Bucharest perfectly encapsulates a distinctive Parisian atmosphere, with wide avenues adorned by famous landmarks and quaint leafy boulevards that cross the city.

  2. Day 2
    Bucharest - Giurgiu
    Thu, Jun 10, 2021

    After enjoying the plush surrounds of your hotel this morning, you will get the opportunity to learn about some of Bucharest’s most iconic highlights during your guided drive around the city, including a visit to the Spring Palace, before enjoying some time to explore the leafy boulevards at leisure.
    After your insightful tour, you will be transferred from Bucharest to Giurgiu, on the banks of the Danube, where a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Included Excursion
    A guided drive through Bucharest


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi
    Fri, Jun 11, 2021

    Today, you will have the opportunity to learn about Bulgarian history as you explore the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire with your local guide, an ancient city that was strategically positioned overlooking the surrounding area. On your included tour, you will have the opportunity to traverse its cobbled streets and witness its medieval fortifications.
    Afterwards, you will be taken to neighbouring Arbanasi, situated overlooking the Yantra River, a tributary of the Danube that is known for its many scenic gorges. Your local guide will enable you to explore the past, as your tour touches on a number of traditional houses and ancient churches.
    If you would prefer to do something more active, then you could instead choose to embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, known for their famous 14th-century frescoes.
    Tonight, your crew will welcome you back on board for a welcome reception and dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A choir concert in Arbanasi

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Hike to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

    Included Excursion
    A tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Vidin
    Sat, Jun 12, 2021

    Viticulture forms the heart of life in the most western town in Bulgaria, where sun-kissed vineyards pepper the banks of the Danube and the region has prospered from winemaking for generations. Your included tour of Vidin will introduce you to a peaceful side of life that revolves around wine, as you weave through a local vineyard and learn about their produce, before enjoying a tasting. Afterwards, your local guide will take you to Baba Vida, a fortress that was originally constructed at the turn of the 10th century; known for being one of only a handful of beautifully preserved castles in the country.
    If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress, located on the northern slopes of the Balkan Mountains. It’s easy to imagine how this stronghold would have offered the Romans a perfect lookout point. 

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Hike to Belogradchik Fortress

    Included Excursion
    Visit a local vineyard for a tasting


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Donji Milanovac - Golubac
    Sun, Jun 13, 2021

    This morning, relax on board and admire your surroundings as we sail along the mighty Danube to Donji Milanovac, where a visit to the Lepenski Vir archaeological site, one of Europe’s best-hidden gems, awaits. Located right on the riverbanks, the Palaeolithic site is one of the most important of its kind on the continent, effortlessly capturing more than 8 millennia of history. Archaeologists from around the world have used this site to learn about a number of different Stone Age settlements and the way that prehistoric cultures moved across Europe.

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Belgrade
    Mon, Jun 14, 2021

    Serbia’s vibrant capital is yours to explore today, as your local guide takes you on a coach tour through the heart of the city, highlighting its many landmarks and the iconic Belgrade Fortress. Your coach will pass through the centre, where you will be able to catch glimpses of Serbia’s turbulent recent past, set amongst now quiet and peaceful streets. Witness the ornate beauty of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest religious buildings in Europe, before stopping for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to learn about Belgrade’s history during a guided bike tour.
    This evening, you will be invited to the Horizon Lounge to watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A Serbian folklore evening show

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Belgrade

    DiscoverMORE
    A tour of the National Opera Theatre (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Osijek
    Tue, Jun 15, 2021

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore one of Croatia’s postcard-worthy historic university towns, full of delightful waterfront promenades and quaint cobbled streets. As you walk around the city, you will notice that damage from the Homeland War is still visible, but it’s difficult to imagine turbulent times in this peaceful area.
    Embark on a guided walk around Osijek Fortress, a true icon in the romantic old town. This traditional star fort houses a number of different buildings, including a military hospital and armouries, making it perfect for times of conflict. Your EmeraldPLUS experiences today are certain to be a highlight of your trip, as you dine on traditional cuisine with a local Croatian family and meet some students from a local village.
    Enjoy an evening of sailing further up the Danube towards Hungary, before joining your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family

    EmeraldPLUS
    Meet the local village students

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Osijek Fortress


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Kalocsa
    Wed, Jun 16, 2021

    In the morning, we will sail away from Osijek and on to Kalocsa, a place known for its paprika production and colourful festivals. Discovering Hungary’s culture is an easy task in Kalocsa, where traditional folk art can be found around every corner and old traditions pave the way for daily life.
    Later, you will venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, to visit a traditional Puszta horse farm. Your guide will teach you about the traditional performances of the Magyar cowboys, and you will have the opportunity to witness some of their exceptional equestrian skills first hand, as they perform for you during their horse parade and showcase some of their memorable exercise drills.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Visit a Puszta horse farm


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Budapest
    Thu, Jun 17, 2021

    Today enjoy your leisure day and continue exploring the magnificent city of Budapest.
    This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner.

    EmeraldPLUS
    A traditional Hungarian folklore show


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Budapest
    Fri, Jun 18, 2021

    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 hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Buda Hill

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Budapest


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Bratislava
    Sat, Jun 19, 2021

    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.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion
    A walking tour of Bratislava


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Vienna
    Sun, Jun 20, 2021

    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

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Vienna

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

    DiscoverMORE
    Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Dürnstein - Melk
    Mon, Jun 21, 2021

    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

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Melk Abbey


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Passau
    Tue, Jun 22, 2021

    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.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Passau

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Veste Oberhaus 

    DiscoverMORE
    Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Regensburg
    Wed, Jun 23, 2021

    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

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Regensburg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Nuremberg - Munich
    Thu, Jun 24, 2021

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Roman architecture and the cultural divide in Budapest 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

Rivers Visited

Danube

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 6 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

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.

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