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Treasures of the Danube on Emerald Dawn 2021

Treasures of the Danube on Emerald Dawn 2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Dawn
Starts: Nuremberg, Germany on Sat, May 29, 2021
Ends: Bucharest, Romania on Sun, Jun 13, 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.

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, May 29, 2021): Nuremberg

You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sun, May 30, 2021): Regensburg

This morning, sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing over a series of impressive aqueducts. The medieval centre of Regensburg is yours to discover, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town as your local guide leads you down cobblestone streets and past historic patrician houses. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner & reception followed by traditional Bavarian band on board.

EmeraldPLUS
A traditional Bavarian band on board

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Regensburg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, May 31, 2021): Passau

Today’s cruising will take you to the heart of Passau, where three of Europe’s main rivers converge in the shadows of the castle. Your guided tour of this illustrious city will unveil how it was rebuilt following fires in the 17th century. Italian architects left their mark with a scattering of Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Passau

EmeraldACTIVE
Hike to Veste Oberhaus

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Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Jun 01, 2021): Melk – Dürnstein

History is brought to life in the quaint village of Melk. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Melk’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Benedictine abbey, stopping to admire beautiful relics in the museum and an extensive collection of ancient manuscripts in the library. Afterwards, your Star-Ship will sail through the fascinating Wachau Valley, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, and on to Dürnstein. If you are feeling active, join a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle, a medieval castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before arriving where your Star-Ship is docked in Dürnstein.

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein

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A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Included Excursion
A tour of Melk Abbey


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Jun 02, 2021): Vienna

Welcome to Vienna. The “City of Dreams” was home to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Today, you can explore the capital with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the city. Soak in the opulent façades of the Vienna State Opera and City Hall before admiring the multi-coloured tiled roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island.

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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Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Jun 03, 2021): Bratislava

A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces, Gothic architecture and blocks that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as we sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting past, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle and its idyllic Baroque gardens, offering the perfect backdrop to the Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months. This afternoon, enjoy a home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your Farewell Dinner.

EmeraldPLUS
Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Bratislava


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Jun 04, 2021): Budapest

Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and touching on many of Budapest’s highlights, including Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour showcases Matthias Church and panoramic views best admired from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.

EmeraldPLUS
A traditional Hungarian folklore show

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike to Buda Hill

Included Excursion
A guided coach tour of Budapest

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Jewish Heritage tour (extra expense)

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Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Jun 05, 2021): Budapest

Enjoy free time to explore Eastern Europe’s liveliest city at leisure. The “Paris of the East” is a truly breathtaking sight, where dozens of lights adorn the stone bridges that cross the mighty Danube, separating both sides of the city.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Sun, Jun 06, 2021): Kalocsa

In the morning, we’ll sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, best known for its vibrant paprika festivals. Traditional folk art and culture are yours to discover here, as you sail through one of the oldest towns in Hungary.
This afternoon, you’ll venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, for a traditional performance showcasing the exceptional equestrian skills of the Magyar cowboys. Relax as you watch their spectacular horse parade and witness their exercise drills, most of which were readily practiced for wartime.
Tonight, your crew will welcome you for a Welcome Dinner & Reception.

EmeraldPLUS
A traditional Hungarian horse show 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Mon, Jun 07, 2021): Osijek

Cruise into the border region of Croatia and into Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Damage from the Homeland War is still visible across the city, but it is easily forgotten when you immerse yourself in the peaceful surrounds that can be found here.
Today, you will be able to meet students from a local village who will be delighted to perform for you during your EmeraldPLUS excursion, before embarking on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. This ensemble of well-preserved Baroque buildings is laid out like a traditional star fort, with bastions, armouries, a guardhouse and a military hospital all protected within its walls.
Later, sail further down the Danube and into Serbia, where remnants of recent conflicts can be seen on the riverbanks.

EmeraldPLUS
Visit the home of a local Croatian family

EmeraldPLUS
Meet the local village students

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Osijek Fortress


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Tue, Jun 08, 2021): Belgrade

The capital of Serbia awaits you today, as a city tour introduces you to the highlights of one of Europe’s oldest cities, including Belgrade Fortress. Relax as your coach takes you through the centre of the city, where remnants of a chaotic past look out of place among peaceful surrounds.
Witness the symmetrical façade of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest church buildings, and stop for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia. Enjoy learning about the life of the leader of the Partisans, Josip Broz Tito, and the way that they became one of the most effective resistance movements in occupied Europe. Alternatively, learn about the history of Belgrade during a guided bike tour of the city.
This evening, relax in the Horizon Lounge and watch a traditional Serbian folklore show.

EmeraldPLUS
A Serbian folklore evening show

EmeraldACTIVE
A guided bike tour

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Belgrade

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A tour of the National Opera Theatre (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Wed, Jun 09, 2021): Golubac – Donji Milanovac

In eastern Serbia, within the Majdanpek municipality, the town of Donji Milanovac sits on the right bank of the Danube. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir on an included excursion. Enjoy learning about the importance of this archaeological site and its illustrious history, spanning more than 8 millennia. Archaeologists have used this site to track the development of prehistoric culture in Europe, and numerous Stone Age settlements have been found in the area.
The day ends as we sail through the Iron Gates, a scenic narrow gorge that meanders between the Carpathian Mountains and the European Alps.

Included Excursion
A visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Thu, Jun 10, 2021): Vidin

This morning, we’ll arrive in Vidin, a beautiful town in north-west Bulgaria. Situated on the right bank of the Danube, it is one of the oldest along the Bulgarian Danube bank, prospering from the surrounding countryside, renowned for producing wines. Your included tour will introduce you to the best of Vidin’s viticulture, as you stroll through a local vineyard and enjoy a tasting of their produce.
Later, venture to Baba Vida, a medieval fortress whose name can be translated to mean “Granny Vida”. Construction began on the fortress in the 10th century, and it has been steeped in legend ever since. Alternatively, hike to Belogradchik Fortress, a well-preserved stronghold that sits against a series of impressive rock formations.

EmeraldACTIVE
A hike to Belogradchik Fortress 

Included Excursion
Visit a local vineyard for a tasting & Baba Vida Fortress


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Fri, Jun 11, 2021): Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi

Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse. You will have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo, stopping to learn about its rich history as the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. This medieval city was built atop three hills, and its fortifications and cobbled streets are certain to delight history lovers.
Nearby, Arbanasi sits on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River. Each street in the area is lined with traditional houses, and old churches offer centuries of exploration during your guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi.
Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels and monasteries. Witness the incredible nature of the 14th-century painted frescoes and learn about their composition and the emotional atmosphere that they convey, something that was far ahead of its time.
Tonight, your crew will welcome you on board for a Farewell 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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Sat, Jun 12, 2021): Giurgiu – Bucharest

This morning, relax and enjoy the passing scenery as we drive towards Bucharest, including the Romanian city of Giurgiu, set amongst the mud flats and marshes of the Danube.
Visit the Spring Palace to see the elegant exterior of a well-kept secret and the plush interior of the private residence of Nicolae Ceausescu, before enjoying free time to explore the city at leisure. Learn about Bucharest’s vibrant history on a guided coach tour, passing by the Palace of Parliament.
This evening, settle into the comfortable surrounds of your hotel, perhaps going for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel.

Included Excursion
A guided drive through Bucharest


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 (Sun, Jun 13, 2021): Bucharest

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Great Hungarian Plain and medieval fortresses 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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