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Eastern Europe Escapade and Splendours of Europe on Emerald Destiny

Eastern Europe Escapade and Splendours of Europe on Emerald Destiny

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Destiny
Starts: Prague, Czech Republic on Thu, Jun 03, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sat, Jun 26, 2021

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Itinerary

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine, Danube

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, Jun 03, 2021): Arrive Prague

Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three night stay. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.


Day 2 (Fri, Jun 04, 2021): Prague

This morning, we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square, the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge. Later drive to the 1,000 year old Prague Castle area.

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Dnner and a night of local entertainment.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Sat, Jun 05, 2021): Prague

Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter.

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Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sun, Jun 06, 2021): Prague – Dresden – Berlin

On leaving Prague, drive along the Elbe Valley to Dresden, known as Florence on the Elbe. Here we will see the Frauenkirche, the Castle of the Electors of Saxony and the Green Vault with its collection of Meissen porcelain. Included is a two night stay in Berlin.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Mon, Jun 07, 2021): Potsdam – Berlin

Take a short drive to Potsdam to see the palace of Frederick the Great and visit the Cecilienhof – where the Potsdam Treaty was signed. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city transformed into the impressive and exciting metropolis that it is today. See the new Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz. We see the former Checkpoint Charlie as well as other sites associated with the era of the Iron Curtain.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Tue, Jun 08, 2021): Berlin – Train – Warsaw

This morning, you will be taken to the train station for a journey across the heart of Poland and into the capital, Warsaw. Enjoy time en route to relax and watch the scenery pass by, arriving into Warsaw in the early afternoon where you will enjoy a two night stay. A traditional Polish dinner is included this evening.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, Jun 09, 2021): Warsaw

Our guided sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre where much of the Old Town was rebuilt after the war. Memories of Polanski’s film ‘The Pianist’ come to mind as we visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide. See a monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Take an excursion to the Royal Castle.

EmeraldPLUS
Enjoy an exclusive dinner and private recital of Chopin’s music, performed by a celebrated Polish pianist in a private manor house.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, Jun 10, 2021): Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków

This morning, visit the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz for a guided tour and experience the chilling reminders of the atrocities of World War II. Later, arrive in the former royal capital of Kraków for a two night stay, dating back to the 7th century.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 (Fri, Jun 11, 2021): Kraków

Sightseeing of this imposing medieval city includes the cathedral and castle on Wawel Hill and on a walking tour of the old town we visit St. Mary’s Church and the Cloth Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure. You’re Invited: Enjoy dinner in a family run restaurant.

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Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Sat, Jun 12, 2021): Kraków – Budapest

Today, we journey past the Castle of Oravsky Hrad and over the Tatra Mountains, through Slovakia and into Budapest, the capital of Hungary, 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.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sun, Jun 13, 2021): Budapest

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Mon, Jun 14, 2021): Bratislava

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

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A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Bratislava


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Tue, Jun 15, 2021): Vienna

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Wed, Jun 16, 2021): Dürnstein - Melk

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Thu, Jun 17, 2021): Passau

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Fri, Jun 18, 2021): Regensburg - Kelheim

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Sat, Jun 19, 2021): Nuremberg

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Sun, Jun 20, 2021): Bamberg

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Mon, Jun 21, 2021): Würzburg

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 (Tue, Jun 22, 2021): Wertheim - Miltenberg

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Wed, Jun 23, 2021): Rüdesheim – Koblenz

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Thu, Jun 24, 2021): Cologne

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23 (Fri, Jun 25, 2021): Amsterdam

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24 (Sat, Jun 26, 2021): Depart Amsterdam

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 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.

Customer Reviews

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Itinerary
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