Splendours of Europe River Cruise

May 1 - 15, 2019

 

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In just 15 days, you’ll have the chance to experience many of Europe’s highlights in one seamless journey along the continent’s scenic waterways. As you sail along the epic Rhine and the mighty Main and Danube rivers, you’ll weave through the most stunning landscapes, sprinkled with charming churches, story-book castles and vinecovered slopes, creating the perfect backdrop for an amazing cruise. Along the way, we take you on a voyage of discovery to a variety of imperial cities including Vienna and Budapest, giving you the opportunity to explore their vibrant culture – which is contrasted brilliantly with the rural districts of Miltenberg.

 

  

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE AMSTERDAM

A warm welcome awaits you in the amazing city of Amsterdam. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to your award-winning Star-Ship.

Included Meals: Welcome Buffet dinner.

DAY 2: AMSTERDAM

Take to the waters on an hour-long glass-top canal boat cruise to explore Amsterdam’s scenic canals. See the city’s bustling streets glide by as you get that perfect picture to bring home. Then take a orientation walk along the cobbled streets of Amsterdam to discover its many coffee shops, charming churches and cheese shops. If you’re feeling active, join the guided bike tour in place of the canal cruise. This evening you are invited to the Captain’s Welcome reception followed by the Captain’s Welcome dinner.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour.

Included Excursions: Glass-top canal boat cruise and guided walking tour of Amsterdam.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Captain’s Welcome reception and dinner.

DAY 3: COLOGNE

This morning, enjoy free time on board your ship as you sail to Cologne. On arrival, get ready for a guided tour of Cologne – Germany’s oldest city. You’ll take a step back in time in the Old Town, which was rebuilt after its destruction in WWII. The tour concludes at the Kölner Dom – a UNESCO World Heritage listed Gothic cathedral and a true masterwork of Medieval architecture. Alternatively, book a Discover More excursion to Drachenburg Castle, a private villa built in the late 19th century.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Cologne.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Drachenburg Castle with Cologne City tour.

DAY 4: RHINE GORGE — RÜDESHEIM

Cruise the mighty Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Capture the stunning scenery as you sail past storybook castles before coming face-to-face with Lorelei Rock. Legend says it was haunted by a lovelorn maiden whose singing lured sailors onto the treacherous rocks. In the afternoon we arrive at Rüdesheim. Enjoy a visit to the Siegfried Museum or an EmeraldACTIVE hike through vineyards. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards.

Included Excursions: Visit the Siegfried Museum.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 5: MILTENBERG — WERTHEIM

Take a walking tour of Miltenberg, strolling between its halftimbered buildings and views of Miltenberg Castle. Originally a military fortress, the castle is now a museum of art collections. Or, take a coach to Wertheim where you can take a hiking tour up to Wertheim Castle.

EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking tour to Wertheim Castle, (active fitness level recommended.)

Included Excursions: A guided walking tour of Miltenberg.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 6: WÜRZBURG

Würzburg is the “Pearl of the Romantic Road.” You will be taken to the Bishops’ Residenz – Germany’s largest and most ornate Baroque palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace’s famous staircase, elaborate 18th-century frescoes and amazing three-dimensional stucco work create a truly unique setting. Afterwards, explore Würzburg on a guided walking tour. You can replace today’s included tour with an optional Discover More full day tour of Rothenburg.

Included Excursions: A guided trip to Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz and city walking tour.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Full day Rothenburg tour.

DAY 7: BAMBERG

Enjoy a relaxing morning in the comfort of your cabin or taking in the scenery on the Sun Deck as we cruise to Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the ‘city of experience’, Bamberg is built on 1,000 years of art and culture. Showing one of Europe’s largest intact Medieval town centers, stylish shops weave between historical buildings and centuries-old gardens.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Bamberg.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

DAY 8: NUREMBERG

Your choice today includes a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. The city tour leads you to the major sights, from the early beginnings to the present. You will also get the chance see the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. Afterwards take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centres.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Nuremberg.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Gingerbread Cooking Class in Nuremberg.

DAY 9: KELHEIM — REGENSBURG

Travel through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Kelheim. As you continue cruising along the Danube River, you’ll reach Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved Medieval cities. On your guided walking tour, see the city’s architectural highlights, including the Old Town Hall. In addition to your guided tour of Regensburg, you can book an optional Discover More excursion to a local brewery. This evening’s onboard entertainment is a traditional Bavarian Band, playing a mix of contemporary and folk music.

EmeraldPLUS: Evening entertainment with a traditional Bavarian Band.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Regensburg.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Tour and beer tasting at a local brewery.

DAY 10: PASSAU

Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, is Passau – the “Three Rivers City.” You’ll stroll through the cobblestone streets to find the perfect view of the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress before admiring the ornate architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. After, return for lunch and an afternoon of cruising along the Danube River. As an alternative to your included visit to Passau, you may book a full day Discover More excursion to Salzburg or Český Krumlov.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Passau.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Excursion to Salzburg, Austria or Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.

DAY 11: MELK — DÜRNSTEIN

Your tour of Austria’s wine-growing region begins in Melk. Here, you’ll explore a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, located above the town on a rocky outcrop. Boasting the finest Italian architecture, elaborate gold leaf walls, a 640ft Imperial Corridor and fabulous fresco ceilings, Melk Abbey is a breathtaking sight. Later, you’ll sail to Dürnstein through the great Wachau Valley – home to the 12th-century castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades or choose to borrow one of the bikes on board and pedal downriver to meet the boat in Dürnstein.

EmeraldACTIVE: Biking tour between Melk and Dürnstein or guided hike to Dürnstein Castle.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Melk Abbey.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 12: VIENNA

Austria’s vibrant city is a fantastic fusion of old and new. Take a coach tour along the Ringstrasse where you’ll see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Town Hall and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, book a Discover More tour to Schönbrunn Palace – Empress Sisi’s former summer residence, complete with an enchanting park. This evening, you have the choice to book a Discover More trip to enjoy a Viennese concert exclusive to Emerald Waterways guests.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour. Included Excursions: A sightseeing drive along the Ringstrasse and walking tour of Vienna.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Discover More: Schönbrunn Palace, and/or an exclusive Viennese Evening Concert.

DAY 13: BRATISLAVA

Today, you’ll experience the pedestrian plazas and 18th-century Rococo style streets of Bratislava. For a more profound insight, you’ll be taken on a walking tour of the Old Town with its magnificent Mirbach Palace. Enjoy a hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. This evening, you are invited to the Captain’s Farewell reception and Captain’s Farewell dinner.

EmeraldPLUS: A hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family.

Included Excursions: Walking tour of Bratislava.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Captain’s Farewell reception and dinner.

DAY 14: BUDAPEST

For an amazing end to a fantastic vacation, we welcome you to Budapest. Your guided tour takes you past the Royal Palace of Buda, a hilltop castle complex with the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, and the iconic Chain Bridge that links Buda and Pest. Conclude the day with an evening cruise and see the heart of the city lit up at night while enjoying a traditional Hungarian Farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music. EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show and Danube River evening cruise.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Castle Hill.

Included Excursions: A guided tour of Budapest.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 15: DEPART BUDAPEST

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Included meals: Breakfast.

 

What's Included:

• 14 nights in a stateroom or suite of your choice

• 41 onboard meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners including Captain’s Welcome and Farewell dinners

• Wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner on board

• Complimentary tea and coffee

• Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily

• 13 shore excursions, including visits to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

• 4 EmeraldPLUS activities, including a hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family

• 7 EmeraldACTIVE excursions, including a guided hike to a winery in Rüdesheim Personal lightweight headsets for included excursions for your listening ease

• A variety of onboard evening entertainment

• Complimentary WiFi on board

• Complimentary bicycles on board

• First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides

• Airport transfer to and from your ship

• All gratuities, saving you up to $675 per couple

  

 

 

Cabin Rates Per Person

Category E $5,445

Category D $5,545

Category C $6,745

Category B $7,345

Category A $7,845

Category S $8,945

Category SA $10,245

 

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