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Splendours of Europe 2019
(Budapest to Amsterdam)

15 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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  • Fly from $395 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple when you book a suite. Plus, receive a free extended drink package and DiscoverMORE tour. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
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Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some discounts are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance. (Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Day 2 Budapest
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

Day 3 Bratislava
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Day 4 Vienna
Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

AND / OR

DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Day 5 Dürnstein - Melk
In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

OR

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

Day 6 Passau
Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time

Day 7 Regensburg - Kelheim
After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

Day 8 Nuremberg
Today, you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

Day 9 Bamberg
This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Würzburg
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

Day 11 Wertheim - Miltenberg
Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

Day 12 Rüdesheim- Koblenz
After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

Day 13 Cologne
The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)

OR

DiscoverMORE:
 Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

Day 14 Amsterdam
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (extra expense)

Day 15 Amsterdam Disembarkation
After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight. (Breakfast)

All This Included
From Budapest to Amsterdam, this 15 day Splendours of Europe river cruise will take you through some of Europe's most historic towns & cities including Vienna.

Beginning in Budapest, your colossal journey through Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, boasts World Heritage-listed sites, historic cities and beautiful landscapes, between capitals.

Cutting a course through the centre of Europe, the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers beautifully showcase the highlights of the continent — from its historic towns and cities to its idyllic beauty spots. As you travel from east to west on these enduring passageways, you’ll experience the history and diversity of this special land in all its glory, encountering unique experiences you simply couldn’t witness when travelling on land. Our 15-day Splendours of Europe itinerary has been crafted to introduce the premier highlights of Europe, including palatial capitals like Budapest, Vienna and Amsterdam, historic towns like Regensburg and Bamberg, which are alive with heritage; and iconic beauty spots like the Rhine Gorge and Wachau Valley, whose scenic splendour will quite simply take your breath away.
  • 41 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Dawn, or Emerald Sun
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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