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Prague to Paris & Christmas Markets of Europe 2019

21 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Prague
Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this beautiful city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Included is a three-night stay in Prague.

Day 2 Prague
This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery, and arrive at Hradcany Castle. Here we see Old Kings Palace, St. George´s Monastery, and The National Gallery painting. (Breakfast, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Local Dinner with Entertainment

Day 3 Prague
Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look. You can also take the time to visit Prague’s famous street markets dressed up with Christmas themes. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

Day 4 Prague – Budapest Embarkation
After breakfast transfer from Prague to Amsterdam and join your Emerald Waterways award-winning river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Day 5 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. On your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street. This afternoon you will depart for Bratislava. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

Day 6 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 guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Bratislava also charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Day 7 Vienna
Today, explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see some of Vienna’s world–famous sights such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then, you will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of the Christmas markets of Vienna which are set up in 15 different squares in the city. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

AND / OR

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

Day 8 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 9 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 ancient centre’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. Passau’s annual Christmas market, or Christkindlmarkt, takes place in front of the St. Stephan Cathedral. Around 70 gingerbread-like stalls selling festive souvenirs, handmade gifts and delicious treats are illuminated by strings of twinkling fairylights, as the smell of Glühwein and fresh baking fills the cool air. Indulge on gingerbread as music groups and choirs take to the stage as the perfect accompaniment. (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 10 Regensburg - Kelheim
After breakfast we arrive in magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg. On our guided walking tour, you’ll 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. Regensburg is also home to one of the loveliest’ Christmas market of the German-speaking countries. With its many quaint wooden stalls, the market is located around the Neupfarr Church and the city Guard House, adorned by row-upon-row of twinkling lights. Taste your way through the narrow streets and hidden passageways, picking up a mug of delicious Glühwein and treating yourself to homemade gingerbread and cookies. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Thurn & Taxis Christmas Market

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

Day 11 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: Gingerbread Cooking Class (extra expense)

Day 12 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 13 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 Würzburg 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 14 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 15 Rüdesheim- Koblenz
After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. After the included visit, continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16 Cologne
The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Seven markets transform picturesque Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Be sure to pay a visit to the stalls around the Alter Markt, Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and the cathedral, beneath which you’ll locate the Christmas tree. Decorated mugs hold steaming hot Glühwein, and local vendors sell handmade sweets and local delicacies. Be sure not to miss the mesmerising ‘Stars at Night’ theme adopted around the Neumarkt, where looking up unveils a beautiful light display above your head. 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 17 Amsterdam
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you will enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal. After the canal tour, enjoy 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)

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Haarlem (extra expense)

Day 18 Amsterdam Disembarkation - Paris
After breakfast, be transferred by coach from Amsterdam to Paris. This exuberant city is also known as the city of love, for its romantic atmosphere. Stroll through the boulevards, passing by the bridges to the Eiffel Tower as it lights up at night. Included is a three-night stay in Paris. (Breakfast)

Day 19 Paris
Enjoy a guided tour that passes by landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Continue exploring on a Seine River cruise that ends at the iconic Eiffel Tower. (Breakfast)

DiscoverMORE: Retro Tour Ride of Paris (extra expense)

Day 20 Paris
Visit the Louvre to witness the legendary Mona Lisa smile in-person, or perhaps venture below ground to explore Paris’ vast labyrinth of catacombs. Paris is at your fingertips, waiting to be seized, and the possibilities are limitless.  This evening, enjoy a Parisian dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Paris (extra expense)

Day 21 Paris – Farewell
After breakfast transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • 50 meals including 20 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 16 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 Dawn
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please 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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