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2018 Itinerary

12 Day Itinerary (Munich > Budapest)

  • Tour Code


  • Departure City


  • Duration

    12 Day

  • Return City


Departure and Return City

Tour Inclusions

your cruise includes

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

included excursions

  • Guided Tour of Munich
  • Guided Tour of Salzburg
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • Guided Tour of Linz
  • Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided Tour of Vienna
  • Guided Tour of Budapest

you’re invited:

  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest Evening Cruise


  • Guided hike near Passau
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Durnstein
  • Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill

dining highlights

  • 25 superb meals including 11 Breakfasts (B), 7 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Day 1 Arrival Munich

    Welcome to Munich, Germany’s third largest city and the capital of Bavaria. A center of arts, culture, and sciences, today Munich is also a major sports hub as the home of Germany’s premier football club, Bayern Munich. Munich is a beautiful green city with ample open space to explore. Its history is ever present in the unique blend of historic and modern architecture found throughout. Check-in into your hotel and later this evening; join your Tour Director and fellow travellers welcome drink.

  • Day 2 Munich

    Derived from the High-German word Munichen, meaning “by the monks”, Munich was founded in 1158, developing from a pre-existing Benedictine Monastery. Enjoy a full morning sightseeing in the fascinating, one-time capital, passing by such landmarks as the Munich Residenz and Asam’s Church. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.
    Discover More: Dachau Concentration Camp (extra expense)and / or Evening Walking Tour with Dinner (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Munich - Salzburg

    Say goodbye to Munich as you transfer by coach through the Bavarian countryside and across to the pristine Chiemsee. Also known as the Bavarian Sea, the Chiemsee is a fresh water lake surrounded by the majestic Alps. As part of your transfer, enjoy an included ferry ride to the island of Fraueninsel where you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Arrive later in Salzburg, Austria, the famed birthplace of Mozart and the setting of the movie “The Sound of Music”. The afternoon is yours to explore the city at leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 Salzburg

    This morning join your tour director for a guided walking tour of the center area. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore.
    Discover More: Visit to the Stiegl Brewery (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 5 Salzburg – Passau Embarkation

    Today you will travel by coach from your hotel in Salzburg to Passau in Germany. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 Passau

    Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’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. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Linz

    Austria’s third largest city is situated on either side of the Danube River. Your city tour takes in the impressive “Pestsäule”, the high column built to remember the victims of the bubonic plague epidemic of the 14th century, followed by the market squares. The rest of the day is at leisure.
    Discover More: Tour to Hallein Salt Mines (extra expense) Please note, you can only choose either the Hallein Salt Mines Discover More or the Linz included tour, as both of these tours run at the same time

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Melk - Durnstein

    Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Durnstein Castle
    Discover More: Visit to Louisium (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 Vienna

    Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world–famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, 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
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
    Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 Vienna

    Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest.
    Discover More: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 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 evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
    You’re Invited: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 Budapest Disembarkation

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person