Danube Explorer

Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.

8 Days
Budapest to Munich
From (AUD)
$ 3,595
Dates & Pricing

2024 Budapest > Munich

Discover Europe’s most popular river cruises

A classic journey on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers promises spectacular landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history, where world-class cities are complemented by romantic towns.
The iconic Danube river guides you on a gentle journey, enabling you to soak up Europe’s cultural wonders at leisure. Let Budapest inspire you with its rich history and drive around Vienna's Ringstrasse, marvelling at the city's classical architecture. Visit the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, before sailing to Melk Abbey.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPA
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Budapest
Return City:
Munich

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Budapest

    Welcome to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to the contemporary surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you.

    This evening, join your fellow guests for a traditional Hungarian folklore show.

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    Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

    Please book your flight to arrive into Budapest prior to 05:00 PM.

  2. Day 2 - Budapest

    Explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter today, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian capital’s culinary scene and the tour will finish at the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, where you’ll plenty of time for exploration.
    If you’re feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand and are best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle.`

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike to Gellert Hill

    Included Excursion

    Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit

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    Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Bratislava

    Relax on board as we sail into the capital of Slovakia this morning. This graceful nation of leafy avenues became an independent country in 1993, and since then Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural centre. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are yours to explore with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town centre, including the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings.

    Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legend that looks as though it has been plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. This striking building has been rebuilt several times, most recently in a Renaissance style.
    Tonight, enjoy some local Slovakian entertainment on board.

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    Local Slovakian entertainment on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

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    Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vienna

    Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, the birthplace of revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of music and psychology. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces, some of which you will be able to see during your guided coach tour of the Ringstrasse. Following this, embark on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre and its surrounding classical architectural styles, evidence of the melting pot of artistic influences that have existed here since the turn of the 20th century.

    If you’re feeling more active, then perhaps choose to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to the Danube Island.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Vienna

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Vienna

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    Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Weissenkirchen - Melk

    Effortlessly suspended in time, Weissenkirchen is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Today, join your activity manager for a hike in town before you set sail to Melk.

    Later, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and arrive in Melk, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey. Originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century, this opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour along the Danube River

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    Hike in Weissenkirchen with activity manager

    Included Excursion

    Tour of Melk Abbey

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    Visit to Schallaburg Castle (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Linz – Ceský Krumlov

    This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Linz, where you’ll be transferred by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Ceský Krumlov, a town built around a 13th-century castle. Join your local guide on a walk along the labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, passing the colourful façades of buildings, as you learn about how they have survived the test of time. The town surrounds the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ceský Krumlov Castle, and your guided tour will include the 15th-century St. Vitus Church and a number of delightful Gothic façades.

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    Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

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    Walking tour of Linz with a Linzer Torte making (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Passau

    Narrow cobblestone streets and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. This important historic trading centre borders Austria and boasts a distinctive blend of cultures.

    Experience life on a typical Bavarian farm for some interesting insights into the life of local farmers and livestock farming, then try their homemade specialities. Alternatively, you can set off on a hike, catching sights such as the Mariahilf and St. Severin, an ancient church dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike to Veste Oberhaus

    EmeraldPLUS

    Bavarian brunch

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    Bavaria Live (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Passau - Munich

    After breakfast, it’s time to disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Europe’s iconic skylines with you.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Munich after 01:00 PM.

    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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey

EmeraldPLUS
  • Bavarian brunch
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
  • Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Hike to Gellert Hill
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Guided bike tour of Vienna
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Hike in Weissenkirchen
  • Hike to Veste Oberhaus

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability