Eastern European Escapade & Splendours of Europe

25 Days
Prague to Amsterdam
From (AUD)
$ 8,680
Dates & Pricing

2025 Prague > Amsterdam

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.
History books come to life as you journey through Eastern Europe via Prague, Berlin with a visit to Potsdam, Warsaw, stopping in Auschwitz before arriving in Krakow. Following this, join a fourteen night river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EGRE
Duration:
25 days
Departure City:
Prague
Return City:
Amsterdam

25 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Prague

    Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink. 

  2. Day 2 - Prague

    Today you will have a coach transfer from your hotel to the Prague Castle area and start of the walking tour at Prague Castle. After passing through three castle courtyards, you will visit St. Vitus Cathedral, then continue down the Castle steps with a wonderful view over the city of Prague and we continue to Charles Bridge which we cross to reach the Old Town of Prague. The tour finishes in front of the famous Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Highlight dinner at local restaurant

    Included Excursion

    Guided Tour of Prague

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Prague

    Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. 

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    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Prague - Dresden - Berlin 

    On leaving Prague, drive along the Elbe Valley to Dresden, known as Florence on the Elbe. Here we will see the Frauenkirche, the Castle of the Electors of Saxony and the Green Vault with its collection of Meissen porcelain. Included is a two-night stay in Berlin.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Potsdam - Berlin

    Take a short drive to Potsdam to see the palace of Frederick the Great and visit the Cecilienhof – where the Potsdam Treaty was signed. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city transformed into the impressive and exciting metropolis that it is today. See the new Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz. We see the former Checkpoint Charlie as well as other sites associated with the era of the Iron Curtain. 

    Included Excursion

    Orientation tour of Berlin & Visit to Cecilienhof

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Berlin - Warsaw 

    This morning you will be transferred to the capital of Poland, Warsaw. This vibrant capital has a lot to offer, and we are sure there is a lot discover. Included is a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Warsaw

    Our guided sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre where much of the Old Town was rebuilt after the war. Memories of Polanski’s film ‘The Pianist’ come to mind as we visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide. See a monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Memorial andtake an excursion to the Royal Castle. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided Tour of Warsaw & Entrance to Royal Castle

    EmeraldPLUS

    Warsaw unveiling discovery tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków

    This morning, visit the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz for a guided tour and experience the chilling reminders of the atrocities of World War II. Later, arrive in the former royal capital of Kraków for a two-night stay, dating back to the 7th century. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Kraków

    Sightseeing of this imposing medieval city includes the cathedral and castle on Wawel Hill and on a walking tour of the old town we visit St. Mary’s Church and the Cloth Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

    Included Excursion

    Orientation Tour of Kraków

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    Jewish Ghetto Tour & Schindler's Factory Visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Kraków - Budapest

    Today, we journey past the Castle of Oravsky Hrad and over the Tatra Mountains, through Slovakia and into Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Tonight, we invite you to a special dinner and a traditional folklore show in Budapest for a truly immersive local experience. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Budapest

    Today, you will begin an exciting itinerary that will cruise the majestic rivers of European waterways. After, checking out from your hotel, you will be transferred to the comfortable surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. 

    This evening, relax on board as you enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Traditional Hungarian folklore show performance

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Budapest

    Budapest is a place of striking contrasts, with Buda on one side housing a generous scattering of the city’s elegant landmarks, and Pest on the other encapsulating its fascinating past. Separated by the mighty Danube, you can explore them both by crossing the Chain Bridge, one of the most symbolic structures in the capital. 

    Today, you will have the opportunity to discover the city’s history during a guided tour, covering some of the highlights of Budapest and learn more about its stunning landscape and architecture. The history of the Hungarian capital shows a unique blend of cultures, cuisine, and vibrant lifestyle. There is so much to take in while you pass through the bustling city, which is an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. If you are feeling active, then you may instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill.

    Included Excursion

    Guided coach tour of Budapest

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike to Gellert Hill

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Bratislava

    Bordering Austria and Hungary, the Slovakian capital is yours to discover today. Wander down cobblestone streets and witness the sheer majesty of ornate Baroque palaces as you explore with a local guide, passing the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Town Hall and the picturesque gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure, perhaps perusing some of the quaint boutiques that line the streets. 

    This afternoon, you will be welcomed into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over traditional sweet treats and coffee. 

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Bratislava

    EmeraldPLUS

    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

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    Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Dürnstein - Melk

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle, perhaps stopping to imagine how it would have looked when Richard the Lionheart was held captive following the Third Crusade.  
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, passing noteworthy vineyards and beautiful landscapes.  

    After visiting Dürnstein Castle, relax on the Sun Deck as you sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Melk, nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, including its ancient monastic library and medieval manuscripts saved from fires by the monks in the 13th century. 

    Included Excursion

    Tour of Melk Abbey

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour along the Danube

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Dürnstein - Melk

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle, perhaps stopping to imagine how it would have looked when Richard the Lionheart was held captive following the Third Crusade.  
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, passing noteworthy vineyards and beautiful landscapes.  

    After visiting Dürnstein Castle, relax on the Sun Deck as you sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Melk, nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, including its ancient monastic library and medieval manuscripts saved from fires by the monks in the 13th century. 

    Included Excursion

    Tour of Melk Abbey

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour along the Danube

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Regensburg 

    After breakfast, set out on an exploration of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, where more than two millennia of history is yours to discover. Your local guide will lead you through the heart of Regensburg’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, once home to the seat of parliament. Delightful historic patrician houses line the streets, a visible testament to the area’s importance as a trading centre hundreds of years ago.  

    Later, return to your Star-Ship to sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing Kelheim as you make your way to Nuremberg.  

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Regensburg

    EmeraldPLUS

    Bavarian band performance on board

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    Sausage-making workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Nuremberg

    Today, the historic city of Nuremberg is yours to explore during an included sightseeing tour, touching on the architectural wonders that have acted as an inspiration for famous artists from around the world for generations. 

    After your guided tour, enjoy time to explore the city at leisure, passing idyllic houses that were lovingly reconstructed following the destruction of the war years. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Nuremberg

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    World War II tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Bamberg

    This morning, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Bamberg awaits. Thousands of listed buildings can be found in the medieval town centre, an area bursting with character, charm and one of the best-preserved old quarters in Europe. 

    Admire hundreds of ornamental façades as you explore the town with your local guide, passing the New Residence, a building that truly captures the opulence that was enjoyed by the prince bishops. Relax in the Rose Garden before witnessing the opulence of medieval Altenburg Castle overlooking the town.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Bamberg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Bamberg

    This morning, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Bamberg awaits. Thousands of listed buildings can be found in the medieval town centre, an area bursting with character, charm and one of the best-preserved old quarters in Europe. 

    Admire hundreds of ornamental façades as you explore the town with your local guide, passing the New Residence, a building that truly captures the opulence that was enjoyed by the prince bishops. Relax in the Rose Garden before witnessing the opulence of medieval Altenburg Castle overlooking the town.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Bamberg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Würzburg

    Set alongside the Main River, Würzburg offers a perfect introduction to the Romantic Road, one of Bavaria’s most popular tourism routes that links stunning medieval locations throughout the country. Your own charming journey of discovery will touch on the sloping vineyard-laden hills of one of the biggest wine-producing areas in Germany. 

    Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence, perhaps stopping to admire the Viennese Baroque architecture and secular features from Italy. Your local guide will teach you about how the architects behind the Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different popular styles. After the tour, enjoy a guided walking tour of Würzburg, including the Gothic Marienkapelle and Town Hall. 

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Würzburg and a visit to the Bishops Residence

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    Excursion to Rothenburg (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Wertheim - Miltenberg

    This morning, as part of your EmeraldPLUS offering, you will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive glassblowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg, a place that perfectly encapsulates traditional Bavarian life. 

    Enjoy a guided tour of the village, as your local guide leads you down an intricate network of cobblestone streets, each adorned with colourful houses. Centuries ago, this area benefited from trade that was brought by river traffic, and this past affluence can still be seen today.  

    Alternatively, embark on an active walk to Mildenburg Castle, where a wonderful collection of artworks can be found inside of the castle that was once little more than a set of ruins.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Miltenberg

    EmeraldPLUS

    Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided Active Walk to Mildenburg Castle

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Cologne

    Cruise along the Rhine from Koblenz to Cologne this morning, where an illustrious 2,000-year-long history awaits. One of the oldest cities in the country, the Romans founded Cologne in 50 AD and you'll find a number of ancient ruins, monuments and medieval structures as reminders.  

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city today, as your local guide takes you through the Old Town, passing ancient bridges that survived the air raids of WWII, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral and its filigree twin towers, an iconic part of the city’s skyline. 

    This evening, your crew will be delighted to welcome you to your farewell dinner. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Amsterdam

    This morning, board a glass-top canal boat for a cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system that weaves across Amsterdam, passing elegant merchant’s residences that reflect the prosperity of the Dutch Golden Age, a time when Amsterdam was an important trading centre. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.  

    Alternatively, explore on two wheels, cycling from the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship to Waterland, passing a number of quintessentially Dutch villages and traditional windmills along the way. 

    Included Excursion

    Canal cruise

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour to Waterland

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    Private hidden Gems Tour of Amsterdam (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Amsterdam

    This morning, board a glass-top canal boat for a cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system that weaves across Amsterdam, passing elegant merchant’s residences that reflect the prosperity of the Dutch Golden Age, a time when Amsterdam was an important trading centre. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.  

    Alternatively, explore on two wheels, cycling from the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship to Waterland, passing a number of quintessentially Dutch villages and traditional windmills along the way. 

    Included Excursion

    Canal cruise

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour to Waterland

    DiscoverMORE

    Private hidden Gems Tour of Amsterdam (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and depart your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the postcard-worthy Rhine Gorge and idyllic Dutch countryside with you.  

    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 Tour Includes
  • 25 day Eastern European Escapade land tour & Splendours of Europe River Cruise
  • Airport Transfers
  • Transfer from the hotel to the Emerald Cruises Star-ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Director & Cruise Director
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port taxes and charges

Included Excursions
  • City tour of Prague
  • Visit to Historic City of Dresden
  • In Berlin see the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall
  • Visit the Palace of Frederick the Great and Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam
  • Absorb the sights of Warsaw
  • Visit Auschwitz
  • Visit the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto
  • Take a guided tour of Kraków
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Nuremberg
  • Guided tour of Bamberg
  • Walking tour of Würzburg and a visit to the Bishops Residence
  • Guided tour of Miltenberg
  • Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
  • Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam

EmeraldPLUS
  • Highlight Dinner in Prague
  • EmeraldPLUS in Warsaw
  • Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show performance on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Bavarian band on board
  • Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Hike to Gellert Hill
  • Hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Guided bike tour of Vienna
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Active walk to Mildenburg Castle
  • Hike to Niederwalddenkmal
  • Guided bike tour to Waterland

Dining Highlights
  • 57 delectable meals including: 24 breakfasts (B), 16 lunches (L), 17 dinners (D)

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