Danube Explorer & Russian River Cruise

19 Days
Munich to St Petersburg
From (AUD)
$ 10,975
Dates & Pricing

2020 Munich > St Petersburg

Tour Map
Tour Code:
ERMB
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Munich
Return City:
St Petersburg

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Munich – Passau

    Upon your arrival in Munich, you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Waterways representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Passau

    The gateway to the Black Sea will be a memorable part of your river cruise along the mighty Danube, as Passau’s atmosphere effortlessly reflects the work that was undertaken in the city by Italian architects, who brought a little piece of Venice with them to Germany.
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the ornate exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, perfectly mirroring the beautifully restored interior, and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, which comprises of an ensemble of eight historic patrician houses. Alternatively, set off on a guided hike around Passau, catching sights of the Mariahilf, a place of pilgrimage, and St. Severin, an ancient church that can be dated back to the Ottonian dynasty.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike near Passau
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Linz – Ceský Krumlov

    Today, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centres in Europe, with more than three hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th-century St. Vitus’ Church and a series of delightful High Gothic façades, each taking you back to the heart of the Middle Ages.
    You’re Invited: A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Melk – Dürnstein

    Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine and delightful apricot orchards before arriving in Melk.
    During an included tour of Melk Abbey, gaze upon ornate gold leaf walls and walk up seemingly endless spiral staircases in what was once a royal palace, gifted to the monks by Leopold II. After your tour, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley. When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle.
    When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, stay in Melk to cycle from Melk to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike ride along the Danube
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Vienna

    Discover the classical charms of Vienna today, as we take you through the heart of the city, pointing out all of the best cafés and artisan studios as you discover its imperial grandeur. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre was once a fortified Roman frontier city, and a drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to architecture from across the last millennia.
    Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Danube Island.  
    EmeraldACTIVE: A bike tour
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
    Discover More: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)
    Discover More: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bratislava

    Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital.

    Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features.
    Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.
    You’re Invited: Local Slovakian entertainment on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip through the heart of Europe awaits. Once the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, a true historic marvel, with bathhouses and homes with heated floors thanks to the surrounding hot springs. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre will enable you to follow the chapters of architecture through the ages as you set off on a coach tour of Budapest, passing Romanesque, Baroque and Classical façades.
    This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board. As the city comes alive at dusk, set out on a night-time cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated attractions that line the riverbanks.
    You’re Invited: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
    You’re Invited: A Budapest evening cruise
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
    Discover More:Tour of Szentendre (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest – Moscow

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport for your flight to Moscow, where you will board the MS Rossia (flight not included). The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Moscow

    After breakfast you will have a city tour where you will experience Moscow’s main highlights, including the sights of the Red Square, where you can see the brightly colored St. Basil’ Cathedral from the outside, sights of the Lenin Masoleum and the State Historial Museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cosmonaut museum.
    You’re Invited: Visit to Cosmonaut Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Moscow

    Today we have one of the biggest highlights to your tour, a visit to the Kremlin Grounds. For many people the symbol of Moscow and indeed Russia, the Kremlin is the former seat of the Russian Government and a unique historical, architectural and artistic reserve. During a stroll around the Kremlin Grounds you will see the majestic Cathedral Square which still retains its original form. Then, you will have tour of the State Armoury, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts. Tonight your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the State of Armoury

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Uglich

    Your day starts with a visit to Uglich, one of most beloved towns in Old Russia, which is part of the Golden Ring around Moscow. Throughout its 1000 year history, the town has been used by various Monarchs including Ivan the Terrible as a base for attacks on the Tatars and Poles. During your walking tour you will visit the renowned green-domed Cathedral of Transfiguration. Then, visit the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, which was built on the site where Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible was murdered.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Yaroslavl

    Founded in the 11th century by Yaroslav the Wise, the ancient city of Yaroslavl retains many monuments of its noteworthy and colourful past. Your walking tour will take you through the historic center, a World Heritage Site, which is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers. Visit the 17th century Church of St. Ilya the Prophet, an incredible structure filled with frescoes and classic Russian architecture, then wander the grounds of the 12th century Saviour-Transfiguration Monastery, one of the oldest along the Volga.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Goritsy

    Today we arrive in Goritsy, a typical Russian village set in the most scenic countryside. Take a coach from the ship to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397, by Cyril, one of the most honoured saints in the Russian Orthodox Church, the monastery houses the Assumption Cathedral and many ancient icons, which were loved by Ivan the Terrible.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Kizhi

    Today you will cruise Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, and arrive at the small island of Kizhi. You will be taken on a walking tour through the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble, housing a collection of restored 18th century Russian wooden buildings, including the breath-taking Church of the Transfiguration. Built in 1714, the structure of the Church was built without a single nail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Mandrogi

    Today we visit the picturesque village of Mandrogi located on the River Svir. The charming landscape is dotted with colourful “izbas” – wooden houses with finely carved roofs and window frames. The town also offers many of opportunities for you to admire items of Russian handicrafts, such as pottery and the famous “matryioshka” dolls. You will also have free time to enjoy some of  Mandrogi’s other attractions, like the Vodka Museum, which contains thousands of different brands and types of one of Russia’s most famous exports. This evening, the Captain will host a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - St. Petersburg

    You will sail on the Neva River into St. Petersburg early this morning. Founded by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than 200 years. Nicknamed ‘Venice of the North’, the historic centre, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guided bus tour will take you along the Nevsky Prospect, the main boulevard of St. Petersburg. You will pass the Gostiny Dvor (St. Petersburg largest department store), the National Library and the monument to Catherine the Great, the sights of the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Kazan and Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - St. Petersburg

    Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Heritage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. Formerly the Winter Palace and home of the Tsars, the museum’s collection comprises of nearly three million exhibits including the largest collection of paintings in the world and early collections dating back to Catherine II.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - St. Petersburg

    The day is yours to continue exploring the main sights and attractions of St. Petersburg or just enjoy and relax on board of MS Rossia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - St. Petersburg Disembarkation

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • 11 Nights on-board the MS Rossia
  • Airport transfers to and from the ships
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Directo
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Passau
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Guided bus tour of Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Moscow
  • Visit to Kremlin Grounds
  • Visit to Uglich
  • Tour to Yaroslavl
  • Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Visit of the Kizhi Architectural Ensemble
  • Visit to Mandrogi Village
  • Guided Bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov
  • Local Slovakian on-board entertainment
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show on-board
  • Budapest Evening Cruise
  • Visit to Cosmonaut Museum
  • Visit to the State of Armoury
  • Guided hike near Passau
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Guided active walk to Buda Hill

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 51 superb meals including 18 Breakfasts (B), 15 Lunches (L), 18 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on-board

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