St. Petersburg to Budapest, Imperial Charms of Russia and Danube Explorer

19 Days
St Petersburg to Budapest
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$ 10,190
$ 8,690
Dates & Pricing

2019 St Petersburg > Budapest

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

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival St. Petersburg

    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. You will be met and transferred from the airport to MS Rossia, where a warm welcome awaits from your crew. Tonight enjoy your first dinner with your fellow travellers.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - St. Petersburg

    After breakfast, 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. Tonight, your Captain is delighted to host a welcome cocktail with sparkling wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - St. Petersburg

    Your day will start with a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Rival to the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage 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

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - 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 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - 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

  9. Day 9 - 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. This evening, the Captain will host a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Moscow

    Welcome to Moscow, Russia’s capital city on the banks of the Moskva River. The city’s architecture is a reflection of its 860 year old history with many reminders of both its imperial and Soviet past. A sprawling metropolis, Moscow is the financial and political centre of Russia with a population of around 13 million inhabitants. You will have a city tour where you will have a chance to see 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 Historical Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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 a tour of the State Armoury, which houses priceless weaponry, jewels and royal artefacts. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cosmonautics museum.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the State of Armoury
    You’re Invited: Visit to Cosmonautics Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Moscow Disembarkation – Munich – Passau Embarkation

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport (flight not included). You will be met and transferred from Munich Airport to Passau where 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.

    Connecting Flight Moscow to Munich: Please book your flight to arrive prior to 2pm for your group transfer to Nuremberg.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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. 
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Linz

    Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

    *** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Linz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Melk - Dürnstein

    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 Dürnstein
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Duürnstein Castle

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Vienna

    Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - 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.

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and complete the evening with a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
    You’re Invited: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - 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

Tour inclusions

INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
  • Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ships’
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights on board of MS Rossia
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Guided bus tour of St. Petersburg
  • Tour to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Visit to Mandrogi
  • Tour to the Open Air Museum of Architecture in Kizhi Island
  • Visit to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Tour to Yaroslavl
  • Visit to Uglich
  • Guided tour of Moscow
  • Visit to Kremlin Grounds
  • Melk Abbey tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Budapest

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 52 superb meals including: 18 Full Breakfasts (FB), 16 Lunches (L) & 18 Dinners (D)
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • 2 drinks per passenger with meals on board MS Rossia
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board your Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’

You’re Invited
  • Visit to Cosmonaut Museum
  • Visit to the State of Armoury
  • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
  • Budapest evening cruise

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