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
Munich to Budapest
From (CAD)
$ 3,811
Dates & Pricing

2023 Munich > Budapest

The iconic Danube river guides you on a gentle journey, enabling you to soak up Europe’s cultural wonders at leisure. Sail the picturesque Wachau Valley to enchanting Dürnstein. Visit the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, drive around Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse to view the city’s marvellous architecture, and let inspiring Budapest tell tales of its past, while proudly looking forward to the future.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWPA
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Munich
Return City:
Budapest

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Munich – Passau

    Welcome to Munich, where you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Cruises representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship in Passau. A warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew and, this evening, you’ll join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Passau

    Today, you will gain a fascinating insight into the life of local Bavarian farmers during a visit to a farm, where you’ll also be able to try their homemade specialties. 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

  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 Gothic façades, each taking you back to the Middle Ages. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

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    Linzer torte making workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Melk – Dürnstein

    Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing some of the world’s best wine-producing vineyards, before arriving in Melk.
    On your included tour today, walk the gold-leaf halls of Melk Abbey. Afterwards, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Dürnstein. When you arrive, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, you can stay in Melk and cycle to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture. 
     

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour along the Danube 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle 

    Included Excursion

    Tour of Melk Abbey 

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    Visit to Schallaburg castle (extra expense)

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    Vineyard hike & tasting in Weissenkirchen (extra expense)

    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. A drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on the Danube Island.  

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Bike tour in Vienna

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Vienna

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    Art tour of Vienna including Kunsthistorisches Museum (extra expense)

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    Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Vienna - Bratislava

    Enjoy a short but tranquil sailing between Vienna and Bratislava, marvelling at the everchanging scenery of the Danube. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Its silhouette looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a fairytale. Alternatively, explore the city’s historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Local Slovakian entertainment on board

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Budapest

    Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip awaits. 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 have time to explore on your own.    
    If you are feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board 

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike to Buda Hill 

    Included Excursion

    Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit

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    Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Jewish heritage tour (extra expense)

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    Budapest spa experience (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Budapest

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities 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 CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

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

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

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Hike to Veste Oberhaus
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Hike to Buda Hill

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 superb 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