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Budapest - Nuremberg - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Star
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Embark on the Emerald Star river cruise ship in Budapest which offers an incredibly different view on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe. The first stop is in Bratislava, surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. Next is Vienna, Austria, where you can go cycling on the riverbanks. Then, hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade. Witness the Gothic and Baroque architecture in Passau while exploring the city. You should visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval center on a walking tour in Regensburg. Disembark in Nuremberg. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Budapest | Embark
Day 2 : Budapest
Day 3 : Bratislava
Day 4 : Vienna
Day 5 : Dürnstein | Melk
Day 6 : Passau
Day 7 : Regensburg
Day 8 : Nuremberg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Join a tour in Heroes’ Square, Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District
  • Walk to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval center in Regensburg
  • Explore the Gothic and Baroque architectures in Passau
  • Drive around the Ringstrasse and walk to the Historic Center of Vienna

Ship

Emerald Star

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vienna Opera House, Austria Mozart Statue in Vienna Enjoy cruising through the German countryside A tranquil moment in Nuremberg Historic Nuremberg

Day 1 Budapest | Embark

Welcome to Budapest. You are going to be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, before enjoying time at leisure to explore Budapest. 

This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner. Later, join your fellow guests on the Sun Deck for a memorable evening cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated façades of some of Hungary’s most iconic buildings and the delightful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buda Castle Quarter.

Day 2 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ancient Roman city of Aquincum once sat on the site of modern Budapest, where architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda on the right and Pest on the left offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe.

Today, you have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a guided hike to Buda Hill for a postcard-worthy panorama of the Danube banks.

Day 3 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax onboard as the ship sails to Bratislava. An ancient landscape awaits, where remarkable towers add to a skyline that perfectly encapsulates the history of the city and preserved medieval fortifications tell tales of a turbulent past. Your local guide takes you through the heart of the city, as you soak in sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre.

If you are feeling more active, then you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, offering the perfect environment for the Shakespeare festival that occurs during the summer months.

This afternoon, you are invited into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over coffee and cake, before being welcomed to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 4 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the banks of the Danube, Vienna has been considered to be Europe’s capital of music for centuries. Viennese Classicism is still highly regarded around the world, as the 18th century brought with it the First Viennese School, consisting of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Today, your local guide takes you for a drive around the world-famous Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Vienna, including a peppering of lavish Baroque mansions and the Vienna State Opera. If you are feeling more active, then choose to explore on two wheels instead, cycling along the riverbanks before touching on Danube Island and Prater, home to a traditional 19th-century Ferris wheel. 
 

Day 5 Dürnstein | Melk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in Dürnstein; a small town nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. When you arrive, you may have the chance to hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, a place peppered with natural lookout points that highlight the beauty of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, traversing the banks of the Danube.

Later, sail through the Wachau Valley, a place that showcases a plethora of historic architecture, in the form of monasteries, castles, ruins and the development of urban design through the ages. When you arrive in Melk, you may be taken for a tour of the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, touching on the lavish surroundings of the former palace and viewing ancient manuscripts in the monastic library.

Day 6 Passau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After a morning of sailing along the Danube, perhaps relaxing with a drink in hand on the Sun Deck, the ship takes you into the heart of Passau. As the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet, Passau is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt, meaning the “City of Three Rivers”.

Your included guided tour of Passau unveil its noteworthy Gothic and Baroque architecture. The town was destroyed by a series of fires in the 17th century, leaving a blank canvas for Italian architects to work with.

After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore Passau at leisure, before an afternoon spent sailing towards Regensburg.

Day 7 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in Regensburg, a city that has been generously steeped in history, built on the site of an ancient Roman fort that went on to become a major center for trade during the Middle Ages. Your guided walking tour of Regensburg showcase its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval center, where ancient Roman architecture can be found sitting alongside 11th – 13th-century patrician houses. Narrow cobbled lanes and tall façades help to define the character of this enchanting Bavarian city.

Afterwards, sail down the Main-Danube Canal, passing over a series of aqueducts as panoramas of idyllic landscapes pass by. This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board. 

Day 8 Nuremberg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembarks the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Roman architecture and the cultural divide in Budapest with you.

Emerald Star

Per person starting at
$2,895
Emerald Single Stateroom
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Single Stateroom (ES)
Single Occupancy Only. 117 sq ft. 2 single cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a deluxe single bed, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Stateroom
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Stateroom (E)
162 sq ft. 9 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Stateroom
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Stateroom (D)
162 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
180 sq ft. 19 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite - 18 cabins located at Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
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Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
180 sq ft. 23 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Grand Balcony Suite
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
210 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
Owners One-Bedroom Suite
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Owner's Suite (SA)
315 sq ft. 4 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities 
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided tour of Bratislava 
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D) 
  • Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
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