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Munich - Budapest - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Dawn
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Come aboard the Emerald Dawn for an exciting 8-day cruise. The ship has luxurious facilities that you will surely enjoy and has accommodating crews. Keep exploring the ship while its cruising one of the famous rivers in Europe, the Danube River. There will be stops in different cities to tour and have some activities. Like in Regensburg, you will visit the Old Town Hall complex and the ancient stone building of Porta Praetoria. Also, a bike escapade from Melk to Dürnstein. Ready yourself for all the fun and adventure that Emerald Dawn prepared for you. 
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Highlights
  • Tour the admirable city of Passau and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • Visit the Vienna State Opera, the City Hall and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Hike and learn how the Bratislava Castle was crushed by Napoleon’s troops
  • Climb up to Buda Hill and admire the Buda Castle and the Habsburg
Activities
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Munich | Regensburg | Embark

You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for you.
Please book your flight to arrive into Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

Day 2: Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the medieval centre of Regensburg with a local guide, walking the cobblestone streets, passing the patrician houses of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Alternatively, join a bike tour to the Walhalla monument which towers high above the slopes of the Danube. From here you can enjoy a fascinating view of the river and the surrounding landscape.  

This evening, enjoy a welcome reception with dinner, followed by a traditional Bavarian band on board.

Day 3: Passau | Engelhartszell

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you’ll cruise into the heart of Passau, where three of Europe’s main rivers converge in the shadows of the castle. Your guided tour of this illustrious city will unveil how it was rebuilt following fires in the 17th century. Italian architects left their mark with a scattering of Baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you are feeling active, you can join a bike tour along the River Inn, one of the three rivers converging in Passau. 
Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.

Day 4: Dürnstein | Krems

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, offering delightful panoramic views of the surrounding medieval villages. Afterwards, you will sail through the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Krems.  Alternatively, you can embark on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Krems, passing terraced vineyards, castles and ruins along the way, before meeting your Star-Ship where it is docked. 

This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Göttweig Abbey, a true treasure overlooking the Wachau from a hill covered by vineyards and forests. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape since 2001, it is one of Austria's most important Benedictine abbeys and attracts visitors from all over the world. Built in 1083, it continues to serve as a spiritual center in the heart of Lower Austria and is run by a community of about 45 monks. Visible from great distance, the abbey provides epic panoramas when you visit.

Day 5: Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. For art-lovers, there is no other place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork but because of its variety. Your tour will include a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide. 

Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island.

Day 6: Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces and Gothic architecture that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as you sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting history, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace.
Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle and its idyllic Baroque gardens, offering the perfect backdrop to the Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months.

This afternoon, enjoy coffee and cake in the home of a Slovakian family before being welcomed to your farewell dinner.

Day 7: Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Budapest, a city generously steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided city tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and encompassing many of Budapest’s hotspots. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour up to Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, providing the best panoramas of the city and river. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.

Day 8: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking wonderful memories of the Viennese skyline and architectural masterpieces with you.

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Emerald Dawn

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Horizon bar and lounge
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Dates & Prices

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$7,090

Please confirm embark/disembark locations before reserving flights, as this itinerary operates in reverse on alternating departures.
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)
180 sq ft. 18 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 (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.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Choice between Emerald Plus and Emerald Active Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Travelers are urged to arrange comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the tour

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