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Munich - Budapest - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Star
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Immerse yourself within the breathtaking and noteworthy places to visit on this 8-day trip. The Emerald Star plans an extraordinary getaway for you to experience. Grab your things and fly to Munich then transfer to Nuremberg where the ship and the crews are waiting. Cruise from Germany to Hungary. Visit several cities or towns like Regensburg, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and more. Enjoy some walking tour, hiking and biking around the beautiful sites.

Day-by-Day Summary

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

Highlights

  • Tour around the Ringstrasse in Vienna
  • Learn about the Slovakian culture from the local families in Bratislava
  • Visit the Melk Abbey and appreciate its European Baroque orchestra
  • Enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board

Ship

Emerald Star

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset over Passau Take a quiet moment in Passau Column on Hauptplatz in Linz Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Morning view on Bratislava city

Day 1 Munich | Nuremberg | Embark

Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to Nuremberg where the Emerald Dawn is waiting for you to embark.

Day 2 Regensburg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, relax as you cruise down the Main-Danube Canal.

Welcome to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, visiting the Old Town Hall complex and Porta Praetoria, an ancient stone building that can be dated back to 179 AD.

Day 3 Passau | Linz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today’s cruising takes you to 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 unveils 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.

Enjoy exploring the city before returning to your Star-Ship for lunch and an afternoon of sailing along the Danube River.

Day 4 Melk | Dürnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The included tour takes you to Melk Abbey, famous for its invaluable library. This afternoon, enjoy a guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein. Alternatively, cruise through the wine region and on to Dürnstein, embarking on a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle when you arrive.

Day 5 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Vienna! The “City of Dreams” was home to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Today, you can explore the capital with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the city. Soak in the opulent façades of the Vienna State Opera and City Hall before admiring the multi-colored tiled roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 

Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour from where your Star-Ship is docked to the idyllic Danube Island, before finishing in Prater, underneath the giant Ferris wheel.

Day 6 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the beautifully restored historic quarter, venturing down winding cobbled streets and passing a number of architectural highlights, including the neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre and the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral. Alternatively, hike to Bratislava Castle and discover how it was destroyed by Napoleon’s troops during the 19th century.

Gain a thorough understanding of Slovakian culture this afternoon as you meet a local family for coffee and cake. This evening, your captain is delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.

Day 7 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Offering an abundance of European history, Budapest is known for its charming neo-Gothic architecture, cultural whimsy and historic monuments around every corner. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city offers many links to the past, including the remains of the Roman city of Aquincum.

Enjoy a guided coach tour, starting at the Citadella that sits on top of Gellért Hill, overlooking the Danube. Relax as a drive down Andrássy Avenue showcases the decorative façades of neo-Renaissance townhouses and journey to Heroes’ Square to see the seven chieftains of the Magyars.

Alternatively, hike to Buda Hill, gazing up at the Buda Castle complex and admiring the Habsburg monuments that adorn the streets. This evening, a traditional Hungarian folklore show is sure to delight, as is a postcard-worthy night-time cruise along 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 memories of a Viennese skyline and Baroque masterpieces with you.

Emerald Star

Per person starting at
$3,395
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
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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.

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 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 the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Melk Abbey Tour
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Guided tour of Budapest 
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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