Have questions? We're here.
Explore Budapest from the serene Danube

Danube Explorer & Highlights of Budapest

Munich/Passau - Budapest - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Emerald Luna
Talk with an expert
Build your ideal Danube River trip. Call 1.406.541.2677
Start Planning My Trip
Embark on this 10-day Danube Explorer & Highlights of Budapest Cruise aboard Emerald Luna along the Danube River's shores, with an extended sojourn in the splendid city of Budapest. This itinerary unveils the beauty of five countries and five remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites, encapsulating the essence of central Europe. Immerse yourself in authentic encounters and local pleasures during this unparalleled expedition. Delve into the traditions of the region, relish its distinctive cuisines, and uncover its multi-century history. Traverse enduring architectural wonders, historical landmarks, and vibrant cultural expressions that define this expansive and ever-evolving area.
Enjoy wandering through historic MunichVisit charming PassauAdmire the artistry of LinzDiscover the art and culture of ViennaExplore castle ruins outside beautiful BratislavaHungarian parliament, BudapestGolden sunset lights the famous Fisherman's Bastion in BudapestExplore Budapest from the serene Danube
Highlights
  • Explore the beauty of five countries along the Danube River's shores
  • Discover five remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Uncover the essence of central Europe
  • Discover traditions, cuisines, and multi-century history of the region
Activities
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
0

Full Itinerary

Expand All

Day 1: Munich - Passau | Embark

Welcome to Munich, where you will be greeted by 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 in Munich prior to 02:00 PM.

Day 2: Passau

Today, you’ll sample homemade specialties and explore the customs and traditions of Bavarian agriculture during a visit to a local farm. Alternatively, you can set off on a hike, soaking up views such as the hilltop church of Mariahilf and the ancient St. Severin, dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.

Day 3: Linz – Ceský Krumlov

Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centers 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.

Day 4: Melk – Weissenkirchen

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube River en route to Melk. Here, you’ll explore the golden halls of Melk Abbey on today’s included tour.

Afterward, you’ll have the choice to sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, or if you’re feeling active cycle from Melk along the Danube River, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.   

Day 5: Vienna

Discover the classical charms of Vienna as guides take you through the city. Uncover the cafés, artisan studios, and baroque majesty of Vienna's imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstraße will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Donauinsel, the Danube Island.   

Day 6: Vienna - Bratislava

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Vienna before sailing on to Bratislava, marveling at the ever-changing scenery of the Danube.  Explore the city’s historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is within walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the fairytale-like Bratislava Castle.

Day 7: Budapest

This morning, relax on board your Star-Ship while travelers sail from Slovakia to Hungary. In Budapest, an exciting program awaits you. As you sail into this magnificent city, it becomes immediately apparent why the Hungarian capital is known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. Venture into the city independently or make use of our onboard bikes to explore Budapest's hidden treasures.

Day 8: Budapest

Today, explore the city's cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian capital's culinary scene, finishing at the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapest's largest and most expansive indoor market, where you'll have time to explore independently.

If you're feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.

Day 9: Budapest

On your last full day in Budapest, you are invited to a special dinner and a traditional folklore show for a truly immersive local experience. This is a great chance to bid farewell to your fellow travelers before going home.

Day 10: Budapest | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.

Ship/Hotel

Emerald Luna

Dates & Prices

My Preferred Start Date

Deals

2 for 1 Fares + Free Air 25065
Book your Emerald River cruise for select 2024-2025 departures by September 30, 2024, and enjoy 2-for-1 fare on your cruise pricing.

An additional bonus savings of up to $1,000 per suite ($500 per person) on select departures. Savings vary by departure.

Free air offers are also available based on suite category when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers or 90 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. Bonus savings options are available in lieu of air with the same payment terms. Amount varies by category cabins.

Single Supplement: A free single supplement is available in 2024 and select 2025 Europe River cruise departures. Full payment is required. Other departure dates may have a 45% single supplement. Single supplement offers do not apply to S, RA, or SA cabin categories.

Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date or cancel your journey until 90 days prior to departure. Enjoy a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, valid for 24 months. The offer is valued at $125 per person—no substitutions, no cash value.

Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
Click for departure dates

Save and Sail 25160
Book your Emerald Europe River cruise for select 2024-2025 departures by August 4, 2024, and enjoy bonus savings of up to $1250 per suite ($625 per person) on select departures. Savings vary by departure. This promotion is combinable with 2-for-1 fares and Pay in full offer. A deposit is required at the time of booking. Additional restrictions may apply. Please contact us for details.
Click for departure dates

Per person starting at
$8,490 2-3 travelers
Select a Date
Emerald Stateroom E
An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months. Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalize your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising. Dimensions: 162ft2
Select a Date
Emerald Stateroom D
An Emerald Stateroom is home to all the amenities you need to settle into your home-away-from-home. A great size picture window lets in the perfect amount of light, welcoming in the golden summer sunshine, or the winter sun during cooler months. Comfort is of the highest importance, so each room features individual climate control, allowing you to personalize your room’s temperature to suit your preferences and the time of year you’re cruising. Dimensions: 162ft2
Select a Date
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite C
Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas.
Select a Date
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite B
Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Dimensions: 180ft2
Select a Date
Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite A
Your Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite offers everything you could need throughout your cruise, and more. You’ll be surrounded by elegant décor and opulent, comfortable furnishings, as you unwind in your home-away-from-home. Relax on your balcony as the stunning landscapes pass by, and transform it from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease, as the floor-to-ceiling window lowers to a halfway point at the touch of a button. Enjoy the river breeze from your comfortable chair, enjoying a good book or the unfolding vistas. Dimensions: 180ft2
Select a Date
Grand Balcony Suite (SA)
Staying in the Emerald Grand Balcony Suite makes waking up and going to sleep a dream. Open your balcony, with the simple press of a button, to let in the river breeze on a lazy morning, as the unrivaled comfort of your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed, dressed with luxurious linens, encourages you to lie in that little bit longer. Dimensions: 210ft2
Select a Date
Owners One-Bedroom Suite
Some of the most sumptuous suites on European waterways, our Owners One-Bedroom Suite has it all. A separate lounge and bedroom area allows the luxury of space, from which to enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, a drink from your fully stocked minibar, or after-dinner sweet treats before bed. Your queen-size or twin hotel-style bed will be draped in high-quality linens, for the perfect night’s sleep, plus you’ll have the pleasure of selecting your preferred pillow from our extensive menu. Get comfortable for the night after a busy day exploring, and prepare for the next as you unwind with a film on your flat-screen TV and infotainment system in true comfort. Dimensions: 315ft2
Select a Date
Emerald Single Stateroom - Single Occupancy Only
We make solo travel easy and comfortable as all of our Star-Ships, except Emerald Radiance, boast two Emerald Single Staterooms. Home to a deluxe single bed, a bathroom with a shower, indulgent toiletries, and a hairdryer, you’ll have all the comforts you need at your fingertips. Your picture window welcomes in a lovely amount of light and individual climate control ensures you can keep at a comfortable temperature regardless of which season you’re traveling in. Dimensions: 117ft2

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 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
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Culinary Tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit
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

Map

When to Go

Inquire

* By providing your phone number, you consent to receive direct phone calls or SMS messages from our Trip Planners to get the process started. We do not share your information with third-parties.
Travel Agents

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
Lindsay Gompf
More Reasons

Why Travel With Adventure Life

All News

Recognized By