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.
- Return flights from Scotland to Munich – available from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow
- 7 nights’ in a suite or a stateroom of your choice – with a river view
- All meals on board throughout your river cruise
- Unlimited FREE drinks – including wine, beer and soft drinks exclusively for DC Thosmon Travel readers
- Crise to Passau, Liz, Melk, Dürnstein, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
- Airport to ship transfers
- First class service from an English speaking crew
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, all airport taxes and port charges – plus ABTA & ATOL protection
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0208 0808 252 5705 and quote EWDCT.
Offer Terms & Conditions: 2020 European river cruise offers: Savings of up to £1,350 per couple includes £250 Early Payment Discount and valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only. Unlimited free drinks on board is valid for all new bookings on the advertised river cruises on selected dates and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple is valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only when the balance is paid in full by 31st December 2019. The on board credit amount is €150 on European river cruises. On board credit is per cabin and will be deducted from your final bill upon departure. Flights are available to and from Amsterdam only and are subject to availability.
Danube Explorer Itinerary
Day 1: UK – Munich – Passau
Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.
Upon your arrival in Munich, you will be greeted by one of our Emerald Waterways representatives and transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Day 2: Passau
The gateway to the Black Sea will be a memorable part of your river cruise along the mighty Danube, as Passau’s atmosphere effortlessly reflects the work that was undertaken in the city by Italian architects, who brought a little piece of Venice with them to Germany.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the ornate exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, perfectly mirroring the beautifully restored interior, and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, which comprises of an ensemble of eight historic patrician houses.
Alternatively, set off on a guided hike around Passau, catching sights of the Mariahilf, a place of pilgrimage, and St. Severin, an ancient church that can be dated back to the Ottonian dynasty.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike near Passau
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Passau
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 High Gothic façades, each taking you back to the heart of the Middle Ages.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
Day 4: Melk – Dürnstein
Relax as we cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine and delightful apricot orchards before arriving in Melk.
During an included tour of Melk Abbey, gaze upon ornate gold leaf walls and walk up seemingly endless spiral staircases in what was once a royal palace, gifted to the monks by Leopold II. After your tour, enjoy sailing through the idyllic Wachau Valley. When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle.
When you arrive in charming Dürnstein, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle. Alternatively, stay in Melk to cycle from Melk to Dürnstein, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike ride along the Danube
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Melk Abbey
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. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre was once a fortified Roman frontier city, and a drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to architecture from across the last millennia. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Danube Island.
EmeraldACTIVE: A bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of the Ringstrasse and Vienna
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (extra expense)
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Day 6: Bratislava
Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and a truly rural atmosphere blend together to create a truly distinctive Slovakian capital.
Enjoy a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, with a silhouette that looks as though it was pulled from the pages of a fairytale. This striking landmark was most recently rebuilt in a Renaissance style, but it still retains some of its original features. Alternatively, explore the historic architecture in the compact town centre during 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: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Bratislava
Day 7: Budapest
Welcome to Budapest, where an amazing end to a fantastic trip through the heart of Europe awaits. Once the ancient Roman city of Aquincum, a true historic marvel, with bathhouses and homes with heated floors thanks to the surrounding hot springs. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre will enable you to follow the chapters of architecture through the ages as you set off on a coach tour of Budapest, passing Romanesque, Baroque and Classical façades.
This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board. As the city comes alive at dusk, set out on a night-time cruise on the Danube, witnessing the illuminated attractions that line the riverbanks.
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
EmeraldPLUS: A Budapest evening cruise
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided bus tour of Budapest
Day 8: Budapest – UK
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 apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities with you.
Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.