Chelsea Flower Show & Splendours of Europe with Prague

22 Day
From (NZD)
$ 13,035
  • 2019 Prague > London

    Tour Code:

    ELOC

    Duration:

    22 Days

    Departure City:

    Prague

    Return City:

    London

  • 22 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Arrival Prague

      Situated on the banks of the River Vltava in central Bohemia, this beautiful city is rich in history and is home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture. Included is a three-night stay in Prague.

    • Day 2 - Prague

      This morning we explore the sights of the Old Town Square on a guided walking tour. We see Mozart´s Theatre, Little Square and Astronomical Clock. We continue our tour and walk across the Charles Bridge spanning the River Vltava and full of portrait artists and small vendors, to board our coach to drive to the 1,000–year–old Prague Castle area. With our local guide we walk through Hradcany Square, for the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard. See the magnificent Loreta Monastery and arrive at Hradcany Castle.

      EmeraldPLUS: Local Dinner with Entertainment

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Prague

      Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter. You will no doubt return to the lively atmosphere around the Charles Bridge for another look.

      DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Prague - Budapest Embarkation

      This morning travel by coach from Prague to Budapest. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance.
      EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Budapest

      Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava.
      EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Bratislava

      This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle.
      EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
      EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Vienna

      Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

      DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)
      AND / OR
      DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Dürnstein - Melk

      In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
      OR
      EmeraldACTIVE:
      A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Passau

      Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes.
      DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

      *** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Regensburg - Kelheim

      After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our guided walking tour you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall.
      EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

      DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Nuremberg

      Today, you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights.

      DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Bamberg

      This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 13 - Würzburg

      Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork.

      DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

      *** Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Wertheim - Miltenberg

      Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. The village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Rüdesheim- Koblenz

      After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Cologne

      The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

      DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)
      OR
      DiscoverMORE:
      Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

      *** Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Amsterdam

      The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by.
      EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

      DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Disembark Amsterdam – London

      After breakfast, disembark the ship for your transfer^ to Brussels by coach then Eurostar Rail to London. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception at your hotel.
      Four Night Stay: London

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 19 - London

      Soak up the city sights with an included half day sightseeing tour. Firstly, admire Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then drive through the West End, seeing Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. Walk with your guide to Buckingham Palace to witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard. Lastly, drive along Piccadilly, past Green Park and the Ritz, to finish in the heart of the West End. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - London

      Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore London.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 21 - Chelsea Flower Show

      Today, see the spring season plants and flowers, as well as witness the grand displays by world renowned designers as you attend the Chelsea Flower Show. Your transfer to/from the hotel plus entrance is included along with ample time to wander around the exhibition.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 22 - Depart London

      After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICE
    • Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ships’
    • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director and Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
    • Port taxes and charges included
    • All tipping and gratuities included
    • Return airport transfers
    • Stay four nights at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London or similar
    • Stay three nights at the Hotel Grandium, Prague or similar
    • 14 nights on a luxury European river ship
    • Explore 17 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
    • Tour Prague, visiting 1,000 year old Hradcany Castle courtyard, Charles Bridge, the Old Market Square and the famous Astronomical Clock
    • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
    • Take a city tour of Bratislava
    • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
    • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
    • Take a tour of charming Bamberg
    • Absorb the sights of Würzburg on a tour
    • Take a walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
    • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
    • Take a walking tour of vibrant Cologne
    • In Amsterdam, take a glass top canal boat cruise
    • Tour London and see the famous sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey,
    • Trafalgar Square & Buckingham Palace
    • Full day entrance to Chelsea Flower Show including transport
    DINING HIGHLIGHTS
    • 51 superb meals including:
    • 21 Full Breakfasts (B), 14 Lunches (L),13 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners
    • Captain’s Welcome Reception
    • Captain’s Gala Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
    EmeraldPLUS
    • Dinner and entertainment in Prague
    • Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
    • Budapest evening cruise
    • Home hosted afternoon tea with a Slovakian family
    • Traditional Bavarian band and dancing