Eastern Europe Escapade and Splendours of Europe

24 Day
From (NZD)
$ 11,960
  • 2019 Prague > Amsterdam

    Tour Code:

    EGRE

    Duration:

    24 Days

    Departure City:

    Prague

    Return City:

    Amsterdam

  • 24 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Arrive Prague

      Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred^ to your centrally located hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.
      Three Night Stay: 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, the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge. Later drive to the 1,000 year old Prague Castle area.
      EmeraldPLUS: Dinner and a night of local entertainment

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Prague

      Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a
      must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter.

      DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Prague – Dresden – Berlin

      On leaving Prague drive along the Elbe Valley to Dresden, known as Florence on the Elbe. Here we will see the Frauenkirche, the Castle of the Electors of Saxony and the Green Vault with its collection of Meissen porcelain.
      Two Night Stay: Berlin

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Potsdam – Berlin

      Take a short drive to Potsdam to see the palace of Frederick the Great and visit the Cecilienhof
      – where the Potsdam Treaty was signed. The re-unification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, saw the city transform into the impressive and exciting metropolis that it is today. See the new Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz – and drive ‘Unter den Linden’. We see the former Checkpoint Charlie as well as other sites associated with the era of the Iron Curtain.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 6 - Berlin – Train – Warsaw

      This morning you will be taken to the main train station for a journey across the heart of Poland and into the capital, Warsaw. Enjoy time en route to relax and watch the scenery pass by, arriving into Warsaw in the early afternoon. A traditional Polish dinner is included this evening.
      Two Night Stay: Warsaw

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Warsaw

      Our guided sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre where much of the Old Town was rebuilt after the war. Memories of Polanski’s film ‘The Pianist’ come to mind as we visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide. See a monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Take an excursion to the Royal Castle.
      EmeraldPLUS: to an exclusive dinner and private recital of Chopin’s music, performed by a celebrated Polish pianist in a private manor house

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków

      This morning, visit the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz for a guided tour and experience the chilling reminders of the atrocities of World War II. Later, arrive in the picture-postcard medieval city of Kraków, the former royal capital.
      Two Night Stay: Kraków

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 9 - Kraków

      Sightseeing of this imposing medieval city includes the cathedral and castle on Wawel Hill and on a walking tour of the old town we visit St. Mary’s Church and the Cloth Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure.
      EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy dinner in a family run restaurant.

      DiscoverMORE: Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Kraków – Budapest Embarkation

      Today we journey past the Castle of Oravsky Hrad and over the Tatra Mountains, through Slovakia and into Budapest, the capital of Hungary. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship.
      EmeraldPLUS: This evening enjoy a night-time cruise, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying folk dancing and music followed by a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - Amsterdam Disembarkation

      After breakfast, your tour concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

      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
    • 14 nights on a luxury European river ship
    • 10 Day Eastern European Escapade land tour
    • Explore 21 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
    • Discover Prague on a guided city tour
    • Visit the historic German city of Dresden
    • In Berlin see the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall
    • Visit the Palace of Frederick the Great and Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam
    • Rail journey from Berlin to Warsaw
    • Absorb the sights of Warsaw
    • Visit Auschwitz
    • Visit the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto
    • Take a guided tour of Kraków
    • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
    • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
    • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
    • Take a walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
    • In Amsterdam, take a glass top canal boat cruise
    DINING HIGHLIGHTS
    • 57 superb meals including:
    • 23 Full Breakfasts (B), 15 Lunches (L), 16 Dinners (D) & 3 Highlight Dinners
    • Captain’s Welcome Reception
    • Traditional Hungarian Welcome Dinner
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
    EmeraldPLUS
    • Traditional Bavarian band and dancing
    • Home hosted afternoon tea with a
    • Slovakian family
    • Exclusive dinner and private recital of
    • Chopin’s music in a private manor house
    • Family run restaurant in Kraków