Lower Danube Waltz

8 Days
Belgrade to Vienna
From (NZD)
$ 5,695
Dates & Pricing

2019 Belgrade > Vienna

Combining the enigmatic traditions and customs of Eastern Europe with the elegance and history of two of the world’s great capitals, Budapest and Vienna, this 8-day Danube River cruise showcases the continent’s depth and diversity. From a performance of Serbian folklore and a home-hosted lunch in Croatia to a sightseeing tour of Vienna’s incomparable Ringstrasse, you’re invited to experience the contrasts and highlights that make the River Danube one of the world’s most beloved passageways. This 8-day river journey takes you from Belgrade to Vienna via four breath-taking countries, introducing local life, exceptional cuisine and some of the finest landmarks and historical sites on the continent. In Belgrade, embark on a city tour to marvel at Tito’s Memorial, Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church, before an EmeraldPLUS performance showcases the best in Serbian folklore. Cutting a course northward, pass the heritage town of Novi Sad before entering Croatia and the city of Osijek, where a home-hosted lunch with a local family provides immersive insight into local life. Ever the spectacle, Budapest will astound with its magnificent architecture, from the Hungarian Parliament Building to the Chain Link Bridge, while an EmeraldACTIVE hike to Buda Hill promises unforgettable views. Vienna will prove an elegant finale to your journey as you marvel at Burgtheater, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Spanish Riding School.
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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Belgrade

    Welcome to Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and most embark your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship and where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Belgrade

    Serbia's vibrant capital awaits today, your city tour includes a visit to Tito's Memorial, the impressive Fortress Kalemegdan and St Sava Church which is the world's largest orthodox cathedral.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Biking Tour
    EmeraldPLUS: Serbian Folklore Evening Show

    DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Novi Sad

    Novi Sad located northeast of Serbia, is consider a hidden gem on the banks of the Danube River. Across the river is the old quarter, Stari Grad, site of the Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church and the neo-Renaissance City Hall.

    DiscoverMORE: Visit to Sremski Karlovci (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Osijek

    Osijek is an area that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Compare stories back at the ship and enjoy an evening of sailing further down the Danube into Serbia, where remnants of former conflicts can be regularly seen along the river banks.
    EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Lunch with a Croatian Family
    EmeraldPLUS: Meet students from the local village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mohacs - Pécs

    Today you will sail to the Hungarian border with Croatia to visit the picturesque town of Pécs. This town was founded by the Romans and it is known for its architectural landmarks such as the Early Christian Mausoleum, which features frescoed tombsm, the Vast Pécs Cathedral towers over central Szent István Square and the domed Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kasim.

    DiscoverMORE: Villány Wine Tasting Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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 evening the ship will take you for a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill
    EmeraldPLUS: Budapest Evening

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Vienna

    Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent 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. If you feel active, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Vienna Disembarkation

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 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

  • City tour of Belgrade
  • Guided Tour of Novi Sad
  • Guided Tour of Osijek
  • Guided tour of Pecs
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Guided Tour of Vienna

  • Serbian Folklore Evening Show
  • Meet students from the local village
  • Home Hosted Lunch with a local Croatian family
  • Budapest Evening Cruise

  • Guided Bike Tour in Belgrade
  • Guided hike to Buda Hill
  • Guided bike Tour in Vienna

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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