Prague with Danube Explorer

11 Days
Prague to Budapest
From (NZD)
$ 5,475
$ 4,725
Dates & Pricing

2021 Prague > Budapest

Prague is a fascinating city full of historical sights, like the Astrological Clock, and Charles Bridge. 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.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EMPB
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Prague
Return City:
Budapest

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Prague

    When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.

  2. Day 2 - Prague

    After a relaxing night in your hotel, embark on a guided walking tour of Prague. Your local guide will introduce you to the lavish façade of Mozart’s Theatre and the mechanical spectacle that is the medieval Astronomical Clock. Cross Charles Bridge to see vendors distributing their wares overlooking the Vltava and board a coach to be transferred to the Prague Castle area.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Prague

    EmeraldPLUS

    Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Prague

    Your tour director will be available to help you plan a day of independent exploration today, perhaps strolling past ornate façades in the Baroque quarter or discovering Prague’s Jewish heritage in Josefov. 

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    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Prague – Passau

    You’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Passau this morning, to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Passau

    Today 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 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 hike near Passau

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Passau

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    Bavaria Live (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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. On your included tour today, walk the halls of the magnificent Benedictine abbey of Melk, gazing upon ornate gold leaf walls. 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. 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 

    Included Excursion

    A tour of Melk Abbey 

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    Visit to Schallaburg castle (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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 the Danube Island.  

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A bike tour in Vienna

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Vienna

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    Tastes of Vienna (extra expense)

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    An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Bratislava

    Cobbled streets pave the course for daily life in Bratislava, where winding alleys and gothic architecture 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

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Bratislava

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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. 

    EmeraldPLUS

    A traditional Hungarian folklore show

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike to Buda Hill 

    Included Excursion

    A guided bus tour of Budapest

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    Tour of Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Jewish Heritage Tour (extra expense, only available on selected dates)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Budapest

    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.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers and to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Guided bus tour of Budapest

EmeraldPLUS
  • Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
  • A traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Hike to Veste Oberhaus
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein
  • Bike tour on Danube island
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Hike to Buda Hill

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 19 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 3 nights at a hotel in Prague
  • A guided tour of Prague
  • Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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