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Cruise Europe’s waterways in style for less on board Evergreen’s award-winning ‘Star Ships’. Cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest over 15 days on this fully escorted deluxe river cruise with all must-see sights included. Enjoy daily guided tours in 15 cities, towns and villages. Highlights include a canal cruise in Amsterdam, a walking tour of vibrant Cologne and the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg. Tour Bamberg and Melk’s Benedictine Abbey and take city tours of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and more. You’ll also cruise the magical castle-lined Rhine Gorge and picturesque Wachau Valley. Complimentary “You’re Invited” cultural program including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a family in Bratislava, plus the “EmeraldACTIVE” program of hiking and cycling is included as well. Enjoy the onboard pool which transforms into a cinema, and relax on the Sun Deck and Terrace. 41 superb meals with complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and all tipping and gratuities are also included. Helloworld Exclusive: €100pp onboard credit to use at the bar or the wellness centre.
• 14 nights luxury cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers between Amsterdam and Budapest on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
• 41 onboard meals and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Airport transfers to and from the ship
• The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
• Port taxes and charges
• All tipping and gratuities
• Guided tours of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg
• Melk Abbey Tour
• Visit to Bishop’s Residenz in Wurzburg
• Walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg
• Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
• Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
• Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
• Budapest Evening Cruise
• Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
• Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
• Traditional Bavarian Band on board
• Guided hikes to Buda Hill, Durnstein Castle, Wertheim Castle plus a hike through vineyards
• Guided bike tours in Vienna, from Durnstein to Melk, and in Amsterdam
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Direction: Amsterdam to Budapest
Day 1 Arrival Amsterdam (D)
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
Day 2 Amsterdam Cruising (B,L,D)
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Day 3 Cologne (B,L,D)
Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship.
Discover More: Tour to Drachenburg Castle (extra expense) passengers on this tour will have the guided tour of Cologne afterwards.
Day 4 Rudesheim (B,L,D)
Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We will also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we 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 to a local winery. In your free time, continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards
Day 5 Miltenberg - Wertheim (B,L,D)
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. After your included tour of Miltenberg and free time, you will be transferred by coach to the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim to enjoy free time until the ship arrives.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level recommended)
Day 6 Wurzburg (B,L,D)
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Wurzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit 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.
Discover More: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense) passengers on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Wurzburg as both tours run at the same time.
Day 7 Bamberg (B,L,D)
Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation.
Day 8 Nuremberg (B,L,D)
Today you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by the 900-year-old ramparts, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. You will also get the chance to pass by the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. Afterwards take a self-guided tour of the WWII Documentation Centre or instead enjoy free time in the city centre.
Day 9 Kelheim - Regensburg (B,L,D)
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main–Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour you’ll 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.
You’re Invited: Traditional Bavarian Band on board
Discover More: Visit to a brewery (extra expense)
Day 10 Passau - Linz (B,L,D)
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’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. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River.
Discover More: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense) Tour to Cesky Krumlov (extra expense). Please note, you can only choose either the Salzburg or the Ceský as both Discover More tours run at the same time. Also note that passengers on these tours will not be able to participate on the included walking tour of Passau.
Day 11 Melk - Durnstein (B,L,D)
Situated within Austria’s wine–growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Durnstein
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Durnstein Castle (active fitness level recommended)
Day 12 Vienna (B,L,D)
Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the magnificent Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, 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
Discover More: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense) or Schonbrunn Palace tour (extra expense, please note that passengers on this tour will not be able to join the included Vienna tour).
Day 13 Bratislava (B,L,D)
Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
You’re Invited: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
Day 14 Budapest (B,L,D)
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, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Buda Hill (active fitness level recommended)
You’re Invited: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
Day 15 Budapest Disembarkation (B)
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.
Note: Itinerary also operates in reverse direction: Budapest to Amsterdam
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 17 Jul 17 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Price based on EWCR 10/5/18. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 5 days of booking or 25 Aug 17, whichever is earlier. Full payment is due 9 months prior to departure. ^Credit is non–transferable, non-refundable, not redeemable for cash and expires on conclusion of the cruise. Credit is for use only on the cruise itinerary at the Horizon Bar, Wellness Centre or used towards a Discover More optional tour. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 17 Jul 17 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Price based on EWCR 10/5/18. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is due within 5 days of booking or 25 Aug 17, whichever is earlier. Full payment is due 9 months prior to departure. ^Credit is non–transferable, non-refundable, not redeemable for cash and expires on conclusion of the cruise. Credit is for use only on the cruise itinerary at the Horizon Bar, Wellness Centre or used towards a Discover More optional tour. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more