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Danube Explorer

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$2,895 per person
Our Danube Explorer river cruise has something in store for every traveler. Starting in Passau, known as the ‘City of Three Rivers’, Passau has always been an important city based on its location at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and llz Rivers. You’ll love the colorful architecture and charm that this city has to offer. Your journey continues through Austria with a tour of Melk Abbey. Continue through to beautiful Vienna, completing your river cruise journey in Budapest, a city largely declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every stop you make along this voyage is remarkable; picturesque, entertaining, and historically significant.

Itinerary Information

Day 1: Passau

On arrival at the airport in Munich, you’ll be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award-winning ship in Passau. Enjoy a Welcome Buffet dinner with your fellow passengers.

Day 2: Passau

Known also as the “City of Three Rivers,” Passau has always held strategic importance for its location at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. This morning, take in the colorful architecture on a guided walking tour. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral—home to Europe’s largest pipe organ with over 17,000 pipes—and observe the imposing Veste Oberhaus fortress from below as you walk through the historic Old Town. Tonight join your fellow travelers for a fabulous Captain Welcome dinner.

Day 3: Linz

Linz is Austria’s third largest city and the unofficial home of the world’s oldest cake recipe, the Linzer Torte. Located along both banks of the Danube, Linz is a very walkable city as you’ll soon discover on this morning’s guided tour. Visit Linz’s main square (Hauptplatz) to see the Baroque Pestsäule, or Plague Column, built in memoriam of those who lost their lives to the Bubonic Plague. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, or if you prefer, join one of two Discover More full day tours: Travel to the Hallein Salt Mines the world’s oldest mine, or set off for Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic’s South Bohemian Region.

Day 4: Melk - Dürnstein

Melk, Austria sits in the beautiful Wachau Valley, a region known for its scenic castles and ancient ruins, as well as its fine vineyards. Tour the stunning Melk Abbey, a Baroque Benedictine monastery completed in 1736, before continuing along the Danube toward Dürnstein. If you’re feeling particularly active, join an optional bike tour along the river.

Day 5: Vienna

Welcome to Vienna, the City of Music! Today, you’ll take a bus tour along the famous Ringstrasse and then walk through the main square taking in sights such as the Vienna State Opera, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively you can take a Discover More tour to Schönbrunn Palace the stately summer residence of the Hapsburgs. Or if you have an interest in classical music, take advantage of an exclusive Viennese concert featuring the music of Mozart and Strauss.

Day 6: Vienna

Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria's capital city.  This evening the Captian will be delighted to weclome you to the Capitains Farewell Gala Dinner, while sailing to Budapest. 

Day 7: Budapest

Budapest, capital city of Hungary, is one of Europe’s most stunning cities. Large portions of Budapest have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle Quarter, Heroes’ Square, and Andrassy Avenue. Delight in a guided tour highlighting landmarks such as the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, and iconic Chain Bridge that links Buda and Pest across the Danube. Tonight, witness Budapest illuminated from your ship on a night time dinner cruise featuring traditional Hungarian food.

Day 8: Budapest

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Budapest International Airport for your onward or homebound flight.