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EMERALD – Treasures of the Danube – Bucharest to Nuremberg – 17 days


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There are so many different sides of Europe to discover: the cosmopolitan and the classical, the traditional and the modern, the history of the war-torn and of the elite. On this 17 day exploration, you’ll be taken on a dynamic journey that uncovers it all. Beginning with a voyage through Eastern Europe, you’ll see evidence of the remains and rising of war-torn villages, towns and cities – and
gain a deeper understanding of the internal battles of the conflicting countries. And stark in contrast, you’ll visit imperial cities such as Vienna and Budapest with their exceptional architecture, majestic palaces, musical influences and vibrant culture.




Day 1 Arrive Bucharest
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person. Welcome to Romania – a country with a unique and powerful history, enveloped in natural beauty. On arrival at the airport you’ll be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to the Novotel Bucharest or similar in the city centre for a two night stay. After settling in, you’re invited to meet your Tour Director and fellow guests at a special Welcome Dinner.
Included meals: Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 Bucharest
Today you’ll explore Romania’s capital and largest city – Bucharest. Your included guided tour takes
you to the magnificent Palace of the Parliament, Europe’s largest building constructed by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. As you walk the city’s wide avenues, you’ll notice that they have
a distinctly French feel, which is why the city is often referred to as the Paris of the East. On a
remote island outside of Bucharest lies the Snagov Monastery which is the supposed burial site of
Vlad the Impaler, more commonly known as Count Dracula. Here you’ll board a coach to Snagov where you’ll take a boat out to visit the monastery, learning about the mysteries of bygone eras as you sail.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Bucharest and the Snagov Monastery.
Included meals: breakfast.

Day 3 Bucharest
After breakfast this morning, you’ll board your coach to be transferred to your deluxe Emerald Waterways ship waiting for you on the Danube River. You’ll be welcomed on-board by your Captain and crew and guided to your stylish suite or stateroom. Once you’ve settled into your cabin, you’ll enjoy lunch before you get ready to visit to a local village and experience the traditional farming community.
Included excursions: visit to a Bucharest village.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4 Silistra
Relax in the riverside city of Silistra which was once a Roman fort under the Byzantine Empire and later part of the Ottoman conquest. On your guided tour, you’ll get to see the city’s many historical
landmarks including a Roman tomb, remains of the Medieval fortress, an Ottoman fort, and an art
gallery. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can replace today’s included excursion by
booking an optional excursion to the Black Sea.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Silistra.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 5 Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi – Svishtov
This morning you’ll board your coach and travel to the impressive cliff top town of Veliko Tarnovo,
the former capital of the Bulgarian empire known once as the ‘City of the Tsars’. As well as being
famous for its historical hills, the city is home to multiple emblematic medieval churches. And the
streets are filled with 200 year old houses, crafts workshops, souvenir shops and galleries. After
your tour you’ll visit the historic town of Arbanassi, which is perched high on a plateau overlooking
the Yantra Valley and lined with traditional houses. You’ll board your ship in the former Roman town
of Svishtov.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 6 Iron Gate
Relax on-board your deluxe Emerald Waterways ship as you sail through the narrow gorge between
the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains known as the Iron Gate. The narrow and once
dangerous passage boasts spectacular scenery forming the border between Serbia and Romania.
You can view the fantastic scenery from the Sun Deck or in the spacious lounge. Or why not unwind
in the heated swimming pool?
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7 Belgrade

Today you’ll explore Serbia’s vibrant capital of Belgrade. Your guided city tour takes you back
in time to discover Belgrade’s turbulent history. You’ll visit Tito’s Memorial, the impressive Fortress
Kalemegdan – a defensive structure overlooking the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers
– and St Sava Church which is the world’s largest orthodox cathedral. This afternoon you can book
an optional excursion to Novi Sad – Serbia’s second largest city. Here lies the Petrovaradin fortress
which is home to artists’ studios and a museum, and offers a beautiful view of the city.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Belgrade.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 8 Vukovar
Today you’ll cruise into the border region of Croatia to Vukovar, a city that was heavily damaged during the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the communist era. Here you’ll enjoy a different kind of excursion – a more authentic experience – as you meet a local family who will tell you tales of their everyday life and welcome you into their home for a traditional lunch, specially prepared
for you. Back on-board your ship, you can enjoy swapping stories of the day’s events and an
evening of relaxing sailing.
EmeraldPLUS: a home-hosted lunch with a local family.
Included meals: breakfast, special lunch and dinner.

Day 9 Kalocsa
Early this morning you’ll sail out of Budapest towards Kalocsa, one of the oldest towns in Hungary, famous for the production of paprika. Make the most of your time relaxing on-board this morning, because this afternoon you’ll visit a local Puszta Horse Farm and enjoy a performance showcasing the exceptional riding skills of Magyar horseman.
Included excursions: a visit to a local Puszta Horse Farm.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10 Budapest
Today you have a full day to spend at your leisure in the spectacular city of Budapest. Your Cruise
Director will be on hand to help you plan your day. Perhaps visit the city market or enjoy relaxing at the local thermal baths? This evening you’ll enjoy a nighttime cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, while enjoying a traditional Hungarian Dinner complete with folk dancing and music. Rather than enjoy a day free to spend as you wish, you can always book an optional excursion to Szentendre – a riverside town in Pest county known for its museums, galleries and artists.
EmeraldPLUS: a traditional Hungarian Dinner with entertainment.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 11 Budapest
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. And you’ll get to explore its
highlights on a guided tour including the Royal Palace of Buda, the hilltop castle complex and
Fisherman’s Bastion, the Matthias Church, and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest. This afternoon you have free time to further explore Budapest at your own pace, or to relax on-board your ship before you depart for Bratislava.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Budapest.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 12 Bratislava
Welcome to Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Today you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour to
the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin.
Afterwards, you’re invited to enjoy afternoon tea in the home of a local Slovakian family, where you’ll
gain a more authentic insight into life in Bratislava and its traditional culture.
EmeraldPLUS: home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Bratislava.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 13 Vienna
Austria’s vibrant city of Vienna is a fantastic fusion of old and new. Today, we take you on an icon-filled coach tour along the Ringstrasse where you’ll see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Town Hall and the Hofburg Imperial Palace before hopping off to explore the city on foot. This afternoon you’re free to discover Vienna for yourself or take an optional tour of Schönbrunn Palace. In the evening, you can book an optional trip to watch a Viennese concert.
Included excursions: a sightseeing drive along the Ringstrasse and walking tour of Vienna.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14 Dürnstein to Melk
This morning you arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region and home of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Here you’ll board your coach which takes you through the picturesque landscape of this district and on to the 900-year old Benedictine Melk Abbey which boasts the finest Italian architecture, a 640ft Imperial Corridor and fabulous fresco ceilings.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Melk Abbey.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 Passau
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, is Passau – the “Three Rivers City”. On
this morning’s walking tour, you’ll stroll through the cobblestone streets to find the perfect view of
the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress before admiring the wonderfully ornate architecture of St. Stephen’s
Cathedral. As an alternative to your included visit to Passau, you may book an optional full day tour to Salzburg or Ceský Krumlov.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Passau.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16 Regensburg – Kelheim
After breakfast you’ll arrive in magnificent Regensburg – one of Germany’s best preserved
medieval cities. On your guided walking tour you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges
crossing the Danube and the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. To replace
your guided tour of Regensburg, you can book an optional boat cruise along the Danube Gorge and a
tour of Weltenburg Abbey. This evening’s on-board entertainment is a traditional Bavarian Oompah
Band, playing a mix of contemporary and folk music to accompany your Farewell Dinner.
EmeraldPLUS: evening entertainment with a traditional Bavarian Oompah Band.
Included excursions: a guided tour of Regensburg.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 17 Nuremberg – Munich
After breakfast, it’s time to say your goodbyes before you’re transferred to Munich airport. Your flight
to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Manston (Kent) is included in the
price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available
from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.
Included meals: breakfast.





Departure Dates
Emerald Stateroom
Emerald Stateroom
Emerald Single
Emerald Panorama
Balcony Suite

Emerald Panorama
Balcony Suite
Emerald Panorama

Balcony Suite

Emerald Panorama
Balcony Suite

Emerald Panorama
Balcony Suite
Balcony Suite
Owner’s One-Bed Suite
25 Apr

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Exceptional Emerald Value

With Emerald Waterways, you don’t have to worry about your daily budget or mounting costs. So you can really look forward to your river cruise, we’ve made sure that you won’t be surprised by any hidden extras, just amazed at what our holidays include.

  • Return travel from the UK
  • 2 nights at the Novotel Bucharest or similar
  • 14 nights in a stateroom or suite of your choice, all with a river view
  • 15 shore excursions either by foot or First Class coach, and including visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 5 EmeraldPLUS experiences including afternoon tea in the home of a local Slovakian family
  • 45 meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 1 special lunch, 12 dinners and 3 highlight
    dinners, including a Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available onboard at all times
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily
  • A variety of onboard evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • All port charges, airport taxes and transfers within Europe

We include even more…

  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Fly from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow & Edinburgh at no extra cost
  • All tips, saving you up to £235 per couple
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