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Discover the Classic Rivers & Experience Eastern Europe on Emerald Sun

From Prague, Czech Republic to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 24 Days - Departs: Fri, Aug 16, 2024
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Departure
Aug 16, 2024
Arrival
Sep 08, 2024

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Available for new bookings only made between December 18, 2023 - March 31, 2024 on select 2024 & 2025 Emerald Cruises Europe River cruise and 2024, 2025 South East Asia departures.

WAVE Savings: Bonus savings of up to $750 per suite available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2-for-1 fares and pay-in-full offers, and are capacity controlled.

2-for-1 Fares: 2-for-1 fares are displayed as a per-person rate in a double occupancy cabin. Fares are based on full fare pricing and may not have resulted in a sale. Offer applies to cruise pricing only; does not apply on land extensions, air or any other add-ons.

Pay-in-full: Up to $3,000 additional savings per suite when paid in full. For S, RA and SA categories recieve $1500pp savings ($3000 per suite) when you pay in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories recieve $1000pp savings ($2000 per suite) when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Departures outside of 11 months can pay in full at 10 months prior to departure to receive these benefits. Pay in full Air offers available in lieu of pay-in-full savings with same payment terms; Free premium economy air available on the S, RA and SA categories with a max value $2500pp. Free Premium economy air is available on the S and SA categories for South East Asia with a max value of $3000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value $1500pp. Air offers are only valid 61 or more days prior to departure. All flights will be booked on Emerald Cruises' choice of airline and routing, and are subject to availability.

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is appled to the 2-for-1 fare; single guest pays one guest fare. Free single supplement is not combinable with any other offers. Other dates may have a 45% single supplement; can be converted to a 25% supplement when paid in full within 30 days of booking for sailings 6 or more months from departure, or within 2 weeks of booking for departures within 6 months, or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Single supplement offers not applicable on S, RA or SA categories. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

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Reduced Single Supplement offer is available for new bookings only made after Go Live date for the sailing in question. Pay in full required 12 months from departure; if within 12 months, full payment is due 72 hours from booking. Savings are based on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes air fares, port charges, taxes, any pre- or post land touring, hotel stays and other additional items. These offers are combinable with trade vouchers and future travel credits only; not combinable with any other offers. Not combinable with groups.

Offer is available globally on selected dates and cabin categories. All Top Suites are excluded from the Offer. Offer is inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please call your Professional Travel Advisor.

Single Supplement: 45% single supplement offer is available. Single supplement is applied to the 2-for-1 fare; single guest pays one guest fare plus 45% of the 2nd guest fare. 45% single supplement is combinable with pay in full roundtrip air offer. If guest chooses to waive free air, the single supplement can be reduced to 25% when paid in full within 30 days of booking, or 120 days prior to departure; whichever is sooner. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Prague
    Fri, Aug 16, 2024

    Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay. This evening, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.

  2. Day 2
    Prague
    Sat, Aug 17, 2024

    Today you will have a coach transfer from your hotel to the Prague Castle area and start of the walking tour at Prague Castle. After passing through three castle courtyards, you will visit St. Vitus Cathedral, then continue down the Castle steps with a wonderful view over the city of Prague and we continue to Charles Bridge which we cross to reach the Old Town of Prague. The tour finishes in front of the famous Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Highlight dinner at local restaurant

    Included Excursion
    Guided Tour of Prague


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Prague
    Sun, Aug 18, 2024

    Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day. The baroque quarter of Mala Strana is a must see, as is Josefov, the Jewish quarter.

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    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Prague – Dresden - Berlin
    Mon, Aug 19, 2024

    On leaving Prague, drive along the Elbe Valley to Dresden, known as Florence on the Elbe. Here we will see the Frauenkirche, the Castle of the Electors of Saxony and the Green Vault with its collection of Meissen porcelain. Included is a two-night stay in Berlin.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Potsdam – Berlin
    Tue, Aug 20, 2024

    Take a short drive to Potsdam to see the palace of Frederick the Great and visit the Cecilienhof – where the Potsdam Treaty was signed. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city transformed into the impressive and exciting metropolis that it is today. See the new Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz. We see the former Checkpoint Charlie as well as other sites associated with the era of the Iron Curtain.

    Included Excursion
    Orientation tour of Berlin


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Berlin – Train – Warsaw
    Wed, Aug 21, 2024

    This morning, you will be taken to the train station for a journey across the heart of Poland and into the capital, Warsaw. Enjoy time enroute to relax and watch the scenery pass by, arriving in Warsaw in the early afternoon where you will enjoy a two-night stay. A traditional Polish dinner is included this evening.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Warsaw
    Thu, Aug 22, 2024

    Our guided sightseeing tour reveals the historic centre where much of the Old Town was rebuilt after the war. Memories of Polanski’s film ‘The Pianist’ come to mind as we visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide. See a monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial. Take an excursion to the Royal Castle.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Enjoy an exclusive dinner and private recital of Chopin’s music, performed by a celebrated Polish pianist in a private manor house

    Included Excursion
    Guided Tour of Warsaw


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków
    Fri, Aug 23, 2024

    This morning, visit the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz for a guided tour and experience the chilling reminders of the atrocities of World War II. Later, arrive in the former royal capital of Kraków for a two-night stay, dating back to the 7th century.

    Included Excursion
    Visit to the Concentration Camp at Auschwitz


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9
    Kraków
    Sat, Aug 24, 2024

    Sightseeing of this imposing medieval city includes the cathedral and castle on Wawel Hill and on a walking tour of the old town we visit St. Mary’s Church and the Cloth Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Enjoy dinner in a family run restaurant.

    Included Excursion
    Orientation Tour of Kraków

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    Jewish Ghetto Tour & Schindler's Factory Visit (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Kraków - Budapest
    Sun, Aug 25, 2024

    Today, we journey past the Castle of Oravsky Hrad and over the Tatra Mountains, through Slovakia and into Budapest, the capital of Hungary, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you.
    This evening, relax on board as you watch an authentic Hungarian folklore show and indulge in a dinner of traditional cuisine.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Traditional Hungarian folklore show


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Budapest
    Mon, Aug 26, 2024

    Budapest is a place of striking contrasts, with Buda on one side housing a generous scattering of the city’s elegant landmarks, and Pest on the other encapsulating its fascinating past. Separated by the mighty Danube, you can explore them both by crossing the Chain Bridge, one of the most symbolic structures in the capital.

    Today, you will have the opportunity to discover the city’s history during a guided tour, covering some of the highlights of Budapest and learn more about its stunning landscape and architecture. The history of the Hungarian capital shows a unique blend of cultures, cuisine, and vibrant lifestyle. There is so much to take in while you pass through the bustling city, which is an attractive destination for visitors from all over the world. If you are feeling active, then you may instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Hike to Gellert Hill

    Included Excursion
    Guided coach tour of Budapest


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Bratislava
    Tue, Aug 27, 2024

    Bordering Austria and Hungary, the Slovakian capital is yours to discover today. Wander down cobblestone streets and witness the sheer majesty of ornate Baroque palaces as you explore with a local guide, passing the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Town Hall and the picturesque gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure, perhaps perusing some of the quaint boutiques that line the streets.

    This afternoon, you will be welcomed into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Bratislava

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    Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

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    Carpathian wine route (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Vienna
    Wed, Aug 28, 2024

    A wave of culture paves the way for life in the Austrian capital, where some of history’s most prestigious composers once walked the streets and found their inspiration. Today, by coach and on foot, you will have the opportunity to pass the iconic imperial palaces and noteworthy buildings adorning the Ringstrasse, including the Vienna State Opera.

    Alternatively, embark on a guided cycling tour past idyllic riverbanks, monuments and lush parks before passing by Prater.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour of Vienna

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Vienna

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    Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

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    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Dürnstein - Melk
    Thu, Aug 29, 2024

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to hike to Dürnstein Castle, perhaps stopping to imagine how it would have looked when Richard the Lionheart was held captive following the Third Crusade.
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, passing noteworthy vineyards and beautiful landscapes.

    After visiting Dürnstein Castle, relax on the Sun Deck as you sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Melk, nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the spectacular 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, including its ancient monastic library and medieval manuscripts saved from fires by the monks in the 13th century.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour along the Danube

    Included Excursion
    Tour of Melk Abbey


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Passau
    Fri, Aug 30, 2024

    Sat on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, Passau is a postcard-worthy destination that has been shaped by the surrounding waterways. Maze-like romantic lanes weave through the city, opening up into large squares and magical promenades adorned with classical boutiques.

    This afternoon, join your local guide for a tour of Passau and discover a peppering of delightful Baroque buildings, some of which date back to the 17th century. Stop to admire the silhouette of the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress and witness St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home of the largest church organ in Europe.
    Later, return for an afternoon spent peacefully cruising through the heart of Europe.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Passau

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    Excursion to Salzburg (extra expense)

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    Excursion to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Regensburg
    Sat, Aug 31, 2024

    After breakfast, set out on an exploration of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany, where more than two millennia of history is yours to discover. Your local guide will lead you through the heart of Regensburg’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, once home to the seat of parliament. Delightful historic patrician houses line the streets, a visible testament to the area’s importance as a trading centre hundreds of years ago.

    Later, return to your Star-Ship to sail through the picturesque surrounds of the Main-Danube Canal, passing Kelheim as you make your way to Nuremberg.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Bavarian band performance on board

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Regensburg

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    Sausage-making workshop (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Nuremberg
    Sun, Sep 01, 2024

    Today, the historic city of Nuremberg is yours to explore during an included sightseeing tour, touching on the architectural wonders that have acted as an inspiration for famous artists from around the world for generations.

    After your guided tour, enjoy time to explore the city at leisure, passing idyllic houses that were lovingly reconstructed following the destruction of the war years.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Nuremberg

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    World War II tour (extra expense, Art Bunker replaces Room 600 when not available)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Bamberg
    Mon, Sep 02, 2024

    This morning, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Bamberg awaits. Thousands of listed buildings can be found in the medieval town centre, an area bursting with character, charm and one of the best-preserved old quarters in Europe.

    Admire hundreds of ornamental façades as you explore the town with your local guide, passing the New Residence, a building that truly captures the opulence that was enjoyed by the prince bishops. Relax in the Rose Garden before witnessing the opulence of medieval Altenburg Castle overlooking the town.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Bamberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Würzburg
    Tue, Sep 03, 2024

    Set alongside the Main River, Würzburg offers a perfect introduction to the Romantic Road, one of Bavaria’s most popular tourism routes that links stunning medieval locations throughout the country. Your own charming journey of discovery will touch on the sloping vineyard-laden hills of one of the biggest wine-producing areas in Germany.

    Today, you will have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence, perhaps stopping to admire the Viennese Baroque architecture and secular features from Italy. Your local guide will teach you about how the architects behind the Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different popular styles. After the tour, enjoy a guided walking tour of Würzburg, including the Gothic Marienkapelle and Town Hall.

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Würzburg and a visit to the Bishops Residence

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    Excursion to Rothenburg (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Wertheim - Miltenberg
    Wed, Sep 04, 2024

    This morning, as part of your EmeraldPLUS offering, you will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive glassblowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg, a place that perfectly encapsulates traditional Bavarian life.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the village, as your local guide leads you down an intricate network of cobblestone streets, each adorned with colourful houses. Centuries ago, this area benefited from trade that was brought by river traffic, and this past affluence can still be seen today.

    Alternatively, embark on an active walk to Mildenburg Castle, where a wonderful collection of artworks can be found inside of the castle that was once little more than a set of ruins.

    EmeraldPLUS
    Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Active walk to Mildenburg Castle

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Miltenberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Rüdesheim – Koblenz
    Thu, Sep 05, 2024

    Relax on your Star-Ship this morning until we reach Rüdesheim, a town with a rich history of viticulture. When you arrive, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum to see spectacular rare music boxes that have stood the test of time, showcased in a postcard-worthy building with a half-timbered façade.

    Alternatively, enjoy an active walk through vineyards to see what makes this wine region so popular.

    After lunch, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge, perhaps standing on the Sun Deck and watching for the castles and fortresses that pepper the surrounding hilltops.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Hike to Niederwalddenkmal

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Cologne
    Fri, Sep 06, 2024

    Cruise along the Rhine from Koblenz to Cologne this morning, where an illustrious 2,000-year-long history awaits. One of the oldest cities in the country, the Romans founded Cologne in 50 AD and you'll find a number of ancient ruins, monuments and medieval structures as reminders.

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city today, as your local guide takes you through the Old Town, passing ancient bridges that survived the air raids of WWII, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral and its filigree twin towers, an iconic part of the city’s skyline.

    This evening, your crew will be delighted to welcome you to your farewell dinner.

    Included Excursion
    Guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Amsterdam
    Sat, Sep 07, 2024

    This morning, board a glass-top canal boat for a cruise down the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system that weaves across Amsterdam, passing elegant merchant’s residences that reflect the prosperity of the Dutch Golden Age, a time when Amsterdam was an important trading centre. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

    Alternatively, explore on two wheels, cycling from the comfortable surrounds of your Star-Ship to Waterland, passing a number of quintessentially Dutch villages and traditional windmills along the way.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion
    Canal cruise


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  24. Day 24
    Amsterdam
    Sun, Sep 08, 2024

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and depart your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the postcard-worthy Rhine Gorge and idyllic Dutch countryside 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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.


    Meals: Breakfast

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine, Danube

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.

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