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Splendours of Europe with Paris on Emerald Destiny

From Budapest, Hungary to Paris, France
Length: 18 Days - Departs: Sat, Jul 23, 2022

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Start planning ahead to an unforgettable travel experience with Emerald Cruises in 2022 or 2023. Offer includes up to $2400 savings per couple on 15+day itineraries, up to $2000 per couple on 8-14 day itineraries; up to $1000 per couple on 5-day itineraries. For bookings in Horizon Deck suites (categories A, S, SA), take an extra 5% off. Plus, save 10% more on select cabins when you pay in full by December 15, 2021.
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For new bookings made October 1 – December 15, 2021 on 2022 or 2023 European river cruises. A non-refundable initial deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. Offer includes up to $1200 savings per person on 15+day itineraries, up to $1000 per person on 8-14 day itineraries; up to $500 per person on 5-day itineraries. For bookings in Horizon Deck suites (categories A, S, SA), take an extra 5% off. Savings are based on cruise + upgrade only, excluding port charges, land extensions and other additional items. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER, referral vouchers, and future travel credits. Taxes and port charges are included in the price.

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River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Budapest
    Sat, Jul 23, 2022

    Welcome to Budapest, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Eastern Europe. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the comfortable surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, 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.

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    A traditional Hungarian folklore show


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Budapest
    Sun, Jul 24, 2022

    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 Budapest’s fascinating past. The two are separated by the mighty Danube, and 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, including the Castle District, where sights of Buda Castle perched on top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the city are certain to delight. If you are feeling active, then you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill, following a maze of cobblestone streets to the massive Baroque masterpiece towering overhead.

    Included Excursion
    A guided coach tour of Budapest

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A hike to Buda Hill


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Bratislava
    Mon, Jul 25, 2022

    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
    A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Included Excursion
    A walking tour of Bratislava

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    Skoda Tour of Post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Vienna
    Tue, Jul 26, 2022

    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, before taking to the opulent surrounds of the Vienna State Opera. Today, you will have the opportunity to pass iconic imperial palaces and a number of noteworthy buildings adorning the Ringstrasse, both by coach and on foot.

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

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Vienna

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    A visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

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    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Dürnstein - Melk
    Wed, Jul 27, 2022

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

    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 by the monks from fires in the 13th century.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    EmeraldACTIVE
    A guided bike tour along the Danube

    Included Excursion
    A tour of Melk Abbey

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    Vineyards hike & tasting in Weissenkirchen (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Passau
    Thu, Jul 28, 2022

    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
    A guided tour of Passau

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    Excursion to Salzburg

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    Excursion to Ceský Krumlov


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Regensburg - Kelheim
    Fri, Jul 29, 2022

    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
    A Bavarian band performance on board

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Regensburg

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    Visit to a local brewery (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Nuremberg
    Sat, Jul 30, 2022

    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 Nuremberg at leisure, passing idyllic houses that were lovingly reconstructed following the destruction of the war years.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Nuremberg

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    A World War II tour (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Bamberg
    Sun, Jul 31, 2022

    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 the medieval Altenburg Castle, overlooking the town.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Bamberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Würzburg
    Mon, Aug 01, 2022

    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 & Visit to the Bishop Residence

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    Excursion to Rothenburg (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Wertheim - Miltenberg
    Tue, Aug 02, 2022

    This morning, you will have the opportunity to explore the medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim independently, perhaps stopping to admire the traditional craft that has put Wertheim on the map in a local 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 that 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 a castle that was once little more than a set of ruins.

    EmeraldACTIVE
    An active walk to Mildenburg Castle

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Miltenberg

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    Vineyard visit & Franconian wine (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Rüdesheim – Koblenz
    Wed, Aug 03, 2022

    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 displays, including rare music boxes that have stood the test of time 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
    An active walk through the vineyards

    Included Excursion
    A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music CabinetMuseum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Cologne
    Thu, Aug 04, 2022

    Cruise along the Rhine from Koblenz to Cologne this morning, where an illustrious 2,000-year-old history awaits. The Romans founded Cologne in 50 AD, and it is one of the oldest cities in the country. This status has granted it a number of ancient monuments, including Roman ruins and medieval structures.

    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, a recognisable aspect o the city’s skyline.

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

    Included Excursion
    A guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Amsterdam
    Fri, Aug 05, 2022

    This morning, board a glass top canal boat cruise to venture 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
    A guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion
    A canal cruise

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    Haarlem Discovery Visit (extra expense)

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    Floriade Expo Visit (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Amsterdam - Paris
    Sat, Aug 06, 2022

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your Star-Ship to the centre of Paris, the world-famous “City of Light”. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Paris, from its romantic ambience to its sought-after gastronomy. Your journey through the heart of Europe includes a three-night stay in centrally located accommodation.


    Meals: Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    Paris
    Sun, Aug 07, 2022

    Today, the wide and leafy boulevards of Paris are yours to discover with a local guide, as you witness the sheer majesty of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. After your walking tour, board a river cruise along the Seine to see the city from a different angle, finishing at the iconic Eiffel Tower. 

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Paris and Seine river cruise

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    A retro side car tour of Paris (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    Paris
    Mon, Aug 08, 2022

    The beauty of Paris is yours to enjoy today, as a full day of independent exploration leaves the entire city at your fingertips. Perhaps visit a Parisian museum to learn about the art legacy that exists here or make your way around the local cafés to learn more about Parisian cuisine. Your tour director will be available to help you to plan your day. 

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    Tastes of Paris (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    Paris
    Tue, Aug 09, 2022

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, taking memories of ancient Roman architecture and Parisian cuisine 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, Seine

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Inclusions

Health and Safety Protocols for Emerald

The world may have changed, however, our commitment to our guests and crew, the guest experience and their health, safety and wellbeing remains our key priority. We are working closely with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure our protocols exceed the latest regulatory requirements. Our Health & Safety Steering Committee oversees all health and safety policies and training with Emerald Cruises, ensuring you can travel with complete confidence that your wellbeing and safety are taken care of to the highest standard. In addition, we are implementing the most recent insights and technologies, with our Emerald Cruises team dedicated to exceeding the levels of cleanliness required in today’s travel climate.

We are continuously updating our protocols to safeguard both the health, safety and the experience of our valued guests. You will be informed about these important procedures, well in advance of your journey departure, which may include the following information and guidelines:

Medical Evaluation & Test
To ensure all of our guests are safe and well before your journey with us begins, we will require you to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation. During the phased embarkation process you, and your fellow passengers, will be tested for COVID-19 by a medical specialist. This will allow you to relax with complete peace-of-mind when you board our Star-Ships, in the company of other like-minded travelers.

Our Dedicated Team
Our Captains, Hotel Managers and Cruise Directors, alongside their exceptional teams, will deliver a first-class level of service during your time traveling with us. You can enjoy the same exciting program of on board and on shore experiences, tailored to smaller groups to allow for safe social distancing. The team are readily available to ensure every detail of your journey with us is memorable, for all the right reasons. They will ensure health and safety protocols are followed on a daily basis.

Healthy Crew
Having the best crew to look after you is at the heart of our core values at Emerald Cruises, and we will go the extra mile to ensure our crew is healthy in doing so. All crew will be regularly tested for COVID-19 and will have daily temperature and health checks. They will also be trained and regularly briefed on all aspects in preventing COVID-19 amongst themselves as well as our guests. They will go beyond the ordinary to make your cruise a truly exceptional experience.

Contact-Free Check In & Check Out
We have adjusted the various touchpoints of your journey, allowing you to check in and check out in a completely contact-free way. Through a phased embarkation you will be able to arrive and depart from your Star-Ship smoothly and with safe social proximity in mind. And, of course, every time you return to your Star-Ship, our crew will be there to greet you with a warm smile.

Briefings & Screenings
Our medical expert will host mandatory briefings and screenings. These events are designed to ensure every member of our guests and crew are healthy, and also offer an opportunity to allay any concerns or ask any questions you may have about our safety protocols.

Enhanced Cleaning Commitment
Our on board crew will be increasing and enhancing our already frequent and high standard cleaning protocols in public areas and suites, leaving surfaces and spaces spotless. Additional care and attention will be paid to high contact zones, such as communal restrooms and dining facilities.

Socially Aware Dining
You can expect the same delightful dining experiences when you travel with us, savoring a choice of dishes inspired by regional cuisine and local produce. We are adapting and redesigning our on board food and beverage service to ensure extra care is taken in order to minimize social contact. We will serve our delicious food a la carte or via served buffets.

Contact-Free Movement
The spacious surrounds of our ships in combination with the guest numbers provide ample room for you to relax, allowing for an abundance of personal space. We are introducing contact-free movement across our Star-Ships to further reduce risks. Contact-free hand sanitizer dispensers will be readily available in all public spaces and guest corridors on board, whilst automated doors and contact-free guest servicing will minimize the number of touchpoints.

Air Circulation
Our Star-Ships are equipped with air circulation systems. These systems ensure there is no re-circulation of inside air on board the ship. When you are relaxing in your suite you will be breathing air from outside the ship that is channeled directly to your suite. The air will also be released from your suite directly to the outside.

Smaller Groups & Social Proximity
Discovering the local culture of your destination is the highlight of every river cruise. Create memories to cherish during our choice of on shore excursions. You will travel in smaller groups, allowing for a more intimate travel experience, whilst respecting social proximity and destination specific regulations. To enhance your sightseeing, you can utilize our digital headsets, which will act as your personal tour guide and travel map.

Carefully Selected Local Partners
As well as enhancing our health and safety protocols on board and with our crew, we’re working closely with our local partners. We have forged long-standing relationships with our local partners, all of whom have been carefully selected for their expertise and high levels of service, and are committed to ensuring your safety. They will receive extensive training to adhere with our enhanced protocols. We will also introduce strict control and screening procedures for anyone boarding our Star-Ships.

Wellness Throughout Your Journey
Your wellbeing is our number one priority, both during your time on board and on shore. Journey to and from your destination with complete peace-of-mind. All transport vehicles will be equipped with hand sanitizer and will undergo deep cleaning after every journey, surpassing the high industry standards required. You can also rest assured that we will monitor social proximity, allowing you to travel safely, with plenty of personal space.

We are committed to continually reviewing and updating our protocols and guidelines as new information becomes available, to ensure that our guests can travel safely in the many destinations we operate in.

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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
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

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