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Christmas Time on the Danube & Budapest on Emerald Sun 2022

From Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary
Length: 7 Days - Departs: Tue, Nov 29, 2022
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Departure
Nov 29, 2022
Arrival
Dec 05, 2022

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Whether you’re dreaming of exploring the delightful towns and cities that line the glorious rivers of Europe this year, now is the perfect time to secure your place on board, and take advantage of our superb offer. Second Guest Sails Free when paying full fare for the first guest, receive the second guest fare free on 2022/2023 Europe & Southeast Asia River Cruises. (Not all dates may apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings).
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Offers are available for new bookings only made between July 25th – August 14h 2022. Applicable on 2022 & January thru June 2023 Europe & Asian river cruises, made with code 2NDGUEST23. Full payment is required within 72 hours of booking.
Second guest free: When paying full fare for the first guest, receive the second guest fare free. Both guests must occupy the same cabin for offer to be applicable. Savings are based on the cruise + upgrade element only, excludes airfare, port charges, land extensions, hotel stays or any other additional items. On river cruises, applicable on Vista and Horizon decks only. Not combinable with any other offers. Not combinable with groups. Some dates exclusions apply.
All offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.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, visit emeraldcruises.com or contact your professional travel advisor. Offers applicable to residents of the 50 United States of America and Washington D.C.

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Enjoy instant savings on 2022 and 2023 European and Southeast Asia river cruises. Save $2500 per suite on 15+ day itineraries, $2000 per suite on 8-14 day itineraries or $1000 per suite on 5-day itineraries. Plus, receive an extra 10% bonus savings when you pay in full 12 months prior to sailing. Not all dates apply, contact your Travel Consultant for applicable sailings.
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Your Great Escape offers are available for new bookings only made between July 15 – September 30, 2022 on 2022 & 2023 Europe & Southeast Asia River Cruises. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure.

Europe river cruises: Your Great Escape savings includes up to $1250 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. Tour length is based on the number of cruise days, excluding land extensions. These offers are combinable with early payment savings, loyalty offers, travel show vouchers, agency exclusives and future travel credits. Not combinable with groups, or any other offer unless otherwise specified. Taxes and port charges are included in the price.

Early Payment Savings: Save 10% when you pay in full 12 months prior to departure. For cruises departing within 6-11 months, receive 10% savings when you pay in full at the time of booking. If full payment is not received by the date specified on this offer, these additional savings will be removed from your booking. Early Payment Savings are applicable on the cruise + upgrade element only, exclude air fares, port charges, hotel stays and other additional items.

All offers are 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, visit emeraldcruises.com or contact your professional travel advisor. Offers applicable to residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Vienna
    Tue, Nov 29, 2022

    Welcome to Vienna! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises contemporary Star-Ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Vienna.

  2. Day 2
    Vienna
    Wed, Nov 30, 2022

    During the holiday season, Vienna's most charming squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The smells of Christmas baking, hot punch and toasted chestnuts allure many visitors in this time of the year. The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that create a Christmas atmosphere in Vienna.

    Today, explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see some of Vienna’s world–famous sights such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Then, you will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of the Christmas markets of Vienna, such Käsekrainer sausage, donuts, pretzels or Kartoffelpuffer.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Vienna

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    Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

    DiscoverMORE
    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Bratislava
    Thu, Dec 01, 2022

    Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is situated in a wonderful location between the Carpathians and the Alps, just a few kilometres from Vienna. Pre-Christmas time in Bratislava is intrinsically connected with glowing streets, warm holiday spirit, traditional dishes and drinks.  Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Alternatively, join an active guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Bratislava also charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy. The main Christmas Market is located at the Main Square and Hviezdoslav Square but there are smaller ones in the city center as well, such as the square in front of the Eurovea shopping center. Whatever market you decide to venture into, irresistible smell and a unique atmosphere will get you for sure!

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Bratislava


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Budapest
    Fri, Dec 02, 2022

    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. During your free time, stroll the Christmas market on Budapest’s main square near Váci Utca Street, which showcases Hungarian craft products such as glass blowing, knitting, wood carving, candle making, pottery, leather trade, traditional Hungarian embroidery and lace work, etc.

    This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board.

    As we stay overnight in Budapest, you will have plenty of time to discover the markets during late afternoon hours or join us on our DiscoverMore tour to Szentendre Island for one of Budapest’s most traditional markets with local art and crafts.

    Included Excursion
    Guided coach tour of Budapest

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    Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

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    Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Budapest
    Sat, Dec 03, 2022

    After breakfast, leave the lush surrounds of your suite or stateroom and be transferred to your centrally-located accommodation in Budapest, where a two-night stay in the city is certain to delight. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the city, touching on its two distinctive faces and the ornamented Buda Castle district.

    Included Excursion
    A guided coach tour of Budapest


    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Budapest
    Sun, Dec 04, 2022

    From fairy lights to wooden ornaments, from spiced mulled wine to roasted chimney cake, Budapest is a wonderfully festive place to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Today, the storied capital of Budapest is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps crossing the Chain Bridge to see how the city differs in Buda and Pest, or stopping to some Christmas markets and try some delightful Hungarian treats.


    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Budapest
    Mon, Dec 05, 2022

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you leave your centrally-located accommodation for your transfer to the airport.

    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

Countries Visited

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

Rivers Visited

Main, Danube

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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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Ship Information

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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
4.5
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
4.4

Ratings based off 7 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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