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Eastern European Escapade & Splendours of Europe on Emerald Sun

From Prague, Czech Republic to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 25 Days - Departs: Wed, Apr 30, 2025
Apr 30, 2025
May 24, 2025

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Receive 2-for-1 fares on all 2024 & 2025 Europe River Cruises. As an extra perk, Emerald will include a free Flexible Booking Plan for all new 2025 river cruise bookings, giving you additional peace of mind. This is combinable with pay in full Airfare Offer and Emerald Exclusive savings. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. Not all sailings apply, contact your travel consultant for applicable departures.
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Available for new bookings only made between July 8 – September 30, 2024, on 2024 & 2025 Emerald Cruises Europe River cruise.

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.

Emerald Exclusive Savings: Bonus savings of up to $1,000 per suite ($500pp) are available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2 for 1 Fares and pay in full offers and are capacity controlled.

Pay in Full: Free air offers available when you pay in full based on suite category. Free premium economy air is available on S, RA and SA suite categories with a Max Value of $2,500pp. For Southeast Asia, Free Premium Economy is available for the S and SA categories with a max value of $4,000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value of $1,500pp. Air offers available when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers, or 90 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. All flights will be booked on Emerald Cruises choice of airline and routing and are subject to availability. Savings options are available in lieu of airfare with same payment terms. For S, RA and SA suites receive $1,500pp savings when you pay in full within 30 days of booking or 90 days prior to departure; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories receive $1,000pp savings ($2,000 per suite).

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is applied to the 2 for 1 Fares; 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 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.

Complimentary Flexible Booking Plan: We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed. Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, until 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months. Offer is valued at $125pp. No substitutions; no cash value. Applies to 2025 departures only.

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US military personnel, veterans, and their families take an additional $300 off per cabin on Emerald Cruises River with proof of current or past military status. This offer is combinable with 2 for 1 savings, pay in full offers, key account exclusives, Flash sales, Scenic Select, and Emerald Cruises. Combinable with groups. Not combinable with any other offers. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States only. Offer ends December, 31, 2024. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit scenicusa.com for complete terms and conditions.

River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Wed, Apr 30, 2025

    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
    Thu, May 01, 2025

    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. 

    Highlight dinner at local restaurant

    Included Excursion
    Guided Tour of Prague

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Fri, May 02, 2025

    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. 

    Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Prague - Dresden - Berlin 
    Sat, May 03, 2025

    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
    Sun, May 04, 2025

    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 & Visit to Cecilienhof

    Meals: Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Berlin - Warsaw 
    Mon, May 05, 2025

    This morning you will be transferred to the capital of Poland, Warsaw. This vibrant capital has a lot to offer, and we are sure there is a lot discover. Included is a two-night stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Tue, May 06, 2025

    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, the Chopin Memorial andtake an excursion to the Royal Castle. 

    Included Excursion
    Guided Tour of Warsaw & Entrance to Royal Castle

    Warsaw unveiling discovery tour

    Meals: Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków
    Wed, May 07, 2025

    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
    Thu, May 08, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Orientation Tour of Kraków

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

    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Kraków - Budapest
    Fri, May 09, 2025

    Today, we journey past the Castle of Oravsky Hrad and over the Tatra Mountains, through Slovakia and into Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Tonight, we invite you to a special dinner and a traditional folklore show in Budapest for a truly immersive local experience. 

    Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Sat, May 10, 2025

    Today, you will begin an exciting itinerary that will cruise the majestic rivers of European waterways. After, checking out from your hotel, you will be 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 enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show. 

    Traditional Hungarian folklore show performance

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Sun, May 11, 2025

    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.

    Included Excursion
    Guided coach tour of Budapest

    Hike to Gellert Hill

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Mon, May 12, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Bratislava

    Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

    Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

    Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Tue, May 13, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Vienna

    Guided bike tour of Vienna

    Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

    Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Dürnstein - Melk
    Wed, May 14, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Tour of Melk Abbey

    Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Guided bike tour along the Danube

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  16. Day 16
    Thu, May 15, 2025

    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

    Excursion to Salzburg (extra expense)

    Excursion to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  17. Day 17
    Fri, May 16, 2025

    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.  

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Regensburg

    Bavarian band performance on board

    Sausage-making workshop (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Sat, May 17, 2025

    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

    World War II tour (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Sun, May 18, 2025

    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
  20. Day 20
    Mon, May 19, 2025

    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

    Excursion to Rothenburg (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  21. Day 21
    Wertheim - Miltenberg
    Tue, May 20, 2025

    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.

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Miltenberg

    Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation 

    Guided Active Walk to Mildenburg Castle

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  22. Day 22
    Rüdesheim – Koblenz
    Wed, May 21, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

    Active Walk to Niederwalddenkmal

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  23. Day 23
    Thu, May 22, 2025

    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
  24. Day 24
    Fri, May 23, 2025

    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. 

    Included Excursion
    Canal cruise

    Guided bike tour to Waterland

    Private hidden Gems Tour of Amsterdam (extra expense)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  25. Day 25
    Sat, May 24, 2025

    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

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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.

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Ratings based off 9 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

Generally this was a very pleasant Emerald cruise. Just seemed a little off to what we've experienced on previous cruises with the same company.

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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