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Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Austria , Czech Republic , Germany , Hungary , Slovakia

Cities Visited

Bratislava , Budapest , Cesky Krumlov , Linz , Melk , Munich , Passau , Vienna

DAY 1 USA / Munich, Germany:

Depart the USA on your overnight

flight to Munich, Germany.


DAY 2 Munich – Passau:

Welcome to Munich, where you will be

greeted by a representative of Mayflower / Emerald Cruises and

transferred to your contemporary Star-Ship in Passau. A warm

welcome awaits from the captain and crew, and this evening, you’ll

join your fellow guests for dinner onboard. Meal: D


DAY 3 Passau:

Sample homemade specialities and explore the

customs and traditions of Bavarian agriculture during a visit to a

local farm. Alternatively, set off on a hike, soaking up views such

as the hilltop church of Mariahilf and the ancient St. Severin, dating

back to the Ottonian dynasty. Meals: B, L, D


EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Veste Oberhaus


EmeraldPLUS: Bavarian brunch


DISCOVERMORE: Bavaria Live (additional expense)


DAY 4 Linz, Austria – ?eský Krumlov, Czech Republic:

Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, visit the UNESCO World

Heritage town of ?eský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the

best-preserved ancient centers in Europe, with more than three

hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex.

Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th-century St. Vitus’

Church and a series of delightful Gothic façades, each taking you

back to the Middle Ages. Meals: B, D


EmeraldPLUS: Guided tour of ?eský Krumlov


DiscoverMORE: Linzer torte making workshop (additional expense)


DAY 5 Melk, Austria – Weissenkirchen:

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube River en-route to Melk. Here, you’ll explore the golden

halls of Melk Abbey on today’s included tour. Afterwards, choose to

sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, or if you’re

feeling active, cycle from Melk along the Danube River, traversing

a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.

Meals: B, L, D


EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour along the Danube River


EmeraldACTIVE: Hike in Weissenkirchen with activity manager


DiscoverMORE: Vineyard hike & wine tasting in Weissenkirchen

(additional expense)


DAY 6 Vienna:

Discover the classical charms of Vienna on a city

tour. Uncover the cafés, artisan studios and baroque majesty

of Vienna’s imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstraße

will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage historic

center. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on

Donauinsel, the Danube Island. Meals: B, L, D


EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Vienna


DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese evening concert (additional expense)


DAY 7 Vienna – Bratislava, Slovakia:

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Vienna before sailing on to Bratislava, marvelling at the

ever-changing scenery of the Danube. Explore the city’s historic

architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is within

walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National

Theater. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the fairy tale-like

Bratislava Castle. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

DiscoverMORE: Skoda tour of post -Communist Brati

slava (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS: Local Slovakian entertainment onboard


DAY 8 Budapest, Hungary:

This morning, relax on board your Star-Ship while we sail from Slovakia to Hungary. In Budapest,

an exciting program awaits you. As you sail into this magnificent

city, it becomes immediately apparent why the Hungarian capital

is known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. Venture into the city

independently or make use of our on board bikes to explore

Budapest’s hidden treasures. Meals: B, L, D


DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Szentendre (additional expense)


DiscoverMORE: Budapest by Night (additional expense)


DAY 9 Budapest:

Explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter

as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World

Heritage city center. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian

capital’s culinary scene, finishing at the neo-Gothic Grand Market,

Budapest’s largest and most expansive indoor market, where

you’ll have time to explore independently. If you’re feeling more

active, alternatively choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding

area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the

air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand,

best explored from the medieval paths and alleyways of the area

around Buda Castle. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian

folklore show onboard. Meals: B, L, D


EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard


EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Buda Hill


DiscoverMORE: Jewish heritage tour (additional expense)


DAY 10 Budapest, Hungary:

The final day in Budapest is left free to pursue independent interests or join a DiscoverMORE excursion. This

evening, you are invited to a special dinner and a traditional folklore

show for a truly immersive local experience. This is a great chance to

bid farewell to your fellow travellers before going home. Meals: B, L, D


DiscoverMORE: Hungarian Bath Experience (additional expense)


DiscoverMORE: Retro tour of post-Communist Budapest

(additional expense)


EmeraldPLUS: Dinner & folklore show in Budapest


DAY 11 Budapest / USA:

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests. Disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer

to the airport, taking memories of an enjoyable cruise along the

Danube River with you. Meal: B



Itinerary is subject to change.

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• 25 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 9 dinners

• Airport transfers on tour dates when air is

provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

• Visit five countries

• Nine-night cruise in a suite or stateroom of

your choice onboard the vessel

• All gratuities included

• First-class service by an English-speaking crew

• Onboard Activity Manager will support all

EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily

onboard wellness activities, games, classes and

evening entertainment

• Shore excursions with English-speaking

local guides

• Personal listening device for onboard excursions

• Most meals included onboard with a variety of

international cuisine

• Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft

drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners

• Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom

• Complimentary WiFi onboard

• Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore

• All port charges included

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Days 2 through 10 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

Post-cruise hotel stays available in Budapest. Call for details.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Mayflower Tours Customer Reviews

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Ratings based off 193 reviews about Mayflower Tours - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

Our Tour Manager, Jolie, was outstanding. We were totally impressed with her professionalism, courtesy, empathy, and kindness. She is also informative and a lot of fun. She treated all of us with dignity and warmth. She kept us informed about departure times, meal times,and opportunities for self-touring. We appreciated her cheerful and fun-loving attitude. Our bus driver, Mike was terrific. Great driver, very professional, and personable. He went out of his way to transport us to different destinations and provided great service. The pick up service drivers, Steve and Ken were on-time, courteous and friendly.

First time with Mayflower Tours, it was great. We will travel with them again. The tour guide added optional attractions not listed on the tour itenerary which was a plus to us. Affordable Tours agent, Brendan, was great to deal with too. All and all a good experience.

This trip was amazing. It was exciting, interesting, and I appreciated the free time and flexibility to explore on my own. Elisabetta was an excellent tour specialist. I would travel with her again.

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