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Delights of the Danube

Discover the truly delightful River Danube, one of Europe’s most scenic and fascinating rivers with a diverse and colourful history encompassing trade, military might, history, and culture.

Enjoy port excursions at some of Europe’s most famous cities, plus stops at picturesque towns where guests pick from a selection of absorbing and informative tour options from the leisurely to the active.

Your selected Emerald Star-Ship provides a five-star boutique hotel experience with a choice of stylish and elegant suites, award-winning cuisine, and hand-selected entertainment to complement the area you are sailing through.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Star-Ship
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: June 2024
£1,795pp
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Delights of the Danube Cruise Itinerary

Discover the delightful Danube on a cruise that combines scenic sailing with a variety of excursions in some of Europe’s most famous cities and picturesque towns. Your partner for this 7-night voyage is one of Emerald’s iconic Star-Ships, a shining beacon of luxury offering a blend of modern convenience with old-style cruising glamour. Enjoy stylish staterooms, spacious communal areas, and a range of award-winning international and regional cuisines accompanied by hand-picked vintages to ensure a holiday that is perfect in every detail.

Day 1

Nuremberg

An Emerald Cruises Representative will meet you at the airport so you can transfer to your luxury Star-Ship and get settled on board. Passengers are free to explore this charming Bavarian city before returning to the cruiser for dinner.

Day 2

Regensburg

Regensburg lies on the Main-Danube Canal and is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Explore the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town with your guide before a traditional Bavarian band performance on board ship after dinner.

Day 3

Passau

Known as the City of Three Rivers, Passau sits on the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. This picturesque city has a fascinating history and is full of Baroque architecture. Guests can also choose an excursion to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov.

Day 4

Melk – Dürnstein

In the heart of Austria’s wine-producing region, Melk is home to a magnificent Benedictine Abbey and a high point on your guided walk. Later, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley on the way to Dürnstein, with a choice of tour options.

Day 5

Vienna

For culture vultures, Vienna is brim full of musical history, remarkable architecture, and internationally renowned artists. Take a walking or coach excursion or a guided bike tour with the option to enjoy a classic Viennese evening concert.

Day 6

Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, has a fascinating history located at the crossroads of some of Europe’s most significant trading routes. Take an informative walking tour or a guided hike, or enjoy time in the home of a local Slovakian family.

Day 7

Budapest

Discover Buda and Pest, situated on either side of the Danube, on a guided coach tour of the city, or take a hike to the famous Gellert Hill. In the evening, guests enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show after the farewell dinner on board ship.

Day 8

Budapest

Disembark your Star-Ship and say goodbye to the delightful Danube. Guests transfer to the airport, ready to start the journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Budapest

An Emerald Cruises Representative will meet you at the airport so you can transfer to your luxury Star-Ship and get settled on board. Passengers are free to explore this charming city before returning to the cruiser for dinner.

Day 2

Budapest

Discover Buda and Pest, situated on either side of the Danube, on a guided coach tour of the city, or take a hike to the famous Gellert Hill. In the evening, guests enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show after the farewell dinner on board ship.

Day 3

Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, has a fascinating history located at the crossroads of some of Europe’s most significant trading routes. Take an informative walking tour or a guided hike, or enjoy time in the home of a local Slovakian family.

Day 4

Vienna

For culture vultures, Vienna is brim full of musical history, remarkable architecture, and internationally renowned artists. Take a walking or coach excursion or a guided bike tour with the option to enjoy a classic Viennese evening concert.

Day 5

Melk – Dürnstein

In the heart of Austria’s wine-producing region, Melk is home to a magnificent Benedictine Abbey and a high point on your guided walk. Later, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley on the way to Dürnstein, with a choice of tour options.

Day 6

Passau

Known as the City of Three Rivers, Passau sits on the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz. This picturesque city has a fascinating history and is full of Baroque architecture. Guests can also choose an excursion to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov.

Day 7

Regensburg

Regensburg lies on the Main-Danube Canal and is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Explore the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town with your guide before a traditional Bavarian band performance on board ship after dinner.

Day 8

Nuremberg

Disembark your Star-Ship and say goodbye to the delightful Danube. Guests transfer to the airport, ready to start the journey back to the UK.

Delights of the Danube Cruise Ships

Emerald Star

From the activities on the Sun Deck to the comfort and peace of a luxury suite or stateroom, no detail is overlooked on the Emerald Star. Enjoy a blend of home-from-home comfort, elegant interiors with modern amenities, and five-star service.

Wellness Suite
Outdoor Covered Terrace
Crew of 52

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Discover the Charm and Enchantment of the Danube with Crui.se

7 Nights
June 2024

Delights of the Danube

  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Passau
  • Melk – Dürnstein
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
£1,795pp Est. Price per person
  • Star-Ship  

Delights of the Danube Cruise Review

“Despite being regular cruisers, we have never actually travelled on this river, so this was our first Danube voyage. Although we had been to a couple of the capital cities before, this was a whole new perspective plus, the ship visits some smaller, more intimate locations, so there’s a perfect mix. We are not new to travelling with Emerald and chose them again because of the exceptional quality of the ship and the service. Put the two together, and you really will have the holiday of a lifetime!”

Joe and Denise, Swindon

Delights of the Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Is there an option for additional excursions on this cruise?

Each cruise has an itinerary of shore excursions, and there are also EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE for passengers who want to see more and at a faster pace. Emerald’s DiscoverMORE are optional excursions bookable on board or through our reservations team that take exploration to a whole new level. Talk to your friendly booking agent who can let you know the different opportunities on your cruise.

Is it possible to have a table for two people dining on board ship?

There are always tables for two people available on Emerald cruise ships, but you cannot reserve them so it’s not possible to guarantee your favourite table every time you dine on board ship.

Do Star-Ships provide mobility wheelchair access?

Emerald Cruises prides itself on welcoming all passengers, including those with medical conditions or limited mobility. However, sometimes, there may be limitations due to the ship’s design, and some ships do not offer elevators between all the decks. Remember when you book to discuss the shore excursions with your reservation agent, too. If you are taking a coach tour, there will be steps to get in and out of the vehicle; plus, some historic locations feature uneven footing or cobblestones, which can be difficult if you have walking restrictions or use a mobility wheelchair.

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