Splendours of Europe River Cruise

EMERALD WATERWAYS

The rivers and canals of Europe are packed full of fairy tale castles, charming villages, and epic scenery. Get right to the heart of it all with a cruise holiday aboard Emerald Waterway’s award-winning deluxe Star Ship.

You can enjoy your 15 Day Splendours of Europe River Cruise starting from either Amsterdam or Budapest. In Amsterdam, take a tour of the canals by boat, or start at the other end and find out about the fascinating history of the two cities that make up Hungary’s capital, Buda and Pest. Along your voyage discover the musical history of Austria, the beer and culinary delights of Bavaria, or simply walk the cobbled streets and be transported back in time to medieval Europe.

Emerald Waterways

Splendours of Europe River Cruise

Highlights

15 night Deluxe Amsterdam to Budapest cruise with Emerald Waterways
All meals onboard with complimentary regional wine, beer and soft drinks with-
lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Complimentary WiFi
Explore 15 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during included tours and shore excursions
Gratuities, tipping, port charges and taxes included

$6000 Bonus Value

Extras

Return Economy Airfares on a full service carrier flying into Amsterdam-
and returning from Budapest.
Upgraded Emerald Balcony Suite with innovative drop down window-
balcony with magnificent floor to ceiling views.
Bonus upgrade from mid deck Balcony Suite to a top deck Balcony Suite
2 nights pre cruise accommodation in a deluxe hotel in Amsterdam
2 nights post cruise accommodation in a deluxe hotel in Budapest
Private car arrival transfer from Amsterdam Airport to accommodation
Private car transfer from hotel to Amsterdam Cruise Terminal
Private car transfer from Budapest Cruise Terminal to accommodation
Private car departure transfer from hotel to Budapest Airport

Valued At $12,990*pp
Our Price From $9,790*pp

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The Ship

Emerald Star Ship

Embark on the 442ft Emerald Waterways luxury vessel and enjoy onboard facilities including a 24-square metre heated swimming pool with retractable roof, a pool and lounge bar, and the Reflections Restaurant. Also available are a beauty salon, massage centre and gym.

Superb amenities feature in all suites and staterooms including a flat-screen TV with an infotainment system, individual air conditioning system, a safe, a fridge, hairdryer, hotel-style beds and an ensuite bathroom. Plus, there’s complimentary Wi-Fi on board and bottled water available daily.

As well as enjoying the onboard comforts you will have the chance to explore a new exciting destination each day and take part in the complimentary tours, or explore on your own.

My Cruises

Splendours of Europe River Cruise

Welcome on board the Emerald Star! Once you have settled in you will have plenty of time to explore this fascinating historic city. Visit the floating flower markets, pick up some of the local Edam cheese or relax in a local cafe over looking the canals.
For over 400 years Amsterdam has been know as the City of Diamonds, why not visit the Diamond Museum to learn about how these precious stones are found, cut, polished and used not only in jewellery but medicine and manufacturing as well. If you have time, stop off and watch one of the diamond cutting demonstrations before heading back to the ship.
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Explore the old town with it’s beautiful squares, local markets and historical monuments. The highlight of this stop is the magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. If you fancy going further afield book an excursion to Drachenburg Castle or Bruhl, famous for the Augustus Palace and Falkenlust.
Make sure to have your camera at the ready for today’s journey through the Rhine Gorge, packed full of stunning natural scenery and impressive castles. Including Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, set on an island in the middle of the river it was formally a toll gate. Working with the nearby fortified town of Kaub to collect money form traders passing through. As the ship winds downriver you will see the sites of many local fairy tales and folklores including the tale of Lorelei Rock. Shipwrecks have been recorded here as far back as the middle ages, a forlorn woman is said to sit atop the cliff combing her hair luring sailors onto the rocks.
Arrive at today’s final destination, the popular German town of Rüdesheim. Activities here include cable car rides up to the impressive Germania monument with amazing views of the Rhine Valley, then free time to shop for handicrafts or taste the famous Rudesheim ice coffee.
Welcome to Bavaria! Step back to the middle ages as you take a tour of picture perfect village Miltenberg, with its timber houses and narrow cobbled streets. If you want to go further afield join the organised hike to Wertheim Castle, built in the 12th century and partially destroyed in The Thirty Years’ War, now a popular tourist destination.
Würzburg is at the heart of Franconian wine country, surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city has many wine bars, cellars and wineries where you can try the local wine in the characteristic Bocksbeutel bottles. After a walking tour of the city make sure to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bishops’ Residenz. One of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces featuring the elaborate staircase, 18th century frescoes by Tiepolo, and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. Close to Würzburg are other fantastic attractions such as Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town dating back to the middle ages, boasting unique gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture.
After cruising down the Danube Canal arrive in Bamberg, this medieval Bavarian town has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site with around 2,400 listed buildings. You can’t visit Bavaria without trying some of the local brews, said to have one of the densest concentrations of breweries in the world, Bamberg is famous for its Rauchbier, a smoked beer.
The Nuremberg Justice Palace was the location of the War Crimes Tribunal in 1946, known as the Nuremberg Trials. For history enthusiasts other WWII sites include the WWII Documentation Centre and the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938. This medieval Bavarian city is packed full character including highlights such as the charming Imperial castles boasting 900-year-old ramparts. Back on board the Emerald Star enjoy an EU lecture in the evening.
Your Voyage today takes you down the remainder of the fascinating Main–Danube-Canal to Kelheim, and then along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities and home to the oldest bridge to cross the Danube. Wander through the city and have a look at the Old Town Hall, or perhaps book an excursion to Weltenburg Abbey. Back aboard the Emerald Star enjoy the evening with a traditional Bavarian Band.
Passau in Germany is home to Europe’s largest church organ which has more than 17,000 pipes, sitting inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral with it’s amazing baroque architecture. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and admire the Oberhaus Fortress looming above the town. If you are a fan of ‘The Sound of Music’ or Mozart, the excursion to Salzburg is a must!
Welcome to Austria! Today will consist of two stops, the first situated within Austria’s wine region. Melk is home to an striking 900–year old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with ornate gold leaf walls, a 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. After a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley you will arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. It was here that Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. If you fancy an active adventure sign up for today’s bike ride along the banks of the Danube.
Vienna is Austria’s capital city and home to great minds such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The Architecture is not bad either with the world famous Opera House, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the Schonbrunn Palace to wow you on your tour of Vienna.
Welcome to Slovakia! Bratislava the Capital city is a melting pot of cultures including Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Formerly part of Czechoslovakia, and under communist rule the country has a fascinating history. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. The highlight of your stop in Bratislava will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. Followed by an evening with the Captain at the the Captain’s Gala Dinner.
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary’s capital and Eastern Europe’s liveliest city. Made up of two separate cities Buda and Pest set on either side of the Danube, joined by several iconic bridges including the Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge. There are so many things to do in Budapest you will be spoiled for choice! You will enjoy a night cruise aboard the Emerald Star as she passes under the city’s bridges, all whilst you enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.
Relaxed and refreshed, it is time to disembark the Emerald Star and enjoy the rest of your adventure through Europe on land.

Exclusive Upgrade

Emerald Balcony Suite

Upgrade to the Emerald Balcony Suites from $899 per person

Located on the Horizon and Vista Decks, these spacious suites feature an innovative design which means at the touch of a button the top half of your floor-to-ceiling window folds down to create an indoor balcony. Wake up each morning to fantastic views of the canals and rivers of Europe.

Call our My Cruises experts today to find out more about upgrading  your cabin as part of your cruise deal.

Emerald Waterways

Travel Dates

Sail Date: 10 June 2017
Other sail dates available: 3 & 4 August 2017

Cruise itinerary can also be in the reverse from Budapest to Amsterdam
sail dates: 13 & 26 May; 17 June; 20 July; 5 August & 19 October 2017

Surcharges may apply

Please call one of our My Cruises Experts for more information!

Valued At $12,990*pp
Our Price From $9,790*pp

SUBMIT ONLINE ENQUIRY

EXPERT ADVICE AND QUOTES

Call 1300 692 784

Prices are based on per person, twin share, in AUD and subject to availability. Prices are subject to change without notice, until reservation is confirmed. Flights may not be direct or operate daily. Cruise itineraries may be varied due to high or low water levels, flooding, lock closures, unscheduled vessel maintenance or for any other circumstances beyond our control. Cabin upgrade is subject to availability at time of booking. Complimentary Deck Upgrade from Category C (Vista Deck) to Category P (Horizon Deck)

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