• Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Map

    Date: October 6-16, 2023
    Host: Kathy Oakes with local guides
    Cost: Starting from USD$5,995 per person + get an additional USD$150 savings for a limited time!
    Trip Type: Cruising - Yacht to Small Ship, Hosted Small Groups

    Tick a number of Europe’s most treasured destinations off your wish list, beginning with a wonderful three-night city stay in the Czech capital of Prague and followed by an 8-day Danube river cruise. Natural beauty is plentiful, as this mighty waterway carves a course through the foothills of the Austrian Alps, journeying between four renowned capital cities, the esteemed Wachau Valley wine region and a string of other fascinating historic towns and cities, like Passau, Melk and Dürnstein.

    Highlights
    • 3 nights in Prague exploring this beautiful city with local guides.
    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in river view stateroom or suite.
    • Fine dining and drinks included on board.
    • Guided shore excursions in every port, including special interest wine, biking and hiking tours.
    • Hike to the historic Veste Oberhaus, walk through gold-leaf halls of Melk Abbey, pedal to Dürnstein Castle.
    • Onboard live entertainment, theme dinners, cooking demonstrations and more.
    Brief Itinerary

    Oct 6 – Prague

    You will be met by a representative and board a transfer to your centrally located hotel.

    Oct 7 – Prague

    Embark on a guided walking tour of Prague today with your local guide who will introduce you to the lavish facade of Mozart’s Theatre.  Marvel at the mechanics of the medieval Astronomical Clock.  Explore the Prague Castle area by coach.

    Oct 8 – Prague

    Meet with your tour director to help plan a day of independent exploration.  You might want to stroll past the ornate facades in the Baroque quarter.  Perhaps a morning discovering Prague’s Jewish heritage in Josefov.  Or maybe just a leisurely day in town seeing the culture and reveling in all that Czech cuisine has to offer.

    Oct 9 – Prague-Passau

    Today you will be transferred from your hotel to Passau where you will board the Emerald Cruises Star-Ship and get settled in your river view cabin.

    Oct 10 – Passau

    In the historic town of Passau (2nd century BC) join the Castle Hill hike – high into the hills for a visit to the Veste Oberhaus, a fortress founded in 1219 and enjoy panoramic views of the Old Town and the rivers below the “City of Three Rivers”. In Passau the mighty Danube River is joined by both the Inn and Ilz Rivers.

    Oct 11 – Linz-Ceský Krumlov

    Enjoy a scenic bike tour along the banks of the Danube. Cycle through the “Culture Mile” in Linz, the Austrian “capital of culture”, passing museums and concert halls. This afternoon, we can visit the beautifully preserved medieval town of Ceský Krumlov, located just over the Czech-Austrian border. Picturesque Baroque and Renaissance-style shops and Krumlov Castle, a UNESCO monument and one of Europe’s largest castle complexes overlooking the majestic Vltava River.

    Oct 12 – Melk-Dürnstein

    Cruise past some of the world’s best wine-producing vineyards before arriving in Melk. Start with a walking tour of the gold-leaf halls of Melk Abbey, followed by opportunities to hike or cycle to Dürnstein Castle. Perhaps visit the centuries-old Renaissance style Shallaburg castle in Lower Austria or explore the home of the Reisling high in the hills in Weissenkirchen to taste some of Austria’s finest wines.

    Oct 13 – Vienna

    Discover the classical charms of Vienna today, as we take you through the heart of the city, pointing out all of the best cafés and artisan studios as you discover its imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstrasse will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on the Danube Island, visit the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum or attend an exclusive Viennese evening concert.

    Oct 14 – Vienna-Bratislava

    Enjoy a short but tranquil sailing between Vienna and Bratislava, marvelling at the ever-changing scenery of the Danube and then a guided hike to Bratislava Castle. Its silhouette looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a fairytale. Alternatively, explore the city’s historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is in walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre.

    Oct 15 – Budapest

    Explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter today, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre and finish at the neo-Gothic Grand Market. If you are feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.

    Oct 16 – Budapest

    Say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark, taking memories of sun-drenched vineyards with you.

    For a printable itinerary please click here.

    Contact us for ship information and pre- and post-trip options.

    Trip Map