Danube Explorer

2025 Budapest > Prague | Price from $5029

11 DAYS • 21 MEALS Experience the Danube River onboard an award-winning Emerald Cruises Star-Ship through four stunning countries. Explore fascinating ports of call with local English-speaking guides. Experience local culture, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, taste regional specialties and beverages and more on your seven-night cruise. During the two-night stay in the majestic city of Prague, included touring showcases its historic and picturesque sites.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.

Day 2: Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, home for the next seven nights. Flights should arrive Budapest prior to 5:00pm. This evening, join your fellow guests for a folklore performance onboard and a traditional Hungarian dinner. After dinner, relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the fabulous view of the city, aglow in nighttime splendor. Meal: D

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard

Day 3: Budapest

Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders and also talk about Budapest’s culinary scene. The tour will end at the Grand Market Hall, the city’s most expansive indoor food & craft market, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Gellert 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 by foot along the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Gellert Hill (instead of city tour)
DiscoverMORE: Szentendre (additional expense)

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning, relax onboard while sailing into the capital of Slovakia. This graceful nation became an independent country in 1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural center. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are explored with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town center, seeing the Slovak National Theater and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. For the more active guests, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairytale book. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle (instead of city tour)
EmeraldPLUS: Local Slovakian entertainment onboard
DiscoverMORE: Carpathian Wine Route (additional expense)

Day 5: Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital and the capital of classical music. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. On the included city tour, see monuments and buildings of grandeur as the coach drives along the famous Ringstrasse. During the walking tour, stroll with your guide through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the classical architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right in the heart of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to Danube Island. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Bike tour in Vienna (instead of city tour)
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (additional expense)

Day 6: Weissenkirchen – Melk

Effortlessly suspended in time, Weisenkirchen is one of the most frequented parts of the Wachau wine region, where the delightful warm weather creates the perfect setting for viticulture. Join your Activity Manager for a hike in town before sailing to Melk. Later this morning, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Melk, enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike in Weissenkirchen (instead of bike ride along the Danube)
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike ride along the Danube (instead of hike in Weissenkirchen)
DiscoverMORE (from Melk): Visit to Schallaburg Castle (additional expense)

Day 7: Linz, Austria / Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Today’s adventure takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ceský Krumlov. With its 13th-century castle, meandering river, and a maze of quaint alleyways, this town has one of the best-preserved centers in Europe. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone lanes as you experience the charming atmosphere of Ceský Krumlov’s medieval buildings, the iconic castle complex and the 15th-century St. VItus’ Church, a highlight of the town. Alternatively, choose the DiscoverMORE option to visit Salzburg, Austria. Meals: B, D

EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
DiscoverMORE*: Linz Walking Tour with a Linzer torte tasting (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE*: Full day to Salzburg (additional expense)

*Included tour and both DiscoverMORE’s operate simultaneoulsy; only 1 can be selected

Day 8: Passau, Germany

Narrow cobblestone streets welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. On today’s excursion, venture out to a local farm to gain a fascinating insight into the life of local Bavarian farmers. Meet with the farmers and sample some of their homemade specialties. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Bavarian Countryside Experience
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Veste Oberhaus (instead of farm visit)
DiscoverMORE: Bavaria Live (additional expense)

Day 9: Passau – Prague, Czech Republic

After breakfast, say goodbye to your Captain and crew as you disembark your ship and depart by motorcoach for Prague, Czech Republic. Upon arrival, you’ll have free time for lunch on your own before the included city tour highlighting the famous sites of this beautiful city. Discover the heart of the city on foot, seeing the Old Town Square with its historic astronomical clock, and the medieval Charles Bridge. The tour concludes at the hotel with the evening at leisure. Meal: B

Day 10: Prague

Your final day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration of Prague. Or, if you choose, join the morning optional excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Terezin Concentration Camp (additional expense)

Day 11: Prague / USA

Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with wonderful memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 21 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit five countries
  • Seven-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
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Prague, the Czech Republic

CRUISE AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 8 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Days 9 and 10 – Hotel Jalta or similar, Prague, Czech Republic
Pre-cruise hotel stays available in Budapest. Call for details.

Emerald Star-Ship Deck Plan
  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
  • Daytime Pool / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Reception
  • Wellness Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

August 24, 2024 (Budapest > Prague) Priced from $5,029

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,519

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,085 per person twin / Single room add $3,559

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,949 per person twin / Single room add $4,165

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,269per person twin / Single room add $4,389

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,925 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Prague, Czech Republic.

August 30, 2024 (Prague > Budapest) Priced from $5,129

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,129 per person twin / Single room add $3,589

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,185 per person twin / Single room add $3,629

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,999 per person twin / Single room add $4,199

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,049 per person twin / Single room add $4,239

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,375 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,025 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,565 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Prague, Czech Republic, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

October 15, 2024 (Prague > Budapest) Priced from $5,129

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,129 per person twin / Single room add $3,589

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,185 per person twin / Single room add $3,629

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,999 per person twin / Single room add $4,199

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,049 per person twin / Single room add $4,239

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,375 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,025 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,565 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Prague, Czech Republic, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

May 7, 2025 (Budapest > Prague) Priced from $5,285

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,339 per person twin / Single room add $3,739

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,249 per person twin / Single room add $4,375

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,585 per person twin / Single room add $4,609

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,275 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Prague, Czech Republic.

May 12, 2025 (Prague > Budapest) Priced from $5,285

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,339 per person twin / Single room add $3,739

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,249 per person twin / Single room add $4,375

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,585 per person twin / Single room add $4,609

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,275 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Prague, Czech Republic, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

June 11, 2025 (Prague > Budapest) Priced from $5,285

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,339 per person twin / Single room add $3,739

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,249 per person twin / Single room add $4,375

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,585 per person twin / Single room add $4,609

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,275 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Prague, Czech Republic, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

September 3, 2025 (Prague > Budapest) Priced from $5,285

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,339 per person twin / Single room add $3,739

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,249 per person twin / Single room add $4,375

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,585 per person twin / Single room add $4,609

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$7,275 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Prague, Czech Republic, returning from Budapest, Hungary.