Splendors of Europe River Cruise

2025 Amsterdam > Budapest | Price from $6109

16 DAYS • 41 MEALS Sail from Amsterdam to Budapest on this epic 15-day river cruise all the while exploring iconic ports of call in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Take in the vibrant capital of Amsterdam and sail through the Dutch countryside. In Germany, experience the timeless charm of medieval towns and the natural beauty of the Rhine River. Sail on the legendary blue Danube River via the Main-Rhine Canal and cross into the picturesque country of Austria. Pass through the inspiring landscape of the Wachau Valley and visit the capital city of Vienna. Guided tours in Bratislava and Budapest offer unique insight into the region’s past, present and future. Enjoy it all on this voyage with Mayflower Cruises & Tours.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Day 2: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world-class museums and cafés. You’ll be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meal: D

Day 3: Amsterdam – Cruising

This morning, choose to enjoy a glass-top boat tour through Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canal network, OR take a guided bike tour to Waterland. Then return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Waterland (instead of canal cruise)

Day 4: Cologne, Germany

Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Gothic cathedral. Join your guide on a walking tour to discover the city and its Old Town. During your free time shop for local specialty items or continue to explore before returning to the ship. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Rüdesheim

Today’s cruising is certainly a highlight as you cruise through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge and pass the infamous Lorelei Rock. Keep your camera ready to capture the stunning vistas of castles perched atop steep vine-covered slopes. Later, in the afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Choose to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum OR take an active hike to Niederwalddenkmal. This evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Niederwalddenkmal (instead of included excursion to the Music Cabinet Museum)

Day 6: Miltenberg – Wertheim

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque medieval village on the Main River. During an included walking tour, see the Merchant Hall and the old town, lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. Alternatively, join a guided hike through the forest to Mildenburg Castle. Later, venture to the charming town of Wertheim for an exclusive glass-blowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided walk to Mildenburg Castle (instead of included tour)
EmeraldPLUS: Glass-blowing presentation

Day 7: Würzburg

Set amongst sloping, vineyard-covered hills, Würzburg is known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’. The included excursion includes a tour of the town, and a visit to the Würzburg Residenz. As one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th-century frescoes and the amazing 3D stuccowork, OR, choose an optional excursion to Rothenburg, available from Würzburg. This evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Rothenburg (additional expense) (instead of included tour of Würzburg)

Day 8: Bamberg

Relax onboard this morning, cruising to Bamberg. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide, discover one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centers and admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail and spectacular ornamentation. Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Nuremberg

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the historic city. See its architectural wonders, and gain insight into the events of WWII and the mark left on the walled city. Afterwards, enjoy free time to stroll through the medieval city center. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: World War II Tour (additional expense) (instead of included tour of Nuremberg)

Day 10: Regensburg

This morning, cruise through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. On a guided walking tour, see the city’s architectural highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. After the excursion, enjoy free time in this medieval city. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Sausage-making workshop (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band onboard

Day 11: Passau – Linz, Austria

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in Passau. On an included walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the Gothic Town Hall, Bishop’s Residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest pipe organ. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Ceský Krumlov (additional expense)

Note: all excursions overlap; only one can be selected: Passau, Salzburg or Ceský Krumlov

Day 12: Melk – Dürnstein

Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is visited on the included excursion. This afternoon, the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley to the enchanting village of Dürnstein. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE*: Guided bike tour from Melk to Dürnstein
EmeraldACTIVE*: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

*the ACTIVE events operate simultaneously; only one can be selected

Day 13: Vienna

Discover Austria’s capital with a panoramic overview of the city followed by a walking tour. See the magnificent Ringstrasse, Opera House, Burgtheatre and the Parliament before enjoying time to explore at your leisure. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Vienna (instead of included city tour)
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert (additional expense)

Day 14: Bratislava, Slovakia

As the capital, Bratislava is a place where Baroque palaces, boutiques and cafés adorn cobblestone streets. Enjoy a walking tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Episcopal Summer Palace and Slovak National Theater.This afternoon, a highlight will be a cultural visit with a local family. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle (instead of included tour)
EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians
DiscoverMORE: Carpathian Wine Route (additional expense)

Day 15: Budapest, Hungary

Enjoy a guided tour of this capital city and see the highlights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Andrassy Avenue and the amazing architecture of the city. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to continue discovering this beautiful city. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner and a folklore show on your final evening onboard. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Gellert Hill (instead of included tour)
DiscoverMORE*: Excursion to Szentendre (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE*: Jewish Heritage Tour (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show onboard

*DiscoverMORE’s operate simultaneously; only one can be selected

Day 16: Return to USA

After breakfast, it is time to disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking with you memories of your adventures from this cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 41 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit five countries
  • Fourteen-night cruise aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Personal listening device for excursions
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • All gratuities included
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore

CRUISE ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 15 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

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

Septmber 7, 2024 (Amsterdam > Budapest ) Priced from $6,445

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$6,445 per person twin / Single room add $4,189

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$7,069 per person twin / Single room add $4,595

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$8,419 per person twin / Single room add $5,475

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$8,785 per person twin / Single room add $5,709

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$9,045 per person twin / Single room add $5,879

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$10,395 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$12,059 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

October 5, 2024 (Amsterdam > Budapest) Priced from $5,819

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,819 per person twin / Single room add $3,785

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,445 per person twin / Single room add $4,189

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$7,795 per person twin / Single room add $5,069

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$8,159 per person twin / Single room add $5,305

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$8,419 per person twin / Single room add $5,472

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$9,775 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$11,435 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Budapest, Hungary.

May 21, 2025 (Budapest > Amsterdam) Priced from $6,109

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$6,109 per person twin / Single room add $6,109

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,769 per person twin / Single room add $6,769

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$8,185 per person twin / Single room add $8,185

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$8,569 per person twin / Single room add $8,569

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$8,839 per person twin / Single room add $8,839

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$10,265 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$12,009 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Budapest, Hungary, returning from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

October 4, 2025 (Amsterdam > Budapest) Priced from $6,109

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$6,109 per person twin / Single room add $6,109

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$6,769 per person twin / Single room add $6,769

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$8,185 per person twin / Single room add $8,185

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Horizon Deck
$8,569 per person twin / Single room add $8,569

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Vista Deck
$8,839 per person twin / Single room add $8,839

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$10,265 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$12,009 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Budapest, Hungary.