Danube Explorer 2023
The Czech Republic • Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary
 11 Days • 21 Meals
Visit five countries: The Czech Republic • Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary and enjoy a seven-night cruise in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

  • 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: The Czech Republic • Germany • Austria • Slovakia • Hungary
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Prague
  • 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 to host all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and onboard activities and 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

Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2  Prague, Czech Republic
Welcome to the Czech Republic! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel in Prague. The day is at leisure to begin discovering your new surroundings.
Day 3  Prague
After breakfast, enjoy an included city tour, highlighting the famous sites of this beautiful city. Following a brief panoramic drive, the heart of the city is discovered on foot. See Old Town Square with its historic astronomical clock and the medieval Charles Bridge. The tour concludes at the hotel. During the afternoon, continue to explore the city on your own or join the optional excursion to the Terezin Concentration Camp. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE Terezin Concentration Camp (additional expense)

Day 4  Prague – Passau, Germany
Depart Prague and journey by motorcoach to Passau, Germany, where your friendly Captain and crew welcome you onboard your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the ship and become acquainted with the onboard amenities. This evening join your fellow guests for dinner onboard. Meals: B, D
Day 5  Passau
Narrow cobblestone streets welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. This important historic trading center borders Austria and Croatia, and a distinctive blend of cultures can be found here. Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, touching on its distinctive historic buildings.

See the Baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate columns and arches and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, a collection of eight historic patrician houses built between the 14th and 15th centuries.

Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, participate in a guided hike around Passau. View the Mariahilf, a renowned place of pilgrimage, and St. Severin, an ancient church dating back to the Ottonian dynasty. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike near Passau

DiscoverMORE Bavaria Live (additional expense)

Day 6  Linz, Austria / Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic
Today’s adventure takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed 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 and iconic castle complex. During the excursion, visit the 15th-century St. VItus’ Church, a highlight of the town. Meals: B, D

EmeraldPLUS A guided walking tour of Ceský Krumlov

Day 7  Melk – Dürnstein, Austria
Relax as you cruise down the Danube River early this morning, passing delightful apricot orchards and beautiful terraced vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wine, before arriving in Melk. Enjoy an included tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building features ornate gold leaf walls, seemingly endless spiral staircases and is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.

After the tour, sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Dürnstein, you can choose time at leisure to wander through this enchanting village, or hike to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner. Alternatively, stay in Melk and join a guided bike ride from Melk to Dürnstein. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike ride along the Danube

EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Day 8  Vienna
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 grand buildings 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 classic architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right in the middle of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to experience the city by bike. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour in Vienna

DiscoverMORE Tastes of Vienna tour (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE An exclusive Viennese evening concert (additional expense)

Day 9  Bratislava, Slovakia
Today you sail 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.

See the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairy-tale book. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

EmeraldPLUS Local Slovakian entertainment onboard

Day 10  Budapest, Hungary
Welcome to the “Pearl of the Danube”. Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders from across the ages, enabling you to follow a journey from Budapest’s Roman beginnings to the addition of ornate Romanesque and Baroque architecture in the centuries that followed. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Buda 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. This evening, join your fellow guests for a folklore performance onboard and a traditional Hungarian dinner. Relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the fabulous view of the city, aglow in nighttime splendor. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Buda Hill

DiscoverMORE Tour of Szentendre (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE Jewish Heritage Tour (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Hungarian folklore show

Day 11  Budapest / 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.

Days 2 & 3  Hotel Grandium, or similar, Prague, Czech Republic
Days 4 - 10  Aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person Twin Single Room
October 1*, 2023 E - Riviera $4,835 + $3,385
D - Riviera $4,889 + $3,419
C - Vista $5,669 + $3,969
B - Vista $5,719 + $4,005
A - Horizon $6,029 + $4,225
S - Horizon $6,655 N/A
*Sails on reverse itinerary SA - Horizon $7,175 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
*This departure operates from Budapest Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic.

Passport & Visas: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport.  Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour.  Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.


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