Day 1: We depart Philadelphia International Airport today on our overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Day 2: Transfer to your privately chartered river ship, the MS Emerald Sun, our home for the next seven nights. (D)
Day 3: Budapest, Hungary – After breakfast, enjoy an included city tour of Budapest. The city straddles both banks of the Danube linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The tour presents you with a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted with Hungary’s beautiful capital. Enjoy a photo stop at Gellert Hill, see historic Buda Castle, 500-year-old Matthias Church, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion and the marvelous Royal Palace. Enjoy free time before departing for Bratislava. This evening, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board) (B, L, D).
Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia – The day starts with an included panoramic city tour of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the former capital of Hungary. “All Aboard” the exclusively chartered Bratislava City Train for a unique touring experience. As the train winds its way through the streets up to Bratislava Castle, the guide will point out the beautiful buildings and historic sites along the way. See the Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the National Theatre, the Archbishop’s Summer Residence and the Blumental Church. Arriving at Vienna Gate, it’s a short stroll to a panoramic overview of the city from atop Castle Hill. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance on board by local artists. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board).Ê (B, L, D)
Day 5: Vienna, Austria – Discover all Vienna has to offer with an included orientation tour. For over 600 years, the magnificent baroque capital city of Vienna was the seat of the mighty Hapsburg Emperors, a heritage that has bestowed it with many dazzling palaces and monuments: the lavish Hofburg Palace, the impressive Vienna Opera House and the majestic Ringstrasse. On your included excursion, see some of the famous sites of this impressive city and visit Shonbrunn Palace with its magnificent interiors and landscaped gardens. Enjoy leisure time in the city center in the afternoon. This evening, join an optional excursion for a musical concert in one of the famous music venues of the city. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board). (B, L, D)
Day 6: Durnstein and Melk, Austria – After breakfast, join your local guide for a stroll through the pretty, medieval town of Durnstein – “The Pearl of the Wachau” – set in Austria’s spectacular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley as we cruise along the Danube River before arriving in Melk. Join an optional excursion to visit the glorious and magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts a breathtakingly opulent baroque interior. Later this afternoon, the ship departs for Aschach, the drop-off point for tomorrow’s optional excursion. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board) (B, L, D)
Day 7: Salzburg, Austria and Pasau, Germany – After breakfast, join us on an optional excursion to Salzburg, Austria. You will travel by motorcoach to Mozart’s Salzburg, where a guide will show you the sites of The Sound of Music and walk you along the famous Getreidegasse Lane past Mozart’s birthplace. After the tour, we drive to Passau, Germany, where our ship has docked. Enjoy a walking tour of Passau prior to boarding our ship. This evening our ship departs for Regensburg. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities Ð After breakfast, we explore Regensburg on a guided walking tour. During a stroll through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we experience its beauty and history firsthand. This afternoon, the ship departs for Nuremberg. Tonight, say goodbye to the captain and crew at the farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack on board) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Nuremberg to Prague, Czech Republic – After breakfast on board, disembark our ship and enjoy a tour of Nuremberg. Beginning with a panoramic tour by coach, our local guide will explain the importance of this city during the war as you explore a bit outside of the inner city and pass the courthouse where the Nazi War Trials were held. At the end of the tour, free time is provided for lunch on your own prior to the journey to Prague for a two-night stay. Dinner is included in Prague this evening. (B, D)
Day 10: Prague – One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague also offers a cultural and historic past. On this morning’s panoramic discovery, you’ll get an overview of the city and learn of its history from the local guide. The remainder of the day is at leisure, or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. Your adventure has concluded, but you’ll bring back memories of European history to last a lifetime. (B)
Day 11: Prague/USA – Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life-enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. (B)