Splendours of Europe River Cruise

Cruise Europe’s waterways in style for less on-board Evergreen’s award-winning ‘Star Ship’. Cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest for 14 nights and discover 15 different cities, towns and villages. Highlights include a canal cruise in Amsterdam, a walking tour of vibrant Cologne and a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Tour Bamberg and Melk’s Benedictine Abbey and enjoy guided city tours of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and more. You’ll also cruise the magical castle-lined Rhine Gorge and picturesque Wachau Valley. “You’re Invited” to unique experiences including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a family in Bratislava and a traditional Hungarian Folklore show, plus the “EmeraldACTIVE” program including guided hikes and bike tours. Relax in the on-board pool which transforms into a cinema of an evening, and enjoy the ever-changing scenery from the Sun Deck and Terrace. 41 superb meals with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and all tipping and gratuities are also included.

Price Includes

• 14 nights on board an Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’
• The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
• All tipping and gratuities
• Airport transfers to and from the ship
• Port taxes and charges
• Explore 15 different cities, towns & villages 
• Guided tours of Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Bamberg, Regensburg and Bratislava 
• Glass top canal boat tour in Amsterdam 
• Melk Abbey Tour
• Visits to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, St Stephens Cathedral & Bishop’s Residenz in Wurzburg
• Traditional Bavarian band on board 
• Home hosted coffee and cake with Slovakians 
• Budapest Evening Cruise
• Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show
• Guided bike tours of Amsterdam, Melk to Durnstein & Vienna
• Guided hikes around Miltenberg, Durnstein Castle, Bratislava Castle and Buda Hill
• 41 superb meals including a Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinner
• Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board  

Travel dates:
27 Oct 2019
Other departures available between Apr – Oct 2019, seasonal surcharges may apply.

Bonus

• Includes $1900 per person Earlybird Discount 
• Includes $400 per person Early Payment Discount 

Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer
Save up to $200* per person

Room/Cabin information

Ship Name: Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’ 
Cabin Type: Emerald Stateroom 
Cabin Category: Twin Share/Double

Offer Ends

17 Aug 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Destinations
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Product itinerary

From Amsterdam to Budapest 

Day 1: Arrive Amsterdam (D) 
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways ‘Star-Ship’. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. 

Day 2: Amsterdam – Cruising (FB, L, D) 
This morning, board a glass top boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals, cruising past 16th century merchant houses and charming churches, dating back to Holland’s Golden Age or join EmeraldACTIVE for a guided bike tour. After lunch on board, depart on your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside, including canals, locks and windmills. 

Day 3: Cologne (FB, L, D) 
Enjoy free time on board your ship before arriving into Cologne. Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city, including the Old Town with its squares and historical monuments. During your free time, shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship. 
DiscoverMORE: Drachenburg Castle Tour or Cologne Football Stadium Tour. 

Day 4: Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim (FB, L, D) 
Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready, as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine-covered slopes. We’ll also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock, where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive at Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or join EmeraldACTIVE for a guided hike through vineyards. In your free time, shop for handicrafts or taste the famous Rüdesheimer coffee. 

Day 5: Miltenberg – Wertheim (FB, L, D) 
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times, due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved, half-timbered buildings. Take a guided tour of Miltenberg and enjoy time at leisure to explore the glass-blowing town of Wertheim or join EmeraldACTIVE for a guided hike around the Miltenberg area. 

Day 6: Würzburg (FB, L, D) 
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3-dimensional stuccowork. Then join our guide for a walking tour of Würzburg. 
DiscoverMORE: Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town. Step back to the middle ages as you walk the cobbled streets admiring the gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture. 

Day 7: Bamberg (FB, L, D) 
Relax on board this morning as we cruise to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries-old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation. 

Day 8: Nuremberg (FB, L, D) 
Enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach will pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts and Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights. 
DiscoverMORE: WWII Tour. 

Day 9: Kelheim – Regensburg (FB, L, D) 
This morning takes you through the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Kelheim. Continue cruising along the Danube River to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. On our guided walking tour, you’ll have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. 
“You’re Invited”: Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board. DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery. 

Day 10: Passau (FB, L, D) 
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you to the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. Return for lunch and an afternoon cruising along the Danube River. 
DiscoverMORE: Enjoy a day tour to Salzburg, the home of ‘The Sound of Music’ and the birth place of Mozart. 

Day 11: Melk – Dürnstein (FB, L, D) 
Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to an imposing 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture, with its ornate gold leaf walls, 640ft Imperial Corridor and fresco ceilings. Later, the ship sails through the spectacular Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. 
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River or a guided hike to Dürnstein Castle. 

Day 12: Vienna (FB, L, D) 
Welcome to Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. Today we explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE for a guided bike tour of Vienna. 
DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss and/or Schönbrunn Palace tour. 

Day 13: Bratislava (FB, L, HD) 
Set on the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, embodies various cultures – primarily Celtic, Roman and Slavic. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin. 
” You’re Invited”: Today’s highlight will be a home hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family. This evening the Captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Gala Dinner. 
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle. 

Day 14: Budapest (FB, L, HD) 
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and see sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or join EmeraldACTIVE for a guided walk to Buda Hill. 
EmeraldPLUS: This evening, enjoy a night-time cruise, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying folk dancing and music followed by a traditional Hungarian farewell dinner. 
DiscoverMORE: Jewish Heritage Tour. 

Day 15: Disembarkation Budapest (FB) 
After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

FB = Full Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
HD = Hosted Dinner


Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 04 Jul 18 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. $1,000 per person non-refundable deposit due within 48 hours of booking. 15 Day Splendours of Europe River Cruise (EWCR) price based on 27 Oct 2019 departure in a Category E Stateroom, full payment required 12 months in advance. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Evergreen Cruises & Tours and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.