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Join award-winning Emerald Cruises on this insightful itinerary crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Germany tell their own story, and city tours of Vienna and Budapest exemplify how the past can shape the future. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and gain a personal understanding of why the iconic Danube has acted as inspiration to so many.

2025 Munich > Budapest


Danube Delights

An unforgettable 8-day river cruise down the iconic
Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.

Day 1 - Munich - Regensburg Embarkation
You’ll be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you.

Day 2 - Regensburg
Explore the medieval centre of Regensburg with a local guide, walking the cobblestone streets, passing the patrician houses of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, and stopping to sample traditional Bavarian sausage. Alternatively, join a bike tour to the Walhalla monument, which towers high above the slopes of the Danube. From here, you can enjoy a fascinating view of the river and the surrounding landscape.

Day 3 - Passau - Engelhartszell
Today, we’ll cruise into the heart of Passau, where three of Europe’s main rivers converge in the shadows of the castle. Your guided tour of this illustrious city will unveil how it was rebuilt following fires in the 17th century. Italian architects left their mark with an array of Baroque architecture that still stands today, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Alternatively, if you’re feeling active, you can join a bike tour along the River Inn, one of the three rivers converging in Passau.

Day 4 - Dürnstein - Krems
Today, you can choose to hike the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, which offer delightful panoramic views of the surrounding medieval villages. Afterwards, we’ll sail through the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Krems. Alternatively, you can embark on a guided bike tour from Dürnstein to Krems, passing terraced vineyards, castles, and ruins along the way, before meeting your Star-Ship at the dock.

Day 5 - Vienna
Sweeping boulevards and world-famous art exhibitions welcome you to Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. For art-lovers, there’s no other place like the Austrian capital, not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork but also because of its variety. Your tour will include a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in the country and one of the most important museums worldwide.

Day 6 - Bratislava
A delightful scattering of Baroque palaces and Gothic architecture that tell tales of a communist past are yours to uncover as we sail towards Bratislava. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s enchanting history, taking in the neo-Renaissance glory of the Slovak National Theatre and the Episcopal Summer Palace.

Day 7 - Budapest
Welcome to Budapest, a city steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided city tour, starting at the Liberty Statue and encompassing many of Budapest’s hotspots. You’ll see Heroes’ Square and the Buda Castle district, before a walking tour up to Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, providing the best panorama views of the city and river. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill and gaze over the Danube.

Day 8 - Budapest
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking wonderful memories of the Viennese skyline and architectural masterpieces with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship 
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director 
  • Port taxes and charges 
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Guided tour of Passau 
  • Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey 
  • Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum 
  • Walking tour of Bratislava 
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest 
  • Walking tour of Regensburg with Bavarian sausage tasting 
  • Traditional Bavarian band on board 
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family 
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

  • Guided bike tour to the Walhalla monument 
  • Guided bike tour along the River Inn 
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube River 
  • Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle 
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna 
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Hike to Buda Hill 
  • 20 delectable meals including 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) 
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner 
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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PRIZE TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Prize is an Emerald Stateroom (minimum Category D or E) for two guests (double occupancy) on a July – August 2025 departure of Emerald Cruises’ 8-day Danube Delights cruise itinerary. Exact sailing date subject to availability and discretion of Emerald Cruises. Cruise does not include airfare. Cruise and flights cannot be booked earlier than October 1, 2024. Return airfare, Travel insurance and incidentals, both on board and onshore to be paid by winner. DiscoverMore tour options are excluded and can be purchased separately while making booking or on board. Prize cruise and airfare prize package is not transferable and cruise eligibility dates cannot be extended. Total prize value is approximately $10,390. Once cruise is booked, no date or name changes are allowed without forfeiture of complete of prize.


Award-winning river cruise for two, valued at over $10,000.

Your Cruise Includes

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship 
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship 
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director 
  • Port taxes and charges 
  • All tipping and gratuities 

  • Visit to the Hospices de Beaune 
  • Guided tour of Lyon 
  • Guided tour of Tournon 
  • Guided tour of Viviers 
  • Guided tour of Avignon 
  • Guided tour of Arles with arena visit

  • Cheese and olive tasting on board 
  • Silk workshop presentation on board 
  • Regional wine tasting on board 
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

  • Guided bike tour of Lyon 
  • Guided hike through the vineyards in Tournon 
  • Guided bike tour to Glun 
  • Hike in Viviers 
  • Canoeing excursion in Avignon

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D) 
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner 
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Valued at Over $10,000!

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