European River Cruises - Danube Delights & Medieval Nuremberg

Spend three unforgettable days in the gorgeous city of Nuremburg before boarding an award-winning luxury vessel. Cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest on this incredible tour of Eastern Europe. Explore cobbled streets, towering medieval castles, and centuries-old houses of worship. Taste local beers and wine while feasting on gourmet dishes over the strains of folk music. Stroll through the enchanted boughs of the Black Forest, as you sail along on this ultimate European sojourn.

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly active. May involve some walking and climbing of stairs.

Weather Reports - When to Go

The three cruises we offer generally operate April through October and we have varying pricing depending on departure date. The weater in Europe is pleasant during that time of the year (although summers can be hot), perfect for navigating the diverse rivers and seeing the beautiful countryside, hsitoric sites, vineyards, castles, and palaces. Emerald Waterways is an award-winning cruise liner with new ships that are relatively small since all take less than 200 people. With their innovative design, all-inclusive packaging, expert guides, and fabulous itineraries, travelers will want for nothing.

Day 1/2/3/4 USA/NUREMBERG, GERMANY

On arrival in Nuremberg, you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel, located just across the train station and in an area offering numerous dining options. Spend some quality time in Nuremberg for the next two days. See the jewels of this medieval city, including its ramparts, fountains, and imperial palace. Enter the castle – the symbol of Nuremberg. Visit its more contemporary landmarks from WWII and enjoy either a day of leisure to explore the city on your own or take an optional tour to Bamberg, a city favored by some of the greatest minds in history, including Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schiller. HOTEL VICTORIA. (Meals Aloft; B,D Daily)

Day 5 NUREMBERG/KELHEIM, GERMANY

Today you transfer to your award-winning ship in Nuremberg and board your deluxe river cruise ship, where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. The beautiful EMERALD STAR-SHIPS launched in 2014, 2015 and one more is launching in 2017; each carries 182 guests and 47 crew. Get settled and watch the panorama sliding by you. Enjoy a welcome aboard buffet dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 KELHEIM/REGENSBURG, GERMANY

This morning’s sailing takes you through the final stretch of the Main-Danube Canal to Kelheim. As you cruise along the Danube River, you’ll reach Regensburg. Embark on a guided walking tour and admire one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. At an additional cost, you can visit a local brewery for a tour and beer tasting. Entertainment this evening comes courtesy of a traditional Bavarian Band, playing a selection of fantastic folk music into the night while you relax with a cool drink in hand. (B,L,D)

Day 7 PASSAU, GERMANY

Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn, and Ilz, today you’re visiting Passau – the Three Rivers City. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the cobblestone streets and narrow alleys before emerging to find the perfect view of the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress. As an alternative, you may (at additional cost) to book one of two Discover More tours. The first is a full-day excursion (and lunch) to Salzburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with dreaming spires, green hills, and many romantic gardens. The second travels to Český Krumlov – a small town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Built around a 13th-Century castle, it’s an outstanding example of a small medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact over more than five centuries. (B,L,D)

Day 8 MELK/DURNSTEIN, AUSTRIA

Your tour of Austria’s wine-growing region begins in Melk – a pretty town situated on the south bank of the Danube River. Here you’ll explore a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey overlooking the town on a rocky outcrop, boasting the finest Italian architecture, elaborate gold leaf walls, a 640-foot Imperial Corridor, and fabulous French ceilings. Later, sail to Durnstein through the great Wachau Valley, home to the 12th Century castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades. For the active, a biking tour between Melk and Durnstein or guided hike to Durnstein Castle is possible. (B,L,D)

Day 9 VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Austria’s vibrant city of Vienna is a fantastic fusion of old and new. As well as being known as “The City of Music” because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also regarded as “the City of Dreams” as it was home to Sigmund Freud – the world’s first psychoanalyst. Enjoy a coach tour along the Ringstrasse to see Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Town Hall, and Hofburg Imperial Palace, before hopping off to explore the city center on foot. Alternatively, you can book a Discover More tour (at additional cost) to Schönbrunn Palace – Empress Sisi’s former summer residence, complete with an enchanting park. As you explore the grounds of the palace, your guide will divulge the secrets that surround you. This evening, you have the choice to book an exclusive, only to Emerald Waterways guests Discover More excursion to enjoy a Viennese concert (at an additional cost). (B,L,D)

Day 10 BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Experience the bustling pedestrian plazas and stylish street cafes of Bratislava, including a sightseeing tour of the Old Town, home to many historical buildings such as the magnificent Mirbach Palace and the Gothic cathedral of St. Martin. Afterwards, enjoy a hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family, providing you with a truly authentic insight into Slovakian culture. Sample traditional fare in the company of new friends and discover what everyday life is like in a Slovakian village. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 11 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Widely known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Budapest is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway – the second oldest underground electric metro system in the world. Take a tour to either Fisherman’s Bastion situated on Castle Hill, to admire the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city, or to Matthias Church and the iconic Chain Bridge that links Buda and Pest. Conclude the day with an evening cruise and see the heart of the city lit up at night while enjoying a traditional Hungarian dinner and a folklore show. (B,L,D)

Day 12 BUDAPEST/USA

After breakfast, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, the crew, and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins. (B, Meals Aloft)

POST-EXTENSION TO BUDAPEST

Enjoy an extended visit to Hungary with this post-extension to Budapest and its nearby towns, Bugacpuszta and Szeged. You will tour beautiful ruins and landscapes, major historical sites, and enjoy a show of the ‘Puszta Otos’ and a display of Hungarian horsemanship. Learn about the history of Hungary at Szeged and the influence the Ottoman Empire had on it, as it was under Ottoman domination for 150 years. Gain a personal insight into Hungarian culture and lifestyle, and have some leisure time to take in historic Budapest on your own.

Prices starting at $4,995. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.