11 DAYS • 23 MEALS Experience the Danube River aboard our exclusively chartered river ship on a seven-night cruise through four countries. Includes escorted shore excursions with English-speaking guides and two nights in Prague.
Concert performed onboard by local artists in Bratislava
Included visit to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
Insightful presentation on the history of the Danube River
Culinary demonstration by the ship's chef
Day One — Depart the USA - Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Day Two — Arrive Hungary - Transfer to Mayflower Tours’ exclusively chartered river ship, The MS Emerald Destiny, your home for the next seven nights. Dinner onboard
Day Three — 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 onboard. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard
Day Four — 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. During a leisurely paced walking tour through the historical center, see the Archbishop Palace, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the Main Square with its Old Town Hall, the Roland Fountain and the Opera House. Enjoy leisure time this afternoon in this remarkable town. This evening, enjoy a musical performance onboard by local artists. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard
Day Five — 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. The capital is also known as the “City of Music” for having once been the home of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Johann Strauss. On your included excursion, see some of the famous sights of this impressive city and visit Shönbrunn Palace, with its magnificent interiors and landscape 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 onboard
Day Six — Dürnstein and Melk, Austria - After breakfast, join your local guide for a stroll through the pretty, medieval town of Dürnstein – “The Pearl of the Wachau” – set in Austria’s spectacular vine-terraced Wachau Valley. With its cobblestone streets and old burgher houses, it is dominated by the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its lovely blue façade. The ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart in 1193, can be seen on the hilltop. 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. See the Marble Hall and Library with its thousands of identically bound books and also its terraced gardens. Later this afternoon, the ship departs for Aschach — the drop off point for tomorrow’s optional excursion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard
Day Seven — Salzburg, Austria and Passau, 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 sights of The Sound of Music and walks 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 your ship. This evening your ship departs for Regensburg. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack onboard
Day Eight — Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities - 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 first-hand. 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 onboard
Day Nine — Nuremberg to Prague, Czech Republic - After breakfast onboard, disembark your ship and enjoy a tour of Nuremberg. Beginning with a panoramic tour by coach, your 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 Court House where the Nazi War Trials were held. Upon arrival in the city center, begin a walking tour through the Altstadt (old town) which stands in the shadows of the imperial castle. The local guide will lead you through this medieval city as you pass some of the amazing architecture, fortifications and stone towers from past centuries, including the Schöner Brunnen – Nuremberg’s star attraction: the gilded ‘Beautiful Fountain’ with its tiers of intricately carved figures. 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. Breakfast onboard, plus dinner
Day Ten — 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. Drive by some of the famous squares of the city including Wenceslas, Charles and Lesser Town Square. You’ll also see the National Museum, National Theatre and Prague Castle, among other famous towers and landmarks. The remainder of the day is at leisure, or join the optional excursion of the Jewish Quarter. Your adventure is concluded but you’ll bring back memories of European history to last a lifetime. Breakfast
Day Eleven — Prague/USA - Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. Breakfast
Itinerary is subject to change
Days Two through Eight - Aboard the MS Emerald Destiny
Days Nine and Ten - Hotel Premier Majestic Plaza or similar, Prague, Czech Republic
Ship InformationMS Emerald Destiny
The 180-passenger MS Emerald Destiny is a brand new deluxe river cruise vessel providing a stylish, spacious and unique ship from which to enjoy your river cruise! In addition to providing some of the largest staterooms and suites on river vessels, the ship also offers one-bedroom suites which boast a separate bedroom, spacious lounge area and full balcony. Other unique features onboard are a heated swimming pool (with a retractable roof) that transforms into a cinema in the evening! With the friendly staff and remarkable ship it’s sure to be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday!
Speed: 15.5 mph
Length: 443 ft.
Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (315 sq. ft.): Horizon Deck
Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; separate bedroom and lounge area with sofa, chair, coffee table, two dressers and walk-in closet; large bathroom with two basins, shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Grand Balcony Suite (210 sq. ft.): Horizon Deck
Features outdoor private balcony with sliding glass door; Bathroom with shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Panorama Stateroom (180 sq. ft.): Vista and Horizon Decks
Features an indoor balcony with open-air system; Bathroom with shower, hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
Stateroom (162 sq. ft.): Riviera Deck
Features a small window (doesn’t open); Bathroom with shower and hair dryer; Complimentary WiFi; Two twin beds that can be put together; Dresser; Closet; Writing desk; Telephone; Safe; Individual climate control; TV; Mini-fridge
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.
Tour Activity Level
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.