Danube Delights River Cruise

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As you cruise along one of Europe’s most romantic rivers, you leave behind busy western life and sail into a world that’s filled with authentic architecture and steeped in tradition. Our 8-day Nuremberg to Budapest cruise takes you on a journey of discovery into ‘Old Europe’, uncovering ancient Abbeys, beautiful palaces, and historic landmarks left in the wak...
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Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Enjoy the Cruise along the Danube River by Emerald Star-Ships
    • Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral
    • Visit to Hofburg Imperial Palace
    • Discover Budapest

What's this trip about?

    As you cruise along one of Europe’s most romantic rivers, you leave behind busy western life and sail into a world that’s filled with authentic architecture and steeped in tradition. Our 8-day Nuremberg to Budapest cruise takes you on a journey of discovery into ‘Old Europe’, uncovering ancient Abbeys, beautiful palaces, and historic landmarks left in the wake of WWII. An invitation to a homehosted afternoon tea provides a truly authentic insight into Slovakian life and the chance to try traditional fare, while vibrant cities such as Vienna and Budapest fill your European exploration with trips to iconic sights and bustling city streets.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityNuremberg
End CityBudapest

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia


  • Budapest
  • Hofburg Imperial Palace
  • Hungarian National Gallery
  • Matthias Church
  • Nuremberg
  • sobering Holocaust Memorial
  • St. Martin's Cathedral
  • Vienne
  • Wachau


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise

Trip includes

    • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
    • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
    • Port taxes and charges included
    • All tipping and gratuities included
    • Free airport transfers
    • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
    • Explore 10 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
    • Tour Melk’s Benedictine Abbey
    • In Vienna, take a guided sightseeing tour of the city
    • Take a city tour of Bratislava
    • Discover Budapest on a guided city tour
    • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 5 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising

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Day 1: Nuremberg

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Nuremberg. Transfer to your river cruise ship and be welcomed by your Captain and crew. The city is situated along the Main–Danube canal, an engineering masterpiece linking the rivers of Germany with the mighty Danube which flows from t...

Day 2: Kelheim - Regensburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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...

Day 3: Passau

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in 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...

Day 4: Melk - Durnstein

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 ...

Day 5: Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall and the...

Day 6: Bratislava

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 ...

Day 7: Budapest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Royal Palace of Buda, hilltop castle complex with Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, and the Chain ...

Day 8: Disembarkation - Depart Budapest

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport.

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Dates & Availability

Price From $1,945
Price per day$243
Last Updated: 8/2/2018

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Emerald Waterways.

The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

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Aug 2020

Awful customer service

We booked an Emerald Waterways river cruise a year ago and paid in full to get a discount. A river cruise was on our bucket list and our travel agent raved on and on...



Jun 2019


All the staff were excellent, polite, helpful and cheerful.



Jun 2019

It's such a great way

I loved going into the pool in the mornings - it's such a great way to start the day off!

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For the first time in six years, a new river cruise company is taking to Europe’s rivers. In 2014, Emerald Waterways made its debut and you’re invited to be among the very first guests to experience the next generation of European river cruising.

When it comes to exploring Europe, there’s nothing average about our itineraries. Our carefully crafted cruises range from 8 to 15 days, and take you to many of the most fantastic villages, towns and cities lining Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. And because we want you to fully appreciate the places you visit, we also include special experiences that uncover more than just the usual tourist attractions.

Launching a new fleet of custom-built Star Ships gave us a blank canvas to create a completely new design, and introduce an array of spectacular innovations you wouldn’t expect on a river cruise ship. To begin with, our ships boast an onboard heated swimming pool with retractable roof, which in the evening, transforms into a cinema.

And as an alternative to our main restaurant, Reflections, we offer alfresco dining on The Terrace at breakfast and lunch. Each of our ships offer a great range of cabins for you to choose from, including the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – a completely new type of cabin, designed by us. To replace the run-of-the-mill French Balcony that is commonplace on river cruise ships, we created a new kind of indoor balcony, complete with a decked area and our ingenious open-air system. With the touch of a button, the upper half of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to let in fresh air and provide full panoramic views of the landscape.


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What's excluded

    • International Flights
    • Passport and Visa Charges
    • Personal Expenses
Ship & cabin information
Emerald Star-Ships
Emerald Star-Ships Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Sun.  On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect stylish and spacious ships, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you wouldn’t have expected is a brand new fleet, custom-built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.
Built: 2014 Length: 135 metres Passengers: 182 Cabins: 92 Crew: 47
Sun Deck Horizon Deck Vista Deck Riviera Deck
Cancellation policy

Cancellation Notice. Cancellation notices must be issued to Emerald in writing during its regular office hours. Any changes to your tour departure date or name changes will be deemed a cancellation and the applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Fees. In the event of cancellation, you will be liable to pay Emerald cancellation fees calculated in accordance with the following table. Please note that in the event of cancellation you may also be obligated to pay cancellation fees to third parties including, without limitation, airlines.


90 days and greater Loss of Tour Deposit

89-60 days 35% of Tour Price

59-30 days 50% of Tour Price

Less than 30 days 100% of Tour Price

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance alongside your travel package to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances such as medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other contingencies. It offers you peace of mind and ensures you are prepared for unexpected events that may occur before or during your journey
Visa requirements
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Meals Included

7 Breakfast, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Age Requirements
12 years and up
Optional Activities


Highlights: 2 Nights

The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is filled with traditional half-timbered houses and Gothic churches. Once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg evokes its exalted past with imposing medieval Imperial Castle. Nuremberg was well known historically for its role in World War II, as both the site of Zeppelin Field's Nazi rallies and as the site of the war crimes trials at the Palace of Justice. Pricing is per person

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