Emerald Danube Explorer with Prague – Save up to $4,000 per couple




13 days

Deal Type

River Cruise

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Relax on an award-winning river cruise through the heart of Europe to introduce you to exhilarating cultures and traditions. Broaden your horizons by touring the beautiful cities, towns, and villages that dot the riverbanks, meet with locals to learn more about their way of life, and sample the finest wines and cuisine with flavours that dance on your palate. Plus, stay longer and see more with a free Amsterdam city stay.
Emerald Cruises Budapest

Emerald Danube Cruise

Included Items

  • 9 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 Melk Abbey
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Bratislava
  • Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit

  • Bavarian brunch
  • Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
  • Local Slovakian entertainment on board
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
  • Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest

  • Hike to Veste Oberhaus
  • Hike in Weissenkirchen
  • Guided bike tour along the Danube River
  • Guided bike tour in Vienna
  • Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
  • Hike to Buda Hill

  • 24 delectable meals including 9 breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

  • 3 nights at a hotel in Prague
  • A guided tour of Prague
  • Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace
  • Transfer from the airport and to the ship
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

Tour Company

Emerald Cruises

Tour Location


Deal Type

River Cruise


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Itinerary - Day 1 - 7 +


When you arrive in Prague, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.


After a relaxing night in your hotel, embark on a guided walking tour of Prague. After passing through three castle courtyards, you will visit St. Vitus Cathedral, then we walk down the Castle steps with a wonderful view over the city of Prague and we continue to Charles Bridge which we cross to reach the Old Town of Prague. We finish the city sightseeing tour in front of the famous Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square.

Included Excursion: A guided tour of Prague

EmeraldPLUS: Coffee & Cake at Lobkowicz Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast


Your tour director will be available to help you plan a day of independent exploration today, perhaps strolling past ornate façades in the Baroque quarter or discovering Prague’s Jewish heritage in Josefov.

DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast


Today, transfer to your contemporary Star-Ship in Passau. A warm welcome awaits you from the captain and crew, and this evening, you’ll join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Today, you’ll sample homemade specialities and explore the customs and traditions of Bavarian agriculture during a visit to a local farm. Alternatively, you can set off on a hike, soaking up views such as the hilltop church of Mariahilf and the ancient St. Severin, dating back to the Ottonian dynasty.

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Veste Oberhaus

EmeraldPLUS: Bavarian brunch

DiscoverMORE: Bavaria Live (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. This quaint town has one of the best-preserved ancient centres in Europe, with more than three hundred protected medieval buildings and an iconic castle complex. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, including the 15th century St. Vitus’ Church and a series of delightful Gothic façades, each taking you back to the Middle Ages.

EmeraldPLUS: Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov

DiscoverMORE: Linzer torte making workshop (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Danube River en-route to Melk. Here, you’ll explore the golden halls of Melk Abbey on today’s included tour.

Afterwards, you’ll have the choice to sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley to Weissenkirchen, or if you’re feeling active cycle from Melk along the Danube River, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour along the Danube

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike in Weissenkirchen with activity manager

Included Excursion: Tour of Melk Abbey

DiscoverMORE: Vineyard hike & wine tasting in Weissenkirchen (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Itinerary - Day 8 - 13 +

Discover the classical charms of Vienna as we take you through the city. Uncover the cafés, artisan studios and baroque majesty of Vienna’s imperial grandeur. A drive around the Ringstraße will introduce you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre. Alternatively, enjoy a bike tour along the serene trails on Donauinsel, the Danube Island.

Guided bike tour in Vienna

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Vienna

Exclusive Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Vienna before sailing on to Bratislava, marvelling at the ever-changing scenery of the Danube. Explore the city’s historic architecture on an included guided tour, where everything is within walking distance, including the ornate exterior of the Slovak National Theatre. This afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the fairy tale-like Bratislava Castle.

Local Slovakian entertainment on board

Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion
Guided tour of Bratislava

Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, relax on board your Star-Ship while we sail from Slovakia to Hungary. In Budapest, an exciting program awaits you. As you sail into this magnificent city, it becomes immediately apparent why the Hungarian capital is known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’. Venture into the city independently or make use of our on board bikes to explore Budapest’s hidden treasures.

Tour to Szentendre (extra expense)

Budapest by Night (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, explore the city’s cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Your guide will teach you about the Hungarian capital’s culinary scene, finishing at the neo-Gothic Grand Market, Budapest’s largest and most expansive indoor market, where you’ll have time to explore independently.

If you’re feeling more active, you can instead choose to hike to Gellert Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hungarian folklore show on board.

Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

Included Excursion
Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit

Hike to Gellert Hill

Jewish heritage tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your last full day in Budapest, we invite you to a special dinner and a traditional folklore show for a truly immersive local experience. This is a great chance to bid farewell to your fellow travellers before going home.

Dinner & Folklore Show in Budapest

Hungarian Bath Experience (extra expense)

Retro tour of post-Communist Budapest (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests. Disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of apricot orchards and ancient Roman cities 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Ship Information +
On board, attention to detail has been considered throughout every feature and flourish, providing unrivalled comfort, and the most luxurious and enjoyable of journeys for all of our guests. Whether you prefer to while away peaceful hours in your lovingly appointed suite or stateroom, or mingle with new found friends in the spacious and welcoming communal areas, every inch of our Star-Ships has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind.
The stylish, contemporary décor of the fleet provides a wonderful setting for watching the beautiful river views pass by. From the illuminated atrium, to the crisp, clean linens in each of our suites and staterooms, to the centre point of our dining experience – Reflections Restaurant, it’s easy to see why our Star-Ships are award-winning.
Our Star-Ships sailing the Danube, Rhine and Rhône are home to an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows and a retractable roof. In the evenings the pool innovatively transforms into a cosy cinema.
During warmer months, the panoramic Sun Deck is the perfect spot to watch the world go by with your favourite drink in hand. On the Sun Deck of our Emerald Radiance sailing Portugal’s Douro River you will find a spa-style serenity pool and on Emerald Harmony the open-air pool is ideal for Asia’s exotic climate.
At Emerald Cruises, we are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your stay on board our Star-Ships goes above and beyond your expectations. The wealth of amenities on board are complemented by our highly-trained, skilled and attentive crew, dedicated to ensuring your Emerald Cruises holiday is unforgettable.

What To Expect Onboard

  • Al fresco dining and BBQ area
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Dedicated Cruise Director
  • Evening cinema*
  • Fitness & Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser
  • Innovative indoor heated pool with retractable roof*
  • Spa-style Serenity Pool on the Emerald Radiance
  • Stylish staterooms and suites
  • Sun Deck with seating area, walking track, games area & putting green

On-Board Entertainment

With Emerald Cruises the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s about enjoying every moment and creating memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why we believe that entertainment is an integral part of your cruise experience.
To ensure there’s never a dull moment on board, our Cruise Directors oversee a fantastic range of entertainment activities for you to enjoy. From our ever-popular crew show and bar quizzes to local performances in a traditional style, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Our crew members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our entertainment schedule and point you in the direction of the latest activities taking place on board. With so much to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Horizon Bar & Lounge

The Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social heartbeat of our Star-Ships. Surprisingly spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessels day or night.
There’s a fully stocked bar with attentive bartenders, help-yourself to a selection of coffees from out high-tech coffee-machine, or try one of our speciality teas, and take a seat in our plush and spacious sofas and chairs. In the day it’s a place to catch up with new friends and unwind.
Each evening before dinner, your Cruise Director welcomes you to the Horizon Bar and Lounge for an informal yet fascinating talk on your forthcoming ports of call. With tips on what you’ll see and things to look out for, this is an ideal opportunity to plan for the day ahead. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you.

After Dinner Entertainment

After another delicious dinner in our Reflections Restaurant, head up to the Horizon Bar and Lounge, where, on select nights we have local entertainment come on-board. Relax with your favourite cocktail and catch up with your new found friends.
On select evenings guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing, there’s no finer way to celebrate the native culture than in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
The Horizon Bar & Lounge also plays host to challenging quizzes and our popular crew show. This jovial event happens at the end of every cruise after the Farewell Dinner.

Heated Pool & Cinema

Unlike any other on Europe’s waters, our ships boast a heated pool* complete with retractable roof and bar which cleverly transforms into a cinema in the evening. *please note the Emerald Radiance does not have an indoor pool/cinema.

Make your way to the back of the ship where our indoor heated pool is situated. When the evening arrives this oasis of calm is transformed into a hub of entertainment.

Watch in awe as the floor rises through the pool’s surface and a screen is lowered from above. In a matter of minutes the area is converted from a swimming pool into a cosy cinema where a selection of classic and contemporary films are shown throughout your cruise.

On selected evenings the cinema will play host to a variety of iconic concerts performed by some of the world’s most significant musicians. Popular music, classical and jazz are just some of the genres you can expect to see on the big screen.
Our live music showcase is just another was to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable river cruise. We’re always looking for exciting and unexpected ways to entertain our guests and we’re sure that you will love our collection of fun and inspirational performances.

Cultural Shows & Entertainment

As the host on-board, our Cruise Directors strive to ensure there’s never a dull moment during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. With this in mind, a fantastic range of entertaining activities are available for you to enjoy.
Thanks to the unique design of our Star-Ships, we are able to host a unique event program throughout your cruise. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, immerse yourself in ancient folklores, passed from one generation to another for hundreds of years, during an authentic show. Or, let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor in their traditional attire. Alternatively, catch that film you never got round to seeing during movie nights in the cinema.

Sun Deck Experience

The top deck of our Star-Ships boasts the Sun Deck*. A panoramic rooftop space, home to a walking track, putting green and games area, as well as deck chairs and sun-loungers, perfect for warmer climates.
Why not challenge your new-found companions to a spot of putting or noughts and crosses, accompanied by the sensational backdrop of each magnificent river bank village, town or city?
Feel the breeze as you navigate your way through the heart of Europe’s most spectacular towns and cities. Raise a toast with new friends and watch as areas of outstanding natural beauty pass by.
Those travelling on Emerald Radiance through Portugal’s Douro region, can look forward to doing so from the outdoor heated Serenity Pool, a truly indulgent way to experience some of the country’s highlights.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 15 Jul 2025 departure in cat E cabin, price is per person twin share and reflects the $2,000 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 27 May 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply.

*Super Earlybird deal: Full payment required 10 months prior to departure, or if booking within 10 months full payment is due within 7 days. Offer applicable to category E. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out or no later than 20 Sep 2024. Not combinable with other earlybird offers.

Tour Code: ECHP

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