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16 Day Amsterdam To Budapest Premium River Cruise

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace

River cruises are a relaxed, informal way to travel - there are fewer passengers on board compared to an ocean cruise, which means ample opportunity to make lifelong friends. You will pass through the world's most loved cities and towns; disembark and enjoy a shore excursion or two, or simply wander around and explore on your own. 

Cruise Style
River

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

✓ Incredible Sightseeing! Cruise through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on board a luxury Star-Ship, explore Amsterdam in an iconic glass-top boat, visit a Glass Art Museum, indulge in home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family, and be enchanted by Hungarian folklore.
✓ 14 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, including port taxes and charges, tipping and gratuities 
✓ 1 night centrally located 4-star accommodation in Amsterdam
✓ 42 superb meals including 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners  
✓ Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board your Star-Ship
✓ Numerous excursions, EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences as per the itinerary 
✓ The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
✓ Transfer from your Star-Ship to Budapest International Airport

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What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center or Similar

Welcome to Amsterdam, a postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafés, and art galleries. Make your own way to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Check out after breakfast and at the appropriate time, make your way to the cruise terminal to board your Star-Ship before exploring the vibrant capital city of the Netherlands at your own pace today!

Amsterdam is renowned for its cultural heritage, with numerous world-class museums like the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, showcasing art masterpieces from renowned Dutch artists. Additionally, tourists can immerse themselves in Amsterdam's rich history by visiting historical landmarks such as the Anne Frank House and the Royal Palace. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without exploring the bustling street markets and indulging in local delicacies, including Dutch cheese and stroopwafels.

Join fellow guests for dinner on board later this evening.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship Luna or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, explore the Dutch Golden Age, as you board a glass-top canal boat cruise to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system or enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland.

Both excellent ways to experience the city in all its authenticity, take to its charming waterways, passing iconic buildings and elegant merchant residences that reflect a time when Amsterdam was one of the most lucrative ports in the world. If you’re feeling more active, then explore on two wheels, cycling alongside a backdrop of historical villages and traditional windmills.

On returning to your Star-Ship, your first day of sailing will take you through the tranquil Dutch countryside to the Rhine River.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Founded by the Romans in 50 AD, the cathedral city of Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany and the largest on the Rhine. The historic capital of the Rhineland, this illustrious city has been generously peppered with ancient architecture, from Roman ruins to medieval structures, despite much of the inner city being completely destroyed during WWII.

Join your local guide and explore the city, including the Old Town with its beautiful squares, historic monuments and contemporary architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, whose filigree twin towers form an iconic part of the skyline. During your free time, explore the city centre where locals meet for shopping trips and to enjoy authentic German beer before returning to your Star-Ship.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s cruise route meanders through the fairy tale-like surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Hilltop castles and fortresses will be yours to admire as we sail leisurely down the Rhine River. We will pass the infamous Lorelai Rock, where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by an enchanting siren, and the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, a former stronghold.

This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town with a vibrant wine-growing heritage. You will have the choice of either riding on the Winzerexpress and visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum or, if you're feeling active, taking an active hike to Niederwalddenkmal.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, boasting an inimitable feeling of medieval Bavaria with its 15th century half-timbered buildings.

On your included walking tour, stroll down the cobblestone streets, lined with these colourful houses and view the Gothic Merchant Hall, an impressive symbol of past affluence. Alternatively, enjoy an active walk through the forest to Mildenburg Castle. This iconic landmark now houses a wonderful collection of contemporary art and old masters.

Later, we’ll venture to the charming town of Wertheim where, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll have an exclusive glassblowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’, Würzburg, is the centre for grape-growing, the product of the sloping vineyard-laden hills which surround the former capital of Franconia. The architects behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different styles, including Viennese Baroque and secular features from Italy, but it was heavily damaged during WWII. Enjoy learning about how this impressive building was restored to its former glory on a guided tour.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, relax on the Sun Deck with a drink in hand or witness the beauty of Europe’s waterways from the plush surrounds of your cabin as we cruise to Bamberg. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed town boasts one of the largest medieval centres in Europe, with around 2,400 listed buildings gracing its streets.

Feel the magic of the past as you explore the city with your local guide, marvelling at the opulence of the New Residence, once resided in by the prince bishops and now home to a plethora of old German and Baroque paintings from the Bavarian State collection. Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the Rose Garden to round your day off peacefully.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg, including the architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries and exploring the effects that the war years had. After your tour, enjoy time to explore Nuremberg at leisure, passing half-timbered houses that were beautifully reconstructed following the war.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’ll sail the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. As you continue sailing down the Danube, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities welcomes you with two millennia of history. For almost 150 years, the Old Town Hall was the seat of parliament. Dating back to the 13th century, it consists of the Town Hall Tower, the Imperial Chamber building, and the Town Hall. Wander the streets with your guide, as the romantic narrow alleys of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town enable you to live through the city’s history.

The main highlight of your tour will be the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a medieval structure crossing the Danube. Enjoy time to explore Regensburg at leisure after your guided tour or return to your Star-Ship for some peace and tranquillity. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band performance on board.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Passau is a picturesque city that has been shaped by the surrounding rivers over the years, sitting right on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz. This memorable destination is dominated by large squares, magical promenades and romantic lanes. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through streets lined by Baroque buildings dating back to the 17th century and look at the Gothic Town Hall, Bishop’s Residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to the largest church organ in Europe.

Return for lunch on board and an afternoon peacefully cruising along the Danube.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, which is yours to explore today during an included tour. Your guide will take you through a series of opulent rooms, each adorned with the finest Italian Baroque architecture and ornate gold leaf walls, including the ancient monastic library, renowned for its extensive collection of medieval manuscripts.

Later, the Star-Ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the Wachau wine region, where you can choose to hike to Dürnstein Castle, the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades.

Alternatively, enjoy an EmeraldACTIVE guided bike ride along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, passing famous vineyards and quaint towns before settling down for a picnic lunch on the riverbanks.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Austria’s breathtaking capital is recognised for its cultural legacy. As the former residence of Mozart and Beethoven, a multitude of imperial palaces represent a rich history, and the museum district boasts contemporary buildings, housing the work of some of the world’s most prolific artists.

Explore the famous sights of the Ringstrasse and Vienna’s city centre by coach and on foot or join a guided bike tour. Marvel at the Renaissance-style arches that adorn the façades of the Opera House, the Baroque Burgtheater and the Flemish Gothic Parliament before enjoying time to explore Vienna at leisure.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set at the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a place where Baroque palaces, boutiques and cafés adorn cobblestone streets. In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the enchanting Old City or hike to Bratislava Castle.

Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city. Pass by the botanical gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace, the Old Town Hall and its delightful Renaissance courtyard and the Slovak National Theatre, where busts of famous composers adorn the façade. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

This afternoon, a local family will be happy to welcome you into their home for some great conversation over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

Hotel
Emerald Star-Ship or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Divided by the iconic Danube River, Buda and Pest on either side can be reached via the Chain Bridge, one of the city’s most symbolic structures.

Enjoy a guided tour of the city with your local guide this morning. Alternatively, embark on a hike to Buda Hill, traversing winding cobblestone streets underneath the massive Baroque masterpiece that is Buda Castle.

This evening, you will enjoy a Hungarian folklore show before your farewell dinner.

Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, it's time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the delightful Danube 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.

Inclusions

  • Incredible Sightseeing! Cruise through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on board a luxury Star-Ship, explore Amsterdam in an iconic glass-top boat, visit a Glass Art Museum, indulge in home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family, and be enchanted by Hungarian folklore. 
  • 14 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, including port taxes and charges, tipping and gratuities 
  • 1 night centrally located 4-star accommodation in Amsterdam
  • 42 superb meals including 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners  
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Transfer from your Star-Ship to Budapest International Airport 
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Guided tours of Cologne, Miltenberg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest 
  • Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
  • Walking tours of Bratislava, Würzburg and a visit to the Bishops Residence
  • Tour of Melk Abbey
  • Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation
  • Traditional Bavarian band performance on board
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board
  • Guided bike tours to Waterland, Mildenburg Castle, Danube River, Dürnstein Castle and Vienna
  • Hike to Niederwalddenkmal, Bratislava Castle and Buda Hill 
  • Active walk to Mildenburg Castle

  • Amsterdam - Board a glass-top canal boat cruise to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system or enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland
  • Cologne - Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, whose filigree twin towers form an iconic part of the skyline
  • Rüdesheim - Ride on the Winzerexpress and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
  • Wertheim - Enjoy an exclusive glassblowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum
  • Würzburg - Learn about the architects behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence
  • Bamberg - Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the Rose Garden
  • Nuremberg - Admire the architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries and explore the effects that the war years had
  • Regensburg - The main highlight of your tour will be the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a medieval structure crossing the Danube
  • Passau - stroll through streets lined by Baroque buildings dating back to the 17th century and look at the Gothic Town Hall
  • Dürnstein - Visit one of the most enchanting villages in the Wachau wine region, where you can choose to hike to Dürnstein Castle, the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades
  • Vienna - Marvel at the Renaissance-style arches that adorn the façades of the Opera House, the Baroque Burgtheater and the Flemish Gothic Parliament
  • Bratislava - Pass by the botanical gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace, the Old Town Hall and its delightful Renaissance courtyard and the Slovak National Theatre, where busts of famous composers adorn the façade
  • Budapest - embark on a hike to Buda Hill, traversing winding cobblestone streets underneath the massive Baroque masterpiece that is Buda Castle

Why Emerald Cruises?

Sail the world with Emerald Cruises. Interweaving exploration, innovation, and wellness, you'll immerse yourself in enriching onshore experiences whilst life on board the river cruising Star-Ships promises ultimate relaxation. 

As small ship experts, Emerald Cruises champion the intimate and spacious lifestyle that takes you to the heart of the globe's premiere travel destinations. With an excellent staff-to-guest ratio, you'll relish world-class cuisine, blissful spa treatments (available at an extra cost), and once-in-a-lifetime excursions, all underpinned by superior service and exceptional people.  

The suite of generous inclusions cares for all necessities and comforts, including airport transfers, all gratuities on board and onshore, all on board meals, and illuminating handpicked excursions. 

Cabin Types

Emerald Stateroom
The Emerald Stateroom marries excellent comfort and refinement with practical storage solutions, maximising your living space for a comfortable and restorative break. With picture window or port hole river view window, en-suite bathroom, mini-bar and climate control, you have everything you need for a wonderful getaway. Between 153ft2 – 170ft2. 

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite
Replacing the traditional French balcony, our innovative all-weather balcony system allows the floor-to-ceiling window to drop down electronically, making the most of the ever-changing scenery. Comfortable and stylish, our Panorama Balcony Suites provide an elegant retreat. Between 160ft2 – 180ft2.

Cabin Inclusions & Upgrades

Emerald Stateroom (Cat E) - Included 

Emerald Stateroom (Cat D) - From $340 per person, twin share. Single price on application.

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat C) - From $1,573 per person, twin share. Single price on application.

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat B) - From $1,740 person, twin share. Single price on application.

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat A) - From $1,876 per person, twin share. Single price on application.

Please note your upgrade request in the 'Special Request' field whilst making your booking. Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $900.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. You will then be invoiced for final payment 280 days prior to departure.

This package is sold as land only, however you do have the option of adding international airfares to your booking. Simply click on’ book now’, and under upgrades ,  you will be asked “Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?”

By selecting this option Inspiring Vacations will contact you to discuss adding flights to your chosen destination. We can assist with flying the airline of your choice to turn your booking into a flight inclusive package.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is from $4,457.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.  Single supplements are seasonal. If booking for travel dates April - June 2024 & September - October 2024, the exact amount will be confirmed upon confirmation.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/entry-requirements-country.html for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Children
Children must be 16 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

  • International airfares
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
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