Danube River Cruise during Oktoberfest


Featuring: Hungary…Slovakia…Austria...Germany

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Package includes:
  • Airport Transfers when  Mayflower Tours provided  flights
  • Porterage, Taxes
  • 22 Meals (9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners)
  • 7 - Nights Cruise on MV Emerald Star
  • Shore excursions per Itinerary
  • Onboard Lunches & Dinners served with Wine & Beer
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Enhanced touring experience with Individual audio sets
  • 2 - Nights hotel stay and touring in Munich, Germany. 


Cabin Descriptions:

All Staterooms offer River Views and have a Private Bathroom & Shower, Hair Dryer, Radio, TV, Safe & Telephone.

Vista & Horizon Deck Cabins: Indoor Balcony with drop down Window.

Grand Balcony & Owners Suite: Walk Out Balcony.

Riviera Deck: Window does not open.



DAY 1 Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.

DAY 2 Arrive Hungary: Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and assisted with the transfer to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. Enjoy time at leisure to begin discovering this amazing city. This evening, enjoy Hungarian folk dancing and music with a special performance onboard followed by a traditional dinner. Meal: D
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show

DAY 3 Budapest: Today’s included guided tour introduces you to Hungary’s beautiful capital of Budapest, Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. On the Pest side, see the Hungarian Parliament Building, drive along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue, and marvel at the statues in Heroes’ Square. Travel across the river to Buda to discover the Castle District and Fisherman’s Bastion area with all of it’s amazing architecture. OR, take an exciting hike to Buda Hill. The cruise begins with a leisurely
afternoon onboard as the ship departs for Bratislava. This evening, the Captain welcomes you with a reception, followed by his Gala Dinner. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Buda Hill

DAY 4 Bratislava, Slovakia: This morning, relax onboard as
the ship arrives in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During the included walking tour, stroll through the enchanting Old City with its charming lanes filled with shops and cafés, Town Hall, lavish Episcopal Summer Palace, and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre. OR, the active travelers can choose to go on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle. After lunch onboard, a highlight of the day will be a home-hosted visit where you are treated to tasty home-made treats in the home of a local family. What a unique opportunity to meet the Slovakians and learn about
their daily life and culture. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle (operates at same time as city tour)
EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

DAY 5 Vienna, Austria: Welcome to Vienna, the capital of classical music. Today you have a choice for exploring Austria’s capital: drive along the Ringstrasse to see the impressive Opera House, Burgtheater and Town Hall, followed by a stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. See the impressive St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. OR, if you feel more active, explore on two wheels during a guided bike tour to Danube Island. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour
DiscoverMORE: Tastes of Vienna tour (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (additional expense)


DAY 6 Dürnstein – Melk: Awaken this morning in the medieval town of Dürnstein. You’ll have free time to wander through one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. The ruins of Dürnstein Castle, which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart, can be seen on the hilltop. Departing Dūrnstein, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley while cruising along the Danube before arriving in Melk. On an included excursion, visit the magnificent 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which boasts an opulent Baroque interior. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

DAY 7 Passau, Germany: After a relaxing morning onboard, the ship arrives in Passau where cobblestone streets and graceful Danube Delights River Cruise during Oktoberfest
Budapest’s Parliament building graces the banks of the Danube Vienna, Austria – for music lovers and lovers of life
arcades welcome you. On an included walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleyways and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. After a bit of free time, return to the ship for lunch and a leisurely afternoon sailing along the river to Regensburg. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (additional expense)
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Veste Oberhaus

DAY 8 Regensburg: A morning arrival in Regensburg brings you to one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and home to one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. As a local guide leads you through cobblestone lanes on a walking tour, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town and see many of the city’s architectural highlights. This afternoon, cruise down the Main- Danube Canal, passing over a series of aqueducts and through idyllic landscapes. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band onboard

DAY 9 Nuremburg – Munich: After breakfast, it’s time to say
goodbye to the Captain and crew as you disembark the ship and begin your land journey to Munich. Travel by motorcoach to the capital of Bavaria and become acquainted with the city during an orientation tour. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or enjoy the activities of Oktoberfest. Meal: B

DAY 10 Munich: The final day is left free of planned activities for your independent enjoyment of this impressive city. Meal: B

DAY 11 Munich / USA: Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with wonderful memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Danube River. Meal: B
Itinerary is subject to change.