Danube Explorer River Cruise
October 1 - 11, 2022 (11 Days)
$1600 OFF until September 23, 2021*
Airfare ABQ to Budapest to ABQ/Prague (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
7-night cruise with all meals on board
2 nights’ lodging at an excellent hotel
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
All airport/hotel/cruise ship transfers
Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches & dinners
Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
Complimentary WiFi onboard
Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
All taxes and gratuities (except housekeeping)
Government fees & air taxes
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
FROM: $6,595 NOW $4,995* Double Occupancy, per person
* Sale price expires September 23, 2021.
DEPOSIT: 20%* per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 28, 2022
$400 - now - June 28, 2022
100% after June 28, 2022
Experience the beautiful blue Danube and the stunning castles of Hungary, Austria and Slovakia on this Emerald Waterways Starship seven-night cruise through four countries that ends with two nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in six cities.
We depart Albuquerque on our overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary.
DAY 2 D
We transfer to our Emerald Waterways Star-Ship and have the afternoon free to explore Budapest. This evening, we join our fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Our Cruise Director will conduct a meeting to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
DAY 3 B,L,D
Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter, as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders from across the ages, enabling you to follow a journey from Budapest’s Roman beginnings to the addition of ornate Romanesque and Baroque architecture in the centuries that followed. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill. The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored by foot along the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle.
DAY 4 B,L,D
This morning, relax onboard as we sail into the capital of Slovakia. This graceful nation became an independent country in 1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural center. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are explored with your local guide, as you enjoy a walking tour
of the ancient town center, seeing the Slovak National Theater and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairytale book.
DAY 5 B,L,D
Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital and the capital of classical music. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. On the included city tour, see monuments and buildings of grandeur as the coach drives along the famous Ringstrasse. During the walking tour, stroll with your guide through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the classical architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right at the heart of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the river to experience the city by bike.
DAY 6 B,L,D
Effortlessly suspended in time, Dürnstein is a small, charming village nestled in the Wachau wine region. Enjoy free time to wander through the cobblestoned lanes of this enchanting village. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, join the hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle which served as a prison to England’s Richard the Lionheart. Later this morning, sail through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Melk, enjoy a guided tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building is home to some of the most importantcollections of medieval manuscripts in the world.
DAY 7 B,L,D
Today’s adventure takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. With its 13th-century castle, meandering river, and a maze of quaint alleyways, this town has one of the best-preserved centers in Europe. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone lanes as you experience the charming atmosphere of Ceský Krumlov’s medieval buildings and iconic castle complex. During the excursion, visit the 15th-century St. VItus’ Church, a highlight of the town.
DAY 8 B,L,D
Narrow cobblestone streets welcome you to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. This important historic trading center borders Austria and Germany, and a distinctive blend of cultures can be found here. Your local guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, touching on its distinctive historic buildings. See the Baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its ornate columns and arches and the Altes Rathaus, or Town Hall, a collection of eight historic patrician houses built between the 14th and 15th centuries.
DAY 9 B
After breakfast, say goodbye to your Captain and crew as you disembark your ship and
depart by motorcoach for Prague, Czech Republic. Upon arrival, you’ll have free time for lunch on your own before the included city tour highlighting the famous sites of this beautiful city. Following a brief panoramic drive, the heart of the city is discovered on foot.
See the Old Town Square with its historic astronomical clock, and the medieval Charles Bridge. The tour concludes at the hotel with the evening at leisure.
DAY 10 B
Your final day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration of Prague. Or, if you choose, join the morning optional excursion to Terezin Concentration Camp.
DAY 11 B
It’s time to bid ‘adieu’ to Prague and the beautiful Danube, returning home with wonderful memories of exceptional sights and experiences.
Itinerary subject to change