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Emerald Cruises Unveils 2023 River Cruise Collection

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From the Black Forest in south-west Germany to the Black Sea, Europe's second largest river, the Danube, cuts a dramatic course through 10 countries (more than any other river in the world) and countless cities, towns and villages. From historically important trade routes, military vantage points and capitals to unspoiled countryside, this iconic river travels through some of the continent’s most wonderful sights. A Danube river cruise will take you to the heart of the European continent, bringing you up close and personal to places such as the Austrian capital of Vienna, steeped in 2,500 years of history and renowned for its contribution to theatre, opera, classical music and the fine arts with the world’s foremost examples of Baroque, Rococo, Romanesque, Classicist and Modern architecture surrounding you on every step you take, and creating one of Europe’s most beautiful and captivating cities.

Six Emerald Cruises Star-Ships navigate the majestic blue Danube, providing a luxurious base for guests looking to explore the beauty of the river and its surroundings. Elegantly appointed staterooms and suites offer relaxing retreat after enriching days ashore. Each ship boasts an open-air Sun Deck, Reflections Restaurant and the Terrace all of which offer perfect spots for enjoying beautiful shore views and relaxing with family and new-found friends met on board. Emerald Cruises' attentive staff will cater to your every need and skilled chefs will take you on a journey of their own, through the tastes and culinary experiences of the countries you will travel through. No two days on the river are ever alike.

So Much Is Included with Exceptional EmeraldVALUE:

  • Spacious boutique hotel-style accommodations
  • All on board meals and gourmet dining
  • Wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Guided city tours and EmeraldEXCURSIONS
  • Extra-special cultural excursions with our EmeraldPLUS program
  • Guided active experiences with our EmeraldACTIVE program
  • A dedicated Activity Manager for a variety of entertainment
  • Exceptional service from your Cruise Director and crew
  • Complimentary post-cruise PCR test for guests flying back to Canada
  • All port charges and taxes are included

Plus, all tipping for on board and onshore staff is included

New additions to the 2023 program include:

11-Day The Great Danube river cruise

Guests will discover history, culture and many of Europe’s finest architectural sights at the heart of four iconic European capitals of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade, that sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, as well as small towns and villages with excursions to up to seven UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites included on this new Danube itinerary. Sailing from Passau in Germany to Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia (or reverse), this cruise offers plenty to see and do for everyone, not just history, art and architecture buffs. Scenic hikes and bike rides are offset by wine tastings that celebrate centuries (1,000 - years in fact) of tradition and various cultures along the river with wineries strung like pearls from Melk to Vienna. Highlights include city walking and art tours, a vineyard hike with tasting in Weissenkirchen, a guided bike tour in the Wachau Valley and a visit to Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, for a panoramic ride and wine tasting at Sremski Karlovci.

Your Included Excursions:

  • Linz walking tour
  • Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Bratislava Castle visit
  • Szentendre arts & crafts tour
  • Guided tour of Budapest
  • Belgrade through the eyes of a local

New ports of call on Emerald Cruises’ best-selling eight-day Danube Delights river cruise

Journey from medieval Regensburg to Budapest on this insightful itinerary which crosses into four countries, offering a unique perspective into their past and present simultaneously. Explore the untapped beauty of quaint market town Engelhartszell with a visit to its magnificent monastery and church, sail through the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley, before discovering the charm of the historic city of Krems – renowned for its excellence in wine production. Explore Vienna, a city which perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy, Bratislava and its Castle and Baroque gardens, before arriving in Budapest, a city steeped in history and culture, where ancient architecture exists alongside contemporary buildings. Enjoy a guided tour of the city or hike up to Buda Hill and gaze over the majestic river one last time.

Included Excursions:

  • Guided tour of Regensburg
  • Guided tour of Passau
  • Guided tour of Göttweig Abbey
  • Vienna art tour with a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Guided coach tour of Budapest

Guests sailing with Emerald Cruises in 2023 will be able to enjoy new city stay extensions in Copenhagen (available on select Rhine itineraries), Munich (including during the Oktoberfest), and Seville, in addition to previously established favourites such as Berlin, Budapest, Paris, Nice, Prague or Lisbon to name a few, as well as a three-night exploration of Zermatt and Zurich which includes a 201-km journey on the Glacier Express train from Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn to Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. Billed as Europe’s slowest express, travelling an average speed of 24 mph, this narrow-gauge train will (in 5.5 hours) take you through the most spectacular Swiss mountain scenery which you get to witness through the panoramic side windows and glass skylights. This Swiss Glacier Express program is available for guests sailing on Emerald Cruises’ Jewels of the Rhine itinerary.

Guests booking 2023 European river cruises qualify for airfare and suite upgrade savings, and early payment discounts. This offer is good through March 31, 2022 and details can be found here.

To help you with peace of mind, all bookings made by March 31st also come with Emerald Cruises' Flexible Booking Policy allowing you to defer travel plans and transfer to an alternate departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure with no change fees.

Contact your Travel Professional or visit www.emeraldcruises.ca for full terms and conditions.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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