Danube Explorer: 7-Nights

Price $3795 $3695 8 Days/7 Nights
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Danube Explorer: 7-Nights

$3795 $3695 per person

*Prices are CAD per person, based on 2 people sharing. From price shown is the lead in rate for March 2025 departures, and the discounted rate includes the member benefit. Additional offers will apply when available.  

The captivating wonders and elegant cities of Austria play out beautifully on the Danube River. This 8-day river cruise between Budapest and Passau provides the perfect showcase — from Vienna to the Wachau Valley.

For those yearning to discover the beautiful alpine scenery and rich heritage cities of Austria, our Danube Explorer river cruise provides a timeless and elegant way to experience the country.

Flowing from west to east through Austria’s beautiful northern regions, the Danube provides effortless passage between historic towns and cities like Passau, Melk and Vienna, whilst highlighting the captivating beauty of the Wachau Valley.

Your journey begins in the east, in the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest, and sees you travel upstream into Austria, lingering for a two-day stay in Vienna to admire its collection of architectural wonders.

Then, you’ll travel deeper into Austria’s wild, alpine countryside, passing through the inimitable wine region of the Wachau Valley. Durnstein and Melk are next on your itinerary, and both provide an abundance of historic wonders, including the Benedictine Palace.

Your journey ends in Passau, where you can savour some of the most iconic baroque architecture in Europe.

What’s Included: 

  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice,
    all with a river view
  • 19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
    including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany
    lunch & dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily
  • A variety of on board evening entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Earn EmeraldEXPLORER loyalty points
  • Complimentary River Cruise Cover
  • All port charges and taxes
  • All gratuities on board


As a Trip Merchant Member you save an additional $100 CAD Per Person. Combinable with current offers. Must book with Trip Merchant. Offer Code: TMEMERALD

Current savings available for select river cruise itineraries and departures. Please contact Trip Merchant to find out what is available!

Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext 0
Mention Promo Code for Savings: TMEMERALD

Departure Dates

Munich to Budapest Sailings
April 14
May 18
June 9, 14
October 27
Budapest to Munich Sailings
May 11
June 2
October 20
Munich to Budapest Sailings
March 30
May 15
June 14
August 9
September 6
October 26
Budapest to Munich Sailings
March 23
May 8
June 7
August 2, 30
September 20
October 19
  • Destination
  • Arrival City
    Budapest, Hungary
  • Departure City
    Munich, Germany
  • Activity Level
  • Passenger Limit
Arrive in Budapest
Welcome to Budapest! You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Budapest. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a traditional Hungarian dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board. EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
Meals Provided: Dinner
Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you will have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city.   DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense) AND / OR DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dürnstein - Melk
In the morning we arrive in Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages of the Wachau wine region. This is the site of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the crusades in the 12th century. Thereafter, you will drive through the picturesque landscape of this district to the 900–year old Benedictine Abbey of Melk, which features Austria’s finest Italian baroque architecture. EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein OR EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Linz, the European capital of culture in 2009 is a lively, modern city with long and eventful history, reflected in the architecture of the city centre with its unique Baroque Hauptplatz. After your tour, you will have time to stroll through the marvelous old quarter of the city or sit in a typical Austrian Coffee House to taste some local specialties. DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through the old town’s narrow alleys and see the hilltop Oberhaus Fortress from the town below. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to Europe’s largest church organ with more than 17,000 pipes. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Passau Disembarkation - Munich
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich Airport.
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Call for assistance: 1-800-481-9739 ext 1
Mention Promo Code for Savings: TMEMERALD

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The ship used on this departure is called the Emerald Destiny (click on the Download PDF Deck/Cabin Plan to see the deck plan and don't forget to watch the videos)

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