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Excellent customer service, friendly and helpful staff on every booking

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Pleasant and helpful staff. We have used ROL on several occasions and would highly recommend them to friends and family.

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15 Aug 2018

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Hope the trip is as good as the booking experience!

15 Aug 2018

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An excellent service.

15 Aug 2018

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Very helpful. No problems.

15 Aug 2018

Girl was very helpful with selecting a cabin and, she liaised with our friends as she said she would. Would definitely book through ROL again.

helpful service on the phone !!

15 Aug 2018

Very helpful guy on the helpdesk , steered me in the right direction and provided useful information

Just great

14 Aug 2018

Every thing yes I would use them again and recommend the all ok

Danube Explorer - Budapest to Passau

Cruise Code: 1307916

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Your ROL Cruise package


What's included

  • Spacious full board accommodation on board Europe’s most innovative cruise ships
  • All meals throughout your river cruise from a healthy buffet breakfast to a five-course à la carte menu
  • Gratuities are included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary bicycles for use ashore in select destinations
  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions and guided tours almost everyday with personal headset
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Emerald ACTIVE programme with guided bicycle and walking tours
  • At least one extra-special EmeraldPLUS experience offering greater insight into the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of the given destination
  • Return economy flights from a selection of airports
  • First-class service from an English-speaking crew

Experience the Difference

  • Cruise Miles; over 350,000 U.K Members

  • Award Winning; more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 10 years

  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice

  • Staff with over 1,000 years combined travel industry expertise, offering 5* service

  • 24 years as a cruise only specialist

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Overview


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 showcasing 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 historic wonders aplenty, including the wonderful Benedictine Palace. Your journey ends in beautiful Passau, where you can savour some of the most iconic baroque architecture in Europe.

Your Itinerary


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  • Emerald Destiny

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  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 1

    Budapest, Hungary

    04 Aug 2019

    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. (D)
    EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

    Destination guide
  • Budapest, Hungary

    Day 2

    Budapest, Hungary

    05 Aug 2019

    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. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

    Destination guide
  • Vienna, Austria

    Day 3

    Vienna, Austria

    06 Aug 2019

    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. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

    Destination guide
  • Vienna, Austria

    Day 4

    Vienna, Austria

    07 Aug 2019

    Today you will have the day at leisure to continue exploring Austria’ capital city. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Bratislava (extra expense)
    AND / OR
    DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

    Destination guide
  • Dürnstein, Austria

    Day 5

    Dürnstein, Austria

    08 Aug 2019

    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. (B)

    Destination guide
  • Melk, Austria

    Day 5

    Melk, Austria

    08 Aug 2019

    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. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Melk to Dürnstein
    OR
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

    Destination guide
  • Linz

    Day 6

    Linz

    09 Aug 2019

    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. (B, L, D)

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Hallein Salt Mines (extra expense)

    Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Linz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

    Destination guide
  • Passau, Germany

    Day 7

    Passau, Germany

    10 Aug 2019

    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. (B, L, D)
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike near Passau

    Destination guide
  • Passau, Germany

    Day 8

    Passau, Germany

    11 Aug 2019

    After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to Munich Airport (B)

    Destination guide
  • Day 8


    Fly from Munich to the UK

    11 Aug 2019

The Ship


Navigating the rivers Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle; the Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.

The five sister vessels, boasting a modest capacity of 182 guests apiece, are all blessed with a selection of wonderful amenities and features. At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge.

Emerald Destiny


Occupancy: 182 passengers

Length: 443 ft (135.03 m)

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