Project Description


Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic

 Emerald Cruises – Emerald Destiny

13 Day Tour – 7 Night Luxury River Cruise

August 18th – 30th, 2022

Only a firsthand voyage along this storied river will reveal the inspiration that has shaped generations of artists, poets and musicians.  The Danube is the second largest river in Europe, an incredible 1,777 miles that travels from Germany to the Ukraine, passing through or beside ten different countries.  Timeless architecture, four magnificent capitals; Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Prague, are just a few highlights on this journey through time.

The Emerald Destiny is one of Emerald Cruises Star-Ships as was designed to traverse the Danube in style. It was built in 2017 and boasts comfort and style. The Emerald Destiny has a lot to offer when it comes to comfort, with features that would be aligned with those of a world-class hotel. You can spend your time on this vessel relaxing as picturesque views pass by, watching them from your private balcony as we sail past.

** This departure is limited to 24 guests **

Aug 18 Depart Home, Overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary
Aug 19 Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (Overnight)
Aug 20 Budapest (D)

Late this morning we will check out of our hotel and be transferred your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, The Emerald Destiny. After check-in with Emerald, enjoy time at leisure to explore Budapest.
This evening, enjoy an authentic Hungarian folklore show on board, followed by a traditional dinner.

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Hungarian folklore show

Aug 21 The ancient Roman city of Aquincum once sat on the site of modern Budapest, where architecture from across the centuries shines a light on the history of the Hungarian capital. Originally two separate cities, Buda on the right and Pest on the left offer incredibly different views on the culture of one of the liveliest cities in Eastern Europe. Today, you will have the opportunity to explore the city during a guided tour, including Heroes’ Square and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Andrássy Avenue and Buda Castle District. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to Buda Hill for a postcard worthy panorama of the Danube banks.

EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Buda Hill

Included Excursion  A guided coach tour of Budapest

Aug 22 Bratislava (B,L,D)

This morning, relax on board as we sail to Bratislava. An ancient landscape awaits, where remarkable towers add to a skyline that perfectly encapsulates the history of the city, and preserved medieval fortifications tell tales of a turbulent past. Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city, as you soak in sights of the lavish Episcopal Summer Palace and the neo-Renaissance façade of the Slovak National Theatre. If you are feeling more active, then you could instead choose to hike around the serene gardens of Bratislava Castle, offering the perfect environment for the Shakespeare festival that occurs during the summer months. This afternoon, you will be invited into the home of a local family to learn about their culture over coffee and cake.

EmeraldPLUS Home-hosted coffee and cake with a local family

EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion A walking tour of Bratislava

DiscoverMORE Skoda Tour of Post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

Aug 23 Vienna (B,L,D)

Set on the banks of the Danube, Vienna has been considered to be Europe’s capital of music for centuries. Viennese Classicism is still highly regarded around the world, as the 18th century brought with it the First Viennese School, consisting of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today, your local guide will take you for a drive around the world-famous Ringstrasse and a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Vienna, including a peppering of lavish Baroque mansions and the Vienna State Opera. If you are feeling more active, then choose to explore on two wheels instead, cycling along the riverbanks before touching on Danube Island and Prater, home to a traditional 19th-century Ferris wheel.

EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike tour in Vienna

Included Excursion A guided tour of Vienna

DiscoverMORE Viennese evening concert

DiscoverMORE Tastes of Vienna

Aug 24 Dürnstein – Melk (B,L,D)

This morning, arrive in Dürnstein; a small town nestled in the heart of the Wachau wine region. When you arrive, you will have the chance to hike to the medieval ruins of Dürnstein Castle, the site where King Richard I was held prisoner following his return from the Third Crusade, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Cultural Landscape, a place peppered with natural lookout points that highlight the beauty of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a guided bike ride from Dürnstein to Melk, traversing the banks of the Danube. Later, sail through the Wachau Valley, a place that showcases a plethora of historic architecture, in the form of monasteries, castles and ruins, and the development of urban design through the ages. When you arrive in Melk, you will be taken for a tour of the 900-year-old Melk Abbey, touching on the lavish surrounds of the former palace and viewing ancient manuscripts in the monastic library.

EmeraldACTIVE A guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

EmeraldACTIVE A guided bike tour along the Danube

Included Excursion A tour of Melk Abbey

Aug 25 Passau (B,L,D)

After a morning of sailing along the Danube, perhaps relaxing with a drink in hand on the Sun Deck, we will take you into the heart of Passau. As the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet, Passau is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt, meaning the “City of Three Rivers”. Your included guided tour of Passau will unveil its noteworthy Gothic and Baroque architecture. The town was destroyed by a series of fires in the 17th century, leaving a blank canvas for Italian architects to work with. After your tour, enjoy some free time to explore Passau at leisure before an afternoon spent sailing towards Regensburg.

Included Excursion A guided tour of Passau

EmeraldACTIVE A hike to Veste Oberhaus

DiscoverMORE Excursion to the Bavarian Forest (extra expense)

Aug 26 Regensburg (B,L,D)

This morning, we will arrive in Regensburg, a city that has been generously steeped in history, built on the site of an ancient Roman fort that went on to become a major centre for trade during the Middle Ages. Your guided walking tour of Regensburg will showcase its UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval centre, where ancient Roman architecture can be found sitting alongside 11th – 13th century patrician houses. Narrow cobbled lanes and tall façades help to define the character of this enchanting Bavarian city. This evening, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band on board.

EmeraldPLUS A traditional Bavarian band on board

Included Excursion A guided tour of Regensburg

DiscoverMORE Excursion to Nuremberg (extra expense)

Aug 27 Regensburg – Prague (B)

In Regensburg , disembark your Star-Ship to be transferred to Prague, home to some of the world’s most pristine collections of architecture from across the ages. Included is a comfortable three-night stay in the city.

Aug 28 Prague (B)

This morning, join a walking tour of Prague to explore its vivid history through its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, with each style encapsulating a slice of the city’s past. Witness the splendour of Mozart’s Theatre, the Little Square and the Astronomical Clock, a medieval wonder that can be dated back to the start of the 15th century.

Included Excursion A walking tour of Prague

EmeraldPLUS Coffee and cake at Lobkowicz Palace

Aug 29 Prague (B)

Today is yours to spend exploring Prague at leisure, perhaps uncovering the secrets of Josefov, the Jewish Quarter and Malá Strana, one of the most historic regions in the city. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day and to answer any questions that you may have.

DiscoverMORE Tastes of Czechia (extra expense)

Aug 30 Prague (B)

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Prague’s idyllic centre for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of ancient wonders and idyllic panoramic views of UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas with you.

Return flights to Canada


  • Roundtrip Airfare to Budapest, from Prague
  • 8 Day / 7-Night Cruise Aboard the Luxurious Emerald Destiny
  • 1 Pre-Cruise Night’ Accommodations; Budapest, Hungary
  • 3 Post Cruise -Nights’ Accommodations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Breakfast Daily in Budapest & Prague
  • Included Tours in Budapest & Prague
  • Aboard the Cruise on the Emerald Destiny:
  1. Spectacular innovations like an indoor pool that transforms into a cinema at night
  2. All on-board meals
  3. Premium Drink Package for all guests for the duration of the time guests are Onboard the Emerald Destiny
  4. State-of-the-art coffee machines
  5. Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  6. An included EmeraldEXCURSION every day of your cruise
  7. Extra-special excursions and experiences courtesy of our EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE
  8. First-class service from an English-speaking crew
  9. Knowledgeable local guides at every destination
  10. Complimentary on-board wi-fi
  11. Complimentary on-board bicycles
  12. A variety of on-board entertainment
  13. On-board gratuities
  14. Port Charges and Fees
  • €150 on board credit Per Person on the Cruise Portion of the tour program for Category A and higher
  • All Transfers
  • All Taxes
  • Jolly Tour Director

Price is Per Person based on Double Occupancy

Emerald Destiny Cost per Person Less: $1,000 per person

(Limited Time)

Category, D

(Riviera Deck)

$8,699 $7,699
Category, B

(Vista Deck)

$9,839 $8,839
Category, A

(Horizon Deck)

$9,929 $8,929
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $ 800 pp upon registration, plus insurance
  • Final Payment due April 1, 2022
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance is Required
  • Current Government Standards have indicated an expectation that proof of Covid-19 full vaccine maybe required for travel and should be anticipated.
  • Return Air Schedule is included however schedule cannot be confirmed until Oct 2021
  • Single Occupancy Available, Please Contact Jolly Tours for Details



This tour includes the following amenities 

  • Premium Drink Package for all guests for the duration of the time guests are Onboard the Emerald Destiny
  • An included EmeraldEXCURSION every day of your cruise
  • On-board gratuities
  • €150 on board credit Per Person on the Cruise Portion of the tour program for Category A and higher

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At the date of publication of this program, it is anticipatory that full vaccination proof will be required to undertake this journey in August 2022.  We understand that the requirements can and will likely be changed and modified as we approach mid 2022.  Jolly Tours will continue to watch the policies and requirements and update this notice accordingly.

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