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Danube Explorer

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 27 October 2024 - 7 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Ship Emerald Star
  • Duration 7 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Jun 2024 - Oct 2024
  • Holiday type River Cruising
  • Holiday code EUR2235

Save up to £3,362
per couple*

Included Excursions

Premium Drinks Package for £99pp

Spend seven blissful nights cruising the Danube River, visiting the ancient towns and postcard-perfect landscapes of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Your cruise begins in charming Passau, where you’ll have time to embrace its Bavarian heritage during a night in port. As you sail through Europe, enjoy a choice of shore excursions at every port, whether it’s a guided walk through Linz’s labyrinth of cobblestone streets or a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Český Krumlov Castle.
Uncover millennia of history in Melk, where you’ll discover one of the most exquisite abbeys in Europe. Explore the captivating UNESCO-protected centres of Bratislava and Vienna, where great composers like Mozart and Beethoven wrote their pivotal work. Your sailing ends in beautiful Budapest with an overnight in port.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board River Cruise

7 night full-board Danube river cruise on board Emerald Star

The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
20 meals including: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
Add a Premium Drinks Package for £99pp
Welcome and Farewell Reception and Dinner
Overnight in port in Passau, Vienna and Budapest


Tour of Melk Abbey

Guided tour of Vienna
Walking tour of Bratislava
Culinary tour of Budapest with Grand Market visit


Bavarian brunch

Guided tour of Ceský Krumlov
Local Slovakian entertainment on board
Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board


Hike to Veste Oberhaus

Guided bike tour along the Danube River
Hike in Weißenkirchen in der Wachau with activity manager
Guided bike tour of Vienna
Guided hike to Bratislava Castle
Hike to Gellert Hill

All Flights & Transfers

London departure – regional flights available

*Prices shown include discount and savings based on two passengers sharing an Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, booking directly with Imagine Holidays.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Munich: Embark Ship

Expertly navigating the rivers of Europe, Emerald’s contemporary Star-Ships have been specially designed to mirror the beauty of their majestic surroundings. Iconic features include the three-tiered atrium and the indoor-outdoor pool.

Meals Included: Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Days 1 - 2
Passau: Overnight in Port

Passau, nestled in Bavaria, captivates with its confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Baroque architecture, a stunning cathedral, and a rich history define this picturesque city, creating a mesmerizing travel experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 3

Linz, situated along the Danube in Upper Austria, boasts a dynamic cultural scene, modern architecture, and historic charm. Home to the Ars Electronica Center and Linzer Torte, it’s a vibrant destination.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 3
Český Krumlov

In Český Krumlov, explore an enchanting maze of cobbled streets lined with Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Visit Český Krumlov Castle and float down the Vltava River for breathtaking views of the town’s skyline.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 4

Stroll through the charming old town of Melk, where pastel-hued homes wind around cobblestone streets. Explore the magnificent Melk Abbey, which stands proud above the town, and hike through the beautiful surrounding forests.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 4
Weißenkirchen in der Wachau

Weißenkirchen in der Wachau, nestled in Austria’s Wachau Valley, charms with its vineyard-covered hills, medieval architecture, and the iconic St. Michael’s Church. The Danube flows peacefully, offering a serene backdrop to this enchanting village.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Days 5 - 6
Vienna: Overnight in Port

Vienna: Austria’s captivating capital. Immerse in rich culture, music heritage, and UNESCO-listed architecture. From Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to Schönbrunn Palace, indulge in art, world-class performances, and diverse cuisines.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 6

Step into the enchanting allure of Bratislava. With its medieval charm, riverfront beauty, and cultural treasures, it’s a city that invites you to explore the heart of Slovakia and Eastern Europe’s history.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Days 7 - 8
Budapest: Overnight in Port

Experience the dynamic charm of Budapest. With its stunning architecture, thermal baths, and vibrant arts scene, it’s a city that invites you to embrace both its rich history and modern spirit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Star

Day 8
Budapest: Disembark & Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll disembark your ship and head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Emerald Star

Featuring spacious staterooms, delicious dining options from around the world, and plenty of entertainment options, guests will always find something to delight in on board.

The vessel has four decks, and a spa to help everyone relax and rejuvenate while at sea, featuring treatments that utilise local ingredients that change depending on the destination.

There are also exciting shore excursions available to explore vibrant ports of call around the globe. Depending on the type of journey you’re looking for, guests can choose from a variety of itineraries traversing the Rhine, Danube, and Main rivers.

Whatever your vacation needs may be, the Emerald Star ensures that all journeys come with top-tier comfort and amenities so guests can cruise in comfort and style every time!

Included shore excursions allow you to explore the destinations on your itinerary in a unique and immersive way.

  • Occupancy 180
  • Tonnage 3,539 tons
  • Length 443 ft (135.00 m)

Life on board Emerald Star

Cruising on board Emerald Star is an experience like no other. Enjoy delicious meals, take part in exciting activities, or simply relax and admire the beautiful views.


Emerald Star provides guests with the best in fine dining and a variety of choices, from international cuisine to a selection of buffet-style food, or light bites.

  • Reflections Restaurant
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge


This ship provides plenty of activities; from golf and sports to swimming or indulging in spa treatments, you can be as active or relaxed as you desire.

  • Sun deck
  • Golf putting green
  • Games area
  • Walking track
  • Navigation bridge
  • Daytime pool & bar
  • Lift
  • Reception
  • Wellness area
  • Fitness area
  • Sky barbecue
  • Hair salon
  • Wheelhouse


During the evenings on board Emerald Star enjoy watching a movie, dance to live music, or simply bask in the peacefulness of cruising luxuriously under a star-studded sky.

  • Cinema
  • Nightly music
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Enrichment lectures

Cabins and Suites

On board Emerald Star, you can treat yourself to a perfect balance of relaxation and excitement with five-star luxuries in your cabin. Every night ensures that you can rest comfortably, so you’re ready for all the excitement and adventure the next day holds.

Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite Prices from £1,899pp

Emerald Star Balcony Stateroom

Enjoy a stay in a private balcony suite, featuring opening glass doors that let in the ocean’s breeze and an array of luxurious amenities for maximum comfort.

  • Queen/Twin beds/single room
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Luxury products
  • Walk in closet
  • Personal safe
  • Direct dial phone
  • Flat HD TV
  • Mini bar
  • Climate control
  • Umbrella
  • Shoe Cleaner
  • Ear plugs
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors
  • Indoor veranda
Cruise Code: EUR2235
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Alternative Departure Dates
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