Emerald Cruises returns to the Danube River

The Danube in BudapestFollowing its recent successful return to the Douro and Rhine rivers, Emerald Cruises is celebrating the return to its third river of the season – the Danube.

In honour of the resumption, guests (UK) booking their 2021 cruise before 31 August 2021 can save up to £1,600 per couple*, while enjoying a complimentary Premium Drinks Package** for access to a selection of drinks all day long whilst on board.

Highlights of this year’s season include a canoeing adventure on Portugal’s Pinhão River and guided hikes to some of Europe’s most fascinating sights including Bratislava and Dürnstein castles.

For its Danube revival, Emerald Cruises sets sail from Nuremberg with its eight-day Danube Delights river cruise, calling at Passau, Melk, Dürnstein, Vienna and Bratislava along the way, disembarking at the Hungarian capital of Budapest at its conclusion. This best-selling journey cruises through four countries along the Danube River, offering unique insight into the history and context of Europe’s fascinating cultural evolution.

Whilst on their travels, guests have the freedom to make the trip their own, with the option to either soak in the sights at a slightly more moderate pace, or to take advantage of the multitude of inclusive EmeraldACTIVE excursions available, such as guided hikes to the fortress of Veste Oberhaus, medieval Dürnstein Castle (where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner), the baroque gardens of Bratislava, or Buda Hill, for views overlooking the Danube.

For those looking to cover slightly more ground, guided bike tours from Melk to Dürnstein and Danube Island are also available. Guests will enjoy a first-hand cultural exchange by visiting the home of a local Slovakian family in Bratislava for some coffee and cake and hear the stories of life in the city and its history from people whose lives are so inextricably linked to it. Departing 6 September 2021 on board Emerald Destiny Star-Ship, prices for the eight-day river cruise start from £2,095 per person.

While on the Douro river, Emerald Cruises’ eight-day Secrets of the Douro river cruise offers guests the opportunity to escape the dreary end of the UK summer and take advantage of the sun-drenched banks of Portugal’s “River of Gold”.

Venture into the warm embrace of the vibrant cultural metropolis of Porto – before setting sail through enchanting valleys and quintessential Portuguese villages. As Portugal’s lifeline, the Douro is a symbol of the country’s birth and growth as a nation, and one of Europe’s most stunning rivers. The cruise provides a range of opportunities to recharge through both relaxation or adventure, with EmeraldACTIVE excursions such as a guided hike through the vineyards of Quinta do Tedo (followed by a well-deserved wine tasting) and canoe trips through Pinhão and Pocinho.

Additionally, enjoy evening activities such as an on board Portuguese cooking demonstration, a Port wine cocktail lesson and a mosaic tile-painting tutorial. Prices for the eight-day sailing start from £2,345 per person, departing 28 August 2021 on board the remarkable Emerald Radiance Star-Ship. Emerald Cruises is also offering a no single supplement for 2021 Douro river cruises for solo travellers.

All new bookings come with a complimentary Deposit Protection Plan and a Flexible Booking Policy. Prices include return UK flights, transfers, the cruises as stated, all tipping and gratuities, and all on board meals, as well as included excursions and experiences with knowledgeable local guides.

*Terms and conditions apply to the offers.
**Exclusions apply to the Premium Drinks Package.

(Emerald Cruises UK)