2 Bucket List Events in One Trip!
Famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
and a Luxury European River Cruise in 2019
Famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
and a Luxury European River Cruise in 2019
FYI, Video is from a Rhine River Cruise in 2017 during Oktoberfest with slightly different itinerary but does show ship, Munich and some ports.
11 Days • 22 Meals Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Danube or Rhine River, Europe’s two most important rivers that both feature Word UNESCO Heritage Sites. We travel onboard our modern ship, exploring the wonderful charming cities and Medieval towns and famous wine growing regions in these fertile river valleys.
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 travelers with a traditional Hungarian welcome dinner. Later, enjoy a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance on board. Meal: D
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise
This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Bratislava also charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle
EmeraldPLUS: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians
Today, you have a choice for discovering Vienna: explore Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where you see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater and Town Hall. Continue the tour with a guided walk in the city center, seeing St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour. Free time is available this afternoon to sample the wonderful sights and tastes of Vienna on your own. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (additional cost) AND / OR Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)
This morning, 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, 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. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruising along the Danube before reaching Passau. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in this beautiful city. On this afternoon’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. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (additional cost)
*** Please note, you can only choose either the included tour of Passau OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time
After breakfast, arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On the guided walking tour you will have the chance to see one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube and see the city’s architectural highlights including the Old Town Hall. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Bavarian Band onboard
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (additional cost)
After breakfast, disembark the ship and journey by coach to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour showcasing the highlights of the city. Nymphenburg Palace, Maximilianstrasse and the Parliament, the National Theater, Munich’s Residenz and the former Olympic site are all seen during the panoramic drive. During the walking portion, stroll the Marienplatz Square and see the famous glockenspiel. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure to enjoy an evening at Oktoberfest. The hotel is within walking distance of the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Meal: B
Enjoy the full day at leisure to explore the best of Munich and Oktoberfest. Meal: B
Your hotel is within walking distance of the Oktoberfest fair grounds so no transportation is needed. There is no entrance charge to Oktoberfest and some beer tents have sections for first come first served so if arrive early in a small group there is a good chance you can get seated and served beer and food. Otherwise, optional Oktoberfest Guided tours with Beer Tent Reservations and Lunch or Dinner with Beer are available at additional costs. Ein Prosit!!
For those that have always wanted to see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle an optional full day tour is available.
Upon arrival in Munich, you will be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure to explore the city on your own. The hotel is within walking distance of the Oktoberfest fairgrounds so no transportation is needed and highly suggest checking this out this afternoon or evening.
There is no entrance charge to Oktoberfest and some beer tents have sections set aside for first come first served so if arrive early in a small group there is a good chance you'll get seated and served beer and food. Otherwise, optional Oktoberfest Guided tours with Beer Tent Reservations and Lunch or Dinner with Beer are available at additional costs. Ein Prosit!!
After breakfast, an included panoramic tour showcases the former Olympic site, Nymphenburg Palace, Maximilianstrasse and the Parliament, the National Theater and Munich’s Residenz. During a walking tour, stroll the Marienplatz Square and see the famous Glockenspiel. After the tour, the remainder of your time in Munich is at leisure to enjoy another day at Oktoberfest or see more of Munich as lots to do in this great city. Meal: B
After breakfast, depart by coach for Nuremburg. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of this historic city. See the 900-year-old ramparts and the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights. After the tour, embark your Emerald Waterways vessel for a seven night cruise on the Rhine River. Meals: B, D
This morning, arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bamberg. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centers, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. During the included walking tour, stroll through this charming town whose center is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Meals: B, L, D
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join your guide for a walking tour of Wurzburg followed by a visit to the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th-century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (additional cost)
*** Please note, you can only choose either the included visit to the Bishop’s Residenz OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.
Today we start from the stunning medieval glass-blowing town of Wertheim, where you have the opportunity to explore on your own. Then, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Miltenberg on the Main River. On the walking tour, see how the village creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in the middle ages and the Old Town is lined with well–preserved half–timbered buildings. The gothic Merchant Hall is an impressive symbol of past affluence created by trade from river traffic. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area
After breakfast, arrive in Rüdesheim - one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your options are to visit the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum OR, if you feel active, take a guided hike through the vineyards. Continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage region of the spectacular Rhine Gorge. As you cruise through this scenic area, pass by picture-perfect towns, and the infamous Lorelei Rock. Learn of the tragedies that occurred due to this enchanted temptress! In the early evening, the ship arrives into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards (Rüdesheim)
Early this morning, the ship sails from Koblenz, cruising along the Rhine to Cologne, Germany’s oldest city. On arrival, step back in time as you depart on a walking tour with local guides. See the Old Town, squares lined with cafés and shops, ending at the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage listed gothic Cathedral in Dom Platz. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Gala Farewell Dinner. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Tour to Drachenburg (additional cost) OR Football Stadium Tour
*** Please note, you can only choose the Drachenburg Castle OR the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals OR a guided bike tour. After the canal cruise, you will have free time to visit some of Amsterdam’s other famous attractions, such as the Rijks or Van Gogh Museums, or simply stroll the streets to enjoy the lively atmosphere as you people-watch or shop. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (additional cost)
FACT: Unlike Ocean cruise ships, European River ships are much smaller, narrow and have a low profile to fit through locks and under bridges with only a few decks above the water-line (see picture to the left). The best cabins with the best views are always on the higher decks and some even include balconies. Lowest deck cabins only have a small window with limited views at water-line and tend to be smaller. These are also the least expensive cabins and Lead-In Pricing for promotions and ads regarding cruises.
Grand Balcony Suite (S)
(Upper Horizon Deck)
$5,599 Per person
Single - N/A
Prime, Mid-Ship location on the upper Horizon Deck, these luxury suites feature more space &
in-suite Nespresso machine so can enjoy hot drinks anytime of the day or night.
They also offer a spacious outdoor balcony.
(210 sq. ft. includes balcony)
Panorama Balcony Suite
(A) - Upper Horizon Deck
(B & C) - Middle Vista Deck
(A) = $5,299 Per Person
Single Cabin Add $3,379
(B & C) = $4,999 Per Person
Single Cabin Add $3,249
Luxury Suite with floor to ceiling glass doors and elegant furnishings located on higher Vista and Horizon decks.
(180 sq. ft.)
(D & E) Lower Riviera Deck
(D & E) =$4,399 Per person
Single Cabin Add $2,799
Located on the lower Riviera deck these cabins offer great value, budget friendly and feature a picture window and the same high quality facilities and onboard amenities as all other higher deck cabins.
(162 sq. ft. )
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