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One of the great water highways of the world is the beautiful Danube River. Important parts of Europe have grown and thrived due to the benefits of this magnificent water way. Webb Tours has teamed up with Emerald Cruises to offer this exciting vacation that will take you first to Prague in the Czech Republic (2 nights) which is without a doubt one of Europe’s most charmeing capital cities (it’s #1 in my book). We then enjoy an exciting 8 day river cruise tranquil, Blue Danube through Bavaria, Slovakia, Austria, Melk and ending in the dramatic scenery of Budapest. It is a trip NOT to be missed and we are doing in June which is the pefect month to be there.
BUT TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand. And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 9 months before departure.
So COME ABOARD. We are holding guaranteed space with locked in pricing for our group until October 1, 2023. After that date, if there are unsold cabins, the price will increase. So read on. We think you’ll like what you see. We look forward to hosting your journey along the serene Danube River.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The air-included pricing shown below assumes that you depart the US on June 11 and return on June 21, and that we obtain the international airline tickets for you. hat is the case whether you are flying out of Salt Lake or any other city in the continental United States. If you choose to travel on different dates or obtain your OWN aifare (for whatever reason), we will deduct $1,000 from the above, per person prices.
The prices below INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE from your home city. It is an all inclusive price:
Prices include AIRFARE, transfers, cruise, taxes, port charges, government fees, Prague hotel, transportation from Prague to Budapest.
Click here to see the Emerald Star Deck Plan: Emerald Star Deck Plan.pdf
IMPORTANT NOTE: TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand. And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 9 months before departure. We are holding guaranteed space until October 1, 2023 – Call quickly for best cabin selection.
May 15: Today we gather for our flight via Paris or Amsterdam to Prague in the Czech Republic arriving around noon the following day. Flights are available from your home city to meet up with us along the way. Our once in a lifetime trip is underway.
May 16: Welcome to the Czech Republic! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by our contact folks in Prague and thew will transfer us to our hotel in Prague, arriving in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is at your leisure to begin discovering your new surroundings. And Prague is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world!
May 17: After breakfast, enjoy an included city tour, highlighting the famous sites of this beautiful city. Following a brief panoramic drive, the heart of the city is discovered on foot. See Old Town Square with its historic astronomical clock and the medieval Charles Bridge. The tour concludes at the hotel. During free time this afternoon, continue to explore the city on your own, or join the optional excursion to the Terezin Concentration Camp. Meal: B
May 18: After breakfast, we depart Prague and journey by motorcoach to Passau, Germany, where your friendly Captain and crew welcome you onboard your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore the ship and become acquainted with the onboard amenities. This evening join your fellow guests for dinner onboard our floating resort. Meals: B, D
May 19: After a relaxing breakfast onboard, we begin to explore this interesting city. Narrow cobblestone streets welcome us to Passau, a town nestled on the confluence of three of Europe’s main waterways. On today’s excursion, we venture out to a local farm to gain a fascinating insight into the life of local Bavarian farmers. Tour the farm, see the animals and learn how the family is utilizing methods of sustainable agriculture. Meet with the farmers and sample some of their homemade specialties during an included
tasting. Alternatively, if you are feeling more active, participate in a guided hike to Veste Oberhaus where you can catch a site of the Mariahilf and St. Severin, an ancient church dating back to the Ottonian dynasty. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Veste Oberhaus (instead of included city tour)
DiscoverMORE: Bavaria Live (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Bavarian brunch-livestock farming and homemade
May 20: Today’s adventure takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Ceský Krumlov. With its 13th-century castle, meandering river, and a maze of quaint alleyways, this town has one of the best preserved centers in Europe. Join your local guide to traverse a labyrinth of winding cobblestone lanes as you experience the charming atmosphere of Ceský Krumlov’s medieval buildings and iconic castle complex. During the excursion, visit the 15th-century St. VItus’ Church, a highlight of the town. This is a VERY charming place in this part of Europe and you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard more about it! Meals: B, D
EmeraldPLUS: A guided walking tour of Ceský Krumlov
DiscoverMORE*: Linzer Torte-making workshop (additional expense)
*this excursion runs at the same time as the included tour; only one can be selected
May 21: Relax as you cruise along the Danube River early this morning, passing delightful apricot orchards
and beautiful terraced vineyards before arriving in Melk. Enjoy an included tour of Melk Abbey, originally a lavish castle that was gifted to Benedictine monks during the 11th century. This opulent Baroque building features ornate gold leaf walls, seemingly endless spiral staircases and is home to some of the most important collections of medieval manuscripts in the world. After the tour, sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley, passing medieval villages, terraced vineyards and areas of natural beauty. Upon arrival in Weissenkirchen, you have the opportunity to join a hike. Alternatively, stay in Melk and cycle to Weissenkirchen, traversing a route that offers a different perspective on the region’s viticulture. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE (from Melk): Visit to Schallaburg Castle (additional expense)
EmeraldACTIVE*: A guided bike ride along the Danube from Melk to Weissenkirchen
EmeraldACTIVE*: Hike in Weissenkirchen with Activity Manager
DiscoverMORE*: Weissenkirchen vineyard hike with tasting (additional expense)
*these activities overlap; only one can be selected
May 22: Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital and the capital of classical music. The city perfectly encapsulates the opulence of the Habsburg Monarchy and their ornate Baroque palaces. On the included city tour, see monuments and grand buildings as the coach drives along the famous Ringstrasse. During the walking tour, stroll with your guide through the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the classic architectural styles of the buildings, see St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace, right in the heart of the city center. If you are feeling more active, opt to explore on two wheels, cycling along the serene trails on Danube Island. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Bike tour in Vienna (instead of city tour)
DiscoverMORE: An exclusive Viennese evening concert with the music of Mozart and Strauss (additional expense)
May 23: Today we sail into the capital of Slovakia. This graceful nation became an independent country in
1993, and since then, Bratislava has flourished as a new capital and made a name for itself as a cultural center. The romantic cobblestone lanes that weave through the city are explored with your local guide as you enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town center, seeing the Slovak National Theatre and a range of Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings. For the more active guests, embark on a guided hike to Bratislava Castle, a landmark steeped in legends that looks as though it came from the pages of a fairytale book. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle (instead of walking tour)
DiscoverMORE: Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Local Slovakian entertainment onboard
May 24: Welcome to the “Pearl of the Danube”. Explore Budapest’s cobbled medieval quarter as you embark on a coach tour through the UNESCO World Heritage city center. Your guide will highlight a number of architectural wonders and also talk about Budapest’s culinary scene. The tour will end at the Grand Market Hall, the city’s most expansive indoor food and craft market, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. If you are feeling more active, you may instead choose to hike to Buda Hill (recommended). The surrounding area has been rebuilt several times, most recently following the air raids of WWII. Some 18th-century Baroque houses still stand, best explored by foot along the medieval paths and alleyways in the area around Buda Castle. This evening, join your fellow guests for a folklore performance onboard and a traditional Hungarian dinner. Relax on the Sun Deck and enjoy the fabulous view of the city, aglow in nighttime splendor. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Buda Hill (instead of city tour)
DiscoverMORE*: Tour of Szentendre (additional expense)
DiscoverMORE*: Budapest spa experience (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show
* the DiscoverMORE’s operate simultaneously; only one can be selected
May 25: Today we return to the airport and bid a fond farewell to Europe. We’ve seen some amazing places and enjoyed them from the comfort of our ship. We arrive back to the USA on the evening of June 21. Meal: B
To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $400 per person. When we receive your deposit, we will mail you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour. A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent 100 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due. You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that packet. We require final payments in the form of a check. If that is not possible, arrangements can be made to use a credit card. Webb Tours accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard and Discover. A 2.5% surcharge will be added for final payments made by credit card. There is no additional charge for original deposits made with credit cards.
We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for whatever reason. Due to the high demand for river cruises and the rules enforced by our suppliers, the deposit is non refundable once paid. If it is 95 days or more before departure, all money will be refunded. Here is a summary of the cancellation penalties:
For airlines, specifically, tickets are generally non refundable when purchased. However, most airlines will allow the value of the canceled tickets to be reused for future travel, though a penalty may be assessed to reuse the tickets. If you have to cancel, Webb Tours will work with other providers to obtain as much refund as possible for our travelers.
To avoid cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance may be purchased. Insurance will reimburse you for the non-refundable cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason like illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, or a documented traffic accident in route to departure. Price of the insurance depends on your stateroom category as follows:
Category D: Call for premium amount
Category C: Call for premium amount
Category B: Call for premium amount
Insurance is purchased through the cruise line and may be purchased any time up to the point you make your final payment. Insurance cannot be purchased after your final payment is made. Webb Tours is not the insurer and acts as agent for the insurance company. To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date.
Mail deposit and enclosed reservation form to:
2378 Evergreen Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Tel. (801) 278-3101
or Toll Free 1-800-658-8519