Chelsea Flower Show & Splendours of Europe

Beginning in Budapest, your colossal journey through Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, boasts World Heritage-listed sites, historic cities and beautiful landscapes, between capitals before arriving in London for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show.


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18 Days from $10,430 per person

Budapest - London | Flights Included

Departure Date: 4 May 2020

Cutting a course through the centre of Europe, the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers beautifully showcase the highlights of the continent — from its historic towns and cities to its idyllic beauty spots. As you travel from east to west on these enduring passageways, you’ll experience the history and diversity of this special land in all its glory, encountering unique experiences you simply couldn’t witness when travelling on land. 




Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival Budapest

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, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, then a Hungarian folk dancing and music performance

You’re Invited: Traditional Hungarian Folklore Show & Budapest Evening Cruise

Meals Included: Dinner

 

Day 2 - Budapest

Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city sights including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest or an exciting hike on the Buda Hill. This afternoon you depart for Bratislava.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk to Buda Hill

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 3 - Bratislava

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. Alternatively, join an active hike to Bratislava Castle.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Bratislava Castle

You’re Invited: Home Hosted Coffee and Cake with Slovakians

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 - Vienna

Today, you have a choice of either exploring Austria’s capital beginning with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we will see the sights of Vienna’s world–famous attractions such as the Opera House, Burgtheater, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Alternatively, join the guided bike tour instead of the drive around and guided walk. Then, you have free time to sample the wonderful tastes of Vienna.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

AND / OR

DiscoverMORE: Exclusive Viennese concert with music from Mozart and Strauss (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5 - Dürnstein - Melk

In the morning we 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, you will 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.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

OR

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided biking tour along the Danube River from Dürnstein to Melk

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 - Passau

Cruise along the Danube this morning, in the afternoon we reach 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.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Salzburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Passau or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 - Regensburg - Kelheim

After breakfast we arrive in magnificent Regensburg. On our 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.

You’re Invited: Traditional Bavarian Band on board

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Kuchlbauer Brewery (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 - Nuremberg

Today, you will have a sightseeing coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour would pass by some of the historical parts of Nuremberg, such as the 900-year-old ramparts, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other sights.

DiscoverMORE: WW2 Tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 - Bamberg

This morning we arrive at Bamberg, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with original character and charm. At the centre of the town is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Würzburg

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. Join our 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.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Rothenburg (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included visit to Bishop’s Residenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 - Wertheim - Miltenberg

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. 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.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike around Miltenberg area

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12 - Rüdesheim- Koblenz

After breakfast arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. You will either have a choice of visiting the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or if you feel active take a guided hike through vineyards. Continue exploring and perhaps taste the famous “Rüdesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. After lunch, the ships will sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. We will pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. In the early evening we arrive into the beautiful 2,000-year-old town of Koblenz.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through vineyards

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13 - Cologne

The ship sails from Koblenz in the early morning, cruising along the Rhine we arrive in Cologne. Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and is famous for its magnificent World–heritage listed Gothic Cathedral and market squares lined with cafes, shops and beer halls. This evening the captain will be delighted to welcome you to the Captain’s Farewell Gala Dinner.

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Drachenburg (extra expense)

OR

DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either the Drachenburg Castle or the Football Stadium Tour as both DiscoverMORE options run at the same time.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14 - Amsterdam

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 canal 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 enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour of Haarlem (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15 - Disembark Amsterdam – London

After breakfast, disembark the ship for your transfer^ to Brussels by coach then Eurostar Rail to London. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception at your hotel.

Three Night Stay: London

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 16 - London

Soak up the city sights with an included half day sightseeing tour. Firstly, admire Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then drive through the West End, seeing Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. Walk with your guide to Buckingham Palace to witness the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard. Lastly, drive along Piccadilly, past Green Park and the Ritz, to finish in the heart of the West End. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 17 - Chelsea Flower Show

Today, see the spring season plants and flowers, as well as witness the grand displays by world renowned designers as you attend the Chelsea Flower Show. Your transfer to/from the hotel plus entrance is included along with ample time to wander around the exhibition.

Meals Included: Breakfast



Day 18 - Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

Meals Included: Breakfast


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