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  • Overview

    highlights

    • Visit wonderful Schonbrunn Palace
    • Admire spectacular Vienna
    • Explore beautiful Budapest
    • Discover Bratislava’s Old Town
    • Stroll around beautiful Durnstein
    • Spend time in Linz

    Let us take you on a wonderful cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special.  Immerse yourself in the history and culture of classical Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era to Budapest, ‘The Pearl of the Danube’ and the sheer grandeur of Bratislava.  

    Great for:

    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


    Melk Abbey

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  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MV Esmeralda

    • MV Esmeralda exterior
    • MV esmeralda
    The hugely popular MV Esmeralda is our largest River Cruise ship, and this exclusively-chartered vessel is perfect for Europe River Cruises exploring some of the most beautiful scenery. Discover wonderful landscapes during our relaxing Danube River Cruises, and relax on-board, making the most of the Esmeralda’s excellent facilities.

    With her comfortable lounge areas and attractive decor, the MV Esmeralda is sure to be the perfect home from home just our scenic River Cruises. You’ll be able to travel in style and comfort as we make our way along one of the world’s most enchanting rivers, discovering mesmerising attractions, towns and cities. And, this year, we have even more departures to choose from!

    Enjoy delicious meals on-board the MV Esmeralda, including buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches and four-course evening meals, as well as exciting gala dinners! When the weather’s nice, you should absolutely spend some time on the sun deck, where you’ll find sun loungers and a shaded area from which you can admire the ever-changing scenery. You can also make your way to the lounge, with its comfortable leather couches and plush chairs.

    For those who would like to enjoy some quiet time, why not spend an hour or two in the MV Esmeralda’s library? Here you’ll find a great assortment of books and games that are sure to provide lots of entertainment.

    You’re sure to make lots of new friends during our relaxing River Cruises on-board the MV Esmeralda, and in the evening you’ll be able to chat with your new companions over a drink or two at the bar. Or, for those feeling more energetic, you could always dance the night away along to our talented on-board keyboardist!

    We promise to take good care of you during our MV Esmeralda River Cruises - we can’t wait to welcome you on board!
    • Length: 90 metres
    • Width: 11.20 metres
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2011
    • Passenger Capacity: 126
    • Passenger decks: 3
    • Star rating: 3*

    Cabins

    • MV Esmeralda Grade A

      Promenade Deck Cabin, MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • A higher deck for fantastic views
      • Safe
      • Radiator
      • LCD TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds
      Enjoy the best possible views of the changing landscape on our Danube River Cruises by choosing one of our excellent Grade A cabins on-board the MV Esmeralda. We have a superb selection of cabins, and these offer wonderful views of the river scenery, as well as the great facilities you expect of Shearings River Cruises.

      Spend time relaxing in your cabin, with its LCD TV and comfortable air conditioning. You’ll also find a wet room-style bathroom in your cabin, ensuring you have everything you could possibly require during your journey.
    • MV Esmeralda Grade B Single Cabin

      MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Radiator
      • Portable TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds for sole occupancy
      Relax on-board fantastic Europe River Cruises with Shearings and make the most of the MV Esmeralda’s excellent Grade B single cabins. Perfect for those travelling alone, these cabins provide everything you’ll need during your exciting River Cruise, including a safe to hold your important personal belongings, and air conditioning.

      You’ll also find a portable TV, wardrobe, dressing table and private bathroom in your Grade B single cabin, with twin beds for sole occupancy.
    • MV Esmeralda Grade B Twin Cabin

      MV Esmeralda
      • Private bathroom facilities including wet room-style shower and toilet
      • Safe
      • Radiator
      • Portable TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Wardrobe with full length mirror
      • Dressing table with mirror
      • Large sliding picture window
      • Twin beds
      Join us on scenic River Cruises along the Danube on the MV Esmeralda and enjoy a relaxing stay in one of our Grade B Twin Cabins. Located on the Promenade deck, these cabins offer a great range of facilities to ensure you have everything you’re likely to require during your pleasant cruise along one of Europe’s most picturesque rivers.

      You’ll find air conditioning, a safe, a radiator and a portable TV in your cabin. As well as this, you’ll be able to store your belongings in the cabin’s wardrobe and on the dressing table. Be sure to admire the beautiful views from the large sliding picture window!
     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Schonbrunn Palace
    Discover Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace
    The majestic city of Vienna has a rich history and an abundance of historical buildings and museums. Our panoramic tour gives us a wonderful overview of the city, as we drive along the famous Ringstrasse, which encompasses the city centre. Along the way we see a host of sights, including the State Opera House, the Johann Strauss House, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, the Parliament, and much more.
    We then continue on to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs. The Palace is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria's most-visited sight. We take a guided tour of the state rooms, with highlights including the Great Gallery, the Round and Oval Chinese Rooms, the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. We also have time to see the beautiful formal gardens.
    Budapest, Hungary
    Imperial Budapest

    Join us on our guided tour of this historical city, which is actually two cities astride the Danube. Our excursion takes us by coach on a visit to both.

    On the Pest side, we see St Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle and Heroes’ Square, which is dominated by the impressive Millenary Monument, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    We then cross to Buda and the Castle District, where we find the seven-hundred year-old Matthias Church, one of the jewels of Budapest. We also see the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers great views over the city.

    The city is home to the largest medicinal bath in Europe (Szechenyi Medicinal Bath) and the third-largest Parliament building in the world, once the largest in the world. The city also contains the third-largest church in Europe (Esztergom Basilica) and the second largest Baroque castle in the world (Godollo).

     

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Baroque City
    Cultural Linz

    Linz was the Capital of Culture in 2009 and is the third largest city in Austria and is often referred to as the gateway to the Danube. The city has a rich culture with its historic buildings, museums and many exhibitions and festivals.

    During our guiding walking tour we head to the Altstadt (Old Town), we see the Old Town Hall, which is still the seat of the Mayor and the city council, the Main Square (Hauptplatz) - which dates back to the 13th century and is one of the largest squares in Europe. On the Main Square is one of Linz’s most famous landmarks - Trinity Column, the column is 20 metres high and made of white marble and erected in respect of those who had survived a variety of disasters. It is said that the column will protect the citizens of Linz from war, fire and plague. We also see and the Old Cathedral constructed between 1669 and 1683, the famous Landhaus, a magnificent renaissance building from the 16th century, the Cathedral of St Mary – known locally as the New Cathedral. So join us as we explore this fascinating city.

    Durnstein on the Danube
    Durnstein Transfer
    This charming town on the Danube River in Austria is a wonderful example of the traditional Austrian way of life. With its beautiful surrounding scenery and slow pace, we’ll enjoy excellent time at leisure to discover the many sights here. 
    Vienna
    Evening Mozart and Strauss Concert
    Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy. 

    We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.
    Fiaker Horses
    Horse Drawn Fiaker Carriage Ride

    We’ll enjoy an enchanting ride in a traditional Viennese Fiaker - a horse-drawn carriage. This will allow us to see the sights of this amazing city in a way we’re sure to remember forever - admire the beautiful architecture, soak up the wonderful atmosphere and make the most of this charming experience.

    Melk Abbey
    Majestic Melk Abbey

    Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.

    Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.

    We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.

    Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.

     

    Panoramic view of Bratislava
    Panoramic Bratislava

What's included

  • Return travel from the UK by Rail from London St Pancras via Brussels with overnight stays including dinner and breakfast in Frankfurt
  • Seven nights all inclusive cruise
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Two included excursions
MV Esmeralda exterior

MV Esmeralda

The hugely popular MV Esmeralda is our largest River Cruise ship, and this exclusively-chartered vessel is perfect for Europe River Cruises exploring some of the most beautiful scenery.

Learn more about the ship
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