Anniversary Waltz on the Danube

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Special Wedding Anniversary Package

  • Bottle of sparkling wine in cabin on arrival and celebration glasses
  • Drinks reception and snacks on final evening
  • Wedding Anniversary Gala dinner celebration on final evening
  • Celebrate your wedding anniversary on board MV Esmeralda
  • Stroll along the beautiful banks of the Danube in Budapest
  • Discover Bratislava’s charming Old Town
  • Explore elegant Vienna
  • Services of a Shearings Cruise Manager
  • Full board basis starts after embarkation and first evening meal onboard your ship. Other meals may be included depending on travel type. Please see daily itinerary descriptions for included meals on each day.

Are you celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary during this year? Let us make your special occasion even more memorable on our new Anniversary Waltz cruise discovering the mighty River Danube and its great cities.


Classical Salzburg (2020 only)

Join us on our excursion to explore the elegant city of music and the birthplace of Mozart. On our guided walking tour we see the Cathedral, St Peter’s Abbey, Mozart Square, the glorious Mirabell Gardens and the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Admire Nonnberg Convent and the famous Getreidegasse - a busy shopping street in the Old Town section of Salzburg. The house at no. 9 Getreidegasse is the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and where he lived until the age of 17. Following our guided tour, we enjoy some free time to explore this wonderful city before heading back to the ship in time for dinner.

Vienna Treasury

The Treasury at the Hofburg Palace contains over 1000 years worth of treasures from across Europe. You'll see the Imperial Crown, Orb and Sceptre of Austria, the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and various other treasures. 

Discover Vienna

Join us for an amazing tour of Vienna, allowing us to discover this splendid city for ourselves. Our coach tour will begin as we travel past Vienna’s large park, the Prater, admiring views of the famous Ferris wheel and then on to the State Opera House, also seeing the Fine Arts and History Museum.

We will also see the stunning Hofburg Palace during our city tour, along with the Parliament building, the Town Hall and the Burg Theatre. Making our way to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the city centre, we will disembark our coach and enjoy a walking tour of Vienna. We will stroll along the Graben, one of Vienna’s most famous streets.

After our walking tour, we return to our coach and begin our return journey, taking in the famous buildings by painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, stopping to admire the unique Hundertwasserhaus.   

UFO Tower Bratislava

The UFO Bridge is perhaps the most famous symbol of the city of Bratislava. On this excursion we’ll take in the view of this breathtaking city. From the top you get fantastic views of the city’s castle which sits high on a hill, its pristine whitewashed walls standing out like a beacon for the rest of the city. There are also great views of the old town and St Martin’s Cathedral, just across the river, as well as views of the snaking Danube winding its way into the distance towards Austria. Looking back the other way you see an altogether different, but still fascinating view of the Communist-era concrete blocks of Petrzalka, which was the largest block housing complex in Central Europe.

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.

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.


Salzburg Transfer (2020 only) (Included)

We enjoy an included transfer into Salzburg, spending the day exploring this beautiful city. Visit Mozart’s birthplace, Mirabell Palace, and much more.

Imperial Budapest (Included)

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).


  • Germany
  • Passau
  • Austria
  • Vienna
  • Hungary
  • Budapest
  • Slovakia
  • Bratislava
  • Melk
  • Linz
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Scenic
  • UK Coach Departures
  • Seniors
  • City
  • Cultural
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Wildlife

Day 1: UK to Belgium
We travel by coach to Belgium where we check-in at an overnight hotel and enjoy an evening meal. (Dinner)

Day 2: Embark in Passau, cruise to Vienna 

Board the MV Esmeralda in Passau and meet fellow travellers over our evening meal. We cruise to Vienna overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Vienna 

Enjoy a day of sailing, waking to beautiful changing scenery. We arrive in Vienna early evening. Join our evening optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Vienna to Budapest 

The morning and afternoon is devoted to magnificent Vienna. Enjoy dinner on board this evening as we sail overnight to Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Budapest to Bratislava 

A morning arrival in beautiful Budapest. We moor for the day, ready to discover one of Europe’s most interesting capitals with an included city tour. This evening we sail to Bratislava. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Bratislava to Melk 

We spend the morning cruising to Bratislava. Discover the Old Town dominated by the impressive castle, or join our optional panoramic Bratislava tour to the top of the UFO Tower. We then set sail and cruise through the night to Melk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Melk to Linz 

Melk is famous for its magnificent Benedictine Abbey and Renaissance castle. We spend the afternoon exploring at leisure or why not join our optional excursion to visit Melk Abbey? This evening, we sail overnight to Linz. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Linz
Today we enjoy an included transfer to the classical city of Salzburg. Explore at leisure or join our optional guided walking tour.   (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Disembark in Linz
Time to leave the ship in Linz and travel to an overnight stay in Belgium. After check-in enjoy an evening meal. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Belgium to the UK
We leave our overnight hotel after breakfast and travel back to the UK. (Breakfast)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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