About Us

Founded in 2013, Emerald Waterways is an award-winning travel operator offering deluxe river cruises and land tours in Europe, Asia and beyond.
Recognised for our contemporary fleet of Star-Ships, our itineraries are backed by our EmeraldVALUE promise, a guarantee that wherever you travel with us, you’ll enjoy generous inclusions and benefit from our commitment to exceptional levels of service.

We’ve grown to become one of the world’s best-loved river cruise and tour providers. Our river cruises bring together immersive itineraries and unforgettable shore experiences, with unrivalled on board innovations and impeccable service. Each itinerary brings the highlights of an ocean cruise to the intimacy of the world’s most celebrated waterways.

We’ve designed our fleet of spacious and contemporary boutique Star-Ships to dock centrally in the heart of the destinations we visit, be it on the banks of the Danube in Budapest or amid the hubbub of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant capital. This provides the perfect balance of time spent on board and time on shore, for an immersive yet relaxing journey.

Destinations and discovery are what make our river cruises so special, and you’ll enjoy daily excursions and events handpicked by our expert Journey Designers. Our river cruises and land tours cover the globe, from classic river cruise breaks on European rivers including the Rhine, Danube, Rhône, and Douro, to unforgettable journeys through Southeast Asia on the Mekong, as well as a collection of Nile river cruise itineraries and land tours through Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

Wherever you choose to travel with Emerald Waterways, you’ll feel the benefit of exceptional EmeraldVALUE. Daily excursions, including our special EmeraldPLUS activities and EmeraldACTIVE hikes or guided bike tours, exquisite dining experiences and complimentary mealtime drinks are just some of the inclusions you’ll enjoy. Each aspect is designed to elevate your experience and help you immerse in the journey of a lifetime.