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Whether you’re inspired by beautiful architecture, the buzz of a city rich with culture or relaxing strolls through lush wine regions; we're here to help shine a light on the river cruise which best suits your tastes.
History

Experience journey's of significant and storied history uncovered in a myriad of experiences with Emerald Waterways.
  • Cairo
    Be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  • Nuremberg
    Take a coach tour of the historic city of Nuremberg. Your coach tour will pass by the sights of the 900-year-old ramparts, the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946, the Nazi party rally grounds, where rallies were held from 1933 until 1938 among other historical sights.
  • Berlin
    Experience the Berlin's imperial heritage at Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and the Reichstag, or trace its Cold War legacy at Checkpoint Charlie and the inimitable Berlin Wall.
  • Budapest
    In Budapest, explore the historic castle and palace of Hungarian kings, Buda Castle which can trace its history back more than 750 years. The massive complex provides a unique insight into the history and culture of the city and Hungary as a whole – housing hundreds of works of art since the 14th century.

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Berlin City Guide

Diverse, contemporary and artistic, Berlin is one of the great cultural cradles of Europe, a capital city of intense contrast and divisive heritage. From its origins as a pivotal trade route in the 13th century to its harrowing division throughout the Cold War, the city has long been at the forefront of global political and cultural change, staking its claim as one of the world’s most influential and essential cities.

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Wine

If you’d rather escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and enjoy mile-after-mile of serene scenery and the finest vintages Europe has to offer – why not explore the stunning wine regions dotted throughout the continent.
  • Rhône Valley
    Few countries have a winemaking prestige to match France, and the Rhône Valley is amongst the nation’s finest wine growing regions. The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is renowned around the world for producing exceptional vintages, creating more than 110,000 hectolitres of wine every year. The Mediterranean climate of the south of France provides the perfect setting to enjoy a glass or two of the local fare whilst relaxing on your private Emerald Waterways balcony.
  • Moselle
    The Moselle is banked by terraced vineyards growing the world’s favourite Riesling grapes – used for the region’s popular white wines. When sailing atop the Moselle, take time out to enjoy the local wine produce – routinely voted amongst the top three white wine varieties in the world.
  • Douro
    The Douro benefits from a long stretch winding between beautiful vineyards. Producing Portugal’s famed port wine, the Douro region possesses a slow and idyllic pace of life.

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Port wine and the flavours of the Douro

Port and Portugal are one and the same. It is impossible to imagine where the country would be without it. This rich aperitif is entwined within the cultural landscape, as prominent to the Douro as red wine is to Bordeaux and beer is to Bavaria.

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Nature

Get back to nature with a journey through some of most pristine, spectacular and biologically diverse landscapes.
  • Rhine
    Witness the picture perfect Rhine, including the majestic Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Steep, striking cliff faces are interrupted by winding roads, wine-producing vineyards and charming castles.
  • Douro
    Take to the waters of the Douro, on a canoeing excursion with expert guides, inviting you to truly experience this magnificent river for yourself. A fun and exciting activity, never to be forgotten.
  • Mekong
    Amongst the most biologically diverse rivers in the world, the Mekong's fertile banks have been supporting life for thousands of years. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the river's ecosystem is the second most diverse on the planet, providing a home for 20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and an estimated 250 species of fish.
  • Rhine
    Visit the 'Garden of Europe' and delight in the multicoloured carpet of flowers that stretch as far as the eye can see. A must-visit while in the Netherlands.

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Theatre & the Arts

An Emerald Waterways cruise provides ample opportunity to soak up an incredible array of Theatre & the Arts experiences.
  • Portugal
    Immerse yourself in the joy of Fado, Portugal's answer to the blues, on a Douro river cruise – from its roots in Lisbon to its influence on the culture of Porto and the Douro Valley.
  • Vienna
    Savour the music of Mozart and Strauss with an exclusive Viennese concert. Vienna’s inimitable Palais Liechtenstein is the setting for this unforgettable DiscoverMORE encounter, where you can enjoy a classical performance of Mozart and Strauss, glass of Austrian Sekt in hand.
  • Vietnam
    In Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, attend a traditional performance from the famous water puppets, dating back to the 11th century, this is a unique Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of historical significance.
  • Germany
    Bringing the culture to you, we invite a traditional Bavarian Band on-board to entertain you with their classic oompah sounds. A unique, wonderful experience, the band will perform traditional Bavarian music in authentic dress – something that will live on with you long after the river cruise has ended.

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Vienna City Guide

Considered by many to be the beating heart of Europe's Theatre & the Arts scene. Learn more about this city's incomparable artistic and intellectual legacy.

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Fine Dining & Cuisine

Expect truly memorable on board dining experiences, from start to finish on an Emerald Waterways river cruise.
  • Lyon
    If you’re looking for a little culinary culture, Lyon is the place to visit. Recognised as the food capital of the continent, the city is rich with amazing eateries where some of the world’s finest chefs serve up incredible dishes combining delicate French flavours with modern techniques.
  • Porto
    It’s impossible to overstate the rich depth of culinary tradition in Porto. With an endless larder of fresh seafood to the west and the fertile banks of the Douro to the east, Porto boasts some of the finest local produce and artisanal eats in Europe. This is where you can find some of the most iconic meals and drinks that you should try during your time in the country.
  • Southeast Asia
    Or, discover the intoxicating flavours of Southeast Asia and prepare to immerse yourself in a vibrant and colourful culinary journey on a Mekong river cruise.

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Culture & Architecture

Europe is blessed with a diverse collection of beautiful, ancient cities rich in culture and intrigue. The Danube, in particular, provides passage to a number of these cultural cities – making a river cruise the perfect way to explore these incredible sites of significance.
  • Vienna
    A central figure in the great Renaissance era, Vienna is full of cultural intrigue. It’s hard to turn a corner in the Austrian capital without happening upon a palace, famous music venue or time-honoured haunt of Mozart or Beethoven. With more than 100 art museums, the world’s oldest zoo and an abundance of esteemed Viennese cafés, there’s no end of things to see and do in Vienna.
  • Douro
    Nestled in landscaped grounds amid the spectacular Douro Valley World Heritage Site is Mateus Palace, a wonderful country retreat which stands as one of the finest examples of Baroque civil architecture in Portugal. DiscoverMORE invites you to explore Casa de Mateus inside and out, from its intricately carved 18th-century wooden ceilings to its collection of artworks, silverware and ceramics.
  • Budapest
    Hungarian capital, Budapest, has had a long love affair with the Danube, with many of Budapest’s highlights sitting proudly on the banks of the great waterway. This makes a river cruise the perfect way to get to the very heart of the city, and explore Budapest’s finest sites. Budapest’s undoubted highlight is the Hungarian Parliament building, a truly awe-inspiring spectacle on the bank of the Danube.
  • Koblenz
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is as powerful as it is inspiring. With DiscoverMORE, you can tour this extensive fortress’ site, which has been home to fortifications for close to 3,000 years. The fortress has a long and storied past, having withstood sieges by Louis the Great in the 17th century and providing a home to one of Christianity’s most sacred objects – the seamless robe of Jesus. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress still proudly wears the scars of its turbulent history for you to see.

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Disclaimer: Please note, inclusions and facilities differ by ships and destinations. Please ask our cruise experts for details of inclusions on your chosen itinerary.