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There’s nothing quite like a luxury river cruise, and once you’ve sampled this refined form of travel you’ll never settle for anything less. Holidaying on the world’s rivers brings boundless discovery no matter what type of traveller you are, and a huge variety of inclusive excursions means you’re always in control of the tempo of your trip.


Since launching our first Star-Ship on the rivers of Europe in 2014, our deluxe river cruise offering has garnered fans across the globe. From the classic routes of the continent to the far-flung passageways of Southeast Asia, we’ve welcomed thousands of curious travellers on-board our luxury fleet – each keen to share in the joys of river travel.


Immortalised as Kipling’s ‘road to Mandalay’, the Irrawaddy is your passage through ancient and storied lands, where colourful temples, pagodas and stupas dot the landscape, and local people hold true to a humble way of life centuries in the making.


From the Valdai Hills to the Caspian Sea, the great Volga weaves through the heart of central Russia, connecting powerful cities like St Petersburg and Moscow with the vast and remote landscapes of the Russian west. The river has had a profound influence on Russia’s culture, customs, traditions and folklore, and is often referred to as Volga-Matushka or Mother Volga – thanks to its life-giving properties


From the fertile vineyards of southern France to the imposing fortresses of the Rhineland, the colourful quintas of rural Portugal to the time-forgotten villages of Bulgaria, Europe boasts some of the world’s most iconic destinations – and you’ll experience the very best of them with a river cruise from Emerald Waterways.


Organising group travel can be complicated and stressful, especially if you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations. A European river cruise is a great choice for such a trip, and at Emerald Waterways, we’ve made it our mission to make travelling in a group as simple and affordable as possible.


Here, we look at 10 reasons why Lyon remains the culinary capital of the world some 80 years since Curnonsky’s ringing endorsement – from its heartening bouchons and inspired specialities, to its legacy of churning out history’s finest chefs and gastronomes.


Here, we talk to Reservations Specialist, Sophie Pearson, about life at Emerald Waterways, and pick her brain for advice for first-time river cruisers.


At Emerald Waterways, we are thrilled to announce that Emerald Liberté, the third in our trio of new Star-Ships for 2017, was christened on Sunday 1st October in Lyon, France – marking the launch of our first dedicated French river ship.


Serenaded by the magical Douro, Porto is Portugal’s second city only in size - it rightfully stakes its claim as one of Europe’s  most desirable, unique and atmospheric destinations. Steeped in history, Porto was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and proudly illustrates a history spanning as far back as the 4th century BC through its rich collection of diverse, awe-inspiring monuments.

Providing a healthy challenge, Porto’s rolling landscape and climbing streets provide the perfect opportunity to see this quintessential urban paradise from a variety of perspectives – best served with a dash of Port, your Emerald Waterways Cruise Experts have mapped out the perfect itinerary to uncover this truly spectacular destination.

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