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Emerald Waterways River Cruises

Explore the world’s most beautiful rivers

An Emerald Waterways river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey across some of the world’s most enchanting rivers. From culture-rich cities to world-famous wine regions, Emerald Waterways represents a new chapter in the world of river cruising.

Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary Star-Ships promise contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations, while our generous fully-inclusive offering combines affordability with great dining, exceptional service and immersive itineraries across Europe and Asia. 

We take great pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing and insightful river cruise experience, whether you’re sailing on-board our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day. 

From the Danube, which dissects 10 European countries and nearly as many ancient capitals, to the mystic and mysterious Mekong, which glides through the beauty of Cambodia and Vietnam; every river explored by Emerald Waterways offers a unique experience.

Which rivers do Emerald Waterways explore?

  • Danube
  • Rhine
  • Main 
  • Rhône
  • Douro
  • Mekong

 

7
Ships
7
Rivers
2014
First Sailing
1:3
Staff: Guest Ratio

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The Emerald Waterways Experience

With return flights, transfers, all on-board meals, complimentary drinks, tips and much more included in the price of an Emerald Waterways river cruise, we’ve taken care of everything. Our attentive team of crew, sommeliers and personal butlers are available day and night to ensure every minute on-board the Emerald Waterways fleet is as enriching, enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Every Emerald Waterways river cruise benefits from the knowledgeable presence of one of our highly skilled Cruise Directors. These regional experts are always on hand to share their near-limitless repertoire, acting as on-board tour guide, storyteller, and problem-solver.

Helping you explore the authentic culture and history of the regions visited, every Emerald Waterways river cruise features at least one EmeraldPLUS excursion. These expert-led experiences take you to the places out of reach of the ordinary visitor, into the very heart of the destinations visited.   

 

Life on board an Emerald Waterways river cruise

 

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Some of our Favourites

2019 river cruises

2019 at 2018 Prices

Danube Delights

8 days
Budapest > Munich
An unforgettable cruise down the iconic Danube & through the heart of old Europe. Walking tours, invitations into the homes of locals & sightseeing excursions showcase the magnificence of yesteryear.
from £1,895 £1,395
2019 at 2018 Prices

Sensations of Lyon & Provence River Cruise

8 days
Lyon > Marseille
Journey to France's gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on-board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale.
from £1,995 £1,495
2019 at 2018 Prices

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.
from £1,995 £1,495
2019 at 2018 Prices

Danube Explorer

8 days
Passau > Budapest
Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.
from £1,995 £1,495
2019 at 2018 Prices

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
With the spirit of Christmas hanging in the air, you’ll explore the heritage treasures of the Rhine, from Cologne to the Black Forest whilst visiting Germany’s world-famous Christkindlmarkts.
from £2,095 £1,595
2019 at 2018 Prices

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.
from £2,095 £1,595
2019 at 2018 Prices

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Your journey through Germany includes a visit to see Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, while Koblenz, Mannheim’s beautiful architecture the Black Forest will be sure to amaze.
from £2,195 £1,695
2019 at 2018 Prices

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Get to know Holland and Belgium's past and present with this exciting itinerary visiting vibrant capital cities, UNESCO World Heritage listed windmills, battle grounds and magnificent architecture.
from £2,195 £1,695
2019 at 2018 Prices

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
from £2,295 £1,795
2019 at 2018 Prices

Danube Delights & Classic Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £2,295 £1,795
2019 at 2018 Prices

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 days
Bucharest > Budapest
As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
from £2,295 £1,795
2019 at 2018 Prices

Classic Danube

8 days
Munich > Vienna
Beginning in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, this 8-day Classic Danube itinerary offers a trip through Germany's military past, the medieval city of Regensburg and an immersive experience in Austria.
from £2,345 £1,845
2019 at 2018 Prices

Danube Explorer & Prague

11 days
Munich > Prague
Spectacular European heritage mingles with stunning scenery on this remarkable journey, which includes an eight-day river cruise on the Danube and a three-night stay in the Czech capital of Prague.
from £2,370 £1,870
2019 at 2018 Prices

Secrets of the Douro

8 days
Porto > Porto
On this 8 day roundtrip cruise from Porto, discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.
from £2,445 £1,945
2019 at 2018 Prices

Lower Danube Waltz

8 days
Vienna > Belgrade
Tour Vienna's main attractions, before enjoying a guided tour of Budapest. Sail to the Hungarian-Croatian border and join a Croatian family for lunch, whilst Belgrade reveals Serbia's hidden gems.
from £2,495 £1,995
2019 at 2018 Prices

Classic Danube & Budapest

10 days
Munich > Budapest
from £2,600 £2,100
2019 at 2018 Prices

Budapest & Enchantment of Eastern Europe

11 days
Budapest > Bucharest
This 11-day itinerary transports you from the heritage of Budapest to the backwaters of eastern Europe, where cities once shrouded in secrecy, now offer up a treasure trove of customs and traditions.
from £2,650 £2,150
2019 at 2018 Prices

Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

11 days
Prague > Trier
From the momentous cityscape of Prague to the serene beauty of the Moselle, join us as we tour Europe from the Czech Republic and on to the timeless passage of the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers.
from £2,670 £2,170
2019 at 2018 Prices

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

10 days
Berlin > Basel
Enjoy an enriching two-night city break in Berlin, experiencing the diverse culture of the German capital, before taking the classic passage of the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers across Germany.
from £2,695 £2,195
2019 at 2018 Prices

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

11 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
This itinerary includes a night in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle – providing an extraordinary experience in central Europe.
from £2,795 £2,295
2019 at 2018 Prices

Christmas Markets on the Danube

8 days
Budapest > Munich
This festive twist on our classic Danube itinerary makes time for explorations of quirky Budapest, the Christmas markets of Regensburg and marvelling at Vienna’s iconic architecture.
from £2,795 £2,295
2019 at 2018 Prices

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

11 days
Lisbon > Porto
Immerse yourself in authentic Lisbon before taking to the Douro. Leaving the metropolis of Porto behind, you will navigate a path through Portugal’s countryside where vineyards and landmarks await.
from £2,820 £2,320
2019 Preview - Russia

The Imperial Charms of Russia

12 days
St Petersburg > Moscow
Discover the many wonders of Russia’s cultural history, captivating cities and imperial grandeur on this 12 day Russian River Cruise
from £2,995 £2,495
2019 at 2018 Prices

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Get in the festive spirit as you navigate the width of Germany, the home of Christmas markets. Sip mulled wine and collect gifts as you enjoy the Rhine’s new wintery personality.
from £3,095 £2,595
2019 at 2018 Prices

Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,145 £2,645
2019 at 2018 Prices

Splendours of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Begin your 15 day Splendours of Europe river cruise in Amsterdam, before navigating the waters through Germany, Austria and Hungary. End in beautiful Budapest.
from £3,195 £2,695
2019 at 2018 Prices

Prague & Splendours of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
From Prague to Amsterdam this 18-day river cruise and city stay is a feast of enrichment. The journey, which takes place on the Danube, Main and Rhine, whisks you between five illustrious capitals.
from £3,670 £3,170
2019 at 2018 Prices

Splendours of Europe & Prague

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
As if journeying the breadth of the continent wasn’t memorable enough, we’ve combined our river cruise with a three-day city break in Prague – affording more opportunity for enrichment and wonder.
from £3,770 £3,270

2018 river cruises

Festive Delights of the Danube with Mary Berry

8 days
Munich > Budapest
from £1,795

Ballroom Dancing on the Danube

8 days
Budapest > Passau
from £2,295

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
from £2,395
Red Hot Offers

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Nuremberg > Frankfurt
UNESCO World Heritage-listed locations and picturesque towns make up this historically-rich itinerary, while vineyards and natural beauty create stunning riverbank backdrops.
from £2,395 £1,895

Secrets of the Douro

8 days
Porto > Porto
Terraced vineyards rise from riverbanks and Baroque villages remain a marvellous reminder of the past. Experience Roman Salamanca for its vibrant nightlife, and try Porto’s famous fortified wine.
from £2,445 £2,295
Red Hot Offers

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Lyon > Marseille
Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers
from £2,595 £1,695
Red Hot Offers

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 days
Budapest > Bucharest
As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
from £2,595 £2,095
Red Hot Offers

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

11 days
Lisbon > Porto
Start your journey with a three-night stay in the lively Portuguese capital, before embarking on a journey of rising riverbank vineyards, Baroque villages and vibrant nightlife.
from £2,870 £2,570
Red Hot Offers

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Get to know Holland and Belgium's past and present with this exciting itinerary visiting vibrant capital cities, UNESCO World Heritage listed windmills, battle grounds and magnificent architecture.
from £3,195 £2,195
Red Hot Offers

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

11 days
Budapest > Prague
Extend your journey with a three-night stay in the Czech capital, after your journey from Budapest invites the beauty of Bavaria, lunch with a Slovakian family and magnificent Vienna.
from £2,995 £2,495
Red Hot Offers

The Classic Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Frankfurt
Starting in the Dutch capital, enjoy guided bike tours and museum visits before sailing the beauty of the Rhine on this brand new river cruise for 2018
from £2,995 £2,295
Red Hot Offers

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Journey through Germany on this 8-day Rhine river cruise, brand new for 2018
from £3,195 £2,695
Red Hot Offers

Sensations of Southern France & Nice

11 days
Lyon > Nice
Set sail on the Rhône & Saône, celebrating France’s past & present through awe-inspiring historic landmarks and traditional fare before ending in Nice for a three-night stay, visiting Monte Carlo.
from £3,245 £2,945
Red Hot Offers

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Basel > Amsterdam
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey on the Rhine, beginning in Basel explore the Black Forest region, Koblenz and Cologne on its route.
from £3,495 £2,995

Splendours of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Beginning in quirky Amsterdam, your colossal journey through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, boasts World Heritage-listed sites, historic cities and beautiful landscapes, between capitals.
from £3,995

Some of our Favourites

"Never having done a river cruise before, we found it most enjoyable!"

Mr & Mrs Romeo

"The cool way to cruise in Europe." 

Jane Knight, The Times Travel Editor

Call us today on 0808 271 7608 to book

It's all included in the price
Your choice
of airport

Return economy flights from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh, seamless transfers to and from your ship and even our No Fly option on selected cruises.

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Excursions almost every day

Look forward to an excursion or guided tour on almost every day, our English-speaking guides will bring your destination to life.

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All meals included

Our experienced onboard chefs ensure that every dining experience showcases a combination of regional cuisine and seasonal produce. From a heartly buffet breakfast, to a five-course a la carte menu, it's all included in the price of your cruise.

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