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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

SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,045 £1,545
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £1,395
SUMMER SALE 2019

Danube Explorer

8 days
Budapest > Passau
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 £2,095 £1,395
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,195 £1,695
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,295 £1,595
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,295 £1,595
SUMMER SALE 2019

Sensations of Lyon & Provence

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 £2,345 £1,645
SUMMER SALE 2019

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
Wine-lovers will relish a journey to the centre of the Franconian wine country to taste local produce in the beautiful setting of the Bishop’s Cellar in Wurzburg.
from £2,395 £1,695
SUMMER SALE 2019

Classic Danube

8 days
Vienna > Munich
from £2,395 £1,695
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,445 £1,745
SUMMER SALE 2019

Danube Delights & Classic Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £2,445 £1,945

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from £2,445
SUMMER SALE 2019

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

Danube Explorer & Nuremberg

10 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
The iconic Danube river guides you on a gentle journey, enabling you to soak up Europe’s cultural wonders at leisure.
from £2,645

Budapest & Classic Danube

10 days
Budapest > Munich
from £2,670
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,695 £2,395
SUMMER SALE 2019

Prague & Danube Explorer

11 days
Prague > Munich
From the beauty of Bohemia and Prague to the heritage highlights of the iconic Danube, this 11-day city break and river cruise showcases some of the finest destinations in Europe.
from £2,720 £2,020
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,745 £2,395
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,795 £2,095
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £2,865 £2,165
SUMMER SALE 2019

Prague & Lower Danube Waltz

11 days
Prague > Belgrade
from £2,920 £2,420

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 £3,195
SUMMER SALE 2019

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
SUMMER SALE 2019

Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

11 days
Bucharest > Budapest
Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe.
from £3,020 £2,670
SUMMER SALE 2019

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Marseille > Geneva
from £3,065 £2,365

Prague to Nuremberg & Danube Explorer

13 days
Prague > Nuremberg
from £3,070
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £3,070 £2,770
SUMMER SALE 2019

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from £3,095 £2,395
SUMMER SALE 2019

Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Basel > Brussels
Take a journey from Basil to Bruges in this stunning 10 day itinerary. You start by exploring the modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise.
from £3,145 £2,645
SUMMER SALE 2019

Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,195 £2,495

Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,220 £2,720

Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Marseille > Lyon
from £3,220 £2,720
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £3,245 £2,695

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

10 days
Madrid > Porto
from £3,315

Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £3,620
SUMMER SALE 2019

Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

13 days
Madrid > Lisbon
Begin your 13 day adventure in Madrid and soak up the culture before travelling to Porto to begin your river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley.
from £3,690 £3,390

Aix-en-Provence to Geneva & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Marseille > Geneva
from £3,690

Zurich – Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

13 days
Zurich > Bruges
from £3,795
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £4,045 £3,745
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £4,245 £3,745

Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from £4,470

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Nuremberg
from £4,595

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Munich
from £4,595
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £4,670 £4,370
SUMMER SALE 2019

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 £4,670 £4,170

Rhine & Rhone River Cruises

15 days
Amsterdam > Nice
From Amsterdam to Nice, your 15 day cruise & tour will see you pass through four countries including France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.
from £4,925

Three Rivers Discovery

15 days
Porto > Nice
On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Pocinho, Lyon & Avignon.
from £4,945

Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from £6,595

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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