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River cruises in Europe

Europe’s enchanting network of rivers sweep through culture-rich cities, towns as old as time, and regions of unparalleled beauty. A river cruise in Europe provides the most captivating passage through the history of this diverse continent.

From the fairy-tale Rhine region, blessed with its collection of medieval castles, to the sun-drenched vineyards of the Douro, many of Europe’s most beautiful places can be explored on-board a luxury river cruise.

With expert-led guided tours, exclusive excursions and delicious dining, an Emerald Waterways river cruise is like no other. 

  • Cruise the mighty Danube, the historical Rhine, the beautiful Rhône or the peaceful Douro
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with our EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences 
  • Well-appointed suites and spacious public spaces make an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship the perfect base for a European river cruise

These are the European rivers you can sail with Emerald Waterways:

  • Danube
  • Rhine
  • Main 
  • Rhône
  • Douro

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Discover the Rivers of Europe in style...

With itineraries ranging in length from eight to fifteen days, our river cruises along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Douro and Rhône off er an insight into the history of each magnifi cent waterway. What were once integral trade routes are now gateways to cultural enlightenment, to be navigated in style on-board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

The Rhine is a reminder of the historical region’s diverse and eventful past, while the Main explores the states of Bavaria and is the primary transportation route for Frankfurt’s industrial region.

As Europe’s second-longest river, the Danube stretches through 10 countries, flowing through breath-taking landscapes that boast architectural masterpieces and cultural landmarks.

The Douro snakes its way from Spain, through Portugal, its banks lined with quaint villages and world-famous vineyards, while the Rhône, France’s second-longest river, has served as an important trade route through centuries of change and revolution.

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Delve Deeper into the Culture and Beauty of Europe

Each and every one of our river cruise itineraries has been lovingly crafted to take you on a journey of discovery through the cities and regions we visit. Our guided tours and exclusive excursions help you truly immerse yourself in some of Europe’s most captivating cultural centres.

Local English-speaking experts are on-hand to share their regional knowledge; from the Renaissance cities dotted along the Danube, to the peaceful villages gazing over the Rhône, you’ll be treated to a wealth of local insight, leaving you enriched and charmed.

Adding even more value to an Emerald Waterways river cruise through Europe, every itinerary includes at least one EmeraldPLUS opportunity. EmeraldPLUS is our exclusive excursion programme, helping you delve further into local culture - from dining at a local family’s home in Bratislava to enjoying the musical stylings of a traditional Rhine Valley musical troupe.

 

Explore our European itineraries

European River Cruise 2019

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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
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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
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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 £2,095 £1,595
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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 £2,145 £1,745
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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 £2,195 £1,695
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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 £2,195 £1,695
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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
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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 £2,295 £1,795
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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 £1,795
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
from £2,395 £1,895
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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 £2,395 £1,895
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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 £1,945
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Danube Delights & Classic Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £2,445 £1,945
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Nuremberg & Danube Explorer

10 days
Nuremberg > Budapest
from £2,445 £1,945
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The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from £2,445 £1,945
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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
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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 £2,520 £2,020
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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 £2,595 £2,245
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Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £2,620 £2,120
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Classic Danube & Budapest

10 days
Munich > Budapest
from £2,670 £2,170
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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 £2,295
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Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Nice > Geneva
from £2,815 £2,315
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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 £2,365
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Prague to Nuremberg & Danube Explorer

13 days
Prague > Nuremberg
from £2,870 £2,370
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Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

11 days
Bucharest > Budapest
from £2,870 £2,520
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Prague & Lower Danube Waltz

11 days
Prague > Belgrade
from £2,920 £2,420
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Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Aix-en-Provence

11 days
Lyon > Marseille
from £2,970 £2,470
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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 £2,995 £2,495
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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
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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 £2,570
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The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from £3,095 £2,595
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Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Basel > Bruges
from £3,145 £2,645
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Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,195 £2,695
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Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from £3,220 £2,720
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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

10 days
Madrid > Porto
from £3,315 £2,815

Discover Croatia and The Islands of Dalmatia

16 days
Dubrovnik > Budapest
from £3,470
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Splendours of Europe

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
From Budapest to Amsterdam, this 15 day Splendours of Europe river cruise will take you through some of Europe's most historic towns & cities including Vienna.
from £3,495 £2,995
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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 £3,190
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Aix-en-Provence to Geneva & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Marseille > Geneva
from £3,690 £3,190
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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 £3,795 £3,295
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Zurich – Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

13 days
Zurich > Bruges
from £3,795 £3,295
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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 £3,920 £3,420
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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 £4,170 £3,670
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Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Munich
from £4,195 £3,695
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Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from £4,220 £3,720
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Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Nuremberg
from £4,295 £4,045
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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 £4,625 £4,375
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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 £4,695 £4,445
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Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from £6,195 £5,945

European River Cruise 2018

Festive Delights of the Danube with Mary Berry

8 days
Munich > Budapest
from £1,895

Ballroom Dancing on the Danube

8 days
Budapest > Passau
from £2,495
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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 £2,545 £2,245

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 £2,395
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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 £2,695 £2,195
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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 £2,920 £2,620
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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 £3,395 £2,395
Red Hot Offers

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 £3,195 £2,895
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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
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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 £3,195 £2,395
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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 £3,295 £2,795
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Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Lyon > Nice
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 £3,395 £2,395
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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 £3,945 £3,445

Explore our European itineraries

"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

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