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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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2017: New Routes and More Itineraries Than Ever


Exploring more of Europe’s history, culture and beauty than ever before, 2017 is set to be an exciting year for Emerald Waterways. With three new ships joining the fleet, Emerald Waterways will take more guests on unforgettable journeys in Europe than ever before.

Emerald Radiance is navigating the beautiful Douro, through some of Portugal’s most serene and stunning countryside. Round-trips from the ancient city of Porto take guests through the country’s famed port-producing vineyards and towards the Spanish border, where you can enjoy a visit to the medieval walled city of Salamanca.

Also joining the fleet, Emerald Liberté has been custom-built to provide a true taste of charming France as she navigates our new Sensations of Southern France river cruise from foodie hotspot Lyon to awe-inspiring Avignon. And finally, the brand new Emerald Destiny will be helping us increase our ever-popular river cruise itineraries through the Danube, Rhine and Main.  


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.


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2018 Europe River Cruises

Christmas Savings

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 £1,745 £1,545
Christmas Savings

Danube Delights Christmas Markets

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 £1,495
Christmas Savings

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 £2,095 £1,495

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
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 £2,120 £1,895
Christmas Savings

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 £2,195 £1,795
Christmas Savings

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Journey through Germany on this 8-day Rhine river cruise, brand new for 2018
from £2,195 £1,795
Christmas Savings

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 £2,195 £1,695
Christmas Savings

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 £1,795
Christmas Savings

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 £2,295 £1,695
Christmas Savings

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 £1,995

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

11 days
Porto > Lisbon
Embark on a journey of rising riverbank vineyards, Baroque villages and vibrant nightlife ending with a three-night stay in the lively Portuguese capital Lisbon.
from £2,520
Christmas Savings

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 £1,995
Christmas Savings

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

11 days
Prague > Budapest
Extend your journey with a three-night stay in the Czech capital, before your journey towards Budapest invites the beauty of Bavaria, lunch with a Slovakian family and magnificent Vienna.
from £2,995 £2,595
Christmas Savings

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 £3,145 £2,745
Christmas Savings

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
from £3,295 £2,895

2017 Europe River Cruises

"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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Travel in luxury

A cruise through Europe’s historic river system is the perfect way to unearth the enriching highlights of the continent. Travel in luxury on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, and let the unforgettable sights come to you.
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