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River cruises in Europe

Cruise your way through Europe's most famous rivers

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

 

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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.

 

Life on board an Emerald Waterways river cruise

 

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Some of our favourites

2018 Europe River Cruises

2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

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 £1,495
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

Danube Delights

8 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
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 £1,795 £1,295
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

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 £1,995 £1,495
2018 Cruises at 2017 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
2018 Cruises at 2017 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
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Arles > 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 £1,995 £1,495
2018 Cruises at 2017 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
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

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 £2,120 £1,870
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

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 £2,195 £1,695

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
from £2,195

The Classic Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Frankfurt
from £2,195

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
from £2,195
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

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 £2,195 £1,695
2018 Cruises at 2017 Prices.

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
from £2,495 £1,995

2017 Europe River Cruises

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Danube Delights

8 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
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 £1,795 £1,145
Red Hot Offers

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 £1,895 £1,445

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Arles > 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 £2,095 £1,845
Red Hot Offers

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

10 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 £2,095 £1,645
Red Hot Offers

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 £2,195 £1,545
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 £2,395 £2,145

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 £2,570
Red Hot Offers

Rhine - Main Discovery Christmas Markets

8 days
Nuremberg > Amsterdam
World Heritage-listed Medieval towns, Baroque palaces, and picturesque villages intertwine with unrivalled natural beauty and sloping vineyards, while Christmas markets invite the festive spirit.
from £2,645 £2,195
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 £2,745 £2,095
Red Hot Offers

Rhine - Main Discovery

8 days
Nuremberg > Amsterdam
The Rhine’s legendary status is accompanied by the unspoilt countryside, fairy tale towns and ancient fortresses that scatter its banks, all are waiting to be explored during insightful guided tours.
from £2,945 £2,295
Red Hot Offers

Splendours of Europe River Cruise

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Beginning in Budapest, your colossal journey through Slovakia, Austria Germany and the Netherlands, boasts World Heritage-listed sites, historic cities and beautiful landscapes, between capitals.
from £4,295 £3,645

"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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