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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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Take a sneak peak at what life is like on board an award-winning Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

"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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