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The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities.

The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities. Multiple capitals - including Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade – sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, providing Danube river cruise guests with an insight into the history of the continent.

The Danube passes through 10 different countries (more than any other river in the world), and has long been an important trade route and military vantage point. Many of Europe’s finest architectural sights are found along this river.

Choose Emerald Waterways to explore the delights of the Danube and take advantage of our carefully-crafted excursions, world-class dining experiences and, of course, the in-depth knowledge of our friendly staff.

  • Experience the beauty of Budapest, the culture of Vienna and the history of medieval Germany
  • Experience the history and culture of the Danube with EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • Savour the majestic surroundings in absolute luxury as you journey on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship

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Capital Cities
2nd Longest
River in Europe
Miles Long

A Journey Through Europe’s History and Cultural Evolution

Danube luxury cruises



From the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube cuts a dramatic course through Europe, taking in 10 countries and countless cities, towns, villages and settlements. From opulent cities to unspoiled countryside, the Danube travels through some of the continent’s most wonderful sights, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Iron Gates.

A Danube river cruise with Emerald Waterways will take you to the heart of the continent’s most beautiful and influential cities. Our guests are invited to explore Vienna’s rich musical heritage or the religious significance of Melk during a Danube river cruise, experience local life in Bratislava and revel in Austria’s winemaking heritage – no two days on a Danube river cruise are ever alike. 

Follow the Danube in Absolute Luxury

Five Emerald Waterways Star-Ships will navigate the beautiful Danube, providing a luxurious base for guests looking to explore the beauty of the river. Elegantly-appointed suites and staterooms offer a relaxing retreat after another enriching day exploring this amazing waterway.

Every detail aboard the Emerald Waterways Star-Ships has been carefully crafted. Each ship boasts an extensive open-air Sun Deck complete with dining venue, The Terrace – the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining, a drink or two, and the beautiful views across the Danube.

Our attentive on-board team will attend to your every need and our skilled chefs will take you on a journey of their own, through the tastes and culinary experiences of modern Europe.  


The cabin was immaculate and comfortable, with plenty of space to relax and unwind after a long day exploring the beautiful cities along the Danube. 

Mr Wilson

We have just returned from a Danube Delights cruise on Emerald Star and can honestly say the whole week was brilliant. The ship itself was modern and clean, and our cabin was extremely well designed in terms of space and storage. Servicing of the cabin was excellent, being checked twice every day of the journey. 

Patricia Ball

Discover The Danube With Emerald Waterways

2019 Danube River Cruises

2019 at 2018 Prices

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 £1,795 £1,295
2019 at 2018 Prices

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 £1,895 £1,395
2019 at 2018 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
2019 at 2018 Prices

Danube Delights & Classic Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from £2,295 £1,795
2019 at 2018 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 £2,295 £1,795
2019 at 2018 Prices

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Nuremberg > Frankfurt
Bavaria is brought to life during excursions to UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns whilst every corner turned on this journey down the Moselle, Rhine and Main unveils rich history.
from £2,295 £1,795

2019 Danube River Cruises

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