Tours & Cruises

Explore Europe's most beautiful rivers in intimate detail with Emerald Waterways

Danube River Cruises

Weaving through the heart of Europe, the Danube is one of the great icons of the continent. From its source in Germany’s Black Forest to its mouth at the Black Sea, the river passes through ten countries and a handful of beloved capitals – showcasing the very best of western and eastern Europe in a single, uninterrupted journey.

Our deluxe river cruise itineraries capture the Danube in all its diversity and splendour. Whether cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Austria’s Wachau Valley with EmeraldACTIVE or immersing in the local customs of Bratislava with EmeraldPLUS, we’ve handcrafted a collection of Danube river tours that offer the perfect introduction to the highlights of the river.

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Main River Cruises

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Discover the beauty of southern Germany in greater detail with a cruise on the Main River. This Germanic waterway flows west to east across the breadth of the country, connecting the Rhine and Danube rivers to form one of Europe’s most significant trade routes, the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. History, heritage and traditions abound on the banks of the Main, helping you experience the cultural bounty of Bavaria.

To make your journey on the Main River truly special, our Cruise Specialists have handpicked an exciting collection of inclusive excursions and events. From wine tasting in Würzburg’s Bishops’ Residenz with EmeraldPLUS to a guided EmeraldACTIVE hike through the pretty landscapes of medieval Miltenberg – our tailored Main river cruises will help you discover more in beautiful Germany.

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Rhine River Cruises

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The Rhine River has played a pivotal role in the history of Europe, its banks lined with age-old castles and medieval towns which tell of the region’s rich history. From the Black Forest and the Rhine Gorge to the celebrated cities of Cologne and Amsterdam, this influential passageway hosts some of the foremost highlights and destinations on the continent.

Our Cruise Specialists have pieced together an inspiring range of Rhine river cruises, each giving an in-depth showcase of the river. Whether exploring beautiful Strasbourg on an EmeraldPLUS guided canal tour or weaving a path through the enchanting trails of the Black Forest with EmeraldACTIVE – you’re guaranteed a Rhine discovery tour like no other.

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Rhône River Cruises

Immerse yourself in the joie de vivre of the South of France with a cruise on the beautiful Rhône River. Few rivers capture the spirit of a region quite like this beloved French waterway, its banks lined with historic wine chateaux and rolling lavender fields which speak of the beauty and romance of Provence.

From Lyon to Arles, your Rhône river journey is complemented by a collection of fully-inclusive EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions which elevate your experience. Cycle the cobblestones of Lyon to uncover the city’s culinary bent; sample the local produce of Tournon with a guided food and wine tasting; or hike the sunflower-laden landscapes of Avignon. With Emerald Waterways, there’s always something new to discover.

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Douro River Cruises

Olá and welcome to Portugal, where the great River Douro cuts a stunning swathe through a region of irreplaceable beauty and heritage. Portugal’s second-longest river is also its most beautiful, with the Douro lauded for its fertile valleys and vineyards, as well as the spectacular destinations of Porto, Pinhão and Vega de Terron.

Our Douro river cruises are complemented by a collection of excursions and events which help you immerse in the beauty and culture of the river. Whether tasting authentic port wine amid the beautiful Quinta da Pacheca with EmeraldPLUS, canoeing through the awe-inspiring Coa Valley with EmeraldACTIVE, or adding to your experience with a DiscoverMORE* excursion to the exquisite Mateus Manor House – our Douro river cruises let you experience this majestic passageway at your own pace.

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Volga River Cruises

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The enigma of Mother Russia is yours to unravel with an unforgettable river tour on the mighty Volga. Europe’s longest and most influential passage, the Volga is interwoven into the very fabric of Russian culture, folklore and traditions. On its banks, you’ll discover charming villages and beauty spots as well as the momentous cities of St Petersburg and Moscow – all in the contemporary luxury you can expect from Emerald Waterways.

To bring even more opportunities for discovery to your Volga river journey, you can choose from a selection of inclusive shore excursions and events. From an immersive tour of Moscow’s Soviet-era landmarks with EmeraldPLUS to a cycling event on the elegant boulevards of St Petersburg with EmeraldACTIVE – the grandeur, diversity and rich traditions of Russia are revealed on the course of this great river.

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Irrawaddy River Cruises

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Immortalised by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the road to Mandalay’, the Irrawaddy is a river of untold colour, mystery and heritage, bringing life to the people of Myanmar for thousands of years. Dotted with shrines, temples, pagodas and humble villages, the course of the Irrawaddy is as unique as it is endearing, and travelling its passage promises an adventure to remember.

Few westerners have explored the riches of the Irrawaddy Delta, and our three unforgettable river cruise itineraries afford travel to regions inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. Complementing your journey is a collection of handpicked EmeraldACTIVE and DiscoverMORE* excursions that immerse you deeper in the beauty and heritage of the region – from a special visit to a local school in Yandabo to an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the temples of Bagan.

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Mekong River Cruises

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Experience the exoticism of Southeast Asia with a tour of the mystical Mekong, a river whose meandering course provides inspiring passage through the diverse landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. Discover colourful lands where few westerners have tread and encounter cultures, customs and traditions generations in the making – from the vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh City to the spiritual cradle of Siem Reap.

Travel the Mekong with Emerald Waterways and experience the highlights of the river in greater depth with EmeraldPLUS. From a visit to the charming floating markets of Cai Be and a tour of Ho Chi Minh’s infamous Cu Chi Tunnels to a cyclo-tour through the vibrant streets of Phnom Penh and a cultural showcase at the dazzling Temples of Angkor – Emerald Waterways takes you deeper into the heart of the Mekong, for a journey like no other.

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Nile River Cruises

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The cradle of civilisation and a lifeblood to millions, the Nile River is the world’s most iconic waterway, held sacred by local people for its indelible impact and influence through the ages. From its source in Rwanda to its mouth on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, the river flows through 11 countries on its epic 4,258-mile journey, bringing life to the countless people who choose to settle on its banks.

The Nile has long been one of the world’s most popular river cruise destinations, enchanting many curious travellers with its ancient heritage and beauty. Our Nile river cruise itineraries capture the golden age of Nile river travel, with special EmeraldPLUS excursions bringing you closer to the historic icons of the river – from the Valley of the Kings to the magnificent spectacle of Aswan Dam.

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Dalmatian Coast Cruises

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Take to the clear, blue waters of the Adriatic as we bring you a collection of exclusive ocean cruise itineraries on the serene coast of Dalmatia. This ancient region, which today forms part of Croatia, is celebrated for its exquisite islands and coastal beauty, and is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations of the Mediterranean Sea.

Join us on-board our exclusively chartered yacht, MV Adriatic Princess II, as we plot a relaxed course from island to island along the Dalmatian seaboard, calling at beloved destinations including Hvar, Dubrovnik and Brač island. Your journey is complemented by a collection of special EmeraldPLUS excursions which invite you to discover more of what the region has to offer – from wine tasting on Pelješac peninsula to a visit to a traditional stone masonry school in Pučišća.

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