LGBT friendly river cruising

Emerald Waterways is proud to have created itineraries visiting some of Europe's most welcoming and diverse cities

At Emerald Waterways we are experts at creating itineraries with a wide appeal, visiting numerous interesting and diverse cities as you cruise the iconic rivers of Europe. We also understand there are sometimes additional considerations to take into account when choosing your holiday destination. With this in mind we hope the following information will be of benefit when deciding which of our sensational itineraries to choose.

The DIVA Awards 2018

Emerald Waterways are delighted to announce we were one of the few brands shortlisted in the prestigious "Brand of the Year" category at the 2018 Diva Awards!

The Brand of the Year category gives recognition to brands or organisations who either portray LBT+ women in a progressive, positive light, or which actively reaches out to the LBT+ community. Since launching the UK’s very first LGBT river cruise, Emerald Waterways has worked passionately to promote our river cruises to the LBT+ market. 
Key dates
We've selected a number of key dates in our favourite cities that you can look to explore on a 2019 river cruise with Emerald Waterways
  • Budapest - 7th July 2019 - Budapest Pride
  • Lisbon - Mid-June Pride 2019
  • Marseille - 6th July 2019 - Marseille Pride
  • Berlin - 27th July 2019 - Berlin Pride
  • Zurich - 8th June - 17th June 2019 - CSD Zurich
  • Vienna - 1st June - 26th June 2019 - Vienna Pride
  • Cologne - 5th July - 7th July 2019 - Cologne Pride
  • Munich - 13th July - 14th July 2019 - CSD Munich
  • Frankfurt - 19th July - 21st July 2019 - CSD Frankfurt
  • Amsterdam - 27th July - 4th Aug 2019 - Amsterdam Pride
  • Antwerp - 8th Aug - 12th Aug 2019 - Antwerp Pride
  • Prague - August 2019 - Prague Pride

Cities of interest

  • Amsterdam
    Amsterdam is famous for its tolerant and open atmosphere and has an extensive and open gay scene. Find bars, café’s and clubs on and around Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amstel and Kerkstraat and closer to Dam Square on Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk.
  • Antwerp
    Antwerp, the city of famous painter Rubens, has a small but lively gay scene close to the harbour, with several popular bars and clubs including ‘Strange’, located on Dambruggestraat 161, Centre, which was the first and thus oldest gay cafe in Antwerp.
  • Budapest
    Budapest is a large city with over 1.7 million people living there and considered as one of the most beautiful Cities in Europe. There is an extensive gay scene, with numerous gay bars, café’s and clubs which are mostly located a stroll from Elisabeth Bridge which crosses the Danube River, along which your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship will dock.
  • Cologne
    Cologne has one of the biggest gay communities in Germany. Close to the Rhine River where your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship will dock, Cologne has a vast amount of gay bars, cafés and clubs located on Schaafenstrasse and Colognes Gay Pride, the CSD Christopher Street Day is one of the biggest Prides in Europe.
  • Prague
    Prague is one of Europe’s historical gems, adorned with stunning architecture, medieval lanes and a majestic castle. Prague’s vibrant gay scene is easy to navigate, with most of the nightlife located in the Vinohrady area, close to the City centre and the Old Town.
  • Vienna
    The beautiful historical centre of Vienna is packed with historical sights and it is here you will find most of the famous buildings and tourist attractions. The area with many of the gay bars, café’s and clubs can be found around the Naschmarkt area, Vienna’s famous market on the south side of the City.