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LGBT Friendly River Cruising

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.


European Pride Events 2017

We have highlighted the following Pride dates across many of the destinations we visit through Europe, should you wish to coincide your river cruise with one of them. 

  • Amsterdam Pride - 28th July to 6th August 2017
  • Vienna Pride - 16th June to 17th June 2017
  • Koblenz Pride - 14th August to 20th August 2017
  • Antwerp Pride - 9th August to 13th August 2017
  • Budapest Pride - 3rd July to 12th July 2017
  • Cologne Pride - 7th July to 9th July 2017
  • Nuremberg Pride - 5th August 2017
  • Prague Pride - 8th August to 14th August 2017


Cities of Interest

We have highlighted a selection of our destinations that are famed for being LGBT friendly or have dedicated gay areas within the European Cities we visit. 

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, 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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

Our 2017 river cruises

2017 offers

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 £1,945
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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 £2,395 £2,145
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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 £2,595 £2,145
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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
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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
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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 £2,795 £2,545
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Rhine - Main Discovery

8 days
Amsterdam > Nuremberg
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 £2,995 £2,545
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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 £2,995 £2,545
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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 £4,695 £4,445
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