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Off The Beaten Track

Discover more on your next European getaway

The beautiful riverside waterways of Europe offer so much more than the landmarks adorning the covers of brochures and travel mags. With ancient settlements hiding a wealth of treasures and unique experiences, we believe these port calls deserve to be explored, enjoyed and truly appreciated.

The Emerald Waterways: Off the Beaten Track series takes an in-depth look at some of the lesser known sites of significance and wonderful hidden gems. From cycling tours around charismatic capital cities to rewarding hikes through some of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside.

Brand new for 2017 is the new EmeraldACTIVE programme, designed for those who relish an active lifestyle. Enjoy EmeraldACTIVE pursuits such as a guided bike tour along the Danube, a hike to the spectacular ruins of Wertheim Castle or a guided tour to Durnstein Castle.  

All of the experiences and locations featured in the Off the Beaten Track guides can be reached onboard an Emerald Waterways cruise, and some in the EmeraldACTIVE programme too. Navigating the continent’s important, charismatic waterways; our cruises have been meticulously designed to guarantee spectacular, unforgettable experiences with port calls almost every day.

All-inclusive excursions

With Emerald Waterways, you won’t be surprised by any hidden charges. EmeraldACTIVE excursions are completely optional and free of charge. All you will have to worry about is remembering to pack your sun cream.

Stay active on board

With our beautiful indoor heated pool, gym and running deck, you won’t be short of ways to stay active on-board our state-of-the-art ships. From gentle morning swims to invigorating gym sessions, there’s something to suit every activity level.

Please peruse and enjoy the guides below detailing the different hidden gems and unique experiences available when cruising with Emerald Waterways. 

Holiday Hiking: Dürnstein Castle and The Black Forest

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What are Emerald Waterways’ Favourite Places to Explore on Foot?

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Explore Vondelpark

Far more than just a form of transport during the daily commute, cycling is central to the very personality of Amsterdam

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Explore Budapest in 24 Hours
Highlights of Europe’s Architectural Trail
The Most Bike-Friendly Cities of Europe

Explore Europe with Emerald Waterways

Explore Europe with Emerald Waterways

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