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Service on board an Emerald Waterways river cruise

Superior service, exceptional people

At Emerald Waterways, we firmly believe that superior service stems from superior people.  That is why we only hire the very best to join our dedicated team.  Take note throughout your voyage how every crew member perfectly balances being friendly and approachable while also maintaining absolute professionalism.  With one of the best guest to staff ratios in the entire industry, you’ll also notice that there is always someone available to answer your questions and help with your requests.  As a part of the Scenic Group, Emerald Waterways is backed by the invaluable knowledge and expertise of the world’s largest river cruise operator.  Rest assured: When cruising with Emerald Waterways, we’ll not only meet your expectations, we’ll exceed them.

The Best Way to Explore

Europe is a continent rich in culture, steeped in history, and abounding in natural wonders.  When exploring with Emerald Waterways, we want you to experience this fascinating land to the fullest degree possible.  From quaint countryside villages to sprawling modern metropolises, we aim to enhance your vacation by visiting not only the most famous landmarks, but also the best-kept secrets.  At each stop on your itinerary, you will enjoy the services of a highly knowledgeable, English-speaking guide who will help you to explore and engage with the local culture on a deeper level than most travelers ever get to appreciate.

Standout service

Superior service from exceptional people: as part of the Scenic Group, Emerald Waterways is backed by the invaluable expertise of over 30 years' experience in making lifelong vacation memories. When you book a river cruise with us, rest assured that all our on board crew and on shore staff know how to exceed your expectations—so that you enjoy every moment of your vacation experience.

It takes a number of very special qualities to be an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director; a wealth of technical expertise, certainly, and a unique passion for Europe's diverse history and culture, as well as (of course) an enduring love of travel. Your Cruise Director is your personal storyteller, historian, interpreter, problem solver and destination guru, all in one.

And with one of the very best crew to guest ratios on Europe's rivers, there's always someone available to answer any questions and look after any requests, with the perfect balance of cordiality and professionalism.

The ultimate European experience

Experience your vacation to the very fullest. Europe will reveal its famous highlights and best kept secrets to you, on your guided explorations with our fluently English speaking, highly knowledgeable local guides. As you stroll through the cobbled walkways of Europe’s quaint villages, the bustling streets of its spectacular towns and cities, and amongst the many iconic sites and historic landmarks, your Emerald Waterways guide offers you a uniquely local perspective into the culture and fascinating heritage of each destination.

 

Service on-board an Emerald Waterways river cruise

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Enhancing your experience

It takes a number of very special qualities to be an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director; like a unique passion for Europe’s diverse history and culture and of course, a love for travel. Your Cruise Director is your personal encyclopaedia, storyteller, historian, interpreter and problem solver all in one. What’s more, they’ll provide expert commentary throughout your cruise, sharing with you interesting facts and fascinating insights into your destination.

The best way to explore

We want you to experience Europe to its fullest, including all its famous highlights and all its best kept secrets, which is why at each of our destinations you’ll be taken on guided explorations by English speaking and highly knowledgeable local guides. As you stroll through the cobbled walkways, narrow alleys, and bustling streets of Europe’s spectacular towns and cities – and amongst the many iconic sites and historic landmarks – your guide will take you on a unique journey into the local culture and expertly talk you through the exciting history behind each destination.

View our detailed collection of European river cruises

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Spring Savings

Festive Delights of the Danube with Mary Berry

8 days
Nuremberg > Budapest
from $2,495
Spring Savings

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Get to know Holland and Belgium's past and present with this exciting itinerary visiting vibrant capital cities, UNESCO World Heritage listed windmills, battle grounds and magnificent architecture.
from $4,585
Fly for $495*

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 $3,645
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
With the spirit of Christmas hanging in the air, you’ll explore the heritage treasures of the Rhine, from Cologne to the Black Forest whilst visiting Germany’s world-famous Christkindlmarkts.
from $3,695
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
from $3,695
Spring Savings

The Classic Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Frankfurt
Starting in the Dutch capital, enjoy guided bike tours and museum visits before sailing the beauty of the Rhine on this brand new river cruise for 2018
from $3,695
Spring Savings

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
from $5,310
Spring Savings

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 $5,310
Fly for $495*

Danube Delights

8 days
Munich > Budapest
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 $3,845
Fly for $495*

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.
from $3,895

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Basel
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.
from $3,895
Save $425*

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Lyon > Nice
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 $4,615 $4,190
Save $425*

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Lyon > Marseille
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 $4,615 $4,190
Fly for $495*

Classic Danube

8 days
Munich > Vienna
Beginning in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, this 8-day Classic Danube itinerary offers a trip through Germany's military past, the medieval city of Regensburg and an immersive experience in Austria.
from $3,925
Fly for $495*

Classic Danube

8 days
Nuremberg > Vienna
from $3,925
Fly for $495*

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

8 days
Amsterdam > Amsterdam
Let the Dutch charm sweep you up on an itinerary full of vibrancy and tradition. From 79 multicoloured acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, to Zaanse Schans, artistic Antwerp and quirky Amsterdam.
from $3,945

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Your journey through Germany includes a visit to see Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, while Koblenz, Mannheim’s beautiful architecture the Black Forest will be sure to amaze.
from $3,995
Fly for $495*

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from $3,995
Spring Savings

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 $3,995

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 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 $5,055
Fly for $495*

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 $4,240
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets on the Danube

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 $4,240
Fly for $495*

Danube Explorer & Nuremberg

10 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
from $4,310

Lower Danube Waltz

8 days
Vienna > Belgrade
Tour Vienna's main attractions, before enjoying a guided tour of Budapest. Sail to the Hungarian-Croatian border and join a Croatian family for lunch, whilst Belgrade reveals Serbia's hidden gems.
from $4,345

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Prague

11 days
Frankfurt > Prague
from $4,360
Fly for $495*

Classic Danube & Budapest

10 days
Nuremberg > Budapest
Three countries, two celebrated European capitals and a string of captivating towns; our Classic Danube & Budapest river cruise and city stay is a wonderfully insightful continental getaway.
from $4,445
Fly for $495*

Classic Danube & Budapest

10 days
Munich > Budapest
from $4,445
Fly for $495*

Danube Explorer & Prague

11 days
Munich > Prague
Spectacular European heritage mingles with stunning scenery on this remarkable journey, which includes an eight-day river cruise on the Danube and a three-night stay in the Czech capital of Prague.
from $4,515
Fly for $495*

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

11 days
Prague > Budapest
Tick an array of destinations off your wish list with this 11-day tour from Prague to Budapest. With a 3-night Prague break and an 8-day river cruise, this itinerary promises the trip of a lifetime.
from $4,585
Fly for $495*

Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

11 days
Bucharest > Budapest
from $4,625

Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

11 days
Lisbon > Porto
Start your journey with a three-night stay in the lively Portuguese capital, before embarking on a journey of rising riverbank vineyards, Baroque villages and vibrant nightlife.
from $4,640
Fly for $495*

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

10 days
Berlin > Basel
Enjoy an enriching two-night city break in Berlin, experiencing the diverse culture of the German capital, before taking the classic passage of the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers across Germany.
from $4,815
Fly for $495*

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

10 days
Berlin > Zurich
from $4,815
Fly for $495*

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Nice > Geneva
from $4,870
Fly for $495*

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Marseille > Geneva
from $4,870
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from $5,050
Fly for $495*

Prague & Lower Danube Waltz

11 days
Prague > Belgrade
from $5,085
Fly for $495*

Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Zurich > Bruges
from $5,110
Fly for $495*

Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Basel > Bruges
from $5,110
Fly for $495*

Prague to Nuremberg & Danube Explorer

13 days
Prague > Nuremberg
from $5,180
Fly for $495*

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

11 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
This itinerary includes a night in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle – providing an extraordinary experience in central Europe.
from $5,205
Fly for $795*

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

10 days
Madrid > Porto
from $5,245
Fly for $495*

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from $5,255
Fly for $495*

Paris & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

10 days
Paris > Nice
from $5,420
Fly for $495*

Paris & Sensations of Southern France

10 days
Paris > Marseille
from $5,420
Fly for $495*

Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Nice

11 days
Lyon > Nice
Journey to Lyon, before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on-board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale. Finish your journey with an extension in the beautiful coastal city of Nice.
from $5,440
Spring Savings

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

11 days
Prague > Budapest
Extend your journey with a three-night stay in the Czech capital, before your journey towards Budapest invites the beauty of Bavaria, lunch with a Slovakian family and magnificent Vienna.
from $5,455
Fly for $495*

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Munich > Paris
from $5,580
Fly for $495*

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Nuremberg > Paris
from $5,580
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Get in the festive spirit as you navigate the width of Germany, the home of Christmas markets. Sip mulled wine and collect gifts as you enjoy the Rhine’s new wintery personality.
from $5,695
Fly for $495*

The Imperial Charms of Russia

12 days
Moscow > St Petersburg
Discover the many wonders of Russia’s cultural history, captivating cities and imperial grandeur on this 12 day Russian River Cruise
from $5,860
Fly for $795*

Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

13 days
Madrid > Lisbon
Begin your 13 day adventure in Madrid and soak up the culture before travelling to Porto to begin your river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley.
from $5,980
Fly for $495*

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne – Zurich

13 days
Berlin > Zurich
from $6,075
Fly for $495*

Aix-en-Provence to Geneva & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Nice > Geneva
from $6,180

Aix-en-Provence to Geneva & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Marseille > Geneva
from $6,180

Sensations of Southern France & Barcelona

11 days
Lyon > Barcelona
from $6,290
Fly for $495*

Zurich – Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

13 days
Zurich > Bruges
from $6,370
Fly for $495*

Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main with Paris

14 days
Prague > Paris
from $6,390
Fly for $495*

Paris to Nice & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Paris > Nice
From Paris to Nice, discover the sensations of Southern France over 13 incredible days. Explore Lyon, Macon, Tournon & Arles before a 3 night stay in Nice.
from $6,565
Fly for $495*

Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from $6,565
Fly for $495*

Splendours of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Begin your 15 day Splendours of Europe river cruise in Amsterdam, before navigating the waters through Germany, Austria and Hungary. End in beautiful Budapest.
from $6,695
Fly for $495*

Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $7,080
Fly for $495*

Prague & Splendours of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
From Prague to Amsterdam this 18-day river cruise and city stay is a feast of enrichment. The journey, which takes place on the Danube, Main and Rhine, whisks you between five illustrious capitals.
from $7,495
Fly for $495*

Splendours of Europe & Prague

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
As if journeying the breadth of the continent wasn’t memorable enough, we’ve combined our river cruise with a three-day city break in Prague – affording more opportunity for enrichment and wonder.
from $7,495
Fly for $495*

Prague to Paris & Christmas Markets of Europe

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $7,950
Fly for $495*

Splendours of Europe & Paris Escape

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $7,990
Fly for $495*

Paris Escape & Splendours of Europe

18 days
Paris > Budapest
from $8,015
Fly for $495*

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Nuremberg
from $8,040
Fly for $495*

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Munich
from $8,040
Fly for $495*

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $8,790
Fly for $495*

Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

21 days
Paris > Prague
from $8,815
Fly Free*

Three Rivers Discovery

15 days
Porto > Nice
On this 15 day cruise, travel from Porto to Nice as you uncover the delights of Portugal and Southern France. Visit Salamanca, Pocinho, Lyon & Avignon.
from $8,895
Fly Free*

Three Rivers Discovery

15 days
Porto > Marseille
from $8,895
Fly Free*

Rhine & Rhone River Cruises

15 days
Amsterdam > Nice
From Amsterdam to Nice, your 15 day cruise & tour will see you pass through four countries including France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.
from $9,240
Fly Free*

Rhine & Rhone

15 days
Amsterdam > Marseille
from $9,240

Idyllic Rhine

15 days
Amsterdam > Basel
from $10,280

Idyllic Rhine

15 days
Amsterdam > Basel
from $10,280
Fly Free*

Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from $11,200
Fly Free*

Nice to Lisbon & Three Rivers Discovery Cruises

21 days
Nice > Lisbon
from $11,725
Fly Free*

The Islands of Dalmatia & Lower Danube

23 days
Dubrovnik > Bucharest
from $13,105

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