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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.

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Danube Explorer

8 days
Budapest > Passau
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 $3,145
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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 $3,195
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
from $3,695 $3,195
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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 $3,345
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Danube Delights

8 days
Nuremberg > 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 $3,345
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Classic Danube

8 days
Vienna > Munich
from $3,925 $3,425
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Classic Danube

8 days
Vienna > Nuremberg
from $3,925 $3,425
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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 $3,945 $3,445
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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 $3,945 $3,445
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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 $3,445
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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 $3,495
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The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from $3,995 $3,495
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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 $4,045 $3,545
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Sensations of Lyon and Provence

8 days
Nice > 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 $4,095 $3,595
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Sensations Lyon and Provence

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
from $4,095 $3,595
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Nuremberg > Frankfurt
Bavaria is brought to life during excursions to UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns whilst every corner turned on this journey down the Moselle, Rhine and Main unveils rich history.
from $4,145 $3,645
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Munich > Frankfurt
Wine-lovers will relish a journey to the centre of the Franconian wine country to taste local produce in the beautiful setting of the Bishop’s Cellar in Wurzburg.
from $4,145 $3,645
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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 $3,740
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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 $3,740
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The flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts

8 days
Nice > Lyon
from $4,295 $3,795

The flavours of Burgundy and Provence with international wine experts

8 days
Marseille > Lyon
Meet some esteemed names from the world of wine, as we sail through the wine-producing region of Provence. Witness the stunning vineyards, with plenty of opportunity to sample the local wares.
from $4,295
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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 $4,305 $3,805
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Danube Explorer & Nuremberg

10 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
The iconic Danube river guides you on a gentle journey, enabling you to soak up Europe’s cultural wonders at leisure.
from $4,310 $3,810
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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 $3,845
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Secrets of the Douro

8 days
Porto > Porto
On this 8 day roundtrip cruise from Porto, discover the Douro Valley's most inspiring destinations including Régua, Pocinho, Pinhao and stunning Salamanca.
from $4,370 $3,870
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Budapest & Classic Danube

10 days
Budapest > Munich
from $4,445 $3,945
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Budapest & Classic Danube

10 days
Budapest > Nuremberg
from $4,445 $3,945
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Prague & Danube Explorer

11 days
Prague > Munich
From the beauty of Bohemia and Prague to the heritage highlights of the iconic Danube, this 11-day city break and river cruise showcases some of the finest destinations in Europe.
from $4,515 $4,015
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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 $4,085
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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 $4,315
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Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

10 days
Berlin > Zurich
from $4,815 $4,315
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Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Budapest

11 days
Bucharest > Budapest
Five countries, all unique in their own way, accompany the Danube on its journey towards the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe.
from $4,825 $4,325
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Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

11 days
Prague > Trier
From the momentous cityscape of Prague to the serene beauty of the Moselle, join us as we tour Europe from the Czech Republic and on to the timeless passage of the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers.
from $4,955 $4,455
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Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Nice > Geneva
from $5,020 $4,520
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Sensations of Lyon and Provence & Geneva

10 days
Marseille > Geneva
from $5,020 $4,520
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Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from $5,050 $4,550
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Prague & Lower Danube Waltz

11 days
Prague > Belgrade
from $5,085 $4,585
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Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

11 days
Porto > Lisbon
from $5,105 $4,605
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Prague to Nuremberg & Danube Explorer

13 days
Prague > Nuremberg
from $5,180 $4,680
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Jewels of the Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 days
Amsterdam > Zurich
from $5,205 $4,705
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Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Nice > Lyon
from $5,255 $4,755
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Aix-en-Provence & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

11 days
Marseille > Lyon
from $5,255 $4,755
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Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Basel > Brussels
Take a journey from Basil to Bruges in this stunning 10 day itinerary. You start by exploring the modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise.
from $5,350 $4,850
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Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

10 days
Zurich > Brussels
from $5,350 $4,850
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Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

10 days
Madrid > Porto
from $5,395 $4,895
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Paris & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

10 days
Paris > Nice
from $5,420 $4,920
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Paris & Sensations of Southern France

10 days
Paris > Marseille
from $5,420 $4,920
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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 $4,940
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Munich > Paris
from $5,580 $5,080
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Nuremberg > Paris
from $5,580 $5,080
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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 $4,910
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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 $5,895 $4,895
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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 $6,130 $5,630
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Aix-en-Provence to Geneva & Sensations of Lyon and Provence

13 days
Nice > Geneva
from $6,180 $5,680

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

13 days
Marseille > Geneva
from $6,180
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Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main with Paris

14 days
Prague > Paris
from $6,390 $5,890
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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 $6,065
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Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from $6,765 $5,765
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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 $6,895 $5,895
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Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $7,280 $6,280
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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 $7,695 $6,695
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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 $7,695 $6,695
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Prague to Paris & Christmas Markets of Europe

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $8,150 $7,150
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Splendours of Europe & Paris Escape

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $8,190 $7,190
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Paris Escape & Splendours of Europe

18 days
Paris > Budapest
from $8,215 $7,215
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Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Nuremberg
from $8,240 $7,240
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Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Bucharest > Munich
from $8,240 $7,240
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Classic Danube and Lower Danube Waltz

15 days
Munich > Belgrade
from $8,470
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Classic Danube and Lower Danube Waltz

15 days
Nuremberg > Belgrade
from $8,470
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Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $8,990 $7,990
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Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

21 days
Paris > Prague
from $9,015 $8,015
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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 $9,270
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Three Rivers Discovery

15 days
Porto > Marseille
from $9,270
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Rhine & Rhone River Cruises

15 days
Nice > Amsterdam
On your 15 day cruise from Nice to Amsterdam, uncover the stunning sights of France, Switzerland, Germany & the Netherlands. Visit Lyon, Basel & Cologne.
from $11,035
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Rhine & Rhone

15 days
Marseille > Amsterdam
from $11,035
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Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from $11,850
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Lisbon to Nice & Three Rivers Discovery Cruise

21 days
Lisbon > Nice
from $11,925

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