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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

Emerald Star

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

Featured

Fly to Europe for $495pp

Danube Delights Christmas Markets

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 $2,570
Spring Savings – Save up to $3000 per person

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 $4,043 $2,443
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Danube Explorer Christmas Markets

8 days
Munich > Budapest
from $2,995

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 $3,140
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Classic 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 $3,165
Fly to Europe for $495pp

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 $3,485
Fly to Europe for $495pp

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 $3,495
Fly to Europe for $495pp

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 $3,595
Fly to Europe for $495pp

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Journey through Germany on this 8-day Rhine river cruise, brand new for 2018
from $3,595
Spring Savings – Save up to $3000 per person

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 $3,600 $2,100
Fly to Europe for $495pp

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 – Save up to $3000 per person

Sensations of Southern France

8 days
Lyon > Arles
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 $3,745 $2,245
Fly to Europe for $495pp

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 $3,815

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 $3,845
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Prague

11 days
Frankfurt > Prague
from $4,360

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 $4,395
Fly to Europe for $495pp

The Classic Rhine & Berlin

10 days
Amsterdam > Berlin
from $4,440
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

11 days
Porto > Lisbon
Embark on a journey of rising riverbank vineyards, Baroque villages and vibrant nightlife ending with a three-night stay in the lively Portuguese capital Lisbon.
from $4,540
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Secrets of the Douro & Madrid

10 days
Porto > Madrid
from $4,805
Spring Savings – Save up to $3000 per person

Sensations of Southern France & Nice

11 days
Lyon > Nice
Set sail on the Rhône & Saône, celebrating France’s past & present through awe-inspiring historic landmarks and traditional fare before ending in Nice for a three-night stay, visiting Monte Carlo.
from $4,890 $3,390
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Enchanting Forests, Mountains & Rivers

12 days
Munich > Budapest
from $4,890
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Paris & Sensations of Southern France

10 days
Paris > Nice
from $4,915
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Sensations of Southern France & Barcelona

11 days
Lyon > Barcelona
from $4,940
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Nuremberg > Paris
from $5,010
Fly Free to Europe

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
from $5,120

Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro River Cruise

14 days
Madrid > Lisbon
from $5,485
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Berlin to Zurich & The Majestic Rhine

13 days
Berlin > Zurich
from $5,535
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Paris & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main with Prague

14 days
Paris > Prague
from $5,555
Fly Free to Europe

Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
from $5,775
Fly to Europe for $495pp

Paris to Nice & Sensations of Southern France

13 days
Paris > Nice
from $6,010
Fly Free to Europe

Paris & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

18 days
Paris > Budapest
from $6,415
Fly Free to Europe

Prague & Splendours of Europe River Cruise

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from $6,550
Fly Free to Europe

Paris to Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

21 days
Paris > Prague
from $7,070
Fly Free to Europe

Splendours of Europe River Cruise & Paris Escape

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $7,090
Fly Free to Europe

Idyllic Rhine

15 days
Amsterdam > Basel
from $7,290
Fly Free to Europe

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe River Cruise

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $7,645

Douro & Southern France River Cruises

15 days
Porto > Nice
from $7,790
Fly Free to Europe

Rhine & Rhone River Cruises

15 days
Amsterdam > Nice
from $7,890
Fly Free to Europe

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Nuremberg > Bucharest
from $8,150
Fly Free to Europe

Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from $10,150