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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

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Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $2,495
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $2,495
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Classic Prague & Danube Delights Christmas Markets

11 days
Budapest > Prague
from $3,165
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $3,570
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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

Jewels of the Rhine

8 days
Basel > Amsterdam
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey on the Rhine, beginning in Basel explore the Black Forest region, Koblenz and Cologne on its route.
from $3,595
Up to Fly for $795pp*

The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Journey through Germany on this 8-day Rhine river cruise, brand new for 2018
from $3,595
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Frankfurt > Nuremberg
UNESCO World Heritage-listed locations and picturesque towns make up this historically-rich itinerary, while vineyards and natural beauty create stunning riverbank backdrops.
from $3,890
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $3,845
Fly for $495pp

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 $3,895
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $3,895
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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 $4,230
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Prague

11 days
Frankfurt > Prague
from $4,435
Up to Fly for $795pp*

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
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Secrets of the Douro & Madrid

10 days
Porto > Madrid
from $4,805
Fly for $495pp

Paris & Sensations of Southern France

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

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 $4,990
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris

11 days
Nuremberg > Paris
from $5,085
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

10 days
Berlin > Basel
from $5,090
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Christmas Markets of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
from $5,120
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Zurich – Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine

11 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
from $5,165
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Lisbon to Madrid & Secrets of the Douro

13 days
Lisbon > Madrid
from $5,450
Up to Fly for $795pp*

The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 days
Frankfurt > Zurich
from $5,590
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Prague & Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main with Paris

14 days
Prague > Paris
from $5,630
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

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

Paris to Nice & Sensations of Southern France

13 days
Paris > Nice
from $6,010
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Berlin to Zurich & The Majestic Rhine

13 days
Berlin > Zurich
from $6,285
Fly for $495pp

Sensations of Southern France & Barcelona

11 days
Lyon > Barcelona
from $6,340
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Paris & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

18 days
Paris > Budapest
from $6,415
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Paris to Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe River Cruise

21 days
Paris > Prague
from $7,070
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Idyllic Rhine

15 days
Amsterdam > Basel
from $7,290
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Rhine & Rhone River Cruises

15 days
Amsterdam > Nice
from $7,890
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Douro & Southern France River Cruises

15 days
Porto > Nice
from $8,190
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Treasures of the Danube

16 days
Nuremberg > Bucharest
from $8,275
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Prague & Splendours of Europe River Cruise

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
from $8,750
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Lisbon to Nice, Douro & Southern France River Cruise

21 days
Lisbon > Nice
from $9,930
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Splendours of Europe River Cruise & Paris Escape

18 days
Budapest > Paris
from $10,290
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe River Cruise

21 days
Prague > Paris
from $10,945
Up to Fly for $795pp*

Bucharest to Amsterdam

23 days
Bucharest > Amsterdam
from $14,395

View our detailed collection of European river cruises

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