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Optional experiences

On your Emerald Waterways cruise you can look forward to an included excursion almost every day of your cruise. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to insightful walking tours, each one of our itineraries features a collection of complimentary activities in a wealth of destinations.

If you’re eager to explore further, we have a unique portfolio of enhanced experiences which allows you to do just that. Discover More is a collection of optional excursions, activities, experiences and tours. Each one of these extra-special moments has been handpicked because it offers a unique insight into the region. You can discover cities, towns and landmarks, or delve deeper into your destination for the day and see some of the area’s most iconic sights.

Simply pick your favorite Discover More options and confirm your choice with our reservations department before leaving home or with your Cruise Director on the day of embarkation. Please contact our reservations staff or see your Cruise Director once on board for the most up to date pricing.

Pricing is listed in Canadian Dollars when you book prior to your cruise. Once on board pricing is in Euros.


This magnificent tour takes guests to the picturesque castle of Brühl, the former town of residence of the Prince Bishops of Cologne, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests will have a guided tour of the Augustusburg Palace, which represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. Then, they will have free time to explore the Falkenlust Hunting Lodge.

Includes: Transfer + guided tour + entrance

Note: After this tour, guests will be transferred by coach back to Cologne, where they will have the included walking tour of the downtown area. 

Price: From $100 per person


The Rhine Valley is renowned for its vineyards, in particular Riesling and other white varietals. Join your local guide for a visit to a local family winery including a tour of the cellar, an informative talk on the wine process and a tasting of different wines produced.

Includes: Wine tasting + local guide + entrance.

Price: From $105 per person


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Český Krumlov is famous for its Old Town, with 300 protected Medieval buildings and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic. Surrounded by rolling hills and the Vltava River, Český Krumlov’s cobblestone streets wind past centuries old townhomes, inns, shops, and cafés. With its picturesque medieval center in South Bohemia, the town was founded in the 13th century and has retained its former medieval character. The architecture of the Castle and the town is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque.

Includes: Coach transfer + lunch + local guide.

Note: Guests taking this tour cannot do the Salzburg day tour or the Passau walking tour.

Price: From $145 per person


Salzburg is the birth-place of Mozart and you will find the face of the city’s most famous son everywhere. Salzburg is also the setting for the Sound of Music movie, which has shaped the city’s perception in the minds of generations. But Salzburg is much more. It is a city with history based on the salt trade from the nearby Alpine Mountains, it is a city of beautiful Baroque buildings, nestled between the mountains and green waters of the Salzach river. It has a long cultural heritage, with quaint busy lanes like the “Getreidegasse” which houses wrought iron signs, where you might get a feeling of how busy this city once was.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + lunch.

Note: Guests taking this tour will miss the included Passau walking tour and the Český Krumlov day tour.

Price: From $168 per person


Schönbrunn, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg Empire, is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe. The Hapsburgs resided here during the summer months. Emperor Franz Joseph, who later married the enchanting Sisi, reigned from 1848 to 1916, and was born here in 1830. The monarch spent his last years entirely in the Palace, which became the property of the new Republic of Austria only two years after his death. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings. Follow our local expert and visit Empress Sisi’s former summer residence.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance.

Note: Guests taking this tour will also have a coach tour along Vienna's Ringstrasse, but will not have the walking tour of the city center.

Price: From $84 per person


Guests will have the opportunity to see everything related to the theatre: including backstage, dressing and make up rooms, creation of costumes, as well as the opportunity to stand on the actual stage. The highlight is a concert at the end of the tour, given by two singers at the so-called “museum area”. Transfers begin at 3:00 p.m.

Includes: Tour guide + entrance + glass of sparkling wine

Price: From $42 per person


The best preserved Medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, fits the word romantic perfectly. Walk the wall that encircles Rothenburg to get various perspectives of architecture in the middle ages. Climb to the top of the Rothenburg Town Hall Tower for a picturesque view of Rothenburg and the surrounding countryside. The entire walled town of Rothenburg is a museum. The wall connects five Medieval gates complete with guard towers that date from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Walk along Rothenburg’s narrow cobblestone streets and admire the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque houses and fountains. Aside from the town itself, Rothenburg offers a selection of historic restaurants, Gothic churches, art exhibits, museums, suits of armour, and great Franken wine.

Includes: Local sausage tasting + coach transfer + local guide

Note: Guests taking this option will miss the tour to Würzburg

Price: From $114 per person


As your ship docks in Silistra for the day, take a coach excursion to the Black Sea. The seaside town of Varna was founded in 600BC by the Greeks and today is Bulgaria’s gateway to the Black Sea trade. In Varna we visit the archeological museum and see the sandy Black Sea beachfronts.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + lunch + entrance to the archeological museum.

Note: Guests taking this tour will miss the included Alfatar village tour.

Price: From $130 per person


Guests will be transferred by coach to Snagov Monastery, which is located outside of Bucharest on a remote island and is the supposed burial site of Vlad the Impaler, commonly known as Count Dracula. Visit the monastery and learn about the mysteries of bygone eras.

Includes: Transfer + guided tour + entrance

Price: From $105 per person


The people of Vienna are regulars of the Opera and Symphony. Enjoy an evening concert at one of Vienna's beautiful concert halls. Emerald Waterways will arrange this private concert exclusively for you to enjoy favorites such as the “Blue Danube Waltz” and the “Radetzky” March. A glass of champagne is included in your Vienna concert tonight.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + concert ticket + a glass of sparkling wine.

Price: From $115 per person



Travel from Vienna in Austria to the neighboring Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour through the charming cobbled walkways and idyllic pedestrian plazas that populate the 18th century Rococo-style streets. During your visit you will discover an intimate city filled with profound historical landmarks, ornate architecture and everything in between.

Includes: Transfer + guided walking tour

Price: From $84 per person


Today we cater to your appetite for adventure. Take advantage of the opportunity to embark on an idyllic 13.5 mile-long cycle ride along a flat and picturesque stretch of Moselle bicycle path. Surrounded by enchanting landscapes dotted with beautiful vineyards, this breathtaking excursion through the stunning German countryside promises to unveil some of the region’s finest rural charms.

Includes: Guided bike tour.

Price: From $40 per person


At Kelheim where the Danube River widens, take a smaller cruise boat upstream to the impressive narrow Danube Gorge. Visit Weltenburg Abbey on the river bank with your local guide and enjoy an included tasting of the Dark Beer crafted by the resident monks for centuries, accompanied by a famous Bavarian pretzel.

Includes: Coach transfer + boat cruise + local guide + beer tasting + pretzel + entrance.

Price: From $100 per person

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