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Discover More

Discover More is a collection of optional excursions, activities, experiences and tours.

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.

PRAGUE - BLATNA CASTLE

Blatná Castle is one of the most beautiful historical country houses in Czech Republic. Visit this unique medieval moated castle and hear the fascinating story of the Hildpandt family, who lost the castle in 1948 by communist’s confiscation before it was finally returned during the restitution process after 1990.

Includes: Transfer + local guide + lunch

Price: From $125 CAD l €85 per person

Note: This tour can only be done for passengers on the Prague (city) extensison

 

 

 

VIENNA - TOUR OF BRATISLAVA

Travel from Vienna in Austria to the neighbouring 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: Coach Transfer + local guide 

Price: From $70 CAD l €48 per person

KELHEIM - EXCURSION TO A LOCAL BREWERY

This tour takes you to a traditional Bavarian brewery house and museum where you will learn about art and architecture and the ancient craft of beer production. Afterwards, you will have a chance to enjoy a tasting of Bavaria’s finest lagers.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + beer tasting 

Price: From $85 CAD l €59 per person

NoteDue to several steps inside the brewery, this discover more is best enjoyed by those with a certain fitness level and is not suitable for passengers with mobility issues. 

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Classic Prague & Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe River Cruise 

ANTWERP - TOUR TO BRUGES

Travel by coach from Antwerp to Bruges to explore this fantastic medieval town. Enjoy your guided tour through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and witness sights such as the famous 13th century Belfry, historic churches and whitewashed almshouses.

Includes: Coach transfer + tour guide 

Price: From $80 CAD l €53 per person

 

LINZ / PASSAU - ČESKÝ KRUMLOV EXCURSION

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 town homes, inns, shops, and cafés.

Český Krumlov with its picturesque medieval centre is in the South Bohemia. The town was founded in 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 + local guide 

Price: From $135 CAD l €75 per person

Note:  Passengers can only choose to do one tour - as the included walking tour of Passau (or tour of Linz on EWPA curise), as well as the Salzburg and Cesky Discover More Tours (and Hallein Salt Mines on EWPA cruise) all run at the same time

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Danube Explorer, Classic Prague & Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe River Cruise 

Mobility Note: Cesky has a lot of cobble stones and uneven surfaces - not suitable for passengers with mobility issues

 

MACON - VISIT TO CLUNY ABBEY

Today one can hardly imagine that about 1000 years ago Cluny was the religious centre of Europe. Until the construction of St.Peter’s Basilica in Rome was finished, the cloister of Cluny III was the largest church in Christianity. Visit the remains of the five naves of this stunning church and discover the fascinating way of life of the monks, up to 10,000 of who lived in the cloister of Cluny during the Middle Ages.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to abbey

Price: From $85 CAD l €59 per person

COLOGNE - TOUR TO DRACHENBURG CASTLE

Be carried away on a journey that takes you from Cologne to Königswinter for a visit of the charming Drachenburg Castle and grounds.

Includes: Coach transfer + mini tram ride + local guide + entrance

Price: From $100 CAD l €69 per person

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

Mobility Note: Due to uneven surfaces, long distances, as well as several steps to reach and inside the castle, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with an active fitness level.

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Splendours of Europe River Cruise 

 

PORTO - EXCURSION TO GUIMARÃES

Embark on a journey to the beautiful town of Guimarães. There, you will have a chance to visit the Ducal Palace which was the place with the seat of the first king of Portugal. This incredible palace was commissioned in the 10th century to defend the monastery from attacks by the Moors and the Norsemen.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to Ducal Palace

Price: From $20 CAD l €12 per person

 

 

LINZ -TOUR TO HALLEIN SALT MINES

Salt used to be described as “White Gold” and it is true that the deposits created millions of years ago in the Dürrnberg, near Hallein have provided the region Salzburg with its treasure chamber. More than 2500 years ago, the Celts were already mining this precious mountain resource, as is evident from the traces they left behind.

In Hallein, the oldest mine in the world open to visitors, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the salt mines (please wear good walking shoes, sporty outfit, no skirts).

Includes: Transfer + guided tour + entrance + lunch

Price: From $165 CAD l €115 per person

Note: After the tour, you will be transferred by coach to Salzburg, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Travel time from ship to salt mines is about 2 hours.

Note: Passengers can only choose to do one tour - as the included walking tour of Linz, as well as the Hallein Salt Mines and Cesky DiscoverMore Tours all run at the same time

REGUE - EXCURSION TO MATEUS PALACE

Join us on an excursion to the Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous rose wine Mateus Rose. Visit the Palace and its beautiful gardens.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance 

Price: From $30 CAD l €18 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose do to do either the included walking tour of Regua and Douro Museum Visit or the DiscoverMore Excursion Mateus Palace as both tours run at the same time. 

 

KOBLENZ - MOSELLE & COCHEM CASTLE VISIT

In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - Eifel and Hunsrück - lays the old town of Cochem. Take a walking tour of the town including a guided visit of the magnificent Reichsburg castle, boasting impressive views of the Moselle Valley.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + castle entrance 

Price: From $100 CAD l €69 per person

BELGRADE - NATIONAL THEATRE TOUR

You will have the marvellous opportunity to see everything related “behind” the scenes in the theatre world. This tour includes a tour of the backstage, dressing and make up room, creation of costumes areas, 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”. Pick up at the ship for the tour is at 15:00

Includes: Coach transfer + guided tour + entrance + glass of sparkling wine 

Price: From $40 CAD l €25 per person

BUCHAREST - OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Take the chance to visit the Open Air Museum, which portrays a historical perspective of pre-WW2 rural life in Romania. Many different houses reflect geography differences in a relative small country with widely different terrain. The creation of the National Village Museum was the goal of an intensive and sustained research, also as museography experiments developed over more than a decade.

There are more than 60 original houses, farmsteads, windmills, watermills and churches from all of Romania’s historic regions: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia. Every exhibit has a plaque showing exactly where in Romania it was brought from.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance.

Price: From $30 CAD l €20 per person

Mobility Note: There are a lot of uneven surfaces on the village

LYON - VISIT TO MEDIEVAL TOWN OF PÉROUGES

After only 45 minutes you will reach the loveliest town in France – the tourist attraction Pérouges. This town’s history goes back to pre-Christian time and has been the backdrop for many films due to its uniqueness and beauty. The townscape today is characterized by medieval buildings and cobble-stone streets. Handwork and weaving are the main crafts here.Includes: Guided bike tour.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide

Price: From $60 CAD l €40 per person

Mobility Note: Due to uneven surfaces along with uphill and downhill walking, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with a certain Fitness level. Flat shoes are required.

AVIGNON - EXCURSION TO PONT DU GARD & UZÈS

The structure that crosses the Rhône tributary Gardon is world famous: the perfectly preserved Pont du Gard. This three level Roman aqueduct is 275m long and while still used, over 2000 years ago, it transported 20,000m³ of water per day.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to Pont du Gard site + museum

Price: From $65 CAD l €45 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose to do either the Pont du Gard or the Secrets of Popes Palace, as both DiscoverMore tours run at the same time

ARLES - TASTES OF PROVENCE

Visit a local Olive Farm and enjoy a tasting on its award winning produce. Later, enjoy a visit to a local Lavender distillery to learn about this important industry of the region.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + farm visit + entrance to distillery

Price: From $85 CAD l €59 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose to do either the Taste of Provence or the Excursion to Les Baux, as both DiscoverMore tours run at the same time

ARLES - EXCURSION TO LES BAUX DE PROVENCE

Today visit one of the most idyllic landscapes in the Rhone region and France’s most picturesque villages, Les Baux de Provence. This excursion will give you the opportunity to be appreciate the spectacular views from the Alpilles mountains.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide

Price: From $65 CAD l €43 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose to do either the Taste of Provence or the Excursion to Les Baux, as both DiscoverMore tours run at the same time

Mobility Note: Due to uneven surfaces along with uphill and downhill walking, this excursion is best enjoyed by those with a certain Fitness level.

 

AVIGNON - SECRETS OF THE POPES’ PALACE

The Palais des Papes, an austere looking fortress dominates the city of Avignon. Take a guided walk inside the rambling maze of gothic hallways and rooms of the former papal residence and seat of Western Christianity during the 14th century.

Includes: Entrance + guide

Price: From $45 CAD l €29 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose to do either the Pont du Gard or the Secrets of Popes' Palace, as both DiscoverMore tours run at the same time

Mobility Note: Several Steps inside the Palace

WURZBURG - ROTHENBURG EXCURSION

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 (as well as a lot of exercise). Climb to the top of the Rothenburg Town Hall Tower (circa 1250-1400) for a wide-angle view of Rothenburg and surrounds, mostly pastoral 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. Just walk along Rothenburg’s narrow cobblestone streets and admire the gothic, renaissance, and baroque houses and fountains. You may wish that you had lived in these prettier, quieter, slow times. 

As well as the attraction of the town itself, Rothenburg offers a selection of historic restaurants, gothic churches, art exhibits, museums, suits of armour, and great Franken wine, to name only a few.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + sausage tasting 

Price: From $100 CAD l €69 per person

Note: Passengers can only choose to do either the included walking tour of Würzburg or the Discover More Excursion to Rothenburg as both these tours run at the same time. 

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Splendours of Europe River Cruise 

PASSAU - SALZBURG EXCURSION

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 + guide + lunch 

Price: From $140 CAD l €95 per person

Lunch Menu Choice: Grilled chicken breast in red wine sauce with roasted vegetables OR Pork Wiener schnitzel with parsley potatoes and cranberry sauce OR Vegetarian option

Note: Passengers can only choose to do one tour - as the included walking tour of Passau, as well as the Salzburg and Cesky DiscoverMore Tours all run at the same time

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Classic Prague & Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe River Cruise 

VIENNA - TOUR TO SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE

Schönbrunn, the former summer residence of the Habsburg Empire, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. The Habsburgs resided here during the summer months in numerous rooms for the large imperial family in addition to representational rooms. 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 

Price: From $75 CAD l €50 per person

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Danube Explorer, Classic Prague & Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe River Cruise

Note: Passengers taking this tour will not have the Vienna Walking Tour. Coach will complete short tour of Vienna Ring then take passengers to Schonbrunn

LISBON - EXCURSION TO SINTRA

The hilltop town of Sintra is situated just north of Lisbon. Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful and historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage site which dates back to Moorish times and beyond. You will also have a chance to visit and tour the exquisite Sintra Palace.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to Sintra Palace

Price: From $50 CAD  €35 per person

Note: This tour can only be done for passengers on the Lisbon (city extensison) + cruise

BUCHAREST - SNAGOV MONASTERY

You will be transferred by coach and boat to the Snagov Monastery, which is located outside of Bucharest on a remote island. This monastery 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: Coach transfer + guided tour + boat ride +  entrace 

Price: From $95 CAD l €65 per person

 

TOURnON - WINE TASTING IN TOURNON

Tournon and especially Tain l’Hermitage on the opposite river bank are famous for their wines – the small Hill of Tain l’Hermitage is the most expensive vineyard in the world and produces only a few wines. Come with us to taste some of the famous and absolutelydelicious wines in the cellar of Tournon Castle.

Includes: Entrance + wine tasting 

Price: From $25 CAD l €16 per person

Mobility Note: Uphill walking from the ship 

BERNKASTEL - BIKING TOUR TO TRABEN TRARBACH (22 KM)

Cater to your appetite for adventure. Take advantage of the opportunity to embark on an idyllic 22km-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 $60 CAD l €39 per person

 

 

SILISTRA - EXCURSION TO VARNA

As your ship docks in Silistra for the day, take a coach excursion to the seaside town of Varna. Varna was founded in 600BC by the Greeks and today is Bulgaria’s gateway to the Black Sea trade. There enjoy a visit to Archaeological Museum, an orientation walk on the town centre, followed by lunch and free time to explore.

Includes: Coach Transfer + local guide + lunch + museum entrance 

Price: From $110 CAD l €75 per person

Note:  Passengers can only choose do to do either the included walking tour of Alfatar village or the DiscoverMore as both tours run at the same time. 

VIENNA - VIENNESE EVENING CONCERT

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

Includes: Coach transfer + concert ticket + glass of sparkling wine 

Price: From $100 CAD l €69 per person

Note: This DiscoverMore is also available on Danube Explorer, Classic Prague & Danube Delights and Splendours of Europe River Cruise

 

 

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