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Explore further with our optional excursions, activities, 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. DiscoverMORE 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.

You are able to pick your favorite DiscoverMORE options and confirm your choice with our reservations department before leaving home or with your Cruise Director on the day of embarkation. Pricing is listed in Canadian Dollars when you book prior to your cruise. Once on board pricing is in Euros.

Danube optional DiscoverMORE excursions

Visit to Loisium Wine Experience & Tasting

Experience a unique, sensory and modern approach to wine production in Austria, at the LOISIUM Winery. Take time to appreciate the modern main building, which combines the 900-year-old cellar corridors with a cube-shaped building that, almost literally, seems to be emerging out of the soil. Inside the visitor centre, you will notice the unusual cork design adorning the walls, and the windows symbolise the glass of a wine bottle in the cellar corridors, with their typical green and white effect. During the guided tour you will discover Loisium’s 1.5km cellar labyrinth, and have a tasting experience that will excite your senses.

Includes: Coach transfer + guided tour + wine tasting

Price: From $70 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Explorer

Departs: Melk or Dürnstein

Tour of Upper Belvedere Palace/Museum

Built in the early 18th century by renowned architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, the Belvedere Museum is recognised as one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. Constructed for Prince Eugene of Savoy to use as his summer residence, the Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere, which are connected by a stunning Baroque garden, are UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites.

The Upper building now houses the work of Austrian artists, dating as far back as the Middle-Ages, all the way to the present day, such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, as well as one of the largest collections of work by Gustav Kilmt. Including ‘The Kiss’ and ‘Judith’.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide

Price: From $85 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights

Departs: Vienna

VIENNESE EVENING CONCERT

Enjoy an evening concert at one of Vienna’s most 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 complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival adds to the special occasion.

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

Price: From $120 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights, Danube Explorer, Splendours of Europe. Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Vienna

 

 

EXCURSION TO kuchlbauer brewery

Where traditional Bavarian beer meets art and architecture, this fully functioning brew-house promises a truly unique introduction to the ancient craft of beer production. Recognised for being symbolic of its dedication to excellent beer, the building is famed for many reasons, namely the remarkable 34 metre Kuchlbauer Tower, originally designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Beginning in the Brew House, learn about the beer-making process and what goes into to creating the signature taste, before looking at the plans for the opening of their ‘Kunsthaus’ where more of Hundertwasser’s work will be displayed and you’ll be introduced to the work of his executive architect, Peter Pelikan who, after Hundertwasser’s death, took it upon himself to take on the task of bringing the fascinating tower to life.

Meet the wheat-beer dwarves who call the tower home, as each one demonstrates their expertise in the brewing process, and marvel at the Leonardo Cellar, adorned with Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting, before making your way to the top of the tower and enjoying a little tasting for yourself. Prost!

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + beer tasting 

Price: From $90 CAD per person

CruiseSplendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Kelheim

TOUR OF BRATISLAVA

From Vienna, you’ll travel to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, where surrounding vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains create a wonderful backdrop for the picturesque 18th-century Old Town.

The Rococo-style streets and idyllic pedestrianised plazas are the perfect place to relax with a drink and watch the world go by, while the patchwork architecture adds much character. Discover where winding cobbled streets lead during romantic perusals of this intimate city, making sure to give time to the grandiose Bratislava Castle.

Includes: Coach Transfer + local guide

Price: From $80 CAD per person 

Cruise: Danube Explorer

Departs: Vienna 

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV EXCURSION

In the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, the historic centre of Český Krumlov, recognised by UNESCO as a world-heritage site, is famous for its Old Town, boasting 300 protected medieval buildings. Walk from one side to the other in just 20 minutes, discovering the popular picnic spots of this ‘miniature Prague’.

Founded in the 13th century, the city has very much retained its character, with a wonderful mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, built beneath the second-largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, atop a rocky outcrop, carved by the Vltava river.

Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Šumava to the south and west, and the Blansko Forest to the north, the city’s cobblestone streets wind past centuries-old town homes, inns, shops, and cafés, just asking to be explored.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide 

Price: From $115 CAD per person

Cruise:  Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Danube Explorer, Danube Delights

Departs: Passau (Not suitable for those with limited mobility. You may choose one tour for this day.)

Hallein Salt Mines & Tour of Salzburg

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 $170 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Explorer

Departs: Linz (Choose one tour for this day.)

Tour of DRACHENBURG CASTLE

Constructed in the late 19th century, taking only two years to complete, Drachenburg Castle, sitting proudly atop Drachenfels Hill in the sleepy town of Königswinter, is considered one of Germany’s most significant castles of its time.

Years of restoration allows it to radiate its original splendour, as the living rooms and reception areas evoke thoughts of the events that occurred within its walls during the period of its construction. Extensive ground and ancient woodland surround the majestic structure, which combines a range of architectural styles, encouraging visitors to enjoy a gentle stroll while marvelling at the incredible views of the romantic Rhine.

Your local guide will lead you on an insightful tour, telling compelling tales of past tennants, as you’re catapulted into 19th-century Germany.

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

Price: From $115 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Cologne (Not suitable for those with limited mobility.)

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 panoramic view of Rothenburg and the 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 lived in such 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 $115 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe 

Departs: Würzburg

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 $145 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights, Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Passau (You may choose only one tour on this day.)

Tour of 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 $85 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Passau

NATIONAL OPERA THEATRE TOUR

Built in 1868, this spectacular theatre is home to a variety of the performing arts. Opera, Ballet and Drama have been enjoyed here, as Serbia awoke to the idea of theatre which, consequently, was of great help in conquering illiteracy and aiding the growth of the national culture.

You will have the marvellous opportunity to see everything behind-the-scenes in the theatre world. As well as a tour of the backstage area, the dressing room, make up rooms and costumes areas, you’ll also have the opportunity to stand on the actual stage as the professionals do. And, if that wasn’t enough, the highlight is a concert at the end, given by two singers in the Museum Area.

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

Price: From $45 CAD per person

Cruise: Enchantment of Eastern Europe 

Departs: Belgrade

EXCURSION TO 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 $75 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights & Classic Prague, Prague & Legends of the Moselle, Rhine & Main, Prague & Christmas Markets of Europe, Splendours of Europe & Prague

Departs: Prague

Rhine optional DiscoverMORE excursions

Tour of Bruges

In northern Belgium, the small town of Bruges offers much in the way of postcard-worthy photo opportunities. Travel by coach from Antwerp and explore the fascinating chocolate-box streets, with their medieval step-roofed houses, imposing churches and picturesque canals.

Enjoy your guided tour through the cobbled streets of the Old Town to witness sights such as the famous 13th century Belfry and the whitewashed almshouses.

A joy to simply walk around, stop off to sample the country’s renowned chocolate with a variety of toppings, from chilli to gingerbread, indulge in a supersized waffle and wash it all down with some beer from a local tavern.

Includes: Coach transfer + tour guide 

Price: From $85 CAD per person

Cruise: Highlights of the Netherlands & the beauty of Belgium, Charms of Holland & Belgium

Departs: Antwerp

MOSELLE & COCHEM CASTLE VISIT

Perched on a spectacular hill 300 foot above 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 Cochem Castle, boasting impressive views of the Moselle Valley.

A long history precedes what we see of the Castle today. The original 12th-century Romanesque style and condition was replaced by King Louis XIV, who ordered his troops to destroy it in 1689. Rebuilt in 1868, he chose the neo-Gothic architecture that we know today, as is family’s summer residence.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + castle entrance 

Price: From $110 CAD per person

Cruise: Jewels of the Rhine, The Majestic Rhine

Departs: Koblenz

Visit to Koblenz & Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

This ancient city, located in central Germany, is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful terraced vineyards and castle ruins of the Rhine Gorge. Surrounded by four low mountain ranges amongst the spectacular Rhine and Moselle, the 2,000-year-old city promises much in the way of history and architecture. Quaint squares, narrow alleyways and promenades along the river, make it the perfect place for tourists wanting to get to know Germany at its most picturesque.

On your guided tour, you’ll see the statue of William the Great which marks the confluence of the two rivers, before taking a cable car to the hilltop Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to enjoy some of the most breath-taking views on the region.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + cable car

Price: From $110 CAD per person

Cruise: Classic Rhine 

Departs: Cochem

Tour of Trier

In southwest Germany, near the Luxemburg border, the city of Trier is a hidden treasure often called “Rome of the North”. During your guided tour, explore the ruins of the old city baths, once a hive of activity during ancient times, and the Porta Nigra, the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps.

Includes: Coach transfer + guided tour

Price: From $80 CAD per person

Cruise: Classic Rhine, Legends of the Moselle, Rhine, & Main

Departs: Bernkastel

Rhône optional DiscoverMORE excursions

VISIT TO MEDIEVAL TOWN OF PÉROUGES

Located on a small hill overlooking the Ain river valley, 30km north of Lyon, this beautiful small medieval walled town thrives on its local wine and weaving industries.

Considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, a variety of fascinating buildings, including a fortified church and the house of the princes of Savoy, encourage many to walk the cobblestone streets. Explore from the upper gate to the 15th century church, the main street ‘Rue des Rondes’, passing the 33-metre-deep well and the Maison du Sergent de Justice, with its round tower.

A lovely place to sit and relax with a drink, as the world passes by, you’ll soon understand why this picturesque location has bee used as the backdrop for many films, namely 1973’s The Three Musketeers.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide

Price: From $75 CAD per person

Cruise: Sensations of Southern France

Departs: Lyon (Not suitable for those with limited mobility.)

VISIT TO CLUNY ABBEY

Founded in 910 by Benedictine monks and hailed for being central to the monastic reform movement, Cluny Abbey was, at one time, the largest in the western world. Now, what remains since it was largely dismantled in 1810, provides a wonderful insight into Cluny’s past grandeur. The remains of the transept showcases some intricate stonework and, in the granary, you’ll find a small museum with stone carvings reserved before the abbey was taken apart.

Walk through the beautifully maintained 17th century cloister, before making your 120-step ascent to the top of its tower, known as the Tour des Fromages. Once used to ripen cheeses, the tower provides breath-taking views of the Burgundy countryside. And, if art and archaeology is your passion, visit the museum to gain your own understanding of what the abbey was like 800 years ago.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to abbey

Price: From $90 CAD per person

Cruise: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to abbey

Departs: Mâcon

EXCURSION TO LES BAUX DE PROVENCE

Set in the heart of the Alpilles regional country park, Les Baux de Provence is World Heritage-listed site, recognised for being ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France’. Situated at a fortified rocky site between Arles and St. Remy-de-Provence, visit the Old Village with its narrow cobblestone streets and grey medieval stone buildings.

Compact, with plenty of shops and restaurants, the village retains its traditional style, while being an outstanding attraction. The high, rocky pinnacle of Château-Fortress des Baux extends to the southwest of the village and the incredible views make the trip very much worthwhile.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide

Price: From $80 CAD per person

Cruise: Sensations of Southen France (Choose either the Taste of Provence or the Excursion to Les Baux.)

Departs: Arles (Not suitable for those with limited mobility.)

EXCURSION TO PONT DU GARD & UZÈS

In the heart of Provence, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of humankind’s great masterpieces. Technically and architecturally impressive, this three level Roman aqueduct is 275m long and 48 metres high and served as an aqueduct until the 6th century transporting 20,000m³ of water per day. Later, it was used as a toll gate, before being transformed into a road bridge.

As well as marvelling at this wonderful feat of engineering, you’ll visit the small town of Uzès, with a history dating back to Roman times. Its circular streets once protected the medieval castle in the 11th and 12th centuries, and are perfect for exploring and enjoying some great food in the local restaurants.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to Pont du Gard + Tour of Uzès

Price: From $75 CAD per person

Cruise: Sensations of Southen France (Choose either the Pont du Gard or the Secrets of Popes Palace.)

Departs: Avignon

Douro optional DiscoverMORE excursions

EXCURSION TO GUIMARÃES

Exceptionally preserved, with a significant past, the beautiful Portuguese city of Guimarães is often described as the birthplace of Portugal. The tranquil city centre is full of museums, monuments and churches, all built before Portuguese independence, as well as magnificent café and restaurant-filled plazas.

Visit the Ducal Palace in Vila Viçosa, an exquisite piece of Renaissance architecture built in the early 16th century. Built by the dukes of Bragança, there are still some beautiful pieces of furniture on display, namely a large Persian rug in the Dukes Hall. With everything seemingly exactly where its most recent residents, Dom Carlos and his wife Marie-Amélia, left them, a hauntingly authentic atmosphere is sure to draw you in.

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

Price: From $65 CAD per person

Cruise: Secrets of the Douro

Departs: Porto

EXCURSION TO MATEUS PALACE

Built in the 18th century, Mateus Palace is one of the finest representations of Baroque architecture in Portugal. Consisting of the main house, the gardens, a winery and a chapel, there’s beauty in abundance as you become acquainted with its interior and exterior equally. The Italian-style architecture is attributed to the work of Nasoni and the intriguing statue of John Cutileiro, has been ‘sleeping in the lake’ since 1981.

You may recognise these wonderful dwellings from the label of Portugal’s famous rosé wine, created in 1942, just before the end of WWII. Mateus, from the Portuguese meaning for Gift of God, try it for yourself and we’re sure you’ll understand why it’s a favourite.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide + entrance to Mateus Palace + wine tasting

Price: From $55 CAD per person

Cruise: Secrets of the Douro (Choose either the included walking tour of Régua and Douro Museum or the excursion to Mateus Palace.)

Departs: Régua

 

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 $75 CAD per person

Cruise: Lisbon & The Secrets of the Douro

Departs: Lisbon

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