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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

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 $135 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights, Danube Explorer, Splendours of Europe, Classic Danube, Lower Danube Waltz, Amsterdam to Bucharest, Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Vienna

FOOTBALL STADIUM TOUR

In Germany soccer is not just a sport it is a passion. The national team or "Die Mannschaft" is known internationally for its skills and style of playing. Your tour will take behind the scenes on a visit to a soccer stadium in the Cologne area. You will visit the infrastructure of the stadium and learn about how matches are held. Whether you call it soccer or football, you will have a great time.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance

Price: From $100 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest, Jewels of the Rhine

Departs: Cologne

JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

Discover Jewish heritage on a guided tour with an expert local guide. During this tour you will learn about the significant Jewish events from history that have shaped Budapest's culture.

Includes: Coach transfer + guided tour

Price: From $70 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Explorer, Danube Delights, Splendours of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Budapest. This tour is not available on reverse sailings. 

World War II Tour

Your tour will highlight the main events that occurred in Nuremberg during Germanys Nazi regime. Start by taking a walk through the city, passing by sights such as the Courtroom 600, where the major war criminal trials were held, the Nazi Rally grounds amongst others. After, take a self guided tour of the documentation center with the help of audio guides.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrances

Price: From $95 CAD per person

CruiseSplendours of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Nuremberg

Haarlem Discovery Tour

In the Northwest part of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam, the charming medieval town of Haarlem is yours to discover. The centre of the flower-growing district and a major export point for flower bulbs, this compact community provides a wonderful insight into quintessential Holland. Once home to many a Dutch artist, including Frans Hals, enjoy a guided tour of this hidden gem, a sightseer’s paradise, whose cobbled streets, ancient architecture and bustling social scene has been attracting visitors from all over the world for years.

Includes: Coach Transfer + local guide

Price: From $80 CAD per person 

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Amsterdam (Only available on reverse sailings.)

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. Extensive ground and ancient woodland surround the majestic structure, encouraging visitors to enjoy a gentle stroll while marvelling at the incredible views of the romantic Rhine.

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

Price: From $130 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

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

Excursion to Szentendre

Visit the picturesque village of Szentendre. Explore the cobblestone streets and experience a Mediterranean atmosphere that many artists come to find inspiration and work in the Hungarian town. We then visit the royal city of Visegrád, which played an important strategic role in the lives of the Celts, Avars and Romans.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide

Price: From $55 CAD per person

Cruise:Lower Danube Waltz

Departs: Budapest

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, echoing a feeling of how busy this city once was.

Includes: Coach transfer + guide + lunch 

Price: From $130 CAD per person

Cruise: Danube Delights, Danube Explorer, Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

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 $95 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Vienna

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 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. At the end of the tour, a highlight concert is given by two singers. 

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

Price: From $55 CAD per person

Cruise: Enchantment of Eastern Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest, Lower Danube Waltz

Departs: Belgrade

Villany wine tasting tour

Villány is a town in the Baranya county, which is one of Hungary's most famous wine region. Your tour will take from Mohacs, where the ship is docked to visit this charming village and learn about Hungarian wine production while sampling some of the delicious local wines.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + wine tasting

Price: From $75 CAD per person

Cruise: Lower Danube Waltz

Departs: Mohács

A Bavarian Beer Tasting

The region of Bavarian is known internationally as beer making heart of Germany. This evening, join a local guide to one of the beer gardens in Passau to learn about the beer culture in Germany, and simply have a good time.

Includes: Local guide + beer + sausage tasting 

Price: From $55 CAD per person

Cruise: Classic Danube

Departs: Passau

TASTE OF CZECHIA

Although it may seem that the traditional ways of winemaking in Prague might have changed, the country still produces a great variety of wines. On today's tour, you will experience the glory of Prague’s vineyards, where you will learn about Czech winemaking and also sample some of the fine produces the country offers.

Includes: local guide + wine tasting

Price: From $60 CAD per person

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

Departs: Prague

Visit to Sremski Karlovci City

Sremski Karlovci is a town located near Novi Sad in Serbia. You will visit this charming town, which has beautiful churches and small streets. The town is known for wine production, and an important tourism centre for Serbia.

Includes: Coach transer + local guide 

Price: From $70 CAD per person

Cruise: Lower Danube Waltz

Departs: Novi Sad

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

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Kelheim

Gingerbread Cooking Demonstration

In Germany, gingerbread biscuits have become a long-standing feature of Christmas markets, often taking on various shapes. It is believed that this delicious sweet treat descends from medieval European culinary traditions but, in Nuremberg, you’ll have the opportunity to learn traditional German techniques during a cooking demonstration with a local chef.

Witness the preparation that goes into it, before tasting them for yourself. Known as Lebkuchen, thought to originate from the German ‘leben’, meaning ‘life’, you’ll not only learn some additional baking skills, but you’ll be taught about the history of Nuremberg. A truly wonderful experience into traditional Germany, this excellent excursion is sure to put a festive spring in your step.

Includes: Coach transer + local guide + tasting

Price: From $70 CAD per person

Cruise: Christmas Markets of Europe

Departs: Nuremberg

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. 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.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + sausage tasting 

Price: From $125 CAD per person

Cruise: Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Würzburg

OPEN AIR MUSEUM TOUR

The well preserved open air museum or the Freilichtmuseum in Passau, showcases the rural early settlements in Bavaria. Your tour will take through this village - like museum, and will tell you about life in the old day Bavaria.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide 

Price: From $95 CAD per person

Cruise: Classic Danube

Departs: Passau

Rhine optional DiscoverMORE excursions

DELFT POTTERY VISIT

Delftware or Delft pottery, also known as Delft Blue (Dutch: Delfts blauw), is blue and white pottery made around Delft in the Netherlands, since the 16th century. Today you will visit one of the factories producing this Dutch icon.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance

Price: From $95 CAD per person

Cruise: Highlights of the Netherlands & the beauty of Belgium

Departs: Rotterdam

FOOTBALL STADIUM TOUR

In Germany soccer is not just a sport it is a passion. The national team or "Die Mannschaft" is known internationally for its skills and style of playing. Your tour will take behind the scenes on a visit to a soccer stadium in the Cologne area. You will visit the infrastructure of the stadium and learn about how matches are held. Whether you call it soccer or football, you will have a great time.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance

Price: From $100 CAD per person

Cruise: Jewels of the Rhine, Splendours of Europe, Christmas Markets of Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest

Departs: Cologne

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 $120 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 (2018 departures only)

Tour of Trier

In southwest Germany, near the Luxembourg 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 (available on EWNT.1 only)

Departs: Bernkastel

Train & Cable Car to Rigi-Weggis

Enjoy an unguided visit to the Mount Rigi - one of the most iconic mountains in central Switzerland. You will be transferred from Lucerne to the foot of Rigi Mountain. Then, take a small train to the top, where you will have a chance to marvel the incredible views. Finish the trip with a cable car down the mountain.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + train to the top + cable car

Price: From $90 CAD per person

Cruise: The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne-Zurich, Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

Departs: Lucerne

France optional DiscoverMORE excursions

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: Sensations of Southern France

Departs: Mâcon

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 $80 CAD per person

Cruise:Sensations of Lyon and Provence

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

Tour of Grignan

Visit the medieval village of Grignan, known as the "botanical village". Once you arrive at the village you will understand why the nickname for its surrounding landscapes consist of prairies and scrubland, holm oaks and lavender, broom and shrubs with parcels of grapevines and truffle fields. Your tour will also include a visit to Grignan castle.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + entrance to castle

Price: From $105 CAD per person

Cruise: Sensations of Lyon & Provence

Departs: Viviers

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 $90 CAD per person

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

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

Retro side car ride

Today embark on an adventure starting at your hotel and driving on a side car through Paris, where you will experience the some of the main sights of the city of lights.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + side car ride

Price: From $275 CAD per person (1.5hrs)

Cruise: Paris & Sensations of Lyon & Provence (EFRP), Paris Escape & Splendours of Europe (EPAF), Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris (EPAX), Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris (EWCP)

Departs: Paris

Tastes of Paris

Join a local guide and visit some shops often used by locals, where you will have the opportunity to shop and taste the region's best and unique ingredients.

Includes: Coach transfer + local guide + tasting

Price: From $40 CAD per person (2hrs)

Cruise: Paris & Splendours of Europe (EPAF), Christmas Markets of Europe & Paris (EPAX), Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main & Paris (EWCP)

Departs: Paris

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 $75 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 $65 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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