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EmeraldACTIVE

Guided hiking & biking tours

Stay Active on Vacation with our Included Biking & Hiking tours

For those who want to continue their active lifestyle while on vacation, or maybe just want to try something new, Emerald Waterways is pleased to introduce our EmeraldACTIVE excursions.  These complimentary hiking and biking tours allow you to enjoy some of Europe’s must-see sights and hidden gems. 

Enjoy EmeraldACTIVE activities such as a guided bike tour along the Danube’s banks between Melk and Dürnstein in the wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, rejoining your shipmates upon arrival at Dürnstein; or go on a hike to the spectacular ruins of Wertheim Castle, near Miltenberg in Bavaria.

Once onboard your Star-Ship, sign up for these excursions directly with your Cruise Director. 

Please note that our EmeraldACTIVE activities are weather dependent and while our tours are not overly strenuous, they do require a minimum level of physical fitness.  We've instituted an Intensity Level scale from 1 to 3, with Level 3 requiring an active fitness level.  Please see each EmeraldACTIVE tour description for details.

Explore the ports we visit onboard bicycles

EmeraldACTIVE

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Our Star-Ships carry a number of bicycles that guests may use throughout their cruise. They're a fun and practical way to explore the cities and towns we visit.

Guided bike tour between Dürnstein & Melk

Enjoy this mostly flat 23-mile bike tour through rolling vineyards and quaint towns in the Wachau Valley.  Stop for lunch on the banks of the Danube, you may even see your Star-Ship pass by!  

A bag lunch is included with this tour.

Intensity Level 3 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Dürnstein or Melk.  Tour operates in both directions.

Duration: 4 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Danube Delights

Danube Explorer

Treasures of the Danube

Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Guests will meet their guide at the ship's dock and walk uphill, approximately 20 minutes, to the Dürnstein castle ruins.  English King Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner here from 1192-1193.  Once at the top you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Dürnstein and the Wachau Valley.  You will have time to take photos before walking back down to the ship. 

Intensity Level 3 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Dürnstein 

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Danube Delights

Danube Explorer

Treasures of the Danube

Hike to Wertheim Castle

After the included tour of Miltenberg, guests will be transferred by coach to Wertheim. There the tour will begin at the “engelsplatz” and walk uphill to the castle (approximately a 30 minute walk). Enjoy about 10-15 minutes to enjoy the views from the castle before beginning the 20 minute to walk downhill back to the ship dock in Wertheim. 

Intensity Level 3 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Miltenberg

Duration: 1.5 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Legends of the Moselle, Rhine and Main

Rhine-Main Discovery 

 

Guided bike tour to Glun

Enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône River and delight in the neighboring villages. Terrain is flat during this enjoyable bike ride.  Crossing the Rhône River to the village of Glun, you will then join the famous Via Rhona cycle path for your return trip to Tournon.

Intensity Level 2 

Port: Tournon-sur-Rhône

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Sensations of Southern France

Rhine & Rhone River Cruise 

Douro & Southern France River Cruise

Guided bike tour from Tournus to Macôn

Guests will be dropped off in Tournus where they will proceed with the bikes and their guide along the river.  They will be following the ship on the green path, part of the Burgundy by bike trail system.  This portion of the cycle path is flat with beautiful scenery.  One stop for a short break will be made.

Intensity Level 2 

Port: Tournus.  This tour is not available on the reverse itinerary.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Sensations of Southern France

Rhine & Rhone River Cruise 

Douro & Southern France River Cruise

 

Belgrade Bike Tour

The focus of the tour is the history of Belgrade from World War II to today. You will hear about the history and politics of Yugoslavia, social issues, economy, lifestyle and architecture. The pace of this tour is slow, allowing for all to enjoy.  The total length of the tour is 7.5 miles. 

All tours take place with a minimum of 2 guides.  In the event of a larger group, you will be split into separate groups and additional guides will be added.  

A 30 minute break is included, to allow you time for a drink and to take pictures.

Intensity Level 1 - basic bike riding ability needed

Port: Belgrade

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

Treasures of the Danube

Hiking the Black Forest

Enjoy a guided nature walk through the woods, starting in Breisach at the ship's dock.  You will walk over uneven surfaces and there is both uphill and downhill terrain to cross.  

Intensity Level 3 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Breisach

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.  Tour will take place in the afternoon between 2pm & 4pm.

Itinerary this tour is available on:  Jewels of the Rhine

Koblenz biking on your own

Your Cruise Director will provide guests a map of Koblenz with a marked bike route.

Intensity Level 2

Port: Koblenz

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, however guests may use bikes for as long as they would like.

Itinerary this tour is available on:  Jewels of the Rhine

Veere biking on your own

Your Cruise Director will provide guests a map of Veere with a marked bike route.

Intensity Level 2

Port: Veere

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, however guests may use bikes for as long as they would like.

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

Hoorn biking on your own

Your Cruise Director will provide guests a map of Hoorn with a marked bike route.

Intensity Level 2 

Port: Hoorn

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, however guests may use bikes for as long as they would like.

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium