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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 5, with Level 5 requiring a high amount of activity including uneven grounds, up and down hill, and are longer than 3 hours - suitable to those with an active fitness level.  Please see each EmeraldACTIVE tour description for details.

Explore destinations by bicycle

 

EmeraldACTIVE

Emerald Waterways

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

You will depart from where the ship is docked and embark on a mostly flat cycling journey of 32 KM (23 miles) through vineyards and quaint towns in the Wachau Valley. There is a lunch on the banks of the Danube, where you will have time to appreciate the views and perhaps even see their Emerald Star-Ship pass by.

Intensity Level 5 - Very active fitness level recommended.

Port: Dürnstein or Melk (for reverse cruise departure)

Duration: 3.5 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Danube Delights

Danube Explorer

Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

You will start the hike from where the ship is docked and walk up towards Dürnstein Castle. The hike consists of uphill/ downhill walk, cobble stone, some uneven stairs, nature paths uneven grounds. Recommended for good walkers only.

Intensity Level 3 - Partly active fitness level recommended.

Port: Dürnstein 

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Danube Delights

Classic Danube

Danube Explorer

Hike to Wertheim Castle

You will be taken coach to the town of Wertheim - starting the hike at “Engelsplatz”. From there you will hike up to the Wertheim castle, with time for photos once at the top. After the photo pause, you will hike down back to the bus stop. The hike consists of uphill/ downhill walk, also passing by cobble stones, some uneven stairs.

Intensity Level 3 - Party active fitness level recommended.

Port: Wertheim

Duration: 2 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Legends of the Moselle Rhine & Main

 

Guided bike tour to Glun

Enjoy a group bike ride along the Rhône on a flat stretch and delight in the neighboring villages. Crossing the Rhône River to the village of Glun, you will then join parts of the famous ViaRhôna cycle path on your return cycle to Tournon.

Intensity Level 4 - Active fitness level recommended

Port: Tournon-sur-Rhône

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Sensations of Southern France

Rhine & Rhine River Cruise

Douro & Southern France River Cruise

Tournus to Macôn Guided bike Tour

As the ship sails from Chalon-sur-Saone to Macon, it will stop in the village of Tournus, where you will be dropped off. From there, you will proceed with the group cycling along the river, on the green path, following the ship. The ride is through a flat stretch with beautiful scenery and stop for break.

Intensity Level 5 - Very active fitness level recommended

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

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Sensations of Southern France

Rhine & Rhine River Cruise

Douro & Southern France River Cruise

Belgrade Guided Bike Tour

Today you will cycle around Bernkastel area, on an idyllic 23 KM (14 miles) 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.

Intensity Level 3 - Partly active fitness level recommended

Port: Belgrade

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Enchantment of Eastern Europe

Hiking the Black Forest

You will be taken from the ship to a small village in the Breisach area, where you will commence the hike through forest trains and farm houses. The hike includes some stretches in the woods with bit of uphill and downhill walk on uneven grounds. The hike ends on “Gasthaus” where passengers will have a chance to taste the region´s famous “Black Forest Cake”.

Intensity Level 5 - Very active fitness level recommended.

Port: Breisach

Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Itinerary this tour is available on:

Jewels of the Rhine

Amsterdam Guided Bike Tour

Today you will head North of Amsterdam on a 22 KM (13 miles) cycling ride to the green and water-rich region of Waterland. Almost half the acreage of Waterland consists of water (hence the name) and the region consists mainly of fen, a marshy wetland. You will pass by 2 historical villages through designated bike paths, which connect the entire area. The views are beautiful along the route, with green fields full of flowers, where sheep and cows placidly munch on the grass. It is certainly a very peaceful ride and you might even spot the occasional windmill.

Intensity Level 4 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Amsterdam

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Itinerary this tour is available on

Splendours of Europe

Jewels of the Rhine

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium

The Classic Rhine

Vienna Guided Bike Tour

The cycling tour leaves from where the ship is docked and takes you through mostly flat paths to Vienna's center. You will have a chance to pass by Vienna's main highlights: Vienna State Opera, Ringstrasse, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mozart Monument, Heldenplatz, Hofburg Palace, Michaelerplatz, Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, Schottenkirche, Freyung, Albertina, Stadtpark/Johann Strauss Monument, Danube Canal, Karlsplatz/Karlskirche.

Intensity Level 4 - Active fitness level recommended.

Port: Vienna

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

Splendours of Europe

Danube Delights

Danube Explorer

Classic Danube

Hoorn Guided Biking Tour

You will depart from the ship and will ride through the harbor, surroundings and towards the Ijssel lake dyke, where guests will see the difference in water level and land level, held separate by a dyke with motorway.

Intensity Level 3 - Partly active fitness level recommended.

Port: Hoorn

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Itineraries this tour is available on:

The Charms of Holland & Belgium

Highlights of the Netherlands & The Beauty of Belgium

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