Boston, MA & Vancouver, BC (April 2016) – As European river cruising continues to grow in popularity, it draws an increasingly more active participant – looking for ways to augment the relaxing atmosphere of sailing aboard a small river ship. Award-winning Emerald Waterways has announced the launch of their new Emerald Active program, giving guests the option to engage in more physical pursuits such as guided bike tours and invigorating hikes on six of their most popular European itineraries.
Examples include hikes in Germany’s dramatic Black Forest during the eight-day Jewels of the Rhine sailing from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, and to Wertheim Castle near Miltenberg, Germany on the 15-day Splendours of Europe sailing. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy a guided bike tour of the Austrian city of Melk - home to the famed Abby - on the eight-day Danube Delights sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest, or a more urban biking experience around the Serbian capital of Belgrade during the 10-day Enchantment of Eastern Europe cruise. In line with Emerald Waterways’ nearly all-inclusive pricing structure, all Emerald Active excursions are offered to guests at no additional charge. While not overly strenuous, guests must be in proper physical condition to enjoy these activities.
Launched in 2014, Emerald Waterways caters to the four-star-plus market by using five-star ships and service and an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. The cruise fare includes all transfers to and from the ship; most onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship, most shore excursions; as well as all gratuities on and off the ship.
As part of the Scenic Group, Emerald Waterways is backed by the award-winning expertise of the world’s leading luxury river cruise operator. Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, www.emeraldwaterways.com in the U.S. and www.emeraldwaterways.ca in Canada; or by calling the US consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-222-3214) or Canadian consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-444-0161). Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.