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Emerald Waterways’ River Cruises

Introducing the next generation of river cruises

Emerald Waterways represent a new chapter in the world of river cruising. Our deluxe fleet of revolutionary Star-Ships is stylish and spacious while offering contemporary comfort and unique on-board innovations. Sailing immersive itineraries in France, Europe and Southeast Asia Emerald Waterways combines affordability with great dining and exceptional service.  We take pride in ensuring every journey is perfectly planned, and each guest enjoys a relaxing, exciting and insightful experience, whether you’re sailing aboard our award-winning fleet or exploring a nearby town for the day. 

We cruise the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône, Rhône and Mekong rivers, with journeys ranging from eight to 17 days. Once integral trade and transportation routes are now gateways to cultural enlightenment, and there’s no finer way to navigate these treasured landmarks than on board Europe’s newest fleet of river cruise ships. From the fairy-tale castles and grandiose cathedrals of mainland Europe, to Asia’s vibrant land full of beautiful landscapes, lively people, excellent food and poignant history; explore our collection of itineraries today and take the first step in embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

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Our itineraries

Take your first step towards a journey of a lifetime with our unforgettable adventures to destinations full of cultural vibrancy, gastronomic delights, historical significance and beautiful, natural scenery.

Set sail to the enchanting landscapes of Avignon, Tournon and Lyon, with their cobbled streets, ancient Roman amphitheaters and 16th century castles on our 8 day Sensations of Southern France & Provence river cruise. For travelers looking to take in a range of varied and contrasting cultures, try our Splendours of Europe cruise, which is a 15-day adventure taking you from the cosmopolitan environment of Budapest to the enchanting, historic Bratislava. The journey continues as it ventures on a scenic tour of Vienna, Dürnstein, Passau and Nuremberg. Active travelers on board will be greeted by the sloping hills and vineyards of Wurzburg, before finishing off the trip with visits to Cologne and Amsterdam.

There’s an adventure for everyone with Emerald Waterways, and if the trips mentioned above interest you, browse the rest of our mostly all-inclusive, itineraries below, which include our Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main cruise, as well as the Danube Explorer.

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Our European Itineraries


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Lower Danube Waltz

8 days
Vienna > Belgrade
Tour Vienna's main attractions, before enjoying a guided tour of Budapest. Sail to the Hungarian-Croatian border and join a Croatian family for lunch, whilst Belgrade reveals Serbia's hidden gems.
from $3,195
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Classic Danube

8 days
Vienna > Nuremberg
from $3,695
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The Majestic Rhine

8 days
Frankfurt > Basel
Your journey through Germany includes a visit to see Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, while Koblenz, Mannheim’s beautiful architecture the Black Forest will be sure to amaze.
from $3,295
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Legends of the Moselle Rhine and Main

8 days
Nuremberg > Frankfurt
Bavaria is brought to life during excursions to UNESCO World Heritage-listed towns whilst every corner turned on this journey down the Moselle, Rhine and Main unveils rich history.
from $3,395
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Danube Explorer

8 days
Passau > Budapest
Walk the cobblestone streets of Medieval cities, explore Austria’s wine-growing region and marvel at the fusion of old and new in musical Vienna and eclectic Budapest.
from $3,945
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Enchantment of Eastern Europe

9 days
Budapest > Bucharest
As the final stretch of the Danube weaves its way through the depths of eastern Europe, meet locals for lunch in their home, enjoy tours of Osijek & Belgrade & marvel at the beauty of the Iron Gate.
from $3,910

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