Danube river cruises

The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities.

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Danube River Cruises

The Danube journeys through the very heart of Europe, calling in at some of the world’s most elegant, vibrant and influential cities. Multiple capitals - including Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade – sit along the course of this beautiful waterway, providing Danube river cruise guests with an insight into the history of the continent.
The Danube passes through 10 different countries (more than any other river in the world), and has long been an important trade route and military vantage point. Many of Europe’s finest architectural sights are found along this river.
Choose Emerald Waterways to explore the delights of the Danube and take advantage of our carefully-crafted excursions, world-class dining experiences and, of course, the in-depth knowledge of our friendly staff.
  • Experience the beauty of Budapest, the culture of Vienna and the history of medieval Germany
  • Experience the history and culture of the Danube with EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions
  • Savour the majestic surroundings as you journey on-board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship

A journey through Europe’s history and cultural evolution

From the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube cuts a dramatic course through Europe, taking in 10 countries and countless cities, towns, villages and settlements. From opulent cities to unspoiled countryside, the Danube travels through some of the continent’s most wonderful sights, such as the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Iron Gates.

A Danube river cruise with Emerald Waterways will take you to the heart of the continent’s most beautiful and influential cities. Our guests are invited to explore Vienna’s rich musical heritage or the religious significance of Melk during a Danube river cruise, experience local life in Bratislava and revel in Austria’s winemaking heritage – no two days on a Danube river cruise are ever alike. 

Explore the Danube

Five Emerald Waterways Star-Ships will navigate the beautiful Danube, providing a deluxe base for guests looking to explore the beauty of the river. Elegantly-appointed suites and staterooms offer a relaxing retreat after another enriching day exploring this amazing waterway.

Every detail aboard the Emerald Waterways Star-Ships has been carefully crafted. Each ship boasts an extensive open-air Sun Deck complete with dining venue, The Terrace – the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining, a drink or two, and the beautiful views across the Danube.

Our attentive on-board team will attend to your every need and our skilled chefs will take you on a journey of their own, through the tastes and culinary experiences of modern Europe.  

Our Danube River Cruises

Choose from our range of contemporary Danube river cruises and experiences, from our 8-day, Danube Explorer river cruise, which offers travelers intimate insights to the beautiful cobblestone streets of Passau, Bavaria; glimpses of history through a 900-year old Benedictine Abbey in Melk, Austria and a choice of EmeraldACTIVE bike and walking tours that take you closer to the heartbeat of this special region in Europe.

With guests spending two days in Vienna and two days in Budapest, Danube Explorer is a fantastic option for travelers who wish to discover more of the beautiful European capitals along the Danube.

Embark on our popular Danube Delights river cruise, which takes you on a spectacular journey through four countries. Venturing from Nuremburg to Budapest, travelers can indulge in the beautiful cobbled streets of Passau, the historical architecture of Melk and the vibrant, cultural elegance of Vienna.

Our Danube river cruises are simply once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. From afternoon tea with Mary Berry in Vienna on our Festive Delights of the Danube Christmas Markets cruise, through to discovering the hidden gem of Novi Sad on our Lower Danube Waltz cruise, which, lying northeast of Serbia, contains the intricate neo-Renaissance City Hall and the stunning Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church.

Experience the quaint beauty of the rich cultural and historical cities and countries you’ll pass through on our Danube river cruises. Discover the vibrancy and influence of some of Europe’s most iconic destinations as you journey on through the beautiful scenery on your Danube river cruise.

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