River and City Guides

A guide to the majestic rivers we traverse and the spectacular destinations along the way...

Exploring the world’s most beautiful waterways and magnificent tows and cities along the way, an Emerald Waterways river cruise provides a feast of cultural experiences and jaw-dropping panoramic views.

We want every single one of our guests to get the absolute maximum from an Emerald Waterways experience, so we have added digestible guides to the cities and waterways our Star-Ships explore.

From the cultural sights you simply must visit to the culinary experiences which will live with you forever – our guides are designed to help you immerse yourself in local life and the local culture. Incorporating our extensive experience journeying the world’s beautiful waterways with local knowledge, every single one of the guides is packed to the gunwales with info you can use before and during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. 

Providing you with background and history, our river and city guides detail how settlers first made their discovery of then unknown lands. Drawing on interesting historical occurrences, we trace the roots of modern-day culture and local traditions.

But it’s not all history lessons, here we’ll discuss where to visit during your trip so that you get the very best from your Emerald Waterways experience. These digestible insights into what you can expect will ensure you don’t miss a thing. From UNESCO Heritage-Listed buildings to culinary experiences that are sure to inspire foodies around the world. Look forward to immersing yourself in local life and culture as we cast a light on our favourite destinations and lesser-known gems.  

River Guide
Danube
Europe's second largest river takes in Budapest, Vienna and more...
Douro
Main
Guide to the emblematic river that crosses the whole of Germany
Rhine
Twisting through ten European nations, the Rhine has long been the continent’s major life-giving artery.
Rhone
Learn more about this Provenzal river
City Guide
Amsterdam
The Netherland’s charming capital
Antwerp
Read more about Antwerp
Avignon
Read more about Avignon
Bamberg
A UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Basel
Switzerland’s stunning medley of old world charm and modern wonder
Belgrade
Read more about Belgrade
Berlin
Read more about Berlin
Bratislava
Read more about Bratislava
Bucharest
Read more about Bucharest
Budapest
Hungary’s beautiful capital, lovingly referred to as the Queen of the Danube
Cologne
The major cultural centre within Germany’s Rhineland
Dubrovnik
Read more about Dubrovnik
Hoorn
Read about Hoorn
Lisbon
Read more about Lisbon
Lyon
Read more about Lyon
Passau
Affectionately known as the city of three rivers
Porto
Read more about Porto
Prague
Read more about Prague
Rudesheim
Read more about Rudesheim
Salamanca
Read more about Salamanca
Split
Read more about Split
Trier
Germany’s oldest town...
Vienna
The cultural heart of Europe, shaped by an incomparable artistic and intellectual legacy