Our included, in-depth cultural experiences


Enjoy your European vacation with Emerald Waterways to the fullest. Your included tours and excursions in every port of call, take you through many of Europe's must-see sights and hidden gems. Our EmeraldPLUS programs provide you the opportunity to experience some of Europe’s more unique, in-depth cultural discoveries, at no additional charge.


Choose a complimentary EmeraldPLUS experience in select destinations and go way beyond the standard tourist offerings to a richer, more authentic experience of local European culture. For example, in Amsterdam you can enjoy a leisurely EmeraldPLUS visit to the lush Keukenhof Gardens, beloved as the most beautiful garden in the spring, or go for a picturesque cruise through the city’s maze of canals.  Or in Slovakia, enjoy a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local family.

On some sailings, our EmeraldPLUS experiences take place right onboard.  When you sail with us on the Highlights of the Netherlands & the Beauty of Belgium we’ll host a clog painting seminar onboard.  During our Secrets of the Douro cruise in Portugal enjoy on board cooking demonstrations, mosaic tile painting or learn how to make cocktails with the local white Port.

Our highly knowledgeable, fluently English-speaking local guides and Cruise Directors lead each EmeraldPLUS experience.  They will skillfully paint you a picture of the local culture’s exciting history and most fascinating hidden gems.

Experience our EmeraldPLUS In-Depth Cultural Experiences


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All Emerald Waterways sailings include at least one EmeraldPLUS experience. These complimentary activities are in-depth cultural experiences you'll remember long after you've returned home.

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