Aerial view of Emerald Star-Ship under Dom Luís I Bridge on Douro River, Portugal

The Best Three River Cruises in Europe

A river cruise is the perfect way to see Europe’s historic and extraordinary cities, towns and villages as you cruise in style and comfort on one of our Deluxe Star-Ships. 
If you are not sure which river cruise to choose, here are our most popular choices.

Splendours of Europe River Cruise

The Splendours of Europe river cruise is a great choice for first time river cruisers.

This 15 day river cruise journeys from Budapest to Amsterdam and takes you through some of Europe’s most historic towns and cities along the Rhine and Danube River. Experience a taste of culture from each four unique capital cities as you begin your holiday with an iconic glass-top canal boat cruise in Amsterdam, before continuing to sail through, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Discover natural beauty, medieval towns, and hikes to hilltop fortresses and luxurious palaces.

With our EmeraldPLUS program you have the unique experience to learn more about the day to day life of a local family when you visit a Slovakian family for afternoon tea. 

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence River Cruise

Sail the Saône and Rhône Rivers and discover the beauty, history and cuisine of France. Journey to the country’s gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, to indulge in a traditional Bouchon meal for lunch. Take in history that dates back to Roman times before enjoying an authentic Provençal dinner on board, hosted by renowned French chef, Fabien Morreale. Our Sensations of Lyon and Provence river cruise is ideal for food and wine lovers who want to experience some of the world’s best cuisine.

France offers fine examples of French 15th Century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. You will also discover world famous artwork in many of France’s famous galleries.

Extend your discovery of France
, and add on three nights in Paris to truly indulge in one of the most spectacular cities in the world.
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Secrets of the Douro River Cruise

Portugal offers a vibrant culture of music, food and wine and our Secrets of the Douro river cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey through the magnificent World Heritage-listed Douro Valley.
Commence your river cruise in the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto and then set sail to discover villages and cultures seemingly untouched and untroubled by the outside world.

Sample the finest port wines from delightful family-owned vineyards honouring centuries-old techniques, and end your cruise on the Spanish border at the medieval city of Salamanca, Spain’s golden city. The glow of the ancient sandstone buildings of Salamanca welcomes you to one of the continent’s most charming settlements, featuring some of Europe’s best examples of medieval architecture.

Explore Portugal further and add on a city stay in the capital city of Lisbon, exploring sandstone cobbled, tree-lined streets, Roman ruins, and sun-kissed cafes.
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