Inspiring Days Ashore

With a different port call almost every day of your cruise; Emerald Waterways have organised a series of inspiring days ashore – taking you to the very heart of the beautiful towns and cities we visit.

Featuring as many as 16 destinations across up to five different countries, an Emerald Waterways cruise provides the perfect platform to absorb a huge array of cultures and traditions in one fell swoop.

Every Emerald Waterways cruise itinerary is carefully planned to ensure the ship visits only the most fascinating, rewarding port towns and cities – affording you the opportunity to derive maximum reward and pleasure.

Whether exploring a new town on foot or navigating the streets of an ancient city by coach, English-speaking guides will be on hand to bring your destination to life through educational and enlightening commentary.

And to ensure you don’t miss a second of the tour, we will provide all of our guests with a personal headset.

Exciting excursions in unforgettable destinations

Every one of our unforgettable cruises has been designed to showcase the best of what the local region has to offer. Whether you’re exploring the romantic Rhine or tasting the port in Porto, you can look forward to an included excursion in almost every destination you visit.

From UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites and fairy tale castles, to grandiose cathedrals and cosmopolitan cities, our days spent ashore are expertly designed to showcase the best of what every region has to offer.

As many as 16 destinations across up to five different countries offer the perfect platform to absorb an array of culture and tradition.

But that’s not all. Each of our itineraries also features at least one extra-special EmeraldPLUS experience and an array of exciting EmeraldACTIVE highlights.

city of bamberg

city of vienna

Arranged Insightful Tours

Disembark in Passau and join a local guide for a walking tour through the fairy-tale streets. Enjoy a sightseeing drive along Vienna’s grandiose Ringstrasse before taking to the city on foot.

A coach tour of Budapest includes a stop off at the Royal Palace of Buda, a hilltop castle complex where the ornate Fisherman’s Bastion takes centre stage.

city of lyon

Free Time to Roam

Or if you would rather forge your own path, and explore the beautiful destinations of Europe at your own pace; you’re free to roam solo.

Indulge your interests and intrigues throughout the continent’s awe-inspiring towns, cities and regions – from the culinary delights of Lyon to the rolling vineyards of the Douro region.