Check Out Our River Cruise Destinations!
Enjoy intimate, inclusive cruise itineraries are designed to help you explore and engage with your destination through its food, culture, countryside and customs.
Explore the Black Forest and visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration. Discover the culinary traditions of Alsace. Overlook the Rhine from the walls of Germany’s best-preserved medieval castle. Turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine—little wonder that the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-loved rivers.
Grand European Tour
Absorb the atmosphere of Budapest’s Café Gerbeaud and learn the Viennese waltz. Sample the food and wine of Austria’s Wachau Valley. Admire Rhine Valley vistas from a 900-year-old castle. Our most iconic itinerary traces the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers between the stunning landscapes of Hungary and the windmill-dotted waterways of Holland, with engaging encounters at every bend.
Danube to Waltz
Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau. Witness daily life in an abbey on an exclusive visit to Göttweig. This 8-day itinerary reveals the best of these places, while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.
Visit Budapest’s Castle District and cross the famous Chain Bridge. Explore Göttweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most revered monastic centers, and make dumplings with Wachau Valley apricots. See Europe’s largest pipe organ in Passau, or travel to Salzburg. Celebrate Vienna’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. With medieval towns, grand cities you are sure to love.
Waterways of the Tsars
See the swirling onion domes and stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square. Share stories at the kitchen table of an Uglich family. Savor Russian caviar with your blini pancakes. Soak up the steam in a traditional banya in riverside Mandrogy village. Envision Peter the Great luxuriating in massive Peterhof Palace, then see how multiple families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka. See Russia like never before.
Paris & Normandy
Explore Giverny and visit the beautiful gardens and charming farmhouse where Claude Monet lived and worked, the setting that inspired many of his masterpieces. Trace the footsteps of Joan of Arc in Rouen. Walk hallowed ground at Normandy’s American Military Cemetery and World War II beaches. Savor Normandy cuisine. Cruise along the Seine Rivers history, art, food, and customs in the country’s most dazzling settings.
Imperial Jewels of China
Deepen your understanding of China’s imperial history and forward-thinking modernity on one wide-ranging cruise tour. Trace timeworn steps along the Great Wall. Marvel at 8,000 ancient Terra Cotta Warriors, each distinctly carved. Admire emerald-draped cliff faces and hushed monasteries during a tranquil Yangtze river cruise. Step inside the massive Three Gorges Dam. And gaze upon Shanghai’s cutting-edge skyline.
Lyon & Provence
Tap into your inner van Gogh at an Arles painting class. Discover Roman Provence at Les Arènes amphitheater and the Pont du Gard. Explore Avignon’s Palace of the Popes. Excite your palate in Lyon, capital of French gastronomy. Savor Beaujolais wines. Hunt for truffles and see how chèvre cheese is made. Come witness the beauty that inspired artists like Cézanne and Chagall on this 8-day Rhône cruise.
Portugal’s River of Gold
Experience the renaissance of Lisbon, newly invigorated with trending galleries and restaurants. Explore two of Iberia’s oldest university towns: Coimbra, Portugal and Salamanca, Spain. Roam the port warehouses of Porto. Enjoy traditional cuisine, wine, and fado singing. Cruise the Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region and a UNESCO Site. Our cruise-tour includes a hotel stay in Lisbon & visit Spain.
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine
9 Days • 20 Meals
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Romantic Rhine. Travel onboard the MS Emerald Destiny, exploring the wonderful Christmas Markets of Germany and France while absorbing the local, festive atmosphere at this magical time of year.
Danube Delights River Cruise
11 Days • 22 Meals
Experience the Danube River aboard your Emerald Waterways star-ship on a seven-night cruise through four countries. Includes two nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions with English-speaking guides in six cities.
Portugal and the Douro River
11 Days • 22 Meals
Spend two nights exploring Lisbon, then set sail through the Portuguese Frontier. Visit Spain’s walled city of Salamanca, and the quaint and historic towns of Portugal along the Douro River on this magical experience.