With the Emerald Waterways fleet expanding to include 7 Star-Ships, the river cruise line has added three new itineraries so guests can explore even more of Europe.
The EmeraldACTIVE programme has also expanded to incorporate more options for active travellers. In 2018, guests can enjoy guided biking tours in Vienna or cycle along the banks of the Danube taking in the beautiful Alsatian landscapes from Breisach to Colmar. Explorations on foot include guided hiking tours to Castle Hill in Budapest and the rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo.
8-Day The Classic Rhine
Amsterdam to Frankfurt
Start in Amsterdam, where guests can visit the Rijksmuseum or enjoy a guided bike tour. This classic voyage down the Rhine visits Xanten, known for its Roman Archaeological Park, then Andernach for a visit to the Geysir Museum. A guided tour of Cochem includes a visit the Imperial Reichsburg Castle for the epic finale to a day exploring the medieval town. Be guided through the streets of Bernkastel, with its sloping vineyards, and enjoy a wine tasting before cruising back from the Moselle to the Rhine Valley for your transfer to Frankfurt and your return journey home.
8-Day The Majestic Rhine
Frankfurt to Basel
After being transferred from Frankfurt airport to the port of Mainz, you’ll sail to Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns, where guests will taste Rudesheimer Coffee and visit the Mechanical Music Museum. In the ancient city of Koblenz, stroll around and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Strasbourg features a canal boat tour and travel onward through France to visit the cobblestone streets of Colmar, with its medieval and early Renaissance buildings, before returning home from Basel.
8-Day The Charms of Holland & Belgium
Amsterdam to Amsterdam
Vibrant Amsterdam offers much to see. Join a canal boat tour, or get to know the streets on a guided walk before setting sail for Dordrecht to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk Windmills. In Belgium, Antwerp offers guests the opportunity to learn its history as part of a guided tour before returning to the Netherlands and Maastricht, Holland’s oldest fortified city. Arnhem’s rich military history invites travellers to learn more at the Airborne Museum, followed by 13th-century Hoorn, where guests can embark on a walking tour of Edam or Volendam.