Discover the Rhine, Main & Danube Rivers with Emerald Cruises – Save $8,600!




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Cruise the Rivers of Europe from Amsterdam to Bucharest with Emerald Cruises in 2025

Save up to $8,600 per couple with early bird savings* ⏰

Relax on an award-winning river cruise through the heart of Europe to introduce you to exhilarating cultures and traditions. Broaden your horizons by touring the beautiful cities, towns, and villages that dot the riverbanks, meet with locals to learn more about their way of life, and sample the finest wines and cuisine with flavours that dance on your palate.

* Book and pay in full 10 months prior to departure

Emerald Sky River Cruise Ship

Included Items

  • 21 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 62 delectable meals including 22 breakfasts (B), 19 lunches (L), 21 dinners (D)
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director and Bucharest tour director
  • A variety of tours. Please speak to a Tour + Cruise specialist for specific details
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation=
  • Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town
  • Traditional Bavarian band performance on board
  • 1 night in a hotel in Bucharest
  • Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
  • Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family
  • Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

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Discover the Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise Map

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Welcome to Amsterdam, a postcard-worthy destination of picturesque canals, cafés, and art galleries. Here, you 'll be met at the airport and transferred to the comfortable surrounds of your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. After boarding, you can enjoy some time to explore the cobbled streets and gabled houses at leisure. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

Meals Included: Dinner


This morning, explore the Dutch Golden Age, as you board a glass-top canal boat cruise to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system or enjoy a guided bike tour to Waterland.

Both excellent ways to experience the city in all its authenticity, take to its charming waterways, passing iconic buildings and elegant merchant residences that reflect a time when Amsterdam was one of the most lucrative ports in the world. If you’re feeling more active, then explore on two wheels, cycling alongside a backdrop of historical villages and traditional windmills.

On returning to your Star-Ship, your first day of sailing will take you through the tranquil Dutch countryside to the Rhine River.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Waterland

Included Excursion: Canal cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Founded by the Romans in 50 AD, the cathedral city of Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany and the largest on the Rhine. The historic capital of the Rhineland, this illustrious city has been generously peppered with ancient architecture, from Roman ruins to medieval structures, despite much of the inner city being completely destroyed during WWII.

Join your local guide and explore the city, including the Old Town with its beautiful squares, historic monuments and contemporary architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, whose filigree twin towers form an iconic part of the skyline. During your free time, explore the city centre where locals meet for shopping trips and to enjoy authentic German beer before returning to your Star-Ship.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today’s cruise route meanders through the fairy tale-like surrounds of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. Hilltop castles and fortresses will be yours to admire as we sail leisurely down the Rhine River. We will pass the infamous Lorelai Rock, where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by an enchanting siren, and the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, a former stronghold.

This afternoon, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town with a vibrant wine-growing heritage. You will have the choice of either riding on the Winzerexpress and visiting Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum or, if you're feeling active, taking an active hike to Niederwalddenkmal.

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Niederwalddenkmal

Included Excursion: Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, boasting an inimitable feeling of medieval Bavaria with its 15th century half-timbered buildings.

On your included walking tour, stroll down the cobblestone streets, lined with these colourful houses and view the Gothic Merchant Hall, an impressive symbol of past affluence. You could also enjoy an active walk through the forest to Mildenburg Castle. This iconic landmark now houses a wonderful collection of contemporary art and old masters.

Later, we’ll venture to the charming town of Wertheim where, as part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, you’ll have an exclusive glassblowing presentation at the Glass Art Museum.

EmeraldPLUS: Exclusive visit to the Glass Art Museum in Wertheim with presentation

EmeraldACTIVE: Active walk to Mildenburg Castle

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Miltenberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Known as the ‘Pearl of the Romantic Road’, Würzburg is the centre for grape-growing, the product of the sloping vineyard-laden hills which surround the former capital of Franconia. The architects behind the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Würzburg Residence drew inspiration from a spectrum of different styles, including Viennese Baroque and secular features from Italy, but it was heavily damaged during WWII. Enjoy learning about how this impressive building was restored to its former glory on a guided tour.

Included Excursion: Walking tour of Würzburg and a visit to the Bishops Residence

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Rothenburg (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, relax on board and witness the beauty of Europe’s waterways from the plush surrounds of your cabin as we cruise to Bamberg. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed town boasts one of the largest medieval centres in Europe, with around 2,400 listed buildings gracing its streets.

Feel the magic of the past as you explore the city with your local guide, marvelling at the opulence of the New Residence, once resided in by the prince bishops and now home to a plethora of old German and Baroque paintings from the Bavarian State collection. Enjoy a tranquil stroll around the Rose Garden to round your day off peacefully.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Bamberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Embark on a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Nuremberg, including the architectural wonders that have inspired famous artists for centuries and exploring the effects that the war years had. After your tour, enjoy time to explore Nuremberg at leisure, passing half-timbered houses that were beautifully reconstructed following the war.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Nuremberg

DiscoverMORE: World War II tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, you’ll sail the final stretch of the fascinating Main-Danube Canal to Regensburg. As you continue sailing down the Danube, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities welcomes you with two millennia of history. For almost 150 years, the Old Town Hall was the seat of parliament. Dating back to the 13th century, it consists of the Town Hall Tower, the Imperial Chamber building, and the Town Hall. Wander the streets with your guide, as the romantic narrow alleys of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town enable you to live through the city’s history.

The main highlight of your tour will be the 12th-century Stone Bridge, a medieval structure crossing the Danube. Enjoy time to explore Regensburg at leisure after your guided tour or return to your Star-Ship for some peace and tranquility. Later today, enjoy a traditional Bavarian band performance on board.

EmeraldPLUS: Bavarian band performance on board

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Regensburg

DiscoverMORE: Sausage-making workshop (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Passau is a picturesque city that has been shaped by the surrounding rivers over the years, sitting right on the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz. This memorable destination is dominated by large squares, magical promenades and romantic lanes. Cobblestone streets and graceful arcades welcome you in the beautiful city of Passau. On this morning’s walking tour, stroll through streets lined by Baroque buildings dating back to the 17th century and look at the Gothic Town Hall, Bishop’s Residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a wonderful example of Baroque architecture and home to the largest church organ in Europe.

Return for lunch on board and an afternoon peacefully cruising along the Danube.

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Passau

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Salzburg (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Ceský Krumlov (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Situated within Austria’s wine-growing region, Melk is home to a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, which is yours to explore today during an included tour. Your guide will take you through a series of opulent rooms, each adorned with the finest Italian Baroque architecture and ornate gold leaf walls, including the ancient monastic library, renowned for its extensive collection of medieval manuscripts.

Later, the Star-Ship sails through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley and on to Dürnstein, one of the most enchanting villages in the Wachau wine region, where you can choose to hike to Dürnstein Castle, the site where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned after returning from the Crusades.

Alternatively, enjoy an EmeraldACTIVE guided bike ride along the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein, passing famous vineyards and quaint towns.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour along the Danube

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Dürnstein Castle

Included Excursion: Tour of Melk Abbey

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Austria’s breathtaking capital is recognised for its cultural legacy. As the former residence of Mozart and Beethoven, a multitude of imperial palaces represent a rich history, and the museum district boasts contemporary buildings, housing the work of some of the world’s most prolific artists.

Explore the famous sights of the Ringstrasse and Vienna’s city centre by coach and on foot or join a guided bike tour. Marvel at the Renaissance-style arches that adorn the façades of the Opera House, the Baroque Burgtheater and the Flemish Gothic Parliament before enjoying time to explore Vienna at leisure.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour of Vienna

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Vienna

DiscoverMORE: Viennese evening concert (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Schönbrunn Palace (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Set at the crossroads of ancient trade routes in the heart of Europe, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a place where Baroque palaces, boutiques and cafés adorn cobblestone streets. In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the enchanting Old City or hike to Bratislava Castle.

Your local guide will take you through the heart of the city. Pass by the botanical gardens of the Episcopal Summer Palace, the Old Town Hall and its delightful Renaissance courtyard and the Slovak National Theatre, where busts of famous composers adorn the façade. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

This afternoon, a local family will be happy to welcome you into their home for some great conversation over traditional sweet treats and coffee.

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted coffee and cake with a Slovakian family

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Bratislava Castle

Included Excursion: Walking tour of Bratislava

DiscoverMORE: Skoda tour of post-Communist Bratislava (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Carpathian wine route (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Budapest is Eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. Divided by the iconic Danube River, Buda and Pest on either side can be reached via the Chain Bridge, one of the city’s most symbolic structures.

Enjoy a guided tour of the city with your local guide this morning. Alternatively, embark on a hike to Gellert Hill. This evening, you will enjoy a Hungarian folklore show before your farewell dinner.

EmeraldPLUS: Traditional Hungarian folklore show on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike to Gellert Hill

Included Excursion: Guided coach tour of Budapest

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Szentendre (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Jewish heritage tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today is a full day at leisure in Budapest. Your Cruise Director will be on hand to assist on you how best to spend your day. Perhaps a visit to the city market, enjoy relaxing at the local thermal baths. This evening, relax on board as you watch an authentic Hungarian folklore show and indulge in a dinner of traditional cuisine.

EmeraldPLUS: A traditional Hungarian folklore show

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


This morning, we’ll reach Kalocsa, best known for its vibrant paprika festivals. You’ll venture to the Puszta, or Great Hungarian Plain, for a traditional performance showcasing the exceptional equestrian skills of the Magyar cowboys. Sit back and enjoy the show, as you watch their spectacular horse parade and witness their exercise drills. Tonight, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax and meet your fellow guests during the welcome dinner & reception.

EmeraldPLUS: Puszta horse show

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, we will drive to Osijek, a historic university town full of leafy boulevards and promenades. Today, you will get to learn more about Croatia and the daily life of locals, before you embark on a walk around Osijek Fortress, nestled in the centre of the romantic old town. Our EmeraldPLUS excursion will bring you to the home of a Croatian family to share a typical meal from the area while getting to know the local culture and customs.

EmeraldPLUS: Home-hosted lunch with a Croatian family

Included Excursion: Guided walking tour of Osijek Fortress

DiscoverMORE: Vucedol Culture Museum (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The capital of Serbia awaits you today, as a city tour introduces you to the highlights of one of Europe’s oldest cities, including Belgrade Fortress. Relax as your coach takes you through the centre of this peaceful city and witness the symmetrical façade of the Church of Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest church buildings. Stop for a tour of the Museum of Yugoslavia or learn about the history of Belgrade during a guided bike tour of the city.

This evening, relax in the Horizon Lounge with a traditional Serbian folklore show providing spectacular entertainment.

EmeraldPLUS: Serbian folklore evening show on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Belgrade

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Belgrade

DiscoverMORE: National Opera Theatre tour (extra expense)

DiscoverMORE: Routes of Nikola Tesla (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


In eastern Serbia, within the Majdanpek municipality, the town of Donji Milanovac sits on the right bank of the Danube. Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Palaeolithic site of Lepenski Vir on an included excursion. Enjoy learning about the importance of this archaeological site and its illustrious history, spanning more than 8 millennia. The day ends as we sail through the Iron Gates, a picturesque narrow gorge that meanders between the Carpathian Mountains and the European Alps.

Included Excursion: Visit to Lepenski Vir archaeological site and museum

DiscoverMORE: Golubac Castle visit (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, we’ll arrive in Vidin, a beautiful town in north-west Bulgaria, renowned for its wine production. Your included tour will introduce you to the best of Vidin’s viticulture, as you stroll through a local vineyard and enjoy a tasting session of their produce.

Later, venture to Baba Vida, a medieval fortress whose name can be translated to mean ‘Granny Vida’. Alternatively, hike to Belogradchik Fortress, a well-preserved stronghold that sits against a series of impressive rock formations.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Belogradchik Fortress

Included Excursion: Visit to a local vineyard with wine tasting & a visit to Baba Vida Fortress

DiscoverMORE: Traditional Bulgarian pastry making (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today, your Star-Ship will cruise into Rousse, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Veliko Tarnovo. The former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, this medieval city was built atop three hills and its fortifications and cobbled streets are certain to delight history lovers.

Nearby, Arbanasi sits on a high plateau overlooking the Yantra River. Each street in the area is lined with traditional houses, and old churches offer centuries of exploration during your guided tour. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a complex of churches, chapels, and monasteries. Tonight, your crew will welcome you on board for a farewell dinner.

EmeraldPLUS: Choir concert in Arbanasi

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike to Ivanovo Church

Included Excursion: Tour of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi

DiscoverMORE: Wine tasting at Leventa Complex (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning, relax and enjoy the passing scenery as we drive towards Bucharest, including the Romanian city of Giurgiu, set amongst the mud flats and marshes of the Danube. Visit the Spring Palace and the private residence of Nicolae Ceausescu, before enjoying free time to explore the city at leisure. Learn about Bucharest’s vibrant history on a guided coach tour, passing by the Palace of Parliament.

This evening, settle into the comfortable surrounds of your hotel before you consider going for a stroll down one of the wide avenues or leafy boulevards that give Bucharest a distinctly French feel.

Included Excursion: Guided drive through Bucharest with a visit to the Spring Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast


After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Great Hungarian Plain and medieval fortresses with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Meals Included: Breakfast

On board, attention to detail has been considered throughout every feature and flourish, providing unrivalled comfort, and the most luxurious and enjoyable of journeys for all of our guests. Whether you prefer to while away peaceful hours in your lovingly appointed suite or stateroom, or mingle with new found friends in the spacious and welcoming communal areas, every inch of our Star-Ships has been designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind.

The stylish, contemporary décor of the fleet provides a wonderful setting for watching the beautiful river views pass by. From the illuminated atrium, to the crisp, clean linens in each of our suites and staterooms, to the centre point of our dining experience - Reflections Restaurant, it’s easy to see why our Star-Ships are award-winning.
Our Star-Ships sailing the Danube, Rhine and Rhône are home to an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows and a retractable roof. In the evenings the pool innovatively transforms into a cosy cinema.
During warmer months, the panoramic Sun Deck is the perfect spot to watch the world go by with your favourite drink in hand. On the Sun Deck of our Emerald Radiance sailing Portugal’s Douro River you will find a spa-style serenity pool and on Emerald Harmony the open-air pool is ideal for Asia’s exotic climate.
At Emerald Cruises, we are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your stay on board our Star-Ships goes above and beyond your expectations. The wealth of amenities on board are complemented by our highly-trained, skilled and attentive crew, dedicated to ensuring your Emerald Cruises holiday is unforgettable.

What Can You Expect Onboard?

  • Al fresco dining and BBQ area
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Dedicated Cruise Director
  • Evening cinema*
  • Fitness & Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser
  • Innovative indoor heated pool with retractable roof*
  • Spa-style Serenity Pool on the Emerald Radiance
  • Stylish staterooms and suites
  • Sun Deck with seating area, walking track, games area & putting green

On-Board Entertainment

With Emerald Cruises the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s about enjoying every moment and creating memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why we believe that entertainment is an integral part of your cruise experience. To ensure there’s never a dull moment on board, our Cruise Directors oversee a fantastic range of entertainment activities for you to enjoy. From our ever-popular crew show and bar quizzes to local performances in a traditional style, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
Our crew members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our entertainment schedule and point you in the direction of the latest activities taking place on board. With so much to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Horizon Bar & Lounge

The Horizon Bar & Lounge is the social heartbeat of our Star-Ships. Surprisingly spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessels day or night. There's a fully stocked bar with attentive bartenders, help-yourself to a selection of coffees from out high-tech coffee-machine, or try one of our speciality teas, and take a seat in our plush and spacious sofas and chairs. In the day it's a place to catch up with new friends and unwind.
Each evening before dinner, your Cruise Director welcomes you to the Horizon Bar and Lounge for an informal yet fascinating talk on your forthcoming ports of call. With tips on what you'll see and things to look out for, this is an ideal opportunity to plan for the day ahead. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you.

After Dinner Entertainment

After another delicious dinner in our Reflections Restaurant, head up to the Horizon Bar and Lounge, where, on select nights we have local entertainment come on-board. Relax with your favourite cocktail and catch up with your new found friends.
On select evenings guests are invited to watch local performances in the traditional style. From a Bavarian band to Hungarian dancing, there's no finer way to celebrate the native culture than in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
The Horizon Bar & Lounge also plays host to challenging quizzes and our popular crew show. This jovial event happens at the end of every cruise after the Farewell Dinner.

Heated Pool & Cinema

Unlike any other on Europe's waters, our ships boast a heated pool* complete with retractable roof and bar which cleverly transforms into a cinema in the evening. *please note the Emerald Radiance does not have an indoor pool/cinema.

Make your way to the back of the ship where our indoor heated pool is situated. When the evening arrives this oasis of calm is transformed into a hub of entertainment.

Watch in awe as the floor rises through the pool's surface and a screen is lowered from above. In a matter of minutes the area is converted from a swimming pool into a cosy cinema where a selection of classic and contemporary films are shown throughout your cruise.

On selected evenings the cinema will play host to a variety of iconic concerts performed by some of the world's most significant musicians. Popular music, classical and jazz are just some of the genres you can expect to see on the big screen.
Our live music showcase is just another was to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable river cruise. We're always looking for exciting and unexpected ways to entertain our guests and we're sure that you will love our collection of fun and inspirational performances.

Cultural Shows & Entertainment

As the host on-board, our Cruise Directors strive to ensure there’s never a dull moment during an Emerald Waterways river cruise. With this in mind, a fantastic range of entertaining activities are available for you to enjoy.
Thanks to the unique design of our Star-Ships, we are able to host a unique event program throughout your cruise. In the Horizon Bar & Lounge, immerse yourself in ancient folklores, passed from one generation to another for hundreds of years, during an authentic show. Or, let the music of a nation sweep you off your feet as a local band takes to the floor in their traditional attire. Alternatively, catch that film you never got round to seeing during movie nights in the cinema.

Relax On The Sun Deck

The top deck of our Star-Ships boasts the Sun Deck*. A panoramic rooftop space, home to a walking track, putting green and games area, as well as deck chairs and sun-loungers, perfect for warmer climates.
Why not challenge your new-found companions to a spot of putting or noughts and crosses, accompanied by the sensational backdrop of each magnificent river bank village, town or city?
Feel the breeze as you navigate your way through the heart of Europe’s most spectacular towns and cities. Raise a toast with new friends and watch as areas of outstanding natural beauty pass by.
Those travelling on Emerald Radiance through Portugal’s Douro region, can look forward to doing so from the outdoor heated Serenity Pool, a truly indulgent way to experience some of the country’s highlights.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Advertised price based on 30 Aug 2025 departure in Cat E Emerald Stateroom, price is per person twin share and reflects the $4,300 per person saving*. Pricing is correct as of 12 April 2024, subject to availability at the time of booking. Offers may be withdrawn or prices updated by the supplier at any time, so please enquire with our expert consultants for the latest pricing, terms and conditions. Single supplement may also apply.

*Super Earlybird deal: Full payment required 10 months prior to departure, or if booking within 10 months full payment is due within 7 days. Offer applicable to category E. Offer is strictly limited and subject to availability until sold out or no later than 20 Sep 2024. Not combinable with other earlybird offers.

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