Europe River Cruising

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Experience the romance and adventure of Europe’s waterways! Join us aboard Evergreen's award-winning deluxe Emerald 'Star Ships'.

Discover Europe's fairytale castles and breathtaking landscapes, explore grand cities and soak up the rich history and culture.

While our itineraries are comprehensive, you will also appreciate the freedom for personal discoveries of Europe in your own time.

Indulge in the sophistication and elegance of the cruisers' innovative designs. While on board, relax in the swimming pool and enjoy enchanting and unimpeded views of the spectacular rivers and countryside. Amazingly, this whole space converts into an evening cinema for your viewing pleasure.

To enhance your European river cruising experience why not discover Europe beyond its rivers. We also offer a wide range of seamlessly linked land tours and exciting ocean cruising extensions.

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Inclusions & Features

  • Emerald river cruise ships exclusive to Evergreen Cruises & Tours
  • Balanced itineraries between must-see sights and free time
  • Superb amenities feature in all suites and staterooms including a flat screen TV with infotainment system, individual air conditioning system, a safe, a fridge, hairdryer, hotel-style beds and an ensuite bathroom, at a minimum. Plus there's complimentary Wi-Fi and bottled water daily
  • Complimentary 'You're Invited' unique and exclusive local experiences included
  • "Discover More" sightseeing options to personalise your holiday
  • Services of Evergreen Cruise Directors plus expert local guides
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
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Highlights, Experience & Attractions

Our inclusions bring to life the Europe you’ve always dreamed of. We know you’ll never forget the moment you first laid eyes on the colossal Cologne Cathedral, marvelled at the medieval castles of the Rhine Gorge, enjoyed the culinary tastes of Burgundy and Provence prepared by our own celebrity chef, or sampled the delights of the Douro’s famous cellars. Each one is a unique, unsurpassed experience and an included premium highlight with Evergreen Cruises & Tours.

On your river cruise you’ll enjoy at least one included guided shore excursion every day. On these excursions you’ll also receive your own personal headset so you don’t miss out on any of the fascinating information your Local Guide will present. Be impressed by the grandeur of 900 year old Melk Benedictine Abbey, soak up Vienna’s classical influence and take in the view from Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest. These are just a handful of the included daily excursions you’ll experience on your river cruise. Our itineraries are cleverly designed with the appropriate balance of inclusions, must-see sights and free time, all planned to unlock Europe’s richness and vibrancy.

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Cultural Shows and Entertainment

The incredible diversity of European traditions are highlighted on your cruise through a range of on-board shows, demonstrations and educational lectures. Every evening after dinner the Horizon Lounge hosts music from our resident performers plus special local guest entertainers. In Budapest, enjoy the dancing and music of the Hungarian Folk Ensemble, while in Miltenberg witness a typical Bavarian band complete with an accordion and brass instruments.

Your Cruise Director and musicians will organise different themes each evening so there is something to suit every taste.

You're Invited

Join us on a journey into the Europe seldom seen by visitors. Since 2014 Evergreen has included unique and exclusive local experiences where our guests are welcomed into the lives of real people. You'll come home with a knowledge of Europe far deeper than a grand church or historic landmark alone can offer.

In small groups, you'll meet local families and leave with an understanding of daily life in Europe. Experience the hospitable atmosphere of a Slovak home in the village of Senkvice, Bratislava, where you will be welcomed for afternoon tea with a local family, your hosts for the afternoon. In Germany, we welcome a traditional Bavarian band on board for a dance with the locals. In the Black Forest, enjoy lunch at a genuine family-run country cottage, with an included Black Forest gateau tasting and demonstration. In Poland, experience a traditional meal at a local restaurant in the beautiful town of Kraków.

These rewarding experiences will become lasting memories and are exclusive to Evergreen. On other itineraries there are many different experiences which will bring you closer to the lives of European people, including wine tasting, cultural performances and interesting lectures.


Our range of on board and onshore activities suit the more active guest, so if you love to explore during bicycle rides and walking excursions, or simply enjoy keeping fit, then look out for them on your chosen itinerary.

During your European river cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy our EmeraldACTIVE programme of excursions, encouraging you to stretch your legs, find your centre and keep active. This may consist of guided hikes to centuries-old castles, cycle rides from one spectacular town to the next, and a canoeing excursion, inviting you to get even closer to the river. From April 2019, we’ll be introducing an on-board Activity Manager to all seven of our Star-Ships sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle, Rhône and Douro rivers in Europe. These dedicated members of the team will perform a varied role, from coordinating on board fitness classes and active onshore excursions, to organising the evening’s entertainment.

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Discover More

On an Evergreen River Cruise or Coach Tour we know the value of free time for you to explore Europe on your own. However, we also know that most of our clients like to be offered extra sightseeing to personalise their holiday, so we’ve negotiated with Europe’s best operators to bring you experiences such as the Classical Music in Vienna, or a day trip to the medieval fortified town of Rothenburg. When you pre-book one of the following tours you will be assured of the best price and value added extra ‘exclusive’ to Evergreen Cruises & Tours.

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