To immerse you further in local history and culture, we also offer optional DiscoverMORE experiences

From our innovative and contemporary Star-Ships to our extra-special EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE experiences, every aspect of an Emerald Waterways river cruise is designed to bring you closer to the heart of local life, discovering hidden gems and rare insights that go beyond ordinary travel encounters. And now, to help you immerse further in local history and culture, we’re proud to introduce DiscoverMORE – a collection of special events that invite you to delve deep into the wonders of Europe and Southeast Asia.
For those who want to experience even more of the continent’s rich cultural tapestry, DiscoverMORE provides in-depth excursions which complement those provided by the EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE programmes. These optional events can either be booked before you go or while you’re on board and are available at an additional cost. Look out for details of the DiscoverMORE options available on each of our detailed river cruise itineraries.

Here we pick a few DiscoverMORE excursions available with Emerald Waterways. Please note, our DiscoverMORE optional tours are available at an additional cost.

Read the full list of European DiscoverMORE options here or to read to full list of DiscoverMORE options in Southeast Asia click here

Excursions on the Danube River

Viennese Evening Concert

Enjoy an evening concert at one of Vienna's most beautiful concert halls. Emerald Waterways will arrange this private concert exclusively for you to enjoy favourites such as the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March. A complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival adds to the special occasion – the perfect start to a truly memorable evening. Whether you’re a lover of classical music or not, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Other excursions to enjoy on the Danube:

· Visit to Schönnbrunn Palace

· Tour of Salzburg

· Tastes of Vienna Food Tour

Excursions on the Rhine River

Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle Visit

Perched on a hill 300 feet above the Moselle Valley lies Cochem, a medieval town renowned for its magnificent castle. A long history precedes what we see of Cochem Castle. Originally thought to have been built around the 9th century, in 1689 Louis XIV ordered his troops to destroy the beautiful Romanesque structure and it was left in ruins for 180 years. In 1868, German businessman Louis Ravené began restoring it, adopting the neo-Gothic style.

Excursion to a local Brewery

In beautiful Regensburg, visit one of the many local breweries to explore the origins, history and, of course, tastes of some of Germany’s most famous beer. You’ll see how traditional brewery techniques have merged with modern technology, before having the opportunity to sample a range of classic Bavarian beers.

Additional DiscoverMORE options:

· Gingerbread cooking demonstration

· Haarlem Discovery Visit

· Rothenburg Excursion

· Salzburg Excursion

· Tour to Schönbrunn Palace

· Viennese Evening Concert

Moselle, Rhine and Main river cruise excursions

Excursion to Riquewihr

Just across the border, in the ancient French commune of Alsace, lies the attractive town of Riquewihr. Located on the Alsace Wine Route, the town is revered for its fine vintages, earning it the nickname ‘the gem of the Alsace vineyards’. After a tour, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the wines of a local winery.

Additional DiscoverMORE excursions:

· Excursion to Rothenburg

· Bavaria Live

Danube River excursions in Eastern Europe

National Opera Theatre Tour

Built in 1868, this spectacular theatre is home to a variety of performing arts. Opera, ballet and drama have long been enjoyed here, as Serbia awoke to the idea of theatre. These cultural pursuits, consequently, were of great help in conquering illiteracy and aiding the growth of the national culture. As well as a tour of the backstage area, the dressing room, make-up rooms and costume areas, you'll also have the opportunity to stand on the actual stage as the professionals do.

Additional DiscoverMORE excursions:

· Excursion to Szentendre

Holland and Belgium river cruise excursions

Haarlem Discovery Visit

Once home to a handful of the Netherland’s foremost artists, Haarlem is a charming, historic town to the northwest of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam, which provides a wonderful insight into quintessential Holland. Enjoy a guided tour of this hidden gem, where cobbled streets, ancient architecture and bustling cafés and restaurants have attracted visitors for decades. After your tour, enjoy a beer tasting session in a converted church, just outside Haarlem’s medieval town centre.

Additional DiscoverMORE excursions:

· Delft Pottery Factory Visit

Rhône river cruise excursions 

Guided Tour of the Pont Gard

A masterpiece of Roman engineering which remains one of their most priceless architectural relics outside of Italy; the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pont du Gard aqueduct is an unforgettable sight on your passage through southern France. Marvel at the three-level, 48-metre-high Roman structure, which served as an aqueduct until the 6th century, transporting some 20,000m3 of water a day.

Additional DiscoverMORE excursions:

· Classical Concert in Avignon

· Excursion to Pérouges

· Visit to Saint Paul de Vence

· Tastes of Paris Food Tour

· Retro Car Tour of Paris

Douro River cruise excursions

Visit to Mateus Manor House

Built in the 18th century, Mateus Palace is one of the finest representations of Baroque architecture in Portugal. Consisting of the main house, the gardens, a winery and a chapel, there's beauty in abundance as you become acquainted with its interior and exterior. You may recognise these wonderful dwellings from the label of Portugal's famous rosé wine, created in 1942. From the Portuguese meaning, Gift of God, try it for yourself and understand why it's become a national favourite.

Additional DiscoverMORE excursions:

· Excursion to Sintra

· Archaeological Tour 4x4 Coa Museum

· Taylors Port Wine Tour

· Visit to Quinta da Aveleda

Vietnam and Cambodia extended excursions

Visit to My Son

Your day begins at Phuoc Kieu, a 500-year-old village famed for its bronze casting. Wander through its impressive temples and visit a workshop where you’ll see how the locals use traditional techniques to create an array of bronze goods. A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple remains of My Son were once the most important religious centres for the Champa Kingdom. As you explore these intricate temples, you’ll be able to soak up the spiritual atmosphere of this secluded area.

Halong Bay Seaplane Flight

The ethereal beauty of Halong Bay is certainly worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage-listed title, a natural wonder where stunning limestone pillars and islands are dotted in the serene emerald waters. Its untouched beauty is yours to discover as you take to the skies and view the spectacular bay, and its breath-taking unique landscapes from the air. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as your 45-minute seaplane flight travels from Hanoi and over the majestic Halong Bay.

Evening Street Food Walking Tour

Delve deeper into Vietnamese cuisine as you’re taken on an incredible journey of food discovery, with a guided night out in Ho Chi Minh City. Witness this iconic city come to life as you traverse its streets and sample mouth-watering local delicacies. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City’s many restaurants and street food stands to discover the very best culinary delights the city has to offer.

Additional DiscoverMORE options:

· Bird Sanctuary Visit

· Visit to Koh Chen Silversmith Village

· Silk Farm Tour of Koh Oknha Tei

· Vespa Tour of Siem Reap

· Banteay Srei Temple

· Khmer Cooking Class

· Tour to Tonle Spa

· Vietnamese Cooking Class