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 Emerald Cruises 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.

In April 2019, we introduced 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.

With at least one EmeraldACTIVE* activity included in all our cruise itineraries, you can look forward to yoga and Pilates sessions, aqua aerobics in our heated pool and our ‘walk-a-mile’ classes on the Sun Deck. And, on selected evenings, we’ll have karaoke nights, cards tournaments and gameshow-style quizzes.

We’ll continue introducing new and exciting activities and adventurous excursions both on land and on the water. We also provide unguided experiences, if you’d prefer to explore independently, allowing you to savour a destination’s highlights on a route of your making.

*EmeraldACTIVE activities vary by Star-Ship and cruise itinerary. Call us for full details.



Guided bike tour between Dürnstein & Melk

Enjoy a mostly flat 23-mile bike tour through rolling vineyards and quaint towns in the Wachau Valley. Stop for lunch on the banks of the Danube where you may even see your Star-Ship pass by which will later meet you at the next docking point.


Guided nature walk through the Black Forest

Available on our Jewels of the Rhine river cruise, you can enjoy a one hour afternoon guided nature walk through the woods, starting in Breisach where your ship will dock. A great way to work up an appetite for your evening meal on-board your Star-Ship.


Guided hike tour through vineyards

Whilst in Tournon, enjoy a guided hike through vineyards and learn more about the area's long tradition in wine making.


Guided Bike Tour

Available on our Jewels of the Rhine river cruise, take a guided bike tour of Amsterdam and explore the sights along the way.

More ways to keep active

Our EmeraldACTIVE excursions are not the only way you can keep active. Our fantastic state-of-the-art ships all come equipped with a number of other features including a gym, a running deck on the Sun Deck and of course our innovative indoor heated pool* where you can take a dip anytime during the day.