The EmeraldPLUS experience takes you right to the heart of the culture of each destination, helping you experience what day-to-day life is like for the locals.

These authentic adventures seek to avoid typical tourist hotspots, so you can be sure that your experiences are unlike any others.

This might come in the form of an invitation to afternoon tea with a Slovakian family in their home during your time in Bratislava, a traditional German cooking presentation in the Black Forest, or enjoy a relaxing glass top canal boat cruise for a unique view of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

We believe it’s these special touches that make a river cruise with Emerald Cruises stand out from the crowd and our expert tour guides are specially chosen to impart their local knowledge and help you understand each place you visit that bit better.


Visit a local Slovakian family

During a visit to Bratislava we take you to visit the home of a Slovakian family for afternoon tea. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet the locals, discover more about their life and sample a couple of local delicacies.

chef Fabien Morreale

Provençal Dinner with Local Celebrity Chef

You’re invited to a Provençal dinner on board, hosted and prepared by Chef Fabien Morreale. Fabien is the owner of several well-renowned restaurants throughout Provence and finalist of the television show ‘Top Chef France’

melk abbey

Melk Abbey

Perched above the town of Melk, Austria; the domineering Benedictine abbey is resplendent with its golden façade, red roofing and teal peaks.


Budapest Evening Cruise

Enjoy a night–time cruise along the Danube, passing under the city’s numerous bridges, whilst enjoying a traditional Hungarian dinner, complete with folk dancing and music.