Explore the most iconic European destinations in greater depth, with luxury cruise operator Emerald Cruises’ (www.emeraldcruises.co.uk) city stay extensions.

Guests will enjoy an included tour, and will be based in centrally located hotels where breakfast is provided.

For those who want to enjoy additional time in a stunning capital city as part of their river cruise experience, guests can opt for Emerald Cruises’ ever-popular 10-day Danube Explorer and Highlights of Budapest sailing.

Here are some of Emerald Cruises’ best pre- and post- river cruise city stay extensions to explore Europe’s hotspots at a leisurely pace.

Emerald Cruises’ 10-day Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Paris combines the laidback Provençal style of life with the glamour of the French capital. Guests can take to the water on a canoeing excursion in Avignon for a different view of the medieval city, explore the delightful rural town of Viviers, and visit the site of one of France’s most famous wine auctions, the Hospices de Beaune. As a city stay extension, guests can enjoy a two-night stay in Paris where they can take a guided tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise. Emerald Cruises’ ten-day Sensations of Lyon & Provence with Paris cruise starts from £3,221 per person based on a 4 October 2025 departure, including flights from all major UK airports, transfers, meals and excursions.

The 11-day Sevilla & Secrets of the Douro itinerary is an unforgettable journey, combining a three-night hotel stay in the Andalusian capital, Sevilla, with a luxury river cruise through the Douro Valley. In Sevilla, guests can mix with locals while enjoying typical Spanish tapas or perhaps flamenco performances, prevalent in the city’s many tablaos. On their cruise, guests can take to the water in Pinhão to kayak through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, built on two millennia of wine-producing history. On board, Portuguese cooking demonstrations and Port wine cocktail lesson immerse guests in the region’s stunning local flavours. Prices starts from £3,228 per personbased on a 5 November 2025 departure, including flights from all major UK airports, transfers, meals and excursions.

The 11-day Classic Prague & Danube Delights sailing expands on Emerald Cruises’ popular Danube Delights itinerary, with time in the Czech capital. Guests will learn about the rich history of Prague on a guided walking tour through the Old Town, finishing in front of the famous Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square. In Regensburg, guests can stroll the cobblestone streets and stop to sample traditional Bavarian sausage. A bike tour to the Walhalla monument provides stunning vistas over the Danube and Wachau Valley. A guided tour of Vienna and Bratislava also await before guests spend two nights in Budapest, enjoying a traditional folklore show on board, and a hike up Gellert Hill for panoramic views of the city. Prices starts from £2,312 per person based on a 15 October 2024 departure, including flights from all major UK airports, transfers, meals and excursions.

For full terms and conditions, visit emeraldcruises.co.uk, or contact your local travel agent.

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