Designed for guests seeking more active experiences, these activities and excursions are an exciting way to see a location from another perspective.

See Europe from a different perspective with EmeraldACTIVE

Designed for guests who like things to move at a slightly faster pace, our EmeraldACTIVE program offers an exciting way to see each destination from another perspective.
Head onshore and join guided hikes, bike rides, and canoeing excursions, and on selected cruises, join our on board activity managers for a yoga class, an aqua aerobics session in the pool, or if you prefer to continue your own fitness regime, our on board gym is there for your every need.

Most of our European Star-Ships, and superyacht Emerald Azzurra, carry bicycles for you to take out free of charge while every suite or stateroom is equipped with walking sticks to aid you during hikes.

Introducing our Activity Managers

We've introduced on board Activity Managers to all seven of our Star-Ships sailing along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle, Rhône and Douro rivers in Europe. These dedicated team members perform a varied role, from coordinating on board fitness classes and active onshore excursions, to organizing the evening’s entertainment.

With at least one active excursion included in all our river 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.

*EmeraldACTIVE activities vary by Star-Ship and cruise itinerary. Call us for full details. †Emerald Radiance on the Douro River does not have bicycles.

EmeraldACTIVE on the rivers of Europe

To get you started, we’ve picked some of our favourite active excursions that you can look forward to on the European rivers we navigate.
Guided bike tour between Melk & Dürnstein
Enjoy a 37-km bike tour through rolling vineyards, and quaint towns in the Wachau Valley, a beautiful region in northern Austria designated UNESCO World Heritage-listed Site status for its dramatic landscapes and viticultural heritage. On this unique active excursion, look forward to stopping for lunch on the banks of the Danube, where you may see your Star-Ship pass by on its way to the next docking point. The duration of this guided bike tour is approximately four hours. The going is relatively flat, and with compelling views all around, it’s an unmissable highlight for those feeling up to the challenge.
You can enjoy this unforgettable cycling sojourn on our Splendours of Europe, Danube Delights and Danube Explorer river cruise itineraries.


A guided hike through the Black Forest region
Few places capture the spirit and romance of rural Germany like the Black Forest. With its chocolate-box villages and ancient folklore, this is a place which inspires stories and fairytales. Begin in Breisach where your Star-Ship will dock and embark on an active guided hike through the Black Forest region. You’ll venture through this magical area best known for its mystical woodlands, quiet hamlets, and dense pine forests as a local guide entertains with stories of regional folklore. It’s a wonderful introduction to his charming, iconic region of southern Germany.
Explore the Black Forest region on our Legendary Rhine & Moselle, Jewels of the Rhine, and Tulips & the Rhine river cruise itineraries.

Hike through the vineyards in Tournon
Beyond the limits of medieval Tournon lies the terraced vine slopes of the Côtes du Rhône, one of France’s most esteemed wine-making appellations. It’s here, within sight of the Rhône River, that you can enjoy an active vineyard hike, taking in the fragrant grape rows, inspiring scenery, and warm, Mediterranean climate. Climb from the river’s edge to the summit of the valley through these celebrated wine lands, taking in landscapes you’ve only ever seen in film. And don’t worry, while you may be keen to sample the wines on offer, your efforts will be rewarded with a post-walk wine-tasting – the perfect end to a wonderful excursion.

Take to the terraces of Tournon on our Sensations of Lyon and Provence itinerary.

On board yoga lessons against a backdrop of Southern France
Are you a self-confessed yogi who likes nothing more than finding their centre at the start of each new day? Then prepare for an unforgettable yoga session, as you begin another wonderful day on Europe’s iconic waterways. Enjoy this invigorating yoga lesson on board your Star-Ship with the iconic landscapes of Europe as your backdrop. Taking place on the Sun Deck, an open-air leisure space at the top of your Star-Ship, this wonderful event gives you the chance to practice yoga with an experienced instructor. A great workout for body and mind, this class is suitable for beginners and those experienced in yoga alike.

Take part in this unforgettable yoga session as part of selected European river cruise itineraries.

Canoeing experience with expert guides
We’re giving you the opportunity to get closer to the water with an exciting canoeing experience. With an expert guide teaching you the ropes and leading the way, you’ll soon be navigating these amazing waters in invigorating style. Taking place in the Côa Valley, whose waters are serene and ideal for beginner canoeists, this is a wonderful opportunity to try something new amid spectacular surroundings. Have a go yourself – you might just discover a new hobby!
Enjoy this active excursion on our Secrets of the Douro river cruise.
A guided hike to Buda Hill in Budapest
With its 1,000-year heritage and web of cobblestoned streets, Budapest’s Buda Hill district is ripe for an immersive guided hike. Take up your walking poles and set forth up through the curious byways of Buda Hill in the company of an experienced local guide, who will provide intriguing insight into the history of the area. At the summit, Buda Castle astounds with its Baroque façade and offers a far reaching panorama of the city – views which make all that effort truly worthwhile. Due to some reasonably steep climbs and the uneven nature of the cobblestone streets, this excursion is recommended for those with a good level of fitness – just make sure you remember to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Take to the streets of Buda Hill on our Splendours of Europe, Danube Delights and Danube Explorer river cruise itineraries.

Our yacht cruising EmeraldACTIVE program

See the destinations along the Red Sea, the Adriatic coast, and the Mediterranean from a different perspective with our EmeraldACTIVE program. We have selected our top active excursions you can expect on our yacht cruising itineraries.
Hiking tour of the Sorrento Coast
Overlooking the Bay of Naples, the rugged cliffs of the Sorrentine Peninsula jut out of the crystalline water, where olive and lemon groves thrive plentifully. One of Italy’s most charming towns beckons visitors and provides a breathtaking backdrop for your guided hike of its beautiful coastline.
Enjoy this hiking tour along the spectacular Sorrentine coast on our Sicily & the Gulf of Naples itinerary.

Guided hike of Kotor’s city walls
There are not enough words to describe the beauty of Kotor. Nestled between imposing mountains and the blue of the Adriatic Sea, this fortified Montenegrin town on the Adriatic coast showcases a sea of terracotta rooftops among the dramatic cliffs. Dating as far back as the Middle Ages, its UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre is truly breathtaking in its exquisite preservation and is awash with Venetian palaces, cobblestone streets, and cute cafés just waiting to be explored. Your guided hike uncover the 4.5 km long Kotor city walls which surround the old town, discover the Church of Our Lady of Remedy, St John’s Fortress and when you reach the top, make sure your camera is ready for a stunning views across Kotor Old Town, the Port of Kotor and the azure Adriatic Sea.

Embark on your guided hike of this fortified Montenegrin town our Mediterranean Enchantment, Discover the Mediterranean from Venice to Athens and Discover the Eastern Mediterranean yacht cruising itineraries.

Guided bike tour of Çanakkale
In the Marmara region of northwestern Turkey, the Canakkale Province is a destination of all-round intrigue, and what better way to explore, than on two wheels. From the historic battlefields of Troy and Gallipoli, to the serenity of beautiful beaches, wineries, and the striking Çimenlik Fortress.

Discover Çanakkale on two wheels on our Aegean Gems, Aegean Reflections, Discover Treasures of Italy, Greece & Turkey, Discover the Red Sea, Holy Land, Turkey & Greece, Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea and Discover the Greek Islands, Turkey & the Black Sea itineraries.

Hike to the Monastery of St. John and cave of the apocalypse in Patmos
In the north of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, join your expert guide in the Aegean island of Patmos. Your guided hike will take you to the Cave of the Apocalypse, situated about halfway up the mountain, along the road between the villages of Chora and Skala. This grotto is believed to mark the sacred spot where Saint John of Patmos received his visions and wrote in the Book of Revelation.

Hiking tour to Forte Filippo
Perched on the coast of Tuscany, Porto Ercole is one of Italy’s hidden gems and here you will join an expert-led hiking tour to Forte Filippo where you will walk around the building and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay, marina and surrounding area.

Forte Filippo is yours to discover on our French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica, Discover the Highlights of the Mediterranean and Discover French & Italian Coastlines itineraries.

Hiking tour of Cephalonia Island
Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands and arguably the most beautiful, so it is the perfect place for a hiking tour to uncover the heart of Greece. The island was also made famous when it featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ so you may even spot a well-known site along the way and wonderfully preserved Venetian architecture gives the island its truly unique style.

See the sights of Cephalonia from a different perspective on our Discover the Highlights of the Mediterranean and Ionian Sea Adventure yacht cruise itineraries.