Extend your stay

We offer a range of delightful pre and post cruise city stays, stopovers and touring options in some of the world’s most spectacular destinations

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Whether its Budapest, Zagreb, Dubai, Sapa or Lisbon on your list, our range of city stays, tours and stopovers are perfect for those who want to  explore  independently and really immerse into local life, included in the price you pay, you'll stay in centrally located luxury hotels offering breakfast daily providing all transfer between the ship, hotel, and the airport. Most extensions also include a guided city tour , while pre or post cruise touring includes the help of a dedicated Tour Director.


The beautiful Andalusian capital sits on the Guadalquivir River, resplendent for its Catholic and Moorish monuments, Old Town tapas restaurants and flamenco shows. Look out over the courtyard of orange trees from the cathedral’s belltower, La Giralda, a true icon of the city. Walk a short distance to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Real Alcázar of Seville, a complex of palaces built mainly in the Mudejar and Renaissance style and recognised for their beautifully maintained gardens, frequented by roaming peacocks. 

Foodies will delight in an abundance of tapas restaurants seemingly enticing you from every corner, where local specialities include bull tail, pork in whiskey, and spinach and chickpeas, washed down with orange wine and sherry sourced from the ‘sherry triangle’. 


An unwavering commitment to eco-friendly innovation has given the Danish capital its own unique ethos. The city’s contemporary architecture is designed to be enjoyed by its residents, from the futuristic CopenHill artificial ski slope built on top of a waste management centre, to the Kastrup Sea Bath outdoor swimming facility, designed to protect swimmers and sunbathers from the wind. 

Simultaneously, there is a lot of history on show. Visit Amalienborg Palace, the royal residence, for a real insight into the history of the monarchy and, if you’re lucky, witness the changing of the guard. Then, marvel at the Queen’s Tapestries in the imposing halls of Christiansborg Palace, now the seat of the Danish Parliament, Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. 

Sustainability and innovation aren’t exclusive to the architecture. Organic, locally grown produce, energy consumption and food waste are a top priority at restaurants serving anything from fast food to Michelin-star cuisine. Pork belly and parsley sauce (stegt flæsk), smørrebrød open sandwiches and fresh seafood are a firm favourite, enjoyed with home-brewed beer. 

Munich & Oktoberfest

In the charming Bavarian capital, centuries-old buildings are home to brauhäuser and restaurants serving beer and traditional German dishes like pork knuckle (schweinshaxe). Beer gardens spill into squares like Marienplatz, where the Neues Rathaus’s cuckoo clock and glockenspiel portrays the city’s history through mechanical figurines and bells. Enjoy a refreshing drink or coffee in time for the performance, which is certain to draw the masses. 

Take a picturesque stroll through the English Garden, one of the largest city parks in the world, making time to watch the captivating surfers riding the waves of Eisbach River. Explore the Olympiapark, built for the 1972 summer Olympics, and witness the magnitude of the Nymphenburg Palace, one of Europe’s most celebrated royal residences, which is as spectacular inside as it is out. 

Experience the buzz of Oktoberfest, as residents don their dirndl or lederhosen and the ‘oom pah’ bands play the soundtrack to tents filled with revellers celebrating all things beer and Bavaria. A quintessentially German extravaganza, you’ll take your seat at the banquet-style tables and try anything from soft pretzels and bratwurst with sauerkraut, to roast chicken (Hendl) and oxen, accompanied by a litre stein of beer. Prost! 
Visit Munich in autumn for the iconic Oktoberfest

Glacier Express Programme

Glacier Express, Switzerland
The wonderfully picturesque Swiss town of Zermatt, located at the foot of the Matterhorn, is one of the most famous mountains in the world and Europe’s highest summer ski region, with boundless opportunity for adventure. Ride the cog railway to the 3,089-metre summit of Gornergrat for breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, and enjoy a leisurely walk around this picturesque town before embarking the Glacier Express to the Alpine city of Chur. 

Travel in Second Class, enjoying unrivalled panoramic views of this remarkable mountain range on board Switzerland’s most celebrated train. Navigate the mountains along the Oberalp Pass, 2,033 metres above sea level, cross Landwasser Viaduct and travel through tunnels carved into the mountainside as you slowly make your way past enormous lakes and fields of wildflowers. 


The Netherland’s charming capital is characterised by countless canals and even more bicycles. Very few cities have such a strong, individual, and identifiable character as Amsterdam. Regarded around the world for its tolerance, safety, and friendliness; Amsterdam continues to attract visitors in their droves from every corner of the planet to the city’s cobbled streets.

Famous for its quiet canals, neat gabled buildings and dreamy bridges, Amsterdam has been one of Europe’s most significant metropolises for half a millennium; despite the fact that it’s compact enough to walk or cycle around. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in dramatic architectural beauty, and is regularly shortlisted among the most stunning cities on the continent.


Home to the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the imposing Berlin Wall, Berlin is an iconic city, steeped in history. Invigorating by day and intriguing by night, Germany's metropolis rightly stakes it's claim as one of Europe's must-see cities.

Staying at the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, you will enjoy breakfast and a welcome or farewell cocktail reception, before a guided city tour of the intriguing German capital. Closely located to transport links and many main attractions, like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building, immerse yourself in this historic city, as its numerous landmarks, monuments, museums and bars bring it to life.


Straddling the Danube river, the Hungarian capital offers superb sights to explore, with Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and Margaret Island being must-see’s, not forgetting the famous Széchenyi Thermal Baths, the largest medicinal baths in Europe. Stunning architecture, boasting striking reminders of the past, stands proudly across the city, and a guided walking tour of Budapest is sure to unveil something wonderful at every turn.

Staying in your centrally located hotel, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink, as well as dinner upon arrival. Transfers to and from the airport ensures your transition is seamless and all you have to worry about is enjoying the inimitable views.


Also known as The City of Seven Hills, Queen of the Sea and The City of Light, Portugal’s largest and capital city, Lisbon, is recognised as the oldest city in Western Europe. It’s enthralling history matches anything offered by rival European cities while it’s truly breathtakingly refined architecture is a highlight of this unique, cosmopolitan metropolis.

You’ll stay in the Jupiter Lisboa Hotel for your three-night stay in the coastal Portuguese capital. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of this elegant city. Enjoy a welcome or farewell cocktail reception as well as dinner at the hotel, and immerse yourself in authentic Lisbon. An optional DiscoverMORE excursion to Sintra is available.


Once the centre of the Spanish Empire, Madrid promises its fair share of exquisite architecture, iconic landmarks and open plazas. In the heart of the city, locals and tourists alike spend their free time dining and socialising at stylish restaurants that spill into the streets, or meeting in one of the numerous beautifully maintained inner-city parklands.

As part of our Secrets of the Douro river cruise, you will have the opportunity to extend your holiday with a two-day city stay in this charming capital. You’ll stay in the beautiful Meliá Madrid Serrano hotel, or similar, situated in the centre of the Spanish capital, enjoying breakfast and one dinner, as well as a guided tour. Get a feel for the culture of the ‘Madrileños’ as you discover myriad iconic landmarks, architectural feats and plazas which tell tales of years past. Not forgetting, transfers to and from the airport are included at no extra cost, so you don’t have to worry about arranging any of your travel.


France’s fifth most populous city, Nice is named after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The city’s natural beauty has long attracted visitors, with aristocratic families spending their winters in the pleasant climate. Located on the French Riviera, the beautiful coastal city offers a wonderful Old Town, unforgettable architecture and sun-drenched attractions, is the perfect extension to enhance your Emerald Cruises adventure.

You’ll stay in the Splendid Hotel & Spa, a short walk from the beach and close to museums and gardens, and enjoy a guided bus tour of Nice and Monte Carlo.

An image of a harbour in Nice, France


Paris is renowned for its spectacular architecture, proud ancient history and, most recently, as being the global centre for fashion and gastronomy. Most of what has made the French capital so alluring to travellers from all over the world, is its magnificent buildings, most of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and now play host to some of the most highly recognized museums in the world. Its association as one of Europe’s most romantic cities is unsurprising, with its tree-lined boulevards, broken up by exquisite bridges connecting the left and right banks, perfect for all-day strolling.

Those travelling as part of the Sensations of Lyon & Provence and Splendours of Europe itineraries, will have the opportunity to spend up to three nights at the Crowne Plaza Paris Republique hotel, or similar. Breakfast and one dinner is included in your stay, as well as a guided bus tour of the city and a Seine shuttle bus tour along the glistening waters of France’s second-longest river. You’ll spot some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and the stunning Musée d’Orsay, as well as a number of World Heritage-listed sites. And, we’ve taken care of all airport transfers so you can rest assured that your journey will be a seamless one.


Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of Southern France, Aix-en-Provence is a Provençal jewel. Lined with leafy boulevards, cobblestone squares and quaint cafés, the city has a charming, relaxed atmosphere about it. Wander around the city, soaking up the picturesque mix of architecture, spanning Gothic, Neo-gothic and Roman influences.

As the birthplace of Post-Impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, the city is embedded with a vibrant artistic heritage too. You can visit the Atelier Cézanne, which displays many of the painter’s artworks and offers insight into life during 19th century France. Or gaze in awe at the splendour of the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix-en-Provence and the eclectic selection of works in the classical Musée Granet. You’ll stay at Renaissance Aix-en-Provence hotel (or similar) in the heart of the city, enjoying a guided tour of the city, breakfast daily and pre-arranged transfers.


A city of comparative beauty to that of Rome and Paris, Prague is a favourite pre or post tour amongst Emerald Cruises guests who flock to witness the spectacular 9th century cobbled lanes that twist like a maze, where ancient chapels, hidden courtyards and hilltop castles provide excellent reasons to wander. Cute cafés serving Trdelnik, or bars serving notoriously delicious beer, are also somewhere to punctuate your exploration with.

You'll stay for three nights in the stylish Hotel Grandium (or similar), situated in the heart of the city, just steps from public transport links. Unwind in modern rooms, complete with Wi-Fi, and enjoy traditional and international cuisines in the summer garden.


Rich in history and folklore, Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Located in central Romania, the area is surrounded by the arc of the Carpathian mountains. Be inspired by the rural landscapes and fairytale castles on the horizon.

The stunning, Gothic Bran Castle has become a well-known landmark, synonymous with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Braşov is also a highlight of the region, owing to its enchanting Saxon architecture and citadel ruins. Your city stay includes guided tours of Braşov, Bran Castle and Pleş Castle, letting you learn more about the history of the area, the centuries-old vampiric superstitions and the real-life exploits of Vlad Dracula. You’ll stay at the centrally located Hotel Ambient Braşov (or similar), enjoying breakfast daily and pre-arranged transfers.


A city of contrasts and endless surprises, Istanbul brings East and West together with a myriad of attractions. Wander the streets to see cultural influences from far and wide, including the Greeks, the Romans and the Venetians.

You’ll have the chance to experience this vibrant city during a panoramic tour and Bosphorus cruise. The iconic Blue Mosque is a pinnacle on the city’s horizon, but its blue interiors are equally something to marvel at. Neighbouring Hagia Sophia is another impressive former Byzantine mosque to behold. A trip to the Spice Market is also not to be missed. You’ll stay in the stylish Marmara Pera Hotel (or similar), with transfers to and from the airport taken care of.

Zurich and Lucerne

Preserved medieval architecture and snow-capped mountains make for the most spectacular of settings for two of your three-night stays in Lucerne. Situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne, the alpine city has something for everyone, from arts and culture to festivals and hikes. Staying at the excellently located Hotel Monopol, you’ll enjoy a guided city tour.

Your next stop is Zurich, Switzerland's largest city where an overnight stay at the modern Crown Plaza hotel awaits. Close to main transport links and the chic Zurich-West district. An optional DiscoverMORE excursion to Rigi Kulm-Weggis is available.

A mixture of modern and traditional architecture in Zurich, Switzerland

Southeast Asia

Make the most of your trip to Southeast Asia and extend your adventure with either a 4-day Luang Prabang tour or a 5-day Sapa tour. You can take in even more of Asia with one of our great city stopovers in Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai or Hong Kong.

4-days Luang Prabang Tour 

Explore the ancient capital’s glistening temples and discover why it has been awarded UNESCO status. Peruse museums and hidden laneways, experience a traditional Baci ceremony and catch the sunset from Mt. Phousi. Observe Monks collecting alms, take in Kuang Si Falls and immerse yourself in life on the river.

5-days Spa Tour

Explore the ancient capital’s glistening temples and discover why it has been awarded UNESCO status. Peruse museums and hidden laneways, experience a traditional Baci ceremony and catch the sunset from Mt. Phousi. Observe Monks collecting alms, take in Kuang Si Falls and immerse yourself in life on the river.