Discover Europe through new experiences with EmeraldACTIVE

Designed for guests who like things to move at a slightly faster pace, our exclusive EmeraldACTIVE program provides river cruising guests with the opportunity to experience each exciting destination from a different perspective. Explore rolling vineyards, and cobblestone streets, and even take to the waters on guided active excursions, available at no extra cost on our Europe river cruise collection.

Head onshore and join guided hikes, bike rides, and canoeing experiences, seeing a new side to each European town, city, or village. On board, you’ll have access to your Star-Ship’s wellness and fitness centre, and on selected sailings, you’ll have the opportunity to join your on board wellness team for guided fitness classes.

Wellness experiences on board your European Star-Ship

On board your Star-Ship, our wellness team is always there to elevate your river-cruising experience. Our activity managers and wellness coaches work closely with our cruise directors to enhance the EmeraldACTIVE program, leading a range of daytime classes on board, such as yoga Pilates, and aqua aerobics.

During your time on board your Star-Ship, you’ll have access to bicycles, which will be used on your guided cycling tours, and also available for independent exploration on selected days. And for those heading out on guided hikes, or even an independent stroll, you’ll find trekking poles in your suite or stateroom available for use at any time.

Head to the innovative indoor heated pool^, complete with a retractable roof, allowing you to enjoy the river breeze on warmer days, and a propulsive current, enabling you to swim for as long as you like. And on the Sun Deck, you’ll have time to sharpen your golfing skills at the putting green^, and the walking track lets you stretch your legs and get your steps in as you take in the views of the surrounding riverbanks.
^Emerald radiance on the Douro River does not have an indoor heated pool or putting green. Instead, you’ll find the spa-style Serenity Pool on the Sun Deck.

Our Europe river cruising EmeraldACTIVE program


See the destinations we visit from a different perspective. Explore the famed rivers of Europe with our EmeraldACTIVE programe. Below, we have highlighted a selection of our top active river cruise excursions.

Bike tour between Melk & Dürnstein

This is a 23-mile bike tour through rolling vineyards and quaint towns in the Wachau Valley. This is a beautiful region in northern Austria designated UNESCO World Heritage 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.

Guided Bike Tour in Breisach

Visit the city of Freiburg, considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’. Here, join your guide and cycle the area of Black Forest to Freiburg where you’ll enjoy lovely sights which will leave you amazed. After your guided bike tour to Freiburg, enjoy a cup of coffee and some delicious Black Forest cake before returning to your Star-Ship.
Explore the Black Forest region on our 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’d only expect to see on 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.

On board yoga lessons against the 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 the yoga session of a lifetime, 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 coach. 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 in Pinhão

We’re giving you the opportunity to get closer to the water with an unforgettable 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 Pinhão, 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!

Hike to Buda Hill

With its 1,000-year heritage and web of cobblestone 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.

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