Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 20th June 2020

Walking On Water – A Gem of a Holiday With Emerald

If you fancy sampling some of the finest walking country in Europe then perhaps a quick sail down some of the continent’s most picturesque waterways is a good place to start!

Fresh air and beautiful scenery are so important for overall wellness, since walks refresh the mind and body.

For those planning ahead for their holiday in 2021 and on the search to discover the most idyllic and picturesque walks in Europe, Emerald Waterways if offering a range of river cruises along some of the continent’s most beautiful routes.

However, each EmeraldACTIVE activity – part of all cruise itineraries – encourages people to also use their legs, not just their sea legs! Here are some ‘walking’ destinations that you can see whilst on the water:

Walk through the local vineyards in Tournon

Join the 10-day Sensations of Lyon and Provence itinerary starting from £1,995* per person (based on 9 October 2021 departure) on the Emerald Liberte Star-Ship*. On this French river cruise, guests will have the chance to embark on a guided hike through some of the local vineyards in Tournon, as well as joining a local guide for a walking tour of France’s gastronomic heartbeat, Lyon, including the chance to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Tread the Portuguese coastal fortresses

....or choose the 11-day Secrets of the Douro with Lisbon river cruise starting from £2,360 per person (based on 3 November 2021 departure) on the Emerald Radiance Star-Ship. Guests can enjoy a tranquil walk through the local vineyards of Quinta do Tedo which is in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. Once in Porto, join a guided active walk through the coastal city, touching on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean.

Hike in the evergreen Black Forest

Alternatively, the eight-day Jewels of the Rhine itinerary starts from £2,395 per person (based on 7 July 2021 departure) on the Emerald Destiny Star-Ship**. Join a guided hike in Germany’s famous mountain range, the Black Forest, which is known for its evergreen forests and picturesque villages. Also, in the medieval town of Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace Region, guests can explore the past during a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town as well as witnessing the Maison Kammerzell and the canal network that weaves through Petite France.

For all the above itineraries - all prices include relevant discounts, return flights, transfers, the cruises as stated above, shore excursions, all tipping and gratuities, food and selected drinks on board*** and exclusive events and experiences.

For more information or to book please visit or call 0808 301 3352.