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Jewels of the Rhine 2019
(Amsterdam to Zurich)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 3 Cologne
Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. After lunch on board, join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany's largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

Day 4 Koblenz
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of Koblenz and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Koblenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run at the same time.

Day 5 Mannheim – Heidelberg
Continue upstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will have a chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active hike to Heidelberg Hill. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill

EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting in Heidelberg

Day 6 Kehl - Strasbourg
Once docked in Kehl you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. Your guided walking tour will include the Grande Île, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

Day 7 Breisach
Today you will visit a typical black forest village, full of charm and many Cuckoo clocks and other German specialties. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the black forest trails. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails

EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

Day 8 Basel Disembarkation – Zurich
Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Zurich for your homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.

The mighty Rhine cuts a course through the heart of continental Europe, flowing through enriching capitals and regions of untold natural wonder.

A journey on this majestic passageway provides a gateway to some of the continent’s most esteemed destinations and beauty spots, from Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg to the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley — helping you uncover many of the river’s highlights in a single journey. The itinerary begins in Amsterdam, and sees you travel upstream through the Netherlands and into Germany, where you’ll enjoy daily stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Kehl and Breisach, before crossing into Switzerland for a final day in Basel. Of course, your tour includes several unforgettable Rhine river excursions — from a guided bike tour in Amsterdam to a scenic walk through the fascinating medieval town of Heidelberg.
  • 20 meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff

Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Star, Emerald Sky, Emerald Dawn, or Emerald Sun
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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