RiverCruise.com River Cruise Specialists
800-510-4002
Escorted Tours Escorted
Tours
Cruises Cruises
Hotels and Resorts Hotels &
Resorts
Africa Safaris  Africa 
Safaris

Jewels of the Rhine 2019
(Zurich to Amsterdam)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

Book this River Cruise Now and Save!


  • Fly from $695 per person from select gateways or save $1,500 per couple when you book a suite. Plus, receive a free extended drink package and DiscoverMORE tour. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.
  • Save $1,000 per couple when you book a standard stateroom on 2019 Europe river cruises. Expires December 31. Click here for eligible departures.

Offers subject to change or withdrawal, availability is limited. Some discounts are not combinable.

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Zurich – Basel Embarkation
Welcome to Switzerland, today you will travel from Zurich airport to the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre of the country’s pharmaceutical industry. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board 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 Breisach
Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks, amongst other things. 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 3 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 4 Mannheim – Heidelberg
Continue downstream 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 5 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 a chance to 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

Day 6 Cologne
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. 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. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

Day 7 Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 8 Amsterdam Disembarkation
After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to airport for your homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey on the Rhine, beginning in Basel explore the Black Forest region, Koblenz and Cologne on its route.

Discover the treasures of the Rhine River over the course of this 8-day itinerary between Basel and Amsterdam. You’ll visit Cologne, Strasbourg and the Black Forest during this wonderful river cruise.

Your journey on this majestic European passageway begins in the Swiss city of Basel, and follows the course of the river as it twists and turns through the beautiful Rhineland, where you’ll stop at the Black Forest, Mannheim and Koblenz, enjoying such excursions as a Black Forest cake tasting session and a visit to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Cologne is the next stop, and here you can enjoy a guided tour of the city, taking in such sights as the mighty Kölner Dom, Museum Ludwig and the Shrine of the Three Kings. Then it’s onward and into the Netherlands, where you’ll awake in Amsterdam and enjoy a wonderful day of sightseeing in the elegant Dutch capital.
  • 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.



  800-510-4002
OR Click to inquire
Open Mon-Fri 7am to 10pm, Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am to 8pm, CST
River Cruise a division of Vacations To Go