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Rhine & Rhone 2019
(Amsterdam to Marseille)

15 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 - Lyon
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 by coach to Lyon. In Lyon, you will begin your new journey. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune
Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the center of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–colored roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Lyon
Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today be part of the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then, pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

Day 11 Tournon
Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards

EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine lecture on board

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

Day 12 Viviers
Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

Day 13 Avignon
Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre with its cobbled laneways and shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'. The rest of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon

EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

Day 14 Arles
Sail into Arles where you will join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax on board and explore Arles further. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

Day 15 Arles Disembarkation - Marseille
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Arles, transfer to Marseille airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 40 meals including 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 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 Sun and Emerald Liberté
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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