Day 1 Zurich
Straddling the northernmost tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. Today, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or frequenting one of its many charming cafés. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.
Day 2 Zurich – Lucerne
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. The scenic drive between both of these elegant cities is certain to offer memorable panoramic views. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Lucerne, perhaps strolling down cobblestone streets in its colourful Altstadt.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Zurich (Breakfast)
Day 3 Lucerne
The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lucerne
DiscoverMORE: Train and cable car to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense) (Breakfast)
Day 4 Lucerne - Basel
This morning, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 Breisach
The Black Forest is a captivating region, known for its cuckoo clocks and the live oompah bands that grace sun-kissed gardens with their music during the summer months. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest village and learn how people in the region lived for centuries. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike through the Black Forest, passing under an idyllic canopy of evergreens.
Later, enjoy one of the region’s most famous treats during a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike in the Black Forest
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Kehl - Strasbourg
This morning, your Star-Ship will be docking in Kehl and you will be transferred across the river to the medieval town of Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace Region. Cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses make Strasbourg appear as if it has been effortlessly suspended in time, and you will get the opportunity to explore the past during your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Witness the ornate beauty of many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the Maison Kammerzell and the canal network that weaves through Petite France, before enjoying free time to explore at leisure.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 Mannheim - Heidelberg
Relax on board this morning as you start your day with a peaceful cruise past Mannheim, following the meandering Rhine River and passing the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. When you reach Heidelberg, you will have the opportunity to learn about how it became a UNESCO City of Literature, having inspired the likes of Mark Twain and William Turner with its historical setting.
Your guided tour of the town will allow you to find your own inspiration among its delightful landmarks, including Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive Renaissance ruins in Europe. Enjoy a wine tasting in Heidelberg and take to the cobbled lanes that weave through the old town.
Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 Koblenz
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz today to discover its fairytale-like surrounds, nestled on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your local guide will take you on a tour through the town, touching on the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady and the German Corner, where the two inspirational waterways meet. Journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, offering exceptional views of the surrounding area from its hilltop position.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Koblenz
DiscoverMORE: A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 Cologne
Effortlessly steeped in history and tales of the past, Cologne encapsulates a timeline that spans more than two millennia and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Your included tour of Cologne will take you to the heart of its old town, where Roman mosaics and the Great St. Martin Church tell the stories of the people who first laid out plans for this mighty city. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10 Amsterdam
This morning, you can choose to embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, learning about how the water is reclaiming Holland as you pass through quintessential Dutch surrounds and witness traditional villages and windmills. Alternatively, take to Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal network during a glass top canal cruise, passing Roman patrician houses and ornate merchant houses that tell tales of the prosperous Dutch Golden Age.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Waterland
EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise
DiscoverMORE: Haarlem Tour (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11 Amsterdam
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Black Forest region and Strasbourg’s charm with you. (Breakfast)
This itinerary includes a night in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle – providing an extraordinary experience in central Europe.
23 meals including 10 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
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Sun, Emerald Destiny, or Emerald Dawn
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.