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The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich 2020

11 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Frankfurt – Mainz
Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Mainz. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board. (Dinner)

Day 2 Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim is a charming town that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Germany; where stalls adorned with cuckoo clocks captivate and live oompah bands playing in beer gardens during the summer months entertain.

Today, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. When you arrive, peruse exhibits full of rare music boxes inside of a 15th-century knight’s tower with vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

Day 3 Koblenz
The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, the area is now full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. These are yours to discover today during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. This confluence is best viewed during a cable car ride across the water to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley.

Later, sail through the Rhine Gorge and soak in breathtaking vistas along the way. This fascinating area has a storyline that has crossed the centuries, moving from people fighting and leaving ruins behind to the Romantics of the 19th century immortalising its beauty. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

Day 4 Mannheim – Heidelberg
German Romanticism often depicts idealistic cityscapes and fairytale-like scenes, full of Baroque buildings and charming narrow streets. It’s easy to see why so many of the most notable poets and composers of the era lost their imaginations to the beauty of Heidelberg.

Your guided tour of the historic university town will start in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle, once a royal residence. Visit some of the town’s main highlights, including the oldest university in Germany, before enjoying a wine tasting session.

Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

Day 5 Rastatt – Baden-Baden
This morning, a coach will take you from where the ship is docked in Rastatt to whimsical Baden-Baden, a spa town that has been frequented by celebrities and royalty for centuries.

If you are feeling active, then you may choose to embark on a guided hike to Altes Schloss, the Old Castle, a fascinating ruin full of hidden dungeons and winding staircases. Enjoy panoramic views of the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley as you trace the footsteps of former residents.

Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, soaking in the nostalgic elegant boutiques and timeless gardens before entering The Baden-Baden Casino, a favourite of silent film star Marlene Dietrich. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Altes Schloss

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Baden-Baden

Day 6 Kehl – Strasbourg
This morning, dock in Kehl and be transferred by coach to the medieval capital of France’s Alsace Region, Strasbourg. The best way to discover Strasbourg’s charm is from its quaint waterways, which is why today’s EmeraldPLUS activity will involve embarking on a traditional canal tour.

Relax as you pass through petite France, full of storybook canals, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes. Witness the Covered Bridges and the Vauban Dam before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, a place where many of Strasbourg’s administrative buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A canal boat tour in Strasbourg

DiscoverMORE: Tour to Riquewihr (extra expense)

Day 7 Breisach – Colmar
Commence your magical morning with a tour to Colmar. As you walk down the cobblestone lanes, it’s easy to imagine the characters from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales here, where half-timbered façades are adorned with window boxes full of colourful blooms. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Colmar

Day 8 Basel Disembarkation – Lucerne
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 the lovely city of Lucerne. Included is a two-night stay in Lucerne. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Lucerne
Start your day with a guided tour of Lucerne to see its beautifully preserved medieval Altstadt, and the colourful façades of buildings that line its quaint waterfront promenades. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the people who call the city home. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lucerne

DiscoverMORE: Train & cable car ride to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense)

Day 10 Lucerne - Zurich
This morning, transfer by coach from Lucerne to the contemporary city of Zurich, known for its monumental skyline, the cobbled lanes that weave through the city centre and its iconic architecture. When you arrive in Zurich, enjoy a guided tour of the city and its charming old town, followed by free time to explore its delightful lakeside setting. (Breakfast)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Zurich

Day 11 Zurich
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 mountainous backdrops and postcard-worthy waterfront promenades with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 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
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Dawn
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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