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The Majestic Rhine & Berlin 2020
(Zurich to Berlin)

10 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Zurich - Basel Embarkation
Welcome to Switzerland, today you will travel from Zurich airport to the Rhine–side town of Basel. A warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner. (Dinner)

Day 2 Breisach - Colmar
Your journey through the heart of Europe will commence with a tour to Colmar, a magical place that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a beloved fairytale. Your included tour of the town will enable you to traverse its cobblestone lanes, passing medieval half-timbered façades and window boxes full of brightly coloured flowers. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar.

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Colmar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Kehl - Strasbourg
When you arrive in Kehl you will be transferred across the river to Strasbourg, a town that has captivated artists for centuries. Here, historic buildings can be found around every corner, but they are often best explored from Strasbourg’s charming canal system, which is why we would like to invite you for a canal tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre.

EmeraldPLUS: A canal boat tour in Strasbourg (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Rastatt – Baden-Baden
This morning, you will be transferred from where the Star-Ship is docked in Rastatt to charming Baden-Baden, a spa town known for its peaceful surrounds and illustrious past.

The Romans originally settled here, seeking to make the most out of the surrounding naturally occurring hot springs. If you are feeling active, then you may choose to discover a slice of Baden-Baden’s past today as you hike to Altes Schloss, the old castle ruins where features of a time long lost can still be found.

Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Baden-Baden, witnessing the luxurious façades of independent boutiques and well-manicured gardens before entering the world-famous Baden-Baden Casino, beloved by silent film actress Marlene Dietrich.

EmeraldPLUS: Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Altes Schloss

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Baden-Baden (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mannheim - Heidelberg
A single day in Heidelberg is enough to discover why it left the artists of German Romanticism captivated. Their paintings and poems frequently depicted idealistic cityscapes and scenes thought to be imaginary, and yet Heidelberg exists as a living representation of their inspiration.

Today, enjoy a guided tour of Heidelberg, starting in the courtyard of Heidelberg Castle. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to 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 6 Koblenz
Koblenz is an ancient city that is often considered to be the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. The Romans originally built a city here as a stronghold, but the area is now known for its idyllic beauty, peaceful parks and areas full of colourful flowers. Today, you will be able to relax during a guided tour of the city, including a cable car ride across the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

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

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Rüdesheim
This afternoon, you will arrive in Rüdesheim, a captivating city known for its authentic atmosphere and traditional appeal, where cuckoo clocks, live oompah bands and Bavarian beer can be found around every corner.

Board the Winzerexpress for a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, a half-timbered knight’s manor with vaulted ceilings that is home to one of the largest collections of rare music boxes in the world. You will also get the opportunity to try Rüdesheim coffee, made with locally distilled brandy.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Mainz – Berlin
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Berlin. The German capital has much to offer, from its captivating entertainment to its historic architecture. A two-night stay in a centrally located hotel is included in your itinerary. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Berlin
This morning, join your local guide for a walking tour of Berlin, passing by the famous Alexanderplatz, the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, a monument that tells of the division and reunion of the city. This afternoon, enjoy exploring Berlin at leisure, perhaps venturing into one of its chic restaurants of discovering more of its charming architecture.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Berlin (Breakfast)

Day 10 Berlin
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 22 meals including 9 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 Sun, or Emerald Dawn
Notes
  • Pre release itinerary 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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