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Tulips & the Rhine 2020
(Amsterdam to Basel)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam. You will be met at the airport and transferred by your friendly Emerald Waterways representative to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a quintessentially Dutch adventure awaits. (Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam
This morning, you’ll visit the iconic Keukenhof Gardens. Boasting 32 hectares of millions of spring-flowering bulbs, this scenic area is infused with delightful aromas and a swathe of ethereal colours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

Day 3 Cologne
Once the ancient Roman settlement of Colonia, Cologne is bursting with ancient architecture. Your included walking tour of the city will touch on the historical charm of its old town, and you will have the opportunity to traverse rustic alleyways, visit iconic monuments and see how archaeologists have uncovered a Jewish quarter that can be dated back to the 13th century.

Your insightful tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic building whose twin spires dominate the skyline. The original medieval plans for the building were partly found in the attic, and partly found on the stall of a bookseller in France centuries later, meaning that, while construction of the cathedral started back in 1248, it wasn’t finished until 1880. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Cologne

Day 4 Koblenz
Once a Roman stronghold desired for its strategic value, Koblenz is now a city with a unique blend of historic and contemporary architecture. Today, join your local guide for an insightful walking tour of Koblenz, passing examples of architecture that survived the war years, including the Church of Our Lady.

Admire the natural splendour of your surroundings as you ride on the Koblenz Cable Car, embarking on an aerial journey to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Later, a sailing journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge will highlight the extraordinary beauty of an area that left the philosophers and artists of the German Romanticism movement entranced. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

Day 5 Mannheim – Heidelberg
Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as “a fallen Milky Way”. Join an orientation tour of the old town to discover an “intricate cobweb of streets”, and pass many of Heidelberg’s highlights, including the oldest university in Germany.

Alternatively, embark on an active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

Day 6 Kehl – Strasbourg
Dock in Kehl and be transferred to Strasbourg, a city that promises much in the way of beautiful architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt district is particularly iconic, perfectly encapsulating the Rhineland.

The Neustadt district is yours to discover today during your included tour, as is the Maison Kammerzell, a prime example of German Renaissance architecture. Paying homage to the region’s artistic past, Petite France is an exceptional historic quarter that looks as though it has been pulled directly from an artist’s easel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg

DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

Day 7 Breisach
A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included EmeraldEXCURSION will be a visit to a Black Forest village.

After an immersive learning experience, watch a Black Forest gateau demonstration followed by a tasting.

Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest, passing beautiful scenery and waterfalls. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Here you can lose track of time in ten minutes and the world in twenty” about his time in the Black Forest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the Black Forest

EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village

Day 8 Basel
Welcome to Switzerland. Basel graces the banks of the Rhine River and is known for its high concentration of museums, showcasing everything from contemporary art to scientific achievements.

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests as you transfer to the airport, taking memories infused with vibrant tulip gardens with you. (Breakfast)

Tour Map
All This Included
  • 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 Sun, or Emerald Sky
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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