Day 1 Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fantastic city to explore the many joys of Europe at Christmastime in. Here, intricate networks of picturesque canals are adorned by world class museums, theatres and quaint cafés.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. (Dinner)
Day 2 Amsterdam
This morning, board a glass top canal boat for a tour down Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, passing historic merchant’s houses that reflect the bygone era of the Dutch Golden Age and delightful Christmas stalls, each surrounded by people in their finest knitwear drinking hot mugs of mulled wine. Tonight, your captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne
Seven idyllic Christmas markets effortlessly transform the postcard-worthy city of Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Following your guided tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to explore independently, perhaps visiting the ornate stalls beneath the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, where you can drink traditional glühwein out of beautifully decorated mugs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Cologne
Day 4 Koblenz
Today, relax on board as we cruise into Koblenz, a town that sits straddling the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your guided tour of Koblenz will include Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
This afternoon, return to your comfortable Star-Ship to sail through the Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles, vineyards and ruined monasteries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Koblenz
DiscoverMORE: A Moselle and Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)
Day 5 Mannheim – Heidelberg
This morning, continue enjoying your time spent on board as we cruise towards Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Here, you will have the chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
Day 6 Kehl – Strasbourg
This morning, we will dock in Kehl and you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the storied capital of France’s Alsace Region. Your guided tour of Strasbourg will include the Grande Île, the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that is known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system.
After your guided tour of Strasbourg, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg
DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)
Day 7 Breisach
Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest village that perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life, where craftspeople carve cuckoo clocks and other iconic figures that are part of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau presentation
Day 8 Basel – Zurich
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport, taking memories of quintessential German villages and emerald canopies with you. (Breakfast)
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.