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Jewels of the Rhine
(Amsterdam to Basel)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Amsterdam
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. (D)
Day 2 Amsterdam - Cruisng
This morning take a glass top canal boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals or join Emerald Active for a guided walk of the city, then free time, before lunch on board and your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. As tonight is your first night sailing, the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cologne
Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. After lunch on board, join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with its beautiful squares and historic monuments, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany's largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries including a Roman artifact museum. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Koblenz
Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river, part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century, and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. Enjoy free time to wander through the town and take in the views. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Rüdesheim
This morning visit Rüdesheim, a medieval village on the banks of the Rhine. Take the cable car up to the impressive Germania monument with stunning views of the Rhine Valley. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the local shopping or relax on board in beautiful surroundings at the confluence of the Rhine and main rivers. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Mannheim
Continue upstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. The city was a pivotal place during the invasion of Germany by the Allies in WWII, and has long been associated with inventions in industry. Enjoy free time in town then later sail onto Speyer, one of Germany's oldest towns. Take an excursion to the medieval town of Heidelberg including a visit to the impressive castle which overlooks the town. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Black Forest
The beautiful Black Forest region of Germany has long been a fairy tale destination. Commence your magical morning with the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. EmeraldPLUS: A typical Gasthof owned by a local family with a presentation and tasting of Black Forest gateau. Return to your ship to join your captain for a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Basel
Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, where you will disembark your ship and transfer to Zurich or Basel Airport for your onward or homebound flight (please book flights after 12 noon). (B)
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All This Included
  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Tour and Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • Take an orientation walk through Amsterdam
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz
  • Cruise the majestic Rhine Gorge
  • Explore the medieval town of Rüdesheim and take the cable car to the Germania monument
  • Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Emerald Star, Emerald Sky or Emerald Destiny
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
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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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