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Jewels of the Rhine
(Basel to Amsterdam)

8 days with Emerald Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Zurich - Basel
Welcome to Switzerland, today you will travel from Zurich airport to the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre of the country’s pharmaceutical industry. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury 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 Breisach
Today you have a choice to commence your magical morning with a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. Alternatively, take part on the Emerald Active hike.

Emerald Active: Hiking in the Black Forest (active fitness level recommended)  (B,L,D)

Day 3 Kehl - Strasbourg
Once docked in Kehl you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. Your guided walking tour will include the Grande Ile, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks. Your afternoon is free to continuing exploring Strasbourg.(B,L,D)

Day 4 Mannheim - Heidelberg
Continue downstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time there before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing. (B,L,D)

Day 5 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. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Cologne
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, 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 artefact museum. This evening join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour.
Emerald Active: Guided Bike Tour (B,L,D)
 
Day 8 Amsterdam
After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to airport for your homebound flight. (B)

All This Included
SUPERB SERVICES
  • 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
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Museum
  • Guided Tour of Strasbourg
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg
  • Orientation Walk of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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 Sky or Emerald Destiny
 
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Pleae 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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