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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

Day 2 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. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Mannheim
Continue 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. (B,L,D)

Optional Tour: Take an excursion to the medieval town of Heidelberg including a visit to the impressive castle which overlooks the town (please note some sailing will be missed, additional expense).

Day 4 Rüdesheim
Today visit Rüdesheim, a medieval village on the banks of the Rhine. Take a gondola ride up to the Germania monument overlooking 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 5 Koblenz
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. Vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Cologne
Welcome 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. 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 7 Amsterdam - Cruising
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This afternoon join a glass top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals or join Emerald Active for a guided walking tour around the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. You then have free time in the afternoon to visit the Rijks Museum or Van Gogh Museum, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Amsterdam
After breakfast you’ll say your goodbyes and disembark your ship to be transferred for your flight home. (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 Sky or Emerald Destiny
  • 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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