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Rhine-Main Discovery
(Amsterdam to Nuremberg)

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. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Amsterdam - Cruising
This morning the choice is yours; board a glass top canal boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals, cruising past 16th century merchant houses and charming churches, dating back to Holland’s Golden Age. Alternatively, join Emerald Active for a city tour including a guided walk around the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. Both options are followed by free time in the city centre. After lunch on board, depart on your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside, including canals, locks and windmills. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Cologne
Enjoy free time on board your ship before arriving into Cologne. Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and explore the city including the Old Town with its beautiful squares and historical monuments. During your free time shop for handicrafts or visit a local market before returning to your ship. (B,L,D)

Discover More: Take a tour to Bruhl, famous for the Augustus Palace and Falkenlust (additional cost)

Day 4 Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim 
Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slopes. We’ll also pass the infamous Lorelei Rock where sailors are said to have been lured onto treacherous rocks by enchanted temptresses. We also pass the impressive Pfalzgrafenstein Castle which was formerly a toll gate perched on an island in the middle of the river. In the afternoon we arrive at Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Enjoy a cable car ride up to the impressive Germania monument with stunning views of the Rhine Valley, then free time to shop for handicrafts or taste the famous Rudesheim ice coffee. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Miltenberg
Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. Take a guided tour of Miltenberg or join Emerald Active for a guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level).(B,L,D)

Day 6 Würzburg 
Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour highlights the palace’s unique staircase, elaborate 18th century frescoes and the amazing 3–dimensional stuccowork. Then join our guide for a walking tour of Würzburg. (B,L,D)

Discover More: Rothenburg, a perfectly preserved fortified town. Step back to the middle ages as you walk the cobbled streets admiring the gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture (additional cost)

Day 7 Bamberg
Relax on board this morning as we cruise through the Main–Danube Canal, to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval town centres, Bamberg is bursting with character and charm. At the town centre is the largest preserved old quarter in Europe. Around 2,400 listed buildings and the centuries–old garden quarter form a special cultural heritage. Admire hundreds of building façades richly decorated in fascinating detail with spectacular ornamentation. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Nuremberg 
After breakfast, it’s time to say your goodbyes before you’re transferred to Munich or Nuremberg Airport. Please book flights to depart after 12.00noon in Nuremberg and 2.00pm in Munich. (B)
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All This Included
SUPERB SERVICES
  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Emerald Waterways
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges included – saving you $400 per couple
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Free airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
PREMIUM INCLUSIONS
  • Explore 6 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • In Amsterdam, take a canal boat cruise or a walking tour of the city centre
  • Take a walking tour of vibrant Cologne
  • In Rüdesheim take the cable car to the Germania monument
  • Walking tour of the medieval Bavarian town of Miltenberg or a guided hike in Wertheim
  • Absorb the sights of Würzburg on a tour
  • Take a tour of charming Bamberg
DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Sun or Emerald Dawn
Notes
  • 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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