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Join an enchanting cruise along the beautiful and storied Rhine river. Begin your journey in Switzerland, where you can explore the cultural hub of Zurich before boarding your ship. Cruise to Breisach, known for its cuckoo clocks and the live oompah bands. Visit a Black Forest village and experience the traditional culture of the people of the region. Explore beautiful Strasbourg, with its distinctive half-timbered houses and winding canals.  A wine tasting is offered in Heidelberg and you can also choose to hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. Explore the town of Koblenz and visit twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady and the German Corner. Admire fields of famous Dutch tulips and stop in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral before disembarking in Amsterdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Zurich | Basel | Embark
Day 2 : Breisach
Day 3 : Kehl | Strasbourg
Day 4 : Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rudesheim
Day 5 : Koblenz
Day 6 : Cologne
Day 7 : Amsterdam
Day 8 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the fairytale-like region surrounding Koblenz
  • Admire vast colorful fields of famous Dutch tulips
  • Discover the ornate beauty of Strasbourg architectures and structures
  • Tour Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive Renaissance ruins

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Emerald Sky

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Brilliant tulips growing near Amsterdam Stroll through charming Strasbourg Explore Cologne Explore quaint towns along the Rhine Romantic evening light over Basel Fields of tulips stretch as far as the eye can see

Day 1 Zurich | Basel | Embark

Welcome to Switzerland! Travel from Zurich airport to the Rhine–side town of Basel and board your luxurious ship, where your friendly captain and crews are waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board

Day 2 Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Black Forest is a captivating region, known for its cuckoo clocks and the live oompah bands that grace sun-filled gardens with their music during the summer months. Today, you have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest village and learn how people in the region lived for centuries. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike through the Black Forest, passing under an idyllic canopy of evergreens.

Later, enjoy one of the region’s most famous treats during a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.

Day 3 Kehl | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, your ship docks in Kehl and you are transferred across the river to the medieval town of Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace Region. Cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses make Strasbourg appear as if it has been effortlessly suspended in time, and you get the opportunity to explore the past during your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Witness the ornate beauty of many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the Maison Kammerzell and the canal network that weaves through Petite France, before enjoying free time to explore at leisure. 

Day 4 Mannheim | Heidelberg | Rudesheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on board this morning as you start your day with a peaceful cruise past Mannheim, following the meandering Rhine River and passing the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. When you reach Heidelberg, you have the opportunity to learn about how it became a UNESCO City of Literature, having inspired the likes of Mark Twain and William Turner with its historical setting.

Your guided tour of the town allows you to find your inspiration among its delightful landmarks, including Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive Renaissance ruins in Europe. Enjoy a wine tasting in Heidelberg and take to the cobbled lanes that weave through the old town.
Alternatively, enjoy an invigorating hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.

Day 5 Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz today to discover its fairytale-like surrounds, nestled on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your local guide takes you on a tour through the town, touching on the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady and the German Corner, where the two inspirational waterways meet. Journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, offering exceptional views of the surrounding area from its hilltop position.

Day 6 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Effortlessly steeped in history and tales of the past, Cologne encapsulates a timeline that spans more than two millennia and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Your included tour of Cologne takes you to the heart of its old town, where Roman mosaics and the Great St. Martin Church tell the stories of the people who first laid out plans for this mighty city. Your tour concludes at the soaring UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral.

Day 7 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is certain to be a memorable experience today, as you stroll down serene paths that showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch manner, with more than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows. Each year, an annual theme spreads across the gardens, and you will have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by landscape architects during your time here.
Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths, and orchids of every color, creating a swath of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.

Day 8 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the region's charm with you.

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$2,995
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Single Occupancy Only. 117 sq ft. 2 single cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a deluxe single bed, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Stateroom (E)
162 sq ft. 9 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Stateroom (D)
162 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Riviera Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (C)
180 sq ft. 19 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (B)
180 sq ft. 18 cabins located on the Vista Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
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Panorama Balcony Suite (A)
180 sq ft. 23 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, indoor balcony with open-air system, bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV and infotainment system
Grand Balcony Suite
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Grand Balcony Suite (S)
210 sq ft. 8 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds, outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, in-suite mini-bar available at own expense, a complimentary Nespresso machine and bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, hairdryer, on-board complimentary bathrobes, and slippers
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Owner's Suite (SA)
315 sq ft. 4 cabins located on the Horizon Deck with a Queen-size or twin beds, an outdoor private balcony with the open-air system, a separate bathroom and lounge area, a walk-in wardrobe, an in-suite mini-bar, restocked daily with wine, beer, and soft drinks

Notes

Single accommodations are available on some tours for an additional single supplement rate. Contact us for details of pricing and availability.

TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit a Black Forest Village
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • Tour of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Glass top canal boat tour in Amsterdam
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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