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7 Night Jewels of Rhine – USD

Delve into central Europe, with its castles, art, authentic culture and a rich & complex history!
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7 Night Jewels of Rhine – USD

Amsterdam to Basel

June 23, 2018

Emerald Waterways Emerald Dawn

From Amsterdam to Basel, discover the distinct heritage and evocative beauty of the great Rhine River with this popular 8-day itinerary. Covering four countries, this unforgettable river cruise introduces the Rhine in all its splendour.

The mighty Rhine cuts a course through the heart of continental Europe, flowing through enriching capitals and regions of untold natural wonder. A journey on this majestic passageway provides a gateway to some of the continent’s most esteemed destinations and beauty spots, from Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg to the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley — helping you uncover many of the river’s highlights in a single journey. The itinerary begins in Amsterdam and sees you travel upstream through the Netherlands and into Germany, where you’ll enjoy daily stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Kehl and Breisach, before crossing into Switzerland for a final day in Basel. Of course, your tour includes several excursions — from a guided bike tour in Amsterdam to a scenic walk through the fascinating medieval town of Heidelberg.

Highlights

  • Explore legendary castles on the Rhine
  • See Cologne Cathedral and Heidelberg castle
  • Enjoy Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Breisach

What we are Including

  • 7 nights onboard a spacious ship with only 92 staterooms
  • Guided excursions in every port
  • Beverages with meals
  • Wi-Fi, gratuities, transfers & taxes
  • $100 per person travel credit
  • Book by Jan 31st, 2018 to get $295 airfare from most major US gateways, beverage package & complimentary shore excursion!
Open Air Balcony
From: $4225pp
All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in USD

ITINERARY

Amsterdam to Basel

Day 1
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 your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. 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. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing 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. Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Visit (extra expense) passengers on this tour will not be able to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for both tours happen at the same time Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Mannheim – Heidelberg
Continue upstream 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 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 continue exploring Strasbourg. EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 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 in the Emerald Active hike. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8 Basel Disembarkation – Zurich Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Zurich for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights to depart after 11.30am in Zurich. Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing is subject to change anytime without notice and may not be reflected immediately on this page. This deal was last updated on Feb 19, 2018 @ 9:56 am
Terms & Conditions:New bookings only. Fares are per person in the currency noted, based on double occupancy, are capacity controlled, subject to availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. Optional supplier charges may apply and are not included. Amenities, if offered, are available for the first two in a stateroom only & based on double occupancy unless specifically stated otherwise. CruisePlus reserves the right to correct any human or electronic errors in the offers above. CruisePlus Management Ltd. Consumer Protection BC License #:3325-0.