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7 Night Jewels of Rhine

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7 Night Jewels of Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam

June 23, 2018

Emerald Waterways Emerald Sun

Discover the treasures of the Rhine River over the course of this 8-day itinerary between Basel and Amsterdam. You will visit Cologne, Strasbourg and the Black Forest during this top-selling river cruise.

The Rhine River is the gateway to Europe’s most treasured destinations, granting access to spectacular cities and regions like Amsterdam, Cologne, Mannheim, the Rhine Gorge and the Black Forest in a single, unforgettable journey.

Your journey on this picturesque European waterway begins in the Swiss city of Basel, and follows the course of the river as it twists and turns through the Rhineland, where you will stop at the Black Forest, Mannheim and Koblenz, enjoying such excursions as a Black Forest cake tasting and a visit to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Cologne is the next stop, and here you can enjoy a guided tour of the city, taking in such sights as the mighty Kölner Dom, Museum Ludwig and the Shrine of the Three Kings.

Then it is onward and into the Netherlands, where you will awake in Amsterdam and enjoy a day of sightseeing in the elegant Dutch capital.


  • 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
Panorama Balcony Suite
From: $4995pp
All pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and in CAD


Day 1
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 dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. If flying into Zurich, please book your flights to arrive prior to 1:00 pm.  
Meals included: Dinner
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 the sixteenth-century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. Alternatively, take part in the Emerald Active hike. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Hike Through a Typical Black Forest Village (active fitness level recommended) EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 continue exploring Strasbourg. EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Visit (extra expense)  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8  -  Amsterdam Disembarkation
After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to airport for your homebound flight.  
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.