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Jewels of the Rhine

8 Day
Between Amsterdam and Basel
Rhine, Moselle
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From Amsterdam to Basel, discover the distinct heritage and evocative beauty of the great Rhine River with this wonderful 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 unforgettable Rhine river excursions — from a guided bike tour in Amsterdam to a scenic walk through the fascinating medieval town of Heidelberg.

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* From price is for a 07 April 2018 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1
UK > Amsterdam
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel on the Eurostar (via Brussels) is also available from only an additional £99 per person.

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city lined with picturesque canals and filled with world-class museums, theatres and cafes. on arrival you'll be met by an Emerald Waterways representative at the airport and transferred to your award-winning river cruise ship where a warm welcome awaits your Captain and crew.
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 continuing 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.
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 8
Basel > UK
After breakfast with Basel's riverbanks at your backdrop, you'll say your goodbyes and disembark your ship to be transferred to Basel airport for your flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast
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