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Jewels of the Rhine

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The Rhine unveils a treasure trove of natural and manmade riches as it carves out an idyllic passage through the west of Germany. Enjoy days of discovery in contemporary Amsterdam, Cologne and the Black Forest whilst also stepping back in time during a visit to medieval Mannheim and Kehl. The powerful icon of progressive Germany, the Rhine splits the nation from north to south, visiting traditional towns and cities. The eight day Jewels of the Rhine cruise explores authentic German cultures as half-timbered houses dot the flanks of the river, creating a fairy tale backdrop. Every time you step ashore along the Rhine, long-lasting memories are waiting to be made.

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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 - Cruising

This morning take a glass top canal boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals and a guided walk of the city, then free time, before lunch on board and your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Emerald Active: enjoy a guided walk of the city. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

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 its beautiful squares and historic monuments, 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

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, part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century, and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. Enjoy free time to wander through the town and take in the views. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as 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. Emerald Active: Cycle along the river banks.

Discover More: Cochem Castle (extra expense) guests on this tour will not be able to attend the included walking tour of Koblenz

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. Take an excursion to the medieval town of Heidelberg including a visit to 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 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 center 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.

Discover More: Alsace Wine Tasting Tour (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

The beautiful Black Forest region of Germany has long been a fairy tale destination. Commence your magical morning with the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. Emerald Active: Guided Hike Through a Typical Black Forest Village (active fitness level recommended – actual hike, limited numbers). EmeraldPLUS:  A presentation and tasting of Black Forest gateau.

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. ** Please note - Our Discover More excursions are optional excursions that guests can book with their Cruise Director once on board. Further details of all our Discover More excursions and their costs are sent with guests documentation.
Meals included: Breakfast
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