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The Majestic Rhine

8 Day
Between Frankfurt and Basel
Rhine, Main, Moselle
From * £2,395
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Departing 30 September 2018
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Discover the beauty of the Rhineland and its many evocative heritage destinations with an 8-day river cruise on the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers. Transporting you from Frankfurt to Basel, you’ll encounter historic towns like Koblenz and Heidelberg, and cruise through the majestic landscapes of the inimitable Rhine Gorge.

The Rhine, Main, and Moselle rivers showcase the historic destinations and rich cultures of southern Germany. From Rudesheim, with its delicious signature coffee and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, to the haunting Roman ruins of Baden Baden, tucked away in the enigmatic Black Forest; this 8-day river cruise offers immersive cultural encounters at every turn.

Throughout your journey, you’ll have the chance to experience a range of enriching excursions, including a hand-picked selection of EmeraldACTIVE and EmeraldPLUS activities – helping you experience more on these captivating waterways. Hike to the imposing castle of Altes Schloss in Baden Baden, experience the captivating medieval beauty of Strasbourg on a guided canal boat tour, and cycle amid the cosy streets and half-timbered houses in Colmar, one of the most enchanting towns in the picturesque Alsace region of northern France. 

With time spent on three captivating waterways, The Majestic Rhine river cruise promises an enthralling journey through the heart of Europe.

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Day 1
UK - Frankfurt - Mainz
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. Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Mainz. This evening, you'll be invited to 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
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Rudesheim

Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your included tour will be a visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
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). 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 4
Mannheim – Heidelberg

Continue sailing to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time to explore Heidelberg before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Rastatt – Baden Baden

This morning sail into the Rhine-side town of Rastatt and journey to the hidden jewel of Baden Baden. Nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest, Baden Baden was settled by the Romans, with ruins dating back to 210A.D. Enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time to stroll the historic Kurhaus Colonnade, shop the elegant boutiques of the old town or join EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to Hohenbaden Castle, known locally as Altes Schloss ‘Old Castle’.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden

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 and official seat of the European Parliament. In Strasbourg you will have a canal tour on a "batorama"  passing by many attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and some European institutions. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Strasbourg.
EmeraldPLUS: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Breisach - Colmar

Begin your magical morning with a tour to Colmar, a town fill of half-timbered houses, flower-decked town centre, cosy streets and lively restaurants and shops in the Alsace region of north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and museums. Enjoy a guided city tour passing the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Basel - UK
Welcome to Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. Your flight to 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. Meals included: Breakfast
Meals included: Breakfast
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