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The Majestic Rhine

8 Day
Between Basel and Frankfurt
Rhine, Main, Moselle
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Journey the spine of Central Europe on the iconic Rhine, marvelling at charming half-timbered homesteads in Alsace before entering the castle-strewn valleys of the Rhine Gorge and the enchanting Black Forest. This 8-day Rhine River cruise introduces towns and cities of immense heritage, from Colmar and Strasbourg to Rudesheim and Heidelberg, and spectacular natural beauty spots that will live long in the memory. Your journey is complemented by a string of immersive EmeraldACTIVE and EmeraldPLUS excursions, including a hike to Altes Schloss in Baden-Baden and a canal boat tour of Strasbourg – experiences which promise a European river journey like no other.

Slipping from Switzerland into southern Germany, take in the Alsace region of north-eastern France in Colmar and Strasbourg, ancient cities celebrated for their beautiful timbered buildings, pretty canals and arresting heritage architecture, from the Minster St Marti to Strasbourg’s Neustadt imperial quarter. From here, travel northward to Rastatt and Baden-Baden, a Roman-age city flanked by the iconic Black Forest, where a hike to the ‘Old Castle’ offers inspiring views of the Rhine. Heidelberg is next, and here you can stroll the cobblestones or take a guided hike to Heidelberg Castle. Cruising through the arresting Rhine Gorge, explore the fortress city of Koblenz before visiting Rudesheim and the famous Siegfried Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Your journey ends in Mainz, where you’re transferred to Frankfurt for your return flight home.

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Day 1

A warm welcome awaits from your captain and crew as your board your luxury Emerald Waterways 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
Breisach - Colmar

Today you will have an included 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. Some of the main sights are the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

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 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Rastatt – 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
EmeraldPLUS: Entrance to Baden-Baden Casino

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Mannheim – Heidelberg

Visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active hike to Heidelberg Hill.
EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting in Heidelberg

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Koblenz

Arrive in Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of Koblenz and the chance to 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.

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Mainz Disembarkation - Frankfurt

Disembark in Mainz and transfer to Frankfurt for your onward or homebound flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
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