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Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8 Day
Between Amsterdam and Basel
Rhine, Moselle
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Travelling the iconic route of the Rhine through the heart of central Europe, this eight-day itinerary between Amsterdam and Basel transports you to the culture-rich medieval towns of Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Breisach, and the majestic natural showcase of the Rhine Gorge and Moselle Valley. With the spirit of Christmas hanging in the air, you’ll explore the heritage treasures of the river, from Cologne to the Black Forest, and have the opportunity to visit Germany’s world-famous Christkindlmarkts – for a festive getaway like no other.

The enchanting festive adventure begins in Amsterdam, where an included canal cruise introduces the city’s highlights. Cruising through the windmill-strewn lands of the Netherlands, cross the German border and marvel at the sprawling Christmas markets of Cologne, or else stand beneath the striking spires of the Kölner Dom. Slip leisurely through the Rhine Gorge towards Koblenz and Mannheim, where you’ll visit Heidelberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful heritage towns. After a guided EmeraldPLUS tour of the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg, discover the ancient splendour of the Black Forest with a guided hike or visit the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, which offers a fascinating insight into 16th-century life. Your journey ends in the Swiss city of Basel, where there’s time for one final fulfilling breakfast before your homebound flight.

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* From price is for a 07 December 2019 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

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to 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.

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 Disembarkation

Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for yourr homebound flight.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

Meals included: Breakfast
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