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Jewels of the Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

11 Day
Between Amsterdam and Zurich
Rhine, Moselle
From * £3,245
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Sample the diverse culture of northern Europe on the iconic Rhine River as it transports you from Amsterdam to Basel via a collection of Germany’s most esteemed destinations, including Cologne, Heidelberg, and Breisach. This momentous European tour includes a two-night stay in Lucerne, a beautiful and compact Swiss city renowned for its wonderfully-preserved medieval architecture. Then, it’s on to Zurich, a contemporary metropolis whose status as a financial centre has earned it the affectionate moniker ‘Downtown Switzerland’. Our Cruise Experts have curated the itinerary to showcase the culture and heritage of each destination – from an immersive tour of Strasbourg to a guided hike through the enchanting Black Forest.

Amsterdam is the starting point for your journey, and here you can join an enlivening EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour or indulge in one of the city’s many mesmerising museums. Leaving Holland and crossing the German border, marvel at the towering spires of the Kölner Dom in Cologne, before cruising through the inimitable Rhine Gorge. Docking in Kehl, explore the historic Alsace region of north-eastern France, including the exquisite medieval city of Strasbourg. Breisach brings you to the Black Forest, where you can tour the local villages or take part in a Black Forest Cake tasting session. From here, Switzerland awaits, and you’re escorted to a luxury hotel to begin your city break in Lucerne and Zurich.

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Day 1

Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.

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.

DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

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. You will have a tour of Koblenz and 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 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.

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

*** Please note, you can only choose either included tour of Koblenz or the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours run 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 have a chance to either 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
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 Île, 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.
EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
Breisach

Today you will visit a typical black forest village, full of charm and many Cuckoo clocks and other German specialties. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the black forest trails.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Basel Disembarkation – Lucerne

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 by coach to the lovely city of Lucerne. Included is a two-night stay in Lucerne.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Lucerne

This morning start with a guided tour where you will see the world-famous sights such as the Chapel Bridge with the octagonal Water Tower, the Jesuit Church and the KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne). On the tour you will learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of its residents.
DiscoverMORE: Train & Cable Car to Rigi – Weggis (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 10
Lucerne - Zurich

This morning transfer by coach from Lucerne to the cosmopolitan city of Zurich. The city is often called by the local’s as “Downtown Switzerland”, for its internationally renowned financial importance as a centre for banking. You have the day free to enjoy the delightful lakeside setting or stroll on the Bahnhofstrasse, and other main sights of Zurich. Included is a one-night stay in Zurich.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11
Zurich – Farewell

After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast
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