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Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

11 Day
Between Zurich and Amsterdam
Rhine, Moselle
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From the alpine vistas of Switzerland, the medieval charm of Alsace and the beauty of the Black Forest, to the contemporary cool of Amsterdam and the Netherlands; this immersive 11-day journey takes you on a diverse cultural journey across a swathe of the continent. Included in the itinerary is a one-night stay in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne, and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle rivers – providing you with an extraordinary and in-depth experience in central and northern Europe.

We begin in Zurich, the finance capital of the continent. Stroll the Bahnhofstrasse or picnic beside Zürichsee – the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Tomorrow, the medieval charm of Lucerne beckons, and our local guides will help you experience the best of this captivating Swiss city. Your Rhine cruise begins in Basel, from which you’ll travel into the Alsace region of France to explore the illustrious canals of Strasbourg. Skirting the Black Forest, hike to Heidelberg Castle during a stop in Mannheim, before immersing in Koblenz’s 2,000-year history. Marvel at the world-famous Gothic spires of the Kölner Dom in Cologne, before visiting the Roman artefacts museum. Amsterdam promises a captivating final curtain call, complemented by an EmeraldACTIVE bike ride.

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* From price is for a 17 April 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 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. Included is a one night stay in Zurich.

Day 2
Zurich - Lucerne

This morning travel by coach from Zurich to Lucerne. A city surrounded by idyllic mountains and a lake. After lunch 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.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3
Lucerne

Your Tour Director is on hand to help plan your day’s exploring. Perhaps visit the Mount Pilatus with the steepest cogwheel train in the world, or take a boat tour on the Lake of Lucerne. If you just want to relax than enjoy the views from one of the many cafes and restaurants in town.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Lucerne – Basel Embarkation

This morning leave Lucerne by coach for the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre of the country’s pharmaceutical industry. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board 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: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
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 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
Mannheim – Heidelberg

Continue downstream 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 8
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)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Cologne

Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. 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. This evening join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
Amsterdam

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Amsterdam Disembarkation

After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to airport for your homebound flight.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

Meals included: Breakfast
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