Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

11 Days
Amsterdam to Zurich
From (GBP)
£ 3,550
£ 3,050
Dates & Pricing

2021 Amsterdam > Zurich

Begin in Amsterdam, before exploring one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne, with its spectacular Gothic cathedral. In Koblenz, at the gateway of the Rhine Gorge, you’ll learn about the legends of this majestic waterway. Discover Heidelberg’s impressive castle, marvel at Strasbourg’s half-timbred buildings and immerse yourself in typical Black Forest village life. Concluding with a two-night hotel stay in Lucerne and a final night in Zürich.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWZL
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Zurich

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your innovative Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    Every narrow street and gabled façade in Amsterdam tells tales of the Dutch Golden Age, a prosperous time when Dutch art was among the most acclaimed in the world.
    Today, you can choose to relax during a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s elaborate UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, sailing through the medieval centre of the city and past Roman patrician houses.
    Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing quintessential villages, traditional windmills and flower fields.
    Enjoy sailing through the countryside and on towards the Rhine River this afternoon, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and watching the passing scenery before joining your captain for a gala dinner.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion

    A canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne

    With a history spanning two millennia, Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Set out on an exploration of the past today, as a guided walking tour takes you through the ancient heart of the city. Your tour will conclude at Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

    Included Excursion

    A guided city walking tour 

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    Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Koblenz

    Immerse yourself in fairytale-like surrounds today as we cruise to Koblenz, a town with a postcard-worthy backdrop of vineyards and mountain ranges. Your included walking tour of the town will unveil the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady, the point at which two of Europe’s great rivers meet at the German Corner and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of the largest preserved fortresses in Europe.
    Enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge this afternoon, where romantic castles sit atop tree-covered canyons and half-timbered medieval villages appear as though they have been suspended in time.

    Included Excursion

    A guided walking tour of Koblenz and visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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    A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Today, you will discover Heidelberg as your Star-Ship arrives in Mannheim this morning. The idyllic UNESCO City of Literature has inspired the likes of Mark Twain and famed British artist William Turner.
    A guided tour of the town will unveil its rich history, starting at the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle, where carefully curated gardens are still peppered with serene water features, sculptures and colourful flowerbeds. Enjoy a wine tasting session before strolling down cobbled lanes in the old town to see the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University, one of the oldest in Europe.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    This morning, dock in Kehl and be transferred by coach to the picturesque town of Strasbourg, where a medieval past is yours to discover among cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses.
    Your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town will touch on many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the astrological signs that adorn the façade of the Maison Kammerzell and the idyllic historic scenery around Petite France. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Strasbourg at leisure.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Strasbourg

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    Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Breisach

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a postcard-worthy Black Forest destination, where history is brought to life among furnished farmhouses and outbuildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike through the Black Forest region, weaving through the woodland and admiring the lush canopy of evergreens. 
    Later, enjoy a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Black Forest gateau presentation and tasting

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided hike in the Black Forest region

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a Black Forest destination

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel – Lucerne

    Welcome to Switzerland and the quaint Rhine-side town of Basel. After breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to Lucerne, including a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Lucerne

    Lucerne is known around the world for its spectacular setting, perfectly encapsulating a traditional Swiss city with a backdrop of snow-topped mountain ranges. Your morning will start with a guided tour of the city, touching on its well-preserved medieval Altstadt, delightful waterfront promenades and colourful buildings.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lucerne

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    Train & cable car ride to Rigi – Weggis (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Lucerne – Zurich

    This morning, transfer by coach from Lucerne to the cosmopolitan city of Zurich, known for its towering church steeples, winding cobbled lanes and contemporary centre. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of Zurich, followed by free time to explore its delightful lakeside setting, perhaps discovering its famous old town.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Zurich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Zurich

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, passing a backdrop of mountains and forests on your way. 

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • A canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • A guided city walking tour of Cologne
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • A guided tour of Strasbourg
  • A visit to a Black Forest destination

EmeraldPLUS
  • A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided hike through the Black Forest region

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Lucerne
  • 1 night at a hotel in Zurich
  • A guided tour of Lucerne
  • A guided tour of Zurich
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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