Jewels of the Rhine

Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey on the Rhine, beginning in Basel explore the Black Forest region, Koblenz and Cologne on its route.

8 Days
Basel to Amsterdam
From (GBP)
£ 2,195
£ 1,695
Dates & Pricing

2019 Basel > Amsterdam

Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey on the Rhine, beginning in Basel explore the Black Forest region, Koblenz and Cologne on its route.
Discover the treasures of the Rhine River over the course of this 8-day itinerary between Basel and Amsterdam. You’ll visit Cologne, Strasbourg and the Black Forest during this wonderful river cruise. The Rhine River is the gateway to Europe’s most treasured destinations, granting access to unforgettable cities and regions like Amsterdam, Cologne, Mannheim, the Rhine Gorge and the Black Forest in a single, unforgettable journey. Your journey on this majestic European passageway begins in the Swiss city of Basel, and follows the course of the river as it twists and turns through the beautiful Rhineland, where you’ll stop at the Black Forest, Mannheim and Koblenz, enjoying such excursions as a Black Forest cake tasting session and a visit to the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Cologne is the next stop, and here you can enjoy a guided tour of the city, taking in such sights as the mighty Kölner Dom, Museum Ludwig and the Shrine of the Three Kings. Then it’s onward and into the Netherlands, where you’ll awake in Amsterdam and enjoy a wonderful day of sightseeing in the elegant Dutch capital.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWAC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Basel
Return City:
Amsterdam

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK - Basel

    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 Switzerland, to 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: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks, amongst other things. 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

  3. 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. 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

  4. Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Continue downstream 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

  5. Day 5 - 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 a 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

  6. Day 6 - 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. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.

    DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam - UK

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.

    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
  • Visit a typical Black Forest Village
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg
  • Tour of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam

EmeraldPLUS:
  • Black Forest Cake Assembling demonstration
  • Guided Tour of Strasbourg
  • Wine Tasting in Heidelberg

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
  • Hike to Heidelberg Hill
  • Guided Bike Tour around Amsterdam

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

Pricing & Availability