Jewels of the Rhine

Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.

8 Days
Amsterdam to Basel
From (GBP)
£ 2,445
£ 1,645
Dates & Pricing

2019 Amsterdam > Basel

Architecture, history and natural beauty are ever-present on this wonderful journey down the Rhine, beginning in the Dutch capital and sweeping up Cologne, Koblenz and the Black Forest on its route.
From Amsterdam to Basel, discover the distinct heritage and evocative beauty of the great Rhine River with this wonderful 8-day itinerary. Covering four countries, this unforgettable river cruise introduces the Rhine in all its splendour. The mighty Rhine cuts a course through the heart of continental Europe, flowing through enriching capitals and regions of untold natural wonder. A journey on this majestic passageway provides a gateway to some of the continent’s most esteemed destinations and beauty spots, from Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg to the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley — helping you uncover many of the river’s highlights in a single journey. The itinerary begins in Amsterdam, and sees you travel upstream through the Netherlands and into Germany, where you’ll enjoy daily stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Kehl and Breisach, before crossing into Switzerland for a final day in Basel. Of course, your tour includes several unforgettable Rhine river excursions — from a guided bike tour in Amsterdam to a scenic walk through the fascinating medieval town of Heidelberg.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWAC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Basel

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Day 8 - Basel - UK

    Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. 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
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Tour of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg
  • Visit a typical Black Forest Village

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

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

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

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