Your journey through Germany and France will feature numerous picturesque landscapes. Tour the charming Alsace capital, Strasbourg, visit the spa town of Baden-Baden, and be enchanted by the ancient and diverse architecture in the German cities of Koblenz and Mannheim. Your cruise ends in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim.
- Airfare to Basel and return from Frankfurt
- 7 night river cruise aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
- 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
- Excursions and guided tours
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Complimentary Bicycles on board (when available)
- All tipping and gratuities
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- Port taxes and charges
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- 20 delectable 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
- Guided tour of Colmar
- Guided tour of Baden-Baden
- Guided tour of Heidelberg
- Walking tour of Koblenz & Visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
- Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
- Canal boat tour in Strasbourg
- Entrance to Casino in Baden-Baden
- Guided bike tour to Colmar
- Guided hike to Altes Schloss
- Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
- Bike tour in Koblenz
Frankfurt to Basel (or in reverse)
Day 1 Frankfurt-Mainz (D)
Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.
Please book your flight to arrive into Frankfurt prior to 02:00 PM.
Day 2 Rüdesheim (B,L,D)
Rüdesheim is a charming town that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Germany. Here, in the home of cuckoo clocks, oompah bands, and Bavarian beer, the Rhineland’s charm is found around every corner.
Today, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. Located in a 15th-century knight’s tower, the vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes are home to exhibits of rare music boxes.
A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
Day 3 Koblenz (B,L,D)
The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, today, the area is full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. Explore the picturesque surroundings during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. Absorb the panoramic views of the confluence during a cable car ride across the water to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley. Later, sail through the Rhine Gorge and soak in the breathtaking vistas along the way
Walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Bike tour in Koblenz
Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)
Day 4 Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg (B,L,D)
German Romanticism often depicts idealistic cityscapes and fairy tale-like scenes, full of Baroque buildings and charming narrow streets. It’s easy to see why so many of the most notable poets and composers of the era lost themselves to the beauty of Heidelberg.
Your guided tour of the historic university town will start in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle, once a royal residence. Visit some of the town’s main highlights or, alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas.
Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
Guided tour of Heidelberg
Day 5 Rastatt – Baden-Baden (B,L,D)
This morning, you’ll be transferred from your Star-Ship docked in Rastatt to the charming spa town of Baden-Baden, frequented by celebrities and royalty for centuries. If you’re feeling active, you can embark on a guided hike to Altes Schloss, a fascinating castle ruin full of hidden dungeons and winding staircases. Enjoy panoramic views of the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley as you trace the footsteps of former residents. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, soaking in the elegant boutiques and timeless gardens before entering The Baden-Baden Casino, a favourite of silent film star Marlene Dietrich.
Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino
Guided hike to Altes Schloss
Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden
Day 6 Kehl – Strasbourg (B,L,D)
This morning, we’ll dock in Kehl and take a coach transfer to the medieval capital of France’s Alsace Region, Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a city best explored via its quaint waterways, so today we’ll embark on an EmeraldPLUS traditional canal boat tour.
Relax as you pass through petite France, full of storybook canals, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes. Witness the covered bridges and the Vauban Dam before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, where many of the city’s administrative buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.
Canal boat tour in Strasbourg
Alsace wine route with vineyard hike and tasting (extra expense)
Day 7 Breisach – Colmar (B,L,D)
Commence your magical morning with a tour of Colmar. As you walk down the cobblestone lanes, it’s easy to imagine the characters from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales here, where half-timbered façades are adorned with window boxes full of colourful blooms. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar.
Guided bike tour to Colmar
Guided tour of Colmar
Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting (extra expense)
Day 8 Basel (B)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the picturesque Rhine Gorge with you.
Please book your flight to depart out of Basel after 10:00 AM.
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. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.
Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders may require an ETIAS visa waiver from late 2023 when traveling to the E.U.
United Kingdom passport holders do not require visas (excluding tours that feature Russia and Turkey, where guests are required to obtain a Visa).
Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice, Scenic recommends that you contact the relevant Consulates for the latest information regarding visa requirements.