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.
Explore modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise through Amsterdam, before sailing through the countryside and witnessing traditional windmills. Enjoy a guided walking tour of magnificent Cologne and the juxtaposition of ancient Koblenz, continuing upstream to Heidelberg. Soak up Strasbourg’s beautiful architecture and visit Freiburg a Black Forest destination.
- Airfare to Amsterdam and return from Zurich (or reverse)
- 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
- Airport transfers to and from the ship
- 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
- The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
- Port taxes and charges
- All tipping and gratuities
- Included Excursions:
– Canal cruise in Amsterdam
– Guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town
– Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
– Guided tour of Heidelberg
– Guided tour of Strasbourg
– Emerald Plus: Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo
– Emerald Plus: Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting
– Emerald Active: Guided bike tour to Waterland
– Emerald Active: Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
– Emerald Active: Guided bike tour in Breisach
- Book by Dec 31: Reduced airfare and save $300 per couple! (Price reflects below)
|July 23 or 30, 2023||Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax|
|Panorama Balcony Suite||$5330|
|Taxes & Fees||$380|
New bookings only.
Other dates are available, please contact our travel advisors.
Flights from other Canadian cities will incur surcharges.
Amsterdam t0 Zurich: July 24 – 31, 2023 (this itinerary)
Zurich to Amsterdam: July 31 – August 7, 2023 (reverse itinerary)
Day 1 Mon, 24 Jul Amsterdam (D)
Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your innovative Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival.
Day 2 Tue, 11 Jul Rüdesheim (B,L,D)
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, 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.
Guided bike tour to Waterland
Day 3 Wed, 26 Jul Cologne (B,L,D)
Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Step back in time today, as a guided walking tour takes you through the ancient heart of the city, passing iconic landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. After your tour, you will be taken to a one-of-a-kind farm estate just outside of Cologne, which provides the locals with sustainable products. As part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a fantastic cooking demo and have a glimpse behind the scenes of this incredible place.
Guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town
Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo
Day 4 Thu, 27 Jul Koblenz (B,L,D)
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.
Orientation walk of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)
Day 5 Fri, 28 Jul Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg (B,L,D)
This morning you will discover Heidelberg. 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 the carefully curated gardens host serene water features, sculptures and colourful flowerbeds.
Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
Guided tour of Heidelberg
Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (extra expense)
Day 6 Sat, 29 Jul Kehl – Strasbourg (B,L,D)
This morning, you’ll 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.
Guided tour of Strasbourg
Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense)
Day 7 Sun, 30 Jul Breisach – Freiburg (B,L,D)
Today as part of your incredible EmeraldPLUS programme, you will visit the city of Freiburg. Considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’, Freiburg has lovely sights that will leave you amazed. As part of your visit, you will also have the opportunity to sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city centre near the main cathedral. If you are feeling more active, why not join a guided bike tour in Breisach.
Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting
Guided bike tour in Breisach
Day 8 Mon, 31 Jul Basel – Zurich (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of traditional cuckoo clocks and the Black Forest with you.
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.
Please book the flight to arrive into Amsterdam prior to 02:00 PM and depart from Frankfurt after 11.30 AM