Amsterdam & Jewels of the Rhine & Zurich-Lucerne

13 Days
Amsterdam to Zurich
From (CAD)
$ 6,295
Dates & Pricing

2023 Amsterdam > Zurich

Start with a two-night in Amsterdam then 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. Conclude with stays in Lucerne & Zurich.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EACZ
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Zurich

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands famous for world-class museums, artistic heritage and elaborate canal system. You will be met at the airport and taken to your centrally located hotel, with a two-night stay included in your itinerary.

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    This morning, your local guide will take you on a tour of Amsterdam, introducing you to a place of fascinating stories, spellbinding art and remarkable architecture. Amsterdam is considered one of the greatest small capitals in the world where your destination is never too far away. Your carefully planned walking tour will take you to one of world's greatest museums, the Rijksmuseum, hosting a collecting of over 8000 works including those of Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Amsterdam with Rijksmuseum visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Amsterdam

    Today, you will be transferred from your hotel to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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, 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

    Guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion

    Canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Cologne

    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. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town 

    EmeraldPLUS

    Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo

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    Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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

    Orientation walk of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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    Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

    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.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Heidelberg 

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    Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    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.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

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    Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Breisach - Freiburg

    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.  

    EmeraldPLUS

    Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour in Breisach  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • 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

EmeraldPLUS
  • Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo
  • Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour to Waterland
  • Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided bike tour in Breisach

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 Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam with Rijksmuseum visit
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Lucerne
  • 1 night at a hotel in Zurich
  • A guided tour of Lucerne
  • A guided tour of Zurich
  • Airport and ship transfers
  • 5 Breakfasts (B)

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