Christmas Time on the Rhine

5 Days
Frankfurt to Zurich
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$ 2,771
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2023 Frankfurt > Zurich

Sail through Germany’s beloved wine region, visit the spa town of Baden Baden and stroll the fairytale streets of Kehl. Explore the enchanting Black Forest region and enjoy traditional Christmas carols on board.
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5 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Frankfurt - Mainz

    Welcome to Germany. You will be met at the airport by your Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz. 
    After settling in, you'll have some free time to explore the city, located in the heart of the Rhine wine region. 
    Mainz will captivate you with its quite incomparable lifestyle, its unique charm and its openness to the world. Immerse yourself in this unique atmosphere as you wander round the Market Square, in the middle of which stands the Heunensäule, a sandstone column commemorating the history of Mainz, erected in 1975 to mark the Cathedral millennium celebrations. 
    Later, we'll sail along the most beautiful stretch of the romantic Rhine River.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Rastatt

    This morning, embark on a visit to the enchanting town of Baden-Baden, surrounded by the mountains of the Black Forest. This famous spa town blends health and history to create the ideal Germany getaway. Visit the beautiful casino, boasting jaw-dropping decor, influenced by French royal palaces and, after lunch, you'll have the opportunity to discover the Baroque city of Rastatt on your own. Visit the Residential Palace, stroll along the historical sites while enjoying a coffee, or join our optional tour to Baden-Baden Opera House. 

    Included Excursion

    Baden-Baden guided tour 


    Baden Baden Opera House - behind the scenes (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl

    After breakfast, join us for a tour following the Pottery Route, promising picturesque villages, spa towns and castles.  Enjoy lunch on board and get ready to come with us this afternoon to the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg. Discover the charms of the old city, where cobbled streets line up with timber-framed houses that have survived for hundreds of years. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city, decorated with garlands, and visit the Christmas markets.

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Pottery villages 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Breisach

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Rhine town of Breisach. Entrenched between two countries, it is also known as the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest region. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Forest Highlands on your way to the Hofgut Sternen complex located at the foothill of Ravenna Gorge, a place where history and tradition merge. It was here that in 1770 Marie Antoinette stopped with 52 beautifully decorated carriages on the way to her wedding to King Louis XVI. 
    As part of your EmeraldPLUS programme you will also have the chance to see the postcard-worthy Christmas market situated underneath the 40-metre-high Ravenna Viaduct. Be amazed by the magical smell of Black Forest specialties and unique handcrafted regional products sold there.


    Guided visit to the Christmas market at Ravenna Viaduct


    Christmas concert on board

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Breisach 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Basel - Zurich

    Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking your Star-Ship and your transferring to the airport.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Zurich after 11:30 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 4 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Crusies Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Baden Baden guided tour
  • Visit to Pottery villages
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Freiburg guided tour with local market tasting

  • Christmas concert on board

  • 11 superb meals including 4 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • Inclusion

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