Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise & Floriade, featuring Frankie Flowers

8 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (CAD)
$ 3,445
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Calling All Gardening Lovers!

July 29 - August 5, 2022

Perfect for: garden lovers, green thumbs, and Frankie Flowers fans

Join Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers”, one of Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening experts, on a special river cruise of a lifetime. Frankie will escort lucky guests to the 2022 Floriade Horticulture Expo, only held every 10 years and is one of the largest public gardening events in the world during this 8-day Jewels of the Rhine river cruise sailing from Basel to Amsterdam.

Learn expert tips from Frankie during two on board gardening presentations, enjoy a special “garden-inspired” cocktail reception and a gardening-themed trivia night where you could win a gardening consultation with Frankie!

Meet your cruise host, Frankie Flowers

"I'm thrilled to be hosting a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Emerald Cruises. Floriade, aka The World's Fair of Horticultural Shows, is one of the largest public gardening events in the world and it only happens once every decade. I've been to the Netherlands before, but this is a gardeners' dream. Emerald Cruises plus Floriade and Frankie Flowers equals one blooming great adventure!" 
Frankie’s garden advice has earned him Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year three times, and he has been named Toronto’s Favourite Weather Personality nine years consecutively in the Toronto Sun Reader’s Award. A four-time best-selling author, consultant, garden writer, social media strategist, philanthropist and father of two boys. Frankie believes that life should be fun.
"If you are green, you are growing!" - Frankie Flowers

Learn from your host with exclusive experiences plus attend the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo with our expert!

Book today and save! Cruise in confidence with us. 

Save $1,250 per person*

Save an extra 5%* when you pay in full 6 months prior to departure.

Deposit of just $500 per person required

Add our Platinum Protection Plan* for $395 per person for even more peace of mind when booking your 2022 cruise.

Watch Frankie’s video inviting you to join him on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise. You can also learn more about Frankie at

Book online, call us at 855 444 0161, or contact your travel advisor to secure your spot. Hurry - space is limited.

It's All Included - Award-winning Exceptional Value.

Transfers to and from the airport and your Star-Ship

Port charges and taxes included

Features indoor heated pool that converts into a cinema

Boutique hotel style suites

Daily excursions with EmeraldPLUS or EmeraldACTIVE

✓ All onboard meals and gourmet dining at Reflections restaurant

✓ A refined selection of wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

✓ Top service from an English speaking crew


2022 Zurich > Amsterdam

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Basel

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Basel, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    The Black Forest is a captivating region, known for its cuckoo clocks and the live oompah bands that grace sun-kissed gardens with their music during the summer months. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest destination and enjoy the charming culture of this region. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike through the Black Forest region, passing under an idyllic canopy of evergreens.

    Later, enjoy one of the region’s most famous treats during a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.

    Frankie Flowers celebrity cruise guests:  Join Frankie for a pre-dinner Welcome Cocktail ‘Garden-Theme’ Reception.  Suggested dress: Anything floral.


    A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting


    A guided active walk through the Black Forest region

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a traditional Black Forest destination


    Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    This morning, your Star-Ship will be docking in Kehl and you will be transferred across the river to the medieval town of Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace Region. Cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses make Strasbourg appear as if it has been effortlessly suspended in time, and you will get the opportunity to explore the past during your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Witness the ornate beauty of many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the Maison Kammerzell and the canal network that weaves through Petite France, before enjoying free time to explore at leisure.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Mannheim - Heidelberg

    Relax on board this morning as you sail to Mannheim, following the meandering Rhine River and passing the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. Travel by coach to Heidelberg, where you will have the opportunity to learn about how it became a UNESCO City of Literature, having inspired the likes of Mark Twain and William Turner with its historical setting.

    Your guided tour of the town will allow you to find your own inspiration among its delightful landmarks, including Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive Renaissance ruins in Europe. Enjoy a wine tasting in Heidelberg and take to the cobbled lanes that weave through the old town.

    Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.

    Frankie Flowers celebrity cruise guests:  Join Frankie as you cruise down Rhine for a 30-minute afternoon seminar followed by an autograph session.

    After dinner, join our Activity Manager in the Horizons Bar & Lounge for gardening-themed trivia.


    A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Koblenz

    Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz today to discover its fairytale-like surrounds, nestled on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your local guide will take you on a tour through the town, touching on the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady and the German Corner, where the two inspirational waterways meet. Journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, offering exceptional views of the surrounding area from its hilltop position.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Koblenz & Visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


    A Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cologne

    Effortlessly steeped in history and tales of the past, Cologne encapsulates a timeline that spans more than two millennia and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Your included tour of Cologne will take you to the heart of its old town. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral.

    Frankie Flowers celebrity cruise guests:  Join Frankie for a second 30-minute afternoon garden seminar.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town


    Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    This morning, you can choose to embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, learning about how the water is reclaiming Holland as you pass through quintessential Dutch surrounds and witness traditional villages and windmills. Alternatively, take to Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal network during a glass top canal cruise, passing Roman patrician houses and ornate merchant houses that tell tales of the prosperous Dutch Golden Age.

    Frankie Flowers celebrity cruise guests:  Join Frankie for a visit to the infamous Floriade Expo. This visit is an included excursion for Canadian guests who booked the Frankie Ferragine celebrity garden expert cruise.


    A guided bike tour to Waterland

    Included Excursion

    A canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Black Forest region and Strasbourg’s charm 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 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

  • A visit to a traditional Black Forest destination
  • A guided tour of Strasbourg
  • A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided tour of Cologne's old town
  • A canal cruise in Amsterdam

  • A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

  • Guided active walk through the Black Forest region
  • Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided bike tour to Waterland

  • 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 entire European river cruise was absolutely splendid with great accommodations, outstanding food, interesting tours, awesome staff, and wonderful cultural events provided on board." - Guest on board Emerald Dawn, August 2019

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