Tulips & the Rhine

8 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
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$ 3,856
Dates & Pricing

2023 Zurich > Amsterdam

Begin your journey in the enchanting Black Forest, crossing the German border into Strasbourg, France's Alsace capital. Discover archaic Germany in Koblenz and Heidelberg, delighting in local wine tastings. Cologne's Gothic cathedral will be a highlight, before sailing past a landscape of traditional windmills into the Netherlands. A vibrant celebration of all things quintessentially Dutch, Amsterdam’s winding canals and a trip to Keukenhof Gardens offer the perfect way to end your river cruise.
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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich - Basel

    Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Cruises representative and transferred to your Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. 
    This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Zurich prior to 01:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Breisach

    Today, you will experience the tale of two cities divided by the Rhine, Breisach (Germany) and Neuf-Brisach (France). During your guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you'll pass by the main sights and attractions, one of which is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress overlooking Neuf Brisach. 


     A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine


    Guided bike tour in Breisach


    Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    Today, you will dock in Kehl, where you will be transferred by coach to medieval Strasbourg. Your local guide will teach you about the history of the city during an insightful guided tour, passing through cobbled squares that are adorned with quaint boutiques and charming cafés. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, including Petite France. An area of unmatched beauty, the picturesque canal system cascades past half-timbered houses that were once home to fishermen, tanners and millers during the Middle Ages. The narrow lanes and footbridges that pepper the area all add to its undeniable charm. This afternoon, Strasbourg is yours to explore at leisure. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ludwigshafen – Schwetzingen

    Schwetzingen Palace is famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Remarkably, the original design, in all its diversity, survives to this day. Besides the palace interior, you will also visit the Palace Gardens which are a cultural heritage site of European significance boasting more than 100 sculptures. Alternatively, you can embark on a hike through the beautiful vineyards of the quaint wellness town of Bad-Dürkheim.


    Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens


    Guided hike through a vineyard in Bad-Dürkheim

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Koblenz

    Today, we will take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a German fairytale. Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets, passing façades adorned with boxes of spring-blooming flowers. You will also have the chance to see 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Orientation walk of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


    A Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cologne

    The largest city on the Rhine awaits your arrival today. Once a major trade route linking both sides of Europe, this city now offers the perfect platform from which to explore Roman history, including the ornate Roman mosaics that have stood the test of time.
    Your insightful guided tour of Cologne will detail how the air raids of WWII turned its streets into a blank canvas, resulting in the loss of many of its ancient monuments and cultural treasures. As many historic buildings as possible were restored following the war years, but they now sit aside modern architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, constructed over six centuries using medieval techniques to retain its authenticity. You will also explore the Botanical Gardens, established in the 19th century and visited by more than a million people every year.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town & a visit to the Botanical Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Amsterdam

    A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is certain to be unforgettable, as more than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch manner. Each year, the gardens adopt a theme and you will have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by the landscape architects. 
    Soak in the sights of expertly arranged tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world.

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport, taking memories of spring-blooming flowers and delightful cobblestone squares 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

  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town & a visit to the Botanical Gardens
  • Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

  • A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine
  • Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens

  • Guided bike tour in Breisach
  • Guided Hike through a vineyard in Bad-Dürkheim

  • 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

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