Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Zurich (please book flights to arrive by 1.30pm). You will be met and transferred from the airport to the dock in Basel. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as your board your Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore the Rhine-side town of Basel. This evening join your fellow travellers for a cocktail reception followed by a welcome dinner.
Day 2 | Breisach Highlights:
The beautiful Black Forest region of Germany has long been a fairy tale destination. Commence your magical morning with the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. EmeraldPLUS: A presentation and tasting of Black Forest gateau.
Day 3 | Kehl - Strasbourg Highlights:
This morning take a guided walking tour of Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in northeastern France and seat of the European Parliament. Visit La Petit France, home to some of Strasbourg’s prettiest and most photogenic streets and buildings with half-timbered townhouses leaning out over the narrow cobbled streets. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the town or relax onboard.
Discover More: Wine Tasting excursion in the Alsace region of north-eastern France (extra expense)
Day 4 | Mannheim - Heidelberg Highlights:
Continue to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Take an excursion to the medieval town of Heidelberg including a visit to the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time there before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.
Day 5 | Koblenz Highlights:
Sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend. Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river, part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century, and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. Enjoy free time to wander through the town and take in the views. Emerald Active: Cycle along the river banks.
Discover More: Cochem Castle (extra expense)
Day 6 | Cologne Highlights:
Welcome to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World-Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with its beautiful squares and historic monuments, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany's largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries including a Roman artefact museum. After lunch, relax onboard as we cruise along the Rhine River. This evening the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
Day 7 | Amsterdam Highlights:
The ship sails along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal and into Amsterdam. This morning join a glass top canal boat cruise and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals or join Emerald Active for a guided walking tour around the famous landmarks of Amsterdam. You then have free time in the afternoon to visit the Rijks Museum or Van Gogh Museum, or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch the world go by. This evening join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 | Disembarkation Amsterdam Highlights:
After breakfast, farewell new found friends and transfer to the airport for your onwards or homebound flight.