Zurich & Lucerne with Tulips & the Rhine

11 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (USD)
$ 4,255
Dates & Pricing

2022 Zurich > Amsterdam

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWZL
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Zurich
Return City:
Amsterdam

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Straddling the northernmost tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. Today, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or frequenting one of its many charming cafés. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich – Lucerne

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Lucerne, perhaps strolling down cobblestone streets in its colourful Altstadt.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Zurich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Lucerne

    The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lucerne

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    Train and cable car to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lucerne - Basel

    This morning, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Breisach

    The Black Forest is a fairytale-like region full of charming cuckoo clocks and live oompah bands. Today, discover the multiple charms of the region as you visit a Black Forest destination. Alternatively, explore your surroundings during a hike through the Black Forest region, traversing well-trodden trails underneath a lush canopy.
    Later enjoy a Black Forest demonstration and tasting.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike through the Black Forest region

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a Black Forest destination

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    Today, you will dock in Kehl, where you will be transferred by coach to medieval Strasbourg. Your local guide will be available to teach you about the history of the city during an insightful guided tour.
    Pass through cobbled squares that are adorned with quaint boutiques and charming cafés as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, including Petite France, an area of unmatched beauty with a picturesque canal system that cascades past half-timbered houses that were 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

    A guided tour of Strasbourg

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    Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Mannheim – Heidelberg – Rüdesheim

    This morning, relax on board as we cruise along the Rhine River, passing Mannheim on our way to Heidelberg. The streets of Mannheim are laid out in a traditional grid system, which is why it is also known as the “City of Squares”.
    When you arrive in Heidelberg, the UNESCO City of Literature will be yours to explore, with publishing houses and libraries on every corner, and a vibrant artistic culture resonating through the streets.
    Your guided tour of Heidelberg’s rich history includes a wine tasting, and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, overlooking the Rhine River and a red-roofed skyline. Some of the most successful painters of the Romantic era drew inspiration from Heidelberg Castle, including British artist William Turner, who depicted images of the ruins in several of his paintings. Afterwards, stroll down the cobbled streets of the old town, touching on the Church of the Holy Spirit and the oldest university in Germany.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    An active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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 a 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. Your tour will include the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

    Included Excursion

    A walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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    A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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 sights of 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, a religious building that was constructed over six centuries, with builders choosing to stick to original plans and medieval techniques so that it retained its authenticity.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Cologne

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    Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Amsterdam

    A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is certain to be a memorable experience today, as you stroll down serene paths that showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch manner, with more than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows. Each year, an annual theme spreads across the gardens, and you will have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by landscape architects during your time here. 
    Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Depart Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, 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 note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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