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Zurich-Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine & Amsterdam

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River View
$5,450
Balcony
$6,603
Suite
$7,974
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
13 Days
 Cruise Starts
Zurich
 Cruise Finishes
Amsterdam
13 Day Zurich-Lucerne & Jewels of the Rhine & Amsterdam Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Switzerland Germany France Holland
River Ship
Departures
Passengers
180
Crew
51
Launched
2014
Cruise Code
EACZ-2

Overview

This itinerary includes a night in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle, exploring the Black Forest region and the fairytale architecture of Koblenz and Cologne. Your river cruise ends in the enigmatic Amsterdam with a two-night stay – providing an extraordinary experience in central Europe.

Itinerary

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.

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 (B)

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

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

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 Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board. (B/D)

Today as part of your incredible EmeraldPLUS programme, you will visit the city of Freiburg. Considered the 'capital of the Black Forest', Freiburg has lovely sights that will leave you amazed. As part of your visit, you will also have the opportunity to sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city centre near the main cathedral. If you are feeling more active, why not join a guided bike tour in Breisach.

EmeraldPLUS Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour in Breisach (B/L/D)

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 Guided tour of Strasbourg (B/L/D)

Relax on board this morning as you sail towards Ludwigshafen, 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. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.

EmeraldACTIVE Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

Included Excursion Guided tour of Heidelberg (B/L/D)

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz today and 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 & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

DiscoverMORE Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (B/L/D)

Effortlessly steeped in history and tales of the past, Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, encapsulating a timeline that spans more than two millennia. Your included city tour will take you to the heart of its Old Town. After your tour, you will be taken to a one-of-a-kind farm estate just outside of Cologne, which provides the locals with sustainable products. As part of your EmeraldPLUS programme, enjoy a fantastic cooking demo and have a glimpse behind the scenes of this fantastic place.

Included Excursion Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town

EmeraldPLUS Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo (B/L/D)

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.

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour to Waterland

Included Excursion Canal cruise (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel in Amsterdam for a delightful two-night stay in the city. Enjoy the afternoon on own by strolling along the famous canals or visiting a local market. Amsterdam is full of surprises awaiting to be discovered around every corner. (B)

This morning, your local guide will take you on a tour of Amsterdam, introducing you to a place of fascinating stories, spellbinding art and remarkable architecture. Amsterdam is considered one of the greatest small capitals in the world where your destination is never too far away. Your carefully planned walking tour will take you to one of world's greatest museums, the Rijksmuseum, hosting a collecting of over 8000 works including those of Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.

Included Excursion Walking tour of Amsterdam with Rijksmuseum visit (B)

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you leave your accommodation for your transfer to the airport, taking memories from a fascinating journey on the Rhine. (B)

Life Onboard Emerald Sky

Emerald Sky
Emerald Sky

Fairytale castles and breathtaking landscapes await on the rivers of Europe when you cruise on Emerald Sky. Read more

You're Invited & EmeraldPLUS
You're Invited & EmeraldPLUS

Authentic included adventures that take you into the cultural heart of each destination. Read more

EmeraldACTIVE
EmeraldACTIVE

Ignite your sense of adventure and explore a little further on foot or by bike. Read more

Five Star Dining On Board
Five Star Dining On Board

Enjoy the finest flavours of Europe prepared by the expert culinary team aboard your river cruise. Read more

Swimming Pool and Cinema
Swimming Pool and Cinema

Watch the river flow by from the pool that becomes your cinema in the evening. Read more

Horizon Bar and Lounge
Horizon Bar and Lounge

All suites offer relaxing comfort and amenities to create a home away from home as you cruise. Read more

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Monday 26 Aug 2024
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Balcony
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Suite
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Wednesday 28 Aug 2024
Monday 09 Sep 2024
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Balcony
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Suite
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Wednesday 11 Sep 2024
Monday 23 Sep 2024
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Wednesday 25 Sep 2024
Monday 07 Oct 2024
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Balcony
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Suite
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Monday 21 Oct 2024
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Suite
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