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Copenhagen & Jewels of the Rhine & Glacier Express

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14 Day Copenhagen & Jewels of the Rhine & Glacier Express Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Denmark Holland Germany France Switzerland
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Begin your European discovery exploring Copenhagen before flying down to Amsterdam for your river cruise. Start by exploring one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne, with its spectacular Gothic cathedral. In Koblenz, at the gateway of the Rhine Gorge, you’ll learn about the legends of this majestic waterway. Discover Heidelberg’s impressive castle, marvel at Strasbourg’s half-timbred buildings and immerse yourself in typical Black Forest village life. Concluding with a two-night hotel stay in Lucerne and a final night in Zürich.


Welcome to Copenhagen, the Danish capital is a fascinating city tracing history of the Danish Royal Family. You will be transferred from airport to your hotel to meet your fellow travellers and tour director.

Today visit the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, home the Danish royal family. The reigning of Queen Margarethe II is a direct descendant of the legendary Viking, King Gorm the Old (900 AD). Enjoy the tour of the former King's offices, the stately residence quarter with glimpses of the Royal Family belongings. After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of main parts of Copenhagen. Included Excursion Guided City Tour with Visit to the Amalienborg Palace (B)

You will begin your day with a visit to the Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend exploring Copenhagen at leisure, perhaps sitting in one of its delightful café terraces and soaking in sights of this great Nordic city. Your tour director will be available to help you plan the exploration. EmeraldPLUS Visit to the Christiansborg Palace DiscoverMORE Visit to Calsberg Brewery (extra expense) (B)

After breakfast, it’s time to flight to Amsterdam for your embarkation on your marvellous Star-Ship. (B/D)

Every narrow street and gabled façade in Amsterdam tells tales of the Dutch Golden Age, a prosperous time when Dutch art was among the most acclaimed in the world. Today, relax during a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s elaborate UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, sailing through the medieval centre of the city and past Roman patrician houses. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing quintessential villages, traditional windmills and flower fields. Enjoy sailing through the countryside and on towards the Rhine River this afternoon, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and watching the passing scenery before joining your captain for a gala dinner. EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour to Waterland Included Excursion Canal cruise (B/L/D)

Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Step back in time today, as a guided walking tour takes you through the ancient heart of the city, passing iconic landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. 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. Included Excursion Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town EmeraldPLUS Visit to a local farm estate with cooking demo DiscoverMORE Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense) (B/L/D)

Immerse yourself in fairytale-like surrounds today as we cruise to Koblenz, a town with a postcard-worthy backdrop of vineyards and mountain ranges. Your included walking tour of the town will unveil the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady, 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. Enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge this afternoon, where romantic castles sit atop tree-covered canyons and half-timbered medieval villages appear as though they have been suspended in time. Included Excursion Orientation walk of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress DiscoverMORE Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, your Star-Ship will arrive in Mannheim and you will discover Heidelberg. The idyllic UNESCO City of Literature has inspired the likes of Mark Twain and famed British artist William Turner. A guided tour of the town will unveil its rich history, starting at the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle, where the carefully curated gardens host serene water features, sculptures and colourful flowerbeds. EmeraldACTIVE Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg Included Excursion Guided tour of Heidelberg DiscoverMORE Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, you'll dock in Kehl and be transferred by coach to the picturesque town of Strasbourg, where a medieval past is yours to discover among cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses. Your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town will touch on many of Strasbourg's highlights, including the astrological signs that adorn the façade of the Maison Kammerzell and the idyllic historic scenery around Petite France.

This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Strasbourg at leisure. Included Excursion Guided tour of Strasbourg DiscoverMORE Excursion to Riquewihr (extra expense) (B/L/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)

Welcome to Switzerland and the quaint Rhine-side town of Basel. After breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to mountain resort village of Zermatt, including a two-night stay. (B)

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, which could be described of one of the world's most famous mountains. This picturesque village entrenched on the Swiss Alps is also a sustainable destination for being car-free zone, and for having its original character preserved. Enjoy a guided walking tour in this elegant village. In the afternoon, enjoy free time or take part on the DiscoverMORE tour cog rail journey from Zermatt to the 3089-metre-high Gornergrat mountain summit. Included Excursion Guided tour of Zermatt DiscoverMORE Visit to Cornergrat Matterhorn (extra expense) (B)

This morning, you will experience the highlight of this tour, which is the rail journey through the Swiss Alps, know as the Glacier Express. Your train will take you from Zermatt to the town of Chur during the day. Sit back and relax while contemplating at the amazing views of the Alps. When you arrive in Chur, you will be taken by coach to Zurich for your overnight stay. (B)

After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, passing a backdrop of mountains and forests on your way. 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. (B)

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The Majestic Rhine - Zurich to Frankfurt   1 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2023
The booking went very smoothly. The trip was fabulous and I was lucky that there was continuous sunshine. The view from the luxurious ship (Emerald Luna) was best on the last part of the trip. The highlights were Lucerne, Colmar and Strasbourg. The photograph is of Cochen Castle on the Moselle River, a short and beautiful drive from Koblenz. I enjoyed the sights, history and the wonderful food and wine.


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