The Majestic Rhine

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River View
$4,203
Balcony
$5,420
Suite
$6,658
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
8 Days
 Cruise Starts
Basel
 Cruise Finishes
Frankfurt
8 Day The Majestic Rhine Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Switzerland, France, Germany
Ship
Departures
Passengers
180
Crew
51
Launched
2014
Cruise Code
EWFB-2

Overview

Your journey through Germany and France will feature numerous picturesque landscapes. Tour the charming Alsace capital, Strasbourg, visit the spa town of Baden-Baden, and be enchanted by the ancient and diverse architecture in the German cities of Koblenz and Mannheim. Your cruise ends in the renowned wine town of Rüdesheim.

Itinerary

Welcome to Basel, a medieval city bordering the Rhine. Here, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board Please book your flight to arrive into Basel prior to 03:00 PM. (D)

Your journey through the heart of Europe will commence with a tour to Colmar, a magical place that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a beloved fairytale. Your included tour of the town will enable you to traverse its cobblestone lanes, passing medieval half-timbered façades and window boxes full of brightly coloured flowers. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar.

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour to Colmar

Included Excursion Guided tour of Colmar

DiscoverMORE Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Kehl and you will be transferred across the river to Strasbourg, a city that perfectly encapsulates the region's medieval charm. Strasbourg's historic buildings can be found peppering the city and are best explored via its quaint waterways, which is why we will be taking you on a canal tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre.

Relax on board as you pass through the idyllic surrounds of Petite France and conclude in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, where many of Strasbourg's noteworthy buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

EmeraldPLUS Canal boat tour in Strasbourg

DiscoverMORE Alsace wine route with vineyard hike and tasting (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This morning, you will be transferred from where the Star-Ship is docked in Rastatt to charming Baden-Baden, a spa town known for its peaceful surrounds and the celebrities who have visited it over the last century. If you're feeling active, then you may choose to embark on a hike to Altes Schloss, where your local guide will show you the castle's ruins, including the dungeons and winding staircases. The panoramic views of the surrounding Black Forest region are certain to make this a truly unforgettable experience.

Alternatively, you may choose to enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, witnessing the luxurious façades of the independent boutiques and the well-manicured gardens, before entering the world-famous Baden-Baden Casino.

EmeraldPLUS Entrance to the Baden-Baden Casino

EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Altes Schloss

Included Excursion Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden (B/L/D)

As you stroll down Heidelberg's cobblestone streets, you may find yourself becoming just as entranced as the thinkers of the German Romanticism movement were. Their paintings often depict idealistic cityscapes and ruins that look like they are steeped in legends, and Heidelberg is a living representation of the scenes that they created.

Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Heidelberg's peaceful surrounds during a guided tour, starting at the Heidelberg Castle. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas.

  • EmeraldACTIVE Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Included Excursion Guided tour of Heidelberg (B/L/D)

Koblenz is an ancient city often considered to be the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. The Romans originally built a city here as a stronghold, but the area is now known for its idyllic beauty, peaceful parks and areas full of colourful flowers. Today, you will be able to relax during a guided tour of the city, including a cable car ride across the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

  • EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour in Koblenz
  • Included Excursion Walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • DiscoverMORE Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (B/L/D)

This afternoon, you will arrive in Rüdesheim, a captivating city known for its authentic atmosphere and traditional appeal. Where cuckoo clocks, live oompah bands and Bavarian beer can be found around every corner. Your included tour will be a visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum; a half-timbered tower with vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes that houses one of the best collections of music boxes in the world.

You will also get the opportunity to ride on the charming Winzerexpress and taste famous Rüdesheimer coffee, made with one of the most famous brandies in Germany.

Included Excursion Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum (B/L/D)

After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Petite France and fairytale-like settings with you. Please book your flight to depart out of Frankfurt after 12:00 PM. 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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Trip Reviews (1) Most Recent 'The Majestic Rhine' Reviews

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The Majestic Rhine - Zurich to Frankfurt   3 , 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 ...read more enjoyed the sights, history and the wonderful food and wine.

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