The Majestic Rhine

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River View
$4,470
Balcony
$5,668
Suite
$6,658
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
8 Days
 Cruise Starts
Frankfurt
 Cruise Finishes
Zurich
8 Day The Majestic Rhine Itinerary (Emerald Cruises)
Countries Explored: Germany, France, Switzerland
Ship
Departures
Passengers
180
Crew
51
Launched
2014
Cruise Code
EWFZ-1

Overview

Your journey through Germany and France includes a visit to Rüdesheim to see Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. While ancient Koblenz and Mannheim’s beautifully diverse architecture will be sure to amaze, as will your following exploration of the picturesque spa town of Baden-Baden is in the North of the Black Forest. Take a coach to the Alsace capital Strasbourg and cross the border into France on a visit to Colmar, before heading home from Basel.

Itinerary

Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz.

This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board. Please book your flight to arrive into Frankfurt prior to 02:00 PM. (D)

Rüdesheim is a charming town that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Germany; where stalls adorned with cuckoo clocks captivate and live oompah bands playing in beer gardens during the summer months entertain. Today, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. Located in a 15th century knight's tower, the vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes are home to exhibits of rare music boxes. Included Excursion A visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum (B/L/D)

The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, the area is now full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. These are yours to discover today during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. This confluence is best viewed during a cable car ride across the water to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley.

Later, sail through the Rhine Gorge and soak in the breathtaking vistas along the way. Included Excursion Walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress EmeraldACTIVE Bike tour in Koblenz DiscoverMORE Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense) (B/L/D)

German Romanticism often depicts idealistic cityscapes and fairytale-like scenes, full of Baroque buildings and charming narrow streets. It's easy to see why so many of the most notable poets and composers of the era lost themselves to the beauty of Heidelberg. Your guided tour of the historic university town will start in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle, once a royal residence. Visit some of the town's main highlights or, alternatively, 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)

This morning, a coach will take you from where the ship is docked in Rastatt to whimsical Baden-Baden, a spa town that has been frequented by celebrities and royalty for centuries. If you’re feeling active, you can embark on a guided hike to Altes Schloss, a fascinating castle ruin full of hidden dungeons and winding staircases. Enjoy panoramic views of the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley as you trace the footsteps of former residents. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, soaking in the nostalgic elegant boutiques and timeless gardens before entering The Baden-Baden Casino, a favourite of silent film star Marlene Dietrich. EmeraldPLUS Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike to Altes Schloss Included Excursion Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden (B/L/D)

This morning, we'll dock in Kehl and take a coach transfer to the medieval capital of France's Alsace Region, Strasbourg. The best way to discover Strasbourg's charm is via its quaint waterways, so today we'll embark on an EmeraldPLUS traditional canal boat tour. Relax as you pass through petite France, full of storybook canals, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes. Witness the covered bridges and the Vauban Dam before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, a place where many of Strasbourg's administrative 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)

Commence your magical morning with a tour to Colmar. As you walk down the cobblestone lanes, it's easy to imagine the characters from the Grimm's Fairy Tales here, where half-timbered façades are adorned with window boxes full of colourful blooms. Alternatively, 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)

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 the picturesque Rhine Gorge 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 refer to our terms and conditions for further information. Please book your flight to depart out of Zurich after 11:30 AM. (B)

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Trip Reviews (1) Most Recent 'The Majestic Rhine' Reviews

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The Majestic Rhine - Zurich to Frankfurt   2 , 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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