Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise

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Featuring: SWITZERLAND . FRANCE . GERMANY . THE NETHERLANDS

Package includes:
  • Airport Transfers when  Mayflower Tours provided  flights 
  • Visit 4 countries 
  • Free Wi - Fi onboard
  • 7 night cruise
  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Keukenhof Gardens 
  • Shore excursions with English speaking local guides
  • Enhanced touring experience with Individual audio sets 
  • All meals on board
  • Onboard evening entertainment
  • 2 Night hotel stay & touring in Lucerne, Switzerland 
  • Regional wines, beer & soft drinks onboard with lunches & dinners  

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

DAY 2 – Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland
Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin
your Swiss adventure. The afternoon is at leisure to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your
Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 – City Tour of Lucerne
After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses the Reuss River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meal: B

DAY 4 – Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus/Embark in Basel
Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free to enjoy at
leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a
mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation on your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 – Breisach, Germany
Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks,
amongst other things. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike
through some of the black forest trails. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

DAY 6 – Strasbourg, France
Once docked in Kehl, you will be transferred by coach across the
river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France.
Your guided walking tour will include the Grande Île, the historical
city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval
black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses,
baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star
attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Meals: B, L, D
Discover MORE: Excursion to Riquewihr (additional expense)

DAY 7 Mannheim / Heidelberg, Germany:                                                         Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Mannheim, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg, home of the
oldest university in Germany. The guided walking tour visits the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, with fantastic views overlooking the Neckar River, and takes you through the cobblestoned streets of the medieval city below. Enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to the ship. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

DAY 8 Koblenz, Germany:                                                                                          Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the city as your guide points out historic monuments and buildings. See the 'German Corner' monument marking the confluence of the
Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Panoramic views await from the visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car, crossing the river! Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)

DAY 9 Cologne, Germany:                                                                                             Continue cruising along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed gothic cathedral. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town and its Roman history. Traverse the
quaint alleyways and see historic monuments alongside modern
architecture. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Farina Eau de Cologne Museum (additional expense)

DAY 10 Amsterdam, the Netherlands:                                                                    This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe” as you wander along the paths, admiring gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Unique flower shows in the pavilions along with colorful, artistic floral displays throughout the manicured garden, are sure to please! Return to the ship in the afternoon to explore the city of Amsterdam at your leisure. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

DAY 11 Amsterdam / USA:                                                                                               Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River during tulip time. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.