Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise

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Featuring: SWITZERLAND . FRANCE . GERMANY . THE NETHERLANDS

Package includes:
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • All meals included onboard
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer & soft drinks onboard lunches & dinners
  • Gratuities onboard ship
  • 7 Nights cruising on the Emerald Star - Ship
  • Complimentary mini bar in all suites
  • Shore Excursions as per the Itinerary
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
EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

DAY 7 – Heidelberg, Germany
Continue downstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will have a
chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the
impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active
hike to Heidelberg Hill. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting in Heidelberg

DAY 8 – Koblenz, Germany
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the
confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of
Koblenz and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a
headquarters for the American military during WWII. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Reichburg Castle Visit (optional)

DAY 9 – Cologne, Germany
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany's oldest and is
famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral.
Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with free
time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany's largest and most
modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has
many different museums and galleries. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, DDiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (optional)

DAY 10 – Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam boasts ornately gabled 16th-century townhouses and
hundreds of canals and bridges. This morning, during a narrated
canal cruise, you get a view of the city from a different perspective.
The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Amsterdam as you
wish. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

DAY 11 – Amsterdam / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life
enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel
Rivers. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.