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2018 Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary (Amsterdam > Zurich)

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    17 Day

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Tour Inclusions

included in your price

  • Emerald Star Ships EXCLUSIVE to Evergreen Cruises & Tours
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • Port taxes and charges included
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
  • 10 day Best of Switzerland tour
  • Explore 13 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
  • Take an orientation walk through Amsterdam
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Cruise the majestic Rhine Gorge
  • Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz
  • Guided walking tour of Strasbourg
  • Guided tour of Geneva
  • Tour of Chillon Castle
  • Golden Pass train journey
  • Lucerne city tour and Mt. Rigi cogwheel railway

dining highlights

  • 34 superb meals including: 16 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D), 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising

you’re invited

  • In the Black Forest enjoy a tasting of the famous Black Forest Gateau
  • Day 1 Arrival Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 Amsterdam

    This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3 Cologne

    Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne, founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. After lunch on board, 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 including a Roman artefact museum.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 Koblenz

    Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. 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. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend.
    Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Visit (extra expense) passengers on this tour will not be able to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for both tours happen at the same time

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Continue upstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time there before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 Kehl - Strasbourg

    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 Ile, 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. Your afternoon is free to continuing exploring Strasbourg.
    You’re Invited: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Breisach

    Today you have a choice to commence your magical morning with a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Museum, an open air exhibition of sixteenth century life, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. Alternatively, take part in the Emerald Active hike.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Hike Through a Typical Black Forest Village (active fitness level recommended)
    You’re Invited:  Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Disembark Basel – Geneva

    Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry, where you will disembark your ship and board your coach for the drive to Geneva, with views of the Swiss Alps and the picturesque Lake Geneva. This afternoon, take an orientation tour before settling into your hotel. Tonight your dinner is included.
    Two Night Stay: Geneva

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Geneva at Leisure

    Enjoy time at leisure in this lakeside city, home to the headquarters of many global organisations.

    Discover More: Day trip to the panoramic French town of Annecy, with views of spectacular Alps and a medieval old town boasting secluded cobbled streets and quaint canals (additional cost).

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 10 Lausanne – Montreux

    After breakfast transfer to the pier to board your Lake Geneva cruise to Lausanne. Enjoy lunch on board as you take in the views of the Swiss Alps including Mont Blanc in the distance. This afternoon visit the Chillon Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop at the eastern end of the lake. Tonight your evening is at leisure to explore beautiful Montreux.
    Two Night Stay: Montreux

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 11 Zermatt – The Matterhorn

    Today is one of the highlights of your tour, as you travel into the Swiss Alps through the Rhône Valley to Sion, and then Tasch where you board your alpine train to Zermatt. The picturesque mountain village sits beneath one of the most photographed mountains in the world, The Matterhorn. Enjoy free time for lunch in this enchanting village before returning to Montreux.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 12 Golden Pass Train – Interlaken

    Board the Golden Pass alpine train this morning for spectacular panoramic views of the Swiss alpine countryside and mountains. Glass panels in the roof of the carriages allow uninterrupted views of some of the most scenic views in the world. Travel through the mountain town of Zweisimmen, then down to Spiez to meet your coach and drive onto Interlaken. Tonight is at leisure to enjoy the lake side town.
    Two Night Stay: Interlaken

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 13 Interlaken at Leisure

    Today is a free day to breathe the fresh air of the Swiss Alps, perhaps take a cruise along the lake or hire a bicycle.

    Discover More: Take the Jungfraubahn train to the top of the Jungfrau, the highest lifted viewpoint in Europe (additional cost).

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 14 Interlaken – Lucerne

    Journey onto the lake resort town of Lucerne and join our local guide for a tour of the town on foot visiting the Lion Monument, the Chapel Bridge and the ornate Jesuit Church. Tonight enjoy a traditional folklore show as we savour a highlight meal of traditional Swiss Fondue.
    Two Night Stay: Lucerne

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 15 Lucerne

    Enjoy a guided cruise on Lucerne’s gorgeous lake en-route to the quaint village of Vitznau. Here we join the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland for a breathtaking ascent of Mount Rigi, known as ‘the Queen of the Mountains’. Savour the incredible scenery from the summit where you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore. Shopping is plentiful, from Swiss watches to jewellery and delicious chocolates.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 16 Zurich

    Travel onto the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich for your included city orientation tour and a free afternoon before a farewell dinner this evening.
    Overnight Stay: Zurich

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 17 Depart Zurich

    After breakfast say goodbye to new found friends and transfer to Zurich airport for your onwards or homebound flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person