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2018 Itinerary

15 Day Itinerary (Amsterdam > Basel)

  • Tour Code

    EWAZ

  • Departure City

    Amsterdam

  • Duration

    15 Day

  • Return City

    Basel

Tour Inclusions

your cruise includes

  • 14 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

included excursions

  • Visit to the Rijks Museum
  • Visit to the Roman Archeological Park
  • Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
  • Guided Tour of Cochem & Reichsburg Castle
  • Walking Tour of Bernkastel
  • Visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
  • Orientation Walk of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg
  • Guided walking tour of Baden Baden
  • Guided Tour of Colmar

you’re invited

  • Visit to the Roman Archeological Park
  • Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
  • Wine Tasting in Bernkastel
  • Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

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  • Guided Bike Tour in Amsterdam
  • Guided Bike Tour in Andernach
  • Morning guided bike tour from Bernkastel to Traben Trarbach (22 KM)
  • Guided Hike to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden
  • Guided Bike Tour in Colmar

dining highlights

  • 40 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 12 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board
  • 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 guided visit to the Rijksmuseum 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 Xanten

    Cruise along the Rhine River to Xanten, where you will have a unique chance to visit the Roman Archaeological Park that was built around 98 A.D.  Some buildings have been partly reconstructed, while others have been rebuilt and furnished to give visitors an idea of what the settlement was like back in those days. Original remains of Roman buildings also remain intact.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the Roman Archaeological Park

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 Andernach

    The idyllic landscape of the Rhine Valley is home to the Andernach Geyser, a natural phenomenon and world’s tallest cold water geyser. Visit the Geysir Centre and take a boat ride to the Namedyer Werth peninsula to experience the hissing and gurgling sound when the geyser erupts, sending water up to 60 metres in the air.
    You’re Invited: Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 Cochem

    The medieval town of Cochem is considered to be a hidden gem on the Moselle River. Your guided tour will pass by enchanting buildings on cobble stoned streets, which will make you feel like you are part of a story book. The epic finale of the tour is a visit to the Reichsburg castle.
    Discover More: Guided Walk of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6 Bernkastel

    Dating back to 3000BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Historically a winegrowing town, vines cover the steep-slopes surrounding the village.  On this morning’s guided walking tour, stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate.
    You’re Invited: Wine Tasting
    Discover More: Guided Tour of Trier – (extra expense)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 Sailing Through the Moselle

    Today cruise the beautiful Moselle Valley back into the Rhine River. Measuring 545 kilometres, the Moselle is one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries and forms the natural frontier between Germany and Luxembourg. Relax on board; take in the sights from the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the Club Pool or join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour along the river banks while the ship sails (active fitness level).
    EmeraldACTIVE: Morning guided bike tour from Bernkastel to Traben Trarbach (22 KM)

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 Mainz

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 9 Rudesheim

    Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your included tour will be a visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 10 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.

    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 11 Mannheim – Heidelberg

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

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 12 Rastatt – Baden Baden

    This morning sail into the Rhine-side town of Rastatt and journey to the hidden jewel of Baden Baden. Nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest, Baden Baden was settled by the Romans, with ruins dating back to 210A.D. Enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time to stroll the historic Kurhaus Colonnade, shop the elegant boutiques of the old town or join EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to Hohenbaden Castle, known locally as Altes Schloss ‘Old Castle’.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13 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 and official seat of the European Parliament. In Strasbourg you will have a canal tour on a "batorama"  passing by many attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and some European institutions. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Strasbourg.
    You’re Invited: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14 Breisach - Colmar

    Begin your magical morning with a tour to Colmar, a town fill of half-timbered houses, flower-decked town centre, cosy streets and lively restaurants and shops in the Alsace region of north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and museums. Enjoy a guided city tour passing the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15 Basel Disembarkation - Zurich

    Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport in Zurich for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights to depart after 11.30am in Zurich.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Pricing & Availability

    Pricing and Availability All prices listed are per person