Amsterdam & Tulips & the Rhine with Floriade

10 Days
Amsterdam to Basel
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$ 5,035
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2022 Amsterdam > Basel

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10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands famous for world-class museums, artistic heritage and elaborate canal system. You will be met at the airport and taken to your centrally located hotel, with a two-night stay included in your itinerary.

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    Join us for a visit of the seventh International Horticultural Expo, Floriade Expo 2022. With a focus on the Green City of the future, the site will be a living laboratory with inspired exhibitions from around the world. Fascinating attractions, art and culture, and extravagant displays of trees, shrubs and flowers, this ground-breaking Expo will give you a glimpse at the self-sustaining cities of tomorrow.

    Included Excursion

    Floriade Expo Visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Amsterdam

    Today, you will be transferred from your hotel to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow guests for a welcome dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Amsterdam

    This morning, you’ll visit the iconic Keukenhof Gardens. Boasting 32 hectares of millions of spring-flowering bulbs, this scenic area is infused with delightful aromas and a swathe of ethereal colours. Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Keukenhof Gardens


    Floriade Expo Visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Cologne

    Once the ancient Roman settlement of Colonia, Cologne is bursting with ancient architecture. Your included walking tour of the city will touch on the historical charm of its old town, and you will have the opportunity to traverse rustic alleyways, visit iconic monuments and see how archaeologists have uncovered a Jewish quarter that can be dated back to the 13th century. 
    Your insightful tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic building whose twin spires dominate the skyline. The original medieval plans for the building were partly found in the attic, and partly found on the stall of a bookseller in France centuries later, meaning that, while construction of the cathedral started back in 1248, it wasn’t finished until 1880.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Cologne


    Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Koblenz

    Once a Roman stronghold desired for its strategic value, Koblenz is now a city with a unique blend of historic and contemporary architecture. Today, join your local guide for an insightful walking tour of Koblenz, passing examples of architecture that survived the war years, including the Church of Our Lady.
    Admire the natural splendour of your surroundings as you ride on the Koblenz Cable Car, embarking on an aerial journey to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. 
    Later, a sailing journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge will highlight the extraordinary beauty of an area that left the philosophers and artists of the German Romanticism movement entranced.

    Included Excursion

    A Tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


    Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as “a fallen Milky Way”. Join a guided tour of the old town to discover an “intricate cobweb of streets”, and pass many of Heidelberg’s highlights, including the oldest university in Germany.
    Alternatively, embark on an active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. 


    A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    Dock in Kehl and be transferred to Strasbourg, a city that promises much in the way of beautiful architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt district is particularly iconic, perfectly encapsulating the Rhineland.
    The Neustadt district is yours to discover today during your included tour, as is the Maison Kammerzell, a prime example of German Renaissance architecture. Paying homage to the region’s artistic past, Petite France is an exceptional historic quarter that looks as though it has been pulled directly from an artist’s easel.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Strasbourg


    Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Breisach

    A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included excursion will be a visit to a Black Forest destination. Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest region, passing beautiful scenery. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Here you can lose track of time in ten minutes and the world in twenty” about his time in the Black Forest.


    A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting


    A guided hike through the Black Forest region

    Included Excursion

    A visit to a Black Forest destination

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Basel - Zurich

    Welcome to Switzerland. Basel graces the banks of the Rhine River and is known for its high concentration of museums, showcasing everything from contemporary art to scientific achievements.
    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests as you transfer to the airport, taking memories infused with vibrant tulip gardens 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 note: Preview itinerary subject to change.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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

  • A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
  • A guided city walking tour of Cologne
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • A guided tour of Strasbourg
  • A visit to a Black Forest destination

  • A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

  • Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided hike through the Black Forest region

  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

  • 2 nights in Amsterdam
  • Floriade Expo visit
  • 2 Breakfasts (B)

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