Tulips & the Rhine

8 Days
Amsterdam to Basel
From (AUD)
$ 4,195
$ 3,445
Dates & Pricing

2020 Amsterdam > Basel

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWAC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Basel

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Welcome to Amsterdam. You will be met at the airport and transferred by your friendly Emerald Waterways representative to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a quintessentially Dutch adventure awaits.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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.
    You’re Invited: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Cologne

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A Tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
    Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as “a fallen Milky Way”. Join an orientation 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.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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.
    You’re Invited: A guided tour of Strasbourg
    Discover More: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Breisach

    A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included EmeraldEXCURSION will be a visit to a Black Forest village.
    After an immersive learning experience, watch a Black Forest gateau demonstration followed by a tasting.
    Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest, passing beautiful scenery and waterfalls. 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.
    You’re Invited: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the Black Forest
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 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
  • Tour of Cologne’s Old Town
  • Tour of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • Visit to a Black Forest Village

You’re Invited
  • A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Strasbourg’s old town
  • Black Forest Cake Assembling demonstration

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails

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

Pricing & Availability