Rhine & Rhone

From Amsterdam to Nice, your 15 day cruise & tour will see you pass through four countries including France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

15 Days
Amsterdam to Nice
From (AUD)
$ 9,245
$ 7,495
Dates & Pricing

2020 Amsterdam > Nice

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EWAR
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Amsterdam
Return City:
Nice

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Amsterdam

    Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your innovative Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Amsterdam

    Every narrow street and gabled façade in Amsterdam tells tales of the Dutch Golden Age, a prosperous time when Dutch art was among the most acclaimed in the world.

    Today, you can choose to relax during a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s elaborate UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, sailing through the medieval centre of the city and past Roman patrician houses.
    Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing quintessential villages, traditional windmills and fields that are bursting with colourful tulips.
    Enjoy sailing through the countryside and on towards the Rhine River this afternoon, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and watching the passing scenery before enjoying a gala dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Waterland
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Cologne

    With a history spanning two millennia, Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Set out on an exploration of the past today, as a guided walking tour takes you through the ancient heart of the city, touching on Roman mosaics and the Great St. Martin Church, built on the remnants of a Roman chapel. Your tour will conclude at Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided city walking tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Koblenz

    Immerse yourself in fairytale-like surrounds today as we cruise to Koblenz, a town with a postcard-worthy backdrop of vineyards and mountain ranges. Your included walking tour of the town will unveil the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady, the point at which two of Europe’s great rivers meet at the German Corner and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of the largest preserved fortresses in Europe.
    Enjoy sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge this afternoon, where romantic castles sit atop tree-covered canyons and half-timbered medieval villages appear as though they have been suspended in time.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Koblenz
    Discover More: A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    A relaxing cruise past Mannheim will be the perfect start to the day, as you follow the Rhine River to Heidelberg. The idyllic UNESCO City of Literature has inspired the likes of Mark Twain and famed British artist William Turner.
    A guided tour of the town will unveil its rich history, starting at the Renaissance ruins of Heidelberg Castle, where carefully curated gardens are still peppered with serene water features, sculptures and colourful flowerbeds. Enjoy a wine tasting session before strolling down cobbled lanes in the old town to see the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University, one of the oldest in Europe.
    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

    This morning, dock in Kehl and be transferred by coach to the picturesque town of Strasbourg, where a medieval past is yours to discover among cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses.
    Your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town will touch on many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the astrological signs that adorn the façade of the Maison Kammerzell and the idyllic historic scenery around Petite France. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Strasbourg at leisure.
    You’re Invited: A guided tour of Strasbourg
    Discover More: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Breisach

    Today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a postcard-worthy Black Forest destination, a charming village where history is brought to life among furnished farmhouses and outbuildings. Alternatively, embark on a guided hike through the Black Forest, weaving through the woodland and admiring the lush canopy of evergreens.
    Later, enjoy a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.
    You’re Invited: A Black Forest gateau presentation and tasting
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike in the Black Forest
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel - Lyon

    After breakfast, you will disembark your Star-Ship and be transferred by coach to Lyon, where your river cruising journey will continue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon-sur-Saône is known for its art and history. Today, you will have the opportunity to witness the areas architectural heritage and peaceful surrounds as you travel to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, originally a hospital for the poor, and now home to one of Burgundy’s most popular wine auctions.
    You’re Invited: A cheese and olive tasting on board
    EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Hospices de Beaune

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Lyon

    France’s third-largest city, Lyon is a former Roman capital, steeped in history and considered to be the gastronomic heartbeat of the country and the home of traditional Lyonnaise cuisine.
    Today, enjoy a guided tour of Lyon, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, part of the inscribed historic site of Lyon. Wander through the city and soak in its vividly illustrated history, as buildings from all time periods can be seen adorning narrow cobblestone streets. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour of Lyon.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour of Lyon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lyon
    Discover More: Visit to Pérouges

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Tournon

    The picturesque village of Tournon borders the gently meandering Rhône, dominated by a 16th-century castle that overlooks the village and a number of iconic landmarks, including a set of ancient watchtowers.
    Your guided tour of the village will showcase its intangible cultural heritage, granting every opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on an EmeraldACTIVE hike through some of the local vineyards.
    Later, a guided bike tour to Glun will showcase rural life in the French countryside.
    You’re Invited: A regional wine lecture on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Glun
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Tournon

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town with much Middle Age flair and home to one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Your included walking tour of Viviers will showcase some of its numerous listed monuments, along with their ornate windows and lavish façades.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Viviers
    Discover More: A guided tour of Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history, from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Pope and central to the French Revolution.
    Your included walking tour of Avignon will take you past the ornate beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palais des Papes, as well as Pont d’Avignon, an ancient stone bridge crossing the Rhône. This afternoon is yours to explore at leisure.
    This evening, return to your Star-Ship for a delightful Provençal dining experience, expertly prepared by Top Chef finalist, Fabien Morreale.
    You’re Invited: A Provençal dining experience on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion in Avignon
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Avignon
    Discover More: A guided tour to Pont du Gard (extra expense)
    Discover More: A classical concert in Avignon (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Arles

    The past is yours to discover in Arles, once an important Phoenician trading port that was captured by the Romans, who peppered the city with iconic monuments. Today, your included tour of the city will showcase some of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles, showcasing how the city has evolved over the centuries.
    Visit the 2,000-year-old Arles Amphitheatre and follow in the footsteps of world-renowned artist, Vincent van Gogh. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps stopping at a local café or returning to your Star-Ship to relax on board.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Arles with arena visit
    Discover More: Tour to Les Baux-de-Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Arles Disembarkation - Nice

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to Nice airport, taking memories of the idyllic French countryside and delightful cuisine with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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
  • Glass Top Canal Boat Tour in Amsterdam
  • 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
  • Guided tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Guided tour in Avignon
  • Guided tour of Arles including visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Roman Amphitheatre arena

You’re Invited
  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Strasbourg’s old town
  • Black Forest Cake Assembling demonstration
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine tasting on board
  • Provençal dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour to Waterland
  • Active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon
  • Guided hike through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour to Glun
  • Canoeing experience

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

Pricing & Availability