The Majestic Rhine

8 Days
Frankfurt to Basel
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$ 4,245
Dates & Pricing

2024 Frankfurt > Basel

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Frankfurt – Mainz

    Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Frankfurt prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim is a charming town that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Germany. Here, in the home of cuckoo clocks, oompah bands, and Bavarian beer, the Rhineland's charm is found around every corner.

    Today, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. Located in a 15th-century knight’s tower, the vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes are home to exhibits of rare music boxes.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Koblenz

    The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, today, the area is full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. Explore the picturesque surroundings during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. Absorb the panoramic views of the confluence during a cable car ride across the water to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Valley. Later, sail through the Rhine Gorge and soak in the breathtaking vistas along the way.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


    Bike tour in Koblenz


    Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

    German Romanticism often depicts idealistic cityscapes and fairy tale-like scenes, full of Baroque buildings and charming narrow streets. It’s easy to see why so many of the most notable poets and composers of the era lost themselves to the beauty of Heidelberg.

    Your guided tour of the historic university town will start in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle, once a royal residence. Visit some of the town’s main highlights or, alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas.


    Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Heidelberg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Rastatt – Baden-Baden

    This morning, you'll be transferred from your Star-Ship docked in Rastatt to the charming spa town of Baden-Baden, frequented by celebrities and royalty for centuries. If you’re feeling active, you can embark on a guided hike to Altes Schloss, a fascinating castle ruin full of hidden dungeons and winding staircases. Enjoy panoramic views of the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley as you trace the footsteps of former residents. Alternatively, enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, soaking in the elegant boutiques and timeless gardens before entering The Baden-Baden Casino, a favourite of silent film star Marlene Dietrich.


    Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino


    Guided hike to Altes Schloss

    Included Excursion

    Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    This morning, we’ll dock in Kehl and take a coach transfer to the medieval capital of France’s Alsace Region, Strasbourg. Strasbourg is a city best explored via its quaint waterways, so today we’ll embark on an EmeraldPLUS traditional canal boat tour.

    Relax as you pass through petite France, full of storybook canals, half-timbered houses and narrow lanes. Witness the covered bridges and the Vauban Dam before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, where many of the city's administrative buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.


    Canal boat tour in Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Breisach – Colmar

    Commence your magical morning with a tour of Colmar. As you walk down the cobblestone lanes, it’s easy to imagine the characters from the Grimm’s Fairy Tales here, where half-timbered façades are adorned with window boxes full of colourful blooms. Alternatively, embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar.


    Guided bike tour to Colmar

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Colmar


    Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Basel

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark your Star-Ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of the picturesque Rhine Gorge with you.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Basel after 10:00 AM.

    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 refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Tour inclusions

  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from your Star-Ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises cruise director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & Visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided tour of Heidelberg
  • Guided walking tour of Baden - Baden
  • Guided tour of Colmar

  • Entrance to Casino in Baden-Baden
  • Canal boat tour in Strasbourg

  • Bike tour in Koblenz
  • Guided hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided hike to Altes Schloss
  • Guided bike Tour to Colmar

  • 20 delectable 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

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