Zurich - Lucerne with Tulips & the Rhine

11 Days
Zurich to Amsterdam
From (AUD)
$ 5,620
Dates & Pricing

2024 Zurich > Amsterdam

This itinerary includes a night in Zurich, a two-night stay in Lucerne and an enriching eight-day river cruise on the Rhine and Moselle, exploring the Black Forest region and the fairytale architecture of Koblenz and Cologne. Your river cruise ends in the enigmatic Amsterdam. – providing an extraordinary experience in central Europe.

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    Straddling the northernmost tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. Today, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or frequenting one of its many charming cafés. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich – Lucerne

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Lucerne, perhaps strolling down cobblestone streets in its colourful Altstadt.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Zurich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Lucerne

    The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lucerne


    Train and cable car to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lucerne - Basel

    This morning, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Breisach

    Today, you will experience the tale of two cities divided by the Rhine, Breisach (Germany), and Neuf-Brisach (France). During your guided visit to these two gems of the Rhine River, you'll pass by the main sights and attractions, one of which is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress overlooking Neuf-Brisach.


    A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine


    Guided bike tour in Breisach

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Kehl - Strasbourg

    Today, you’ll dock in Kehl, to be transferred by coach to the medieval city of Strasbourg. A local guide will teach you about the city’s history during an insightful guided tour, passing through cobbled squares adorned with quaint boutiques and charming cafés. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, including Petite France. An area of unmatched beauty, the picturesque canal system cascades past half-timbered houses once home to fishermen, tanners and millers during the Middle Ages. The narrow lanes and footbridges that pepper the area all add to its undeniable charm. This afternoon, Strasbourg is yours to explore at leisure.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Ludwigshafen – Schwetzingen

    Schwetzingen Palace is famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Remarkably, the original design survives to this day. Besides the palace interior, you will also visit the Palace Gardens, a cultural heritage site of European significance boasting more than 100 sculptures. Alternatively, you can embark on a hike through the beautiful vineyards of the quaint wellness town of Bad-Dürkheim.


    Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens


    Guided hike through a vineyard in Bad-Dürkheim

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Koblenz

    Today, we’ll take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city pulled from the pages of a German fairy tale. Enjoy the picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets, passing façades adorned with boxes of spring-blooming flowers. You’ll also have the chance to see 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.

    Included Excursion

    : Orientation walk of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress


    A Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Cologne

    The largest city on the Rhine awaits your arrival. Once a major trade route linking both sides of Europe, today, the city offers the perfect platform to explore Roman history, including the ornate Roman mosaics that have stood the test of time.

    Your insightful guided tour of Cologne will detail how the air raids of WWII turned its streets into a blank canvas, resulting in the loss of ancient monuments and cultural treasures. Many of the city's historic buildings have undergone restoration and now sit alongside modern architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, constructed over six centuries, using medieval techniques to retain its authenticity. You’ll also explore the Botanical Gardens, established in the 19th century and visited by more than a million people yearly.

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town & a visit to the Botanical Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Amsterdam

    A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is sure to leave an impression. More than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch fashion. Each year, the gardens adopt a theme, and you’ll have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by the landscape architects.

    Soak in the sights of expertly arranged tulips, hyacinths, and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty. You’ll also have the chance to see statues commissioned by world-renown artists.

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Amsterdam

    After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of spring-blooming flowers and delightful cobblestone squares 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 refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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

  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Guided tour of Cologne's Old Town & a visit to the Botanical Gardens
  • Visit to Keukenhof Gardens

  • A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine
  • Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens

  • Guided bike tour in Breisach
  • Guided Hike through a vineyard in Bad-Dürkheim

  • 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

  • 1 night at a hotel in Zurich
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Lucerne
  • A guided tour of Zurich
  • A guided tour of Lucerne
  • Transfer from the airport and to the ship
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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