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Starting in Amsterdam, where guests can visit the Rijksmuseum or enjoy a guided bike tour, this classic voyage down the Rhine will take you onto Xanten, known for its Roman Archaeological Park. Then it’s on to Andernach for a visit to the Geysir Museum. A guided tour of Cochem takes you to the Imperial Reichsburg Castle for the epic finale to a day exploring the Medieval town’s hidden gems. Be guided through the streets of Bernkastel, with its sloping vineyards, and enjoy a wine tasting, before cruising back from the Moselle to the Rhine Valley for your transfer to Frankfurt and your return journey home.
Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
Day 2 | Amsterdam Highlights:
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Day 3 | Xanten Highlights:
Cruise along the Rhine River to Xanten, where you will have a unique chance to visit the Roman Archaeological Park that was built around 98 A.D. Some buildings have been partly reconstructed, while others have been rebuilt and furnished to give visitors an idea of what the settlement was like back in those days. Original remains of Roman buildings also remain intact.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Roman Archaeological Park
Day 4 | Andernach Highlights:
The idyllic landscape of the Rhine Valley is home to the Andernach Geyser, a natural phenomenon and world’s tallest cold water geyser. Visit the Geysir Centre and take a boat ride to the Namedyer Werth peninsula to experience the hissing and gurgling sound when the geyser erupts, sending water up to 60 metres in the air.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit to the Geysir Museum and site
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Day 5 | Cochem Highlights:
The medieval town of Cochem is considered to be a hidden gem on the Moselle River. Your guided tour will pass by enchanting buildings on cobble stoned streets, which will make you feel like you are part of a story book. The epic finale of the tour is a visit to the Reichsburg castle.
Discover More: Guided Walk of Koblenz and Visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (extra expense)
Day 6 | Bernkastel Highlights:
Dating back to 3000BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Historically a winegrowing town, vines cover the steep-slopes surrounding the village. On this morning’s guided walking tour, stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate.
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting
Discover More: Guided Tour of Trier – (extra expense)
Day 7 | Sailing Through the Moselle Highlights:
Today cruise the beautiful Moselle Valley back into the Rhine River. Measuring 545 kilometres, the Moselle is one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries and forms the natural frontier between Germany and Luxembourg. Relax on board; take in the sights from the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the Club Pool or join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour along the river banks while the ship sails (active fitness level).
EmeraldACTIVE: Morning guided bike tour from Bernkastel to Traben Trarbach (22 KM)
Day 8 | Mainz Disembarkation – Frankfurt Highlights:
After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship in Mainz and transfer to the airport in Frankfurt for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights to depart between 11am and 5pm in Frankfurt.