After being transferred from Frankfurt airport to your port in Mainz, you’ll sail to Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns, to visit the Mechanical Music Museum. In the ancient city of Koblenz, enjoy an orientation walk and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before visiting the university town of Heidelberg and the picturesque spa town of Baden-Baden in the Black Forest. Visit Strasbourg for a canal boat tour and travel onwards to France to visit the cobblestone streets of Colmar, with its Medieval and early Renaissance buildings, before making your way home from Basel.
Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Frankfurt, you will be met and transferred to the ship in Mainz on the Rhine River. A warm welcome awaits from your captain and crew as your board your luxury Emerald Waterways 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 | Rudesheim Highlights:
Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your included tour will be a visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner.
Day 3 | Koblenz Highlights:
Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. In the afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles and vineyards as well as the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, which was built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Countless vineyards and medieval castles line the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities at every bend.
Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Visit (extra expense). Passengers on this tour will not be able to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for both tours happen at the same time.
Day 4 | Mannheim – Heidelberg Highlights:
Continue sailing to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time to explore Heidelberg before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.
Day 5 | Rastatt – Baden Baden Highlights:
This morning sail into the Rhine-side town of Rastatt and journey to the hidden jewel of Baden Baden. Nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest, Baden Baden was settled by the Romans, with ruins dating back to 210A.D. Enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time to stroll the historic Kurhaus Colonnade, shop the elegant boutiques of the old town or join EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to Hohenbaden Castle, known locally as Altes Schloss ‘Old Castle’.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden
Day 6 | Kehl - Strasbourg Highlights:
Once docked in Kehl you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France and official seat of the European Parliament. In Strasbourg you will have a canal tour on a "batorama" passing by many attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and some European institutions. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Strasbourg.
EmeraldPLUS: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg
Day 7 | Breisach - Colmar Highlights:
Begin your magical morning with a tour to Colmar, a town fill of half-timbered houses, flower-decked town centre, cosy streets and lively restaurants and shops in the Alsace region of north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and museums. Enjoy a guided city tour passing the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour
Day 8 | Basel Disembarkation Highlights:
Welcome to Basel, the centre for Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry. After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to Basel airport for your onward or homebound flight.