Day 1 | Highlights:
Welcome to Berlin, Germany’s capital city has a lot to offer, from entertainment, to museums and architecture. This metropolis is a combination of modernity and history. Included is a two night stay in Berlin.
Day 2 | Berlin Highlights:
Your exciting morning starts with a guided tour of Berlin passing by the famous Alexanderplatz, to the Berlin Cathedral, the Television Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. The afternoon is free to continuing enjoying Berlin’s iconic sights, its vast swathes of green, its sky bars and chic restaurants.
Day 3 | Berlin – Mainz Embarkation Highlights:
Today you will fly from Berlin to Frankfurt, where 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 4 | 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 5 | 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 6 | 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 7 | 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 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | Basel Disembarkation – Lucerne Highlights:
Welcome to Switzerland and the Rhine–side town of Basel, the centre for Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry. After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer by coach to the lovely city of Lucerne. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink. Included is a two night stay in Lucerne.
Day 11 | Lucerne Highlights:
the octagonal Water Tower, the Jesuit Church and the KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne). On the tour you will learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of its residents.
Day 12 | Lucerne - Zurich Highlights:
This morning transfer by coach from Lucerne to the cosmopolitan city of Zurich. The city is often called by the local’s as “Downtown Switzerland”, for its internationally renowned financial importance as a centre for banking. You have the day free to enjoy the delightful lakeside setting or stroll on the Bahnhofstrasse, and other sights of Zurich. Included is a one night stay in Zurich.
Day 13 | Zurich – Farewell Highlights:
After breakfast, it is time to farewell your fellow passengers and transfer to the airport.