Berlin with The Majestic Rhine

Enjoy an enriching two-night city break in Berlin, experiencing the diverse culture of the German capital, before taking the classic passage of the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers across Germany.

10 Days
Berlin to Basel
From (CAD)
$ 5,240
Dates & Pricing

2021 Berlin > Basel

Enjoy an extended stay in Berlin before your journey through Germany and France which includes a visit to Rüdesheim to see Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. While ancient Koblenz and Mannheim’s beautifully diverse architecture will be sure to amaze, as will your following exploration of the picturesque spa town of Baden-Baden is in the North of the Black Forest. Take a coach to the Alsace capital Strasbourg and cross the border into France on a visit to Colmar, before heading home from Basel.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EBFB
Duration:
10 days
Departure City:
Berlin
Return City:
Basel

10 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Berlin

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Berlin, your home for the next two nights.

  2. Day 2 - Berlin

    Today, you will be invited on a guided tour of Berlin, where you can discover how its tangible history can be seen on every street. Enjoy learning about Berlin Cathedral and the iconic Berlin Wall, a feature point that holds the memory of how the city was both divided and reunited. After your tour, you are free to explore at leisure, perhaps discovering the creating lifestyles of the people who call Berlin their home.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Berlin

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Berlin - Frankfurt - Mainz

    After breakfast, fly to Frankfurt and be transferred to the luxurious surrounds of your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim is a charming town that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Germany; where stalls adorned with cuckoo clocks captivate and live oompah bands playing in beer gardens during the summer months entertain.
    Today, ride the Winzerexpress to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum. When you arrive, peruse exhibits full of rare music boxes inside of a 15th-century knight’s tower with vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes.

    Included Excursion

    A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Koblenz

    The ancient city of Koblenz is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. Once a Roman stronghold, the area is now full of postcard-worthy parks and flowers. These are yours to discover today during a guided tour of the city, including the German Corner, where the Moselle meets the Rhine. This confluence is best viewed 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 breath-taking vistas along the way. This fascinating area has a storyline that has crossed the centuries, moving from people fighting and leaving ruins behind to the Romantics of the 19th century immortalising its beauty. 

    Included Excursion

    A tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Bike tour in Koblenz

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    Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

    German Romanticism often depicts idealistic cityscapes and fairytale-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 their imaginations 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, including the oldest university in Germany, before enjoying a wine tasting session.
    Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Rastatt – Baden-Baden

    This morning, a coach will take you from where the ship is docked in Rastatt to whimsical Baden-Baden, a spa town that has been frequented by celebrities and royalty for centuries. 
    If you are feeling active, then you may choose to embark on a guided hike to Altes Schloss, the Old Castle, a fascinating 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 nostalgic elegant boutiques and timeless gardens before entering The Baden-Baden Casino, a favourite of silent film star Marlene Dietrich.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided hike to Altes Schloss

    Included Excursion

    A guided walking tour of Baden-Baden

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Kehl – Strasbourg

    This morning, dock in Kehl and be transferred by coach to the medieval capital of France’s Alsace Region, Strasbourg. The best way to discover Strasbourg’s charm is from its quaint waterways, which is why today’s EmeraldPLUS activity will involve embarking on a traditional canal 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, a place where many of Strasbourg’s administrative buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

    EmeraldPLUS

    A canal boat tour in Strasbourg

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    Tour to Riquewihr (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Breisach – Colmar

    Commence your magical morning with a tour to 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.

    EmeraldACTIVE

    A guided bike tour

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Colmar

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Basel

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Transfer from the airport and to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Visit to Siegfried's Mechanical Museum
  • Guided tour of Koblenz & Visit to Fortress
  • Guided Tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
  • Guided Tour of Baden - Baden
  • Guided Tour of Colmar

EmeraldPLUS
  • Entrance to Casino in Baden-Baden
  • Canal Boat Ride in Strasbourg

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Bike tour in Koblenz
  • Guided Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
  • Guided Hike Tour to Altes Schloss
  • Guided Bike Tour to Colmar

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb 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

EXTENSION INCLUSIONS
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Berlin
  • A guided tour of Berlin
  • Flight from Berlin to Frankfurt
  • 2 Breakfasts (B)

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