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Jewels of the Rhine

See spectacular scenery, fairytale castles and ornate architecture as you journey along the picturesque River Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £1195pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Rhine Gorge
  • Traditional Dutch clogs
  • Kolner Dom Cathedral, Cologne
  • The Black Forest, Germany

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

Emerald Waterways

Save up to £1600 per couple PLUS 250 Euro onboard credit per cabin on 2018 departures! Includes a £100pp early payment discount if guests pay in full by 31 Oct 2017. Book by 30 Sep 2017

Save up to £650pp on 2017 departures! Subject to availability

Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise Special Offer

Journey along Europe’s most picturesque waterway, the River Rhine, past historic castles, terraced vineyards and the famous Lorelei Rock on this superb holiday.

Explore Amsterdam with its quaint coffee shops, charming churches and intricate maze of canals, before heading to Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest yet most modern cities.

Visit historic Koblenz situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, admire the famous Lorelei Rock and continue upstream to Mannheim, a pivotal place during WWII, from where you can take an optional excursion to Heidelberg’s impressive castle.

Explore beautiful Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region in France then discover the stunning Black Forest region, famous for Black Forest gateau and cuckoo clocks, before this holiday comes to an end in Basel.

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Jewels of the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - UK – Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Fly from the UK to Amsterdam. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your deluxe river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and a talk by your Cruise Director. (D) Please note: Return travel on the Eurostar is available from an additional £49pp.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a fascinating city which is home to over 50 world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum. After breakfast, explore the city with its many quaint coffee shops, charming churches and picturesque canals by canal cruise or join the guided bike tour of the city (2018 only). Back on board, cruise through the Dutch countryside passing famous windmills. Tonight, enjoy a Gala Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Cologne (Germany)

Today your ship cruises along the River Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest yet most modern cities. After lunch on board, join a local guide for a tour of the Old Town with its beautiful squares, characteristic wells and of course the World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral, Kolner Dom. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Koblenz

Arrive in the 2000-year old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and explore the impressive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII, or travel to Moselle and Cochem (extra cost and 2017 only). The more active can enjoy cycling along the river banks (2017 only). Later, the ship cruises the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the Lorelei Rock and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Mannheim

Your ship cruises up stream to the town of Mannheim, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. It has long been associated with inventions in industry including the world’s first compact diesel-powered car. From Mannheim, travel to Heidelberg by coach for a tour including a visit to the impressive castle. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kehl

From Kehl transfer by coach across the river to Strasbourg for a guided walking tour of the medieval city centre. The afternoon is spent at leisure exploring the Grande Ile, baroque buildings and old tanning houses. Perhaps join the optional Alsace wine tasting tour (extra cost and 2017 only). (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Breisach

The picturesque Black Forest region has long been a fairy-tale destination. Enjoy a visit to Vogtsbauernhof Museum which features a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms or perhaps join the hike through a typical Black Forest village. Alternatively, experience a typical Gasthof owned by a local family where you’ll enjoy a tasting of Black Forest gateau. Back on board, enjoy a spectacular Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Basel (Switzerland) – UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Alternatively, you can travel back on the Eurostar. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise on Emerald Waterways deluxe ship
  • Return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Other airports are available at a supplement. A Eurostar option is available from an additional £49pp.
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • 1 EmeraldPLUS activity
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at all times and complimentary bottled water in your cabin, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Highlight Dinners including a Welcome Dinner
  • Evening entertainment on board
  • English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port charges and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional optional shore excursions
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Return travel on the Eurostar is available from an additional £49pp. The outward journey is via Brussels and the return journey is via Paris. Please contact us for more details
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2017 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Oct 07£2095£2095

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Sep 29£2395£1745
Oct 14£2095£2095

2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 07£1995£1395
Apr 21£2095£1695
May 05£2395£1795
Jun 16£2495£2095
Jun 23; Aug 11; Sep 09£2495£1895

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 14£1995£1195
Apr 21, 26, 28£2095£1495
May 12£2395£1795
Jun 23, 30£2495£1895
Aug 03£2495£1695
Aug 18£2495£1895
Sep 02£2495£1695
Sep 11£2495£1895
Oct 07£2095£1495

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are available - please contact us
  • Please note: Return travel on the Eurostar is available from an additional £49pp. The outward journey is via Brussels and the return journey is via Paris. Please contact us for more details
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D - £100pp
  • Cat C - 2017: £500pp 2018: £600pp
  • Cat B - 2017: £600pp 2018: £800pp
  • Cat A - 2017: £700pp 2018: £1000pp
  • Cat S - 2017: £1100pp 2018: £1500pp
  • Cat SA - 2017: £1800pp 2018: £2200pp
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