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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 £1295pp

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

2019 dates at 2018 prices - save £1000 per couple PLUS 250 Euro OBC per cabin! Book by 18 May 2018

Save up to £700pp PLUS save an extra £200pp when booking a balcony cabin! Applies to 2018 departures. Book by 28 Feb 2018

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 visit 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 a choice of UK regional airports to Amsterdam. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your deluxe river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board. (D) Please note: Return travel on the Eurostar is available. Please contact us for pricing.

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. 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. Later, the ship cruises the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the Lorelei Rock and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle. In 2019, there is an optional visit to Cochem 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. In 2019, there is also a guided hike to Heidelberg. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kehl

From Kehl transfer by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region overlooked by the majestic Gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the medieval city centre. The afternoon is spent at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Breisach

In 2018, 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. In 2019, enjoy a visit to a traditional Black Forest village or join the guided hike along some beautiful Black Forest trails. There is also an EmeraldPlus activity. Watch an assembling of Black Forest gateau and enjoy a tasting. (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 up to 15 UK regional airports. A Eurostar option is available - please contact us for pricing
  • Overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions with English-speaking guide
  • Up to 3 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 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

Cruise Extensions

  • 2019 Lucerne and Zurich Extension Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Hotel Monopol or similar, Lucerne, and 1-night stay at the Crowne Plaza or similar, Zurich. Please contact us for details
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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£1295
Apr 21£2095£1595
Apr 26£2095£1395
May 05£2395£1895
Jun 16£2495£2495
Jun 23; Aug 11; Sep 09£2495£1995

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 14£1995£1295
Apr 21£2095£1595
Apr 26£2095£1595
Apr 28£2095£1395
May 12£2395£1895
Jun 23£2495£1995
Jun 30£2495£1995
Aug 03£2495£1795
Aug 18£2495£1995
Sep 02£2495£1995
Sep 11£2495£1995
Oct 07£2095£1595

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Amsterdam to Basel

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 13£1995£1495
May 04£2395£1895
Jun 22, 24, 28; Aug 24; Sep 21£2495£1995
Oct 05£2095£1595

Basel to Amsterdam

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Emerald Ships
Apr 20, 27£2095£1595
May 11£2395£1895
Jun 29; Jul 05, 15; Aug 17; Sep 28£2495£1995
Oct 12£2095£1595

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. 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 - £600pp
  • Cat B - £800pp
  • Cat A - £1000pp
  • Cat S - £1500pp
  • Cat SA - £2200pp
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Small map for Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise