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Tulips and the Rhine

Admire the colourful sea of Tulips in the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens and explore Amsterdam's pretty winding canals before journeying along the picturesque Rhine to explore the treasures of Germany and France on this wonderful Spring-time cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner

River Cruise Holiday
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam
  • Breisach, Germany
  • Cochem Castle
  • Holland Windmills and Tulips
  • Strasbourg, France

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Join your deluxe river cruise ship in Amsterdam where an overnight stop allows ample time to explore this quirky city. Discover the famous Keukenhof Gardens, one of the world's largest flower gardens and admire the spectacular display of Tulips before cruising through the beautiful Dutch countryside.

See the remarkable World Heritage-listed Gothic Cathedral in the historic city of Cologne and explore the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, home to the incredible Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Admire the scenery as you cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and explore the medieval town of Heidelberg or opt for a wine-tasting.

In France's Alsace region, enjoy a guided tour of Strasbourg and marvel at the beautiful architecture on this charming town. This wonderful Spring-time cruise will conclude in the Black Forest where you can visit a traditional black forest village, hike along a number of forest trails or enjoy a Black Forest cake tasting.

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Tulips and the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Amsterdam (Holland)

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)

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a fascinating city which is home to over 50 world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum and an array of picturesque canals, quaint coffee shops and charming churches. Enjoy a visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens, one of the world's largest and most beautiful flower gardens and a must-visit in the Netherlands. Back on board, cruise through the Dutch countryside passing famous windmills. (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. During your time at leisure, perhaps shop for handicrafts or visit a local market. (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. There is an optional visit to Cochem Castle. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Mannheim - Heidelberg

Your ship cruises upstream 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. There is also a guided hike to Heidelberg Hill. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Kehl - Strasbourg (France)

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 and admire the beautiful architecture and the fascinating Astronomical Clock. The afternoon is spent at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Breisach (Germany)

Enjoy a visit to a traditional Black Forest village or join the guided hike along some beautiful Black Forest trails. Alternatively, 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)

Due to navigational reasons, the Captain reserves the right to modify the 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
  • 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