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The Majestic Rhine on Emerald Sun 2020

The Majestic Rhine on Emerald Sun 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Sun
Starts: Zurich, Switzerland on Sat, Aug 15, 2020
Ends: Frankfurt, Germany on Sat, Aug 22, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat, Aug 15, 2020): Zurich - Basel Embarkation

Welcome to Switzerland, today you will travel from Zurich airport to the Rhine–side town of Basel. A warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Sun, Aug 16, 2020): Breisach - Colmar

Your journey through the heart of Europe will commence with a tour to Colmar, a magical place that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a beloved fairytale. Your included tour of the town will enable you to traverse its cobblestone lanes, passing medieval half-timbered façades and window boxes full of brightly coloured flowers. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Colmar


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon, Aug 17, 2020): Kehl - Strasbourg

When you arrive in Kehl you will be transferred across the river to Strasbourg, a town that has captivated artists for centuries. Here, historic buildings can be found around every corner, but they are often best explored from Strasbourg’s charming canal system, which is why we would like to invite you for a canal tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre.
EmeraldPLUS: A canal boat tour in Strasbourg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Tue, Aug 18, 2020): Rastatt – Baden-Baden

This morning, you will be transferred from where the Star-Ship is docked in Rastatt to charming Baden-Baden, a spa town known for its peaceful surrounds and illustrious past.
The Romans originally settled here, seeking to make the most out of the surrounding naturally occurring hot springs. If you are feeling active, then you may choose to discover a slice of Baden-Baden’s past today as you hike to Altes Schloss, the old castle ruins where features of a time long lost can still be found.
Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour of Baden-Baden, witnessing the luxurious façades of independent boutiques and well-manicured gardens before entering the world-famous Baden-Baden Casino, beloved by silent film actress Marlene Dietrich.
EmeraldPLUS: Entrance to The Baden-Baden Casino
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike to Altes Schloss
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Baden-Baden


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Wed, Aug 19, 2020): Mannheim - Heidelberg

A single day in Heidelberg is enough to discover why it left the artists of German Romanticism captivated. Their paintings and poems frequently depicted idealistic cityscapes and scenes thought to be imaginary, and yet Heidelberg exists as a living representation of their inspiration.
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Heidelberg, starting in the courtyard of Heidelberg Castle. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Thu, Aug 20, 2020): Koblenz

Koblenz is an ancient city that is often considered to be the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. The Romans originally built a city here as a stronghold, but the area is now known for its idyllic beauty, peaceful parks and areas full of colourful flowers. Today, you will be able to relax during a guided tour of the city, including a cable car ride across the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Fri, Aug 21, 2020): Rüdesheim

This afternoon, you will arrive in Rüdesheim, a captivating city known for its authentic atmosphere and traditional appeal, where cuckoo clocks, live oompah bands and Bavarian beer can be found around every corner.
Board the Winzerexpress for a tour of Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, a half-timbered knight’s manor with vaulted ceilings that is home to one of the largest collections of rare music boxes in the world. You will also get the opportunity to try Rüdesheim coffee, made with locally distilled brandy.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sat, Aug 22, 2020): Mainz – Frankfurt

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 Petite France and fairytale-like scenes with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Sun


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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