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Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich on Emerald Dawn 2021

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich on Emerald Dawn 2021

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Dawn
Starts: Zurich, Switzerland on Wed, Sep 01, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sat, Sep 11, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Sep 01, 2021): Zurich

Straddling the northernmost tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. Today, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or frequenting one of its many charming cafés. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.


Day 2 (Thu, Sep 02, 2021): Zurich – Lucerne

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. The scenic drive between both of these elegant cities is certain to offer memorable panoramic views. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Lucerne, perhaps strolling down cobblestone streets in its colourful Altstadt.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Zurich


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Fri, Sep 03, 2021): Lucerne

The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.

EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lucerne

DiscoverMORE: Train and cable car to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sat, Sep 04, 2021): Lucerne - Basel

This morning, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Sun, Sep 05, 2021): Breisach

The Black Forest is a captivating region, known for its cuckoo clocks and the live oompah bands that grace sun-kissed gardens with their music during the summer months. Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest village and learn how people in the region lived for centuries. If you are feeling more active, then you may instead choose to hike through the Black Forest, passing under an idyllic canopy of evergreens.
Later, enjoy one of the region’s most famous treats during a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting.
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike in the Black Forest
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Sep 06, 2021): Kehl - Strasbourg

This morning, your Star-Ship will be docking in Kehl and you will be transferred across the river to the medieval town of Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace Region. Cobbled squares surrounded by half-timbered houses make Strasbourg appear as if it has been effortlessly suspended in time, and you will get the opportunity to explore the past during your included walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Witness the ornate beauty of many of Strasbourg’s highlights, including the Maison Kammerzell and the canal network that weaves through Petite France, before enjoying free time to explore at leisure.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Sep 07, 2021): Mannheim - Heidelberg

Relax on board this morning as you start your day with a peaceful cruise past Mannheim, following the meandering Rhine River and passing the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. When you reach Heidelberg, you will have the opportunity to learn about how it became a UNESCO City of Literature, having inspired the likes of Mark Twain and William Turner with its historical setting.
Your guided tour of the town will allow you to find your own inspiration among its delightful landmarks, including Heidelberg Castle, one of the most impressive Renaissance ruins in Europe. Enjoy a wine tasting in Heidelberg and take to the cobbled lanes that weave through the old town.
Alternatively, 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 8 (Wed, Sep 08, 2021): Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz today to discover its fairytale-like surrounds, nestled on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your local guide will take you on a tour through the town, touching on the twin-towered façade of the Church of Our Lady and the German Corner, where the two inspirational waterways meet. Journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, offering exceptional views of the surrounding area from its hilltop position.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Koblenz
DiscoverMORE: A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Sep 09, 2021): Cologne

Effortlessly steeped in history and tales of the past, Cologne encapsulates a timeline that spans more than two millennia and is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Your included tour of Cologne will take you to the heart of its old town, where Roman mosaics and the Great St. Martin Church tell the stories of the people who first laid out plans for this mighty city. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Sep 10, 2021): Amsterdam

This morning, you can choose to embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, learning about how the water is reclaiming Holland as you pass through quintessential Dutch surrounds and witness traditional villages and windmills. Alternatively, take to Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal network during a glass top canal cruise, passing Roman patrician houses and ornate merchant houses that tell tales of the prosperous Dutch Golden Age.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided bike tour to Waterland
EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Sep 11, 2021): Amsterdam

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 Black Forest region and Strasbourg’s charm with you.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Dawn


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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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