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Christmas Markets on the Rhine on Emerald Destiny 2020

Christmas Markets on the Rhine on Emerald Destiny 2020

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Destiny
Starts: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tue, Dec 08, 2020
Ends: Zurich, Switzerland on Tue, Dec 15, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Tue, Dec 08, 2020): Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fantastic city to explore the many joys of Europe at Christmastime in. Here, intricate networks of picturesque canals are adorned by world class museums, theatres and quaint cafés.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Wed, Dec 09, 2020): Amsterdam

This morning, board a glass top canal boat for a tour down Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, passing historic merchant’s houses that reflect the bygone era of the Dutch Golden Age and delightful Christmas stalls, each surrounded by people in their finest knitwear drinking hot mugs of mulled wine. Tonight, enjoy your gala dinner on board.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A canal cruise


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Thu, Dec 10, 2020): Cologne

Seven idyllic Christmas markets effortlessly transform the postcard-worthy city of Cologne into a winter wonderland over the Christmas period. Following your guided tour of the city, you will have the opportunity to explore independently, perhaps visiting the ornate stalls beneath the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, where you can drink traditional glühwein out of beautifully decorated mugs.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A walking tour of Cologne


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Fri, Dec 11, 2020): Koblenz

Today, relax on board as we cruise into Koblenz, a town that sits straddling the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Your guided tour of Koblenz will include Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
This afternoon, return to your comfortable Star-Ship to sail through the Rhine Gorge, passing countless castles, vineyards and ruined monasteries.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Koblenz
DiscoverMORE: A Moselle and Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sat, Dec 12, 2020): Mannheim – Heidelberg

This morning, continue enjoying your time spent on board as we cruise towards Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Here, you will have the chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Sun, Dec 13, 2020): Kehl – Strasbourg

This morning, we will dock in Kehl and you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the storied capital of France’s Alsace Region. Your guided tour of Strasbourg will include the Grande Île, the historical centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that is known for its medieval half-timbered buildings, old tanning houses, Baroque sandstone buildings and charming canal system.
After your guided tour of Strasbourg, you will have the opportunity to visit one of its most charming Christmas markets.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg
DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Mon, Dec 14, 2020): Breisach

Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a Black Forest village that perfectly encapsulates a traditional way of life, where craftspeople carve cuckoo clocks and other iconic figures that are part of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau presentation


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Tue, Dec 15, 2020): Basel – Zurich

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests as you are transferred to the airport, taking memories of quintessential German villages and emerald canopies with you.


Meals Included: Breakfast

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Ship Information

Emerald Destiny


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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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