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Tulips & the Rhine on Emerald Sun

Tulips & the Rhine on Emerald Sun

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Sun
Starts: Basel, Switzerland on Thu, Apr 29, 2021
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Thu, May 06, 2021

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Offer applies to new bookings made from August 31 – September 30, 2020 and applicable for select 2021 European River departures only and select 2022 Emerald Azzurra yacht departures as listed while supplies last. No retroactivity and non-transferable. Not combinable with any public offers. Discount is applicable to cruise + upgrade pricing, is not applicable on port/air/land days. Standard payment & cancellation terms apply. Offers are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices in US dollars, based on double occupancy and lowest cabin category available. Prices subject to availability. Emerald Waterways River Cruise prices listed above include savings based on departures: EWNB050621.1, EWAB030721.2, EWFB220721.2, EWCR250721.2. Port charges and taxes are included in the price. Complimentary Deposit Protection Plan (DPP) offer is only applicable to new non-future travel credit bookings only. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferable, and only protects the deposit amount paid on an Emerald cruise prior to the final payment due date. Air, land, excursions are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees, such as hotels, will be subtracted from your deposit amount. We will credit the remainder to you towards an alternate tour or cruise that must be re-booked within 24 months.

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For new bookings 2021 European river cruises. Air offers are only applicable to bookings made 61 or more days before departure, otherwise an air credit will apply. A non-refundable initial deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of booking, with full payment required 90 days prior to departure. A secondary non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due 6 months prior to departure for economy flights; $800 for premium economy. Maximum value of air ticket is $1200 per person inclusive of all taxes & fees. Economy Air only on Emerald Waterways’ choice of airlines and routes. Travelers who purchase their own air receive $750 per person savings on 8+ day itineraries, and $500 per person on 5-day itineraries.

DiscorerMORE tours included: on 15-day itineraries, up to 7 included tours; on 8-day itineraries, up to 3 included tours; on 5-day itineraries, 2 included tours.

Deposit Protection Plan: Value of Deposit Protection Plan is $125 per person and is applicable if guest needs to cancel or change a cruise for whatever reason the plan allows them to reallocate their non-refundable deposit for use towards an alternative future sailing. Deposit Protection is non-refundable and non-transferable, and only covers the cruise. Air deposits are not included in the plan, and any third-party supplier fees such as hotels will be subtracted from your deposit amount. These offers are not combinable with any other offer except for Travel Show vouchers, agent training vouchers, EmeraldEXPLORER vouchers, referral vouchers and early payment offers. Not combinable with group discounts. Taxes and port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC only. Offers and fares are capacity controlled and may be extended, cancelled or withdrawn at any time without notice.


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Moselle, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Thu, Apr 29, 2021): Basel

Welcome to Switzerland. You will be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your luxurious Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to greet you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Fri, Apr 30, 2021): Breisach

The Black Forest is a fairytale-like region full of charming cuckoo clocks and live oompah bands. Today, discover the multiple charms of the region as you visit a Black Forest destination. Alternatively, explore your surroundings during a hike through the Black Forest region, traversing well-trodden trails underneath a lush canopy.
Later enjoy a Black Forest demonstration and tasting.

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A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting

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A hike through the Black Forest region

Included Excursion
A visit to a Black Forest destination


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Sat, May 01, 2021): Kehl - Strasbourg

Today, you will dock in Kehl, where you will be transferred by coach to medieval Strasbourg. Your local guide will be available to teach you about the history of the city during an insightful guided tour.
Pass through cobbled squares that are adorned with quaint boutiques and charming cafés as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, including Petite France, an area of unmatched beauty with a picturesque canal system that cascades past half-timbered houses that were home to fishermen, tanners and millers during the Middle Ages. The narrow lanes and footbridges that pepper the area all add to its undeniable charm. This afternoon, Strasbourg is yours to explore at leisure. 

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Strasbourg

DiscoverMORE
Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Sun, May 02, 2021): Mannheim – Heidelberg – Rüdesheim

This morning, relax on board as we cruise along the Rhine River, passing Mannheim on our way to Heidelberg. The streets of Mannheim are laid out in a traditional grid system, which is why it is also known as the “City of Squares”.
When you arrive in Heidelberg, the UNESCO City of Literature will be yours to explore, with publishing houses and libraries on every corner, and a vibrant artistic culture resonating through the streets.
Your guided tour of Heidelberg’s rich history includes a wine tasting, and a visit to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, overlooking the Rhine River and a red-roofed skyline. Some of the most successful painters of the Romantic era drew inspiration from Heidelberg Castle, including British artist William Turner, who depicted images of the ruins in several of his paintings. Afterwards, stroll down the cobbled streets of the old town, touching on the Church of the Holy Spirit and the oldest university in Germany.

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An active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Mon, May 03, 2021): Koblenz

Today, we will take you into the heart of Koblenz, an ancient city that looks as though it has been pulled from the pages of a German fairytale. Enjoy a picturesque backdrop of vineyards and snow-topped mountain ranges as your local guide takes you through open cobbled squares and down narrow streets, passing façades adorned with boxes of spring-blooming flowers. Your tour will include the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle at the German Corner and idyllic panoramic views of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Included Excursion
A walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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A Moselle & Cochem Castle visit


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Tue, May 04, 2021): Cologne

The largest city on the Rhine awaits your arrival today. Once a major trade route linking both sides of Europe, this city now offers the perfect platform from which to explore Roman history, including sights of ornate Roman mosaics that have stood the test of time.
Your insightful guided tour of Cologne will detail how the air raids of WWII turned its streets into a blank canvas, resulting in the loss of many of its ancient monuments and cultural treasures. As many historic buildings as possible were restored following the war years, but they now sit aside modern architecture. Your tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a religious building that was constructed over six centuries, with builders choosing to stick to original plans and medieval techniques so that it retained its authenticity.

Included Excursion
A guided tour of Cologne

DiscoverMORE
Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Wed, May 05, 2021): Amsterdam

A visit to the iconic Keukenhof Gardens is certain to be a memorable experience today, as you stroll down serene paths that showcase spring in a quintessentially Dutch manner, with more than 800 varieties of spring-flowering tulips and regular flower shows. Each year, an annual theme spreads across the gardens, and you will have every opportunity to learn about different planting techniques and the work completed behind the scenes by landscape architects during your time here. 
Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.

Included Excursion
A visit to Keukenhof Gardens


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Thu, May 06, 2021): Depart Amsterdam

After breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to your fellow guests as you disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of spring-blooming flowers and delightful cobblestone squares with you.

This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.


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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4.3

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Ratings based off 6 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Great river cruise, the operator Emerald Waterways did not disappoint. On board service was exceptional and the tours were very good. Only thought would be that having a little more free time during site visits would have made the excursions good to great.


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