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Christmas Time on the Rhine on Emerald Luna

Christmas Time on the Rhine on Emerald Luna

Operator: Emerald Waterways
Ship: Emerald Luna
Starts: Frankfurt, Germany on Tue, Nov 30, 2021
Ends: Basel, Switzerland on Sat, Dec 04, 2021

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Switzerland, France, Germany

Rivers Visited

Main, Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Tue, Nov 30, 2021): Frankfurt - Mainz

Welcome to Germany! You will be met at the airport by our EW representatives and transferred to our Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship in Mainz. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore this city located at the heart of the Rhine wine region. Mainz will captivate you with its quite incomparable lifestyle, its unique charm and its openness to the world. You will be able to immerse yourself in this unique atmosphere as you wander round the Market Square, in the middle of which stands the Heunensäule, a sandstone column commemorating the history of Mainz, erected in 1975 on the occasion of the Cathedral millennium celebrations. You'll return on board and sail along the most beautiful stretch of the romantic Rhine River


Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Wed, Dec 01, 2021): Rastatt

This morning, embark on a visit to the enchanting town of Baden Baden, surrounded by the mountains of the Black Forrest. This famous spa town blends health and history to create the ideal Germany getaway. You will enter the most beautiful casino, featuring jaw-dropping decor that is influenced by French royal palaces. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to discover the baroque city of Rastatt on your own, whether you want to visit the Residential Palace, just stroll along historical sites and enjoy a coffee, or join our optional tour to Baden Baden Opera House. 
Included Excursion: Baden Baden guided tour with entrance to the Casino
DiscoverMORE: Behind the Scene of Baden Baden Opera House (extra expense)


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Thu, Dec 02, 2021): Kehl

After breakfast, join us for a tour following the Pottery Trail with its picturesque villages in the Alsace region. Enjoy lunch on board and get ready to come with us, this afternoon, to the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg. Discover the charms of the old city with cobbled streets lined up with timber-framed houses that survived for hundreds of years. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city decorated with garlands and Christmas decoration with your included tour of the Christmas market. Return to the ship and spend the night onboard. 
Included Tour: Visit to Pottery villages 
Included Tour: Guided tour of Strasbourg


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Fri, Dec 03, 2021): Breisach

Start your day with a visit to the “Jewel of the Black Forrest” and discover the reconstructed medieval old town of Freiburg, this vibrant city situated at the edge of the Black Forrest. Learn about its history and its local products during your included tour. The afternoon is all yours to explore and discover Breisach and its Christmas market at your own pace, or join us on our DiscoverMore program to visit Colmar and discover the magic of one of the most impressive French Christmas markets. You will return on board for a Christmas evening concert and dinner. 
Included Excursion:  Freiburg guided tour with local market tasting
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Colmar
EmeraldPLUS: Christmas concert on board


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Sat, Dec 04, 2021): Basel

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking your Star-Ship and your transferring to the airport.

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 Luna


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Life on Board

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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.

Cruises Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.2
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

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Ratings based off 37 reviews about Emerald Waterways Tours - currently showing 13 reviews with comments only

Emerald was awesome. It offered us cultural experience that was unusual and authentic. We felt like we got to know the countries we visited. We are looking to book with Emerald again in Europe. Local and tour Director was the best

first emerald waterway tour was excellent ! excellent and unique excursions included plus good optional tours offered loved the Vespa ride, ox cart and rickshaw ride Hoi Ann and Halong bay are highlights emerald staff very welcoming to us

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Although this is my first river cruise, so I cannot compare with other companies, I was very happy with Emerald with a few exceptions. They advertise that it is all inclusive and do offer several free tour options at each port, but that also sell Discovery options that are more money. We did 4 of those which increased the cost for 2 by $600. If you like to workout, forget the gym, which had one rowing machine, an exercise bike and some dumbbells with enough room for 3 people at most. The staff were all great, the food was very good and the itinerary was excellent. They have a small swimming pool and late night activities. Good diversity with most people from US, Canada, Australia and new Zealand.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

This trip was wonderful, with only 160 passengers we were treated royally. Everyone on board the ship worked with only one thing in mind to please the customers.

Derek was very thorough and easy to work with. Our trip was what we expected.

We were fortunate the trip went as planned. A lock was damaged and the ship we were scheduled for was unavailable. Emerald provided a different ship and we completed our full itinerary. Great job Emerald. The trip wonderful. Great staff, tours and food. Our Affordable agent Allyson fulfilled all our needs efficiently providing excellent customer care.

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.

Our third river cruise but found the baths on this particular ship to be very small. The crew, though, was excellent, especially the director!

This trip was all we expected and more. The booking and planning by Affordable Tours weas very helpful. The Emerald Radiance was a joy. The ship and crew were unbelievable. The Douro Valley is so very beautiful and Portugal an amazing destination-just need to explore it further.

Emerald provided a very memorable experience. Everything went according to plan. There were many activity options to pick from. The food and drink and staff were excellent. I liked the pool and bikes which gave us additional activities to enjoy, which Viking Cruises did not offer when I went on a previous river boat cruise with them 3 years ago.

I absolutely loved the cities and towns we visited. I met mant new friends on this trip. The staff were very friendly, professional and attentive to my needs.


AffordableTours.com is a travel agent for Emerald Waterways. Brochure Price is based on the itinerary's highest brochure price. Our price reflects our base price for the same departure as Brochure Price. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time. All prices are USD per person and based on double occupancy. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. All prices change frequently and our website prices are not guaranteed until a deposit has been received by us. The prices on our website are intended to serve as a guide only and may not accurately reflect current prices. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in these prices until a booking has been confirmed by one of our agents. Please call us toll free at 1-800-342-0019 to confirm current prices and availability. Prices listed are per person, cruise only, and based on double occupancy.

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