Upon arrival, transfer to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship for your seven night river cruise (D)
Today, you can choose to relax during a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s elaborate UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal system, or embark on a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing quintessential villages, traditional windmills and fields that are bursting with colourful tulips. Enjoy sailing through the countryside and on towards the Rhine River this afternoon, perhaps enjoying a drink on the Sun Deck and watching the passing scenery before joining your captain for a gala dinner (B, L, D)
Emerald Active: Guided Bike Tour to Waterland
Your included walking tour of the city will touch on the historical charm of its old town, and you will have the opportunity to traverse rustic alleyways, visit iconic monuments and see how archaeologists have uncovered a Jewish quarter that can be dated back to the 13th century. Your insightful tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic building whose twin spires dominate the skyline. The original medieval plans for the building were partly found in the attic, and partly found on the stall of a bookseller in France centuries later, meaning that, while construction of the cathedral started back in 1248, it wasn’t finished until 1880 (B, L, D)
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Cologne
Today, join your local guide for an insightful walking tour of Koblenz, passing examples of architecture that survived the war years, including the Church of Our Lady. Later, a sailing journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge will highlight the extraordinary beauty of an area that left the philosophers and artists of the German Romanticism movement entranced (B, L, D)
EmeraldPLUS: A tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as ‘a fallen Milky Way’. Join an orientation tour of the old town to discover an ‘intricate cobweb of streets’, and pass many of Heidelberg’s highlights, including the oldest university in Germany.
Alternatively, embark on an active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg (B, L, D)
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
Dock in Kehl and be transferred to Strasbourg, a city that promises much in the way of beautiful architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt district is particularly iconic, perfectly encapsulating the Rhineland. The Neustadt district is yours to discover today during your included tour, as is the Maison Kammerzell, a prime example of German Renaissance architecture. Paying homage to the region’s artistic past, Petite France is an exceptional historic quarter that looks as though it has been pulled directly from an artist’s easel (B, L, D)
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg
A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included EmeraldEXCURSION will be a visit to a Black Forest village. After an immersive learning experience, watch a Black Forest gateau demonstration followed by a tasting. Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest, passing beautiful scenery and waterfalls. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Here you can lose track of time in 10 minutes and the world in 20” about his time in the Black Forest (B, L, D)
Emerald Active: Hiking in the Black Forest (active fitness level recommended).
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village
After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the station for your return rail journey to London (B)
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* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.
Navigating the rivers Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle; the Emerald Star, Sky, Sun, Dawn and Destiny can guide you through some of Europe’s most magical stretches of water and help you explore many of the continent’s most arresting and enchanting cities.
The five sister vessels, boasting a modest capacity of 182 guests apiece, are all blessed with a selection of wonderful amenities and features. At the very heart of every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet is the Horizon Bar & Lounge.Ship info Deck plans
Booking conditions of Emerald Waterways and Reader Offers Limited Agency Terms of Business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, cabins and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Free drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Savings is based on two adults sharing. Named hotel is subject to change and should the named hotel not be available an alternative will be supplied, further T&Cs apply. Regional and premium flights will incur supplementary costs, may require an additional overnight stay and may be indirect. Pay in full by 31st December 2019 and save an additional £250. Unlimited Premium drinks are subject to the cruise lines T&Cs. Shore excursions are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Use of the Wellness area may incur an additional charge. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. E&OE.
Trio of Wine Gift Box is for bookings in Ocean View cabins or above, based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only. Offer only appicbale when booking by 8.30pm 11th December 2019.View cruise line T&C's