Jewels of the Rhine

2025 Amsterdam > Zurich | Price from $5175

11 DAYS • 23 MEALS Enjoy a cruise on the romantic Rhine River where UNESCO World Heritage sites, gothic cathedrals in Cologne and Strasbourg, historic fortresses, and picturesque canals greet you in the various ports of call. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge and experience the beauty and splendor of the Rhine. Along with the two-night stay in Lucerne, Switzerland, set against the dramatic Swiss Alps, you’ll have an amazing holiday on this adventure with Mayflower Cruises and Tours.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Day 2: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, and cafés. Flights should arrive by 4:00pm. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship, or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meal: D

Day 3: Amsterdam

Experience the city on a canal cruise aboard a glass-top boat. Traverse the UNESCO World Heritage network of canals, passing Roman patrician and ornate merchant houses from the Dutch Golden Age. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing through quintessential Dutch landscapes of quaint villages and windmills. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Waterland (instead of canal cruise)

Day 4: Cologne, Germany

Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. The city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent gothic cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments, and touching on the historical charms of the Old Town. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Enjoy local entertainment onboard this evening. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz seeing the German Corner where the 2 rivers meet, the Church of Our Lady, and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defense against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. This afternoon, sail through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities around every bend. See the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)

NOTE: You can choose either the included tour of Koblenz OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours operate at the same time

Day 6: Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg

Continue sailing to the town of Ludwigshafen, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg for a guided visit of the castle ruins and a walk along the cobblestone lanes of the old town. This evening, attend a private concert as an EmeraldPLUS activity. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldPLUS: Private Evening Concert Performance

Day 7: Kehl / Strasbourg, France

Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France. Your guided walking tour includes the Grande Île – the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Enjoy free time this afternoon to continue exploring this charming town on your own. Tonight, local entertainment is provided onboard. Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Breisach, Germany / Freiburg

On today’s adventure, visit the city of Freiburg, considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’. Aside from seeing the lovely sights, sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city center near the main cathedral. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour in Breisach. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Guided tour of Freiburg with tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Breisach

Day 9: Basel, Switzerland – Lucerne

After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by coach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark – the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meal: B

Day 10: Lucerne

Your last day is left free of planned activities. Explore on your own, or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DiscoverMORE: Mt. Pilatus (additional expense)

Day 11: Lucerne / USA

Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard the vessel
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all
  • EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily
  • onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • All gratuities included
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • All meals included onboard
  • Variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All port charges included
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne

CRUISE & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 through 8 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Days 9 and 10 – Hotel Europe or similar, Lucerne, Switzerland

Post-cruise hotel stays available in Amsterdam. Call for details.

Emerald Star-Ship Deck Plan
  • Sun Deck with Deck Chairs
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Barbeque
  • Golf Putting Green
  • Games Area
  • Retractable Glass Roof
  • Walking Track
  • Daytime Pool / Evening Cinema
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Reception
  • Wellness Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Reflections Restaurant

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

August 9, 2024 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

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August 28, 2024 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

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September 6, 2024 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Zurich, Switzerland.

September 20, 2024 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Zurich, Switzerland.

 

September 25, 2024 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Zurich, Switzerland, returning from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

October 4, 2024 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $4,925

Save $2400 per couple. Call for details.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,925 per person twin / Single room add $3,449

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,029 per person twin / Single room add $3,525

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,625 per person twin / Single room add $3,939

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,895 per person twin / Single room add $4,129

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,169 per person twin / Single room add $4,319

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,599 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,465 per person twin

Call for air rates and schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Zurich, Switzerland.

 

June 4, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,175

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,909 per person twin / Single room add $4,135

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,479 per person twin / Single room add $4,535

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,929 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air schedules from your city to Zurich, Switzerland, returning from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

September 11, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,175

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,909 per person twin / Single room add $4,135

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,479 per person twin / Single room add $4,535

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,929 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air schedules from your city to Zurich, Switzerland, returning from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

September 20, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,175

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,909 per person twin / Single room add $4,135

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,479 per person twin / Single room add $4,535

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,929 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Zurich, Switzerland.

September 25, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,175

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,909 per person twin / Single room add $4,135

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,479 per person twin / Single room add $4,535

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,929 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air schedules from your city to Zurich, Switzerland, returning from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

October 4, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,175

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,175 per person twin / Single room add $3,625

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,285 per person twin / Single room add $3,699

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,909 per person twin / Single room add $4,135

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,189 per person twin / Single room add $4,335

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,479 per person twin / Single room add $4,535

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,929 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,839 per person twin

Call for air schedules from your city to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, returning from Zurich, Switzerland.