Jewels of the Rhine

2025 Zurich > Amsterdam | 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 Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2: Zurich to Lucerne

Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. Flights should arrive by 3:00pm. The afternoon is at leisure to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower representative and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

Day 3: Lucerne

After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses the Reuss River. 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 4: Lucerne – Basel

Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meals: B, D

DiscoverMORE: Mt. Pilatus (additional expense)

Day 5: Breisach, Germany

As part of the EmeraldPLUS program, visit the city of Freiburg. Considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’, Freiburg has lovely sights that will leave you amazed. You also have the opportunity to sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city center near the main cathedral. If you’re feeling more active, join the guided bike tour in Breisach. Enjoy local entertainment onboard this evening. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Guided tour of Freiburg
EmeraldACTIVE: Bike tour in Breisach

Day 6: Strasbourg, France

Once docked in Kehl, coaches await to take you across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. The guided walking tour takes you along narrow lanes and across footbridges as you discover the Grande Île, the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, picturesque le Petite France, old tanning houses, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the ornate cathedral, dominating the main square. This afternoon, the city is yours to explore at leisure. Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg, Germany

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg, home of the oldest university in Germany. The guided walking tour visits the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, with fantastic views overlooking the Neckar River, and takes you through the cobblestoned-streets of the medieval city below. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. Local entertainment is provided onboard this evening. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

Day 8: Koblenz

Begin the day sailing 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. Continue cruising to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the city as your guide points out historic monuments and buildings. See the ‘German Corner’ monument marking the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Panoramic views await from the visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car, crossing the river! This evening, attend a private concert as part of the EmeraldPLUS program. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)
EmeraldPLUS: Private Evening Concert

Day 9: Cologne

Continue cruising along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage gothic cathedral. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town and its Roman history. Traverse the quaint alleyways and see historic monuments alongside modern architecture. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam, the final port of call. Experience the city on a 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. Meals: B, L, D

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

Day 11: Amsterdam / 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
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne
  • 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
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals included onboard with a 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

CRUISE & HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Days 2 and 3 – Hotel Europe or similar, Lucerne, Switzerland
Days 4 through 10 – Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

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

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

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

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

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.