Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine

2025 Zurich > Amsterdam | Price from $4509

11 DAYS • 23 MEALS Sail the romantic Rhine River in the spring and visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. Known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens and home to approximately seven million flower bulbs. Explore modern and classic Amsterdam before you sail the countryside taking in the windmills and tulip fields. Enjoy guided walking tours of modern Cologne and ancient Koblenz. Visit Schwetzingen Palace and gardens. Soak up Strasbourg’s beautiful architecture on a walking tour. Visit Breisach, Germany and Neuf-Brisach, France and discover two cities divided by the Rhine. Finally, enjoy two nights in the cosmopolitan city of Lucerne, Switzerland, which is set against the picturesque Swiss Alps.

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. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your 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

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the ‘Garden of Europe’ as you admire gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Colorful displays of tulips, hyacinths, orchids and other flowers stretch as far as the eye can see as you stroll along the perfectly manicured meandering paths. Return to the ship for your first day cruising through the Dutch countryside, passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Cologne, Germany

Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent World–Heritage gothic cathedral. Today’s touring includes a guided walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments and touching on the historical charm of the Old Town. A visit to Cologne’s Botanical Gardens showcases local flora. This evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard. 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 – Schwetzingen

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen. Upon arrival travel by coach to visit Schwetzingen Palace, famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Visit the interior of the palace, along with the beautiful gardens, maintained in their original design. Today they remain a cultural heritage site of European significance, and contain more than 100 sculptures scattered throughout the grounds. Alternatively, embark on an active journey to the quaint wellness town of Bad-Dürkheim for a hike through the beautiful vineyards. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided vineyard hike in Bad-Dürkheim (instead of included tour)

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. This evening, local entertainment is performed onboard. Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Breisach, Germany

Experience the ‘tale of two cities’: Breisach, Germany and Neuf-Breisach, France, divided by the Rhine. During the guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you’ll pass the main sights and attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage fortress overlooking Neuf-Breisach. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine
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 during tulip time. 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
  • All gratuities included
  • Explore the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens
  • 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
  • Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
  • 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

March 28, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $4,509

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$4,509 per person twin / Single room add $3,159

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$4,619 per person twin / Single room add $3,235

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,245 per person twin / Single room add $3,675

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$5,539 per person twin / Single room add $3,879

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$5,825 per person twin / Single room add $4,079

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,269 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,179 per person twin

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April 2, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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April 4, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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April 9, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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April 11, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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

April 16, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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

April 18, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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

April 23, 2025 (Zurich > Amsterdam) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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

May 2, 2025 (Amsterdam > Zurich) Priced from $5,059

FREE AIRFARE from anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. E) – Riviera Deck
$5,059 per person twin / Single room add $3,539

Emerald Stateroom (Cat. D) – Riviera Deck
$5,165 per person twin / Single room add $3,615

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. C) – Vista Deck
$5,795 per person twin / Single room add $4,055

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. B) – Vista Deck
$6,085 per person twin / Single room add $4,259

Panorama Balcony Suite (Cat. A) – Horizon Deck
$6,369 per person twin / Single room add $4,459

Grand Balcony Suite (Cat. S) – Horizon Deck
$6,815 per person twin

Owner’s One Bedroom Suite (Cat. SA) – Horizon Deck
$7,725 per person twin

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