Tulip Time on the Rhine and Golden Pass Rail

2025 Geneva > Amsterdam | Price from $5859

13 DAYS • 25 MEALS Begin your vacation with four nights in spectacularly situated Lausanne, Switzerland to discover the surrounding beauty and nearby sites. A highlight is sure to be the rail journey through the Swiss Alps aboard the Golden Pass as you travel from Montreaux to Gstaad. Embark the cruise vessel in Basel and enjoy all the scenic beauty this cruise offers while traveling along the romantic Rhine River through four countries. Colorful, picturesque towns line the shores, castles sit atop the vineyard-covered hills, and new sights await around every bend. Explore the charming towns and bustling cities on included shore excursions throughout the cruise. This cruise and the unique rail journey are sure to provide you with a memorable trip for years to come!

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Geneva, Switzerland.

Day 2: Geneva – Lausanne, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! You will be met at the airport and transferred by coach to the beautiful city of Lausanne. Flights should arrive by 3:00pm. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin exploring your new surroundings. Enjoy an included dinner this evening at the hotel. Meal: D

Day 3: Lausanne

Begin the day with a panoramic tour of the city, known around the world for its spectacular setting, and home of the International Olympic Committee and Museum. This afternoon, visit Château de Chillon, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, discover the history of this 13th-century fortress. Learn about the château’s association with famous authors and artists; the counts and dukes who inhabited it as well as the prisoners who occupied the jail; see period furnishings, art treasures and frescoes. The beauty of the area continues to amaze during a cruise on Lake Geneva from the harbor in Montreux. Relax onboard as the spectacular scenery unfolds while sailing back to Lausanne before returning to the hotel. Meal: B

Day 4: Lausanne / Golden Pass

Today may be a highlight of your time in Switzerland as you experience a unique rail journey and mountain adventure. Depart by coach to Montreux where it’s ‘all aboard’ the Golden Pass for an unforgettable panoramic train ride through the scenic landscapes of the Alps. Disembark the train in Gstaad where the coach is waiting to take you to Col du Pillon for the Glacier 3000 mountain adventure. Ascend via arial cable car to an altitude of approximately 9850′ above sea level where you are met with astounding panoramic views, including the Matterhorn and Jungfrau. Walk across the world’s first suspension bridge connecting two mountain summits, if you dare! Return to the hotel in Lausanne this afternoon. Meal: B

Day 5: Lausanne

The day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration. If you prefer, join an optional excursion to visit the village of Gruyère (famous for cheese-making) and Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Gruyère and Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory (additional expense)

Day 6: Lausanne - Basel

After breakfast, depart Lausanne and travel by coach to Basel for embarkation of the Emerald Cruises Star-Ship and start of the cruise along the Rhine River. Settle into your stateroom and enjoy your first meal onboard at dinner this evening. Meals: B, D

Day 7: 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. This evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS: A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Breisach

Day 8: 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 9: Ludwigshafen, Germany – 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. Enjoy local entertainment onboard this evening. Meals: B, L, D

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

Day 10: 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 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. Meals: B, L, D

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

Day 11: 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 tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. A visit to Cologne Botanical Gardens showcases local flora. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

Day 12: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe” as you wander along the paths, admiring gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Unique flower shows in the pavilions along with colorful, artistic floral displays throughout the manicured garden, are sure to please! Return to the ship in the afternoon to explore the city of Amsterdam at your leisure. Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: 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 during tulip time. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.


  • 25 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Four-night hotel stay and touring in Lausanne
  • Visit to Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva
  • Cruise on Lake Geneva
  • Scenic journey aboard the Golden Pass Railway
  • Glacier 3000 Mountain Adventure
  • 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


Days 2 through 5 – Movenpick Hotel or similar, Lausanne, Switzerland
Days 6 through 12 – 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