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Jewels of the Rhine 2023
Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands
 11 Days • 23 Meals

 Highlights
  • 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: Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands
  • 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

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
Day 2  Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland
Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. 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
Today you have a choice of activities. Visit a typical Black Forest Village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks and other German specialities. See demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, each offering a glimpse into rural life in the forest. Alternatively, take part in a guided hike along some of the Black Forest trails. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Black Forest Cake demonstration and tasting

EmeraldACTIVE Guided hike in the Black Forest region

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

DiscoverMORE Excursion to Riquewihr (additional expense)

DiscoverMORE Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (additional expense)

Day 7  Mannheim / Heidelberg, Germany
Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Mannheim, 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. Enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to the ship. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

Day 8  Koblenz
Cruise 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! Meals: B, L, D

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

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 tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Farina Eau de Cologne Museum (additional expense)

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

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour to Waterland

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

 Accommodations
Days 2 & 3  Hotel Europe or similar, Lucerne, Switzerland
Days 4 - 10  Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
AUGUST 16, 30, 2023 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,735 + $3,315
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,835 + $3,385
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,409 + $3,785
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,669 + $3,969
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,929 + $4,149
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,345 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,175 N/A
SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,735 + $3,315
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,835 + $3,385
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,409 + $3,785
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,669 + $3,969
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,929 + $4,149
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,345 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,175 N/A
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Passport & Visas: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport.  Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour.

Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

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