Jewels of the Rhine & the Glacier Express 2023
The Netherlands • Germany • France • Switzerland
 12 Days • 23 Meals
Seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, a two-night hotel stay and touring in Zermatt. Enjoy a exciting rail experience aboard the Glacier Express, with a tour and overnight in Zurich.

  • 23 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 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 Zermatt
  • Exciting rail experience aboard the Glacier Express
  • Tour and overnight in Zurich

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, theaters and cafés. 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 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

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, journey to a one-of-a-kind farm estate that provides locals with sustainable products. Experience a cooking demonstration and get a glimpse of behind the scenes sustainable farming. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Farina Eau de Cologne Museum (additional expense)

EmeraldPLUS Local farm estate visit with cooking demonstration

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. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldACTIVE Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

EmeraldACTIVE Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace (additional expense)

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 timberframed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Meals: B, L, D

DiscoverMORE Tour of Riquewihr (additional expense)

Day 8  Breisach / Freiburg, Germany
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, take part in a guided hike along some of the Black Forest trails. Meals: B, L, D

EmeraldPLUS Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting

EmeraldACTIVE Guided bike tour in Breisach

Day 9  Basel, Switzerland – Zermatt
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by coach to the mountain resort village of Zermatt for a 2-night stay. Meal: B
Day 10  Zermatt
The charming village is situated at the base of the Matterhorn, which is described as one of the world’s most famous mountains. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the car-free zone of this picturesque village and discover its well-preserved original character.

This afternoon is at leisure or join the DiscoverMORE cog rail journey to the summit of Gornergrat Mountain at approximately 10,000 feet. Meal: B

DiscoverMORE Gornergrat Matterhorn (additional expense)

Day 11  Zermatt – Chur – Zurich
The highlight of this program awaits as you venture out on a rail journey through the Swiss Alps aboard the Glacier Express. As you travel aboard the train from Zermatt to the town of Chur, sit back and relax as you traverse the magnificent scenery of the Alps. Disembark the train in Chur and travel by coach to Zurich for an overnight stay. Meal: B
Day 12  Zurich / USA
After breakfast, bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and depart on the transfer to the Zurich airport, taking with you warm memories of your cruise along the Rhine River and journey on the Glacier Express. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Days 2 - 8  Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Days 9 & 10  Resort Hotel Alex or similar, Zermatt, Switzerland
Days 11  Krone Unterstrass or similar, Zurich, Switzerland.


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
July 1, 2023 E - Emerald Stateroom Riviera $4,845 + $3,395
D - Emerald Stateroom Riviera $5,145 + $3,600
C - Panorama Balcony Suite Vista $5,795 + $4,180
B - Panorama Balcony Suite Vista $5,970 + $4,060
A - Panorama Balcony Suite Horizon $6,095 + $4,270
S - Grand Balcony Suite Horizon $6,745 N/A
SA - Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite Horizon $7,645 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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