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Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine 2023
The Netherlands • Germany • France • Switzerland
 11 Days • 23 Meals
River Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe's longest river. Travel onboard a luxurious river ship, during tulip time, visiting iconic ports of call, sampling incredible cuisine, and absorbing the local culture.

 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: The Netherlands • Germany • France • Switzerland
  • 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

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Today you’ll 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 among 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 Emerald Cruises luxury 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. Learn how the famous Black Forest cake is made and enjoy a sampling of this local treat. 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

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 centre 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 takes you through the cobblestone streets of the medieval city where you see the highlights and 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 (instead of city tour)

Day 8  Koblenz, Germany
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. 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, Germany
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-listed 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
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 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 during tulip time. Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

 


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

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
MARCH 29, 2023 MARCH 24, 2023* Emerald Stateroom - E $4,129 + $2,889
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,229 + $2,959
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $4,799 + $3,359
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,069 + $3,549
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,329 + $3,729
Grand Balcony Suite - S $5,739 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,569 N/A
APRIL 11, 12, 2023 APRIL 6, 7, 21, 2023* Emerald Stateroom - E $4,629 + $3,239
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,729 + $3,309
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,299 + $3,709
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,569 + $3,899
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,829 + $4,079
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,239 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,069 N/A
MAY 5, 2023* Emerald Stateroom - E $4,629 + $3,239
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,729 + $3,309
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,299 + $3,709
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,569 $5,569
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,829 + $4,079
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,239 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,069 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
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*These departures operate from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Zurich, Switzerland

Passports and 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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