Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine 2024
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.

  • 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

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. Meal: 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 listed gothic cathedral. This afternoon upon arrival, visit Cologne Botanical Gardens. A local expert accompanies you through the gardens, explaining about the flora and history of the park. Continue with a local guide on an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town. Traverse quaint alleyways and see historic monuments. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. 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 listed 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

EmeraldACTIVE Guided vineyard hike in Bad-Dürkheim (instead of included tour)

DiscoverMORE 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 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. 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

EmeraldPLUS 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. Meals: 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.


Days 2 - 3   Aboard an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
Days 9 & 10  Hotel Europe or similar, Lucerne, Switzerland


 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stateroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
March 29, 2024 Emerald Stateroom - E $4,295 + $3,009
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,399 + $3,085
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $4,995 + $3,499
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,275 + $3,695
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $5,545 + $3,885
Grand Balcony Suite - S $5,969 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $6,835 N/A
April 3*, 5, 10*, 19, 24*, 2024
May 3, 2024
Emerald Stateroom - E $4,815 + $3,369
Emerald Stateroom - D $4,919 + $3,445
Panorama Balcony Suite - C $5,515 + $3,859
Panorama Balcony Suite - B $5,795 + $4,055
Panorama Balcony Suite - A $6,065 + $4,245
Grand Balcony Suite - S $6,489 N/A
Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite - SA $7,355 N/A
Call for air rates and schedules.
*These departures operate from Zurich, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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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