Explore modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise, before sailing the countryside witnessing windmills and tulip fields.
Visit the jewels of the Rhine and enjoy a guided walking tour of Cologne and the juxtaposition of ancient Koblenz, continuing upstream to Heidelberg for a wine-tasting. Soak up Strasbourg’s beautiful architecture on a guided tour and, in Breisach, attend a Black Forest gateau presentation with tasting, and visit a typical Black Forest village.
- Return flights from Scotland – available from Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow
- 7 nights’ in a suite or a stateroom of your choice – with a river view
- All meals on board throughout your river cruise
- Unlimited FREE drinks – including wine, beer and soft drinks exclusively for DC Thosmon Travel readers
- Cruise to Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Kehl, Strasbourg and Badel
- Airport to ship transfers
- First class service from an English speaking crew
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board, all airport taxes and port charges – plus ABTA & ATOL protection
Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.
To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0208 0808 252 5705 and quote EWDCT.
Offer Terms & Conditions: 2020 European river cruise offers: Savings of up to £1,350 per couple includes £250 Early Payment Discount and valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only. Unlimited free drinks on board is valid for all new bookings on the advertised river cruises on selected dates and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Early Payment Discount of £250 per couple is valid for new 2020 river cruise bookings only when the balance is paid in full by 31st December 2019. The on board credit amount is €150 on European river cruises. On board credit is per cabin and will be deducted from your final bill upon departure. Flights are available to and from Amsterdam only and are subject to availability.
Jewels of the Rhine Itinerary
Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.
Welcome to Amsterdam. You will be met at the airport and transferred by your friendly Emerald Waterways representative to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a quintessentially Dutch adventure awaits.
Day 2: Amsterdam
This morning, you’ll visit the iconic Keukenhof Gardens. Boasting 32 hectares of millions of spring-flowering bulbs, this scenic area is infused with delightful aromas and a swathe of ethereal colours.
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
Day 3: Cologne
Once the ancient Roman settlement of Colonia, Cologne is bursting with ancient architecture. Your included walking tour of the city will touch on the historical charm of its old town, and you will have the opportunity to traverse rustic alleyways, visit iconic monuments and see how archaeologists have uncovered a Jewish quarter that can be dated back to the 13th century.
Your insightful tour will conclude at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic building whose twin spires dominate the skyline. The original medieval plans for the building were partly found in the attic, and partly found on the stall of a bookseller in France centuries later, meaning that, while construction of the cathedral started back in 1248, it wasn’t finished until 1880.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Cologne
Day 4: Koblenz
Once a Roman stronghold desired for its strategic value, Koblenz is now a city with a unique blend of historic and contemporary architecture. Today, join your local guide for an insightful walking tour of Koblenz, passing examples of architecture that survived the war years, including the Church of Our Lady.
Admire the natural splendour of your surroundings as you ride on the Koblenz Cable Car, embarking on an aerial journey to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Later, a sailing journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge will highlight the extraordinary beauty of an area that left the philosophers and artists of the German Romanticism movement entranced.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A Tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)
Day 5: Mannheim – Heidelberg
Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as “a fallen Milky Way”. Join an orientation tour of the old town to discover an “intricate cobweb of streets”, and pass many of Heidelberg’s highlights, including the oldest university in Germany.
Alternatively, embark on an active hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg.
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
Day 6: Kehl – Strasbourg
Dock in Kehl and be transferred to Strasbourg, a city that promises much in the way of beautiful architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt district is particularly iconic, perfectly encapsulating the Rhineland.
The Neustadt district is yours to discover today during your included tour, as is the Maison Kammerzell, a prime example of German Renaissance architecture. Paying homage to the region’s artistic past, Petite France is an exceptional historic quarter that looks as though it has been pulled directly from an artist’s easel.
EmeraldPLUS: A guided tour of Strasbourg
DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)
Day 7: Breisach
A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included EmeraldEXCURSION will be a visit to a Black Forest village.
After an immersive learning experience, watch a Black Forest gateau demonstration followed by a tasting.
Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest, passing beautiful scenery and waterfalls. Mark Twain famously wrote, “Here you can lose track of time in ten minutes and the world in twenty” about his time in the Black Forest.
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the Black Forest
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to a Black Forest village
Day 8: Basel – UK
Welcome to Switzerland. Basel graces the banks of the Rhine River and is known for its high concentration of museums, showcasing everything from contemporary art to scientific achievements.
After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your fellow guests as you transfer to the airport, taking memories infused with vibrant tulip gardens with you. Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. If you’d prefer not to fly, return travel via Eurostar is available.
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