Tulips & the Rhine 2022 Emerald Cruises River Cruise

A vibrant celebration of all things quintessentially Dutch, Amsterdam’s winding canals and a trip to Keukenhof Gardens are the perfect start to your river cruise. View traditional windmills en-route along the river towards Cologne, where a guided excursion will introduce you to its Gothic cathedral. Discover even more of archaic Germany in Koblenz and Heidelberg, before crossing the border into Strasbourg and concluding in the enchanting Black Forest.

Emerald Waterways 2022 River Cruises
Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam

Itinerary

Welcome to Amsterdam. You will be met at the airport and transferred by your friendly Emerald Cruises representative to your contemporary Star-Ship, where a quintessentially Dutch adventure awaits.

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. Soak in sights of tulips, hyacinths and orchids of every colour, creating a swathe of natural beauty as they have been expertly arranged. You will also have the opportunity to see statues that have been commissioned by artists from around the world, each honing in on the annual theme.
Included Excursion: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
: Floriade Expo Visit (extra expense)

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.
Included Excursion: A guided tour of Cologne
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Eau de Cologne museum (extra expense)

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.
Included Excursion: A Tour of Koblenz and a visit to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)

Heidelberg is a fascinating place, famously described by revered author Mark Twain as “a fallen Milky Way”. Join a guided 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.
Included Excursion: A guided tour of Heidelberg with wine tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: A hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

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.
Included Excursion: A guided tour of Strasbourg
DiscoverMORE: Tour of Riquewihr (extra expense)

A world of ornate cuckoo clocks awaits, as you set off in search of the fairytales of the Black Forest. Your included excursion will be a visit to a Black Forest destination. Alternatively, follow forest trails that twist underneath the lush canopy of evergreens in the Black Forest region, passing beautiful scenery. 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.
Included Excursion: A visit to a Black Forest destination
EmeraldPLUS: A Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided hike through the Black Forest region

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.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
15 April 2022 £2,045
22 April 2022^ £2,045

What's Included

  • Free Premium Drinks Package & save up to £1,400 per couple
  • Save an extra 10% on selected cabin grades when you pay in full 12 months before departure*
  • Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
  • Several shore excursions, including visits to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board (restrictions apply)
  • All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
  • All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple