The Classic Rhine

The Classic Rhine

Departures between July and September 2018, 8 Days | From only £1,495pp
Includes Free Gratuities!

Weaving through the centre of continental Europe, the Rhine gives access to a flurry of enriching destinations, linking world-renowned cities with captivating natural wonders. The Classic Rhine river cruise explores this natural passageway, transporting you from Amsterdam to Frankfurt over eight unforgettable days.

Your journey starts in Amsterdam, where you can take a guided tour of the famous Rijksmuseum – with its exquisite collection of Old Masters – or see the sights like a local on an EmeraldACTIVE cycling tour, encompassing Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Dam Square, and Rembrandt House.

Travelling East, visit Xanten, where you can pay homage to the Roman Archaeological Park on an EmeraldPLUS excursion. Built around 98AD, this fascinating heritage site boasts the best-preserved Romanesque structures in northern Europe. From Xanten, Andernach beckons, offering yet more cultural immersion at the prestigious Geysir Museum.

Entering the flow of the charming Moselle, you’ll visit the beautiful medieval town of Cochem, whose quaint cobblestone streets lie in the shadow of the mighty Reichsburg Castle, where you’ll enjoy a fascinating guided tour.

From Cochem, we travel to Bernkastel, where an EmeraldPLUS excursion allows you to sample the region’s delicious sparkling Riesling. The final leg takes you through the Moselle Valley to Mainz, for your final transfer to Frankfurt.

Itinerary:

Day 1 : UK - Amsterdam
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person. Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Included meals: Dinner

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 : Amsterdam
This morning you can decide to either enjoy a guided visit to the Rijksmuseum or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host a gala dinner. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Xanten
Cruise along the Rhine River to Xanten, where you will have a unique chance to visit the Roman Archaeological Park that was built around 98 A.D. Some buildings have been partly reconstructed, while others have been rebuilt and furnished to give visitors an idea of what the settlement was like back in those days. Original remains of Roman buildings also remain intact.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 ; Andernach
The idyllic landscape of the Rhine Valley is home to the Andernach Geyser, a natural phenomenon and world’s tallest cold water geyser. Visit the Geysir Centre and take a boat ride to the Namedyer Werth peninsula to experience the hissing and gurgling sound when the geyser erupts, sending water up to 60 metres in the air.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Cochem
The medieval town of Cochem is considered to be a hidden gem on the Moselle River. Your guided tour will pass by enchanting buildings on cobble stoned streets, which will make you feel like you are part of a story book. The epic finale of the tour is a visit to the Reichsburg castle.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 ; Bernkastel
Dating back to 3000BC, Bernkastel is situated along the banks of the Moselle River and home to well-preserved buildings dating back to 1416. Historically a winegrowing town, vines cover the steep-slopes surrounding the village. On this morning’s guided walking tour, stroll through the medieval marketplace with its gabled timber-framed houses, castle ruins and town gate.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Sailing Through the Moselle
Today cruise the beautiful Moselle Valley back into the Rhine River. Measuring 545 kilometres, the Moselle is one of the Rhine’s longest tributaries and forms the natural frontier between Germany and Luxembourg. Relax on board; take in the sights from the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the Club Pool or join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour along the river banks while the ship sails (active fitness level).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Mainz - Frankfurt - UK
After breakfast, you will disembark your ship in Mainz and transfer to the airport in Frankfurt for your homebound flight. Your flight to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh is included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person. Included meals: Breakfast
Meals included: Breakfast

 

For more details of this fantastic river cruise offer call one of our Cruise Specialists FREE on 01229 848249