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Zurich - Lucerne & The Majestic Rhine on Emerald Sky

From Zurich, Switzerland to Frankfurt, Germany
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Sat, Apr 12, 2025
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Departure
Apr 12, 2025
Arrival
Apr 22, 2025

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Receive 2-for-1 fares on all 2024 & 2025 Europe River Cruises. As an extra perk, Emerald will include a free Flexible Booking Plan for all new 2025 river cruise bookings, giving you additional peace of mind. This is combinable with pay in full Airfare Offer and Emerald Exclusive savings. Plus as always receive our AffordableTours.com 5% extra savings. Not all sailings apply, contact your travel consultant for applicable departures.
Must Book By Mon, Sep 30, 2024
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Available for new bookings only made between July 8 – September 30, 2024, on 2024 & 2025 Emerald Cruises Europe River cruise.

2 for 1 Fares: 2 for 1 Fares are displayed as a per person rate in a double occupancy cabin. Fares are based on full fare pricing and may not have resulted in a sale. Offer applies to cruise pricing only; does not apply on land extensions, air, or any other add-ons.

Emerald Exclusive Savings: Bonus savings of up to $1,000 per suite ($500pp) are available on select departures. Savings vary by departure. Combinable with 2 for 1 Fares and pay in full offers and are capacity controlled.

Pay in Full: Free air offers available when you pay in full based on suite category. Free premium economy air is available on S, RA and SA suite categories with a Max Value of $2,500pp. For Southeast Asia, Free Premium Economy is available for the S and SA categories with a max value of $4,000pp. Free economy air is available on other cabin categories with a max value of $1,500pp. Air offers available when you pay in full 10 months prior to departure. If sailing is within 10 months, you can pay in full within 30 days to receive these offers, or 90 days prior to departure - whichever is soonest. All flights will be booked on Emerald Cruises choice of airline and routing and are subject to availability. Savings options are available in lieu of airfare with same payment terms. For S, RA and SA suites receive $1,500pp savings when you pay in full within 30 days of booking or 90 days prior to departure; whichever is soonest. Other cabin categories receive $1,000pp savings ($2,000 per suite).

Single Supplement: Free single supplement is available on select departures. Full payment required. Single supplement is applied to the 2 for 1 Fares; single guest pays one guest fare. Free single supplement is not combinable with any other offers. Other dates may have a 45% single supplement; can be converted to a 25% supplement when paid in full within 30 days of booking or 90 days prior to departure, whichever is soonest. Single supplement offers not applicable on S, RA or SA categories. Not combinable with any other offers. Offer is capacity controlled.

Complimentary Flexible Booking Plan: We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed. Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, until 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months. Offer is valued at $125pp. No substitutions; no cash value. Applies to 2025 departures only.

All offers are inventory controlled and may be extended, cancelled, or withdrawn at any time without notice. Emerald Cruises reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares and promotions at any time. Port charges are included in the price shown. For the most up-to-date pricing, availability and offers, please visit emeraldcruises.com or contact your Professional Travel Advisor. Offers applicable for residents of the 50 United States of America & Washington D.C. For complete terms and conditions visit emeraldcruises.com.

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US military personnel, veterans, and their families take an additional $300 off per cabin on Emerald Cruises River with proof of current or past military status. This offer is combinable with 2 for 1 savings, pay in full offers, key account exclusives, Flash sales, Scenic Select, and Emerald Cruises. Combinable with groups. Not combinable with any other offers. Taxes & port charges are included in the price. Offer available to residents of the 50 United States only. Offer ends December, 31, 2024. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Visit scenicusa.com for complete terms and conditions.


River Cruise Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Zurich
    Sat, Apr 12, 2025

    Straddling the northernmost tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. Today, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or frequenting one of its many charming cafés. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2
    Zurich – Lucerne
    Sun, Apr 13, 2025

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Lucerne, perhaps strolling down cobblestone streets in its colourful Altstadt.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Zurich


    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Lucerne
    Mon, Apr 14, 2025

    The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.

    Included Excursion
    A guided tour of Lucerne

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    Train and cable car to Rigi - Weggis (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Lucerne - Basel
    Tue, Apr 15, 2025

    This morning, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Breisach - Colmar
    Wed, Apr 16, 2025

    Your journey through the heart of Europe will commence with a tour of Colmar. A magical place, Colmar resembles the imagery found within a beloved fairy tale. Your included tour of the town will enable you to traverse its cobblestone lanes, passing medieval half-timbered façades and window boxes full of brightly coloured flowers. If you’re feeling more active, you may instead wish to embark on a guided bike tour from Breisach to Colmar. 

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Colmar

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided bike tour to Colmar

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    Guided tour of Freiburg with market tasting (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Kehl - Strasbourg
    Thu, Apr 17, 2025

    This morning, your Star-Ship will dock in Kehl, where you will be transferred across the river to Strasbourg, a city perfectly encapsulating the region’s medieval charm. Strasbourg is a city best explored via its quaint waterways. You’ll explore the historic architecture on a canal tour through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. 

    Relax on board as you pass through the idyllic surrounds of Petite France and conclude in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Neustadt imperial quarter, where many of Strasbourg’s noteworthy buildings are based. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore at leisure. 

    EmeraldPLUS
    Canal boat tour in Strasbourg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Rastatt – Baden-Baden
    Fri, Apr 18, 2025

    This morning, you’re transferred from your Star-Ship docked in Rastatt to the charming spa town of Baden-Baden, known for its peaceful surroundings and the celebrities who have visited it over the last century.  

    If you’re feeling active, then you may choose to embark on a hike to Altes Schloss, where your local guide will show you the castle ruins, including the dungeons and winding staircases. The panoramic views of the surrounding Black Forest region are certain to make this a truly unforgettable experience.  
    Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy a guided walking tour of Baden-Baden, witnessing the luxurious façades of the independent boutiques and the well-manicured gardens, before joining a unique backstage tour of the Baden Baden Opera Theater.  

    Included Excursion
    Guided walking tour of Baden-Baden

    EmeraldPLUS
    Backstage Opera Theater Tour

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Guided hike to Altes Schloss


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Ludwigshafen - Heidelberg
    Sat, Apr 19, 2025

    Strolling down Heidelberg’s cobblestone streets, you may find yourself as entranced as the German Romanticist thinkers before you. Heidelberg is a living representation of the legend-steeped cityscapes depicted by the romanticists, its peaceful surroundings beckoning exploration. 

    Today, you'll explore Heidelberg Castle or opt to hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg for awe-inspiring panoramas. 

    Included Excursion
    Guided tour of Heidelberg 

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Koblenz
    Sun, Apr 20, 2025

    Koblenz is an ancient city often considered to be the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge. The Romans originally built a city here as a stronghold, but the area is now known for its idyllic beauty, and peaceful parks full of colourful flowers. Today, you will be able to relax during a guided tour of the city, including a cable car ride across the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. 

    Included Excursion
    Walking tour of Koblenz

    EmeraldACTIVE
    Bike tour in Koblenz

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    Moselle Valley & Cochem Castle visit (extra expense)


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Rüdesheim
    Mon, Apr 21, 2025

    This afternoon, you’ll arrive in Rüdesheim, a captivating city known for its authentic atmosphere and traditional appeal. Here, in the home of cuckoo clocks, oompah bands, and Bavarian beer, the Rhineland's charm is found around every corner. 

    Your included tour will be a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum, a half-timbered tower with vaulted ceilings and painted frescoes that houses one of the best collections of music boxes in the world. You will also get the opportunity to ride on the charming minitrain and taste famous Rüdesheimer coffee, made with one of the most famous brandies in Germany. 

    Included Excursion
    Visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Mainz – Frankfurt 
    Tue, Apr 22, 2025

    After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of Petite France and fairy tale-like settings with you. 

    Please book your flight to depart out of Frankfurt after 12:00 PM.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.


    Meals: Breakfast

Countries Visited

France, Germany, Switzerland

Rivers Visited

Rhine

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.8
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
5

Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 3 reviews with comments only

The staff and crew of the ship was fantastic. Christmas Markets are not to be missed.

Was great, food was good, cabin small but nice, excursions were good.

Emerald provided a very memorable experience. Everything went according to plan. There were many activity options to pick from. The food and drink and staff were excellent. I liked the pool and bikes which gave us additional activities to enjoy, which Viking Cruises did not offer when I went on a previous river boat cruise with them 3 years ago.

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