Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges

Resort:Jewels of the Rhine & Bruges
Operator: Emerald Waterways
Price From: £2495.00


Take a journey from Basil to Bruges in this stunning 10 day itinerary. You start by exploring the modern and quintessential Holland on a glass-top canal boat cruise.


Day 1 – UK > Basel

Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

Welcome to Switzerland, to the Rhineside town of Basel, the centre of the countrys pharmaceutical industry. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board 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.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Breisach

Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks, amongst other things. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the black forest trails.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Kehl – Strasbourg

Once docked in Kehl, you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. Your guided walking tour will include the Grande le, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks.
EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Mannheim Heidelberg

Continue downstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will have a chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active hike to Heidelberg Hill.
EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting on board

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of Koblenz and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII.

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Castle Visit (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Cologne

Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent WorldHeritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.

DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Amsterdam

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdams canal or a guided bike tour.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Amsterdam Disembarkation – Bruges

After, your breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the beautiful Bruges in Belgium. This afternoon join an exciting guided tour of Bruges to explore this fantastic medieval town. Some of the main sights are cobbled streets of the Old Town and witness sights such as the famous 13th century Belfry, historic churches and whitewashed almshouses.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 – Bruges

Today continuetoexplore Bruges at your leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Bruges > UK

After breakfast, depart your hotel for your outbound flight.

Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast