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Christmas Time on the Rhine (Basel to Frankfurt)

5 days with Emerald Waterways   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Basel
Welcome to Switzerland! You will be met at the airport by our EW representatives and transferred to our Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship in Basel. After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy some time at your leisure. (Dinner)

Day 2 Breisach
Start your day with a visit to the “Jewel of the Black Forrest” and discover the reconstructed medieval old town of Freiburg, this vibrant city situated at the edge of the Black Forrest. Learn about its history and its local products during your included tour. The afternoon is all yours to explore and discover Breisach and its Christmas market at your own pace, or join us on our optional tour to visit Colmar and discover the magic of one of the most impressive French Christmas markets. You will return on board for a Christmas evening concert and dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion:  Freiburg guided tour with local market tastings

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Colmar (extra expense)

EmeraldPLUS: Christmas concert on board

Day 3 Kehl
After breakfast, join us for a tour following the Pottery Trail with its picturesque villages in the Alsace region. Enjoy lunch on board and get ready to come with us, this afternoon, to the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg. Discover the charms of the old city with cobbled streets lined up with timber-framed houses that survived for hundreds of years. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city decorated with garlands and Christmas decoration with your included tour of the Christmas market. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion: Visit to Pottery Villages 

Included Excursion: Guided tour of Strasbourg

Day 4 Rastatt
This morning, embark on a visit to the enchanting town of Baden Baden, surrounded by the mountains of the Black Forrest. This famous spa town blends health and history to create the ideal Germany getaway. You will enter the most beautiful casino, featuring jaw-dropping decor that is influenced by French royal palaces. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to discover the baroque city of Rastatt on your own, whether you want to visit the Residential Palace, just stroll along historical sites and enjoy a coffee, or join our optional tour to Baden Baden Opera House. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Included Excursion: Baden Baden guided tour with entrance to the Casino 

DiscoverMORE: Behind the Scene of Baden Baden Opera House (extra expense)

Day 5 Mainz - Frankfurt
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking your Star-Ship and transferring to the airport. (Breakfast)

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.

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All This Included
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board heated pool, cinema, spa and lounge (Emerald Radiance Star-Ship pool is located on the sun deck and the Cinema is not available.)
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations you'll want to spend time in, with panoramic suites and staterooms, and innovative open-air system for cabins on the Vista and Horizon decks
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions; cheese and olive tasting or Provencal dinner on board hosted by a local chef
  • Emerald's Concierge Service - served right to your suite, enjoy continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after dinner treats (Only applies to Owner’s One-bedroom Suites, Riverview Suites, and Grand Balcony Suites (CAT S, SA, RA))
  • A refined selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available at all times
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Built-in adventure, with an included on shore excursion at every port
  • Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours
  • Excellent service from an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides
  • Complimentary bicycles on board
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi
  • All airport transfers to and from your Star Ship, and all gratuities
  • Port charges now included in your tour price
  • All gratuities for onboard and shore side staff
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Emerald Luna
Notes
  • Itineraries are subject to change.
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.