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The Majestic Rhine

From £1,945 pp

Discover the beauty of the Rhineland and its many evocative heritage destinations with an 8-day river cruise on the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers. Transporting you from Frankfurt to Basel, you’ll encounter historic towns like Koblenz and Heidelberg, and cruise through the majestic landscapes of the inimitable Rhine Gorge.

The Rhine and Main rivers showcase the historic destinations and rich cultures of southern Germany. From Rudesheim, with its delicious signature coffee and Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, to the haunting Roman ruins of Baden Baden, tucked away in the enigmatic Black Forest; this 8-day river cruise offers immersive cultural encounters at every turn.

Throughout your journey, you’ll have the chance to experience a range of enriching excursions, including a hand-picked selection of EmeraldACTIVE and EmeraldPLUS activities – helping you experience more on these captivating waterways.

Hike to the imposing castle of Altes Schloss in Baden Baden, experience the captivating medieval beauty of Strasbourg on a guided canal boat tour, and cycle amid the cosy streets and half-timbered houses in Colmar, one of the most enchanting towns in the picturesque Alsace region of northern France.

With time spent on three captivating waterways, The Majestic Rhine river cruise promises an enthralling journey through the heart of Europe.

What’s included On Board

  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and soft drinks to accompany Lunch & Dinner
  • All on board meals
  • Indoor pool, that transforms into a cinema at night
  • Spacious accommodation
  • Coffee station
  • Bottled water re stocked daily in your suite
  • Included shore excursions
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites
  • Emerald Plus and Emerald Active, extra special excursions
  • First class service form an English speaking crew
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • On board bicycles
  • All on board Gratuities
  • Return economy flights from a choice of UK airports
  • all internal airport transfers to and from your ship

 

Rhine - Stolzenfels Castle at Rhine Valley (Rhine Gorge) near Koblenz
Day 1 - UK - Frankfurt - Mainz

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 which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.

Welcome to Frankfurt, where you will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Mainz.

This evening, you’ll be invited to 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.

Day 1 - UK - Frankfurt - Mainz

Dinner

Day 2 Rudesheim

Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your included tour will be a visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt.

Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner

Day 2 Rudesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

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.

Discover More: Moselle & Cochem Visit (extra expense).

Day 3 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

Continue sailing to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers.

Visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town.

Enjoy free time to explore Heidelberg before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.

Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rastatt – Baden Baden

This morning sail into the Rhine-side town of Rastatt and journey to the hidden jewel of Baden Baden.

Nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest, Baden Baden was settled by the Romans, with ruins dating back to 210A.D.

Enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time to stroll the historic Kurhaus Colonnade, shop the elegant boutiques of the old town or join

EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to Hohenbaden Castle, known locally as Altes Schloss ‘Old Castle’.
EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden

Day 5 - Rastatt – Baden Baden

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - 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 and official seat of the European Parliament.

In Strasbourg you will have a canal tour on a “batorama” passing by many attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and some European institutions.

EmeraldPLUS: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

Day 6 - Kehl - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Breisach - Colmar

Begin your magical morning with a tour to Colmar, a town fill of half-timbered houses, flower-decked town centre, cosy streets and lively restaurants and shops in the Alsace region of north-eastern France.

The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and museums.

Enjoy a guided city tour passing the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter.

Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 7 Breisach - Colmar

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Basel - UK

Welcome to Basel, the centre for Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry.

After breakfast you will disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

 

Breakfast

Day 1 - Frankfurt

Welcome to Frankfurt, you will be met and transferred to the ship in Mainz on the Rhine River. A warm welcome awaits from your captain and crew as your board your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner on board.

Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Day 1 - Frankfurt

Dinner

Day 2 - Rüdesheim

Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of Germany’s most popular towns. Your included tour will be a visit to the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Continue exploring and taste the famous “Rudesheimer Coffee”, made with Germany’s most famous brandy Asbach Uralt. Tonight the Captain will be delighted to host the Welcome Gala Dinner.

Day 2 - Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000 year old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. 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.

Day 3 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Mannheim – Heidelberg

Continue sailing to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town. Enjoy free time to explore Heidelberg before returning to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing.

Day 4 -  Mannheim – Heidelberg

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Rastatt – Baden Baden

This morning sail into the Rhine-side town of Rastatt and journey to the hidden jewel of Baden Baden. Nestled in a beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest, Baden Baden was settled by the Romans, with ruins dating back to 210A.D. Enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time to stroll the historic Kurhaus Colonnade, shop the elegant boutiques of the old town or join EmeraldACTIVE guided hike to Hohenbaden Castle, known locally as Altes Schloss ‘Old Castle’.

EmeraldACTIVE: Hiking to Altes Schloss in Baden Baden

Day 5 -  Rastatt – Baden Baden

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 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 and official seat of the European Parliament. In Strasbourg you will have a canal tour on a “batorama”  passing by many attractions of the Alsatian capital, in particular the famous Petite France and tanners’ quarter, the Covered Bridges and the Vauban dam, the Neustadt imperial quarter, and some European institutions.

EmeraldPLUS: Canal Boat Tour in Strasbourg

Day 6 - Kehl - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Breisach - Colmar

Begin your magical morning with a tour to Colmar, a town fill of half-timbered houses, flower-decked town centre, cosy streets and lively restaurants and shops in the Alsace region of north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks and museums. Enjoy a guided city tour passing the Unterlinden Museum, the Maison des Têtes, Minster of St. Marti and the little Venice quarter. Alternatively, join EmeraldACTIVE guided bike tour.

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

Day 7 - Breisach - Colmar

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Basel (Disembarkation)

Welcome to Basel, the centre for Switzerland’s pharmaceutical industry. After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to Basel airport for your onward or homebound flight. If flying out of Basel, please book flight to depart after 10am.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Emerald Star Exterior

Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for their guests. The fleet has been responsibly designed to match and complement the eternal flow of the rivers.

The Emerald Star built in 2014 was the first of the Emerald Star Ships to be built and benefits from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms.  The five sister vessels (Sun, Sky, Star, Dawn, Destiny), boast a capacity of 182 guests apiece, 47 crew and all contain a selection of excellent amenities and features.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts a retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, the choice is yours.

Book one of the Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser *
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al Fresco Dining & BBQ area
  • Lift
  • Games Area
 * payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

92 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 162-310 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 4 One-Bedroom Owner’s Suites at 310 sq ft²  with their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as in suite breakfast and canapes, a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

One Bedroom Owner’s Suites

315 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Separate bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and separate lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary in-suite Mini-Bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and use of an iPad
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Safe and Telephone
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Waterways Space Ship One Bedroom Owners Suite
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Grand Balcony Suite

Cat. S – Grand Balcony Suites

210 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense, complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day

Cat. A, B & C Panorama Balcony Suites

180 ft² – Horizon & Vista (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Indoor balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Lower Deck Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

162 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window (150cm x 34cm) which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge

Cat. ES Single Staterooms

117 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Single Bed
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Star Ship Single Cabin
Emerald Waterways Emerald Sky Exterior

Emerald Waterways’ fleet of Star-Ships perfectly marry modern design with deluxe comfort for their guests. The fleet has been responsibly designed to match and complement the eternal flow of the rivers.

The Emerald Sky built in 2014 was one of the first of the Emerald Star Ships to be built and benefits from 72 generously-proportioned suites and 20 staterooms.  The five sister vessels (Sun, Sky, Star, Dawn, Destiny), boast a capacity of 182 guests apiece, 47 crew and all contain a selection of excellent amenities and features.

The Sun Deck of the ships also boasts a retractable glass roof which provides seasonal protection for the pool, cinema and Riverview Lounge below. Whether you wish to undertake a few lengths before breakfast in the heated pool or enjoy a Hollywood classic in the cinema, the choice is yours.

Book one of the Balcony Suites, found on the Vista and Horizon Decks, and you’ll enjoy unparalleled views from the spacious private balconies – a truly invigorating start to another day on Europe’s beautiful waterways.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Spacious staterooms and suites
  • Indoor Heated Pool with retractable roof
  • Evening cinema
  • Complimentary speciality tea and coffee
  • Sun Deck with seating area and walking track
  • Putting Green
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Wellness Area
  • Hairdresser *
  • Dedicated cruise director
  • Al Fresco Dining & BBQ area
  • Lift
  • Games Area
 * payable locally

Accommodation & Amenities

92 elegantly appointed staterooms and Suites range in size from 162-310 ft².  Most accommodations have a open air balcony.  Try one of the 4 One-Bedroom Owner’s Suites at 310 sq ft²  with their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite.  An outdoor balcony, complete with open-air system, allows you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Suites feature added enhancements such as in suite breakfast and canapes, a larger sitting area with two chairs.  All staterooms include amenities such ensuite bathroom with shower, Infotainment, free high-speed Internet access, climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe, fridge and complimentary bottled water replenished daily.

One Bedroom Owner’s Suites

315 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Separate bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and separate lounge area
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary in-suite Mini-Bar with wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and use of an iPad
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Safe and Telephone
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Four items of laundry a day
  • Invite to dinner at the Captain’s Table
Emerald Waterways Space Ship One Bedroom Owners Suite
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Grand Balcony Suite

Cat. S – Grand Balcony Suites

210 ft² – Horizon (Upper) Deck

  • Outdoor private balcony with open-air system and sliding glass doors
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers
  • In-suite mini-bar available at own expense, complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Nespresso machine
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds with pillow menu
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in your suite
  • Two items of laundry a day

Cat. A, B & C Panorama Balcony Suites

180 ft² – Horizon & Vista (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Indoor balcony with open-air system and sliding glass door
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Space Ship Lower Deck Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

162 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window (150cm x 34cm) which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Queen-size or twin hotel-style beds
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge

Cat. ES Single Staterooms

117 ft² – Riviera (Lower) Deck

  • Picture window which does not open
  • Bathroom with shower, toiletries and hair dryer
  • Single Bed
  • Complimentary bottled water, restocked daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Telephone and Safe for your valuables
  • Individual climate control
  • Flat screen TV and infotainment system
  • Mini-fridge
Emerald Waterways Star Ship Single Cabin

Why Choose This Cruise?

Emerald Waterways are a new entrant to the river cruise market and sit as Scenic’s premium river cruise sister company.  Ships are brand new and very contemporary in style and the river cruising is very relaxed.  A very welcome inclusion to the premium, luxury market.  A holiday to enjoy.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jul 1Emerald StarBasel£1495SAVE £700Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1495  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1595  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2095  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2295  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2495  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£2995  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3695  
Jul 8Emerald StarFrankfurt£1495SAVE £700Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1495  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1595  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2095  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2295  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2495  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£2995  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3695  
Aug 3Emerald SunBasel£1495SAVE £700Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1495  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1595  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2095  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2295  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2495  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£2995  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3695  
Aug 10Emerald SunFrankfurt£1495SAVE £700Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1495  
Lower DeckStateroom162 ft², Fixed Windows£1595  
Lower DeckSingle Stateroom117 ft², Fixed Windows£2245  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2095  
Middle DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2295  
Upper DeckBalcony Suite180 ft², French Balcony£2495  
Upper DeckGrand Balcony Suite210 ft², Outside Balcony£2995  
Upper DeckOwner's Suite315 ft², Outside Balcony£3695  


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