Jewels of the Rhine with Tulips & Lucerne - 2023
March 24 - April 3, 2023 (11 DAYS)
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Airfare from ABQ to Amsterdam/ Zurich to ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
All airport/hotel/ship transfers
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
2-night stay at excellent hotel in Lucerne
7-night cruise with all meals onboard
Shipboard gratuities (except optional activities)
Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches & dinners
Complimentary bottled water in staterooms
Complimentary WiFi onboard
Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
Government fees and air taxes
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
FROM: $6,399 per person Double Occupancy *Category E
Deposit: 20%* per person NOW holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: December 21, 2022
$400 Through December 21, 2022
100% - After December 21, 2022
*% of total cruise cost
Travel protection is encouraged.
Experience the re-awakening of spring along the Rhine River on the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. From the enchanting Keukenhof Gardens, in the Netherlands, at the peak of tulip season to the majestic heights of Switzerland, see the countryside bloom as we sail this historic river of Europe.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
DAY 2 D
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. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard.
DAY 3 B, L, D
This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the ‘Garden of Europe’ as you admire gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Return to the ship for your first day cruising through the Dutch countryside, passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner.
DAY 4 B, L, D
Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest and famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed gothic cathedral. After lunch onboard, join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town. Traverse quaint alleyways and see historic monuments. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline.
DAY 5 B, L, D
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defense against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. This afternoon, sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities around every bend. See the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station.
DAY 6 B, L, D
Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen. Upon arrival travel by coach to visit Schwetzingen Palace. Visit the beautiful gardens, maintained in their original design, and today are a cultural heritage site of European significance.
DAY 7 B, L, D
Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France. Your guided walking tour includes the Grande Île - the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timberframed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square.
DAY 8 B, L, D
Experience the ‘tale of two cities’ divided by the Rhine (Breisach, Germany) and Neuf-Breisach (France). During the guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you’ll pass the main sights and attractions, one of which is the UNESCO World Heritage fortress overlooking Neuf-Breisach.
DAY 9 B
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by coach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark - the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
DAY 10 B, D
Your last day is left free of planned activities. Explore on your own or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel.
DAY 11 B
Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River during tulip time.
Itinerary subject to change.