Jewels of the Rhine with Tulips & Lucerne
April 13 - 21, 2021 (11 DAYS)
Airfare from ABQ to Amsterdam-Zurich/ 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: $6,249* per person Double Occupancy *Category E
Fare discounted to $4749* UNTIL September 23, 2020
Book between 9/24 and 12/23 - Fare discounted to $5149*
Deposit: 20% per person NOW holds your place
Final Payment Due: December 30, 2020
$400 Through December 30, 2020
100% - After December 30, 2020
Travel protection starts at $506
Deck plans are available here
Experience the re-awakening of spring along the Rhine River on the Emerald Dawn. 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
We depart Albuquerque on our overnight flight to Amsterdam.
DAY 2 D
Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. We will be met and transferred from the airport to our luxury river cruise ship, the Emerald Dawn. This evening, we join our fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Our Cruise Director will conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
DAY 3 B,L,D
In Amsterdam this morning we depart by coach for an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the ‘Garden of Europe’ as we admire gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. We return to the ship for our first day cruising through the Dutch countryside, passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, the Captain will be delighted to host a 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, we join our local guide for an included walking 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 has many museums and galleries.
DAY 5 B,L,D
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. We enjoy a 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, we sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge and pass countless medieval castles and vineyards. There are 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
Continue upstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers. From there, you have the opportunity 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.
DAY 7 B,L,D
Once docked in Kehl, transfer 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 timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square.
DAY 8 B,L,D
On today’s adventure in Breisach, visit a typical Black Forest village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks and other German specialties. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails.
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
Our last day is at leisure in Lucerne. We have the option to explore on our own or join an excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel.
DAY 11 B
Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe as we head to the Zurich airport and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from our cruise along the Rhine River.
Itinerary subject to change.