Tulip Time Cruise on the Rhine

April 21, 2025 thru May 3, 2025

Dive into the heart of tulip season on a captivating journey through Europe. From Geneva’s historic charm to the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens, the “Garden of Europe,” this tour is a feast for the senses. Experience majestic landscapes, cultural treasures, and the pinnacle of spring’s beauty. Let the sea of tulips inspire an unforgettable adventure on board the Emerald Star-Ship.


Transportation

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Transportation

7 Night Cruise

Duration

13 Days, 12 Nights

Meals

All meals aboard ship included

25 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Four countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, & the Netherlands
  • Lasuanne City Tour
  • Cruise on Lake Geneva
  • Gold Pass Rail
  • Guided Visit to Breisach & Neuf-Breisach: Tale of Two Cities
  • Strasbourg Guided Walking Tour
  • Schwtzingen Palace
  • Medieval Castles
  • Walking Tour of Koblenz
  • Walking Tour of Cologne
  • Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Keukenhof Gardens

View the Emerald Star-ship!

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • 7 night cruise on Emerald Starship
  • 4 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 25 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • All meals aboard ship included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government fees & air taxes
  • Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Day 1 - Flight to Switzerland

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Geneva, Switzerland.

Day 2 - Lausanne, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland! You will be met at the airport and transferred by coach to the beautiful city of Lausanne. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin exploring your new surroundings. Enjoy an included dinner this evening at the hotel.

Meals included: (D)

Day 3 - Lausanne, Switzerland

Begin the day with a panoramic tour of the city, known around the world for its spectacular setting, and home of the International Olympic Committee and Museum. This afternoon, visit Château de Chillon, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, discover the history of this 13th-century fortress. Learn about the château’s association with famous authors and artists; the counts and dukes who inhabited it as well as the prisoners who occupied the jail; see period furnishings, art treasures and frescoes. The beauty of the area continues to amaze during a cruise on Lake Geneva from the harbor in Montreux. Relax onboard as the spectacular scenery unfolds while sailing back to Lausanne before returning to the hotel.

Meals included: (B)

Day 4 - Lausanne / Golden Pass

Today may be a highlight of your time in Switzerland as you experience a unique rail journey and mountain adventure. Depart by coach to Montreux where it’s ‘all aboard’ the Golden Pass for an unforgettable panoramic train ride through the scenic landscapes of the Alps. Disembark the train in Gstaad where the coach is waiting to take you to Col du Pillon for the Glacier 3000 mountain adventure. Ascend via arial cable car to an altitude of approximately 9850′ above sea level where you are met with astounding panoramic views, including the Matterhorn and Jungfrau. Walk across the world’s first suspension bridge connecting two mountain summits, if you dare! Return to the hotel in Lausanne this afternoon.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 5 - Lausanne, Switzerland

The day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration. If you prefer, join an optional excursion to visit the village of Gruyère (famous for cheese-making) and Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory.

Meals included: (B)

Day 6 - Cruise Kick-Off

After breakfast, depart Lausanne and travel by coach to Basel for embarkation of the Emerald Cruises Star-Ship and start of the cruise along the Rhine River. Settle into your stateroom and enjoy your first meal onboard at dinner this evening.

Meals included: (B, D)

Day 7 - Breisach, Germany

Experience the ‘tale of two cities’: Breisach, Germany and Neuf-Breisach, France, divided by the Rhine. During the guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you’ll pass the main sights and attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage fortress overlooking Neuf-Breisach.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Strasbourg, France

Once docked in Kehl, coaches await to take you across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. The guided walking tour takes you along narrow lanes and across footbridges as you discover the Grande Île, the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, picturesque le Petite France, old tanning houses, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the ornate cathedral, dominating the main square. This afternoon, the city is yours to explore at leisure.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Ludwigshafen, Germany - Schwetzingen

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen. Upon arrival travel by coach to visit Schwetzingen Palace, famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Visit the interior of the palace, along with the beautiful gardens, maintained in their original design. Today they remain a cultural heritage site of European significance, and contain more than 100 sculptures scattered throughout the grounds. Alternatively, embark on an active journey to the quaint wellness town of Bad-Dürkheim for a hike through the beautiful vineyards.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Koblenz

Begin the day sailing through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, Tulip Time on the Rhine and Golden Pass Rail Enjoy seven-nights cruising the Rhine River aboard an Emerald Star-Ship Charming scenes abound in Strasbourg, France 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. Continue cruising to the 2000-year old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz seeing the German Corner where the 2 rivers meet, the Church of Our Lady, and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car 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.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Cologne

Continue cruising along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage gothic cathedral. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town and its Roman history. Traverse the quaint alleyways and see historic monuments alongside modern architecture. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. A visit to Cologne Botanical Gardens is also included, where a local expert accompanies you through the gardens, explaining about the flora and history of the park. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner.

Meals included: (B)

Day 12 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe” as you wander along the paths, admiring gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Unique flower shows in the pavilions along with colorful, artistic floral displays throughout the manicured garden, are sure to please! Return to the ship in the afternoon to explore the city of Amsterdam at your leisure.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 13 - Amsterdam to USA

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.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.


Package Pricing

Category E - Emerald Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $7,855* | Regular: $8,855

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category C - Panorama Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $8,935* | Regular: $9,935

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category A - Panorama Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $9,275* | Regular: $10,275

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category S - Grand Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $10,015* | Regular: $11,015

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Single occupancy upon request, limited availability

Call for single occupancy pricing

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

*Prices good until 07/10/24

Early Booking Sale

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

January 15, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• 7 night cruise on Emerald Starship
• 4 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 25 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All meals aboard ship included
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government fees & air taxes
• Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 15, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • $400 – Until January 15, 2025
  • 100% after January 15, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS at $910!


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Weather Overview in Late April (in Fahrenheit):

Switzerland:
Mountainous Areas (e.g., Zermatt, Davos): Cold with possible late-season skiing. Daytime temperatures can be around 41°F to 50°F, with nighttime temperatures often below freezing.
Cities (e.g., Zurich): Milder, with daytime temperatures around 59°F to 68°F.

France:
Moderate temperatures with daytime highs around 63°F.

Germany:
Cities (e.g., Berlin, Munich, Cologne): Moderate temperatures with daytime highs around 61°F and nighttime lows around 41°F.
Coastal Areas (e.g., Binz): Cooler, with daytime temperatures around 50°F and nighttime temperatures around 41°F.

Netherlands:
Amsterdam: typically experiences daytime temperatures around 55°F to 63°F, with cooler nights.

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