23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands
Tour Activity Level 3/5 – Energetic
23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
Visit four countries
Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne
Seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard the vessel
All gratuities included
First-class service by an English-speaking crew
Explore the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens
Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Variety of international cuisine
Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners
Onboard Activity Manager will support all EmeraldACTIVE excursions and host daily onboard wellness activities, games, classes and evening entertainment
Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
Complimentary WiFi onboard
Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
All port charges included
$55 in Mayflower Money
DAY 1 Depart the USA: Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.
DAY 2 Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland: Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. The afternoon is at leisure to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower representative and traveling companions for an included dinner
at the hotel. Meal: D
DAY 3 Lucerne: After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses the Reuss River. 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. Meal: B
DAY 4 Lucerne – Basel: Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of your Emerald Waterways luxury Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meals: B, D
DAY 5 Breisach, Germany: Today you have a choice of activities. Visit a typical Black Forest Village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks and other German specialities. See demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, each offering a glimpse into rural life in the forest. Alternatively, take part in a guided hike along some of the Black Forest trails. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest cake demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike in the Black Forest region
DAY 6 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 centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timberframed 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: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Riquewihr (additional expense)
DAY 7 Mannheim / Heidelberg, Germany: Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Mannheim, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg, home of the oldest university in Germany. The guided walking tour visits the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, with fantastic views overlooking the Neckar River, and takes you through the cobblestoned streets of the medieval city below. Enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to the ship. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
DAY 8 Koblenz, Germany: Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the city as your guide points out historic monuments and buildings. See the ‘German Corner’ monument marking the confluence of the
Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Panoramic views await from the visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car, crossing the river! Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)
DAY 9 Cologne, Germany: 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-listed 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. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Farina Eau de Cologne Museum (additional expense)
DAY 10 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: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens
DAY 11 Amsterdam / 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. Meal: B
Itinerary is subject to change.
Free airfare from Newark Airport (EWR) when reservations are made by March 31, 2021.
After 3/31/2021 add $1,500 per person for airfare.
To and from airport transfer (provided by Wade Tours Coach).
Air itineraries may not be available until documents are received. Air seats are assigned by the airline for the entire group. Seat changes can only be attempted upon receipt of tickets and documents at which time availability may be limited. If specific seat assignments are vital to your reservation, we recommend individual air reservations rather than booking air with the group.
$400 off Early Bird Promotion per person savings when booked by 2.28.21.
To be eligible for the $400 per person savings passengers must pay in full by April 21, 2021.
CRUISE AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Days 2 and 3 – Hotel Europe or similar, Lucerne, Switzerland
Days 4 through 10 – Aboard an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
Pre or post-cruise hotel stays available in Amsterdam. Call for details.
Travelers Protection Plan
Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises – $450 per person (optional)
This nonrefundable fee will provide a refund to you during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. The cancellation has to be for a covered reason (see Plan for details on coverage) and we have to be notified at least one day prior to departure. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness or the illness or death of an immediate family member, TPP will provide a refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emergency transportation, 24 hour hot line and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets are purchased through Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Please review the Plan for details on coverage. Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:
91 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount
90 days to day of departure: 100% of total tour
No refund on unused portions of the tour
Exclusions: Mayflower Cruises & Tours reserves the right to alter its Refund and Cancellation Policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to: conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or manmade disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Plan and benefits offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc.