Christmas Time on the Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

8 Days
Frankfurt to Zurich
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$ 4,140
Dates & Pricing

2022 Frankfurt > Zurich

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Frankfurt - Mainz

    Welcome to Germany! You will be met at the airport by our Emerald Cruises  representative and transferred to our Emerald Cruises Star-Ship in Mainz.

    After comfortably settling into your cabins, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore this city located at the heart of the Rhine wine region.

    Mainz will captivate you with its quite incomparable lifestyle, its unique charm and its openness to the world. You will be able to immerse yourself in this unique atmosphere as you wander round the Market Square, in the middle of which stands the Heunensäule, a sandstone column commemorating the history of Mainz, erected in 1975 on the occasion of the Cathedral millennium celebrations.

    You'll return on board and sail along the most beautiful stretch of the romantic Rhine River

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Rastatt

    This morning, embark on a visit to the enchanting town of Baden Baden, surrounded by the mountains of the Black Forrest. This famous spa town blends health and history to create the ideal Germany getaway. You will enter the most beautiful casino, featuring jaw-dropping decor that is influenced by French royal palaces.

    After lunch, you will have the opportunity to discover the baroque city of Rastatt on your own, whether you want to visit the Residential Palace, just stroll along historical sites and enjoy a coffee, or join our optional tour to Baden Baden Opera House.

    Included Excursion

    Baden Baden guided tour


    Baden Baden Opera House- behind the scene (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kehl

    After breakfast, join us for a tour following the Pottery Trail with its picturesque villages in the Alsace region.

    Enjoy lunch on board and get ready to come with us, this afternoon, to the capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg. Discover the charms of the old city with cobbled streets lined up with timber-framed houses that survived for hundreds of years. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city decorated with garlands and Christmas decoration with your included tour of the Christmas market. 

    Return to the ship and spend the night onboard.

    Included Excursion

     Visit to Pottery villages

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Breisach

    Start your day with a visit to the “Jewel of the Black Forrest” and discover the reconstructed medieval old town of Freiburg, this vibrant city situated at the edge of the Black Forrest. Learn about its history and its local products during your included tour.

    The afternoon is all yours to explore and discover Breisach and its Christmas market at your own pace, or join us on our DiscoverMORE tour to visit Colmar and discover the magic of one of the most impressive French Christmas markets.

    You will return on board for a Christmas evening concert and dinner.

    Included Excursion

    Freiburg guided tour with local market tasting


    Visit to Colmar (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Basel – Lucerne

    Welcome to Switzerland and the quaint Rhine-side town of Basel. After breakfast, you will be transferred by coach to Lucerne, including a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Lucerne

    Lucerne is known around the world for its spectacular setting, perfectly encapsulating a traditional Swiss city with a backdrop of snow-topped mountain ranges. What a better time than Christmas season to visit the city with an additional touch of magic! Lucerne becomes a contemplative city of lights with decoration all over the old town.

    Your morning will start with a guided tour of the city, touching on its well-preserved medieval Altstadt, delightful waterfront promenades and colourful buildings.

    When the sun sets later today, why not strolling around the old town and visit some of the several small Christmas markets where you can enjoy mulled wine and other typical Christmas treats.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lucerne


    Train & cable car ride to Rigi – Weggis (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Lucerne – Zurich

    This morning, transfer by coach from Lucerne to the cosmopolitan city of Zurich, known for its towering church steeples, winding cobbled lanes and contemporary centre.

    When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of Zurich, followed by free time to explore the city's magical Christmas atmosphere. The central Bahnhofstrasse is all lighted up with 23,000 light crystals spread over a distance of one kilometre: a beautiful spectacle for the eyes!

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Zurich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Zurich

    After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to the airport, taking memories of the Swiss traditional Christmas markets and traditions with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

  • 4 nights on board an Emerald Cruises Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Crusies Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

  • Baden Baden guided tour
  • Visit to Pottery villages
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg
  • Freiburg guided tour with local market tasting

  • Christmas concert on board

  • 11 superb meals including 4 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Lucerne
  • 1 night at a hotel in Zurich
  • A guided tour of Lucerne
  • A guided tour of Zurich
  • Transfer from the ship and to the airport
  • 3 Breakfasts (B)

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