Zurich - Lucerne & Christmas Time on the Rhine

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

2022 Zurich > Frankfurt

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Zurich

    You will be transferred from the airport to the city of Zurich, one of the most beloved cities in Switzerland. After settling to your hotel, you will be able to explore the city at leisure, perhaps taking in its delightful lakeside setting or strolling around its multiples small Christmas stalls and markets. Included is a restful one-night stay in Zurich.

  2. Day 2 - Zurich - Lucerne

    This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Zurich before you are transferred to Lucerne, an area known for its spectacular natural setting. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city which becomes even more charming during the Christmas season! Get yourself immersed into the many lights and handicrafts which decorate the old town and end the day at the small Christmas markets where mulled wine and other typical Christmas treats are yours to enjoy.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Zurich

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Lucerne

    The awe-inspiring natural beauty enveloping Lucerne is a true delight, and yours to discover today during a guided tour of this small city. Lucerne effortlessly reflects what most people imagine when they think of a Swiss city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and tree-lined boulevards cutting through the city centre. Enjoy learning about the history of Lucerne as you visit the well-preserved medieval Altstadt, Chapel Bridge and the octagonal Water Tower.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Lucerne


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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Lucerne - Basel

    After breakfast, journey by coach through idyllic landscapes as you carve a course to the Rhine-side town of Basel. When you arrive, you will be able to board your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you. This evening, join your fellow guests for dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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 optional 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 tastings


    Visit to Colmar (extra expense)


    Christmas concert on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - 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. 

    Included Excursion

    Visit to Pottery Villages

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of Strasbourg

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - Mainz - Frankfurt

    Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking your Star-Ship and transferring to the airport.

    This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    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 Cruises Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

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

  • 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

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

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