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Rhine River, The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland

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DEC 9-16, 2023


Tables groan and tents swell with candles, nutcrackers, nativity scenes, toys, gingerbread, gluhwein, and ornaments of every kind. The holidays bring a romantic shopper’s paradise to The Netherlands, France, Germany, and Switzerland. The cruise, from Amsterdam to Basel, dazzles the senses with Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Heidelberg, and Strasbourg. Don your warm coat, boots, gloves, and a hat, to hit the cobblestones of charming Old-World towns with their Gothic cathedrals, quaint squares, black and white timber framed buildings, canals, and locks. The beauty of the Rhine unfolds every day as we float by castles, fortresses, and the famous Lorelei Rock.

The Emerald Star is the perfect vessel on which to live this dream journey, with only 182 passengers, featuring all outside cabins. Its amenities include a cinema, walking track, putting green, gym, and pool. Additionally, wine, beer, and soft drinks are complimentary at lunch and dinner, wi-fi is complimentary, AND ALL GRATUITIES ARE INCLUDED. 

BOOK NOW to assure your cabin choice. 


7 nights cruising
Daily breakfast lunch and dinner
Wine, beer and soft drinks lunch and dinner
All gratuities on ship and shore 
On board entertainment
Complimentary WiFi


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Emerald Cruises Star


Cabin availability is limited and is based on a first come, first served basis.

It is critical to ACT NOW!


Riviera     (E) Emerald Stateroom                                    $2995 pp based on double                     

Riviera     (D) Emerald Stateroom                                    $3195                           

Vista         C) Panorama Balcony Suite Purple               $3695                           

Vista         (B) Panorama Balcony Suite Light blue        $4095                           

Horizon    (A) Panorama Balcony Suite Dark green     $4245                           


*Single pricing upon request or inquire about the Guaranteed Share Program

for a roommate.                                                          



Board Emerald Star in Amsterdam. Get acquainted with the vessel and its crew. Enjoy your first dinner on board. 



We find Amsterdam every bit as charming as the photos. After a canal boat ride, you have time to delight in the market stalls of this capital city. Excursion included



The seven markets of Cologne create a wonderland for shoppers. The historic cathedral is the site of the town Christmas tree, where you will find plenty of sweets, local delicacies, and that soul warming hot glühwein. 


The sail through the Rhine Gorge is highlighted by castles and quaint towns, and the famous Lorelei Rock. Arriving at Koblenz we meet the Moselle River and see the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. This Christmas market is full of cottage-style stalls specializing in those traditional gingerbread hearts. Guided tour included



Heidelberg, Germany is our aim this morning. Our coach tour from the port of Ludwigshafen takes us to the ruins of Heidelberg Castle and a wine-tasting in the heart of the city. Guided tour included



Strasbourg, France is the capital of the Alsace, and a local guide will lead a walking tour through the picturesque town with its Old Quarter. You will recognize the UNESCO World Heritage Site with the medieval black and white timber-framed buildings. The Christkindelsmärik there is one of the oldest in Europe. Guided tour included


Begin your shopping with a guided tour to the Black Forest Highlands and the picture-perfect market at Ravenna Gorge. Free guided tour


Basel is where we bid tot ziens, aufwiedersehen, au revoir, and ade to the Star and her crew. Bring an extra bag for all your purchases. You are going to need one.


Amsterdam 3 nights December 6-9

There is much more to Amsterdam than windmills and canals. While overcoming your jet lag, consider a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s home, the Rijksmuseum, with its Rembrandts, and their Christmas Market. The food scene includes more cheese, Indonesian rijsttafel, and those giant pannenkoeken, with savory or sweet toppings. Pricing to be announced. 

Zurich 3 nights December 16-19

Upon disembarkation, hop on the train into another winter wonderland- Zurich. 
The city’s 50’ tree dripping with Swarovski crystals is enough reason for this as a holiday stop. There are 9 other market venues to explore. Although you may have had cheese fondue, the classic raclette may be a new melted cheese experience for you in Switzerland. Pricing to be announced.

Your $600 deposit by check secures your space. Final payment due September 1, 2023. Travel insurance is strongly advised and available. It should be purchased at time of booking to protect your investment. 

Guests must be able to independently maneuver stairs with our railings, walk unaided for intermediate distances uneven surfaces, be able to independently board and disembark a river vessel, bus, and train. 

All guests must provide proof of complete COVID vaccination, agree to any required testing, and be willing to mask as requested. 

Itinerary is subject to change without notice. 

Cancellation policy

91 days or prior to departure: $400

90 days until day of departure: 100% of total tour

No refunds on unused portions of 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 man- made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower Cruises & Tours. 

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