Jewels of the Rhine

The Nederlands - Germany - France - Switzerland

Amsterdam to Lucerne - October 7-17, 2022

Purple Palm Vacations has teamed up with Mayflower Cruises and Tours to bring you the vacation of a lifetime on the Rhine River with a 2 night stay in Switzerland.  The journey starts in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, where you will enjoy a narrated glass-top canal boat cruise.  Then, embark on your modern Emerald Waterways river vessel sailing 7 nights along the romantic Rhine River.   From Amsterdam, you will sail through the picturesque Dutch countryside on to Germany to ancient Koblenz and modern Cologne, where you will enjoy a guided walking tour.  Next is Heidelberg where you will experience a wine-tasting of popular German wines.  Across the river is France where you will have the opportunity to soak up Strasbourg’s beautiful architecture on a guided tour.  Then back in Germany, attend a Black Forest Cake assembling presentation and tasting in Breisach.  Finally, your vacation ends with two nights and touring in the cosmopolitan city of Lucerne, Switzerland, set against the dramatic Swiss Alps.


Relax during a glass-top canal cruise through Amsterdam.

Jewels of the Rhine Highlights - 11 Days - 23 Meals


Enjoy seven-nights cruising along the Romantic Rhine River.
  • 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
  • Seven-nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice onboard the Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • All gratuities included
  • Shores excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • All port charges included
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne

Jewels of the Rhine Itinerary

DAY 1 Depart the USA:  Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam

DAY 2 Amsterdam, the Netherlands:  Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafes.  After a day on your own to explore, join your fellow travelers for dinner on your Emerald Waterways luxury cruise ship.

DAY 3 Amsterdam:  Experience the city on a glass-top boat, traversing the UNESCO World-Heritage listed network of canals, passing Roman patrician and merchant houses from the Dutch Golden Age.  Or, join a guided bike tour to Waterland, through Dutch landscapes of quaint villages and windmills.  Tonight enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner.

DAY 4 Cologne, Germany:  Cruise along the Rhine River to Colgne.  Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany's oldest.  After lunch onboard, join your local guide for a walking tour of the city, concluding at a magnificent World-Heritage listed gothic cathedral.

DAY 5 Koblenz:  Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.  After a walking tour of Koblenz, sail through the spectacular UNESCO World-Heritage listed Rhine Gorge past countless medievel castles and vineyards.  

DAY 6 Mannheim/Heidelberg:  Continue sailing to the town of Manheim and travel by coach to Heidelberg where you the the opportunity to either visit the medievel town of Heidelberg on a walking tour, or take part in an active hike to Heidelberg Hill.

DAY 7 Kehl/Strasbourg, France:  Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, where you will enjoy a walking tour.  Strasbourg is known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals, river locks, and the cathedral, dominating the main square.

DAY 8 Breisach, Germany:  On today's adventure, visit a typical Black Forest village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks, and other German specialties.  Or, take part in a guided hike along some of the Black Forest trails.

DAY 9 Basel - Lucerne, Switzerland:  After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure.  Depart by coach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows.  An included walking tour highlights the city's landmark - the famous 14th century Chapel Bridge.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 10 Lucerne:  Your last day is left free to explore on your own or join an optional excursion to Mt Pilatus - a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience!  This evening get together for an included dinner at the hotel.

DAY 11 Lucerne/USA:  Bid 'auf wiedersehen' to Europe and return home with memories of the life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River.

Jewels of the Rhine Rates


Cross the Reuss River via the historic chapel bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Stateroom/Suite Deck Per Person Twin Single Room
      Emerald Stateroom     1            $4,549       $2,959
      Emerald Stateroom     1            $4,649       $3,024
  Panorama Balcony Suite     2            $5,199       $3,379
  Panorama Balcony Suite     2            $5,449       $3,544
  Panorama Balcony Suite     3            $5,699          N/A
    Grand Balcony Suite     3            $6,099          N/A
  Owner's One-Bedroom Suite     3            $6,899          N/A