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Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers

Experience the beautiful landscapes and scenery of the Rhine and Rhône Rivers, with visits to famous cities, romantic and historic towns, and picture-postcard villages.

Explore history, culture, and cuisine with visits to Avignon, Lyon, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Cologne, and Amsterdam. Stroll at a gentle pace or bike and hike—the choice is yours.

Two different Star-Ships provide five-star accommodation with elegant and spacious suites and staterooms, and luxury facilities, offering the perfect haven for relaxation after a busy day on shore. Enjoy award-winning international and regional cuisine.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Star-Ship
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Aug & Sep 2024, May, Jul & Aug 2025
£6,560pp
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Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers Cruise Itinerary

Visit a picturesque corner of France, the beautiful German cities of Heidelberg, Cologne, and Koblenz, finishing this 14-night voyage in the exciting capital of Amsterdam. Discover history, culture and cuisine with diverse tours and active excursions where passengers can hike or bike through rural locations and cityscapes. Two iconic Emerald Star-Ships provide accommodation on the Rhine and the Rhône with five-star hotel amenities and luxury suites and staterooms.

Day 1

Marseille – Arles

Fly to Marseille and receive a warm welcome from your travel representative. Transfer to Arles and step on board your luxury Emerald Star-Ship. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 2

Arles

Famous for its UNESCO-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, Arles was also home to Vincent Van Gogh, who drew inspiration from the city. Enjoy a guided tour of Arles and, in the evening, a Provençal dinner hosted by a top chef with EmeraldPLUS.

Day 3

Avignon

A home to the Papacy in the 1300s and a strategic location in the French Revolution, Avignon has a varied and fascinating history. Enjoy a walking tour including the Palais des Papes and the iconic stone bridge. EmeraldACTIVE offers a canoeing excursion.

Day 4

Viviers

Take a walk in picturesque Viviers, a quintessential location showcasing this region’s medieval history. Stroll cobblestone streets lined with soft, pastel-coloured buildings in the heart of the Old Town.

Day 5

Tournon

Sail into Tournon to be greeted by the most fabulous view of the magnificent 16th-century castle. Stroll through the village, take an EmeraldACTIVE guided hike through the surrounding vineyards, or enjoy a guided bike tour to Glun.

Day 6

Lyon

A top destination for food lovers, Lyonnaise cuisine is celebrated throughout France and beyond. Enjoy a walking or guided bike tour of the city, including the UNESCO-listed Basilica, the Renaissance Old Town, and the regal 19th-century Presqu’île quarter.

Day 7

Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, a glory of 15th-century French architecture and now home to one of France’s most famous wine auctions. With EmeraldPLUS, enjoy a cheese and olive tasting on board the ship.

Day 8

Lyon – Basel

Disembark your cruise ship after breakfast and transfer by coach to Basel, where your river voyage will continue on another Emerald Star-Ship.

Day 9

Breisach

Enjoy a guided bike tour in beautiful Breisach or join an excursion to Freiburg as part of the EmeraldPLUS programme. Freiburg is the ‘Capital of the Black Forest,’ and guests can taste traditional local cuisines, including the legendary Kirschtorte.

Day 10

Kehl – Strasbourg

Dock in Kehl and transfer to Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace region. Stroll the picturesque cobbled squares of the Old Town surrounded by traditional half-timbered houses and discover the canal network that weaves through Petite France.

Day 11

Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

Your cruise follows the meandering Rhine to Ludwigshafen where guests travel by coach to Heidelberg, a UNESCO City of Literature. Enjoy a guided tour of the city with its romantic castle ruins, or take a hike from Mount Königstuhl.

Day 12

Koblenz

A fairytale town with a history spanning 2,000 years, Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Take a walking tour of the old Roman city, including the German Corner, and then journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Day 13

Cologne

Famous for its twin-spired cathedral, guests enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. An EmeraldPLUS excursion discovers local delicacies and cultural gems amongst the city’s historic streets.

Day 14

Amsterdam

Choose between a glass-top boat cruise of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canal network or take a guided bike tour to Waterland through quintessential Dutch scenery dotted with iconic windmills.

Day 15

Amsterdam

Disembark your Star-Ship and transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK.

Day 1

Amsterdam

Fly to Amsterdam where a warm welcome awaits from your travel representative. Transfer to your luxury Emerald Star-Ship.

Day 2

Amsterdam

Choose between a glass-top boat cruise of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canal network or take a guided bike tour to Waterland through quintessential Dutch scenery dotted with iconic windmills.

Day 3

Cologne

Famous for its twin-spired cathedral, guests enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. An EmeraldPLUS excursion discovers local delicacies and cultural gems amongst the city’s historic streets.

Day 4

Koblenz

A fairytale town with a history spanning 2,000 years, Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Take a walking tour of the old Roman city, including the German Corner, and then journey by cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Day 5

Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg

Your cruise follows the meandering Rhine to Ludwigshafen where guests travel by coach to Heidelberg, a UNESCO City of Literature. Enjoy a guided tour of the city with its romantic castle ruins, or take a hike from Mount Königstuhl.

Day 6

Kehl – Strasbourg

Dock in Kehl and transfer to Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace region. Stroll the picturesque cobbled squares of the Old Town surrounded by traditional half-timbered houses and discover the canal network that weaves through Petite France.

Day 7

Breisach

Enjoy a guided bike tour in beautiful Breisach or join an excursion to Freiburg as part of the EmeraldPLUS programme. Freiburg is the ‘Capital of the Black Forest,’ and guests can taste traditional local cuisines, including the legendary Kirschtorte.

Day 8

Lyon – Basel

Disembark your cruise ship after breakfast and transfer by coach to Basel, where your river voyage will continue on another Emerald Star-Ship.

Day 9

Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune

Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune and visit the Hospices de Beaune, a glory of 15th-century French architecture and now home to one of France’s most famous wine auctions. With EmeraldPLUS, enjoy a cheese and olive tasting on board the ship.

Day 10

Lyon

A top destination for food lovers, Lyonnaise cuisine is celebrated throughout France and beyond. Enjoy a walking or guided bike tour of the city, including the UNESCO-listed Basilica, the Renaissance Old Town, and the regal 19th-century Presqu’île quarter.

Day 11

Tournon

Sail into Tournon to be greeted by the most fabulous view of the magnificent 16th-century castle. Stroll through the village, take an EmeraldACTIVE guided hike through the surrounding vineyards, or enjoy a guided bike tour to Glun.

Day 12

Viviers

Take a walk in picturesque Viviers, a quintessential location showcasing this region’s medieval history. Stroll cobblestone streets lined with soft, pastel-coloured buildings in the heart of the Old Town.

Day 13

Avignon

A home to the Papacy in the 1300s and a strategic location in the French Revolution, Avignon has a varied and fascinating history. Enjoy a walking tour including the Palais des Papes and the iconic stone bridge. EmeraldACTIVE offers a canoeing excursion.

Day 14

Arles

Famous for its UNESCO-listed Roman and Romanesque monuments, Arles was also home to Vincent Van Gogh, who drew inspiration from the city. Enjoy a guided tour of Arles and, in the evening, a Provençal dinner hosted by a top chef with EmeraldPLUS.

Day 15

Marseille

Disembark your Star-Ship and transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK.

Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers Cruise Ships

Emerald Star

From the activities on the Sun Deck to the comfort and peace of a luxury suite or stateroom, no detail is overlooked on the Emerald Star. Enjoy a blend of home-from-home comfort, elegant interiors with modern amenities, and five-star service.

Wellness Suite
Outdoor Covered Terrace
Crew of 52

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Discover the Rhine and Rhône River Cruise Deals

Explore Two Rivers and Four Countries with Crui.se

14 Nights
Aug & Sep 2024
May, Jul & Aug 2025

Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers

  • Marseille
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Viviers
  • Tournon
  • Lyon
  • Chalon-sur-Saône – Beaune
  • Lyon - Basel
  • Breisach
  • Kehl – Strasbourg
  • Ludwigshafen – Heidelberg
  • Koblenz
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam
£6,560pp Est. Price per person
  • Star-Ship

Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers Cruise Review

“We cruise a lot through Europe, but this trip was a unique combination of two very different rivers and a selection of port stops that offered a varied and fascinating experience. If you love food, you won’t be disappointed!”

Katrina and Mike, Lincoln

Discover the Rhine & Rhône Rivers FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is Emerald DiscoverMORE?

Emerald DiscoverMORE are optional excursions that can be booked before you travel or once you are on board the ship. Emerald DiscoverMORE is designed to take guests to the heart of local life, uncovering hidden gems and unique attractions beyond the usual tourist experience. Talk to our friendly reservations team, who can tell you the different opportunities on your cruise.

Are visitors allowed on board Emerald Star-Ships?

Visitors may join passengers on the cruise ship, but they will have to pay for any food and drink they consume. If passengers want non-resident guests to join them, then the paperwork is organised by Emerald’s team in the UK.

Are there any laundry facilities provided on board Emerald Star-Ships?

Guests in the Owner’s One-bedroom Suite and Riverview Suites have a complementary laundry service for up to four items daily. Guests in Emerald Grand Balcony Suites can have two items per day laundered. All other suites and cabins offer passengers a laundry service for an additional fee.

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