Tulip Time Cruise on the Rhine

April 11, 2025 thru April 21, 2025

Embark on a captivating river cruise starting in Amsterdam during peak tulip season, witnessing the vibrant blooms at Keukenhof Gardens. Sail through the scenic Dutch countryside and along the Rhine River, exploring charming cities like Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Conclude your journey in Lucerne, surrounded by stunning alpine landscapes.


Air

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Deluxe Motorcoach

Cruise

7 Night Cruise

Emerald Star-Ship

Duration

11 Days, 10 Nights

Meals

All meals aboard ship included

23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

Availability

Available

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Four countries: Switzerland, France, Germany, & the Netherlands
  • Keukenhof Gardens – “Garden of Europe”
  • Cruising through Dutch Countryside
  • Guided Walking Tour of Cologne, Germany
  • Cologne’s Botanical Gardens
  • Walking Tour of Koblenz with German Corner
  • UNESCO World-Heritage Rhine Gorge
  • Lorelei Statue & Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
  • Schwetzingen Palace
  • Bad-Dürkheim Hike
  • Guided Walking Tour of Kehl
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Grande Île
  • Guided Visit to Breisach, Germany & Neuf-Breisach, France
  • Walking Tour of Lucerne, Switzerland backed by the Swiss Alps

View the Emerald Star-ship!

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • 7 night cruise on Emerald Star- Ship
  • 2 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
  • 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Baggage handling (for one piece)
  • All meals aboard ship included
  • Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
  • Government fees & air taxes
  • Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Day 1 - Flight to Amsterdam

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Day 2 - Board the Emerald Cruises Star-Ship

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship, or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard

Meals included: (D)

Day 3 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the ‘Garden of Europe’ as you admire gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Colorful displays of tulips, hyacinths, orchids and other flowers stretch as far as the eye can see as you stroll along the perfectly manicured meandering paths. Return to the ship for your first day cruising through the Dutch countryside, passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Cologne, Germany

Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent World–Heritage gothic cathedral. Today’s touring includes a guided walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments and touching on the historical charm of the Old Town. A visit to Cologne’s Botanical Gardens showcases local flora. This evening, enjoy local entertainment onboard.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Koblenz

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz seeing the German Corner where the 2 rivers meet, the Church of Our Lady, and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defense against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. This afternoon, sail through the spectacular UNESCO World- Heritage Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities around every bend. See the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)

NOTE: You can choose either the included tour of Koblenz OR the DiscoverMORE option, as both tours operate at the same time.

Day 6 - Ludwigshafen - Schwetzingen

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen. Upon arrival, travel by coach to visit Schwetzingen Palace, famous for the beauty and harmony of its gardens. Visit the interior of the palace, along with the beautiful gardens, maintained in their original design. Today, they remain a cultural heritage site of European significance, and contain more than 100 sculptures scattered throughout the grounds. Alternatively, embark on an active journey to the quaint wellness town of Bad-Durkheim for a hike through the beautiful vineyards.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: Visit to Schwetzingen Palace & Gardens

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided vineyard hike in Bad-Durkheim (instead of included tour)

Day 7 - Kehl / Strasbourg, France

Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France. Your guided walking tour includes the Grande Île – the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber-framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals, and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. This evening, local entertainment is performed onboard.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Breisach, Germany

Experience the “tale of two cities”: Breisach, Germany and Neuf-Breisach, France, divided by the Rhine. During the guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you’ll pass the main sights and attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage fortress overlooking Neuf-Breisach.

Meals included: (B, L, D)

EmeraldPLUS: A tale of two cities divided by the Rhine

EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour in Breisach

Day 9 - Basel, Switzerland - Lucerne

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. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included: (B)

Day 10 - Lucerne

Your last day is left free of planned activities. Explore on your own, or join the 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.

Meals included: (B, D)

DiscoverMORE: Mt. Pilatus (additional expense)

Day 11 - Lucerne/USA

Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine river during tulip time.

Meals included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change. Passport required.


Package Pricing

Category E - Emerald Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $6,195* | Regular: $7,695

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category C - Panorama Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $6,955* | Regular: $8,455

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category A - Panorama Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $7,545* | Regular: $9,045

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Category S - Grand Balcony Stateroom DOUBLE per person

Sale: $8,005* | Regular: $9,505

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Single occupancy upon request, limited availability

Call for single occupancy pricing

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

*Prices good until 07/10/24

Early Booking Sale

Deposit: 20% holds your space!

Final Payment Due:

January 7, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• 7 night cruise on Emerald Stars-Ship
• 2 nights in deluxe hotels with all service charges, taxes and porterage included
• 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
• Baggage handling (for one piece)
• All meals aboard ship included
• Shipboard gratuities (not including optional activities)
• Government fees & air taxes
• Your SUN TOURS escort (with 15 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 7, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES:

  • $400 – Until January 7, 2025
  • 100% after January 7, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS at $666!


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included. Tips for guides/services on optional excursions or individual on-ship services are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Weather Overview in April (in Fahrenheit):

Switzerland:
Mountainous Areas (e.g., Zermatt, Davos): Cold with possible late-season skiing. Daytime temperatures can be around 41°F to 50°F, with nighttime temperatures often below freezing.
Cities (e.g., Zurich): Milder, with daytime temperatures around 59°F to 68°F.

France:
Moderate temperatures with daytime highs around 63°F.

Germany:
Cities (e.g., Berlin, Munich, Cologne): Moderate temperatures with daytime highs around 61°F and nighttime lows around 41°F.
Coastal Areas (e.g., Binz): Cooler, with daytime temperatures around 50°F and nighttime temperatures around 41°F.

Netherlands:
Amsterdam: typically experiences daytime temperatures around 55°F to 63°F, with cooler nights.

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