April 19-30, 2024 | TULIP TIME / Rhine River Cruise and Swiss Alps

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April 19, 2024
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Rhine River Cruise

This is a River Cruise you don’t want to miss!  We will be flying to AMSTERDAM and visiting the incredible Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in the Netherlands. If you’ve never seen them, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE and it is one of nature’s most beautiful displays. 

And after enjoying Amsterdam, the tulips and other fabulous gardens, we’ll board the beautiful Emerals Star for a fabulous sailing down the Rhine River, one of the most scenic water highways of the world. Important parts of Europe have grown and thrived due to the benefits of this magnificent water way. Webb Tours has teamed up with Mayflower Cruises to offer this exciting vacation that will take you first to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where we board our luxury cruiser for an 8 day cruise along the Rhine. The itinerary features charming cities, majestic castles and peaceful scenery as we make our way through Germany and into Switzerland.

BUT TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Add the tulips in the Nehterlands, and it’s even more popular. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand.  And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 8-9 months before departure.

So COME ABOARD. We are holding guaranteed space with locked in pricing for our group until June 30, 2023. After that date, if there are unsold cabins, the price may increase. So read on. We think you’ll like what you see. We look forward to hosting your journey along the scenic Rhine River.



  • Fly to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and enjoy the Keukenhof Tulip Fields, Flower Warehouses, Amsterdam highlights and more.
  • 8 day cruise on the Emerald Star from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland
  • Enjoy stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Stasbourg and Freiburg/Breisach area in the Black Forest of Germany
  • Visit Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach in France
  • Many included excursions along the way
  • Cruise ends in Basel, followed by two days in Switzerland to enjoy Lucerne, Lake Lucerne and the surround Alps
  • Tour returns from Zurich, Switzerland

Price Includes

  • Exceptional service on board the Emerald Star
  • 8 day cruise on the Emerald Star
  • 23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • ALL gratuities included in the price
  • Personal listening devices for all passeners for the land tours
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Lodging in Lucerne, Switzerland after the cruise at the Europe Hotel (4 star) with lovely lake views
  • All taxes, fees and government fees
  • Several excursions along the way (as noted in the itinerary)
  • Transfers from to the ship and from the ship to the airport

Price per person per room

The prices below INCLUDE AIFRARE from Salt Lake City or your home city as long as you are departing and returning on the same days as the group.  

  • $4,595:  Category D (Riviera Deck, small window)
  • $5,095: Category C (Vista Deck, back half of ship, full floor to ceiling window)
  • $5,395: Category B (Vista Deck, front half of ship, full floor to ceiling window)

Single supplement for each category is $1,495 per person (meaning that $1,495 would be added to the above figures to obtain the price for one person in a stateroom)

Prices include AIRFARE, cruise, taxes, port charges, government fees, Switzerland hotel, transportation from Basel to Lucerne and Swiss sightseeing.

*Note: If you would like to arrange your own airfare, or extend your time in Europe (meaning you are going or coming on a different date), we will deduct $1,000 per person from the above prices.

Some optional excursions are additional – Air prices available in June of 2023. Air will be arranged for our group flying Salt Lake City. Airfare can also be arranged from any other gateway city upon request.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand.  And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 8 months before departure.


April 19, 2024 – Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

April 20 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theaters and cafés. And this time of year, it is about THE TULIPS. You have heard about them all your life. You have wanted to see them. This is your chance.  Upon arrival, we will be  transferred from the airport to your luxurious 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. Meal: D

April 21 – Amsterdam and Tulip Gardens: We’ll spend a good portion of the day to day going out to the magnificent Kuekenhof Tulip Fields and 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. . We’ll enjoy the  countryside (with more tulips) as we make our way back into Amsterdam to the ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. Meals: B, L, D

April 22 – Cologne, Germany: Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. The city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent gothic cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll visit the Cologne Botanical Gardens with a local expert that will explain the flora and history of the park. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments, and touching on the historical charms of the Old Town. The tour concludes at the cathedral whose twin spires dominate the skyline.  Meals: B, L, D

April 23 – 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: B, L, D

April 24 – 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-Dürkheim for a hike through the beautiful vineyards. Meals: B, L, D

April 25 – 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[1]framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Meals: B, L, D

April 26 – / 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: B, L, D

April 27 – 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. Meal: B

April 28 – Lucerne:  This morning, we have included a boat ride on beautiful Lake Lucurne. The combination of the lake and the Alps makes this a must see in Switzerland. This time of year, the tops of the moutain are covered in snow and it is a beautiful site. If the weather is decent, you’ll have an opportunity to go to the top of Mt. Pilatus to take in the incredible views. This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

April 29 – 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. Meal: B

Please Note

Registration Information:

To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $400 per person.  When we receive your deposit, we will mail you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour.  A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent 100 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due.  You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that packet.  We require final payments in the form of a check.  If that is not possible, arrangements can be made to use a credit card.  Webb Tours accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard and Discover.  A 2.5% surcharge will be added for final payments made by credit card. There is no additional charge for original deposits made with credit cards.

Cancellation Penalties

We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for whatever reason. Due to the high demand for river cruises and the rules enforced by our suppliers, the deposit is non refundable once paid. Here is a summary of the cancellation penalties:

  • Up to 91 days before departure:  $400 per person
  • 90-31 days before departure: 50% or tour cost
  • 30-2 days before departure: 90% or tour cost
  • 1 day or less prior to departure: 100% or tour cost

 For airlines, specifically, tickets are generally non refundable when purchased.  However, most airlines will allow the value of the canceled tickets to be reused for future travel, though a penalty may be assessed to reuse the tickets.  If you have to cancel, Webb Tours will work with other providers to obtain as much refund as possible for our travelers.  Our travelers know us to be very fair in this regard.

Cancellation Insurance: 

To avoid cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance may be purchased.  Insurance will reimburse you for the non-refundable cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason like illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member.  Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, or a documented traffic accident in route to departure. Price of the insurance depends on your stateroom category as follows:

Category D:            $589 per person

Category C:            $609 per person

Category B:            $629 per person

Insurance is purchased through the cruise line and may be purchased any time up to the point you make your final payment.  Insurance cannot be purchased after your final payment is made.  Webb Tours is not the insurer and acts as agent for the insurance company.  To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date. 

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