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European River Cruise – Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland – The Zoos of Europe & Cruising the Rhine River
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Embark on this unique tour of Europe, where the customary stops in major cities are each punctuated with a trip to that city’s zoo. This trip has been carefully curated to feature some of the most remarkable zoos in Europe, from the open environment that puts tourist next to ape in Apenheul Primate Park to the rebuilt and reclaimed zoos of Germany that were once demolished during the world wars. This is an opportunity to visit some of the most incredible animal sanctuaries on Earth, places where exotic species were bred in captivity for the first time, and where millions upon millions of people have discovered a love for our animal brethren. Explore the wild side of Europe on this tour of its most superlative zoos.

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Your journey begins as you board your plane from the USA for your flight to Berlin where you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight in local restaurant. GRAND HYATT BERLIN.

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Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • Airfare between Berlin & Amsterdam on the main trip; between London and Berlin on the pre-extension; and between Basel & Prague on the post extension.
  • Five-star accommodations at hotels in Berlin, Amsterdam and Basel. Four-star hotels on the post-extension in Prague and Vienna and on the pre-extension to London.
  • 7 nights in a stateroom aboard the Emerald StarShips based on Category E. Upgrades to other cabin categories available at additional cost.
  • Visits to Zoos as listed on itinerary, specially-led by Zoo staff.
  • Shore excursions and Zoo visits either on foot or by First Class Coach.
  • All meals, including the Captain’s Welcome & Farewell dinners on board.
  • Breakfast daily on land, plus other meals as specified.
  • Extended drink package on board the Emerald Star-Ships.
  • First-class service from English speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides.
  • Complimentary bicycles on board.
  • Complimentary WiFi on board.
  • All tips and gratuities aboard the Emerald Star Ships. Tips are not included on land program.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance
The four cruises we offer generally operate April through October and we have varying pricing depending on departure date. The weather in Europe is pleasant during that time of the year (although summers can be hot,) perfect for navigating the diverse rivers and seeing the beautiful countryside, historic sites, vineyards, castles and palaces. Emerald Waterways is an award-winning cruise line with new ships that are relatively small, accommodating less than 200 people. With their innovative design, all-inclusive packaging, expert guides and fabulous itineraries, travelers will want for nothing more. Our Zoos of Europe program is only offered in August, 2019.