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Romantic Rhine River, Iceland & Norwegian Fjords Discovery

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Cruise Holiday Overview

  • Ship Emerald Destiny
  • Duration 27 NIGHTS
  • Departure 02 July 2025
  • Cruise type Cruise & Stay
  • Cruise code EUR2223


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Prepare for an epic adventure exploring the highlights of Europe, from an enchanting Rhine River cruise to a discovery of Iceland, paired with remarkable city escapes.

Following a hotel stay in Zürich, you’ll begin your romantic Rhine River cruise, where over seven nights, you’ll uncover historic tales, delve into charming villages and wander through lush vineyards. Embrace the slower pace of life as you settle into your comfortable surroundings on board your Emerald ship, which boasts breathtaking views, cultural experiences, and luxurious comfort on the water.

The second part of your adventure will take you to the sights and nature of Norway and Iceland on board Holland America Line’s Rotterdam. Highlights of which include Ålesund, one of Norway’s most unique cities, Iceland’s captivating capital, Reykjavik; Seyðisfjörður – surrounded by snow-cloaked mountains, and Invergordon’s picturesque landscapes.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Full-Board Ocean Cruise

14 night full-board cruise on board Rotterdam

Full-Board River Cruise

7 night full-board river cruise on board Emerald Destiny

20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
The services of an Emerald Cruises Cruise Director
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Welcome and farewell reception & dinner

Overnight in port in Amsterdam

Included Excursions

Guided tour of Strasbourg

Guided tour of Heidelberg
Walking tour of Koblenz & a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town

Canal cruise in Amsterdam


Guided tour of Freiburg with food tasting

Private Evening concert on the Rhine


Guided bike tour in Breisach

Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
Guided bike tour to Waterland

Hotel Stays

2 night four-star stay in Zürich at The Home Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels™

2 night four-star stay in Amsterdam at the Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel
All hotel stays include breakfast

All Flights, Taxes & Transfers

Overnight flights

Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.
*Prices shown include discount and savings based on two passengers sharing, booking directly with Imagine Holidays.

Your Voyage

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Zürich

Your holiday begins as you fly from Australia to your destination.

Days 2 - 3
Zürich: Hotel Stay

Discover Zurich’s captivating blend of Alpine beauty, historic charm, and vibrant energy. Let this cultural gem in Switzerland inspire your wanderlust with its enchanting vistas, elegant old town, and a world of endless possibilities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: The Home Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels™

Day 4
Basel: Embark Ship

This morning, you’ll be met by your guide and transfer to port to embark Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, Emerald Destiny, where your friendly captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 5

Uncover the medieval charm of Breisach, Germany. Immerse in its captivating cathedral, panoramic Rhine Valley views, and rich history. Let Breisach’s timeless beauty and cultural heritage leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 6

Kehl is a town located in southwest Germany on the River Rhine, across from the French City of Strasbourg. The town is not known as a tourist destination, however it benefits from idyllic landscape and a water-rich environment.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 6

Discover the enchantment of Strasbourg, France. With its iconic cathedral, picturesque canals, and Alsatian charm, it’s a city that invites you to stroll through centuries of history and savor the fusion of French and German influences.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 7

Ludwigshafen features modern architecture, green spaces, and a range of cultural and recreational amenities. Despite its industrial roots, the city offers a high quality of life with a focus on sustainability and innovation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 7

Experience the captivating allure of Heidelberg. Walk its ancient streets, marvel at the majestic castle, and immerse in its vibrant culture. Let the romantic atmosphere and breathtaking views ignite your wanderlust and create lifelong memories.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 8

Journey to the heart of Germany and discover the captivating beauty of Koblenz. Marvel at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, explore ancient castles, stroll charming streets, and immerse yourself in rich history.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 9

A captivating blend of ancient charm and modern vibrancy. Immerse yourself in its awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, indulge in its rich cultural heritage, and savor the vibrant energy of its bustling streets.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 10
Amsterdam: Overnight in Port

Amsterdam, a captivating Dutch city, weaves historic charm and progressive spirit along its iconic canals. Rich in art, culture, and diverse experiences, it offers a dynamic European urban adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Emerald Destiny

Day 11
Amsterdam: Disembark & Embark Ship

Your river cruise complete, today you’ll disembark Emerald Destiny and transfer to Rotterdam cruise port where the striking Rotterdam awaits. Rotterdam promises you the ultimate on-board experience with her graceful combination of classic cruise ship features and state-of-the-art amenities.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 12
Relax At Sea
Day 13

Experience Ålesund’s captivating rebirth as an Art Nouveau gem. Embrace majestic fjords, mountains, and islands. Ascend Mount Aksla for panoramic views, explore marine wonders at Ålesund Aquarium, and savor exquisite local seafood.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 14
Relax At Sea
Day 15

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Akureyri, nestled amid Iceland’s breathtaking fjords. The frosted scene is set on some of Iceland’s most beautiful fjords and scattered with quaint churches and magnificent waterfalls.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 16

Welcome to Ísafjörður, a hidden gem nestled amidst majestic fjords. Immerse yourself in its untouched beauty, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear waters. Discover a haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 17

Grundarfjörður, Iceland’s coastal gem, captivates with Kirkjufell Mountain’s backdrop and serene landscapes. A picturesque harbour, Northern Lights, and nearby attractions offer a captivating blend of nature and tranquillity.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 18

Reykjavík, Iceland’s creative heart. Explore artistic streets, soak in geothermal pools, and immerse in Viking heritage. Let this city’s innovation and natural beauty inspire your Nordic adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 19

Witness Heimaey’s miraculous rebirth after a volcanic eruption. Explore idyllic streets, admire dramatic volcanic castles rising from the sea. Immerse in Iceland’s breath taking scenery, where nature’s power and resilience intertwine in a mesmerizing display

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 20

Discover the serene beauty of Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. With its picturesque fjord, vibrant arts scene, and small-town charm, it’s a place that invites you to experience the magic of Icelandic culture and nature.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 21
Relax At Sea
Day 22
Invergordon (Inverness)

Inverness, where Highland dreams thrive. Wander along the River Ness, unravel history’s tapestry, and feel the warmth of Scottish hospitality. Let this city enchant you with its timeless allure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 23

Edinburgh, Scotland’s enchanting capital, harmoniSes history and modernity. From the iconic Castle to the Royal Mile, festivals, and a lively cultural scene, it offers a captivating blend of experiences.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight: Rotterdam

Day 24
Relax At Sea
Days 25 - 26
Rotterdam: Disembark & Amsterdam Hotel Stay

Explore charming canals lined with picturesque houses. Visit the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Stroll through the historic Jordaan and trendy De Pijp neighbourhoods. Experience the lively ambiance of Dam Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel

Days 27 - 28
Amsterdam: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Emerald Destiny

The 35440 GT vessel has several levels and can accommodate 180 guests, providing an experience of first-class comfort and premium service for travellers.

The ship offers spacious staterooms, including luxurious suites – all equipped with modern amenities. Each room has everything you need for a relaxing and restful night’s sleep.

Guests also have access to a 24-hour fitness centre, multiple bars and lounges, spectacular restaurants, a theatre showcasing live performances, a sports facility with recreational games like basketball courts and golf simulators, as well as numerous shops featuring jewellery, souvenirs and speciality items for purchase.

In addition to its impressive array of features on board the Emerald Destiny, there are plenty of activities at many unique ports of call around the world to further enliven your journey. From top attractions in glitzy cities to remote island hideaways perfect for relaxation and exploration – there is something for everyone.

  • Occupancy 180
  • Tonnage 3,544 tons
  • Length 443 ft (135.00 m)

Life on Board Emerald Destiny

The Emerald Destiny provides an entertaining experience without even stepping ashore. You can explore a world of culinary delights, engage in a variety of activities, or just relax and savour your favourite beverage while admiring the passing landscapes.


With Emerald cruises, cuisine is a celebrated highlight of your holiday – from global cuisine to small treats and beverages, there’s something to please any palate.

  • Reflections Restaurant
  • The Terrace
  • Horizon Bar and Lounge
  • Sky Barbecue


Those aboard the Emerald Destiny can take advantage of a multitude of amenities including swimming pools, sports, spa treatments, and pampering sessions.

  • Sun deck
  • Golf putting green
  • Games area
  • Walking track
  • Navigation bridge
  • Daytime pool & bar
  • Lift
  • Reception
  • Wellness area
  • Fitness area
  • Sky barbecue
  • Hair salon


During your journey, you can enjoy a range of night-time entertainment such as live music or cinema screenings – or simply relax with your favourite beverage and watch the sunset with your favourite drink at hand.

  • Cinema
  • Nightly music
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Enrichment lectures


The impressively designed ship offers 12 decks, a wide variety of amenities, 1,340 staterooms and delicious gourmet dining experiences, there’s something for everyone on board this impressive vessel.

This luxurious ship offers guests the ultimate in service and comfort, with indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking entertainment and more.

Passengers can relax in the plush spa and pool area, take part in enrichment programs like wine tastings or exciting shore excursions. Rotterdam also offers state-of-the-art entertainment options including first-run movies, stage productions and even an interactive game show night.

Rotterdam is a perfect choice for those looking to experience the best of Holland America’s fleet. With its classic design, modern amenities and luxurious touches, Rotterdam is sure to provide an unforgettable cruise experience.

  • Occupancy 2668
  • Tonnage 99,800 tons
  • Length 984 ft (300.00 m)

Life on Board Rotterdam

There’s something for every age, personality, mood and desire on board the Rotterdam, from keeping fit to relaxing in the spa.



Why not spend your days getting pampered at the spa or getting lost in your favourite novel? For the more active there are sports activities, pools and more.

  • Library
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sport facilities including Pickleball at Sea
  • Two pools
  • Whirlpools
  • Nursery
  • Kid’s Club
  • Youth Area
  • Shops
  • Explorations Central


For evening entertainment why not try your luck in the casino or be entertained by live shows at the popular on-board theatre?

  • Casino
  • Theatre
  • Night Club
  • Rolling Stone Rock Room
  • B.B King’s Blues Club
  • BBC Earth in Concert
  • Billboard Onboard
  • World Stage

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Cabins and Suites

On board Emerald Cruises, you’ll have all the features you need for a peaceful and enjoyable stay. With five-star amenities and different options available to suit your needs, you’ll enjoy a restful and peacful sleep after an exciting day at sea.

Emerald Stateroom Prices from $11,999pp

Emerald Riverview staterooms feature picture windows and the same high quality facilities as all other cabins. Plus, they’re bigger than other standard staterooms, providing excellent value for money. These staterooms include a queen-size bed, bathroom with shower, flat-screen TV, mini-bar, and safe.

Cruise Code: EUR2223
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Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite Prices from $13,999pp

Staterooms aboard the Emerald Destiny provide comfort and style, with amenities ranging from luxurious toiletries and HD TV to a fully stocked mini-bar.

  • Queen/Twin beds/single room
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Luxury products
  • Walk in closet
  • Personal safe
  • Direct dial phone
  • Flat HD TV
  • Mini bar
  • Climate control
  • Umbrella
  • Shoe Cleaner
  • Ear plugs
Cruise Code: EUR2223
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Emerald Grand Balcony Suite Prices from $15,999pp

Emerald Destiny Balcony Stateroom

The luxurious balcony suites feature an indoor veranda, floor-to-ceiling doors for ushering in the ocean breeze, and plentiful amenities for guests to enjoy.

  • Queen/Twin beds/single room
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Luxury products
  • Walk in closet
  • Personal safe
  • Direct dial phone
  • Flat HD TV
  • Mini bar
  • Climate control
  • Umbrella
  • Shoe Cleaner
  • Ear plugs
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors
  • Indoor veranda
Cruise Code: EUR2223
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Emerald Owners Suite Prices from $16,999pp

Emerald Destiny Suite Stateroom

Treat yourself to the ultimate experience by booking the Owner’s Suite: with more room, a private balcony and all the luxurious amenities befitting royalty.

  • Queen/Twin beds/single room
  • En suite bathroom with shower & 2 x sinks
  • Luxury products
  • Nespresso coffee maker
  • iPad
  • In-room dining
  • Complimentary laundry
  • Walk in closet
  • Personal safe
  • Direct dial phone
  • Flat HD TV
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Climate control
  • Umbrella
  • Shoe Cleaner
  • Ear plugs
  • Lounge/living area
  • Sit out balcony with chairs and tables
Cruise Code: EUR2223
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Your Hotel Stays


Included Hotel

The Home Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels™ (Or Similar)

The Home Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels™,is a stylish and contemporary boutique hotel located in Zürich, Switzerland. It offers a unique blend of modern design and cozy comfort, creating a homely atmosphere for its guests. The hotel features elegantly designed rooms with chic furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities, catering to both leisure and business travelers. With a focus on personalized service and attention to detail, The Home Hotel Zürich provides a distinctive and memorable stay experience, set within the vibrant and picturesque surroundings of Zürich.


Included Hotel

Mercure Amsterdam City Hotel (Or Similar)

Mercure Amsterdam City is a modern and stylish hotel situated in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam. With contemporary design and comfortable amenities, it offers a convenient base for both leisure and business travellers. Located close to major attractions, shopping districts, and public transport links, Mercure Amsterdam City provides a perfect blend of accessibility and relaxation for guests exploring the dynamic cityscape of Amsterdam.

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