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Historic City Center in Zurich, Switzerland (Photo: canadastock/Shutterstock)

About Zurich

Zurich consistently lands near the top of quality-of-life rankings worldwide. The air feels crisp and clear, the water is so pure you can drink it straight from one of the city's 1,200 fountains (the most in the world), and there's enough to do here to occupy several days of leisure time.

This thoroughly modern city is surrounded by hills but offers glimpses of the famed Swiss Alps. Activities and sights unique to Zurich include the Chagall stained-glass windows in Fraumunster Church, open-air swimming pools in Lake Zurich and the Limmat River, and the Swiss National Museum.

River cruises along the Rhine that begin and end in Basel, Switzerland, are sometimes packaged with a stay in Zurich, roughly 50 miles away. When cruise packages that include Zurich are booked through a cruise line, passengers generally are transported between the ship and hotel by motor coach. The trip may include scenic stops and/or tours along the way to facilitate arrival at the appropriate check-in time.

Transportation by train is available between the two cities for those self-booking a Zurich layover. The massive Zurich Airport is the primary hub for Swiss International Air Lines and services flights from around the globe. Transportation within the city is typically via trams, bicycles or on foot, but rideshare services and taxis are also available.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    Cruise Itinerary

    10 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Lucerne
    • Day 9
      Luzern
    • Day 10
      Lucerne
    • Day 10
      Zurich
    • Day 11
      Zurich
    Ship Details

    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

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    Cruiser Gil
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Expensive but food lacking
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    DTOR
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Entertaining and Educational
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Breisach, Kehl ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    14 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Breisach
    • Day 3
      Kehl
    • Day 4
      Mannheim
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Cochem
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Luxembourg
    • Day 9
      Koblenz
    • Day 10
      Dusseldorf
    • Day 11
      Maastricht
    • Day 12
      Nijmegen
    • Day 13
      Veere
    • Day 14
      Antwerp
    • Day 15
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Scenic Opal - Scenic

    All-inclusive -- including butler service in all cabins

    Aimed at the Australian, North American and British markets

    "Sun Lounge" balconies that can be used in all weathers

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    Scenic Opal Reviews

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    Overall
    0.0/5

    Australian-owned Scenic has increased its European fleet to 10 vessels with the launc...

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    nancyevans
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Lackluster Rhine "Christmas Market" cruise
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    Fceexp1
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Not Really a Christmas Market Cruise, despite how it is sold.
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Zurich, Montreux ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    18 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Montreux
    • Day 4
      Montreux
    • Day 5
      Montreux
    • Day 6
      Breisach
    • Day 7
      Kehl
    • Day 8
      Mannheim
    • Day 9
      Rudesheim
    • Day 10
      Cochem
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Luxembourg
    • Day 13
      Koblenz
    • Day 14
      Dusseldorf
    • Day 15
      Maastricht
    • Day 16
      Nijmegen
    • Day 17
      Veere
    • Day 18
      Antwerp
    • Day 19
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Scenic Ruby - Scenic

    Pros

    Gratuities, booze, excursions and butlers all included in fare

    Cons

    Spotty Wi-Fi, slow room service with limited menu

    Bottom Line

    Unlimited free beverages, butlers and no tipping = relaxing way to see Europe

    Reviews

    Scenic Ruby Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Part of the popular Space Ship series, Scenic Ruby is an upscale, luxury vessel with clean, mod...

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    livingevenbetter
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Crazy wonderful Cruise...Scenic is the best
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    Ricky Hope
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Amazing five star cruise
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Lucerne, Zurich ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Lucerne
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Luzern
    • Day 4
      Basel
    • Day 5
      Breisach
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Heidelberg
    • Day 7
      Mannheim
    • Day 8
      Koblenz
    • Day 9
      Cologne
    • Day 10
      Amsterdam
    • Day 11
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Since its launch in 2013, Emerald Waterways has built a reputation for value river cruising on ...

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    Maxine.noble
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    When can I afford another
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    Dwtiffin
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Excellent value
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Lucerne
    • Day 9
      Luzern
    • Day 10
      Lucerne
    • Day 10
      Zurich
    • Day 11
      Zurich
    Ship Details

    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

    Reviews

    Emerald Destiny Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    0.0/5

    Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Da...

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    debrariley
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Basel to Amsterdam Rhine River Cruise
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    harperlewis
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Emerald Star- Bucharest to Budapest
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Antwerp, Veere ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    18 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Antwerp
    • Day 3
      Veere
    • Day 4
      Arnhem
    • Day 5
      Maastricht
    • Day 6
      Dusseldorf
    • Day 7
      Koblenz
    • Day 8
      Cochem
    • Day 9
      Bernkastel-Kues
    • Day 10
      Luxembourg
    • Day 11
      Rudesheim
    • Day 12
      Mannheim
    • Day 13
      Kehl
    • Day 14
      Breisach
    • Day 15
      Montreux
    • Day 16
      Montreux
    • Day 17
      Montreux
    • Day 18
      Zurich
    • Day 19
      Zurich
    Ship Details

    Scenic Opal - Scenic

    All-inclusive -- including butler service in all cabins

    Aimed at the Australian, North American and British markets

    "Sun Lounge" balconies that can be used in all weathers

    Reviews

    Scenic Opal Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5

    Australian-owned Scenic has increased its European fleet to 10 vessels with the launc...

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    JRWLRW
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Very Underwhelmed With Christmas Rhine Market Cruise
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    2019 Christmas Market Cruise with Prague extension
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    11 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Baden-Baden
    • Day 7
      Strasbourg
    • Day 8
      Montreux
    • Day 9
      Montreux
    • Day 10
      Montreux
    • Day 11
      Zurich
    • Day 12
      Zurich
    Ship Details

    Scenic Jasper - Scenic

    Pros

    All-inclusive pricing covers everything from open bar to tipping

    Cons

    Trendy decor and high-tech gadgets won't appeal to everyone

    Bottom line

    Contemporary river cruising with no added extras

    Reviews

    Scenic Jasper Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Scenic Jasper is Scenic's 11th "Space Ship" -- so called because of the higher-than-average amo...

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    jacquibabs
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Nice Ship but let down by food and false promises
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    CSDS
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Superb way to celebrate a special event
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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Zurich, Budapest ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Travelmarvel
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    25 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Travelmarvel)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Zurich
    • Day 4
      Zurich
    • Day 5
      Zurich
    • Day 6
      Zurich
    • Day 7
      Zurich
    • Day 8
      Zurich
    • Day 9
      Zurich
    • Day 9
      Budapest
    • Day 10
      Budapest
    • Day 11
      Budapest
    • Day 12
      Budapest
    • Day 13
      Budapest
    • Day 14
      Budapest
    • Day 15
      Budapest
    • Day 16
      Budapest
    • Day 17
      Budapest
    • Day 18
      Budapest
    • Day 19
      Budapest
    • Day 20
      Budapest
    • Day 21
      Budapest
    • Day 22
      Budapest
    • Day 23
      Budapest
    • Day 23
      Paris
    • Day 24
      Paris
    • Day 25
      Paris
    • Day 26
      Paris
    Ship Details

    Travelmarvel Diamond - Travelmarvel

    Pros

    ** Great service and dining, free drinks at meals

    Cons

    ** Lack of quiet spaces for evening relaxation

    Bottom Line

    ** Lower fares cover the essentials on a no-frills, friendly ship  

    Reviews

    Travelmarvel Diamond Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Travelmarvel Diamond is aimed at the laidback traveller who doesn't want to pay extra for luxuries...

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    Louise Kearney
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    River cruise convert. No more big ships for us.
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    Travel Marvel Diamond- Jewel
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Zurich

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Zurich, Montreux ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    14 Night Cruise to Zurich Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Montreux
    • Day 4
      Montreux
    • Day 5
      Montreux
    • Day 6
      Tournus
    • Day 7
      Chalon-sur-Saone
    • Day 8
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 9
      Avignon
    • Day 10
      Avignon
    • Day 11
      Tarascon
    • Day 12
      Viviers
    • Day 13
      Lyon
    • Day 14
      Lyon
    • Day 15
      Lyon
    Ship Details

    Scenic Sapphire - Scenic

    Scenic is one of river cruising's most inclusive lines

    Many cabins have innovative sunrooms that convert to balconies

    All-day dining and in-cabin service unusual in river cruising

    Reviews

    Scenic Sapphire Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Scenic Sapphire, launched in 2008, is one of Scenic's popular “space ships.” If you...

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    claudegaron
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Everything About the Scenic Sapphire Rhone River Cruise Was First Class
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    bob12and35
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    For the price it should have been excellent
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