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Radiant Rhine Cruise

AMSTERDAM, COLOGNE, STRASBOURG & MAINZ

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,499

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this vacation package. Reserve by November 16, 2017,  to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on this tour so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your vacation package includes
Itinerary A:

  • 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Cologne (Germany)
  • Koblenz (Germany)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Speyer/Worms (Germany)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Mainz (Germany)

Itinerary B (Reverse Sailing):

  • 7-night cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam
  • Mainz (Germany)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Worms/Speyer (Germany)
  • Ruedesheim (Germany)
  • Cologne (Germany)
  • Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Amsterdam (Neterlands)
  • Walking Tour of Amsterdam
  • Anne Frank’s House (Amsterdam)
  • Hey Market (Cologne)
  • Jewish Baths (Cologne)
  • the Gothic Cologne Cathedral (Der Kölner Dom)
  • Walking Tour of Old Town (Koblenz)
  • St. Castor’s Basilica (Koblenz)
  • Schängel Fountain (Koblenz)
  • Mannheim Palace
  • Walking Tour of Strasbourg
  • Round trip airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • 7-night cruise aboard the 5-star MS Bellejour
  • 20 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), and 7 dinners (D)
  • Free wine, beer, or soda daily with lunch and dinner
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager and Local English-Speaking Guides throughout

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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

Depart

Return

Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Nov 16 2017

Reserve after
Nov 16 2017

2018

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Sale

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Apr 10 (A)

Apr 18

$ 2499

$ $2599

$ 2899

Apr 17 (B)

Apr 25

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2899

May 1 (A)

May 9

$ 2649

$ 2749

$ 3049

July 27 (B)

Aug 4

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3199

Aug 10 (B)

Aug 18

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Aug 24 (A)

Sep 1

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Sep 7 (A)

Sep 15

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1199.
Itinerary A: Cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz
Itinerary B: Cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam
MS BELLEJOUR CABIN UPGRADES:
Rates are based on Lower Deck Category C Cabins with portholes. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT B., Middle Deck with French Balconies: add $299 per person double occupancy / $449 per person single occupancy
• CAT A., Upper Deck with French Balconies: add $499 per person double occupancy
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for this tour can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Tour Itinerary A
Amsterdam to Mainz

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey begins with your flight to Amsterdam via Frankfurt.
Day 2
Arrive in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Welcome to the Netherlands! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to the ship. Once on board, check into your cabin and explore the cruise ship prior to dinner and an information briefing. MS Bellejour (D)
Day 2
Amsterdam.
With its characteristic canals surrounded by narrow, low, and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city, which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Your morning city walking tour will introduce you to all the major highlights including Anne Frank’s House, the marketplace, and the many canals that crisscross the city. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city further. You may consider an optional Zaanse Schans Windmill tour where you will have a chance to view Dutch clog making and enjoy a taste of famous Dutch cheeses. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew introduction before dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3
Rotterdam (Netherlands).
This morning explore one of the world’s largest harbors and commercial ports in the world! Your walking tour includes the harbor front, the docs and shipyards filled with thousands of containers, and the steamship “Rotterdam”, once the flagship of the Holland America Line. Later today, set sail for Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Cologne (Germany).
Welcome to Germany! Enjoy the passing vistas while at sail. Your afternoon walking tour will include the Hey Market, Festival Halls, Town Hall, Jewish Baths, Old Market, and Cologne’s the Dom, the remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! Return to the ship for dinner followed by a musical evening in the lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany).
Enjoy a delightful walking tour of the Old Town including St. Castor’s Basilica, the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I, and the town’s landmark, the “Schängel” Fountain. This evening, get ready for a fun “Pirate’s” dinner followed by an optional Ruedesheim walking tour through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating back to the 1500s with a wine tasting included! (B,L,D)
Day 6
Mannheim/Speyer (Germany).
Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. You may consider an optional tour to the Heidelberg Castle, where you’ll travel to one of the oldest and most famous university towns of Germany. Heidelberg is also one of the country’s most endearing small cities, famous for its historical baroque center, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and ancient bridge crossing the Neckar River. The impressive hilltop castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, holding over 220,000 liters of wine! Later, enjoy a walking tour of Speyer. The resting place of eight Holy Roman Emperors and German Kings, the Speyer Cathedral, founded in 1030 is one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site! (B,L,D)

Note: Depending on sailing conditions, Speyer may be substituted with a stop in Worms where a walking tour will be included.

Day 7
Strasbourg (France).
Welcome to France! Begin your tour with a drive past the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parliament, and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour with unique views of half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. This afternoon you may consider the optional tour to Colmar, the self-proclaimed “capital” of the Alsace wine region, which is renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval center. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 8
Mainz (Germany)/USA.
After breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark the cruise ship. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US full of memories from your incredible journey. (B)

Tour Itinerary B
Reverse Sailing: Mainz to Amsterdam

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey begins with your flight to Mainz via Frankfurt.
Day 2
Arrive in Mainz (Germany).
Welcome to Germany! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to the ship. Once on board, check into your cabin and explore the cruise ship prior to dinner and an information briefing. MS Bellejour (D)
Day 3
Strasbourg (France).
Welcome to France! This morning, enjoy the passing countryside as you cruise to Strasbourg. Upon arrival, begin your tour with a drive past the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parliament, and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour with unique views of half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. This afternoon you may consider the optional tour to Colmar, the self-proclaimed “capital” of the Alsace wine region, which is renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval center. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew introduction before dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Mannheim/Worms (Germany).
Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. You may consider an optional tour to the Heidelberg Castle, where you’ll travel to one of the oldest and most famous university towns of Germany. Heidelberg is also one of the country’s most endearing small cities, famous for its historical baroque center, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and ancient bridge crossing the Neckar River. The impressive hilltop castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, holding over 220,000 liters of wine! Later, enjoy a walking tour of Worms, one of the oldest cities in Germany.
Worms is renowned for its Romanesque Cathedral and for being the place where Martin Luther refused to recant his beliefs in 1521. (B,L,D)

Note: Depending on sailing conditions, Worms may be substituted with a stop in Speyer where a walking tour will be included.

Day 5
Ruedesheim/Koblenz (Germany).
Explore this lovely riverside town independently, or join an optional walking and wine tasting tour through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating from the 1500s. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail. Later, enjoy a delightful walking tour of Koblenz. Explore the Old Town including St. Castor’s Basilica, the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I, and the town’s landmark, the “Schängel” Fountain. This evening get ready for a fun “Pirate’s” dinner followed by a musical evening in the lounge. (B,L,D)
Day 6
Cologne (Germany).
Your morning walking tour will include the Hey Market, Festival Halls, Town Hall, Jewish Baths, Old Market, and Cologne’s the Dom, the remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! This evening prepare for the popular Crew Revue! (B,L,D)
Day 7
Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Welcome to the Netherlands! This morning explore one of the world’s largest harbors and commercial ports in the world! Your walking tour includes the harbor front, the docs and shipyards filled with thousands of containers, and the steamship “Rotterdam”, once the flagship of the Holland America Line. You may consider an optional Hague/Delft tour with a visit to Den Haag, home to the Dutch Parliament and the International Court of Justice followed by Delft, home to the royal house of Orange, the Blue Ceramic factory, and Johannes Vermeer. (B,L,D)
Day 8
Amsterdam.
With its characteristic canals surrounded by narrow, low, and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city, which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Your morning city walking tour will introduce you to all the major highlights including Anne Frank’s House, the marketplace, and the many canals that crisscross the city. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city further. You may consider an optional Zaanse Schans Windmill tour where you will have a chance to view Dutch clog making and enjoy a taste of famous Dutch cheeses. This evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 9
Depart Amsterdam (Netherlands)/Arrive USA.
After breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark the cruise ship. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US full of memories from your incredible journey. (B)

Cruise Ship: MS Bellejour

Built in 2004 and renovated in 2013 the lovely “Bellejour” features 90 outside facing cabins spread over 3 decks. All cabins are approximately 160 sq feet with modern amenities including beds that can be separated, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, phone, hairdryer, mini bar, individual heating and cooling system, and separate bathroom with individual shower and toilet. Public areas include the lobby/reception, restaurant, boutique, library, lounge, bar and café, gym with sauna and whirlpool, and an oversized sun deck with lounge chairs.

MS Bellejour

MS Bellejour

MS Bellejour

MS Bellejour

MS Bellejour

 

Category C Cabin
Included Cabin on Lower Deck featuring a Porthole

MS Bellejour

 

Category B Cabin
Upgraded Cabin on Middle Deck featuring a French Balcony

MS Bellejour

 

Category A Cabin
Upgraded Cabin on Upper Deck featuring a French Balcony

MS Bellejour

 

MS Bellejour Deck Plan

MS Bellejour

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your Rhine Cruise more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in Euros and are subject to change based on supplier rates. Payment should be made in Euros by cash, Visa, or Mastercard (a service fee may apply when paying by credit card). Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates.

Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans Old Town & Windmills (approx. 60 Euros per person)
Zaanse Schans is situated just outside Amsterdam and is one of the great highlights of the Netherlands. By visiting this community, experience a vibrant living and working society with unchanged ways dating back to the 18th and 19th century. Stunning waterside landscapes, wooden-windmills, barns, quaint houses and museums built in the typically Dutch architectural style, bring Dutch history back to life! Enjoy an exciting guided walking tour and visit the paint-mills, oil-mills and saw-mills, plus view a range oftraditional crafts; cheese and clog-making, pewter works and Delft blue pottery painting.
Ruedesheim
Walking Tour with Wine Tasting (approx. 40 Euros per person)
Departing directly from the ship, enjoy a walking tour of the ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets. Your guide will introduce you to the history of this 16th century town and the surrounding wine growing region which you will have a chance to savor at the end of the tour with a wonderful wine tasting at a local cellar.
Mannheim
Heidelberg Castle & Walking Tour (approx. 64 Euros per person)
Travel by bus from Mannheim to Heidelberg, the oldest and most famous university town of Germany. Heidelberg is one of the country’s most endearing small cities, famous for its historical baroque center, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting and ancient bridge crossing the Neckar River. Your guided tour will begin with the impressive hilltop castle, set in a stunning location overlooking the main square and Rhine Valley. This castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard; each building highlighting a different period of German architecture. In the castle’s wine cellar, don’t miss the biggest wine barrel in the world, which holds over 220.000 liters of wine! After the castle tour, explore the romantic town center before rejoining the ship.
Strasbourg
Colmar, Alsace Wine Region Tour (approx. 65 Euros per person)
The self-proclaimed “capital” of the Alsace wine region, specializing in Riesling and Gewürztraminer wines, is also renowned for its beautifully preserved medieval center, its numerous architectural landmarks, such as the Gothic 13th-century, Eglise Saint-Martin church and its museums, among which is the Unterlinden.
Rotterdam
Den Hague & Delft (approx. 62 Euros per person)
Depart to visit Den Haag (The Hague), home to the Dutch Parliament and the International Court of Justice followed by Delft, the city of Delft Blue, the Royal House of Orange and Johannes Vermeer one of the best-known artists from the Dutch Golden Age. His name is inextricably linked with Delft, the city in which he was born in 1632 and where he lived and worked all his life.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Your flights from New York and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.

Departure Date Airport Airline Depart Return
2018: Apr. 10, May 1 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 4:10PM 7:55PM
2018: Apr. 17 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 9:55PM 3:40PM
2018: Jul. 27, Aug. 10 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 9:55PM 3:15PM
2018: Aug. 24 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 9:55PM 7:55PM
2018: Sep. 7 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 9:55PM 1:30PM

 

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Lufthansa Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.  Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please advise us in writing should your address change.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE
In April you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s with nighttime lows in the mid-30’s to low 40’s. In May daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the high 40’s to low 50’s after the sun goes down. In July and August you can expect temperatures in the 70’s during the day and in the 50’s during the evening. September daytime temperatures are typically in the mid 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the low 50’s. It can rain on occasion year-round so consider bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
On the cruise ship and some stores during your shore excursions will accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. On board the Euro is the accepted currency. Credit cards may be used on board (Visa or Mastercard only), but a service charge may be applied. As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code.

ELECTRICITY
On board the ship the electrical current is 220V/50MHZ and you will find a round pin electrical socket. You may need a universal transformer to convert the current and an adapter to fit the outlet/plug. Electrical current requirements range from one electronic device to another; please check your chargers and electronic devices prior to travel.

BAGGAGE
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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