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Radiant Rhine Cruise

AMSTERDAM, COLOGNE, STRASBOURG & MAINZ

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $2,699

 

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this vacation package. Reserve by December 28, 2018,  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)
  • Arnhem (Netherlands)
  • Cologne (Germany)
  • Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Mainz (Germany)

Itinerary B (Reverse Sailing):

  • 7-night cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam
  • Mainz (Germany)
  • Mannheim (Germany)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Worms (Germany)
  • Ruedesheim/Koblenz (Germany)
  • Cologne (Germany)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Walking Tour of Amsterdam
  • Haymarket (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)
  • Heidelberg Castle Tour (Mannheim)
  • Walking Tour of Strasbourg
  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 7-night cruise aboard the MS Crucevita
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • 20 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), and 7 dinners (D)
  • Wine, beer, or soda with 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

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Apr 23 (A)

May 1

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

May 21 (A)

May 29

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

May 28 (B)

Jun 5

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Jun 18 (A)

Jun 26

$ 3199

$ 3299

$ 3599

Jul 23 (B)

Jul 31

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Aug 13 (A)

Aug 21

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Aug 27 (A)

Sep 4

$ 2999

$ 3099

$ 3399

Oct 8 (A)

Oct 16

$ 2799

$ 2899

$ 3199

Oct 15 (B)

Oct 23

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3099

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $1249.
Itinerary A: Cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz
Itinerary B: Cruise from Mainz to Amsterdam
2019 MS CRUCEVITA CABIN UPGRADES:
Rates are based Category C Cabins, Main Deck, Rear of Ship with picture window. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT B., Main Deck, Middle/Front of Ship with Picture Window: add $299 per person double occupancy / $449 per person single occupancy
• CAT A., Promenade Deck, Deluxe Cabin with French Balcony: add $499 per person double occupancy
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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 which must be received within 48 hours 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.
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 Crucevita (D)
Day 3
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: see the exterior of 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4
Arnhem (Netherlands).
North of the port lies one of the biggest attractions of the Netherlands, the Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Here, completely reconstructed historical monuments are manned by volunteers who will immerse you into the life of the past. This included tour will take you back to a setting of merchant’s houses, 19th-century farmhouses and mills of the golden age with samples of life on the farms, fields, factories, wine taverns, and shops The people, dressed in authentic costumes and settings, will regale you with stories about their “way of life” and maybe serve you a cup of coffee or a pint of beer in ‘the good old way’. A lively and humorous presentation of old Dutch customs and habits. Sail on to Cologne. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Cologne (Germany).
Welcome to Germany! Enjoy the passing vistas while at sail. Your walking tour of this fabulous city will include the Haymarket, 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 lunch. The balance of the day is at your leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 6
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 with wine tasting through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating back to the 1500s! (B,L,D)
Day 7
Mannheim (Germany).
Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. Today, enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg. One of the oldest and most famous university towns 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. The impressive hilltop castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, holding over 220,000 liters of wine! (B,L,D)
Day 8
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 evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 9
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 Frankfurt.
Day 2
Arrive in Mainz (Germany).
Welcome to Germany! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to Mainz where you’ll board the ship. Once on board, check into your cabin and explore the cruise ship prior to dinner and an information briefing. MS Crucevita (D)
Day 3
Mannheim (Germany).
Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. Today, enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg. One of the oldest and most famous university towns 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. The impressive hilltop castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, holding over 220,000 liters of wine! Return to the ship for lunch, then enjoy a relaxing afternoon as the ship sails onto Strasbourg! (B,L,D)
Day 4
Strasbourg (France).
Welcome to France! After breakfast on board, 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. The balance of the day is free to explore on your own before the ship departs for Worms this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 5
Worms (Germany).
Along with Speyer, Worms is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and is renowned for its Romanesque Cathedral as well as the place where in 1521 Martin Luther refused to recant his beliefs and was proclaimed a “heretic”. Here, you’ll enjoy a walking tour before lunch on board and sail onward towards Ruedesheim. (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 6
Ruedesheim/Koblenz (Germany).
After breakfast on board, explore this lovely riverside town independently, or join an optional tour with wine tasting 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 7
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 afternoon is free for optional pursuits! (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: view the exterior of 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)

MS Crucevita

This elegant, luxurious, boutique style vessel was designed in an old world grand yacht style. All cabins are approximately 150 sq feet with modern amenities including beds that can be stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax, air-conditioning/heating which can be regulated individually, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone, and a hair dryer. Cabins on the main deck have panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck will have new french balconies. The superb public areas include a panorama restaurant, cozy bar and lounge, a fireplace, a gym, sauna, library, and sun deck! The decks are interconnected by a regular elevator suitable to carry up to 4 persons. The currency on board the ship is the Euro.

MS Crucevita

MS Crucevita

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Lobby with Fireplace

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Elegant Lounge

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Cozy Restaurant

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Covered Sun Deck

 

Cabin by Day

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Cabin by Night

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MS Crucevita Deck Plan

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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
2019: Apr. 23 New York (JFK) Swiss Airlines / Lufthansa Airlines 9:00PM 8:00PM
2019: May 21 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 4:00PM 8:00PM
2019: May 28 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 4:00PM 2:00PM
2019: Jun. 18, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Oct. 8 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 10:00PM 8:00PM
2019: Jul. 23 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 10:00PM 2:00PM
2019: Oct. 15 New York (JFK) Lufthansa Airlines 10:00PM 3:30PM

 

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
The above 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.

LAND ONLY TRAVELERS

International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Main Tour Itinerary A: Land only services start upon independent check in at the boat in Amsterdam on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land Only services end after breakfast on the boat in Mainz on Day 9 of the itinerary.

Main Tour Itinerary B: Land only services start upon independent check in at the boat in Mainz on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land only services end after breakfast on the boat in Amsterdam on Day 9 of the itinerary.

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.

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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