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Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Marvelous Heidelberg castle, Germany

Radiant Rhine Cruise

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 2,999 $ 333 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience walking Tour of Amsterdam
  • You’ll visit major highlights of Anne Frank’s House (Amsterdam)
  • Visit Haymarket (Cologne)
  • Visit Jewish Baths (Cologne)
  • Visit Gothic Cologne Cathedral (Der Kölner Dom)
  • Walking Tour of Old Town (Koblenz)
  • See the fabulous St. Castor’s Basilica (Koblenz)
  • Schängel Fountain (Koblenz)
  • Mannheim Palace
  • Walking Tour of Strasbourg

Short Description

Have a wonderful opportunity to 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz. You will have delightful journey over UNESCO world Heritage site “Heidelberg Castle, “where you’ll travel to one of the oldest and most famous university towns of Germany, you will also explore Rotterdam world’s largest harbours and commercial ports in the world and many more attractions through this journey.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Amsterdam
End City Mainz

Trip Includes

  • 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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • 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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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

Your fascinating journey begins with your flight to Amsterdam via Frankfurt.

Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Amsterdam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 4: Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 5: Cologne (Germany)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Welcome to Germany! Enjoy the passing vistas while at sail. Your afternoon walking tour 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 dinner followed by a musical evening in the lounge.

Day 6: Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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!

Day 7: Mannheim/Speyer (Germany)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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!

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

Day 8: Strasbourg (France)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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!

Day 9: Mainz (Germany)/USA

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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Ship Name

Cruise Ship: MS Bellejour

Ship Stats

Category C Cabin

Included Cabin on Lower Deck featuring a Porthole

Category B Cabin

Upgraded Cabin on Middle Deck featuring a French Balcony

Category A Cabin

Upgraded Cabin on Upper Deck featuring a French Balcony

Ship Description

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.

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Optional Activities

Optional Tours

Red light district tour

Amsterdam from $ 44.81per person

The tour covers the entire area known as the Red Light District.  This neighborhood where everyday life is just a little different than our average Amsterdam neighborhood.  Join us on this walking tour to discover that there is a whole lot more about the Red Light District that meets the eye.  Being the oldest part of the city has a long and turbulent past and perhaps even an uncertain future.  We’ll take you along the historical parts, the latest additions and the most colorful alleyways.  Stroll along the busy canals, roma the narrow streets and we will make sure you will have a full understanding of this world famous and exciting piece of Amsterdam.

Walking tour with mechanical music museum

Rudesheim from$  49.29 per person

Rudesheim is a historic city of winegrowers dating back to the Romans.  The old town, dating from the Middle Ages, and parts of the city’s fortification like the Adlerturm (eagle tower) are meticulously maintained.  Here you will find cozy traditional wine taverns in historic half-timbered houses.  No tourist leaves this international well-known city without visiting the world-famous Museum of Mechanical Instruments.  Here you will see a vast collection, dating back three centuries, of fascinating musical instruments that function like computers, ranging from tiny, delicate, music boxes to metal discs to enormous orchestra ensembles- all powered by mechanical ingenuity.  Tools and machines for the production of organ pipes, cardboard sheet music, rolls of sheet music and perforated disks are also on display in the collection.

Please note: In case the Museum of Mechanical Instruments is not available, it will be replaced with a visit to a local wine cellar with wine tasting.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation Policy:

Charges per person are:

Up to 90 days before departure: $300

89-60 days before departure: $1000

59-45 days before departure: $1500

44-30 days before departure: $2000

29 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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