Join WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner for two nights in Amsterdam before exploring one of Europe’s most legendary rivers. You will stay in the heart of the Amsterdam at the beautiful Kimpton De Witt hotel for two nights. Your stay includes a tour of Amsterdam and canal cruise, and gives you free time to explore this exciting city.
Your river cruise journey along the Rhine will enchant you. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides. Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses and get an insider’s look at one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim; and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Join Jeff on this once in a lifetime trip!
Motor coach transportation is included from various pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where you’ll be transferred to the Kimpton De Witt Hotel (or similar)
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Breakfast included and at leisure at the hotel.
Morning departure for half day tour of Amsterdam including a canal cruise.
AMSTERDAM CITY TOUR, HALF DAY
You’ll meet your English-speaking guide and begin your city tour of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, with its 700-year-old story and the famous canals with more than 1000 bridges, is called the Venice of the north. The excursion takes you past the historic city center with the dam square and the royal palace, the canals with the famous 'lean bridge 'and the museum quarter with its various famous museum.
A visit in Amsterdam would be less spectacular without a canal tour. Originally the canals were not used as a waterway. The main function of the canals was to drain the swampy building sites: Nothing of the defiance proved that the water was not only practical, but also beautiful. The canal boat is the best way to enjoy Amsterdam as it takes you past the architectural and historical sites of Amsterdam.
Later you’ll visit the diamond factory, one of the largest diamond locations of Amsterdam where the art of the grinding is demonstrated. You will see how an insignificant stone is slowly transformed into a twinkling, precious jewel, in which the light reflects itself in all colors of the rainbow. Amsterdam and diamonds belong together.
Afternoon and evening on own.
Hotel: Kimpton De Witt (or similar)
After breakfast this morning at your hotel, enjoy a morning at leisure before departure to your home for the next seven days the S.S. Antoinette. The ship will set sail in the afternoon for your first port of call, Cologne.
You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and magical secrets with you. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Featured Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral
No other river valley on earth boasts more castles than the Rhine, and today you’ll have an opportunity to experience real-life “Game of Thrones” ambiance deep within the medieval walls of Marksburg Castle. Not into dungeons and dragons? Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a walking discovery tour. Today brings you a plethora of Rhine delights. You begin in Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town at the northern end of the most scenic section of the Rhine, where you’ll decide between two very different experiences, a walking tour of medieval Koblenz or explore one of the most extraordinary castles on the banks of the river—followed by yet another choice: You see a close-up view of the beautiful region via bicycle, or once you arrive in Boppard, you can opt to take a leisurely stroll through the fascinating village.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or Marksburg Castle or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride or Boppard village stroll
Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—an exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollards or an invigorating vineyard hike. Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may opt to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take the long way shoreward from Niederwald with a vineyard hike that includes a stop at a unique museum.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen
Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. For something unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line. The ship docks in Germersheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg via its historic canals (the way Strasbourg has been seen by its visitors through the centuries), which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with an exclusive walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town visit or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
Look up “charming and “picturesque” in the dictionary and it could very well show images of today’s choice of destinations—two of Alsace’s best-known wine villages or a town some have hailed as the prettiest in the world. Is it really? See for yourself from our uniquely Uniworld perspective. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Featured Excursion: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour
Enjoy breakfast before you disembark and transfer to the Basel Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up. (Buffet Breakfast)
Air-Inclusive Transportation Package
- Group motorcoach transfer from select pick-up points to and from Chicago O’Hare
- Round-trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Amsterdam, returning from Basel, Switzerland
- Motorcoach transfers between the airport, hotel and ship
Host and Services
- Join 620 WTMJ radio host Jeff Wagner on this enticing journey!
- Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
- Customized, informative travel documents
- Hotel accommodations in Amsterdam for two nights at the centrally located 4-star Kimpton De Witt Hotel (or similar) including breakfast daily
River Cruise Highlights
- Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the beautiful S.S. Antoinette
- All gratuities to onboard staff, and to Uniworld onshore coach drivers and tour guides during your cruise
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks during lunch and dinner onboard the ship
- $100.00 ship board credit per person
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Luxuriously appointed riverview staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options; iPhone/iPod charger and player
- Bathrooms stocked with L’Occitane bath and body products and comfy robes and slippers
- Amsterdam half-day sightseeing tour including a canal cruise
- Six days of Uniworld excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Not Included: Meals unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date is required.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare
Pay in Full Discount: Pay in full at time of booking prior to June 28, 2018 and receive:
- Classic Cabin : $370.00 off per person
- French Balcony : $455.00 off per person
- Deluxe Balcony: $500.00 off per person
Past Passenger Discount: Deposit or Pay in Full by June 28, 2018 receive an additional:
- Classic Cabin: $190.00 off per person
- French Balcony: $235.00 off per person
- Deluxe Balcony: $260.00 off per person
NOTE: Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have travel previously – last 5 years – with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels. Pay in Full Discount does not exempt participants from increases in air taxes and fuel surcharges at any time. Discounts are subject to change at any time.
The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 154-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema.
The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship.
Flights from Chicago O’Hare are Pending
The flights included in the air-inclusive package have not yet been announced, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.
Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.
Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.
Jeff Wagner recently completed his 17th year as a talk show host at 620WTMJ. Jeff’s show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff’s common sense approach to issues. In both 2013 and 2015, Jeff was named as one of the 100 most influential talk show hosts in the country.
Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.
- Date of Booking to May 1, 2019: Deposit amount $800.00 per person
- May 2, 2019 – July 5, 2019: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- July 6, 2019 – August 5, 2019: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
- August 6, 2019 to departure: No refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.
Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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