Romantic Rhine River Cruise

October 5, 2018 to October 13, 2018

Join us for one night in Amsterdam before exploring one of Europe’s most legendary rivers.  This mesmerizing journey along the Rhine will include guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor coach transportation is included from various pickup points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where you’ll be transferred to a hotel prior to your embarkation to the Tranquility II.

Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital. This delightful city has elegant and classic architecture, many cafés, and restaurants and has a distinct ambiance. The streets, squares, canals, and bike paths throughout the city make for a vibrant atmosphere, and with over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world.

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time in the city this afternoon—you might like to join an optional biking tour (weather permitting). Later, bid tot ziens (farewell) to Holland and set sail for Germany.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy a peaceful morning of cruising before reaching Cologne in the afternoon. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, 2,000-year-old Koblenz is the cultural and business center of the Middle Rhine region. Here, join a Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the city that reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. The dramatic RHINE GORGE is the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters.

Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. In Rüdesheim, the quintessential Rhine Valley wine town, visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT before returning to your ship for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with “civilized” origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. Join your Local Guide for a GUIDED WALK through the Altstadt (Old Town) with its many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration.

Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. After lunch, travel to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany. With a LOCAL GUIDE, visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city that manages to retain its historic charm. On your GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR, visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timber houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade.

Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. An optional excursion into Alsace wine country is available today. After dinner, enjoy an onboard WOODCARVING demonstration.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning and then a transfer to the Basel Airport and your flight home to Chicago. Upon arrival in Chicago, your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your original point of pick up. (Breakfast)


  • 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, and hotel when purchasing the air-inclusive trip
  • Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland
  • Sightseeing Highlights to Include:
    • Amsterdam: Canal cruise
    • Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
    • Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff
  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative dinner of petite portions or regional specialties with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with wine and canapés
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts with a choice of leisurely, traditional or leisurely sightseeing pace options
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel, to accompany the group*
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and onboard tour director
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not included: Meals, unless noted; medical services; airline-imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, guides, and shipboard staff; or any other items of personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about reasonable options.

Cruise Only

Category E/D

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Two riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

Category B

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French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category A

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Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Category P

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Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive

Category E/D

See special discounts below!
Two riverview windows
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category B

See special discounts below!
French Balcony
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category A

See special discounts below!
Open Air Balcony
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy

Category P

See special discounts below!
Open Air Balcony
Motorcoach to Chicago and Airfare Included
Based on double occupancy
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking
Final Payment Date: June 30, 2018

All taxes and fees of $652.60 are INCLUDED and subject to change.

Call for single pricing.

*Taxes are subject to change. Air is pending. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Early Booking Discount: $250 per person discount when booked and deposited prior to February 19, 2018.

Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount: Past passengers of Avalon River Cruises, Globus, Monograms and Cosmos Vacations receive an additional $120.00 off per person (combinable with above promotions on single and double cabins).

NOTE: Discounts are subject to change at any time

Departure from Chicago (October 5) to Frankfurt (October 6)

Depart from Chicago O’Hare on Lufthansa 431 at 4:00 PM and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:15 AM on October 6th

Flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam (October 6)

Depart from Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa 988 at 9:05 AM and arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 10:20 AM

Flight from Basel to Munich (October 13)

Depart from EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg on Lufthansa 2397 at 1:10 PM and arrive at Munich Airport at 2:10 PM

Return flight from Munich to Chicago (October 13)

Depart from Munich Airport on Lufthansa 434 at 3:45 PM and arrive at Chicago O’Hare at 6:30 PM

 Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, 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. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

 

Optional Insurance:

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.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • Date of booking to June 30, 2018: Deposit amount $400 per person
  • July 1 to August 3, 2018:  50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • August 4 to September 4, 2018: 75% of trip cost+ applicable airline fees
  • September 5, 2018 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.