Amsterdam and Romantic Rhine with Gene Mueller

August 16, 2017 to August 26, 2017

Join us for two nights in Amsterdam before exploring one of Europe’s most legendary rivers, hosted by 620 WTMJ Radio Host, Gene Mueller


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Gene Mueller River Cruise

Join us for two nights in Amsterdam before exploring one of Europe’s most legendary rivers with your 620 WTMJ Radio Host, Gene Mueller.  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 pick up points to Chicago O’Hare airport for the overnight flight to Amsterdam with Air-Inclusive package.

Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where you’ll be transferred to the hotel.

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. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

Hotel: Kimpton Hotel (or similar)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on a half day city tour of Amsterdam. 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.

Afternoon and evening on own.

Hotel: Kimpton Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and morning leisure time before departing to the Avalon Imagery II.
Avalon offers an optional excursion to Zaanse Schans with its traditional houses and Dutch craft workshops. This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception and dinner.

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. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. 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 Zurich 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)

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 Zurich, Switzerland
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, and hotel when purchasing the air inclusive trip

Host and Services

  • Join 620 WTMJ radio host Gene Mueller on a river cruise aboard the beautiful Avalon Imagery II!
  • Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations in Amsterdam for two nights at the centrally located 4-star Kimpton Hotel (formerly the Crowne Plaza City Centre Hotel) including breakfast daily

River Cruise Highlights

Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom aboard the new Avalon Imagery II

  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
  • All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
    • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
    • Daily Afternoon Tea, Daily Night Fare
    • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily
  • Shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Essential 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
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Amsterdam: canal cruise, half-day sightseeing tour
  • 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
  • Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg; guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
  • Strasbourg: visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
  • Breisach ~ Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum

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 a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.


Tour and Cruise Only

Category E-D Cabin

Two riverview windows
172 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Category B-P Cabin

Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
200 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Category E-D Cabin

Two riverview windows
172 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

Category B-P Cabin

Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
200 sq. ft.
Based on double occupancy

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $652.60 are INCLUDED and subject to change.  Air is pending. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Date: May 12, 2017

Journey’s Club Past Passenger Discount: Past passengers of Avalon River Cruises, Globus, Monograms and Cosmos Vacations receive an additional $140.00 off per person (combinable with above promotions on single and double cabins!)

Departing from Chicago

Depart August 16
Lufthansa 431–Depart Chicago O’Hare at 4:o5 p.m.  and arrive August 17 in Frankfurt at 7:20 a.m.

Lufthansa 988–Depart Frankfurt at 9:15 a.m. and arrive in Amsterdam at 10:25 a.m.

Return August 26

Lufthansa 1191 – Depart Zurich at 2:40 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 3:45 p.m.

Lufthansa 432 – Depart Frankfurt at 5:15 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:15 p.m.

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.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

About Gene Mueller

Gene is the host of Wisconsin’s Morning News on 620 WTMJ waking up Wisconsin with the News, Weather, Traffic and Sports they need to start their day. He has been on the air for over 30 years, having spent 25 years as morning show co-host on WKTI-FM, WTMJ’s former sister station. A native of Sheboygan, he started his radio career at Sheboygan North High School, went to UW-Stevens Point and began his professional radio career at WSPT AM/FM. He came to Milwaukee in 1981 as news director and morning show host of WQFM, and a year later joined WKTI.

Gene loves the energy and creativity of working in radio and the honor of being a part of someone’s day. He is a true Wisconsin sports fan and enjoys dabbling in small but potentially dangerous household repairs.

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:

  • From date of deposit to May 12, 2017: Deposit amount $400.00 per person
  • May 13 to June 16, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • June 17 to July 16, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 17, 2017 to date of 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.