Radiant Rhine

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Radiant Rhine2019-02-25T12:33:43+00:00

Included Highlights:

  • Accommodations in all outside facing cabins in category of your choice.
  • A total of 20 meals (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners).
  • Free flowing house wine, beer, soft drinks for dinner daily and 1 bottled water in cabins replenished daily.
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and farewell dinner.
  • All on board lectures, games, quizzes and other entertainment arranged by the crew.
  • Total of 7 included sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides, entrance fees and transportation.
  • Services of professional English speaking Cruise Manager and Cruise Director throughout.

Not Included:

  • Arrival/departure transfers (may be arranged for an additional fee).
  • Optional excursions when offered by the ship (may require a minimum number of participants to operate).
  • Meals and drinks other than those specified (additional drink packages may be purchased on board).
  • Costs of a personal nature including; laundry, telephone, souvenirs and similar.
  • WI-FI: Available for a fee.
  • Tips: To local drivers/guides and ship crew not included. Suggested amounts will be advised.
  • Travel Insurance: Not included but highly recommended.

Day 0 FLY USA – NETHERLANDS (0)

Services as per airline policy.

Day 1 AMSTERDAM, Holland Embark after 4 pm overnight (D)

WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS! Once on board, check in to your cabin and enjoy a welcome buffet. Then explore your floating hotel. An information meeting will be held prior to dinner.

Day 2 AMSTERDAM Set sail: 23:00 (B, L, D)

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 included walking tour will introduce you to all the major highlights of the city center, including Anne Frank’s House (outside), the marketplace and the many canals that crisscross the city. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is free to explore the city further on your own or take an optional tour. A welcome cocktail and crew introduction will precede dinner.

Day 3 ARNHEM 06:00 – 14:00 (B, L, D)

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.

Day 4 COLOGNE, Germany 6:00 – 21:30 (B, L, D)

WELCOME TO GERMANY! Your included walking tour of this fabulous city, will include the Hey Market, Festival Halls, Town Hall, Jewish Baths, Old Market, and famous 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 free for optional activities.

Day 5 KOBLENZ: 06:30-12:30 RUEDESHEIM: 18:00-3:00 (B, L, D)

Koblenz: Enjoy a delightful morning 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 our fun “Pirate’s” dinner. Then explore Ruedesheim on your included guided walking tour through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating from the 1500 hundreds with wine tasting included!

Day 6 MANNHEIM 12:30 – 18:30 (B, L, D)

Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. After lunch on board, depart on your included excursion to Heidelberg. 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! Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 7 STRASBOURG (port of Kehl) 08:30-19:00 (B, L, D)

WELCOME TO FRANCE! Your morning bus/walking tour of this UNESCO’s World Heritage site will begin with a drive by the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parilament, and Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame. This will be followed by a walking tour, offering unique views of half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. This evening prepare for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner!

Day 8 MAINZ, Germany Disembarkation 09:00 (B)

As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark with a suitcase full of memories! (Services end with breakfast)
*All stops and times shown are subject to change and alteration based on sailing conditions and other factors.

Day 0 FLY USA – GERMANY (Frankfurt) (0)

Services as per airline policy

Day 1 MAINZ, Germany Embark after 4 pm (D)

Welcome to Germany! Once on board, check in to your cabin and explore the ship prior to dinner and an information meeting.

Day 2 MANNHEIM 07:00 – 14:00 (B, L, D)

Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. After breakfast, board your bus for your included excursion to Heidelberg. 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! Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as the ship sails onto Strasbourg.

Day 3 STRASBOURG (port of Kehl) 5:00-22:00 (B, L, D)

WELCOME TO FRANCE! After breakfast on board, hop on the bus for your included tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site, beginning with a drive by the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parliament, and Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame. This will be followed by a walking tour, offering unique views of half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. The balance of the day is free to explore on your own. Depart for Worms late in the evening.

Day 4 WORMS: 9:00-14:00 RUEDESHEIM: 17:30-overnight (B, L, D)

Worms walking tour: 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”. (Depending on sailing conditions, Worms may be substituted with a stop in Speyer where a walking tour will be included). Back on board for lunch, sail on towards Ruedesheim.

Day 5 RUEDESHEIM: 00:00-11:00 KOBLENZ: 15:30-22:00 (B, L, D)

Ruedesheim: After breakfast on board, explore this lovely riverside town on your own or partake in the optional walking & wine tasting tour through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating from the 1500 hundreds with wine tasting included! Return to the ship and sail onto Koblenz. On the way to Koblenz, sail through the Lorelei Passage. According to a popular legend, Lorelei was the name of a young maiden who jumped to her death from the rock due to an unfaithful lover. Then, she became a siren who bewitched the hearts of the sailors with her hypnotizing voice and when they looked up to the rock, their boats crashed and were engulfed in the deep waters. The legend says that, if you listen carefully, Lorelei’s voice can be heard even today.

Koblenz: Take off on your 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 our fun “Pirate’s” dinner followed by a musical evening in the lounge.

Day 6 COLOGNE, Germany 03:30 – 22:00 (B, L, D)

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. The afternoon is free for optional pursuits. In the evening, try your luck at our unique and fun CruceCasino! Depart for Amsterdam in the evening.

Day 7 AMSTERDAM 15:00 – overnight (B, L, D)

Enjoy morning activities on board including Bingo and/or a piano concert in the lounge! On arrival depart on your included walking tour of central Amsterdam, without a doubt, one of the most charming cities in Europe. Featuring 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. Here you will see most of the major sights, including Anne Frank’s House (outside), the marketplace and the many canals that crisscross the city. Tonight prepare for our Captain’s Farewell dinner.

Day 8 AMSTERDAM, Holland Disembarkation 09:00 (B)

As all good things must come to an end, after breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark with a suitcase full of memories! (Services end with breakfast)
*All stops and times shown are subject to change and alteration based on sailing conditions and other factors.

Optional Excursions

AMSTERDAM RED LIGHT DISTRICT tour, 1h30 - 40 Euro pp
This tour covers the entire area known as the RED LIGHT DISTRICT. The red light district is a neighborhood where everyday life is just a little different than your average Amsterdam neighborhood. Join us on this walking tour to discover that there is a whole lot more about the Red Light District than meets the eye. Being the oldest part of the city it 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, roam the narrow streets and we will make sure you will have a full understanding of this world famous and exciting piece of Amsterdam.
ZAANSE SCHANS + Volendam, 4h - 66 Euro pp
This lively guided tour takes you into the lovely Dutch country-side. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Located 25 km from Amsterdam, it is an open-air museum featuring more than 30 houses built in 16-17th centuries, all of which invite you to discover the country-side life of Medieval Holland. More than a thousand windmills were built along the Zaan river but only 6 remain. The village has preserved old Dutch traditions of house building, clog making and old fashioned cheese production – which you will have a chance to not only see but sample as well!. Nearby is Volendam, a fisherman village, well-known for its delicious shrimps, eels and herring. Enjoy some free time to explore this authentic town with its own culture, language and locals wearing national dresses.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to time limitations in Amsterdam, to avoid disappointment, this tour should be pre-ordered on all AMS-MNZ downstream sailings.
AMSTERDAM City Center walking tour 2h - INCLUDED
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 walking tour of the city center will introduce you to highlights such as the open market place, Dam Square, the Central Station, Anne Frank’s House (outside)*, and the unique medieval houses built along the vast system of canals that criss-cross the city! The afternoon is free to explore further on your own or take one of the optional excursions to either the Keukenhof**Tulip gardens or the Zaanse Schans Windmills.
PLEASE NOTE: *Anne Frank House is undergoing a 2 year renovation and can only be viewed from the outside.
**Keukenhof Gardens will be open from 21 March through 19 of May, 2019
ARNHEM OPEN AIR MUSEUM visit, 2h30 - INCLUDED
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.
PLEASE NOTE: This stop replaces Worms and is available only on the downstream AMS-MAINZ sailings.
WORMS walking tour, 2h30 - INCLUDED
The ancient city of Worms can trace its beginnings from the earliest civilizations. Even before the Romans came, Germanic peoples had made Worms their capital. The Romans arrived in 14 BC, and built a small town with the Roman street plan, a forum, and temples to the gods Jupiter, Juno, Minerva and Mars. It was in Worms that Siegfried began his legendary adventures, recorded in The Nibelungenlied. In April 1521, the town’s most famous visitor, Martin Luther, arrived under less than desirable circumstances, when he was called to appear before the Imperial Diet “dee-it” at Worms. After refusing to retract his views (with the legendary words, “Here I stand, I can do no other”), Holy Roman Emperor Charles V declared him an outlaw. Now that Worms is mainly Protestant, a large monument to Luther and other giants of the Reformation has been erected in the city and it is a stop along the popular “Luther Trail”. Worms is also famous for its Romanesque architecture. A highlight of a visit is the 11th-century Cathedral of St. Peter. With its four towers and twin domes, this spectacular old building ranks along with the cathedrals of Speyer and Mainz as one of the finest achievements of the High Romanesque style. The nave is particularly impressive, rising some 27 meters, while its domes reach heights of 40 meters.
NOTE: Worms stop replaces Arnhem on all upstream cruises from Mainz to Amsterdam.

COLOGNE walking tour, 2h + free time - INCLUDED
With a history of almost 2000 years, Cologne (Köln) is the one of the largest and oldest metropolitan cities of Germany. You will be awestruck by the majestic cathedral, the Cologne Dom, one of the largest in Europe and the most important landmark of Cologne. The physical appearance of modern Cologne belies its ancient heritage. Allied bombing during World War II destroyed some 90 percent of the town; therefore, much of what you see was rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s. Our expert guide will give you a tour of the city and relate to you the history and sights of Cologne’s storied past dating back to the first century B.C. when the Romans founded Colonia Agrippensis.
KOBLENZ walking tour, 2h30 - INCLUDED
Koblenz is very happily situated at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, surrounded by four low hills. The town is 2,000 years old, founded by the Romans around a castle in the year 9 BC. Since then a series of invading armies and royalty – Prussians, French, Germans, Franks – have claimed Koblenz and built fortresses and castles galore. It also boasts a town center of cozy lanes and narrow alleys, historic buildings and unique cultural monuments. If it’s history, fairytales and beauty you want, Koblenz may well be what you’re looking for. The section of the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz offers vistas of steep vineyard-covered mountains punctuated by scores of castles. It is really rather magical.
RUDESHEIM walking tour with Mechanical music museum, 2h - INCLUDED
Rüdesheim 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 fortifications 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.
HEIDELBERG castle tour, 4h - INCLUDED
Heidelberg is a pedestrian-friendly city-especially in the Altstadt, or Old Town, where your explorations are likely to begin. The Altstadt is a long, narrow strip of medieval cityscape on the south bank of the Neckar River. Most sights are within a block or two of the Hauptstrasse or Main Street, which runs-with an occasional name change-from the department stores of the Bismarkplatz to the Karlstor at the eastern end of town. The churches, especially the Gothic Heiliggeistkirche on the Marktplatz (with its built-in market stalls) the Jesuitkirche, and the Peterskirche (Heidelberg’s second-oldest church, dating back to 1316) are just gorgeous. Schloss Heidelberg is a highlight: It’s on a hill behind the Altstadt, which you can reach on foot (via winding streets or paths) or with the Heidelberger Bergbahn, which runs to the castle and on up to the Königstuhl with its long-distance views, falconry center, children’s fairy-tale park, and other attractions. The Schloss is a pleasant combination of ruins, restored rooms, a massive wine vat, viewing terraces, an excellent pharmacy museum, and even a wedding chapel that attracts vast numbers of international couples.
STRASBOURG bus & walking tour, 4h - INCLUDED
Strasbourg is considered the daughter of the Rhine River. It is famous for its history, cathedrals, architecture and gastronomy. Upon transferring from the port to the city, during your walking tour you will discover several interesting historical sights. Petite France is an area on the Grand Île, called the Venice of the North because of its narrow streets and canals. It is a delightful area to visit and it takes you back to Medieval Strasbourg. One destination that should be on your “must see” list is the Place Gutenberg which lies in the center of medieval Strasbourg, not far from the Cathedral. This large square is a favorite for locals and tourists alike as it has a lot of excellent cafes and restaurants. The Chamber of Commerce building occupies one side of the square and is easily recognizable with its Renaissance style, but with the sloping roof that is typical of Alsace, where winter snow is a way of life. Until 1874 the Cathédrale Notre Dame was the tallest church in the world; today it is the 6th tallest and its tower dominates the Strasbourg skyline. The ground on which this magnificent edifice stands has been used for religious purposes for over 3000 years: in 12 BC a Roman sanctuary was built here with shrines to at least three of their gods; when Christianity arrived in the region a temple to the Virgin Mary was built over the ruins of the sanctuary.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In case of low waters or lock schedules, this tour may be operated by motor coach from Mannheim.

M/S Crucevita

This elegant, luxurious, boutique style vessel, the M/S Crucevita was designed in an old world grand yacht style. Superb public areas, accented in oak and leather, include a panorama restaurant, cozy bar and lounge, a fire-place, a gym, sauna, library, and sun deck! The cabins area spacious 14 sq m (150 sq ft) and are fitted with beds that are stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax. All cabins include air-conditioning/heating that can be regulated individually, a multi-channel satellite TV with remote control, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone and a hair dryer. The luxury bathroom contains a toilet, enclosed shower, and a stylish wash basin. Cabins on Main deck have panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck will have new French balconies (renovation scheduled for 2019 winter-season) The decks are interconnected by a regular elevator suitable to carry up to 4 persons. The Sun Deck is accessible from the Promenade Deck by an outside chair lift. Maximum capacity 110 passengers serviced by a young and vivacious crew of 36. Non-smoking interiors. Currency: Euro

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