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Rhine River Cruise

August 21-28, 2021

River Cruise

Join the Women's Travel Club on one of Europe’s most legendary rivers. This wonderul journey along the Rhine River will take you across Germany—and touches in Holland, France, and Switzerland! You will start in the ever popular, quaint and yet modern city of Amsterdam, Holland. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”
Cologne, Germany—a 2,000 year-old city known for its gothic architecture—will be an exciting stop with its famous twin-spired cathedral and Old Town with many shops, cafés, and taverns. Pass through the dramatic Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Nearby, in the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, visit the unique Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which is home to instruments created over the last 300 years. Continue your Rhine river cruise to Mainz for a guided walk and visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum, or take an excursion to Heidelberg to visit the ruins of its red-walled castle. In Strasbourg, France, be amazed by the red-sandstone gothic cathedral with ancient murals and fascinating astronomical clock. Also, stroll through the lovely La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Before the end of your European river cruise vacation, stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty.

 

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights Elegant River Cruise Accommodations
  • Includes excursions with Certified Local Guides.
  • Onboard welcome reception
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station.
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos & lattes.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water daily.
  • Captain’s welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Leader
Itinerary
Rhine River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel
Day 1 - Arrive Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 PM. Guests must be on board ship by 5:00 PM. Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for this beautiful city. Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a guided canal cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's Gold Age.
This afternoon you may like to join in a guided optional excursion to Muiderslot Castle or a guided biking excursion to the dutch countryside. Alternatively, take some time to explore Amsterdam's colorful streets and canal houses, galleries and shops.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 3 - Cologne, Germany

Cologne is like a living textbook on history and architecture: drifting about town you’ll stumble upon an ancient Roman wall, medieval churches galore, nondescript postwar buildings, avant-garde structures and a new postmodern quarter right on the Rhine.
Your included activities will give you a choice of a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral or a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites.
Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 4 - Rudesheim, Germany

Sail through the Rhine gorge to Rüdesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
Today we take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience and then enjoy a local special treat.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 5 - Mainz- Heidelberg

Surrounded by forest, one of Germany’s oldest and most famous towns is renowned for its baroque Altstadt, beautiful riverside setting and evocative half-ruined hilltop castle.
Today you can enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel” or join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 6 - Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg's rich architectural heritage embraces styles from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic and Art Nouveau eras. The old town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys that beckon you to wander and look up at the rooflines and steeples. The reflections of half-timbered houses with sloping roofs, reminiscent of those seen in fairytales, recur in the many waterways surrounding and running through the city. Cascades of brightly colored flowers hang over balconies and bridges.
Today you may enjoy a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 7 - Breisach, Germany - Black Forest

Measuring 160km from top to bottom, the Black Forest is a lovely expanse of hills, lakes and forest. Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting.
You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
Accommodations - Avalon Vista

 

Day 8 - Basel, Switzerland- Depart

Time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and wonderful new friends. You will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates
Early Booking Bonus (EBB) until February 28, 2020

Category E – Fixed Window

Double - $4649 CAD per person EBB until Feb 28, 2020 - $3449 CAD per person(sharing a cabin)
Single - $7076 CAD per person EBB and Single promo until Feb 28, 2020 - $4649 CAD per person(your own cabin)

Category D – Fixed Window

Double - $4898 CAD per personEBB until Feb 28, 2020 - $3698 CAD per person (sharing a cabin)
Single - $5612 CAD per personEBB and Single promo until Feb 28, 2020 - $4898 CAD per person(your own cabin)

Category B – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $5948 CAD per person EBB until Feb 28, 2020 - $4748 CAD per person(sharing a cabin)
Single - $9098 CAD per person EBB and Single promo until Feb 28, 2020 - $5948 CAD per person(your own cabin)

Category A – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony

Double - $5998 CAD per personEBB until Feb 28, 2020 - $4798 CAD per person(sharing a cabin)
Single - $9166 CAD per person EBB and Single promo until Feb 28, 2020 - $5998 CAD per person(your own cabin)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.
EBB = Early Booking Bonus
Single promo is very limited and may sell out at any time.

Deposit of $250 per person due at time of booking.
Second deposit of $750 per person due Dec 1, 2020.

Final Payment due - May 15, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Activity Level

Low Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours. Avalon offers specialized tours for those with mobility issues.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 10 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages (Other than beer and wine with meals as noted)
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of pre/post night hotel
  • Airport Transfers (see below)

 

Tour Leader

Debbie Groulx
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

 

Airport Transfers

Arrival airport transfers may be purchased for August 21st arrivals for $45 per person. Flights must arrive in Amsterdam between 6:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
Departure airport transfers may be purchased for August 28th departures for $45 per person. Flights must depart between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM

 

Pre-Night Hotel

Moevenpick Amsterdam City
Superior First-Class
A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.
Currently pricing is not available for the pre-night hotel. As soon as we have current pricing it will be updated here.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $196
Single Occupancy - $310
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

 

Post-Night Hotel

Renaissance Zurich Tower
Superior First-Class
This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.

Rate:
Double Occupancy - $196
Single Occupancy - $290
(Prices and hotel are subject to change. Arrival transfer not available for pre-night.)

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please do not book any flights until tour is guaranteed.
Once flight booking for this tour opens we are please to offer a flight booking service. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. A service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Amsterdam
The recommended earliest arrival time is 8:30 AM
Must be on the ship by 5:00 PM

Depart from Zurich
Flights should not leave before 10:00 AM
Last operating departure transfer is by 3:30 PM

Flight Quote

 

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Rhine River Cruise
Avalon Vista

Experience European river views unlike any other ship can offer. The Avalon Vista's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. Enjoy seamless cabin views that bring the view inside on your European river cruise. Our Comfort Collection beds face the window for the ultimate in relaxed luxury with fresh breezes and enchanting scenery. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include a Fitness Center, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and the delightful Sky Bistro.

 

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.

Moevenpick Amersterdam City
A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.

Renaissance Zurich Tower
This 300 room luxury hotel is housed in a modern tower building located in the vibrant Zurich West quarter. The exclusive Grill restaurant serves urban cuisine and the lounge bar offers drinks, snacks and cocktails. Other amenities include a fitness area on the 15th floor with city views, sauna and steam bath.

Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request