Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine

Depart: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00 AM
Return: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:59 PM

11 Days • 23 Meals

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Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring cruise on the Romantic Rhine, Europe’s longest river. We travel on-board our modern ship, visiting iconic ports of call, sampling incredible cuisine, and absorbing the local atmosphere.

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSIONS

  • 23 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Visit four countries
  • Two-night hotel stay and touring in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Seven-night cruise
  • All gratuities included once aboard ship
  • First-class service by an English-speaking crew
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Explore the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens
  • Personal listening device for shore excursions
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • All meals included onboard with a variety of international cuisine
  • Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches and dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Variety of onboard evening entertainment
  • All port charges included
  • $55 in Mayflower Money

DAY 1 – Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

DAY 2 – Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland
Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. The afternoon is at leisure to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower Cruise Directors and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel. Meal: D

DAY 3 – City Tour of Lucerne
After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses the Reuss River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Meals: B

DAY 4 – Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus
Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation on your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner on board. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead. Meals: B, D

DAY 5 – Breisach, Germany
Today you have a choice to visit a typical Black Forest Village, featuring many of the famous black forest items, like Cuckoo clocks, amongst other things. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through some of the black forest trails.Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest Cake Assembling presentation and tasting

DAY 6 – Strasbourg, France
Once docked in Kehl, you will be transferred by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. Your guided walking tour will include the Grande Île, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval black and white timber framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstones buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Guided Tour of Strasbourg

DAY 7 – Heidelberg, Germany
Continue downstream to the town of Mannheim, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers. There you will have a chance to either visit the medieval town of Heidelberg including the impressive castle which overlooks the town or take part on an active hike to Heidelberg Hill. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Active Hike to Heidelberg Hill
EmeraldPLUS: Wine Tasting in Heidelberg

DAY 8 – Koblenz, Germany
Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, which is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. You will have a tour of Koblenz and a chance to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defences against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem Reichburg Castle Visit (optional)

DAY 9 – Cologne, Germany
Founded by the Romans, Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your local guide for an included tour of the Old Town, with free time for exploring. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest and most modern cities largely due to a rebuilding plan post WWII, and it has many different museums and galleries. This evening, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner. Meals: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Football Stadium Tour (optional)

DAY 10 – Amsterdam, Holland
This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the “garden of Europe” as you admire gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Return to the ship in the afternoon to explore the city of Amsterdam at your leisure. Meals: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: AGuided Bike Tour

DAY 11 – Amsterdam / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your cruise along the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Meal: B
Itinerary and vessel are subject to change

Pricing includes:

  • FREE airfare from Des Moines for reservations booked by February 28, 2019!
  • Local Transportation to/from Newton
  • Port Charges
  • All gratuities
  • Beginning March 1, 2019 round trip airfare will be 2 for 1!

 

Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises: $429 per person (optional)
This nonrefundable fee will provide a refund to you during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. The cancellation has to be for a covered reason (see Plan for details on coverage) and we have to be notified at least one day prior to departure. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness or the illness or death of an immediate family member, TPP will provide a refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emergency transportation, 24 hour hot line and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets are purchased through Mayflower Cruises & Tours. Please review the
Plan for details on coverage.
Cancellation Charges Without Traveler’s Protection Plan (TPP)
• 91 days or more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deposit Amount
• 90 days to day of departure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100% of the total tour
• No refund on unused portions of the tour

Plan and benefits offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc.

****Air itineraries may not be available until documents are received. Air seats are assigned by the airline for the entire group. Seat changes can only be attempted upon receipt of tickets and documents at which time availability may be limited. If specific seat assignments are vital to your reservation, we recommend individual air reservations rather than booking air with the group.

Depart: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00 AM
Return: Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:59 PM

Trip tags: cruise, Holland, Overseas, Tulips
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