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Rhine River Cruise

  • Cruise through France, Germany & More
  • Explore the Black Forest & Lake Zurich
Includes Return International Flights

Natural beauty, history, and culture come together on this unforgettable 17 day package featuring a guided land tour and Rhine River cruise with award-winning Amadeus River Cruises.

Experience some of Europe’s most iconic cities and landscapes as the tour makes its way from Switzerland to Germany, The Netherlands, and beyond. Enjoy a dazzling land tour visiting Zurich, Lake Zurich, Lake Lucerne, and the Black Forest, followed by a dazzling seven night river cruise aboard the Amadeus Silver III ship. Visit the grand cities of Strasbourg, Cologne, Freiburg, Basel, Amsterdam, and many more. The package includes return international flights, seven nights hotel accommodation, a seven night river cruise, professional English-speaking tour leader and more. This truly will be the trip of lifetime.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Zurich! Fly with award-winning airlines such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Qatar or Singapore Airlines to name a few (subject to availability)

Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Zurich, upon arrival be met by a representative and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Hotel Ibis Messe Airport, Zurich Meals included: None

After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Zurich. See Grossmünster, the old Romanesque church, symbol of reformed Zurich, the Fraumünster, an old Gothic church (former convent) with window paintings made by Marc Chagall. In the afternoon travel to Lake Constance. Lake Constance (known as Bodensee in German) is a 63km-long central European lake bordering Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Taking in meadows and vineyards, orchards and wetlands, beaches and Alpine foothills, the lake’s landscapes are like a ‘greatest hits’ of European scenery.

Hotel Ibis Messe Airport, Zurich Meals included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, check out before travelling onwards to Lucerne. Enjoy the sights of Lake Zurich as you depart this stunning city. Arriving in Lucerne, famous for its preserved medieval architecture, you will get to see Lucerne’s famous landmarks including Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower.

Ibis Luzern Kriens, Lucerne Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey to Freiburg, the 'jewel of the black forest'. This medieval city sits on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine. The city is known for its medieval minster and Renaissance university. It is situated in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region and serves as the primary entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Gothic sandstone cathedral, Chug German suds at a local brewery, or take an optional cable car up Schauinsland mountain (not included), where astounding views and a solar observatory await.

Novotel am Konzerthaus, Freiburg Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a full day visit of the Black Forest, a mountainous region in southwest Germany, that has vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, calm forests, revitalising spas. Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Today, it is renowned for its spas and the cuckoo clocks produced in the region since the 1700s. Afterwards continue to Triberg im Schwarzwald, home to the world's largest cuckoo clock, before returning to Freiburg for the night.

Novotel am Konzerthaus, Freiburg Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Basel, the city on the Rhine River in Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centres around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Basel.

Ibis airport Bale Mulhouse, Basel Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure in of Basel. Around Midday transfer to the port for embarkation on the 7 night Rhine river cruise. The friendly crew will be awaiting your arrival. Enjoy time to appreciate the features of your cabin. Soon after, the Cruise Director will invite you for a welcome cocktail and dinner; the perfect start to a romantic evening cruise through the city of Basel.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region in north eastern France. It's also the formal seat of the European Parliament and sits near the German border, with culture and architecture blending German and French influences.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Speyer is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and is located beside the river Rhine. It was founded by the Roman’s in 10 BCE, making it one of Germany's oldest cities. Mannheim lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers and is rare among German cities for its layout; a grid pattern (or “quadrates”) similar to those found in North America. The grid was originally plotted in 1606 and emanated from Friedrichsburg Fortress, which later became the site of Mannheim Palace. Today, it partly houses the University of Mannheim. The water tower and beautiful Luisenpark are must-sees.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge, know especially for Riesling wines. In the centre, Drosselgasse is a lane lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Medieval Brömserburg Castle is home to the Rheingau Wine Museum, exhibiting wine paraphernalia from ancient times to the present. After lunch spend time on deck as we cruise the most beautiful section of the river, the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. In the afternoon, begin the short journey to Coblenz and arrive at approximately 3:30pm. Coblenz is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. In the centre, a monumental statue of William the Great marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Few towns in Germany can match the charm of Cochem. Its picturesque beauty, makes it a favourite place for visitors. Legend, folklore and a rich web of history is woven into every street. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Moselle River Valley, between the Eiffel and Hundsrück. It is surrounded by high elevations, steep vineyards and typical wine villages, offering tastings, festivals and genuine hospitality. Cochem, itself, is a showpiece gem and rated as one of the prettiest villages along the Moselle. Little seems to have changed for centuries. The town has many fine buildings, quaint cottages, black & tan guild houses and winding streets. The town square, lined with its half-timbered houses, is particularly fine.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub. A landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid the reconstructed old town, the twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The adjacent Museum Ludwig showcases 20th-century art, including many masterpieces by Picasso, and the Romano-Germanic Museum houses Roman antiquities. Tonight enjoy the captains Gala Dinner.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Short stop in the hollandaise town of Hoorn to continue sailing to today Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital; known for it’s artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, narrow houses with gabled facades…and bicycles.

Amadeus Cruises - 'Amadeus Silver III' ship Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Disembark the cruise after breakfast and be transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Amsterdam; known for centuries as the world's largest commercial port and referred to as the "Venice of the North" because of the many canals and over 600 bridges that cross it, admiring masterpieces of five centuries of architecture and views that have inspired countless artists.

Golden Tulip Amsterdam West, Amsterdam Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy your last breakfast in Holland before transferring to the airport for your return flight back to Australia after one trip-of-a-lifetime! Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover France, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany
  • Explore Zurich, Lucerne, Freiburg, Basel and Amsterdam
  • Cruise to Strasbourg, Speyer, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Hoorn and more
  • Cruise the picturesque Upper and Middle Rhine River
  • Wander around Zurich; see the 12th century Grossmünster Cathedral and more
  • Visit Lake Constance, the tri-point of Switzerland, Germany and Austria
  • Marvel at Lakes Zurich and Lucerne in Switzerland
  • Stay in Freiburg, the Jewel of the Black Forest
  • Discover the magical Black Forest in Germany
  • Stop in the quaint village of Triberg, famed for its cuckoo clocks
  • Discover the quaint villages of the French and German countryside
  • Visit Strasbourg, the capital of the Champagne region of France
  • Dock in Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge
  • Experience the charm of Cochem in the Moselle River Valley
  • Visit the 2000 year old city of Cologne
  • Stop in the dutch port town of Hoorn
  • Explore Amsterdam and Basel free at leisure
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 night Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
  • Sail aboard the brand new Amadeus 'Silver III' ship
  • Stay in an elegant outside cabin of your choice
  • Enjoy a Cocktail Reception
  • Complimentary Wifi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • 24-hour complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water onboard cruise
  • Enjoy special onboard entertainment including lectures, cooking demos and music performances
  • Free-flowing wines from Europe’s famous wine regions with every lunch and dinner onboard cruise
  • Enjoy 27 meals including daily breakfast and a Captain's Gala dinner
  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Airline, cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return airport and ship transfers

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated).

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 23rd August 2018

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
- Haydn Deck: Window Cabin: $1400
- Strauss Deck: French Balcony: $2500

Departure Dates (2018)
May: 16
May: 30 (SOLD OUT)
August: 23

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth

FLIGHTS

Airline/s Used

Etihad Airways, Alitalia, Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air Berlin, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM,, Finnair, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

Arrive early in Zurich, Switzerland
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stay behind in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/each way
Solo Traveller: $700 each way
Locations:
* Dubai
* Abu Dhabi
* Singapore
* Hong Kong
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used
- Stopover packages are subject to availability (Hong Kong not available if also wishing to upgrade to Business Class)

Flight Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Starting from *$2899 per person
- Business Class: Buy now $6499 per person
Please Note:
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration
- *Stopover not permitted in Hong Kong for Business Class Upgrades- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfil your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
- On any Cabin Upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in Premium or Business cabin subject to aircraft configuration

CRUISES

Cabins

All cabins are subject to availability. Strauss Deck Cabins are french balcony and Haydn Deck cabins are with windows

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used

3-4 Star (self-rated)
- Zurich (Switzerland): Hotel Ibis Messe Airport
- Lucerne (Switzerland): Ibis Luzern Kriens
- Freiburg (Germany): Novotel am Konzerthaus
- Basel (Switzerland): Ibis Airport Bale Mulhouse
- Cruising: Amadeus Cruises: 'Silver III' ship
- Amsterdam (The Netherlands): Golden Tulip Amsterdam West
*Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights
- Zurich, Switzerland (Pre Tour): $260 per room including breakfast
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Post Tour): $200 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

Maximum Room Capacity
2 people

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children 12 years old and over
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
Not available

Bedding Configuration
Double OR Twin bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 20, maximum group size 50 per vehicle

Shore Excursions
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with Amadeus Cruises prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability)

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Europe is not if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Gratuities/tipping 
*Land: Recommended at approx. €5 per person/day payable on tour (subject to change)
*Cruise: Recommended at approx. €7 per person/day payable onboard (subject to change)
Please note: cruise gratuities may also be prepaid online with Amadeus at approx. $10 AUD per person/day once your booking has been confirmed.
- City taxes in Basel (Switzerland): Approx. CHF 3.5 per day- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CRUISE:

Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.

COACH TOUR:
Meals:

Daily buffet breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour manager and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour manager and driver is €5 per person per day, which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour. Cruise: recommended at approx. €7 per person/day payable onboard (subject to change)

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note; a reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

VISAS

A Tourist visa for Europe is not required for an accumulative total stay of 90 days per 180 calendar days if travelling on an Australian Passport 
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required

INSURANCE

TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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