September 8-18, 2023 | Rhine River Cruise and Swiss Alps

Must Deposit by February 28, 2023
From$2,985
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September 8, 2023
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Rhine River Cruise
Overview

One of the most scenic water highways of the world is the beautiful Rhine River. Important parts of Europe have grown and thrived due to the benefits of this magnificent water way. Webb Tours has teamed up with Mayflower Cruises to offer this exciting vacation that will take you first to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where we board our luxury cruiser for an 8 day cruise along the Rhine. The itinerary features charming cities, majestic castles and peaceful scenery as we make our way through Germany and into Switzerland.

BUT TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand.  And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 10 months before departure.

So COME ABOARD. We are holding guaranteed space with locked in pricing for our group until January 30, 2023. After that date, if there are unsold cabins, the price will increase. So read on. We think you’ll like what you see. We look forward to hosting your journey along the scenic Rhine River.

 

Highlights

  • Fly to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and enjoy the city before boarding our Riverboat. 
  • 8 day cruise on the Emerald Star from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland
  • Enjoy stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Heidelberg, Stasbourg and Freiburg/Breisach area in the Black Forest of Germany
  • Visit Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach in France
  • Many included excursions along the way
  • Cruise ends in Basel, followed by two days in Switzerland to enjoy Lucerne, Lake Lucerne and the surround Alps
  • Tour returns from Zurich, Switzerland

Price Includes

  • Exceptional service on board the Emerald Star
  • 8 day cruise on the Monarch Empress
  • 23 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • ALL gratuities included in the price
  • Personal listening devices for all passeners for the land tours
  • Complimentary bottled water in your stateroom
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Lodging in Lucerne, Switzerland after the cruise at the Europe Hotel (4 star) with lovely lake views
  • All taxes, fees and government fees
  • Several excursions along the way (as noted in the itinerary)
  • Transfers from to the ship and from the ship to the airport

Price per person per room

  • $2,985:  Category E
  • $3,385: Category D
  • $3,595: Category C

Single supplement for each category is $1,700 per person (meaning that $1,700 would be added to the above figures to obtain the price for one person in a stateroom)

Prices include cruise, taxes, port charges, government fees, Switzerland hotel, transportation from Basel to Lucerne and Swiss sightseeing.

Airfare and some optional excursions are additional – Air prices available in December of 2022. Air will be arranged for our group flying Salt Lake City. Airfare can also be arranged from any other gateway city upon request.

Note:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  TO BE INCLUDED, YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY! Cruising the rivers of Europe is very popular and for good reason. Also, riverboats are of course much smaller than cruise ships, welcoming several hundred guests instead of several thousand.  And some of the most charming towns and scenery in Europe happen to be on the rivers. For all of these reasons, space is carefully monitored and often sold out 8 months before departure.

Itinerary

September 8 – Depart the USA: Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

September 9 – Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theaters and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your luxurious Emerald Cruises Star-Ship. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship, or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. Meal: D

September 10 – Amsterdam: Experience the city on a canal cruise aboard a glass-top boat. Traverse the UNESCO World Heritage network of canals, passing Roman patrician and ornate merchant houses from the Dutch Golden Age. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour to Waterland, passing through quintessential Dutch landscapes of quaint villages and windmills. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. Meals: B, L, D

September 11 – Cologne, Germany: Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. The city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent gothic cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, traversing quaint alleyways, seeing historic monuments, and touching on the historical charms of the Old Town. After the tour, journey to a one-of-a-kind farm estate that provides locals with sustainable products. Experience a cooking demonstration and get a glimpse of behind the scenes sustainable farming. Meals: B, L, D

September 12 – Koblenz: Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour of Koblenz seeing the German Corner where the 2 rivers meet, the Church of Our Lady, and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car on the opposite side of the river. This fortress was part of the Prussian defense against the French in the 19th century and later used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. This afternoon, sail through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge. Pass countless medieval castles and vineyards lining the shores of this section of the river, with photo opportunities around every bend. See the infamous Lorelei statue and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, built on an island in the middle of the river as a medieval toll station. Meals: B, L, D

September 13 – Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg: Continue sailing to the town of Ludwigshafen, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg for a guided visit of the castle ruins and a walk along the cobblestone lanes of the old town. Meals: B, L, D

September 14 – Kehl / Strasbourg, France: Once docked in Kehl, travel by coach across the river to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region in France. Your guided walking tour includes the Grande Île – the historical city center and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber[1]framed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. Meals: B, L, D

September 15 – / Freiburg, Germany: On today’s adventure, visit the city of Freiburg, considered the ‘capital of the Black Forest’. Aside from seeing the lovely sights, sample true Black Forest delicacies from the lively market in the city center near the main cathedral. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour in Breisach. Meals: B, L, D

September 16 – Basel, Switzerland – Lucerne: After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel and begin your Swiss adventure. Depart by coach to Lucerne, a picturesque town surrounded by mountains and meadows. An included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark – the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge. 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. Meal: B

September 17 – Lucerne:  This morning, we have included a boat ride on beautiful Lake Lucurne. The combination of the lake and the Alps makes this a must see in Switzerland. If the weather is decent, you’ll have an opportunity to go to the top of Mt. Pilatus to take in the incredible views. This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

September 18 – Lucerne / USA: Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River. Meal: B

Please Note

Registration Information:

To make a reservation, simply fill out the attached reservation form and send it to us with a deposit of $300 per person.  When we receive your deposit, we will mail you a receipt confirming that you are registered for the tour.  A letter with instructions, hotel itinerary flight information (if applicable) and luggage tags will be sent 100 days prior to departure at which time the balance will be due.  You do not need to pay the balance until after you receive that packet.  We require final payments in the form of a check.  If that is not possible, arrangements can be made to use a credit card.  Webb Tours accepts Visa, Amex, Mastercard and Discover.  A 2.5% surcharge will be added for final payments made by credit card. There is no additional charge for original deposits made with credit cards.

Cancellation Penalties

We understand that you may need to cancel your trip for whatever reason. Due to the high demand for river cruises and the rules enforced by our suppliers, the deposit is non refundable once paid.  If it is 95 days or more before departure, all money will be refunded.  Here is a summary of the cancellation penalties:

  • Up to 91 days before departure:  $300 per person
  • 90-31 days before departure: 50% or tour cost
  • 30-2 days before departure: 90% or tour cost
  • 1 day or less prior to departure: 100% or tour cost

 For airlines, specifically, tickets are generally non refundable when purchased.  However, most airlines will allow the value of the canceled tickets to be reused for future travel, though a penalty may be assessed to reuse the tickets.  If you have to cancel, Webb Tours will work with other providers to obtain as much refund as possible for our travelers.  Our travelers know us to be very fair in this regard.

Cancellation Insurance: 

To avoid cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance may be purchased.  Insurance will reimburse you for the non-refundable cancellation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason like illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion or an immediate family member.  Other reasons for cancellation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, or a documented traffic accident in route to departure. Price of the insurance depends on your stateroom category as follows:

Category E:            Call for premium amount

Category D:            Call for premium amount

Category C:            Call for premium amount

Insurance is purchased through the cruise line and may be purchased any time up to the point you make your final payment.  Insurance cannot be purchased after your final payment is made.  Webb Tours is not the insurer and acts as agent for the insurance company.  To activate your insurance, we need your premium and your birth date. 

Mail deposit and enclosed reservation form to:

 WEBB TOURS

2378 Evergreen Avenue

Salt Lake City, UT  84109

Tel. (801) 278-3101

or Toll Free 1-800-658-8519

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