Jewels of the Rhine River Cruise with Tulips & Lucerne

March 24, 2023 thru April 3, 2023

Experience the re-awakening of spring along the Rhine River on the Emerald  Waterways Star-Ship. From the enchanting Keukenhof Gardens, in the Netherlands, at the peak of tulip season to the majestic heights of Switzerland, see the countryside bloom as we sail this historic river of Europe.

Emerald Star Deck Plan


Air

Roundtrip air included

Cruise

7 nights aboard the luxurious Emerald Star

Plus 2 nights additional land POST CRUISE Included

Transportation

Motorcoach / transfers

Duration

11 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 2

Relaxed

Meals

All onboard meals included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Livery service to/from your home included


Tour Highlights

  • Walking tour of Lucerne
  • Optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus
  • Breisach tour
  • Strasbourg walking tour
  • Optional excursion to Riquewihr
  • Mannheim
  • Heidelberg
  • Koblenz tour
  • Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
  • Cologne
  • Keukenhof Gardens

Inclusions

  • Airfare from TUS to Amsterdam, Zurich to TUS (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
  • All airport/hotel/ship transfers
  • Pickup/livery service
  • Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 2-night stay at excellent hotel in Lucerne
  • 7-night cruise with all meals onboard
  • Shipboard gratuities (except optional activities)
  • Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches & dinners
  • Complimentary bottled water in staterooms
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Government fees and air taxes
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort (with 20 or more travelers)


Day 1 – Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Day 2 – Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700-year-old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. Become acquainted with the amenities of your ship or begin exploring the city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard. (D)

Day 3 – Keukenhof Gardens

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to 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 for your first day cruising through the Dutch countryside, passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Cologne, Germany

Cruise along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed gothic cathedral. After lunch onboard, join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town. Traverse quaint alleyways and see historic monuments. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Koblenz and Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

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 and visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 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 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Ludwigshafen & Schwetzingen, Germany

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Ludwigshafen. Upon arrival travel by coach to visit Schwetzingen Palace. Visit the beautiful gardens, maintained in their original design, and today are a cultural heritage site of European significance. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – 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 timberframed buildings, old tanning houses, baroque sandstone buildings, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the cathedral, dominating the main square. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Breisach, Germany

Experience the ‘tale of two cities’ divided by the Rhine (Breisach, Germany) and Neuf-Breisach(France). During the guided visit to these two wonderful gems on the Rhine River, you’ll pass the main sights and attractions, one of which is the UNESCO World Heritage fortress overlooking Neuf-Breisach. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - 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. (B)

Day 10 - Optional Excursion: Mt. Pilatus

Your last day is left free of planned activities. Explore on your own or join the optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This evening, get together for an included dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 11 - Lucerne and 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 during tulip time. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

(520) 325-8839

Please call for availability for this cruise.

Deposit:

E - Riviera Deck Stateroom

$6,579

Deposit: 20% holds your space

C - Vista Deck Stateroom

$7,229

Deposit: 20% holds your space

A - Horizon Deck Stateroom

$7,729

Deposit: 20% holds your space

S - Horizon Deck Stateroom

$8,129

Deposit: 20% holds your space

*Price per person, including air from TUS, double occupancy.

Single occupancy Upon Request, Limited Availability.

Deposit:

Final Payment Due:

December 21, 2022

Deposit: Final Balance Varies

Price Includes

• Airfare from TUS to Zurich/ Amsterdam to TUS (not including baggage & in-flight charges)
• All airport/hotel/ship transfers
• Pickup/livery service
• Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 2-night stay at excellent hotel in Lucerne
• 7-night cruise with all meals onboard
• Shipboard gratuities (except optional activities)
• Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunches & dinners
• Complimentary bottled water in staterooms
• Complimentary WiFi onboard
• Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
• Government fees and air taxes
•Your Pleasurebent Tours Escort  (with 20 or more travelers)


Booking Policy

Cancellation Fees:

  • $400 Through December 21, 2022
  • 100% – After December 21, 2022

*% of total cruise cost

Final Payment Due: December 21, 2022

Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer the following Travelex Insurance Services protection plan for this tour:

360° GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer – Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$373 covers trip costs up to $6,000 or $435 covers trip costs up to $7,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment. Contact us to purchase. For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number GCB-0521.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. X41


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to France. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers may be assessed a $TBD fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Please be sure to bring a warm sweater and/or rain/winter jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour, but we recommend dressing nicely for dining aboard the ship.

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