Join us on our 7-night Rhine River Cruise, beginning in majestic Switzerland, winding through France and Germany, and ending in the colorful canals of Amsterdam!
When: March 24-March 31, 2022
Where: Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Optional Extensions: 4 nights in Switzerland, 2 nights in Amsterdam (details to be announced)
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2020, but may be full before then.
- Scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam
- Tour of Cologne, including Old Town and the cathedral*
- Cruise through the Rhine Gorge*
- Gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue
- Tour of Heidelberg’s medieval city and castle or Speyer’s Romanesque cathedral* and medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate
- Tour of Strasbourg, France, and its storybook La Petite France* district, Notre Dame Cathedral, and astronomical clock
- And more! (Some ports will have multiple excursion options, including hikes and bike rides, so you can personalize your experience.)
*These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Itineraries for 2022 may change, but this is what we’re planning, plus more. A cell phone and international data plan for one adult in your party is required for the duration of the trip. This cruise is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Cabins, Cost, and What’s Included
Your cost depends on the cabin type and how many people are in your party. Prices are heavily discounted, include almost everything outside of airfare and airport transfers, and are based on a full ship. (This is a private charter – our group will be the only travelers on board.)
Cabins have two twins or one queen bed (your choice of configuration). Some cabins have sleeper chairs and sofa beds for an additional one or two people, and a few have connecting doors. Every cabin must have at least one person age 18 or older. (Age is determined as of March 24, 2022, and passports must be presented to verify age.)
Prices are per cabin (not per person), and differ depending on type of cabin, location, and how many people are in the cabin. Since they’re based on double occupancy, the price for one person isn’t much cheaper than the price for two people. (There are no single cabins.) Cabins are described from least expensive to most expensive.
Larger families will be given priority for triple, quad, and connecting cabins.
Cabins are on three decks:
- Lowest cabin deck is mostly below the waterline, except for windows.
- Middle cabin deck sits a little above the waterline.
- Highest cabin deck is well above the waterline.
French balconies are similar to a regular balcony, but the space is inside your room. When the patio doors (full glass windows) are closed, it’s an indoor sitting area with a full view. When you slide the doors open, it’s like a balcony, but you can’t step out (there’s a railing there to keep you from falling into the river). There isn’t a separate outdoor space.
Twin balcony rooms have a French balcony as described above, plus a separate outside balcony.
PRICES ARE PER CABIN, NOT PER PERSON
Category E – Lowest deck, 160 square feet – limited
No balcony, windows are high, small, and don’t open; closer to crew cabins; smaller cabin; 1 or 2 people
1 person – $3,387 per cabin
2 people – $3,754 per cabin
Category D – Lowest deck, 160 square feet
No balcony; windows are high, small, and don’t open; a little farther from crew cabins; smaller cabin; 1 or 2 people
1 person – $3,687 per cabin
2 people – $4,054 per cabin
Category CB – Highest deck, 155 square feet – limited
French balcony, end of deck, smallest cabin, 1 or 2 people
1 person – $4,087 per cabin
2 people – $4,454 per cabin
Category CA – Middle deck & highest deck, 170 square feet
French balcony, end of the middle deck, close to end of highest deck, 1 or 2 people
1 person – $4,387 per cabin
2 people – $4,754 per cabin
Category BB – Middle deck, 210 square feet
Twin balconies, closer to center of deck, up to 2 people, some have connecting doors to accommodate parties of 4, two cabins can connect to Category AB cabins to accommodate parties of 5 (with sleeper chair)
1 person – $4,887 per cabin
2 people – $5,254 per cabin
Category BA – Highest deck, 210 square feet
Twin balconies, closer to center of deck, up to 2 people, some have connecting doors to accommodate parties of 4
1 person – $5,087 per cabin
2 people – $5,454 per cabin
Category AB – Middle deck, 235 square feet
Twin balconies, center of deck, larger sitting area, most accommodate up to 3 people (with sleeper chair), two cabins can connect to Category BB cabins to accommodate parties of 5 (with sleeper chair)
2 people – $5,654 per cabin
3 people – $8,481 per cabin
Category AA – Highest deck, 235 square feet – limited
Twin balconies, center of deck, larger sitting area, most accommodate up to 3 people (with sleeper chair)
2 people – $5,854 per cabin
3 people – $8,781 per cabin
Suite – Highest deck, 350 square feet – very limited
Twin balconies, center of deck, largest cabin, most living space, has a tub in addition to a shower, accommodates up to 4 people (with sleeper chair and sofa bed)
2 people – $7,154 per cabin
3 people – $10,731 per cabin
4 people – $14,308 per cabin
Your total includes port charges, tips for ship staff/crew, and all meals, excursions, and site admissions during the cruise. (Tips for local guides are at your discretion.)
Meals include full buffet breakfasts, lunch buffets, afternoon tea, desserts, and sandwiches, and multi-course dinners. Drinks include pre-dinner drinks for the adults (choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic), regional wines, beer, and soft drinks for lunch and dinner, with cappuccino, latte and espresso available upon request. Coffee, tea, and water are available all day, and bottled water is provided in the cabins.
Prices don’t include airfare, airport transfers, any extra/optional tours or excursions you do on your own, any meals while off the ship, trip insurance, and the optional pre- and post-cruise extensions.
Payment Schedule, Cancellation, and No-Refund Policy
Due to the contract deadlines for this cruise, full payment will be due within 7 days from my confirmation of your spots. I can’t hold spots after 7 days.
Because this is a custom cruise, with unforgiving contract terms, I can’t refund any payments, for any reason (medical, job lay-off, death in the family, whatever). When I sign the contact, I have to pay for the entire ship, regardless of whether all cabins are filled.
Please make sure you understand this before you register – no refunds, no matter what. I can’t afford to pay for empty spots. Your signed waiver, registration form, and payment acknowledges your understanding and agreement with my no-refund policy.
Travel insurance that covers your expenses if you cancel the trip is highly recommended. Thoroughly research policies to make sure of the reasons you can cancel, and that it covers emergencies and any unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, death of a loved one, and acts of God (natural disasters, etc.). Pandemics and civil unrest usually aren’t covered, so make sure you check carefully.
Food Allergies, Special Needs
Make sure you list any food allergies or other special needs on your registration form. I’ll check to see if your needs can be accommodated before I confirm your registration. (No money will be refunded and special accommodations can’t made due to allergies or other special needs if you don’t tell me about them when you register.)
Multi-city airfare and transfers to and from the airport are not included in the price. Do not purchase non-refundable airfare until the trip is confirmed. Airlines have their own refund policies and I have no control over them.
I’ll email flight recommendations/details after the cruise is confirmed.
Want to go?
- Please note that a cell phone and international data plan for one adult in your party is required for the duration of this trip.
- Make certain you’re committed to the trip and can pay for the cruise portion in full before registering. Travelers who register for trips without following through will be automatically waitlisted when they register for future trips.
- After you commit, click here to register.
- If you don’t receive a confirmation with payment information within 5 days, please email me.
- Payment will be due within 7 days of receiving my confirmation email. I can’t hold your spots after that time.
- I’ll email a confirmation when I receive your payment, and send you periodic trip updates via email.
- And that’s it! Email me if you have any questions.