Itinerary

DAY 1 USA—Paris, France

Begin your vacation by boarding your international flight in the US bound for Paris, France’s capital.

DAY 2 Paris

Upon arrival at Paris international airport, meet your guide and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your city hotel. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day to relax and get acquainted with what’s sometimes dubbed the “City of Light.” Bisected by the River Seine and laced with tree-lined boulevards, elegant bridges, and world-famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, the city is also known for its sidewalk cafes, top-notch restaurants, and sophisticated atmosphere. Tonight, meet and sit down to dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant.

Included: Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

DAY 3 Paris—Fontainebleau—Montmartre—Paris

This morning, drive south through countryside to Fontainebleau, home to the opulent Chateau of Fontainebleau*. Once a hunting residence of French kings, this royal chateau displays a variety of architectural styles, sumptuous décor, and priceless period furnishings. Learn how it was the setting for the signing of the 1814 Treaty of Fontainebleau: the agreement that sent Napoleon into exile. After admiring the palace, continue to Montmartre, the bohemian district of Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Take in its major sights, including the Moulin Rouge cabaret and Basilica of the Sacred Heart, better known as the Sacre Coeur—before concluding today with a French dinner at a local restaurant.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

DAY 4 Paris—Champagne—Metz

After breakfast, depart for Champagne—the legendary region known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. Along the way, admire France’s vine-coated landscapes, rolling farmland, and sleepy villages, and on arrival, enjoy a tour of Champagne before visiting one of its cellars for a Champagne Tasting*. Discover the processes involved in harvesting and producing this iconic wine, and enjoy some tastings. After lunch travel to Metz, a lovely French city at the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, and near the tri-meeting point of France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Check into your hotel for one night and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ 4 star standard hotel

DAY 5 Metz—Luxembourg—Namur, Belgium—Brussels

3,000-year-old Metz boasts a charming mix of architectural styles and cultural influences. Take a city tour of Metz to admire its 13th-century Cathedral and other sights such as the Gare de Metz Ville railway station. Next, continue to Luxembourg, the capital of the tiny nation of Luxembourg bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. After touring the Old Town, head for the delightful Belgian city of Namur, home to an imposing citadel. Have lunch (own expense) here, and travel onward to Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the de-facto capital of the European Union. After dinner at a local restaurant, check in to your hotel.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ 4 star standard hotel

DAY 6 Brussels—Bruges—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Embark on Rhine River Cruise

Following breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Brussels, seeing the Grand Place, City Hall, guild houses, and the legendary “Manneken Pis” statue. Later, the journey to UNESCO-protected, 13th-century Bruges, nicknamed the “Venice of the North,” and one of Europe’s most enchanting cities, to stroll around its cobbled lanes and romantic canals. From here, travel to Amsterdam—the canal-woven capital of the Netherlands—and board your Rhine River cruise ship in the early evening. After settling into your cabin, meet your captain and crew for a Welcome Cocktail Reception before dinner, and afterward, join our Canal Boat Tour of Amsterdam*, absorbing lovely views of the canals and historical city center.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 7 Amsterdam—Rhine River Cruise

After breakfast, take a morning tour of Amsterdam and a Diamond Producer*. Visit the De Gooyer Windmill and see how Amsterdam’s diamonds are cut and valued in its “Diamond District.” Delve into the floating Bloemenmarkt flower market before lunch back at the ship and an excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens*, the world-famous flower garden. If your cruise falls outside the Keukenhof’s season (Mar 21-May 10, 2020), enjoy an excursion to Volendam and Zaanse Schans*. At the Keukenhof, stroll freely around the gorgeous displays of blooming Dutch tulips—which will be at their colorful best for travelers on our first tour departure—and admire the other spectacular flower beds, themed gardens, flower shows and wonderful views over the tulip fields from the rear of the park. Alternatively, our excursion to the fishing village of Volendam includes a visit to a cheese factory to see how local Gouda cheese is made, and time at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum of windmills, barns, houses, and clogs. Tonight, cruise through the night to Nijmegen.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 8 Nijmegen—Krefeld, Germany—Rhine River Cruise

Today, your ship docks in Nijmegen, the Netherlands’ oldest city. On arrival, take a coach journey to the Kröller-Müller Museum*, situated in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, and home to the world’s second-largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh. Explore the museum on your own—purchasing your own audio guide if you wish— and see some of Van Gogh’s most important paintings, along with masterpieces by other modern greats such as Monet, Seurat, Picasso, and Mondriaan. The Kröller-Müller Museum is closed on Mondays, so if your scheduled visit falls on that day, you will pay a visit to the fascinating Dutch Open-Air Museum in Arnhem. Afterward, return to the ship and set sail for Krefeld, in Germany.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 9 Cologne—Koenigswinter—Rhine River Cruise

Relax as your ship cruises this morning, perhaps absorbing the views from deck and enjoying the on-board amenities. This afternoon is free for you to spend as you wish. After your ship docks in Cologne after lunch, you may wish to take a stroll around Cologne’s historical Old Town on your own to see its churches and perhaps enjoy coffee or a round of souvenir-shopping. Later, your ship will set off for Koenigswinter. (Depending on available mooring, the stopover at Krefeld may be replaced with a stopover at Duisburg).

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 10 Rüdesheim—Rhine River Cruise

Cruise toward Rudesheim this morning, and on arrival, set off on our Rüdesheim Wine Tasting and a visit to the Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum* tour. Ride a mini-train around Rüdesheim’s leafy vineyards, learning about the history of local viticulture and admiring wonderful views of the Rhine along the way. Disembark at the 16th-century Bassenheimer Hof Cellar for a wine-tasting*, and then head to the captivating Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum to view its quirky collections of self-playing musical instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th century. Later, enjoy time at leisure in charming Rüdesheim before making your own way back to the ship.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 11 Mannheim—Heidelberg—Rhine River Cruise

After cruising this morning, arrive in Mannheim this afternoon and enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg*. Stop to admire Heidelberg Castle from the outside and take in the stunning views over the town, Neckar River, and the valley from the Great Terrace or gardens. Later, head for the Neckarmunzplatz, on the banks of the Neckar, and set out on a guided walk around Heidelberg Old Town. Pass the Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelburg’s best-known church, whose steeple dominates the town, and enjoy free time to meander around the charming streets and shops before returning to the ship. Tonight, mark the end of your cruise with an enjoyable Gala Dinner and Evening on board.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

DAY 12 Strasbourg, France—Disembarkation—Frankfurt, Germany

Your 6-night cruise concludes this morning in the gorgeous French city of Strasbourg, the home of the European Parliament. After breakfast, disembark and set out on a sightseeing tour of the city of Strasbourg by coach. View the UNESCO-World-Heritage site of Strasbourg’s Grand Ile: admiring landmarks including the Place de la Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Maison Kammerzell, and Petite France. After taking in these picture-postcard sights, relax during a coach journey to Frankfurt where you’ll sit down to a convivial Farewell Dinner with a drink this evening.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★ Movenpick Hotel Frankfurt City or Similar

DAY 13 Frankfurt – USA

Today, your journey finishes with a transfer to Frankfurt airport to board your homebound flight.

Included: Breakfast

DATE & PRICES

All prices are listed per person (based on double occupancy).

START - END LAND ONLY LAND & AIR SINGLE SUPPL
Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020 $3500 $4200 $1300

*  Advertised Land and Cruise Package prices including port fees and taxes on the cruise, not including any air tickets.

*  Advertised single room supplement prices include hotel room and main deck cabin on a cruise.

*  To upgrade Cruise cabin from main deck to upper deck, please call Peony Tours for pricing.

*  Actual cruise cabin category subject to availability at time of booking. Triple room is not available for this tour.

*  Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from New York (JFK) including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees.

*  Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices do not include seat assignment fees and any baggage fees. Please contact the airline directly to choose your seats and make the payment if there is any.

*  Departure from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For the time zone of your specific cities please call Peony Tours.

    - LAX (Apr-Oct) / SFO (Apr, Oct)…………………………… $200

    - SFO (Jun - Aug)…………………………….....……………………..$300

    - Eastern Standard Time Zone ………………………………………$200

    - Central / Mountain / Pacific Standard Time Zone …………………$300

*  Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Peony Tours. For your preferred international air carrier please call Peony Tours for pricing.

*  Full payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

*  Cancellation fees: the following fees will be charged per person if you cancel your booking. Other restrictions apply, see “Terms and Conditions”.

  - 181 days or more prior to departure------$100

  - 101 - 180 days prior to departure---------$300

  - 30 - 100 days prior to departure-----------50% of tour fare

  - 29 days and less prior to departure -------100% of tour fare

*  Third-party Suppliers' Penalties and Charges: In addition to the stated above cancellation charges, if tickets or vouchers for airlines, hotels, cruises, or any relevant third-party suppliers have already been issued or confirmation of service has been received at the time of cancellation (regardless of the number of days prior to departure), the traveler will be wholly liable for any additional airline, hotel, cruise line, or other relevant third-party suppliers' cancellation penalties and service charges pursuant to suppliers' rules and regulations.

*  For child (2-11 yrs) rates, please refer to Reservation.

*  For details of our Air Policy, and Terms & Conditions, please refer to Reservation.

*  All prices, itinerary, and hotels are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices please check our website.