Romantic Rhine Cruise & Northwest Europe

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Your Package Includes

  • 13 Days 11 Nights
  • Code: PRI
  • From: $3400

Sail on the romantic Rhine River and experience some of North and Middle Europe’s most charming cities on this memorable 13-day cruise-and-tour journey through five countries. Discover Paris, France’s Champagne region and medieval Bruges before boarding a deluxe cruise ship in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. From there, waft along the glorious Rhine to visit grand cities and half-timbered towns such as Cologne and Rüdesheim before concluding in picturebook Strasbourg, with its exquisite UNESCO-listed Grande-Île.

Itinerary at a glance

DAY 1
USA—Paris, France
DAY 2
Paris
DAY 3
Paris—Fontainebleau—Montmartre—Paris
DAY 4
Paris—Champagne—Metz
DAY 5
Metz—Luxembourg—Namur, Belgium—Brussels
DAY 6
Brussels—Bruges—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Embark on Rhine River Cruise
DAY 7
Amsterdam—Rhine River Cruise
DAY 8
Nijmegen—Krefeld, Germany—Rhine River Cruise
DAY 9
Cologne—Koenigswinter—Rhine River Cruise
DAY 10
Rüdesheim—Rhine River Cruise
DAY 11
Mannheim—Heidelberg—Rhine River Cruise
DAY 12
Strasbourg, France—Disembarkation—Frankfurt, Germany
DAY 13
Frankfurt – USA
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Overnight Stay
Paris (2 nts) - Fontainebleau - Champagne - Metz (1nt) - Luxembourg - Namur - Brussels (1nt) - Bruges - Rhine river cruise (6 nts) - Frankfurt (1nt)

TRIP TIMELINE

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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

Accommodation:

★★★★ 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

YOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

Excellent bilingual (English & Chinese speaking) tour manager throughout the tour in Europe.
Sightseeing with specialist local guides in selected cities.
Deluxe 4-star Hotel accommodation for your comfort.
Full breakfast or buffet breakfast daily at the hotel 
​Lunches or dinners included as specified in the itinerary,  including a farewell dinner in Frankfurt.
Admission fees for sightseeing attractions as denoted by an asterisk* in tour itinerary:
Paris – Chateau of Fontainebleau
Champagne – Champagne Wine Tour and Wine Tasting with lunch
Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers.
Airport group transfers in Europe on arrival (Paris) and departure (Frankfurt). (Land+Air Packages only).
6 nights’ Rhine River Cruise on the CroisiEurope 4-star vessels
Cabins with private en-suite bathroom (shower and WC)
All meals on the cruise, including 5 buffet breakfast, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners, with refined French cuisine at every meal.
Unlimited complimentary drinks with onboard meals and at the bar, including fine wine, beer, spirits, bottled mineral water, sodas, specialty coffees, and teas
Welcome cocktail reception, Gala dinner and evening, onboard entertainment and activities.
Cruise along the majestic Rhine River from Amsterdam to Strasbourg exploring unique flavors and traditions, including 6 excursions in the classic package:
Canal Boat Tour of Amsterdam
Guided Tour of Amsterdam and Diamond Producer
Excursion of Amsterdam Keukenhof Gardens (or Vikebdan & Zaanse Schans)  
Excursion of Nijmegen Kroller Muller Museum (or Arnhem Dutch Open-Air Museum)
Excursion of Rudsheim Wine Tasting & Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum
Excursion of Heidelberg
Entrance fees for sightseeing attractions:
Amsterdam - Keukenhof Gardens* (or Zaanse Schans)
Nijmegen - Kroller Muller Museum* (or Dutch Open-air Museum in Arnhem)
Rudsheim - Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum*
Including all port fees, taxes, travel assistance/repatriation insurance, but not including onboard tips.
Free WiFi in lounge and bar.
Headsets are included for shore excursions.
Group identification badge, luggage tag and document holder provided for your convenience and easy recognition.

Upgrade your trip

Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process or speak to one of our travel advisors to tailor your perfect trip.

Treat yourself to the most sought-after seats on our coaches — those in the first two or three rows. We assign 10 seats in the front rows on a first-come, first-served basis subject to availability. To pre-book these seats for less than $10 per day, select the front of coach seating option online in your Peony Tours account.

AVAILABLE AIRLINES AND GATEWAYS

Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air Package prices are from New York JFK(JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, not including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

Departures from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For time zone of your gateway city, please call Peony Tours.

*Fares are subject to availability; for detailed gateway fares please view our dates & pricing

Paris Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Make yourself at home in our spacious, contemporary hotel rooms and suites featuring plush bedding, soundproof windows, high-speed Wi-Fi and an array of entertainment options. Enjoy all-day dining on delicious French cuisine or sip wine with friends on the outdoor terrace at La Brasserie Restaurant & Bar. Our accessible location makes it easy for you to explore Paris; the shopping mall Les Quatre Temps, Grande Arche de la Defense and the Champs Elysées are just moments away.

Details

  • 60 Cours Valmy, Puteaux 92800, France
  • +33 141 97 50 50

Metz 4 star standard hotel

★ ★ ★ ★

Brussels 4 star standard hotel

★ ★ ★ ★

Rhine River Cruise CroisiEurope Cruises or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

Details

Frankfurt Movenpick Hotel Frankfurt City or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★

 Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City is ideally located next to the trade fairground with easy access to the charming old city of Frankfurt. So whether you are visiting for business or leisure Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City is a perfect choice.

Details

  • Den Haager Strasse 5, 60327 Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  • +49 69 788 0750

Why not check out the optional excursions available on your tour and pre-book? Booking them in advance will save you money and hassle. Optional tours must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Special exchange rate: When you pre-book optional excursions in US Dollars you enjoy a discounted exchange rate, saving you money. Online prices are in USD for our European tours; on-site prices will be in Euros (EUR) or British Pounds (GBP) in the UK. 
Easy budgeting: Pre-booking your excursions makes budgeting for your vacation easy. You’ll find it easier to plan your spending money and you’ll need less cash during your vacation.

 

Online Purchase Window closes 7 days prior to departure 

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