AMSTERDAM, COLOGNE, STRASBOURG, AND MAINZ
On this beautiful cruise along the Rhine River, you’ll enjoy the European charm of the Netherlands, Germany, and France as we dock at historical and quaint cities throughout these countries. On a walking tour of Amsterdam, discover the city’s rich culture, distinctive architecture, and scenic canals. Experience all the gems of Germany as you sail and explore Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, and Mannheim. In Strasbourg, France you’ll see some of the city’s most impressive buildings and architecture, and then take a walking tour to admire the half-timbered houses. Plus, throughout this cruise, you’ll simply love each day’s incredible views from the water.
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Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.
- International Flight
- 1 night at an Amsterdam hotel
- 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Arnhem (Netherlands)
- Cologne (Germany)
- Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
- Mannheim (Germany)
- Strasbourg (France)
- Mainz (Germany)
- Wonders & Windmills tour with gouda tasting
- Cruise through Amsterdam’s fabled canals
- Walking Tour of Amsterdam
- Tour through Dutch history at the Open Air Museum
- Cologne city tour including the Dom Cathedral
- Walking Tour of Old Town Koblenz
- Heidelberg Castle Tour (Mannheim)
- Strasbourg boat cruise & walking tour
- Round-trip airfare from New York area (JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- 1 night accommodation at a superior first-class hotel in Amsterdam
- 7-night cruise aboard the MS Crucevita
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- 21 meals: 8 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners
- Wine, beer, or soda with dinner
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager and Local English-Speaking Guides throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Day 1: Depart USA
Your fascinating journey begins with your flight to Amsterdam.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Amsterdam on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Welcome to the Netherlands! We’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The balance of the day is free to explore and dine on independently.
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre or similar
Day 3: Amsterdam
After breakfast, we’ll depart on our morning excursion to see the wonders of the windmills! Our first stop will be at the village of Zaanse Schans, the famous open-air museum featuring six windmills and more than thirty houses which were built in the 16th and 17th centuries and invite us to discover the countryside life of medieval Holland! We’ll continue on to Edam, the home of the famous Edam and Gouda cheeses. Here, we’ll visit a cheese factory that shows us how the cheese is made along with a free tasting! Then it’s on to the beautiful village of Volendam, renowned for its colorful timber houses and old fishing boats lining the harbor. Our final stop will be in Marken where we’ll visit a clog-making factory that produces the famous hand-made wooden Dutch clogs. Then it’s back to Amsterdam where we’ll board our floating hotel! Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail and a crew introduction will precede dinner.
MS Crucevita | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Amsterdam
With its characteristic canals surrounded by narrow, low, and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city, which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Our morning begins with a canal cruise through Amsterdam’s fabled canals followed by a city walking tour to introduce us to all the major highlights: we’ll see the exterior of Anne Frank’s House, the marketplace, and the many canals that crisscross the city. Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city further.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Arnhem (Netherlands)
North of the port lies one of the biggest attractions of the Netherlands, the Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Here, completely reconstructed historical monuments are manned by volunteers who will immerse us into the life of the past. This included tour will take us back to a setting of merchant’s houses, 19th-century farmhouses, and mills of the golden age with samples of life on the farms, fields, factories, wine taverns, and shops. The people, dressed in authentic costumes and settings, will regale us with stories about their “way of life” and maybe serve you a cup of coffee or a pint of beer in ‘the good old way’. A lively and humorous presentation of old Dutch customs and habits. Sail on to Cologne.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Cologne (Germany)
Welcome to Germany! Enjoy the passing vistas while at sail. Our walking tour of this fabulous city will include the Haymarket, Festival Halls, Town Hall, Jewish Baths, Old Market, and Cologne’s the Dom, the remarkable Gothic cathedral whose construction began in 1248 and was only completed in 1880! We’ll return to the ship for lunch and the balance of the day is at your leisure.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
Today we’ll enjoy a delightful walking tour of the Old Town including St. Castor’s Basilica, the Monument of Emperor Wilhelm I, and the town’s landmark, the “Schängel” Fountain. The balance of the day is at leisure. After dinner on the ship, consider exploring Ruedesheim, an ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating back to the 1500s!
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Heidelberg Excursion (Germany)
Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, Mannheim is an industrial city and home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. Today, we’ll enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg. One of the oldest and most famous university towns in Germany, Heidelberg is one of the country’s most endearing small cities, famous for its historical baroque center, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and ancient bridge crossing the Neckar River. The impressive hilltop castle is also home to the largest wine barrel in the world, holding over 220,000 liters of wine!
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Strasbourg (France)
Welcome to France! Our tour begins with a one-hour boat cruise along the canals, offering unique views of the half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. Afterward, our walking tour features sights such as the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parliament, and Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame. After our tour, we’ll delight in the delicious flavors of authentic French cuisine and local wine during our lunch at a popular local restaurant. This evening, we’ll enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner!
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Mainz (Germany)/USA
After breakfast, we’ll bid our crew goodbye and disembark the cruise ship. We’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the US full of memories from our incredible journey.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 10, in Mainz. The ship disembarks at 9 am.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|2023 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.
MS CRUCEVITA CABIN UPGRADES:
Rates are based Category C Cabins, Main Deck, Rear of Ship with picture window. Upgrade to higher category cabins:
• CAT B., Main Deck, Middle/Front of Ship with Picture Window
• CAT A., Promenade Deck, Deluxe Cabin with French Balcony
Select a date above to see the cabin upgrade rates and the associated additional single supplement rates (if applicable) for that specific departure. Not all cabins have single occupancy available.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre offers lovely views, complimentary WiFi internet, and a health club featuring a gym with cardio fitness equipment. Consider enjoying a meal at the hotel’s Silk Road restaurant or explore the nearby historical centre. Rooms feature a laptop safe, mini fridge, and a hairdryer in the bathroom.Website
This elegant, luxurious, boutique-style vessel was designed in an old-world grand yacht style with a maximum capacity of 110 passengers. All cabins are approximately 150 sq feet with modern amenities including beds that can be stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax, air-conditioning/heating which can be regulated individually, a mini safety deposit box, a telephone, and a hair dryer. Cabins on the main deck have panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck will have new french balconies. The superb public areas include a panorama restaurant, cozy bar and lounge, a fireplace, a gym, sauna, library, and sun deck! The decks are interconnected by a regular elevator suitable to carry up to 4 persons. The currency on board the ship is the Euro.
Category C Cabin
Located on the Main Deck, these spacious cabins (approx. 150 sq ft) feature beds that can be stowed away for more space to relax, efficient closet space, an individually controlled air conditioning and heating system, a flat-screen TV offering several European and international channels, internal telephone, and PIN-coded safe. The private bathroom offers a glass-enclosed shower and a hair dryer.
Category B Cabin
Located on the Main Deck, these spacious cabins (approx. 150 sq ft) feature beds that can be stowed away for more space to relax, a panorama window, efficient closet space, an individually controlled air conditioning and heating system, a flat-screen TV offering several European and international channels, internal telephone, and PIN-coded safe. The private bathroom offers a glass-enclosed shower and a hair dryer.
Category A Cabin
Located on the Promenade Deck, these spacious cabins (approx. 150 sq ft) feature beds that can be stowed away for more space to relax, a French balcony, efficient closet space, an individually controlled air conditioning and heating system, a flat-screen TV offering several European and international channels, internal telephone, and PIN-coded safe. The private bathroom offers a glass-enclosed shower and a hair dryer.
MS Crucevita Deck Plan
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (the Netherlands, Germany, France)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (the Netherlands, Germany, France)
Your flights from New York and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|2023: May 18||Newark (EWR)||Tap Air Portugal||5:40PM||9:30PM|
|2023: Jun. 15||New York (JFK)||British Airways||9:30 PM||5:30 PM|
|2023: All Other Dates||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at the boat in Amsterdam on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast on the boat in Mainz on Day 10 of the itinerary. Please be sure to schedule your departure flight in the late afternoon to accommodate disembarkation.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please advise us in writing should your address change.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
In May and October, daytime temperatures typically range in the 50’s to 60’s while in June and September daytime temperatuers are often in the 60’s and 70’s. You’ll find the warmest temperatures in July and August when you can expect temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Evening temperatures will be cooler across all seasons and can drop approximately 20 degrees. It can rain on occasion year-round so consider bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
On the cruise ship and some stores during your shore excursions will accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. On board the Euro is the accepted currency. Credit cards may be used on board (Visa or Mastercard only), but a service charge may be applied. As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code.
On board the ship the electrical current is 220V/50MHZ and you will find a round pin electrical socket. You may need a universal transformer to convert the current and an adapter to fit the outlet/plug. Electrical current requirements range from one electronic device to another; please check your chargers and electronic devices prior to travel.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 50 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.