FLORIADE EXPO 2022, AMSTERDAM, COLOGNE, STRASBOURG, AND MAINZ
On this beautiful cruise along the Rhine River, you’ll journey from Amsterdam to Mainz, enjoying the European charm of Germany, France, and the Netherlands as we dock at historical and quaint cities throughout these countries.
In 2022 our Rhine River Cruise tour includes an extra day in Amsterdam with tickets to explore the Floriade Expo 2022 which takes place once per decade. This year, the event takes place in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam, and features not only a wide variety of plants and flowers, but will showcase cultural exhibitions, live entertainment, and green solutions for healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.
Discover Amsterdam’s rich culture, distinctive architecture, and scenic canals. Experience all the gems of Germany as you sail to 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 on the water.
Floriade Expo 2022
FLORIADE EXPO 2022 | Special Event with Limited Availability!
In 2022, our Rhine cruise tour includes a visit to the Floriade Expo 2022, a horticultural exhibition celebrated once every 10 years! This year, the exhibition takes place just outside of Amsterdam. Floriade Expo 2022 showcases not only a wide variety of flowers, trees, and plants, but live entertainment, cultural exhibits, and more from over 40 countries! You’ll also have the chance to explore the expo’s “Growing Green Cities” theme presenting sustainable solutions to create healthier lives.
An extra day has been added to the program to accommodate this special inclusion and all original sightseeing is still included.
Book today before these special departures sell out!
For 2023 departures, see our Radiant Rhine River Cruise with Amsterdam tour!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.
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
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Arnhem (Netherlands)
- Cologne (Germany)
- Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
- Mannheim (Germany)
- Strasbourg (France)
- Mainz (Germany)
- Floriade, horticultural exhibition
- Walking Tour of Amsterdam
- Haymarket (Cologne)
- Jewish Baths (Cologne)
- The Gothic Cologne Cathedral (Der Kölner Dom)
- Walking Tour of Old Town (Koblenz)
- St. Castor’s Basilica (Koblenz)
- Schängel Fountain (Koblenz)
- Heidelberg Castle Tour (Mannheim)
- Walking Tour of Strasbourg
Your Tour Includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York Area (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- 1 night accommodation at 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 (B), 6 lunches (L), and 7 dinners (D)
- 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
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
Welcome to the Netherlands! You'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to explore and dine on your own.Accommodations: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre or similar
Day 3: Floriade Expo 2022
After breakfast, we'll visit the magnificent Floriade 2022, the horticultural exhibition in the Netherlands – celebrated every 10 years! This is a special World event to appeal to those with strong horticultural interests, showcasing a wide range of flowers, trees, plants, and crops from more than 40 countries. The festival will also feature live entertainment, themed cultural programs and exhibits, restaurants, food trucks, and a unique campus connected by gondolas, trains, bridges, and walkways. Later today, check into your cabin and explore your floating hotel prior to an information briefing followed by dinner.Accommodations: MS Crucevita
Meals: 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. Your morning begins with a canal cruise through Amsterdam’s fabled canals followed by a city walking tour to introduce you to all the major highlights: 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.Meals: 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 you into the life of the past. This included tour will take you 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 you 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.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Cologne (Germany)
Welcome to Germany! Enjoy the passing vistas while at sail. Your 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! Return to the ship for lunch. The balance of the day is at your leisure.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
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!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Mannheim (Germany)
Located on the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this industrial city is home to Mercedes Benz and many other major corporations. Today, enjoy an excursion to Heidelberg. One of the oldest and most famous university towns of 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!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Strasbourg (France)
Welcome to France! Begin your tour with a drive past the Palace de la Republique, Orangerie, EU Parliament, and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Afterwards enjoy a bus/walking tour with unique views of half-timbered houses and impressive European institutions. After the tour enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant featuring a taste of authentic French cuisine and local wine! This evening, enjoy the Captain's Farewell Dinner!Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Mainz (Germany)/USA
After breakfast, bid your crew goodbye and disembark the cruise ship. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US full of memories from your 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. Please schedule your departure flight in the late afternoon to accommodate disembarkation.Meals: Breakfast
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre Amsterdam/Noord-Holland
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.
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.
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 the U.S. 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.
|2022: May 17||Lufthansa Airlines||New York (JFK)||5:30PM||8:00PM|
|2022: Jun. 14, Aug. 9, Sep. 6, Oct. 4||Swiss Airlines / Lufthansa Airlines||New York (JFK)||9:00PM||8:00PM|
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 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
In April you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s with nighttime lows in the mid-30’s to low 40’s. In May daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the high 40’s to low 50’s after the sun goes down. In July and August you can expect temperatures in the 70’s during the day and in the 50’s during the evening. September daytime temperatures are typically in the mid 60’s to low 70’s and cool to the low 50’s. 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 44 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.