AMSTERDAM, COLOGNE, STRASBOURG, AND MAINZ
On this beautiful cruise along the Rhine River, you have the option to begin or end your journey in Amsterdam. Whichever direction you choose to sail, you’ll enjoy the European charm of Germany, France, and the Netherlands 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 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 | Special Event with Limited Availability!
In 2022, our Rhine cruise tour includes an extra day to 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 2022 program to accommodate this special inclusion and all original sightseeing is still included.
Book today before these special departures sell out!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Mainz
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Arnhem (Netherlands)
- Cologne (Germany)
- Koblenz/Ruedesheim (Germany)
- Mannheim (Germany)
- Strasbourg (France)
- Mainz (Germany)
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- 7-night cruise aboard the MS Crucevita
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- 20 meals: 7 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
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your fascinating journey begins with your flight to Amsterdam.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Amsterdam on Day 2.
Arrive in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Welcome to the Netherlands! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to the ship. Once onboard, check into your cabin and explore the cruise ship prior to dinner and an information briefing.
MS Crucevita | Dinner
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.
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. This evening, get ready for a fun “Pirate’s” dinner followed by an optional Ruedesheim walking tour through this ancient town of timber houses and cobblestone streets dating back to the 1500s!
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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!
| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 on Day 9 in Mainz.
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.
|Depart||Return||Depart - Return||Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Jul 30, 2021||
Jul 30, 2021 Price Increase
|2021||2021||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|September 15||September 23||Sep 15 - Sep 23||$2,999||$3,099||$3,399||Sold Out|
Rates are based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $1199
2021 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: add $399 double occupancy / $60 single occupancy
• CAT A., Promenade Deck, Deluxe Cabin with French Balcony: add $599 double occupancy
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made 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 $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. 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.
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. 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.
|2021: May 19, Jun. 9, Jul. 7, Sep. 15, Oct. 13||New York (JFK)||Swiss Airlines / Lufthansa Airlines||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 9 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 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.