EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: May 27, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Grand cities blend in perfect harmony with their historic past and progressive future in Cologne and Amsterdam. Inspirational towns have given way to great stories, such as Heidelberg, where Mark Twain wrote “A Tramp Abroad.” Timeless traditions still remain intact—from the making of Cologne’s Kölsch beer to the making of Rüdesheimer Coffee. Take a front-row seat on this enchanting journey along the Rhine to magnificent cities and charming villages alike.


Day 1               Depart CANADA
Day 2               Zurich, SWITZERLAND             Hotel Stay
Day 3               Zurich, SWITZERLAND             Hotel Stay
Day 4               Lucerne, SWITZERLAND          Hotel Stay
Day 5               Lucerne, SWITZERLAND          Hotel Stay
Day 6               Basel, SWITZERLAND              Embark
Day 7               Breisach, GERMANY                 River Cruising
Day 8               Strasbourg, FRANCE                River Cruising
Day 9               Ludigshafen, GERMANY           River Cruising
Day 10             Rudesheim, GERMANY            River Cruising
Day 11             Cologne, GERMANY                 River Cruising
Day 12             Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS   River Cruising
Day 13             Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS   Disembark
                        Depart for CANADA

 

Day 1 / May 27                                                 DEPART CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.   (In-flights Meals)

Day 2 / May 28                                                ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Arrive in Zurich and check in to your hotel.  Accommodation: MARRIOTT ZURICH HOTEL or similar (2 nights).  

Day 3 / May 29                                                ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Set alongside a glistening lake and framed by the Alps, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, seamlessly blends its historic past with its progressive future—all of which will be on full display during your city tour.  One of the top experiences in Zurich is a visit to Old Town where you will find yourself amongst medieval houses, churches and the modern Bahnhofstrasse, a mile-long street featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, stores and street cafés.   (B)

Day 4 / May 30                                                ZURICH – LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Check out of your hotel and head off on a scenic drive past Alpine lakes before reaching Vitznau. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Lucerne’s beauty and charm is unrivalled. You’ll discover this beauty on a walking tour. Stroll along Chapel Bridge, admiring the stunning gable paintings above. The mighty mountains of Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlook the swans that glide along the scenic lake and are part of Lucerne’s everlasting allure. Afterwards, you’ll check into your hotel.  Accommodation: HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF LUCERNE or similar (2 nights).  (B)

Day 5 / May 31                                                LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
The iconic Lion Monument, which you’ll visit was sculpted in memory for the Swiss Guards massacred during the French Revolution in 1792. It has captured the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, including Mark Twain who praised it as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” You’ll also visit the spectacular medieval walls and towers, dating back to the 13th century. Located around the Musegg Wall area, the towers rise high over the city, giving great panoramic views of Lucerne, the Reuss River and the surrounding mountain scenery. There are a total of nine towers, including one featuring the oldest clock in the city.   (B)

Day 6 / Jun 01                                                   LUCERNE – BASEL, SWITZERLAND – EMBARKATION
Visit the iconic Lion Monument before transferring to Basel where you will have free time for lunch before embarking on your ship.  Accommodation: onboard MS AmaPrima or similar (7 nights).  (B/D)

Day 7 / Jun 02                                                   BREISACH, GERMANY
Breisach is your gateway to several different excursions, depending on your interests. Step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian town of Riquewihr, which looks almost the same as it did in the 16th century. On your walking tour, admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Freiburg, founded in 1120 and home to the Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those wishing a more active excursion can cycle through the scenic countryside; or go to the Black Forest, a magical land full of cultural traditions, as well as home to elaborate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timber houses, ruined castles and quaint towns.   (B/L/D)

Day 8 / Jun 03                                                   STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace, offers flavors of both France and Germany because of its borderline location. Enjoy a panoramic tour past the stunning Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la République. Then walk through its iconic UNESCO World Heritage “La Petite France” district, which appears to have been lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. Wander through these charming streets and past the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock. For the active adventurer, you can take a guided bike ride through this captivating city and Parc de l’Orangerie.   (B/L/D)

Day 9 / Jun 04                                                   LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY
Ludwigshafen is your gateway to a choice of three excursions. Visit Heidelberg, the perfectly preserved medieval city nestled in the Neckar River Valley along Germany’s Castle Road. Discover the iconic red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. For a more active adventure while in Heidelberg, join a guided hike up the Philosopher’s Path, aptly named during the Romantic Period, and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Alternatively, you can visit one of Germany’s oldest cities, Speyer, known for the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, sail to Rüdesheim where you can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum; or taste one of the town’s special delights, Rüdesheimer Coffee, ceremoniously made with brandy.   (B/L/D)

Day 10 / Jun 05                                                 RÜDESHEIM – RHINE GORGE
Your exploration of Rüdesheim continues with your choice of three excursions. Take a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the river. Afterwards, indulge your taste buds with a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards. If you prefer a more active adventure, you can join a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg or hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. During the afternoon, set sail along the scenic Rhine River Gorge with its fabled legends and many castles to Lahnstein where you’ll enjoy an exclusive festive celebration.   (B/L/D)

Day 11 / Jun 06                                                 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral, this 2,000 year-old city is also a bustling cosmopolitan hotspot. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town and explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral, where the remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi— are believed to rest. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine and through the historic Stadtgarten; or visit a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen—potato pancakes served with apple sauce.   (B/L/D)

Day 12 / Jun 07                                                 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Eclectic Amsterdam boasts amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and you have a choice as to how you wish to explore it. The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour beginning with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, you can join the Jewish Heritage tour begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum chronicling the history of the Jews in Amsterdam.   (B/L/D)

Day 13 / Jun 08                                                 AMSTERDAM – DISEMBARKATION
Bid Farewell to Amsterdam and prepare for your homeward flight.  (B)

For navigational safety reasons, the cruise company and the captain
are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.

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All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:

Return airfare from TORONTO, please call for departures from other cities in Canada
2 Nights in first class hotel  in Zurich
8 Day luxury river cruise aboard AMAPrima
2 Nights in first class hotel in Lucerne
All your meals during your river cruise
Full buffet breakfast daily at each hotel
Wine, beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Guided city tour in Zurich and Lucerne
Unlimited bottled water during your cruise
All shore excursions during your cruise
All gratuities for the shipboard crew
All port taxes/fees and surcharges
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours*

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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                           SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Category “E”                        $7,295                         Outside Category “E”                         $9,995
Outside Category “D”                        $7,595                         Outside Category “D”                         $10,495
French Balcony Category “C”          $8,295                         French Balcony Category “C”            $11,595
Full Balcony Category “BB”             $8,895                         Full Balcony Category “BB”               $12,495
Full Balcony Category “BA”             $9,095
Full Balcony Category “AB”             $9,295
Full Balcony Category “AA”             $9,495                        

Deposit of $500 per person is required – Final Payment is due by JANAURY 16, 2019
Please Note: Cancellation penalty of $250 per will apply if canceled prior to final payment due date.



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