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11 Days
Availability : April 22 - May 1, 2022
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Eastern Europe
Max People : 20

Free airfare until March 31st, 2021

Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine 

Switzerland • France • Germany • the Netherlands

 

Itinerary

Day 1Depart the USA

Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

Day 2Zurich to Lucerne, Switzerland

Upon arrival in Zurich, transfer to your hotel in Lucerne to begin your Swiss adventure. The afternoon is at leisure to begin discovering your beautiful new surroundings. This evening, join your Mayflower representative and traveling companions for an included dinner at the hotel
Meal: D

Day 3Lucerne

After breakfast, an included walking tour highlights the city’s landmark, the famous 14th-century Chapel Bridge with its paintings of heroic town events, that crosses
the Reuss River. See the 17th-century Renaissance Town Hall and town squares, all set amongst the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Meal: B

EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

Day 4Lucerne – Basel

Before departing for your ship in Basel, the day is free to enjoy at leisure or join the morning optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus – a mountain overlooking Lucerne that offers a unique alpine experience! This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel, Switzerland for embarkation of your Emerald Waterways luxury Star-Ship. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner onboard
Meal: B, D

Day 5Breisach, Germany

Today you have a choice of activities. Visit a typical Black Forest Village, full of charm, cuckoo clocks and other German specialities. See demonstrations of traditional handicrafts, each offering a glimpse into rural life in the forest. Alternatively, take part in a guided hike along some of the Black Forest trails
Meal: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: Black Forest cake demonstration and tasting
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided hike in the Black Forest region

Day 6Strasbourg, France

Once docked in Kehl, coaches await to take you across the river to Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace Region in France. The guided walking tour takes you along narrow lanes and across footbridges as you discover the Grande Île, the historical city centre and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its medieval black and white timber- framed buildings, picturesque le Petite France, old tanning houses, canals and river locks, the city’s star attraction is the ornate cathedral, dominating the main square. This afternoon, the city is yours to explore at leisure
Meal: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Riquewihr (additional expense)

Day 7Mannheim / Heidelberg, Germany

Relax onboard as the vessel cruises along the Rhine River to Mannheim, docking site for Heidelberg. Travel by coach to Heidelberg, home of the oldest university in Germany. The guided walking tour visits the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, with fantastic views overlooking the Neckar River, and takes you through the cobblestoned- streets of the medieval city below. Enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to the ship. Alternatively, hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg
Meal: B, L, D
EmeraldACTIVE: Hike from Mount Königstuhl to Heidelberg

Day 8Koblenz, Germany

Cruise to the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz, situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the city as your guide points out historic monuments and buildings. See the ‘German Corner’ monument marking the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Panoramic views await from the visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached by cable car, crossing the river!
Meal: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Moselle & Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle Visit (additional expense)

Day 9Cologne, Germany

Continue cruising along the Rhine River to Cologne. Founded by the Romans, the city is one of Germany’s oldest and is famous for its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed gothic cathedral. Join your local guide for an included walking tour of the city, touching on the historical charm of the Old Town and its Roman history. Traverse the quaint alleyways and see historic monuments alongside modern architecture. The tour concludes at the cathedral, whose twin spires dominate the skyline. This evening, back onboard, join your Captain for a farewell reception and dinner
Meal: B, L, D
DiscoverMORE: Farina Eau de Cologne Museum (additional expense)

Day 10Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This morning, depart by coach for an included visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens. Discover why it’s called the “Garden of Europe” as you wander along the paths, admiring gorgeous flowers at the peak of tulip season. Unique flower shows in the pavilions along with colorful, artistic floral displays throughout the manicured garden, are sure to please! Return to the ship in the afternoon to explore the city of Amsterdam at your leisure
Meal: B, L, D
EmeraldPLUS: A visit to Keukenhof Gardens

Day 11Amsterdam / USA

Bid ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Europe and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your European adventure and cruise along the Rhine River during tulip time
Meal: B

Itinerary is subject to change.

Tour Details

Departure Date

April 22, 2022

Arrive 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Airfare
After March 31, 2021, travelers will qualify for the 2-for-1 airfare offer. Airfare will be in economy class. If traveler wants to be upgraded to a different class of service, an upgrade charge will apply. The 2-for-1 Airfare Offer is valid until 120 days prior to departure. Earned complimentary travel will receive 50% off bulk airfare for the travel planner, Free Airfare Offer is not applicable on complimentary travel.Air prices are net non-commissionable and inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change based on fuel prices. Air prices are guaranteed until 90 days prior to departure. Air rates within 90 days prior to departure will need to be provided by our air department. In order to hold a group air contract the airlines require a minimum of 10 travelers departing from the same city. Should the group fall below 10 we will honor the fare quoted but the air schedule may change. If company air is canceled after final payment, all penalties will apply.

Price Includes

  • Transportation noted in itinerary
  • $55 in Mayflower money
  • All gratuities included
  • TIPS/PORT TAXES
  • Wifi onboard
  • 23 Meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 8 dinners) .
  • Complimentary bicycles onboard for use ashore
  • Shore excursions with English-speaking local guides
  • Complimentary drinks to accompany onboard lunches and dinners
  • Included meals are clearly noted in the touring description
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in Eastern Europe and selected accommodations on cruise vessel. Prices are based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. Single rooms/cabins are subject to availability and at an additional cost.
  • Round trip airport transfers on the tour departure and return dates (only) if air is purchased through Mayflower. You may request air transportation at an additional cost if air is not purchased through Mayflower.

Price Excludes

  • Passport Costs
  • Any inter-country air
  • Airline luggage charges
  • Accident and baggage insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not included on the itinerary
  • Baggage fees assessed by the airlines are not included in the air price if you purchased air from Mayflower Tours
  • Food and Beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular meals
  • Transfers between airport and hotel are not included unless you purchase air from Mayflower and travel on tour dates
  • The land price of your tour does not include airfare to the tour departure point
  • Sightseeing attractions listed as “optional excursions” and gratuities to the full time Tour Manager, motorcoach driver, all airport skycaps, van or limo drivers, local guides or ship crew
  • In the event it becomes necessary to overnight material due to late receipt of registration or final payments, traveler will be billed for these charges.
Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
Built: 2014-2020 -- Speed: 15.5mph -- Staterooms: 19 -- Suites: 72 -- Length: 443ft
  • INURANCE
  • Acting only as agents for suppliers, Discovery Cruises and Tours is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For your own protection, it is impor­tant that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. You should carry proof of insurance in the event you need medical attention while outside the U.S. Additional information and application forms for all types of coverage will be supplied to you prior to departure. Please note, Medicare is not valid outside the U.S.
  • Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) for River Cruises - $429 per person (optional) This nonrefundable fee will provide a refund to you during the instance that you have to cancel your trip. The cancellation has to be for a covered reason (see Plan for details on coverage) and we have to be notified at least one day prior to departure. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness or the illness or death of an immediate family member,TPP will provide a refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emergency transportation, 24 hour hot line and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets are purchased through Mayflower. Please review the Plan for details on coverage.
  • Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Our Travelers Protection Plan consists of Pre-Departure and Post-Departure Travel Insurance Benefits. The following details apply to World Holidays that include a river cruise

INSURANCE BENEFITS

The following Benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc. Should you have to cancel your river cruise or interrupt your river cruise enroute, we offer a non-refundable Travelers Protection Plan ( TPP) in our deposit schedule. If you cancel your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family Member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused non-refundable prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements provided by Mayflower Tours. If you interrupt your Trip due to a covered Injury, Sickness or Death – your own or that of a Traveling Companion or Family member – or for Other Covered Reasons, as defined, you will be reimbursed up to the Trip cost for the unused portion of the prepaid expenses for Travel Arrangements and/or the Additional Transportation Cost paid to return home or rejoin the Trip. This plan also provides the following travel insurance benefits. These benefits are offered and administered by Trip Mate, Inc., are underwritten by the insurance carriers listed below and are subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy:

• $25,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
• $500 Travel Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)
• $25,000 Medical Expense/Emergency Evacuation • 24 Hour Worldwide Assistance Service
• $2,000 Baggage / Travel Documents
• $500 Baggage Delay (Up to $100 Per Day)

Certain exclusions and limitations apply and are detailed in the Description of Coverage Brochure which will be enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you, upon request, at any time prior to your purchase of the plan. For example, coverage does not apply to; suicide, normal pregnancy, war or any act of war, mental or nervous disorders. A Traveling Companion is defined as a person or persons with whom you have coordinated Travel Arrangements and intend to travel with during the Trip. Sickness or Injury must require care by a Physician and must commence while insurance is in force for you.This plan does not cover a loss that results from an illness, disease, or other condition (of you, an Immediate Family Member, Traveling Companion or Business Partner), event or circumstance which occurs at a time when this plan is not in force for you.

This plan is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, Eatontown, NJ.

For complete details on the protection plan refer to the Description of Coverage Brochure enclosed with your deposit receipt and is also available to you online at www.tripmate.com/wpF431G.

Important! The Travelers Protection Plan must be purchased by the time of initial payment and may not be purchased at a later date. Not valid for residents of New York State.

Terms and Conditions

  • Medical RequirementsMany countries have immunization requirements. Some countries require foreign visitors to have valid medical insurance on entry. Requirements vary by country and can change. Please check with our office for details on which tours need these requirements. Specific instructions will be sent to you at 90 days prior to departure if your tour requires these conditions. Mayflower cannot be liable for delay or denial of entry due to missing documents.
  • Airline Security MeasuresThe Transportation Security Administration requires that travelers provide their name EXACTLY to their airline as it appears on their passport to be used while traveling, along with their date of birth and gender when making reservations to fly from the U.S. When making your flight reservations through Mayflower, you will be asked for this information by our staff. Due to airline security measures, your passport must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.
  • Itinerary Changes There may be times when we may have to alter the scheduled itinerary, cruise vessels, hotels, shore excursions etc. due to weather conditions or conditions on the river in regards to water levels, locks, or other delays. Any changes in the itinerary due to these conditions will not result in eligibility for a refund. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice and may need to be altered due to water level and other weather conditions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

PASSPORT: Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiration date of passport should be at least six months after the return date of the tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send instructions for visa applications if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. Visa fees and cost of obtaining a visa are not included in the tour price and are the responsibility of the traveler.

REGISTRATION & DEPOSIT: A deposit of $400 per person is required at the time of registration.   The deposit may be charged to your Credit/ Debit Card or Check. Registrations received inside ninety (90) days must be accompanied by full payment. 

PAYMENTS: After you have registered for a tour, you will receive an invoice with final payment amount and date due. Final payments should be made payable to Discovery Cruises and Tours and must be received ninety (90) days prior to departure. Note:  All reservations not fully paid by the ninety-day deadline are subject to cancellation, for which Tour Operator is not to be held responsible.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

CRUISE CANCELLATION OR ALTERATION OF ITINERARY: The cruise line (the Line) reserves the right to cancel any cruise, with or without notice, in which case the passage money will be refunded. It also reserves the right to alter the itinerary of any cruise or tour, if, for any reason, this becomes necessary or desirable. Additionally, the Line may, for the same reasons, substitute any other vessel (owned or managed by the Line) for the one named in this brochure. In both these cases, no refund is due to the passenger unless justified by the type of new accommodation offered. The Line also reserves the right to change or alter the sequence of ports or stops on land tours.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Payments for land, air and cruise arrangements (less the deposit amount) will be refunded when cancellations are received prior to the final payment due date 90 days prior to departure. Deposits are non- refundable unless the optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) is purchased at the time of booking. When the optional Traveler Protection Plan is purchased and it is necessary to cancel your reservation, you will be refunded all payments, including the deposit amount, less the TPP premium. All refunds will be processed by Trip Mate, Inc. Please go to www.tripmate.com/wpF431G for details on the coverage for the Traveler Protection Plan. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Discovery Cruises and Tours in writing. Phone calls for cancellations cannot be accepted.

If you purchase non-refundable airline tickets from Mayflower, the TPP does not provide a refund for the airline tickets in the event of a cancellation or a return transportation benefit if you must return home early. You will be charged the TPP premium for the land tour only. Any changes made to the reservation after final payment that alters the tour itinerary will result in cancellation charges as listed below. If you have purchased the Travelers Protection Plan, the premium will be applied to offset the cancellation charges. Should you choose not to purchase our TPP, the following per person cancellation charges will be assessed for all tours and optional excursion costs:

• 91 days or more prior to departure: Deposit Amount

• 90 days to day of departure: 100% of total tour

• No refund on unused portions of the tour. 

Exclusions for the Cancellation Fee Waiver: Mayflower reserves the right to alter its Refund and Cancellation Policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to: conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or man-made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Mayflower.

 

TOUR OPERATOR RESPONSIBILITY

Discovery Cruises and Tours (Tour Operator) agrees to arrange for the tour described in this brochure. This represents the entire agreement between the passenger and his agent, the Tour Host, the Tour Operator and its agents. Except as stated herein, no person is authorized to cancel, modify, or vary the tour arrangements or to make any representation of warranty concerning the tour. Except for the willful negligence of its direct employees, the Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any injuries, damages occasioned by circumstances beyond the control of Tour Operator, or by any person for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to default or omission of and by any third party providing services or facilities related to or included in this tour or any part thereof, or in arranging for the same, or the acts or omissions of the Tour Host. Tour Operator reserves the right to refuse or revoke travel to anyone who is deemed incapable of group travel per the sole judgment of Tour Operator. Due to circumstances beyond the Tour Operator’s control, the sequence of touring sites may occasionally need to be altered. The airlines or cruise lines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board planes, ships or conveyances. The passenger contracts, in use by the airlines and cruise lines, and the passenger or purchaser of this tour and/or passage and Tour Operator assume no liability or responsibility in connection therewith. Also, the Tour Operator WILL NOT BE responsible for: (a) flight schedule changes, mechanical breakdowns, government actions, weather, acts of God, acts of war or aggression, whether declared or undeclared, hijackings, or other circumstances beyond its control, including any connecting flights that may be missed as a result thereof (participants should consider the possibility of delays when arranging connecting flights); (b) the failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in and check-out times and baggage handling; and, (c) charges incurred relating to single room/stateroom requirements either by the passengers themselves or their assigned roommates. Payment of the deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation constitutes consent to all provisions listed in this brochure.

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