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Rhine River Cruise
on MS Monarch Countess
 

Saturday, August 10th
Board Your Overnight Flight to Amsterdam, Holland - Depart for the Netherlands.
Sunday, August 11th
River Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam - Welcome to Amsterdam, Holland's sophisticated and modern capital. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board, or begin your discovery of the many cultural sites this city has to offer. This evening, the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner sets the mood for your delightful river cruise. (Dinner)
Monday, August 12th
Amsterdam City Tour & Afternoon Cruising - Today's panoramic tour of 700-year-old Amsterdam introduces you to both the old and the new sections of this city. View the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square, the Queen's official home-away-from-home. On to the Dutch National Monument dedicated by Queen Juliana as a memorial to the victims of WWII and to the unusual Skinny Bridge, once so narrow that pedestrians could not pass each other. Then, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches with striking bell towers. This afternoon get acquainted with your fellow passengers as you cruise south for Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Tuesday, August 13th
Cologne City Tour - Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, arriving as you enjoy lunch on board. Your walking tour of the city is highlighted by the soaring, twin-steeple Gothic cathedral that is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne abounds with cafes, galleries, shops and taverns. After dinner on board, time to explore Cologne's vibrant night life before setting sail. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Wednesday, August 14th
Morning in Koblenz & Afternoon Cruising - The ship docks this morning in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Join an orientation walk this morning and free time to explore the Romanesque architecture and imposing defensive towers of this 2000-year old city. Or, join the optional tour to the dramatic Marksburg Castle, the only hill castle on the Rhine that's never been destroyed and has been continuously occupied for over 700 years. At noon, set sail and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on board, taking in the spectacular vistas as the ship sails past castles perched on lofty cliffs, terraced vineyards and tiny villages. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine rising vertically from the waters, named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. This evening, arrive in Rüdesheim, a lively village in the heart of the Rhine. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional Add-on:
Marksburg Castle (AM): $52 per person
Thursday, August 15th
Morning in Mannheim & Afternoon in Speyer - Today discover Mannheim, meeting point of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, once the gathering place for classical composers. View the imposing red sandstone Schloss, Germany's largest baroque palace and the Luisenpark, one of the loveliest parks in Europe. Alternatively, join the optional tour to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany and inspiration for some of the world's greatest writers and artists; tour the city and view the ruins of 12th century Heidelberg Castle before returning to the ship as it sails to Speyer. Here, stroll the lanes of this picturesque city founded by the Romans, with its prized red sandstone cathedral named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, the ship sails for Strasbourg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional Add-on:
Heidelberg City Tour (AM): $62 per person
Friday, August 16th
Strasbourg City Tour - A lovely day awaits you in the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, situated on the border of France and Germany, blending the cultures of both countries. Discover Strasbourg on the tour highlighting the city's center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of special note is the stunning Gothic Cathedral, an exquisite example of late Gothic architecture that houses one of the finest astronomical clocks in existence. See the magical La Petite France district, home to quaint shops and charming bistros, Place Kleber, a large historic square in the center of the city and Place Gutenberg, dedicated to the inventor of the printing press. This evening, return to the ship as you sail toward Breisach in the Rhine Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday, August 17th
Breisach Walking Tour - Arrive this morning in the small city of Breisach that dates back over 4,000 years. On your walking tour along the cobbled streets lined with pastel-painted houses, it's hard to believe this town was mostly destroyed in WWII and then totally restored to its original beauty. View the towering Romanesque and Gothic St. Stephansmunster Cathedral, a highlight of the city. Spend free time in town, or, join the optional tour to Colmar in France, known as Alsace's most beautiful city with its dramatic steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco and distinctive French shutters accented by window boxes filled with colorful geraniums. At the end of your tour, stop by a local wine maker to sample a few of the region's varietals. Tonight, at the Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories of your Rhine journey with your new-found friends. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional Add-on:
Colmar City Tour (PM): $68 per person
Sunday, August 18th
Depart Switzerland - Your vacation ends after breakfast. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am. (Breakfast)

Itinerary


River Cruise Highlights
  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Sail on the legendary Rhine to Cologne, capital of the Rhineland
  • Discover 2000-year-old Koblenz, with its superb Romanesque architecture
  • View the mighty Lorelei Rock named for the siren "Lorelei" rising vertically from the waters
  • Stroll the lanes filled with quaint wine taverns in the lively village of Rüdesheim
  • Visit the Alsace capital of Strasbourg, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Walk the cobbled streets of tiny Breisach, a city that dates back over 4,000 years


All This Included:
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the First Class Monarch Countess
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise porterage
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions


River Cruise Features & Amenities
  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Unlimited wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Cruise Director & Activities Director throughout
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English


Options not included in the prices:
  • Airfare to Amsterdam, Netherlands or from Basel, Switzerland - available on request.
  • Arrival/Departure transfers - available on request.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended to protect against unexpected events. Click here to read more about your insurance options.


Good to Know:
  • Passengers arriving to Amsterdam on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 2:00 pm.
  • While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

Rhine River singles cruise on the
MS Monarch Countess
departs August 10th from Amsterdam

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Are you single and ready to have some fun and meet lots of new people? Join us on our river cruise on the Rhine that sails from Amsterdam to Basel in August! Hurry! Due to limited availability, this tour will sell out quickly!

MS Monarch Countess

The Monarch Countess is a first class river cruise vessel. Built in 2008, with a maximum capacity of 138 passengers, this ship features 67 spacious outside cabins and 2 suites each fully air-conditioned with private bath facilities, shower, telephone and flat screen satellite TV. To learn more about the MS Monarch Countess, click here.

On this hosted singles river cruise you'll enjoy Vacations To Go's exclusive group discounts, and cocktail gatherings, group excursions, single-mingle dining, and more! Plus, our high-energy host will be on hand to make introductions and organize events. Complimentary name tags and wrist bands will be provided for entrance to private singles events.

If you share your cabin with a friend, the per-person prices are:

Outside Cabin with Window
(lower level):
Sold Out!
Outside Cabin with French Balcony
(middle level):
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Outside Cabin with French Balcony
(upper level):
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If you prefer to have a cabin to yourself, the prices are:

Outside Cabin with Window
(lower level):
Sold Out!  
Outside Cabin with French Balcony
(middle level):
Sold Out!  
Outside Cabin with French Balcony
(upper level):
Sold Out!  

Optional pre-cruise add-on:
2 nights at a 4 star hotel in Amsterdam
Includes: breakfast, Amsterdam City Tour & transfer from hotel to cruise – call for pricing

All prices are subject to availability and may be increased or withdrawn as the ship fills.

Outside Cabin with Window<br/>(lower level)
Outside Cabin with Window
(lower level)

Your onboard Vacations To Go host for this cruise is Richie McLin. Born and raised in Texas, he has always had a passion for travel and adventure as well as a natural curiosity for other cultures and their history. After attending Texas State University he joined the US Air Force and was stationed in the United Kingdom. During his years there he was able to travel throughout England, Scotland and much of Europe. After returning to the states, he has continued his adventures and counts California, Barcelona, Paris and Puerta Vallarta among his favorite places. Richie's true love of travel and fun-seeking personality make him the perfect host for your upcoming singles cruise. For more information or reservations, call Richie McLin toll-free at 800-419-5179, extension 7441, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Central Time. Or click the link below and complete the online reservation form.   Richie McLin
Richie McLin
800-419-5179, ext 7441

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Our singles activities are not open to the public. You must book through Vacations To Go to join the fun!

The Vacations To Go Singles Department is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm, Central Time.

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