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April 2018 Romantic Rhine River Cruise & London

Romantic Rhine River Cruise & London, England – April 27-May 5, 2018

monalisaLondon is calling with an exciting tour followed by a beautiful river cruise in Germany. The cruise will take place on the famous Rhine River which runs through Germany and surrounding countries. The Rhine river is famous for the castles that you’ll sail past, the quaint towns along the way, and beautiful scenery.

Itinerary:

April 27 – Fly to Los Angeles and connect to your international flight to London, England!

April 28 – London – Welcome to London. Transfer to your hotel this afternoon and enjoy some free time to relax or explore. Overnight in London.

April 29 – London – This morning there will be some free time or optional church services if you are interested. Next, on to Churchill War Rooms and visit the secret WW2 bunker and museum that tells thestory of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy. Continue for a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey before we head for the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
This afternoon arrive at the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, our guide will share fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress.
Finally, you will take a boat trip on the River Thames. Enjoy excellent views of Tower Bridge, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe and of the Houses of Parliament from the river whilst being entertained by your tour guide. (Breakfast)

April 30 – Baden-Baden, Germany to Strasbourg, France – This morning transfer to London Stansted airport for your short non-stop flight to Baden-Baden, Germany. A short distance away, your river cruise ship awaits your arrival! Settle into your cabin and enjoy a fantastic first meal on board. Tonight, visit old Strasbourg before setting sail. (Breakfast, Cruise Meals)

May 1 – Koblenz – Sailing to the towns of Lauterbourg, Spire, Mainz. Breakfast on board. The cruise will continue towards Koblenz up the most beautiful section of the romantic Rhine. We will sail past the towns of Kaub, Oberwesel, Saint-Goar. Before we reach our mooring in Koblenz, you will see Stolzenfels castle. Arrival in Koblenz late in the afternoon. Explore the old city in the company of our hostess. (Cruise Meals)

May 2 – Romantic Rhine River & Rudesheim, Germany – Cruise up the most beautiful part of the romantic Rhine between Koblenz and Rüdesheim. We will pass numerous castles nestling in the famed vineyards and the celebrated rock of the Lorelei. Lunch on board. Arrival in Rüdesheim early in the afternoon. Depart in a touristic train stopping at a museum of mechanical music. In the evening, the famous Drosselgasse awaits you with its numerous cafés and bands. (Cruise Meals)

May 3 – Rhine River and Heidelberg, Germany – Our boat casts off early in the morning to cruise up the Rhine to Speyer. Relax during lunch on board. We will pass the towns of Wiesbaden, Nierstein, Worms, and Mannheim. In the afternoon, join us for an excursion by coach to visit Heidelberg in the company of a local guide. We’ll return to the boat at 6:00 p.m. We’ll have our gala dinner on board, followed by an evening of dancing. Our boat will depart for Strasbourg late at night. (Cruise Meals)

May 4 – London – Your cruise ends this morning. Transfer to the nearby airport for a short flight back to London. The night is free for exploring or an optional Broadway show! (Breakfast)

May 5 – Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA!

 

monalisaYour Ship: Croisi MS Symphonie

Built in 1997 and refurbished in 2017 the MS Symphonie is a beautiful river cruise ship. With just 79 cabins, the experience on board is intimate with excellent service at every turn.

 

 

 

Your Host: Val Petersen

Val and Diane Petersen have traveled around the globe and have led various group tours. They’ve loved their humanitarian trips to Kenya, the Amazon in Peru & Cambodia with ROTARY and YOUTHLINC.  Both retired, Val a Bank Executive and Diane an R.N., have been all over Europe, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Holy Land, Turkey, Egypt, New Zealand, China, Fiji, Iceland, and Vietnam.  Other passions include grand kids and shopping for Diane and ATVs, waterfalls, and kayaking for Val. They’ve never been on a cruise they didn’t like. Their next goal is a US road trip in their travel trailer.

 

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Lower Deck Cruise Cabins and Round Trip Airfare from Los Angeles – Double Occupancy – $2999 per person 

Upper Deck Cabin – additional $325 per person

Pre and Post-Cruise London Package Described Above with Hotel, Sightseeing and Transportation – Included

Deposit Required for Reservation – $1200 per person

Airfare to and from Los Angeles: Call for assistance or arrange your own

Ship Shore Excursions – Included

Credit Card Fee – 3.5% (only applies to payments following deposit – pay by check to avoid it)

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*Trip cancellation and emergency protection available
*Passports are required
*Full payment due 90 days before departure.
*Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit and final payment is made
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