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Romantic Rhine River Cruise 2017

GalaxSea Cruises & Tours Presents:
“The Romantic Rhine”
Group Cruise/Tour Package
October 2017

Join us on our 2017 River Cruise group package to the Rhine River.  Our experience will give you hassle free travel, spectacular sights, and a luxurious River Cruise with our partner Avalon Waterways.  The small ship cruise, with spectacular room views, and all-inclusive experience is something that Avalon excels in.  The most popular river cruise is the Rhine, and our experience will be enhanced by sailing on a newer ship (Tranquility II – 2015), with only 168 guests.  Our river cruise is inclusive of excellent food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily), wine or beer – at no extra charge, local sightseeing, and those spectacular castles.  We will also offer you an optional extension to enjoy extra time in Lucerne, Switzerland before your cruise, or after your cruise with an extend stay in Amsterdam.  While we know the ship only holds 168 guests, we also only have space for a small group in our package.  Because space is limited, and discounts abound, we encourage you to book now. Take advantage of all the discounts, join today!

GalaxSea Group Package includes:
Air transportation from the Midwest (Tulsa / NW Arkansas / Kansas City) to Zurich
All transfers (airport to ship, ship to airport)
7 night river cruise fare onboard Avalon’s Tranquility II (October 14-21, 2017)
All taxes with these components
Cruise Gratuities
Air transportation from Amsterdam back to our departure airport

Cruise Itinerary Includes:
Basel, Switzerland; Strasbourg, France; Heidelberg; Mainz-Rudesheim; Rhine Gorge-Koblenz; Cologne (Germany); and Amsterdam, Holland

Group Prices:
All prices are per person, and include: airfare to/from Europe, transfers to/from the ship, and the River experience with cruise, taxes, and gratuities.  The current Early Booking discount is included in our group price.  Package extensions and other special offers are listed separately. 

Room type / description                              Double Occupancy          Single   
Standard River View room, category E      $3,799 per person            $3,799
Standard River View room, category D      $3,949 per person            $3,949
Panoramic View room, category B             $4,799 per person            $5,489
Panoramic View room, category A             $4,849 per person  
Panoramic View room, category P             $4,949 per person  
Panoramic View Suite                                $5,399 per person  

The river cruise fare includes room accommodations, meals, local sightseeing as listed in Avalon’s brochure, wine, beer, coffee, water, milk, juice, and tea are also complimentary. 


“The Romantic Rhine” Itinerary

Wednesday, October 11, 2017  Departure Date for Pre-Cruise Lucerne Package

Thursday, October 12, 2017  Arrival in Lucerne, Switzerland

Friday, October 13, 2017   Sightseeing day in Lucerne

USA Departure date for those “not” taking the pre-cruise package

Saturday, October 14, 2017  Cruise Departure from Basel, Switzerland
     Transfer to ship and board Tranquility II

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Breisach, Germany.  Excursion to the Black Forest.  Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany’s BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty. The area got its name because the pine forests are so dense, local residents described them as black. The most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks! You may opt to visit the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Vogtsbauernhof Museum to see how life was lived in this area, centuries ago. 

Monday, October 16, 2017 - Strasbourg, France.  Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. On your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical LA PETITE FRANCE district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Explore Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, optional excursions into the Alsace wine country or to the Black Forest are available.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Excursion to Heidelberg, Germany–Mainz.  This morning, an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, which was founded in 1386. Visit the ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You’ll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel.” At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, it holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz, which today is Germany’s largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz is a tribute to the jesters at the city’s annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here, and during a GUIDED WALK you’ll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz.  This morning, dock in pretty Rudesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIED’S MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM to see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of 2,000-year-old Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Cologne.  One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included GUIDED CITY WALK or JEWISH HERITAGE WALK. The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!
Amsterdam, Holland

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Amsterdam, Holland. Welcome to Amsterdam! Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join an optional excursion.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Amsterdam (Disembarkation).  Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.  Flight home from Amsterdam, unless extending on the Post Cruise Package.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Post Cruise extension in Amsterdam.  Hotel with breakfast included.

Monday, October 23, 2017 – Post Cruise extension.  Transfer to airport for flight home to USA.

 

Pre-cruise stay in Lucerne, Switzerland – 2 nights (October 12th & 13th) $699 per person
Includes train from Zurich to Lucerne, 2 night(s) accommodation with breakfast, train from Lucerne to Basel to board the cruise on October 14th.

Post-cruise stay in Amsterdam, Holland – 2 nights (October 21st & 22nd) $399 per person
Includes transfers from ship to hotel, 2 night(s) accommodation with breakfast, hotel to airport transfers on October 23rd.

Special Discounts

10% Early Booking discount is included in our group prices.  Book/Deposit by August 9th
Journey’s Club Discount would be another $143 per person discount for any Journeys Club members.

How Do I Sign Up?
Reservations are being accepted now and are sold first-come, first-served.  Space is limited.  Check, cash, money order, or most major credit cards are accepted for your initial non-refundable deposit of $250 per person, plus travel insurance.  Passport names are required, along with date of birth, telephone number, and mailing address.  For your convenience, a reservation form is enclosed for you to complete and send with your payment.  You may copy this flyer for other persons you may know who are interested.

Payment Schedule:
Your deposit to join is $250 per person, plus travel insurance costs.  Additional payment installments of $500 per person are due in September, November (2016), February and May (2017).  Your final balance will be due by July 1, 2017. 

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance costs will vary on this trip as there could be different programs to consider.  Because your initial deposit is non-refundable, we encourage you to consider adding insurance now.  Please visit with Ken regarding the best policy available for your package.

Passport Requirements:
You must have a valid passport for this cruise.  If you do not have a passport, please plan to get one soon.   If you already have a passport, please make sure it will not expire prior to January 30, 2018. If you are not a US Citizen, please contact GalaxSea Cruises & Tours for the required documents.

Need More Information:
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Ken Mayer at 417-451-5468, or you can email him at .  Don’t forget to share this information with your friends, and if you aren’t a Facebook friend yet, please like our page at facebook.com/galaxseacruises
  

Consumer Terms and Conditions

GalaxSea Cruises & Tours, is acting as a mere agent for the Cruise & Airline SUPPLIERS in selling travel related services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by GalaxSea.  Therefore, GalaxSea shall not be responsible for breach of contract or any intentional careless actions or omissions on part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay, or injury to you or your companions or group members.  Unless the term “guaranteed” is specifically stated in schedule, or handling of personal effects.

This party shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside of their control.  This party is not responsible for cancellation of any service/s and or refunds from any supplier or carrier that may cease operations.

Traveler is herby warned of the above risks as well as possible travel industry bankruptcies and medical and climatic disruptions, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them.  Traveler’s retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and an agreement on his/her part and is expected to convey the contents hereto to his/her travel companions or group members.

Cancellation Penalties/Fees:
After deposit                          Deposit is non-refundable
After September 1, 2016       $200 per person, plus any non-refundable services
After February 1, 2017          $500 per person, plus any non-refundable services
After July 1, 2017                  35% of total, plus any non-refundable services
After August 10, 2017           50% of total, plus any non-refundable services
After September 10, 2017    80% of total, plus any non-refundable services
After October 10, 2017         Full Penalty

Travel Protection Insurance is available for purchase on your package.  Cancellation fees are charged regardless of your reason to cancel.  We suggest you purchase a premium at the time you make your deposit.  However, we have some plans that can be added up until the final payment date (July 1, 2017).  Your policy does not go into effect until your premium is paid.  Once purchased this premium is non-refundable.  A description of the policy will be provided with your travel documents. Please contact Ken to verify the best insurance plan for your vacation.