Rhine River Glenn Hamilton

August 2-10, 2023

Rhine River Getaway hosted by the RIVER 97.3's Glenn Hamilton

Join AAA Central Penn and the RIVER's, Glenn Hamilton on this 8 day cruise on the Rhine River cruise aboard the Viking Gersemi®!

Booking Deadline: September 12, 2022

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Pricing

Stateroom Category Double Rate Per Person
Category AA- Veranda Suite $6,769
Category A- Veranda $4,949
Category B- Veranda $4,749
Category C- French Balcony $4,339
Category D- French Balcony $4,239
Category E- Half Height Picture Window $3,639
Category F- Half Height Picture Window $3,539

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Single passenger rates available upon request

*Airfare is currently not included in the price of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available and may have a different payment and cancellation schedule from the cruise portion.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 20 passengers.

Desired pick-up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip motorcoach transportation to/from a local airport
  • Roundtrip transfers- airport/ship
  • Seven nights aboard the Viking Gersemi®
  • Complimentary house wines, beers and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinners
  • Specialty coffees and assorted hot teas available 24 hours a day
  • All onboard meals and entertainment
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard (connection speed may vary)
  • AAA Onboard cocktail reception
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine in each stateroom
  • One included excursion per port
  • $100 Shipboard credit per person
  • Baggage handling (1 bag per person)
  • Hosted by the RIVER 97.3's, Glenn Hamilton
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Cuckoo clock-making demonstration
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Speyer Cathedral
  • Marksburg Castle
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Kinderdijk, the Netherlands

Itinerary

Wednesday, August 2: Depart for Amsterdam

Motorcoach from Central PA to a local International Airport for an overnight flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Thursday, August 3: Arrive in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam! Your adventure begins with a group transfer to the Viking Gersemi®. After boarding, the afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. If time permits you may want to visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House*. 

*The Anne Frank House is very popular. Plan to purchase your tickets well in advance online at the museum's website. 

Friday, August 4: Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

This morning, we sail to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a tour of this ingenious network of windmills and other flood management devices. You will learn why the windmills were built and see how they work, plus you enter a working windmill for a tour of its mechanisms and living quarters. Return on board for lunch and an enjoyable afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor, and take in a culturally enriching presentation on the Dutch Golden Age. 

Saturday, August 5: Cologne, Germany

Begin your day with a morning tour of Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city. Stroll through Old Town past St. Martin's Church and see the Dom, Germany's largest cathedral and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend free time enjoying Cologne's atmospheric waterfront, or perhaps join an optional excursion on which you ascent to the Dom's Roof for up-close views of the Cathedral's architecture and bird's eye vistas of Cologne. 

Sunday, August 6: Koblenz & Rüdesheim, Germany

Proceed along the Rhine, disembarking for a lively and informative tour of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Alternately, choose an optional excursion to tour the 700-year-old Marksburg Castle, or enjoy an optional guided exploration of Koblenz on foot. Afterwards, enjoy an onboard lunch as you cruise the scenic Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where turreted castles and fortresses overlook the river from their hilltop posts. Arrive in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spend free time in the pedestrian only Drosselgasse and sample a glass of locally produced wine at one of the restaurants or wine bars. 

Monday, August 7: Speyer, Germany

Cruise into mid-morning as you enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, enjoy an included tour to visit the historic town of Speyer and take in the views of the imposing Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 11th century on the site of a former basilica, the building's design influenced Romanesque architecture for centuries to come, and is the final resting place of eight German monarchs. 

Tuesday, August 8: Strasbourg, France

We will dock this morning in Kehl and disembark for a guided tour of Strasbourg. See the European Parliament and tour the interior of the city's famed cathedral. The afternoon is free to further explore this Alsatian city's blend of French and German cultures, resplendent churches, medieval covered bridges, verdant parks and handsome art nouveau and modernist architecture. 

Wednesday, August 9: Breisach, Germany- The Black Forest

Arrive in Breisach this morning, gateway to the Black Forest. Take a scenic excursion through the area's renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, visit a local workshop to see a cuckoo clock-making demonstration, and learn how Black Forest Cake is made. 

Thursday, August 10: Basel, Switzerland- Disembark Ship

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight and transportation back to Central, PA.

Itinerary is subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected. 

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamps(s) is required for this cruise. As of the printing of this brochure all guest are required to obtain an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) Travel authorization for travel to Europe's Schengen Zone (not included in the price of the trip). Please see your travel professional for more information.

As of the writing of this brochure, all travelers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the last dose having been administered at least 14 days prior to departure to travel with Viking Cruises. Additional COVID-19 related requirements including pre-embarkation and a re-entry test may be required. As travel policies are rapidly changing, the final requirements will be communicated prior to departure. Each guest is responsible for proper medical documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this trip. 

All travelers must be 18 years of age or older at time of departure to travel on Viking Cruise Line. 

Payment

Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by July 19, 2022.

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure             $25 per person, plus....

From Day of Deposit to April 4, 2023-     $100 per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees

From April 5 - May 4, 2023-                     20% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees

From May 5 - May 24, 2023-                   35% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees

From May 25 - June 13, 2023-                50% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees

From June 14 - July 3, 2023-                   75% of gross fare per person, plus any additional suppliers' fees

After July 3, 2023                                     Non-Refundable

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain share agreements

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for this region in August average in the high 70s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended for touring. For evening dining, country club casual attire is recommended. 

Baggage

Two suitcases per person will be allowed by the cruise line. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport. 

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