Rhine River Cruise

May 15-24, 2019 • 10 Days • $4220**

SMALL GROUP TOUR: 18-22 Travelers

Germany, France, Netherlands 

The Rhine River Cruise includes walks and activities in 3 countries, taking us through the castle-studded, UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge in Germany, bringing together outstanding historic, cultural, and scenic experiences along the Rhine in France, and finishing up in Holland, delightful, lowland country of windmills, wooden shoes, and winding canals.

**Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Rhine River Cruise tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Lowland Delights Extension

May 24-29, 2019 • 6 Days • $1775

Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany

The optional extension is a continued exploration of the lowland countries, taking us south into Belgium and tiny Luxembourg before winding along the Mosel River Valley to Mainz.

For information on how to participate in the Lowlands Extension as a stand-alone experience, contact our office.

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3 Reasons to Take the Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise

We embark aboard the M/S Crucevita in historic Mainz, Germany, continue south to Strasbourg, France, then return through Germany with stops at Heidelberg, Worms, and several ports in the Rhine Gorge before finishing the cruise in Amsterdam. We continue to explore the Netherlands by coach for two more days using the delightful Dutch town of Delft as a base. Several fun and educational activities in charming Delft are followed by a walk in Kinderdijk amongst windmills and canals and a visit to a local farm to see how Gouda cheese is made. Travelers are then free to fly home from Amsterdam or continue with us to “close the loop” through Belgium, Luxembourg, and the lovely Moselle River Valley back to Mainz.

What makes this river cruise special is that WAI has customized all shore activities with the help of longtime WAI European guide, Hildrun Mathies. WAI is booking our own coaches and our WAI guide team works with Hildrun, who doubles as ship guide and local guide, to present a land program of customized walks and activities packed with outstanding value and run completely independently from the ship.

Lowland Delights Extension

The optional extension is a continued exploration of the lowland countries, taking us south into Belgium and tiny Luxembourg before winding along the Mosel River Valley to Mainz. Bruges is a medieval gem in West Flanders marked by more canals, cobblestone lanes, and a rich and colorful history tied to trade. Brussels and Bütgenbach round out a trio of “B” towns in Belgium before we visit the Battle of the Bulge Museum in Bastogne. Luxembourg is a surprising little country about the size of Rhode Island with multiple walks, including a descent into a stunning sandstone gorge in the Little Switzerland part of the country, and an introduction to one of the strongest economies in Europe in the capital of Luxembourg City.

For information on how to participate in the Lowlands Extension as a stand-alone experience, contact our office.

Our Ship, the M/S Crucevita

An elegant, luxurious boutique cruise vessel with stylish decor, the M/S Crucevita was designed in an old-world grand yacht style. The cabins are 150 sq ft and are fitted with beds that are stowed away during the day to create extra space to relax. Cabin bathrooms contain a toilet, enclosed shower, and wash basin. Cabins on the Main deck offer panorama windows while cabins on the upper Promenade deck offer French balconies. The M/S Crucevita holds 110 passengers, serviced by a crew of 36.

Cabin Upgrades

The Adventure price includes cabins in CATEGORY C. Upgrades are available in CATEGORIES B and A. Space in all categories is limited. See pricing options below:

  • CATEGORY C: Included in tour price
  • CATEGORY B: $150 per person upgrade
  • CATEGORY A: $390 per person upgrade

Rhine River Cruise

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Port fees and cruise fuel surcharges (subject to change)
  • Accommodations for 7 nights in cabins aboard our ship, the M/S Crucevita
  • Accommodations for 2 nights in a tourist-class hotel in Delft, Amsterdam
  • 21 meals: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners as listed (BLD)
  • 10 walks as listed, with commentary by national guide
  • Fees for walking credit (One IVV sanction requested for each country)
  • Daily music program in the lounge and bar
  • Various local entertainment and performances
  • Two WAI tour leaders throughout
  • Customized WAI programs at each port of call
  • Cultural and historical expertise of our national guide for all land-based activities
  • Tips for group meals and local guides/coach drivers (tips for on-ship personnel not included)
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single cabins aboard ship are expensive and limited – please call our office if interested. A single room for the two nights on land is available for a supplement of $200.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Heidelberg Castle courtyard guided tour – Germany
  • Strasbourg guided city walk – France
  • Visit to Worms Reformation Monument – Germany
  • Eberbach Monastery strolling wine tasting tour – Germany
  • Rüdesheim gondola ride – Germany
  • Koblenz guided walking tour – Germany
  • Cologne Cathedral guided tour – Germany
  • Amsterdam guided city walk – Netherlands
  • Amsterdam canal tour – Netherlands
  • Rijksmuseum guided tour – Netherlands
  • Kaasboerderij Hoogerwaard cheese farm tour – Netherlands
  • Gouda Cheese Market – Netherlands
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Optional Excursion:

  • Cologne Fragrance Workshop, Germany (Day 6)

Lowland Delights Extension

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Accommodations for 5 nights in superior tourist-class hotels or better
  • 9 meals: All breakfasts and 3 dinners as listed (BD)
  • 6 walks as listed, with commentary by national guide
  • Fees for walking credit (One IVV sanction requested for Belgium and Luxembourg)
  • Two WAI tour leaders throughout
  • Cultural and historical expertise of our national guide throughout
  • Tips for group meals and local guides/coach drivers
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms is available for a supplement of $340.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Bruges guided city walk – Belgium
  • Brussels guided bus and walking tour – Belgium
  • Bastogne War Museum (Battle of the Bulge) – Belgium
  • Luxembourg City guided city walk – Luxembourg
  • Visit to American Military Cemetery – Luxembourg
  • Cochem Castle guided tour – Germany
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Optional Excursion:

  • Guided segway tour – Belgium (Day 1)

RHINE CRUISE: FEATURING

  • A 1:7 guide to traveler ratio

  • 2 Walking Adventures Guides accompanied by a national guide favorite, Hildrun Mathies!

  • Accommodations for 7 nights aboard our elegant, luxurious boutique cruise vessel, the M/S Crucevita was designed in the old-world grand yacht style and carries 110 passengers

  • Accommodations for 2 nights at tourist-class hotel in Delft, Amsterdam

  • 21 meals: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners

  • 10 walk routes; 1 optional walk route

  • Customized programs at each port of call; this exclusive itinerary is based on in depth research by our guide team

  • Additional transportation in 40+ passenger motorcoach

Discounts available. See below for more details on activities included.

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LOWLAND EXTENSION: FEATURING

  • A 1:7 guide to traveler ratio

  • 2 Walking Adventures Guides accompanied by a national guide favorite, Hildrun Mathies!

  • Superior tourist-class hotels or better

  • 9 meals: all breakfasts and 3 dinners

  • 6 walk routes

  • Additional transportation in 40+ passenger motorcoach

See below for more details on activities included.

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Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

18-22 travelers

Accommodations

Accommodations aboard our ship the M/S Crucevita as well as lodgings at strategically located tourist-class or better hotels

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners. Letters BLD indicate which meals are included.

Airfare

Not included. Travelers on the Rhine River Cruise will likely fly into Frankfurt and out of Amsterdam. Travelers continuing on the extension depart from Frankfurt.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Walking Adventures Guide Dan FriesenDan Friesen has been guiding tours for over 25 years on all 7 continents. He has hiked the Great Wall of China, hobnobbed with penguins in Antarctica, felt the spray of Iguazu Falls in Brazil, yodeled from the heights of the Swiss Alps, and walked the ruins of majestic Machu Picchu. Dan will be accompanied by a Walking Adventures assistant and our national guide Hildrun Mathies on this tour. He looks forward to cruising the idyllic Rhine River with you!

Local Guide Hildrun Mathies

Hildrun Mathies will accompany our group during the entire tour—aboard ship as well as on land. Hildrun has a wealth of knowledge and experience, with a Master’s Degree in Art History and Religious Science; fluency in English, French, Spanish, and her native German; and over 25 years of experience guiding groups through central Europe. After leading Walking Adventures programs for nearly 10 years, Hildrun has worked closely with WAI owner, Dan, to create and customize this special itinerary for our travelers, and looks forward to sharing the results!

Itinerary

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Rhine River Cruise

Day 1-May 15: Arrive Germany; embarkation in Mainz (D)

Optional Mainz Walking Tour – 3 to 5 km, unrated

We rendezvous today at our ship, the M/S Crucevita, in the Rhine River city of Mainz, Germany. Frankfurt, Germany is the airport best serving Mainz, and about a 30-minute taxi ride from the dock. Mainz is a lovely old Rhine city with a rich and deep history. Travelers who opt to arrive a day early can book a hotel near the dock with WAI. Optional activities for these early arrivals include a visit to the famed Gutenberg Museum with local guide, Hildrun Mathies, and your WAI guide team headed by Dan Friesen, followed by a walk across historic Mainz to visit the lovely St. Stephen’s Church and marvel at the only stained-glass windows in Germany created by master artist, Marc Chagall. We board the M/S Crucevita late this afternoon to enjoy a welcome buffet in the lounge and meet the crew during a welcome cocktail. Our own WAI welcome orientation will be followed by dinner aboard ship.

Day 2-May 16: Activities from Mannheim (BLD)

Philosopher’s Way Walk – 3 km, rated 2B

After docking in the Rhine port of Mannheim, the main activity of the day is a morning visit to the nearby romantic city of Heidelberg. Home of Germany’s oldest university, and the German Romanticism movement, it’s best appreciated from the panoramic Philosopher’s Walk on the opposite side of the winding Neckar River. A tour through the evocative ruins of Heidelberg Castle precedes our return to our ship for lunch and a relaxing cruise upriver towards Strasbourg. Afternoon activities aboard ship, dinner, and a musical evening in the lounge round out a lovely day along the Rhine!

Day 3-May 17: Activities from Strasbourg, France (BD)

Alsace Vineyard & Village Walk – 6 km, rated 2B
Strasbourg Walking Tour – 4 km, rated 1A

Situated in the Alsace region of northeastern France, Strasbourg is a blend of French and German influences, a push-pull between cultures and countries that has, in the past, often resulted in conflict. A guided walking tour explores the UNESCO listed historic core of the city perched on the Grande Île, an island of meandering lanes lined with colorful photogenic, medieval houses. The afternoon walk takes us through the famous vineyards south of Strasbourg. The gingerbread village of Riquewihr is our finish point—a time capsule of half-timbered houses and window boxes straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Day 4-May 18: Worms, Germany – Rüdesheim, Germany (BD)

Watch on the Rhine Walk – 5 km, rated 2B
Worms Walking Tour – 2 km, rated 1A

In the year 1521, the religious and cultural earthquake known as the Protestant Reformation received a massive boost at the Diet of Worms, a peculiar linguistic coincidence having nothing to do with food or nightcrawlers. The Diet (imperial assembly) met in the German town of Worms to deal with the issue of Martin Luther and his heretical teachings. Rather than squelching Luther, the Diet resulted in a clear break between Luther and the Catholic Church, and the growth of the new Christian faith. Hildrun leads us on a walking tour that includes the renowned Luther Monument and the stunning, red sandstone Worms Cathedral. A private coach then takes us north to 12th century Eberbach Monastery. Tucked into forested hills above the Rhine, an unforgettable wine-tasting stroll here winds through the halls, cellars, and courtyards of this evocative monument to the austere Cistercian order and the art of making wine. Our third main event of the day is a walk that ends at the “Watch on the Rhine” situated dramatically in vineyards above the Rhine River and the wine town of Rüdesheim. The monument commemorates Germany’s 1871 victory in the Franco-Prussian War and offers a window of understanding into Germany’s long and confusing history. We descend to Rüdesheim on a gondola that floats above vineyards to rendezvous with our ship and enjoy dinner aboard.

Day 5-May 19: Rüdesheim – Koblenz, Germany (BLD)

Koblenz Confluence of Rivers Walk – 4 km, rated 1B

After free time to stroll the colorful cobblestone lanes of Rüdesheim, make sure to be on deck for a pre-lunch cruise past the famous Loreley cliff where the rushing Rhine is less than 300 feet wide. Cruising this section of the river offers more medieval castles per glass of Riesling wine than anywhere else on the planet and is recognized as such with a notation on the UNESCO World Heritage List! Koblenz means confluence in German, and our afternoon port of call is this delightful town at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. A walking tour here with Hildrun precedes dinner aboard ship and a late-night departure for Cologne.

Day 6-May 20: Activities in Cologne, Germany (BLD)

Cologne Cathedral Walk – 7 km, rated 1A

We spend the full day in the 2000-year-old Rhine River city of Cologne, Germany. During a fun wander through Cologne’s atmospheric, medieval old town, we pause mid-walk for a tour of the famous Cologne Cathedral. Boasting the largest facade of any church in the world, this 13th century house of worship is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other features of the walk include a relaxing stroll along the riverfront promenade.

This afternoon is free to explore corners of Cologne on your own, or consider joining us for a fragrance workshop where you can blend your own personal “water from cologne” under the instruction of an expert who will teach us about the perfumer’s art. The original Eau de Cologne was created by an Italian perfume maker who had just moved to Cologne and was longing for a fragrance to remind him of Italian spring mornings. Our workshop takes place in Cologne’s House of 4711, which has been producing a world-famous traditional German Eau de Cologne since 1799, using the same (closely guarded) recipe for more than 200 years. Estimated Price: $44 (Minimum participation: 10)

Day 7-May 21: Arrive Amsterdam, Netherlands (BLD)

Amsterdam Canals Walking Tour – 5 km, rated 1B

Upon arrival this afternoon in Amsterdam, a walking tour takes us through the charming canal district of this city of canals and cobblestone. The historic, concentric loop of four primary canals, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is lined with traditional 17th and 18th century homes, churches, and warehouses capped by tall facades and ornate gables. We interrupt our walk midway to board a canal boat, viewing the city from a different perspective as we glide through the labyrinthine network of canals. The walk ends back at our ship in time for the Captain’s Dinner followed by a final evening of music aboard ship.

Day 8-May 22: Amsterdam – Delft, Netherlands (BD)

Delft Birthplace of Holland Walk – 7 km, rated 1B

We depart our ship this morning, saying farewell to the crew that has served us on our romantic Rhine Cruise and looking forward to another day of exploring Holland by motorcoach and on foot. The national museum of the Netherlands in Amsterdam is renowned for its collection of the Dutch masters. Dutch independence, and the mastery of the sea that followed, positioned this tiny, young republic in an increasingly dominant place in world trade. From this wealth was birthed the Dutch Golden Age, and a flowering of culture and art. A guided tour helps us appreciate works of the Dutch masters—Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others—who depicted everyday scenes and provided a fascinating window into 17th century Holland. We continue to Delft, a delightful Dutch town that is all you’d expect of traditional Holland—lazy canals interlaced with inviting cobble-stone lanes and a friendly, laidback vibe. Delft is famous, among other things, as the 16th century birthplace of the modern state of the Netherlands. Our walk here explores the placid cobble-stone lanes where William the Silent engineered a rebellion against Spanish overlords, and crosses over venerable canals that predate William by 200 years or more.

Day 9-May 23: Activities from Delft (B)

Kinderdijk Windmill Walk – 6/12 km, rated 1A

Our first activity today takes us to a local farm where an entertaining Dutch dairy farmer shows us around his farm and demonstrates the process of making that delicious Holland cheese. Next is the light-hearted Thursday cheese market in nearby Gouda. Farmers in traditional garb, complete with wooden shoes, recreate traditional negotiations with Gouda cheese traders in front of the old weighing house, entertaining bystanders with their dickering followed by the colorful, deal-sealing hand slap. The walk of the day takes place in Kinderdijk. In the 1740s, 19 windmills were built here to drain water from the Alblasserwaard polders, plots of future farmland situated below sea level. The mills have been well preserved, and our route is a memorable stroll through local neighborhoods and through this UNESCO World Heritage site! We finish another full day with time to explore delightful Delft on your own!

Day 10-May 24: Depart from Delft (B)

After a wide-ranging, 3-country odyssey along the Rhine, travelers who have joined us only for the Rhine River Cruise depart today from nearby Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, about a 45-minute taxi ride north (transfer options will be offered). Thank you for joining us to explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of this busy and beautiful European waterway!

Lowland Delights Extension

For information on how to participate in the Lowlands Extension as a stand-alone experience, contact our office.

Day 1-May 24: Delft – Bruges, Belgium (B)

Bruges Walking Tour – 3 to 5 km, rated 1A

We motor south this morning into neighboring Belgium, second of the three lowland countries. Like Delft, Bruges is another charming echo of the past laced with canals and cobblestone lanes. A walking tour with Hildrun here in this UNESCO World Heritage Site introduces us to photogenic architectural reminders of its golden age from the 11th to 16th centuries as a bustling center of trade.

The late afternoon is free, or consider joining us for a different look at medieval Bruges on a modernistic Segway tour! Price: TBA.

Day 2-May 25: Bruges – Bütgenbach, Belgium (BD)

Pastoral Byways of Bütgenbach, Belgium – 10 km, rated 2B

Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is our first stop of the day. Historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels switched to French about 150 years ago. It has become a major hub for rail, road, and air traffic and the de facto capital of the European Union, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as the “Crossroads of Europe”. Also the home of several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Brussels offers a wealth of points of interest, old and new, which we are introduced to on a guided coach and walking tour. Later this afternoon, our walk of the day starts from the Belgian town of Bütgenbach and offers a bucolic slice of field and farm in a relaxing rural area that was engulfed in Hitler’s World War II Battle of the Bulge offensive. The town even boasts that “General Eisenhower slept here”!

Day 3-May 26: Bütgenbach – Vianden, Luxembourg (BD)

Vianden, Luxembourg Walk – 9 km, unrated (likely 3+)

Heading south, we find ourselves at Belgium’s Bastogne War Memorial, an excellent new museum positioned at the heart of World War II’s famous Battle of the Bulge. Hitler’s last major offensive may well have been successful were it not for the courage and faith of these “beleaguered bastards of Bastogne” who became the “bulge” in the Nazi advance which could not be eliminated. We continue into Luxembourg for the first two nights in the attractive village of Vianden, known for its impressive castle and lovely setting in the Our Valley. Upon check-in at our hotel, we’ll explore the countryside on a walk up to the castle in lovely forested terrain that belies Luxembourg’s position as one of the “lowland” countries.

Day 4-May 27: Activities from Vianden (B)

Luxembourg City Walking Tour – 5 km, unrated
Luxembourg Little Switzerland Walk – 3 km, rated 2C

Tiny Luxembourg (smaller than the state of Rhode Island) offers several surprises. The main attraction today is Luxembourg City where Hildrun leads us on a memorable walking tour through this eclectic capital of one of Europe’s smallest states. One of the surprises of Luxemburg City is the hidden corners deep in the Alzette River gorge over which the city has been built. Leaving Luxembourg City, we make a sobering stop at the American Military Cemetery where General George Patton is interred next to several thousand Americans who paid the ultimate price, including many from the Battle of the Bulge. The afternoon walk courses through a ravine of mesmerizing, moss-covered sandstone formations shrouded by a lovely forest of beech trees—the so-called “Little Switzerland.”

Day 5-May 28: Vianden – Mainz, Germany (BD)

Reichsburg Castle Walk – 3 km, rated 3B

We cross back into Germany this morning en route to the delightful medieval town of Cochem. Reichsburg Castle perches on the winding, placid waters of the Moselle River, a primary tributary of the Rhine, and our walk here ascends vineyard-draped hillsides to this dramatically-sited fortress. A fun and informative guided tour here provides a chance to catch our breath before a more relaxing descent yields spellbinding views over the meandering Moselle. A final stretch through charming lanes of old town is enhanced by historical commentary from our guide, Hildrun. From Cochem, our coach charts a course along vineyard-draped hillsides next to the serpentine Moselle River.  Later this afternoon, we find ourselves back in Mainz. A Farewell Dinner at our hotel is the perfect way to unwind and reminisce about our odyssey along the Rhine and through Europe’s Lowland Countries. Following dinner, consider one more evening stroll along the Rhine before your final night in Germany.

Day 6-May 29: Depart from Mainz (B)

Fifteen days and five countries later, we leave Mainz for the Frankfurt Airport (your guide team will help to batch travelers who would like to share a taxi ride). It has been a rich journey of discovery and renewal! Thank you for joining us to explore the history, culture, and natural wonders of this blessed and beautiful corner of the European continent!

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

To save yourself a spot on this Adventure, contact us to register with a $500 deposit as soon as possible! We’ll take 18-22 travelers on this tour.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Traveler Rewards Program 2019 - NEW!

New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Rhine River Cruise! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 1.800.779.0353 or [email protected].

NOTE: The New Traveler and Alumni Traveler Discounts apply only to the main tour price (Rhine River Cruise). The Lowland Delights Extension is not eligible for these discounts.

Modified Payment Terms

Because of the ship’s payment terms, our standard payment and cancellation terms must be modified. A full deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. This amount is non-refundable. A second non-refundable payment of $500 is then due on November 1, 2018. Final payment is due on January 15, 2019. Cancellation by February 10, 2019 allows a 50% refund of the tour price. After February 10, 2019, no refund is possible. As always, you will be reminded with an invoice a couple of weeks before payments are due.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system that contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

IVV Stamps for Walking in 5 Countries

We are excited to present 15 walks on the full tour (Rhine River Cruise and Lowlands Delights Extension), with commentary by our national guide. For those who maintain IVV stamp books, we will be requesting sanctions for at least one walk in each of the 5 countries.

How Is Airfare Arranged?

Our official start point is in Mainz, Germany, which is a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Our official finish point for the main tour is in Delft, Netherlands, and travelers would likely use the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) for departure. Travelers continuing on the Lowland Delights Extension finish in Mainz, Germany and would likely use the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) for departure. We recommend that you contact Debbi Custer, the travel agent we work with, to help book your flight arrangements. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 1.888.276.0925 / 1.503.231.9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.  Other options include:

  • Allianz
  • Travel Guard
  • Betins
  • Travel Insured International

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice packet will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 120 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

We look forward to enjoying this fascinating region of Europe with you as we set sail on the Rhine River Cruise!