Cruise the Rhine and Mosel Rivers aboard Amadeus Silver III

Cruise the storied Rhine and Mosel rivers and explore the fascinating towns, cities and legends that have sprung from these scenic waterways. On this seven-night journey aboard a first-class ship, see castles, vineyards and charming Old Towns, and choose from a selection of included excursions in Amsterdam, two ports in Germany and in Strasbourg, France.

Dates
Jul 18 - Jul 26, 2022  (9 Days)
Cost
from approximately $3,295, per person, double occupancy
For more Information
travel@commonwealthclub.org

(415) 597-6720

Day 1
U.S. / Amsterdam, Netherlands

Depart for Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Day 2
Amsterdam

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Transfer to the pier and embark the MS Amadeus Silver III. Join a discussion with a local expert regarding the latest issues affecting Europe. Learn about the European Union, which began in 1951 as a small group of countries cooperating economically. This evening, board a canal cruiser to see this beguiling city from the water. More than 60 miles of tree-lined canals and waterways crisscross Amsterdam. Accompanied by a local expert, see its charming, iconic gabled homes, as well as some of the city’s 1,500 bridges and dozens of islands. MS Amadeus Silver III (D)

Day 3
Amsterdam

After breakfast, set off this morning on one of these excursions:

*Visit the famed Rijksmuseum and marvel at its outstanding collection of masterpieces, featuring works by 17th-century Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals. Highlights include Rembrandt’s portraits, self-portraits and drawings, as well as his largest canvas, “The Night Watch.” Study the way Vermeer captured natural light so beautifully in paintings like “The Milkmaid” and “Woman Reading a Letter.” OR
*Embrace Holland’s bicycle culture like a local and pedal through lush Waterland on a guided ride. Just outside Amsterdam, Waterland is made up of nine historical villages surrounded by marshy wetlands. As you bike through this rural area, admire the villages along your route and stop for a pastry in the village of Broek. OR
*Take the Jordaan District Walking and Food Tour. From its 17th-century roots as a working-class neighborhood, the Jordaan district has transformed into Amsterdam’s hippest place to shop, dine and unwind. With your guide, learn about its past as you meander through its tiny lanes and canals, lined with coffee bars, art galleries, vintage shops and boutiques. Along your route, pop into local eateries and shops to sample tasty traditional snacks and treats, including poffertjes, fluffy mini-pancakes; kibbeling, crispy, battered fish with dipping sauce; flavorful herring with onions; and varieties of fresh Dutch cheese.

After a bit of free time, the ship sails to Cologne, Germany, later this afternoon. This evening, get better acquainted with your fellow travelers during the Captain’s festive Welcome Reception and Dinner. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 4
Cologne, Germany

The ship arrives in Cologne this afternoon. Germany’s oldest major city, Cologne takes pride in its vibrant cultural scene and its awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral. Topped by two ornately decorated spires, the church was under construction for more than 630 years. During a guided walking tour of the old town, marvel at the cathedral’s impressive exterior as you stand in Cathedral Square, and then step inside to see the stone columns soaring upward toward the vaulted ceiling. After your walk through the old town, shop or linger in a quaint café.  The ship departs Cologne this evening and sails overnight. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 5
Mosel River / Cochem

After sailing through a narrow portion of the Mosel River flanked by quaint villages and tiered vineyards, the ship will dock in Cochem early this afternoon. Visit Cochem and the Reichsburg Castle. Beautifully situated along a bend in the Mosel, Cochem charms with half-timbered houses, winding streets and hilltop Reichsburg castle overlooking the town. Learn about the old town’s folklore and landmarks on a guided walk, then tour the castle. Admire impressive views of the Mosel River Valley from high above. Late tonight, the ship will depart for Koblenz. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 6
Koblenz / Rhine Gorge / Rüdesheim

Arrive early this morning in Koblenz. More than 2,000 years ago, the Romans established a settlement at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers, the spot now occupied by lovely Koblenz. Meander with your guide through the historic center’s cobbled lanes and see the Church of Our Lady with its onion-domed towers, the romantic square, Jesuitenplatz, and other highlights. Later, sail through the river’s most dramatic and stunning scenery in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Known as the Rhine Gorge, this beautiful, gently curving 40-mile stretch was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its combined historical, cultural, and geological significance. Pass Loreley Rock en route to Rüdesheim. Enjoy a lecture about the Castles and Legends of the Rhine. This celebrated river boasts some 40 castles, more than any other river in the world. The region is also rich with legends including the folk tale of Loreley, the siren whose song bewitched many sailors and caused ships to crash into the rocks. 

Continue sailing to Rüdesheim, where the ship will dock for the evening. Enjoy one of the of the following excursions:
*Wines of the Rhine. As you glide along the Rhine, you are surrounded by steeply terraced vineyards that hug the hillsides. This is Riesling country, blessed with the ideal climate and soil to produce exceptional grapes. Walk along the Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim’s Old Town. Then, visit a local winery for a tasting of the region’s fine vintages. OR
*A Musical Walk in Time. In Rüdesheim’s charming Old Town, stroll with your guide along medieval walls and see the Eagle Tower. Head down Drosselgasse, the main street, which features the city’s popular restaurants, wine houses, taverns and shops, to visit Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett. At this unique, captivating museum, delight in the ingenuity and melodies of self-playing mechanical musical instruments, including music boxes, player pianos, calliopes and other varieties.

Late tonight, the ship will depart for Mannheim. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 7
Mannheim / Heidelberg / Speyer

The ship arrives in Mannheim early this morning. Choose one of the following excursions:
*Heidelberg Castle and Town. On this half-day excursion, visit historic and romantic Heidelberg, including the red-walled castle with its giant 18th-century wine cask. Take in scenic views of the Neckar Valley and the city below, followed by an easygoing walk through the city center. OR
*Hike on Heidelberg’s Philosopher’s Way. Hike up this famous winding path. Relax in the Philosopher’s Garden, take a snack break and relish the marvelous views of the castle and old town. 

Return to ship for lunch and cruise to Speyer. Take a guided stroll within the center of one of Germany’s oldest cities. Marvel at the extraordinary Romanesque cathedral, the burial place of emperors for almost 300 years and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through the grand, 13th-century Altpörtel, or Old Gate, once part of the town’s fortification walls.  Tonight, the ship departs for Strasbourg, France. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 8
Strasbourg, France

This morning, the ship arrives in Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Alsace region. The city’s lovely historic center, called the “Grande Ile” or Big Island, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Choose one of the following excursions:
*Strasbourg Panorama. Discover Strasbourg’s unique blend of German and French influences. Pass by the highlights, including Palais Rohan, an 18th-century building modeled after the noble mansions of Paris; St. Thomas Church, the main Protestant church; and the European Parliament buildings. Continue your exploration of Strasbourg with a guided walking tour of the historic center and a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, considered one of the finest Gothic masterpieces. OR
*Strasbourg Canal Cruise and Petite France Walking Tour. Discover the 16th- and 17th-century heritage of Petite France, a delightful and picturesque district, during a canal cruise and walking tour. Fishermen, tanners and millers once lived in the many half-timbered houses lining the waterways. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral along the way. OR
*Culinary Strasbourg. Experience the Alsatian culinary scene on a guided tour that takes you to the city’s winstubs (small wine pubs) and other local cafés and shops. Along the way, sample traditional dishes and wines of Alsace. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral during your walk.
The ship cruises to Basel, Switzerland, this afternoon. Tonight, share stories of your Rhine and Mosel adventures with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Reception and Dinner. MS Amadeus Silver III (B.L,D)

Day 9
Basel, Switzerland / U.S.
After breakfast, disembark the ship in Basel. Depart for the Zürich Airport for your return flights home.
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Amsterdam: Jul 9-11
Get to know vibrant Amsterdam more intimately during a two-night extension. Your ideally situated hotel is the perfect base for exploring Amsterdam’s lively neighborhoods. Enjoy a walking tour through the historic harbor, and visit the National Maritime Museum, which features a collection of model ships and globes. Spend leisure time exploring scenic streets, world-class museums, and picturesque canals.
Switzerland's Interlaken & the Bernese Oberland: Jul 19-21
Experience Switzerland's incredible natural beauty during a two-night stay in Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, the ideal base for exploring the area’s breathtaking mountains and lakes. Enjoy a guided walk of the capital, Bern, and its charming medieval quarter.

Cost Details are approximate and based on 2021 rates. They are subject to change.

Cabin Categories (Prices are per person)

Category-Deck                  Full Price                    Discount        Early Booking Price

E-Haydn (Aft)                      $3,595                            $250                    $3,295

D-Haydn (Midship)             $3,645                           $250                    $3,395

C-Strauss (Aft)                    $3,945                            $250                    $3,695

B-Strauss (Midship)           $4,045                            $250                    $3795

A-Mozart (Aft)                     $4,395                            $250                    $4,095

Suite-Mozart (Midship)      $4,845                            $250                    $4,595

*VAT and Port Tax supplement is an additional charge per person. 

Categories A, B, and C feature a drop-down panoramic window. Categories D and E feature a window.Suites feature a balcony.

All prices quoted are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy, and do not include air transportation. 

Single supplement is waived for solo travelers on this departure.

Included:
Accommodations (with baggage handling) and 7 nights aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class MS Amadeus Silver III;  All deluxe motor coach transfers in the Land / Cruise Program and baggage handling; Extensive Meal Program: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Dinners; Tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner; Opportunities to sample authentic cuisine and local flavors; Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region; Discovery excursions highlight the local culture, heritage, and history; A personal VOX headset to hear your English-speaking guide clearly; Tipping of guides and drivers

Not Included:
Airport transfer costs for those not participating in AHI's FlexAir; Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas; Entry/departure fees; Personal gratuities; Laundry and dry cleaning; Excursions, wine, liquors, mineral waters, and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; Travel Insurance; All items of a strictly personal nature

Amsterdam Pre-Extension:
$895 per person
Includes two nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station; guided tour of Old Harbor and the National Maritime Museum and daily breakfast. Also includes services of AHI Travel Director and hospitality desk, and guide gratuities. 

Switzerland's Interlaken and Bernese Oberland Post-Extension:
$995 per person
Includes two nights at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa; guided tour of Bern and daily breakfast. Also includes services of AHI Travel Director and hospitality desk, and guide gratuities. 

What to Expect

This is a moderately active tour. For safety and enjoyment of each participant and the group, participants must be able to:

  • Walk on average 2-3 miles at a steady pace. On this tour, you’ll be walking in cities and town and should be able to walk at a steady pace for approx. 2-4 hours.
  • Be able to walk on cobblestone, gravel and pavement. Some of walking excursions require good balance as you walk over cobblestone sidewalks/roads and uneven pavement.
  • Stand for up to approx. 2 hours at a time each day.
  • Walk up and down stairs without hand rails, without the assistance of another person. Get off and on tour vehicles and the ship (via a gangplank) without assistance

In addition to expert local guides, and educational tour options, hear local speakers present lectures about about Contemporary Europe & Castles and Legends of the Rhine.

Trip Educators

Reservations:  
For more information or to make a reservation please email travel@commonwealthclub.org or call (415) 597-6720 to sign up.

Cancellation
All cancellations for any reason will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. You may choose, at the time of cancellation, to apply the withheld administrative fee to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following.

  • Cancellation from 75 days to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person
  • 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person
  • cancellation from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip

TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel and Commonwealth Club of California. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully nonrefundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.

SPECIAL COVID-19 NOTICE
During the period of COVID-19 contagion, you should refrain from joining a trip if you are feeling unwell, exhibit fever or other symptoms of contagious disease, or have been in contact with a person exhibiting symptoms of contagious disease within 14 days of trip departure. Affected passengers will receive a full refund in the form of a credit applicable to a future AHI Travel program. All passengers must complete a health questionnaire and execute an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 prior to trip departure. If you cannot or will not complete and execute these documents, AHI reserves the right to consider your booking canceled as of that day and assess applicable cancellation fees.

Mobility and Fitness to Travel
The right is retained to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of AHI Travel is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance. 

Air Transportation
The price of air transportation offered by AHI Travel is based on Advance Purchase Excursion fares. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket price may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, all year Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. Passengers who choose to make their own airline reservations independently will be wholly responsible for arrival and departure transfers, and any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s).

Baggage
Baggage restrictions vary according to the airline policy and the class of service flown. Details will be provided with your pre-departure information. Baggage allowances are subject to change by the carrier without notice. Excess baggage charges for additional or oversized/overweight pieces are expensive and not included in your trip price; plan your wardrobe accordingly. Transport of baggage and personal effects is at the owner's risk throughout the travel program.

Eligibility
We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a worldwide membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit our membership page or call (415)597-6720.

Authority to Use Images and Audio Recordings
On occasion, AHI Travel obtains, from its staff, or from trip participants, photographic or video images of passengers and trip activities. By participating in this travel program, you authorize AHI Travel, without providing compensation to you, or obtaining additional approvals from you, to include photographic and video recordings of you, as well as voice recordings, included with any videos, in AHI Travel's sales, marketing, advertising, publicity and/or training activities.

Responsibility
AHI Travel and The Commonwealth Club of California do not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for this program and act only as agents for the independent suppliers of travel conveyance, transport, accommodations, or other services. All such persons or entities are independent contractors. As a result, AHI Travel and the Sponsoring Association are not liable for any negligence or willful act of any such person or entity or any third person. In addition and without limitation, AHI Travel and the Sponsoring Association are not responsible for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. Dates, Program Details and Tour costs, although given in good faith and BASED ON TARIFFS, EXCHANGE Rates and other information CURRENT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING, ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT OR BEFORE THE TIME OF DEPARTURE. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated; however, the right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice, that might become necessary, with the mutual understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passenger. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. If the entire program is canceled for any reason, participants shall have no claim other than for a full refund. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and accepts the terms of this contract set out herein and in more specific pre-departure passenger information. The airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances. The passage contract in use, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the company(ies) and the passenger and/or purchaser of this trip.

Registration
Commonwealth Club of California-CST# 2096889-40 AHI: CST Registration No. 2028271-20. Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST-33300 Iowa Seller of Travel No. 520 Ohio Seller of Travel Reg. No. 8889139. Washington State Seller of Travel Reg. No. 601-820-781. PARTICIPATING AIRLINES-all IATA and ARC Member Carriers.