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15 Day/14 Night Splendours of the Rhine and Rhône

Journey along Europe's Famous Rhine and Rhône Rivers with a Once-in-a-Lifetime Luxury Cruise! Enjoy a 15 Day/14 Night Cruising Experience with Seven Nights of Stunning Sailing Aboard the MS Excellence Rhone and another Seven Nights on the MS Excellence Queen. Enjoy All Meals Including Onboard Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine Plus Return Airport Transfers, $100 Flight Credit and More. Depart from Amsterdam and Visit Avignon, Lyon, Lake Geneva, Heidelberg, Nice, Basel and More. Only $5,499 Per Person (Twin Share) instead of $8,090
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Cruise through France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands

Take a once-in-a-lifetime voyage through the picturesque surrounds of France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands with an incredible 15 Day/14 Night Splendours of the Rhine and Rhône luxury river cruise staying in a 'Category D' Window Suite for only $5,499 per person (twin share) instead of $8,090

Depart from Amsterdam on 28 March 2015 and visit 15 different towns, villages and cities such as Avignon, Lyon, Lake Geneva, Heidelberg and Basel, before finishing in Nice

Want to start in Nice? Enjoy the above itinerary in reverse departing on the same day!

Set sail with seven nights aboard the MS Excellence Rhone, featuring only 71 spacious suites for an intimate cruising experience and boasting stylish and expansive public areas including a sundeck for relaxation, Verdi's Bar and Lounge for a relaxing drink and Bellini's Restaurant for some gourmet cuisine

Enjoy an additional seven nights aboard the MS Excellence Queen, a vessel specializing in elegance, style and relaxing comfort

Unwind on both spectacular ships in a comfortable 'Category D' Window Suite, featuring twin bedding (MS Excellence Rhone) or a choice of twin or double bedding (MS Excellence Queen), ensuite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, sitting area, mini bar and safe

Want a Balcony Suite? See below for more information

Interactive highlights of the cruise include a visit to an olive mill and farm for a tour and tasting in Saint-Remy de Provence, a glimpse into the mustard-making process in Beaune and a delicious stop at the Black Forest Museum for a cake tasting

Immerse yourself in European culture with a visit to Drachenburg Castle, a must-see guided tour of Heidelberg’s Old Town, sail along the stunning Moselle River, journey through the beautiful Black Forest region and uncover the history of the medieval village of Grignan

Enjoy onboard entertainment throughout the cruise including music and local acts to give you insight into the region

Your package also includes: 

Discover the splendours of the Rhône and Rhine with seven nights aboard the MS Excellence Rhône and seven nights on the MS Excellence Queen

Enjoy 40 delicious meals while onboard the MS Excellence Rhone and MS Excellence Queen including 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners 

During your cruise, you'll dine on the likes of a full english breakfast, a dazzling smorgasbord of tempting pastries, cereals, fruits, yoghurts and bread, light lunches in the Main Lounge or buffet lunches featuring a multitude of delicious local-inspired dishes in addition to delightful four-course dinners replete with fresh regional cuisine

Daily drinks including soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your river cruise

Guided tours of 15 different towns, villages and cities with an expert local guide, giving you an insight into European history and culture

The services of a dedicated Cruise Director during your river cruise

All port charges and gratuities to Cruise Director and crew, so you don't have to worry about a thing

Airport transfers once on tour so you can arrive and depart in comfort

Bonus! Book your flights direct with Luxury Escapes and receive one x $100 credit per voucher to use towards the price of your airfare

French Balcony Suite Upgrades:

Enjoy first row seats to stunning water views staying in a Category B French Balcony Suite (twin share) for only $6,499 per person instead of $9,390 OR stay in a Category A French Balcony Suite (twin share) for only $6,849 per person instead of $9,790

Delight in the spacious surrounds of a French Balcony Suite with twin or double bedding, a balcony with beautiful views, ensuite bathroom, plush bedding, flat-screen TV, sitting area, mini bar and safe

What We Like

Discover some of the most iconic cities in France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, with this picture-perfect river journey along the famous Rhine and stunning Rhône

The best part of cruising is you keep the process of unpacking and packing in every location to a minimum  - explore Drachenburg Castle, visit an olive mill and farm, sample cake at the Black Forest Museum, uncover medieval villages and more, without ever having to worry about accommodation!

To view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab above

Valid for the 15 Day/14 Night Splendours of the Rhine and Rhône cruise departing 28 March 2015 from Amsterdam or Nice (bookings must be made before 23 December 2014)

The direction of the cruise is strictly subject to availability, please specify your choice upon securing your booking 

Please note single supplements are available for a surcharge, please enquire on 1300 88 99 00 by selecting the 'flights team extension'

Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to secure your place, bookings must be made before  23 December 2014

Please note, all bookings need to be made with Luxury Escapes no later than 23 December 2014. Please note, if you don’t confirm your booking by that time, you will be unable to secure a place on the cruise and your money will be refunded to you in full

These packages are for the cruise only. Flights are not included

You will receive one x $100 credit to use towards your flight when booking direct with Luxury Escapes (one x $100 credit per voucher, credit can only be used towards the flights to/from Nice/Amsterdam for this specific deal)

Voucher is valid for one person (twin share). You must purchase and redeem two vouchers per booking

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults sleeping on twin bedding (MS Excellence Rhone) and twin or double bedding (MS Excellence Queen) when staying in a Category D Window Suite only; OR twin bedding or double bedding when staying in a Category A or B French Balcony Suite

Please note extra bedding is not permitted in any of the rooms

Value has been determined based on the cruise's published rack rates provided and the value of inclusions

Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments and change of date - fees are at the cruises discretion/policy

Airport transfers are ONLY available on the start date and end date of cruise

All surcharges are payable directly to the cruise provider

Please note, beverages are only included at lunch and dinner time

Prices include all taxes and fees and onboard gratuities

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations

All activities and services are subject to availability

Once your booking is confirmed, Luxury Escapes will send you your documentation for the cruise. You must present the cruise documentation upon arrival

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

Optional extras: Let us help you with flights and insurance

Book your flight through us.Booking a flight is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your hotel booking dates. Then, you can call us on 1300 88 99 00 and speak to an expert Flight Consultant or visit the following link and fill out a Flight Contact Form:http://luxuryescapes.com/flight-contact-form We will be in touch within 24 business hours with a quote at the lowest rate possible, with no booking fee to you!

Travel insurance. Why not take advantage of our limited introductory 20% discount offer? Luxury Escapes has partnered with ACE Insurance Limited (ACE) as our preferred specialist insurance underwriter, with negotiated rates. To obtain immediate cover for Loss of Deposits and Cancellation Charges, you can click here to buy a policy now and save 20%

ACE Travel Insurance is issued and underwritten by the insurer ACE Insurance Ltd (ACE) ABN 23 001 642 020, AFSL 239687 and distributed by Luxury Escapes Travel Pty Ltd (Luxury Escapes) ABN 16 150 650 927. Luxury Escapes is an Authorised Representative of ACE (AR No. 454322). ACE and Luxury Escapes provide general information only without taking into consideration your objectives, financial situation or needs. To decide if the product is right for you, please read the applicable Policy Wording and Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) available on www.acetravelinsurance.com.au/luxury or by calling 1800 803 548

How to get there

Let the Flight Experts at Luxury escapes secure your airfare and as a bonus you'll receive a $100 credit per voucher to use towards the cost of your flight to Nice or Amsterdam!

Book your flight through us. Booking a flight is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your hotel booking dates. Then, you can call us on 1300 88 99 00 and speak to an expert Flight Consultant or visit the following link and fill out a Flight Contact Form: http://luxuryescapes.com/flight-contact-form

We will be in touch within 24 business hours with a quote at the lowest rate possible, with no booking fee to you!

15 Day/14 Night Splendours of the Rhine and Rhône

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 And why do we offer this?

 Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!

 How does it work?

 It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account).

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Itinerary 1 - Amsterdam to Nice

Day 1. Arrive Amsterdam
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury river ship. This evening, enjoy a Captain's Cocktail Reception.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Excellence Queen
Daily Meals Included:
• Dinner

Day 2. Amsterdam, Utrecht
Embark on a glass-top boat ride and glide past Amsterdam’s impressive waterside facades. Later, travel by coach via Rembrandt’s Windmill to Utrecht. Enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and a Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 3. Bonn, Drachenburg Castle
Witness the dramatic beauty of Cologne Cathedral on the banks of the river. Arrive in Bonn and dock in the heart of the city, which was discovered in the first-century BC as a Roman settlement. Like a Local - enjoy a private tour of the majestic 19th-century Drachenburg Castle.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 4. Cochem
Like an exquisite ribbon, your ship gently twists and turns through some of Europe's prettiest scenery along the Moselle River, passing landscapes of lush vineyards and spellbinding verdant rolling hills. Disembark in the pretty town of Cochem in the Moselle Valley. Explore the narrow alleyways with their half-timbered houses and visit the magnificent Cochem Castle. Perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful Moselle River, this majestic castle is reminiscent of a majestic scene from a fairytale. Rejoin your ship and marvel at the countryside.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 5. Rhine Gorge, Rüdesheim
Experience a true highlight of the holiday - cruising through the Rhine Gorge, considered by locals to be the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Watch in awe as steep slopes covered in vineyards and dotted with ancient castles drift past. Continue to the town of Rüdesheim, where the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 6. Heidelberg
An inspiration to artists, poets and authors alike, the university town of Heidelberg will delight you with its Baroque old town and reminiscent castle ruins. Like a Local - enjoy a must-see guided tour of Heidelberg’s Old Town.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 7. Breisach
Take a journey through the stunning Black Forest region by coach. Admire the scenic beauty of this forested area as you travel past a number of tranquil lakes. A Taste of Germany - visit the Black Forest Museum Vogtsbauernhof and enjoy a delicious Black Forest cake demonstration and tasting.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 8. Basel, Chalon-Sur-Saône
Disembark in the medieval town of Basel and travel by coach across the Swiss countryside, past the enchanting shores of Lake Geneva to Chalon-Sur-Saône in France to board your luxurious river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Excellence Rhône
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner

Day 9. Chalon-Sur-Saône, Beaune
Drive through the rolling hills of France’s Burgundy region, where the picturesque countryside is dotted by vineyards that yield some of the country’s finest wines. Arrive in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and enjoy a guided tour of this ancient walled city. Like a Local - gain a unique insight into the history and manufacturing methods of mustard making with a visit to a local factory. Re-board your ship and cruise towards Lyon.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 10. Lyon
Lyon not only marks the meeting of the Saône and Rhône rivers but is also the gastronomic capital of France. Here, you'll uncover its rich ancient history on a locally guided tour that includes Roman ruins and early Christian sites that have helped earn the city its World Heritage listing. Afterwards, return to your ship for a delicious dinner on board.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 11. Vienne
Today, disembark in Vienne for a sightseeing tour. Once the capital city of the Allobroges, a Gallic people, the city was transformed into a Roman colony in 47 BC under Julius Caesar due to its ideal location along the Rhône River. Board a mini-train and weave through the ancient streets as you pass by the remains of a Roman theatre and aqueducts. Visit the medieval churches of St Andre-Le-Bas and St Pierre Abbey and see the Roman Temple of Augustus. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board your luxury river ship, showcasing the finest European cuisine and regional wine.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 12. Grignan
Traverse the picturesque Rhône-Alpes region to the village of Grignan and explore its labyrinth of picturesque, winding streets and pretty squares on a guided tour. This delightful Provençal village also boasts literary fame, made famous through the correspondence of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal and Marquise de Sévigné. Later, enjoy some free time to wander the village before returning to your ship for a tantalising dinner.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 13. Avignon
This morning, explore Avignon on a guided tour. Still surrounded by impressively preserved stone ramparts, this stunning World Heritage-listed city offers a host of grand monuments and architectural treasures. Meander along cobblestones and visit the world's largest Gothic palace, the 14th-century Palace of the Popes that dominates the city. See one of the world's most iconic bridges, the Pont d'Avignon.
Enhance Your Journey – Explore the ancient Roman bridge, Pont du Gard (additional expense).
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 14. Avignon, Arles, Les Baux de Provence
From Arles, travel through the captivating landscapes that inspired many of the Impressionist artists to a beautiful hilltop village in Les Baux de Provence. A Taste of France - visit an olive mill and farm in Saint-Rémy de Provence for a tour and tasting. Return to your ship for lunch on board, then enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing in Arles. Admire an impressive array of ancient monuments, including the Constantine Baths and the Roman Amphitheatre. This evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 15. Arles, Depart Nice
Farewell your boutique river ship in Arles, then travel to Nice airport for your onward flight.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Itinerary 2 -Nice to Amsterdam

Day 1. Arles
Arrive at Nice Airport and be transferred to your ship in Arles, where you board the first of your two spectacular cruises along the Rhône and Rhine rivers. Settle into your well-appointed stateroom and begin to acquaint yourself with the luxurious surrounds of your stunning river ship. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Captain's Cocktail Reception.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Excellence Rhône
Daily Meals Included:
• Dinner

Day 2. Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Avignon
After a delicious breakfast this morning, enjoy an enthralling sightseeing tour of Arles. Admire an array of ancient monuments, such as Constantine’s Baths and the Roman Amphitheatre. Set on the mouth of the Rhône delta, the Provençal light of this Mediterranean city captured the imagination of Vincent Van Gogh. Here, you'll be able to glimpse the locales and vistas that inspired many of his famous works. Afterwards, head to a beautiful hilltop village in Les Baux de Provence. A Taste of France - visit enjoy a visit to an olive mill and farm for a tour and tasting of some of the exquisite olives. Back on board, enjoy a delicious Welcome Gala Dinner.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 3. Avignon
This morning, explore Avignon on a guided tour. Still surrounded by impressively preserved stone ramparts, this stunning World Heritage-listed city offers a host of grand monuments and architectural treasures. Meander along cobblestones and visit the world's largest Gothic palace, the 14th-century Palace of the Popes that dominates the city. See one of the world's most iconic bridges, the Pont d'Avignon.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 4. Avignon, Grignan
Traverse the picturesque Rhône-Alpes region to the village of Grignan and explore its labyrinth of picturesque, winding streets and pretty squares on a guided tour. This delightful Provençal village also boasts literary fame, made famous through the correspondence of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal and Marquise de Sévigné. Later, enjoy some free time to wander the village before returning to your ship for a tantalising dinner.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 5. Vienne
Today, disembark in Vienne for a sightseeing tour. Once the capital city of the Allobroges, a Gallic people, the city was transformed into a Roman colony in 47 BC under Julius Caesar due to its ideal location along the Rhône River. Board a mini-train and weave through the ancient streets as you pass by the remains of a Roman theatre and aqueducts. Visit the medieval churches of St Andre-Le-Bas and St Pierre Abbey and see the Roman Temple of Augustus. Later this evening, enjoy a superb dinner on board your luxury river ship, showcasing the finest European cuisine and regional wine.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 6. Lyon
Lyon not only marks the meeting of the Saône and Rhône rivers but is also the gastronomic capital of France. Here, you'll uncover its rich ancient history on a locally guided tour that includes Roman ruins and early Christian sites that have helped earn the city its World Heritage listing. You'll absorb the stunning panoramic views of the city from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and then discover the Renaissance charm of Old Lyon and its narrow alleyways that pass through its buildings. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure to further explore the city as you wish. Perhaps visit the delightful botanical gardens, the Parc de la Tête d’Or. Alternatively, you might like to stroll along the leafy paths that follow the banks of the Rhône River. Another option is to take the opportunity to explore the culinary delights at Lyon’s fresh food markets. Afterwards, return to your ship for a delicious dinner on board.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 7. Chalon-Sur-Saône, Beaune
Drive through the rolling hills of France’s Burgundy region along a scenic wine route, where the picturesque countryside is dotted by vineyards that yield some of the country’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Arrive in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and enjoy a guided tour of this ancient walled city. Featuring monuments from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, through the medieval and Renaissance periods, Beaune's long history has been proudly preserved and you'll come across battlements, ramparts, and even a moat. Historically Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy, and its impressive landmarks include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi, and Notre Dame. Like a Local - gain a unique insight into the history and manufacturing methods of mustard making with a visit to a local mustard factory and sample some of the finest produce France has to offer.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 8. Chalon-Sur-Saône, Basel
Disembark in Chalon-Sur-Saône and travel by coach across the Swiss countryside past the enchanting shores of Lake Geneva to the town of Basel in Switzerland. Long an important university, banking and trade centre, Basel’s past is still evident in its medieval town hall and exquisite 18th-century patrician houses. From here, embark on your second cruise along the Rhine River aboard your luxurious river ship.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Excellence Queen
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner

Day 9. Breisach
Disembark in Breisach today and explore the famous Black Forest region. Travel by coach past sky-bound pine and birch trees blanketing the mountainsides to the scenic village of Triberg, once the home to the inventor of Black Forest cherry cake, Josef Keller. Enjoy some time at leisure before enjoying A Taste of Germany - where you will visit the open air Black Forest Museum Vogtsbauernhof, and enjoy a Black Forest cake demonstration, followed by a delicious tasting of this famous and exquisite dessert.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 10. Speyer, Heidelberg
Arrive in the 2,000-year-old city of Speyer, where you will have some free time to explore its amazing historical wonders. An inspiration to artists, poets and authors alike, the university town of Heidelberg will delight you with its Baroque old town and reminiscent castle ruins. In 1878, Mark Twain commenced his European travels with a stay in Heidelberg, noted in his literary work, ‘A Tramp Abroad’. Like a Local - enjoy the must-see experience of a guided tour of Heidelberg’s Old Town, dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 11. Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge
This morning, your ship docks in Rüdesheim, the perfect example of a Rhine Gorge wine town. Here, the Winzerexpress mini-train will take you through town to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, which houses the most beautiful collection of automated musical instruments in Germany. Later, continue cruising to experience a true highlight of the holiday - cruising through the Rhine Gorge, considered by locals to be the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Watch in awe as steep slopes covered in vineyards and dotted with ancient castles drift past. Later this evening, enjoy a tantalising dinner on board your luxury ship.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 12. Cochem
Like an exquisite ribbon, your ship gently twists and turns through some of Europe's prettiest scenery along the Moselle River. Set off cruising along this picturesque waterway and absorb the scenery of the spectacular Moselle Valley as you pass landscapes of lush vineyards and spellbinding verdant rolling hills. Disembark in the pretty town of Cochem in the Moselle Valley. Explore the narrow alleyways with their half-timbered houses and visit the magnificent Cochem Castle. Perched on a hill overlooking the beautiful Moselle River, this majestic castle is reminiscent of a majestic scene from a fairytale. Rejoin your ship and continue to marvel at the picturesque countryside.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 13. Bonn, Drachenburg Castle
Arrive in Bonn, a picturesque city on the banks of the Rhine River and birthplace of the famous composer, Beethoven. Dock in the heart of one of Germany's oldest cities, which was discovered in the first-century BC as a Roman settlement. Continue to Cologne and witness the dramatic beauty of Cologne Cathedral on the banks of the river. Like a Local - ride a funicular train and enjoy a private tour of the majestic 19th-century Drachenburg Castle.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 14. Amsterdam
Clustered by historic houses and studded with low bridges, Amsterdam’s canals lend the city its nickname - ‘The Venice of the North’. Be docked in the heart of the city and board a glass-top boat and glide past the city’s impressive waterside facades. Back on land, enjoy some free time to explore before a Captain's Farewell Dinner.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 15. Disembark Ship, Depart Amsterdam
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Daily Meals Included:
• Breakfast

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