12 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Paris Monarch Countess

12 Day Tulip Time River Cruise with Paris Monarch Countess

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Ship: Monarch Countess
Starts: Paris, France on Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Ends: Amsterdam, Netherlands on Sun, Mar 31, 2019

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Belgium, France, Netherlands

Rivers Visited

Rhine

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 (Wed, Mar 20, 2019): DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for France

Depart for France

Day 2 (Thu, Mar 21, 2019): DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights"

Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights"; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin your discovery of one of the world's greatest cities with its endless treasures. Tonight, a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your local host at the hotel at approximately 6pm, followed by a briefing about the journey. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4pm on Day 2 or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Paris

Day 3 (Fri, Mar 22, 2019): DAY 3, Friday - Tour of Paris

Drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank where artists, philosophers and writers in a long gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and the extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Sat, Mar 23, 2019): DAY 4, Saturday - Full Day in Paris

The day is yours to explore this exciting city independently. Don't miss the optional tour to the remarkable Louvre Museum, one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. Of the many exhibitions found therein, you will see the medieval fortress, the modern pyramid, and the museum's most reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. After, remain at the Louvre or visit bustling Montmartre on your own. See spectacular views of the city, the Basilica of Sacre Coeur, and walk the winding streets to mingle with the street artists selling their wares at Place du Tertre. Perhaps stop at a bistro for dinner coupled with great wine
Optional: Louvre Museum (AM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Sun, Mar 24, 2019): DAY 5, Sunday - Tour Brussels, River Cruise Embarkation in Amsterdam

Travel through French countryside to reach Brussels. In Belgium's capital city, view the gigantic Atomium, that still remains from the 1958 World Expo, the Palace of Justice and the Grand Place, a re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses. Stroll the city center with the well-known Manneken Pis bronze sculpture before continuing to the Amsterdam port for embarkation. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm. After arrival formalities, rest and relax on board. This evening, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy the Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner as it sets the mood for your delightful river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Mon, Mar 25, 2019): DAY 6, Monday - Tour Nijmegen, the Oldest Town in the Netherlands

The ship docks in Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands with its beautiful river landscapes and magnificent historic buildings. Uncover traces of the city's past on a walking tour, before roaming the unique shops, outdoor cafes and cozy restaurants on your own. The ship sails this evening to Antwerp, Belgium
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Tue, Mar 26, 2019): DAY 7, Tuesday - Antwerp City Tour

Today you arrive in Antwerp, one of Europe's largest and most historic port cities, where more than half of the world's diamonds are traded. Evidence of the wealth produced from trade during the 16th century can be seen in the opulent homes that line the city streets. The tour of the city begins at the Cathedral of our Lady, the highest Gothic building in the Low Countries and continues to the unique market place, surrounded by the mighty Renaissance Town hall and numerous guild halls. Rest of the day is at leisure in Antwerp, or return to the ship for a relaxing afternoon on board
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Wed, Mar 27, 2019): DAY 8, Wednesday - Tour Ghent, the Historic Flanders Port

Discover the historic Flanders port of Ghent today, a showcase of Flemish wealth. Your tour of this medieval city includes views of the 7th century St. Bavo's Cathedral and the imposing Gravensteen Castle. At the town center. View the gigantic Belfry, a symbol of the city's independence and the Gothic-style Cloth Hall, glorifying the city's major industry. Return to the ship or take the optional afternoon tour to Bruges, also known as the "Venice of the North" and home to some of Europe's best preserved medieval buildings. Here, view the Lake of Love (Minnewater), the Beguinage Convent and walk along the picturesque winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals
Optional: Bruges City Tour (PM)
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 (Thu, Mar 28, 2019): DAY 9, Thursday - Excursion to the Delta Works

A fascinating excursion this morning to the Delta Works. After the 1953 flood in the Netherlands, where more than 1800 people drowned in one night, the Delta Plan was created to prevent a disaster of this magnitude from ever happening again. Taking 30 years to complete, the storm flood barrier, almost six miles long, stands as the final defense in the battle against the water and is considered a technical miracle. Rejoin the ship for lunch and continue cruising this afternoon towards Rotterdam where the ship will remain docked overnight
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Fri, Mar 29, 2019): DAY 10, Friday - Morning in Keukenhof Gardens, Afternoon Windmill Tour in Kinderdijk

Depart early this morning for beautiful Keukenhof Gardens, the largest and most spectacular flower gardens in the world, where a sea of multicolored tulips stretches out over the flat Dutch landscape as far as the eye can see. Rejoin the ship in Rotterdam for lunch on board. This afternoon visit a windmill park in the small village of Kinderdijk on the north bank of the River Noord. The windmills, built in the 1700s, are still in use today and played a vital role in the development of the country. During this excursion, visit a windmill and learn more about the modern technology that is now replacing their existence
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Sat, Mar 30, 2019): DAY 11, Saturday - Panoramic Tour of Amsterdam

Awake this morning in Amsterdam, one of the greatest small cities in the world, with its world-famous museums and historical sites. Board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals for an up-close view of the stately historic homes, 16th-century warehouses and charming churches. Continue on foot to view the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace on Amsterdam's Dam Square and the Dutch National Monument dedicated as a memorial to victims of WWII. Rejoin the ship for lunch on board, and spend a leisurely afternoon in Amsterdam. Later, rejoin the ship for tonight's Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Amsterdam. Share wonderful memories of your cruise with your Tour Manager and new-found friends
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Sun, Mar 31, 2019): DAY 12, Sunday - Depart the Netherlands

This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 9:30 am
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

River Cruise Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Paris, Amsterdam-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the Deluxe , First Class or First Class
  • 3 nights Paris
  • River port charges of $190 per person
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director & activities host throughout cruise
  • Local host in Paris
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring during excursions
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    Special Features

  • In Amsterdam, board a glass-top boat and cruise the winding canals
  • Visit Nijmegen, the oldest town in the Netherlands with its magnificent historic buildings
  • Dock in the historic Flanders port of Ghent, a showcase of Flemish wealth
  • Excursion to the Delta Works storm barrier, considered a technical miracle
  • Visit the windmill park in Kinderdijk built in the 1700s and still in use today
  • Explore the magnificent flower displays at Keukenhof Gardens
  • Discover Paris, the "City of Lights", with its endless treasures
  • Tour Brussels' re-created 15th century town square with decorated guild houses
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    River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Wine and beer with dinners
  • Locally inspired recipes
  • Early riser breakfast in addition to buffet breakfast
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Self-serve coffee and tea station
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Daily entertainment including an on-board musician
  • Fitness center
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • Shore excursions conducted exclusively in English by licensed guides
  • Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

    While sailing with Monarch Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: .

    Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

    European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

    Please note that the following inclusions may contain items that are only applicable when you purchase Land & Air. The brochure prices below are for Land Only - call us for our best deal.

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    Ship Information

    Monarch Countess


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    Questions & Answers

    Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

    Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

    Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

    The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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