Olmste(a)d Group Travel
Travel with others that have a common interest is a nice starting point for an interesting and enjoyable experience.
Though I have led groups on many typical “ocean cruises” in the past thirty years, I’ve become a big fan of river cruising. On the big ocean cruise liners you are lost in the gaggle of thousands of other passengers often never really getting to know others you are traveling with.
On the typical river cruise vessel with less than 200 passengers, you will feel more relaxed while still enjoying a variety of activities. The other big difference between ocean and river cruises is that almost all land excursions are included. And river cruises tend to be more cultural rather than recreational in nature.
Walt & Mary Steesy, tour leaders
Join us in October 2018 as we cruise the Rhine and Moselle rivers in Germany from Berne, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Holland.
You will fly overnight from the US on October 4th arriving in Switzerland on the 5th. We have discounted international air from 26 gateway cities that includes transfers to the ms River Voyager upon arrival in Berne. If your flight schedule includes a change of planes in Europe, you will be met upon arrival and escorted to the next departure lounge.
Your stateroom has adequate storage space and a large window; you might want to take a short nap to recover from jet lag and adjust to the time change before dinner. You unpack only once and the dress for the cruise is resort casual. Staterooms are double occupancy except for eight single cabins on the lower deck.
For the next 13 days enjoy the vistas as we cruise north along the scenic Rhine and Moselle valleys. Included are a variety of escorted tours such as a visit to the Gutenberg Museum and Freiburg, the “Jewel of the Black Forest.” Visit the UNESCO listed Cathedral in Speyer; enjoy the wine tasting in Bernkastel; ah at the Roman amphitheater in Trier; roam the Reichsburg Castle and sit back on a canal boat ride before the walking tour of Strasbourg. We will spend a full day visiting Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum on the Alstian Wine Route.
All meals during the cruise are included in the open seating dining room where wine is included at dinner each evening. A variety of fare is served every day, some of which features regional choices, or for something more “America” the casual Captain’s Lounge is a nice alternative.
On some days, when docked in a city or village following an escorted group tour you will have time to explore on your own with a walk to visit local shops and taverns or utilize one of the bicycles available at no charge for passengers on the River Voyager. Enjoy the entertainment on many evenings in the main lounge.
On the final morning of our cruise, transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your return flight to the US.
Mary and I are planning on the optional pre-cruise extension in Lucerne, Switzerland and post-trip extension in Barcelona, Spain.
Join our Group
You are welcome to email or call Walt Steesy (607-532-4204) for more information and help you plan for this exciting Rhine and Moselle River Cruise. If you call Vantage directly at 800-322-6677, one of their experienced planners will assist you. Be sure to tell them you wish to join Group G-68700 to receive the added benefits and cruise discounts being offered to our group members.
Passports are required. Travel Protection/Insurance is not required but highly recommended; we would not travel internationally without it.