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About Danube Summer Singles Cruise

An exciting new way to river cruise and actively explore along the Danube. We choose, at each stop, how we want to experience the location; whether it’s getting some exercise with an active excursion, discovering a site off the beaten path, or a more traditional sightseeing adventure, the choice is ours!

 

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Join our fellow singles for the exciting Active Discovery cruise through Austria and Hungary! We will venture along the Danube River, from Linz to Budapest, as we travel and explore in as many active and fun ways imaginable. When we take an active discovery cruise, the choice is ours, whether we want to taste our way through the cities along the route or get out and hike the trails for spectacular views. Linz offers locally produced cheese and beer, while Mauthausen gives us the chance to bike to an ancient border defense and visit World War II’s largest concentration camp. We can paddle a canoe or meet with a local produce grower in the Wachau Valley—the choice is up to us and our interests. Be introduced to a count in his castle; take a jogging tour around Vienna, or visit the city when it first awakes. Attend a medieval knights’ tournament in Visegrád and end our vacation with one night in magnificent Budapest—with the chance to learn some Hungarian as part of our stay.

Inclusive Features of Our Active Discovery Cruise:

  • Linz, Austria – Welcome reception on board!
  • Cruise – Deluxe, 8-night cruise in a River View Stateroom aboard the Avalon Illumination. Category D is a Deluxe Stateroom with Two Picture Windows. Categories A and P are Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®.
  • Engelhartszell: Choice of visit to Engelszell Abbeyor visit Jochenstein Power Station
  • Schlögener Schlinge: Choice of scenic cruising around the Schlögen Oxbow or guided hike on the Danube Trail
  • Mauthausen: Choice of visit to St. Florian Monastery, guided bike tour or guided walking tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp
  • Grein: Choice of guided walk in Grein, visit the historical theater and Greinburg Castle to meet the owner
  • Spitz: Choice of canoe tour, or bike tour from Spitz to Krems, Wine World Experience with tasting or local encounter showcasing regional products
  • Vienna: Choice of bike tour, jogging tour, meet with local people or guided visit to Belvedere Palace. Also, see Habsburg private art collection and the Italian and Dutch Masters Gallery or the World Museum
  • Visegrád: Choice of medieval knights tournament, guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park or canoe tour
  • Budapest: Choice of walking tour with language lesson, guided bike tour or city sightseeing tour

WHAT MAKES THIS THE PERFECT TRIP FOR SINGLES?

  • ALL Meals Included and All Shared with other Singles, not Alone
    (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
    Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D), including a welcome reception, welcome dinner, and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Sparkling Wine with Breakfast – Break out the Mimosa’s!
  • Complimentary Wine from Europe’s most Famous Wine Regions with Every Dinner on the Cruise
  • Complimentary Beer and Soft Drinks with Every Dinner on the Cruise
  • Excursions Included and Enjoyed with Other Solo Travelers, not Alone!
  • More Time at Leisure vs. Time Spent on a Bus
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge*
  • Company of Other Singles with Similar Interests and Zest for Life
  • Private Members Only Chat for this Tour – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!

Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

*$299 Air Promotion Rules: 

Book a select 2019/2020 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for $299/person round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MIA, MCO, MSP, ORD, PHL, PIT. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). $299 air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit and select $500pp land promo. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between December 19, 2018 and February 19, 2019 for travel on select cruise departures in 2019/2020. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all desired travel dates. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving $299 round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Avalon Waterways. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYDM

Itinerary

Wed, Jul 29:  Linz, Austria – 1 Night Pre Cruise Package Arrivals
Thu, Jul 30:  Linz, Austria – Main Cruise Package Arrivals
Fri, Jul 31:  Engelhartszell–Schlögener Schlinge–Linz    
Sat, Aug 1:  Mauthausen–Grein
Sun, Aug 2:  Spitz–Vienna
Mon, Aug 3:  Vienna, Austria
Tue, Aug 4:  Vienna, Austria
Wed, Aug 5:  Visegrád–Budapest
Thu, Aug 6:  Budapest, Hungary – Cruise Ends and transfer to Hotel
Fri, Aug 7:  Budapest, Hungary – Vacation Ends  
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Day 1 – Wednesday – July 29

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
If you are taking advantage of our pre cruise package, you will depart on July 28 from North America.

Day 2 – Thursday – July 30 (D)

Arrive in Linz, Austria (Embarkation)

Welcome to Austria! Your Suite Ship® Awaits in Linz.

Flights into Linz must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board Illumination by 5 pm. Before dinner, meet your cruising companions and crew at a WELCOME RECEPTION at approximately 6:00 p.m.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ENGELHARTSZELL.

Day 3 – Friday – July 31 (B,L,D)

ENGELHARTSZELL–SCHLÖGEN OXBOW

Today, our more active members can opt to Join a Guided Tour to the “House by the stream” (Haus am Strom) and walk across The Danube Power-Station Jochenstein; or visit the stunning rococo-style Engelszell Abbey and explore its Sensory Garden—complete with stone labyrinth, herb garden, and vineyard. Here, sample cheese and beer made by the resident Trappist monks.

Enjoy free time on the Sky Deck this afternoon while you sail through the amazing horseshoe bend of the Danube’s Schlögen Oxbow, on our way back to Linz.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LINZ

Day 4 – Saturday – August 1 (B,L,D)

LINZ–MAUTHAUSEN-GREIN

Our members, today, can choose between a Guided Bike Tour along the Limes Cycle Route, following part of the northern border line of the Roman Empire; take a step back in time with a visit to the 9th-century St. Florian Monastery—the largest monastery in upper Austria and home to Augustine monks; or pay homage to a pivotal time in human history with a Guided Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the largest and most brutal Nazi camps of WWII.

In the afternoon, we sail to Grein. Once we arrive, take a Guided Walk of Grein, including its historic theater, which is the oldest in Austria and still holding regular performances. We also have the option to see Burg Clam (Greinburg Castle) on a Guided Visit and meet the Count of Clam, during our tour.

EVENING CRUISE TO SPITZ

Day 5 – Sunday – August 2 (B,L,D)

SPITZ, AUSTRIA

Welcome to Spitz! Today, our more active members have the chance to paddle a canoe on a Guided Tour to see the Austrian waterways and shoreline scenery from a unique perspective; or choose a Guided Bike Tour, from Spitz to Krems, and enjoy a stop in Dürnstein to see the mesmerizing blue Stiftskirche and sample local specialties; or join an interactive Wine World Experience with wine tasting; or embark on a Guided Tour that showcases the production of regional fruits, vegetables, wine, and other products.

Relax this afternoon as we cruise toward Vienna.

This evening, perhaps join a Guided Optional Hike through the vineyards, outside Vienna, with a wine tasting and dinner at a local Viennese Heurigen (Wine Tavern).

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 6 – Monday – August 3 (B,L,D)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Take a Guided Bike Tour along the famed Ringstrasse and pedestrian avenues of Vienna to see the city’s highlights from a unique perspective; or join a Guided Jogging Tour of the City of Music to see highlights of the gilded architecture along the way; or get an Insider’s Tour of Vienna to get behind the scenes of her sights and attractions. We will meet locals, have the chance to prepare some food, and enjoy other surprises! Today, we also have the choice of a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Vienna, including a tour of Belvedere Palace to see Gustave Klimt’s renowned “Kiss” painting.

Spend some free time, this afternoon, strolling through the pedestrian Kärntnerstrasse and break, along the way, for a piece of Sachertorte.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA

Day 7 – Tuesday – August 4 (B,L,D)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

This morning, take a Guided Walking Tour to see the city in her best light, along with breakfast at a Viennese café; or dive into European history and drama with a Guided Tour of the Habsburg family’s private art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Italian or Dutch master works. We also have the chance for a Guided Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the World Museum Vienna, commemorating the past of the Habsburg Empire.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board our ship.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VISEGRÁD

Day 8 – Wednesday – August 5 (B, L, D)

VISEGRÁD-BUDAPEST

Join a Guided Excursion to the Medieval Knights Tournament at Visegrád’s Lower Castle, featuring targeting and fighting demonstrations by members of the St. George Knightly Order; or take a Castle visit and scenic Hiking Tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrád; or take part in a canoe excursion through the picturesque Bend Region of the Danube for a truly unique perspective of one of the river’s most beautiful stretches.

We will set sail to Budapest this afternoon. The ‘Pearl of the Danube’, as it is called, is the city split into Buda and Pest by the river. It retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Take some free time this afternoon to explore the vibrant and stunning city before a Farewell Dinner on board our ship.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BUDAPEST

Day 9 – Thursday – August 6 (B)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (Disembarkation)

See the sights from a different perspective by joining a Guided Bike Tour along the bike paths of the city. We also have a couple guided walking tour options such as one combing the sights of Budapest with “Fungarian” instruction of useful local words and phrases or the city’s most iconic sites.

Spend free time shopping for Hungarian paprika or handcrafted souvenirs, or savor a piece of cream cake in the world-famous Gerbeaud Café.

Overnight at Budapest Marriott (or similar)

Day 10 – Friday – August 7 (B)

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

This morning’s breakfast marks the end of our trip. Please schedule flights, out of Budapest (BUD) to leave after 12:00 PM.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Avalon Waterways without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

Optional tours and excursions are not included in the package and would be at an additional cost.

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

**UPLOAD** a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after April 1). Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return. 

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Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

FINAL PREPARATION
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The cruise only begins in Linz, Austria (LNZ) at 5 p.m. on July 30, 2020 and ends in Budapest, Hungary (BUD) on the morning of August 7, 2020. Therefore the tour is 8 nights/9 days. Note: Flights from North America must depart on July 29 in order to arrive in Linz on July 30. Your return flight from Budapest arrives in the U.S. on the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 9 nights/10 days (first night on airplane).

Planning to join us in Linz for an extra day before your cruise?  Depart North America on July 28 to arrive July 29.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by April 1, 2020. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after April 1, 2020 full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

– After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $350.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

– Between April 1 and April 30, 2020  – 35% penalty applies.

– Between May 1 and June 1, 2020 – 50% penalty applies.

– After June 2, 2020 any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

Cancellations made prior to final payment may transfer deposit to a future vacation. A $25 transfer fee applies and new selection must be made within 30 days.

Make sure you are at the Avalon Impression in Linz, Austria by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday July 30, 2020. Our local cruise director will be awaiting your arrival at the vessel, will assist with check in and provide specific details on our vacation.

Come in a day early for peace of mind and get a head start on making new friends by booking our pre-cruise package in Linz, with accommodations at Austria Trend Schillerpark (or similar).

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

Of course. We offer a 1 night pre cruise package, Click ‘Price my Trip’ or ‘Book now’ to make your reservation. Transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our  packages (Rates are subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for optional pre and post cruise stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail and are payable 30 days prior to departure.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

In order to be ready to begin the tour in Linz, fly into Linz (LNZ) on July 30, 2020. You may be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes at 8 a.m. on August 7, 2020 in Budapest and you must transfer to Budapest (BUD). We recommend scheduling your flight after 12 p.m.

Airport transfers are offered as options with our cruise/tour and are not included in our package. We recommend that you book your airport transfers with us. Please notify us at time of booking or at least 30 days prior to departure of your flight arrival and departure times.

On tour end date (August 7), transfers are $49 one way from the ship to the airport and transfers are available between 6:00 a.m. and midnight. Transfers on non tour dates are available at a rate of $69 each way.

Our tour does not include your airfare and transfers. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events and wine/beer during dinner on the Poetry II), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($15 per day), local guides and the cruise staff. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.

Roommate Match: Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by April 1, 2020. Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Avalon Waterways. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 120 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Part of Avalon’s cutting-edge fleet of Suite Ships®, the Avalon Illumination came onto the river cruising scene with a bang. This gorgeous ship features two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama SuitesSM are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning facing the splendid passing scenery. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.

– **Club Lounge**
Fascinating landscapes serve as the ultimate backdrop as you relax in your ship’s Club Lounge. Coffee service is always available, so grab a cup and exchange vacation stories with fellow travelers, play a board game with newfound friends, or settle in with a good book from the ship’s library.
– **Sky Deck**
When it comes to meeting new friends, witnessing the splendid scenery, or just taking a moment to relax, the Sky Deck is the ideal place. Modern deck furniture enhances your experience as you soak up the sun or drink in the moonlight, and as you photographically capture your destination’s most scenic beauty and quintessential character.
– **Main Bar & Lounge**
With an airy, open layout and contemporary design, this attractive space features rich hardwoods, plush fabrics, and floor-to-ceiling windows lining the walls—a relaxed, comfortable area that’s perfect for viewing remarkable scenery, taking in the evening entertainment, and enjoying an after-dinner drink, glass of local wine, or coffee with newfound friends.
– **Dining Room**
On an Avalon cruise, expert chefs select the finest ingredients to create delectable dishes that are both inspired and memorable. Each day you’ll embark on an epicurean adventure in your ship’s elegant dining room. Enjoy open seating, bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets, multicourse dinners paired with complimentary regional wines, and the five-star service you’d expect from a fine resort.
– **Lobby & Reception**
On an Avalon river cruise, our number one priority is you. That’s why throughout your journey a friendly, English-speaking crew stands ready to answer your questions, meet your needs, and help you create the vacation of a lifetime. It’s also why we designed a main lobby and reception area bathed in natural light, where you’ll be warmly greeted and will feel immediately at home. You can even stay connected to the folks back home at the onboard Internet Center.
– **Fitness Center**
On an Avalon river cruise, you can benefit from both a mind and body experience. The Fitness Center is well equipped so you can stick to your fitness program while on vacation. Take advantage of state-of-the-art cardio equipment while enjoying the view of the unforgettable passing landscapes.

Featuring the most spacious square footage on the European waterways today, your luxury stateroom is designed with your comfort in mind. As floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors reveal the ever-changing passing landscapes*, you’ll appreciate the private bathroom with shower, flatscreen TV, hotel-style bed with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, large closet, minibar, and individual climate control.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We encourage our members to complete their personal profiles including a photo. Knowing who’s on the trip in advance makes socializing before and during your vacation easier and more fun.

Take a few minutes to plan your wardrobe for the cruise by visiting the following sites.

The weather changes from year to year but nevertheless, prepare for all conditions. The temps this time of the year will be pleasant for touring, reaching high 70s to mid 80s and sunny. Evenings can be a bit cooler, around high 50s to mid 60s. Rain is possible, although not likely, but pack accordingly.

Check out www.wunderground.com for up to date predictions as well as historical data for you destination,

 

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Bring along summer clothing and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as black, brown and khaki or one other color. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Our cruise will stop in some of the most charming little towns and once we dock, we’re off for adventure. Walking is the best way to see it all. Note that dress code aboard a river cruise is very casual and some days you may have dinner in the same outfit you wore during day when the schedule is full.

Packing Tips: Of course, a scarf is mandatory, it looks chic and turns a daytime outfit into evening easily. Take only what you need; don’t over pack. A river cruise is casual. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items for a River Cruise: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Binoculars for best sightseeing while cruising
– Light Jacket (wind-and rainproof outer shell)
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town (ship is casual)
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight raingear.
– Sunglasses
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.

A passport is required for cruise travel to Europe. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US citizens are responsible for contacting all countries on our itinerary to secure appropriate documentation in advance.

No inoculations are required for travel to Europe. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

The currency used throughout the cruise is the Euro (in port) and US Dollar (onboard). Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and Money.com.

Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks no longer make change in many European countries.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops, restaurants and aboard the Poetry II.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

The Impression has unlimited, free Wi-Fi, as well as computer terminals that you may rent by the hour in the Internet Corner. You may also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. Guests may also be contacted onboard our ship via satellite in an emergency, but we recommend that you arrange to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on your own cell phones and mobile devices. Check with your phone carrier for rates.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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What Our Members Are Saying

Just returned home after a WONDERFUL Rockin', Romantic Rhine Cruise with STI. It was a very different experience from a large cruise ship, as it had about 140 passengers. I got to meet many people from STI and others from outside the group. Terrific experience! Each day, we had excursions, included in the tour. We really got to see the cities where we stopped. The local color was amazing. It was quite an experience to see castles, windows, Gutenberg Bibles up close and personal. Plenty of time to shop or just walk around.  The food was wonderful. With breakfast, we could have sparkling wine or mimosas. With dinner, the wine and beer were flowing freely. My favorite two optional excursions were a German Dinner (not to miss) and a trip to a functioning windmill, where we went right inside to see how it works. While cruising, we experienced going thru canal locks. In the mid portion of the Rhine, we saw castle after castle and vineyards, vineyards, vineyards. I highly recommend this trip. Heaven for photography. It is an experience of a lifetime!

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Daria W.
    West Islip, NY

The Rockin Rhine River Cruise was one of the best vacations I have ever had. Our group kept things lively and there was always someone that was around to do things like shopping or tours....or just to sit around in a Biergarten and relax with a glass of local wine or beer.

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Robin A.
    Lakeland, FL