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About Active Discovery on the Rhine

An exciting new way to river cruise and actively explore along the Rhine. You choose, at each stop, how you 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 sight-seeing adventure, the choice is yours!

 

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Your river cruise adventure begins in Mainz, Germany and ends in Amsterdam, Holland’s lively capital! The energetic on board might like to join a guided running tour or hike while those looking for a gentler pace may choose to see the city on a cruise or Culinary Walk. Alternatively, participation in a painting class could reveal the artist in you! Each day we have more planned: Active guests can choose to bike along the Rhine, participate in a reenactment of the Roman Games, climb the many steps up to Marksburg Castle and enjoy spectacular views of the Rhine River, or hike in the beautiful landscape around Duisburg, or near Eltville. You can also choose to discover new Cities with your taste buds! There is an option of a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, where you’ll be introduced to the art of chocolate making, learn about German food on a guided culinary walk in Duisburg, and a chance to taste regional wines in Eltville. The adventure awaits you with a walk of the mining corridors of an ancient volcano from which basalt was extracted, and visit the Zollverein Coal Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided walks will acquaint you with highlights of Cologne and you can take a cable car ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Castle for breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding area.

All these activities and more are yours for the taking—and if that’s not enough—you’ll cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy onboard specialty dinners of the region. An unforgettable river cruise experience that offers something for everyone!

Inclusive Features of Our Active Discovery Cruise:

  • Mainz, Germany – Welcome reception on board!
  • Cruise – Deluxe, 7-night cruise in a River View Stateroom aboard the Avalon Panorama. 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®.
  • Mainz: Free time to explore on your own
  • Xanten: Choice of bike tour along the Rhine, visit the Archeological Park, Roman Games at the Archaeological Park, or Roman clothes workshop
  • Duisburg: Choice of visit the Zollverein coal mine, guided hike around Duisburg, or culinary walk
  • Düsseldorf: Free time to explore on your own
  • Cologne: Choice of running tour, sightseeing off the beaten track, visit the chocolate museum, or Cologne highlights walking tour
  • Rüdesheim: Choice of visit to Marksburg Castle, Ehrenbreitstein Castle with cable car ride; Volcano Tour experience; and cruise through the Rhine Gorge
  • Eltville: Choice of visit to the Eberbach Monastery, guided tour with wine tasting, or hiking
  • Amsterdam: Choice of painting class, running tour, culinary walk, or canal cruise

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.

Itinerary

Fri, Jul 12:  Frankfurt, Germany – Pre Cruise Package Arrivals
Sat, Jul 13:  Frankfurt, Germany – Main Cruise Package Arrivals and transfer to Mainz  
Sun, Jul 14:  Mainz-Eltville, Germany
Mon, Jul 15:  Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge, Germany
Tue, Jul 16:  Cologne, Germany
Wed, Jul 17:  Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Germany
Thu, Jul 18:  Xanten, Germany
Fri, Jul 19:  Amsterdam, Holland
Sat, Jul 20:  Amsterdam, Holland – Main Cruise Package ends   Transfer to airport for flight home or hotel for Post Cruise Package
Sun, Jul 21:  Amsterdam, Holland – Post Cruise Package ends
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Day 1 – Friday – July 12

Board your overnight transatlantic flight.
If you are taking advantage of our pre cruise package, you will depart on July 11 from North America.

Day 2 – Saturday – July 13 (D)

Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to Mainz, Germany (Embarkation)

Welcome to Mainz, Germany! The day is yours to explore Mainz, famous for the invention of the moveable type printing press. Our river cruise vessel is docked on the Rhine River in Mainz and flights must arrive before 3:00 pm. 

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

Day 3 – Sunday – July 14 (B,L,D)

Eltville

Eltville is home to some of Germany’s most famous vineyards! You will have the option, today, of a Guided Hike, along one of the Rheinsteig Hiking Trails, through the idyllic Forests and Vineyards, or you can join a Guided Walk through the Historic Old Town of Eltville am Rhein, known as the City of Wine, and enjoy a Wine Tasting! To dive in to the History of the Town, there is also the choice of a visit to the Romanesque Eberbach Monastery.

Stroll around the fascinating city before heading back to the ship for an authentic German dinner on board.

Day 4 – Monday – July 14 (B,L,D)

Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge

Enjoy a scenic cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge! We invite you to take a Guided Tour of Marksburg Castle, where you can visit it’s battlements overlooking the Rhine and walk down the surrounding Hillside, or join a unique Guided Volcano Experience in the “Lava City” of Mendig. Here, you can walk the mining corridors where cold lava (basalt) was mined. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a Guided Walk of Ancient Koblenz that ends with a Cable Car Ride to Ehrenbreitstein Castle and get a spectacular Panoramic View of the enthralling city!

Dinner onboard this evening as we cruise on to Engers.

Day 5 – Tuesday – July 16 (B,L,D)

Cologne, Germany 

Join your Avalon Adventure Host with a morning stretch, on board. Enjoy Lunch as we sail on to Cologne!

Active members are invited to explore cologne from a different point of view on a Running Tour around the city, or tag along on a Guided Tour to discover the Fashionable Belgian Quarter. Another option is a Guided City Walk of Cologne to experience the Old City and see the soaring Twin-Steepled Gothic Cathedral. The foodies will not be disappointed in Cologne, as they have the chance to Tour the Cologne Chocolate Museum and learn the process of Chocolate Production and ancient history of this “food of the Gods.”

Enjoy live entertainment onboard tonight after dinner!

Overnight Cruise to Düsseldorf.

Day 6 – Wednesday – July 17 (B,L,D)

Düsseldorf- Duisburg, Germany

This morning, the time is yours to explore Düsseldorf on your own. The Urban City, known for its fashion industry and art scene, has plenty to see and do. You may also choose to join the Optional Guided Excursion to visit Düsseldorf’s microbreweries and try a variety of Altbiers! Later, we will cruise on to Duisburg!

Welcome to Duisburg, known for it’s Large Harbor and the Innenhafen (inner harbor)! There are a few options for you to choose from so you can experience the World’s Largest Inland Port! Our Active members can join a Guided Hike through the idyllic landscapes and forests all around Duisburg. Our Foodies can explore the town with their taste buds on a Guided Culinary Walk through the Multicultural Metropolis of the Ruhr region and sample many German Specialties. For the History Buffs, there is also the option of a Guided Tour through the Historic Zollverein Coal Mine, where you will track through the complex of buildings to see and learn about the equipment used for coal extraction and treatment.

Overnight docking in Duisburg.

Day 7 – Thursday – July 18 (B,L,D)

Xanten, Germany

Today, our Active members can join a group on a Guided Bike Tour of the Countryside and take in the beautiful scenery Xanten has to offer. For those who would rather embrace Dutch History, you can take part in a Roman Clothes Workshop and dress up in Authentic Roman Costumes! As Xanten is known for its Archeological Park, Germany’s largest open air Archaeology Museum, some members may choose to spend their time, there, exploring the remains of the Roman Town or get a glimpse of life during the Roman Empire by participating in the Roman Games!

Dinner onboard this evening will feature dishes reminiscent of Roman Cuisine.

Afternoon/Overnight cruise to Amsterdam.

Day 8 – Friday– July 19 (B,L,D)

Amsterdam, Holland

Our more Active members can join the Guided Running Tour of this beautiful city, where they will explore the city with a local guide! More Artsy members have the option to attend a Painting Class and get inspired by the masters’ techniques! Bring out your inner creativity by painting your own canvas or Taste the Town on a Culinary Walk through Amsterdam, where you will sample sweet and savory Dutch Specialties! If you love to be on the water, there is also the option of a Guided Canal Cruise through the Iconic Waterways, followed by an off the beaten track tour with a local guide.

In the afternoon, you will have plenty of free time to experience Amsterdam in your own way through all the popular galleries and cafes, or you can join the Optional Guided Bike Excursion through the Scenic Dutch Countryside!

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner on board!

Day 9 – Saturday – July 20 (B)

Amsterdam, Holland (Disembarkation)

Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning and transfer to airport on own. Your homebound flight arrives the same day. Stay an extra day in Amsterdam for more!

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 March 15). 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, 14 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 Mainz, Germany at 5 p.m. on July 13, 2019 and ends in Amsterdam, Holland on the morning of July 20, 2019. Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 days. Note: Flights from North America must depart on July 12 in order to arrive in Frankfurt, Germany on July 13. Transfer to Mainz is on your own. Your return flight from Amsterdam arrives in the U.S. on the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 8 nights/9 days (first night on airplane).

Planning to join us in Frankfort for an extra day before your cruise?  Depart North America on July 11 to arrive July 12.

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 March 15, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to contact our office with payment details to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after March 15, 2019, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

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 March 15 and April 15, 2019  – 35% penalty applies.

– Between April 16 and May 15, 2019 – 50% penalty applies.

– After May 16, 2019 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.

Make sure you are at the Avalon Panorama in Mainz, Germany by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019. 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 Frankfurt, with accommodations at The Westin Grand Frankfurt.

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 without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course. We offer packages on both occasions, 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 Mainz, fly into Frankfurt (FRA) on July 13, 2019. You may be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes at 8 a.m. on July 20, 2019 in Amsterdam (AMS). We recommend scheduling your flight after 12 p.m. If you add extra nights in Amsterdam, schedule your flight any time on departure date.

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 (July 20), 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 Panorama), 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 March 15, 2019. 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.

A unique Suite Ship®, the Avalon Panorama was the first of its kind in the industry with two full decks of suites featuring a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window that transforms the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. As you cruise along Europe’s finest rivers, enjoy the fresh breeze and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite. With 200 square feet, the Panorama SuiteSM is more than 30% larger than the industry standard, and it gives you the unparalleled opportunity to wake up each morning facing the magnificent passing scenery. Exciting onboard amenities include complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a well-stocked library, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, shade system, whirlpool, and delightful Sky Bistro. There’s no better way to cruise in Europe than in the spacious comfort offered on the Avalon Panorama.

Visit multiple countries and cities and unpack only once, so you spend your time experiencing and enjoying Europe rather than dealing with the logistics of travel. Enjoy a highly personalized cruise experience, spacious deluxe staterooms and suites, contemporary décor, and popular onboard amenities, such as a fitness center and deck complete with whirlpool. An Internet corner and Wi-Fi access allow passengers to share their experience with friends and family at home.

– **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.

As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages. Our vacations are specifically designed for Baby Boomers and active travelers with an average age range of 50-70. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline.

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 low 70s to mid 80s and sunny. 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 Panorama.

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, 14 days prior to trip start date.

The Panorama 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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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