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An exciting new way to river cruise and actively explore along the Rhône. 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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Spend more time in France by adding our Singles Sailing Adventure French Riviera cruise immediately before this cruise! 

 

Our French Wine Country Singles Cruise on the Rhône River begins in Marseille and ends in Lyon, the culinary capital of France! Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea before your French river cruise. Take a wondrous journey through beautiful views of France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! Embark your Avalon Suite Ship® in Port-Saint-Louis, France, and sail to Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Take a guided walk through Tournon, beautifully nestled among vineyards and a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain seen on postcards.

  • Marseille, France – Welcome drink at our 5-star hotel! Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast guided tour included in pre cruise.
  • Cruise – Deluxe, 7-night cruise in a River View Stateroom aboard the Avalon Poetry II. Deluxe Staterooms on Lower Deck (Indigo) with 2 High Picture Windows. Panorama Suites with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows on Middle Deck (Sapphire) and Upper Deck (Royal) that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony®.
  • Arles: Choice of a Guided Hike through Val d’Enfer, a Painting Workshop or a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arles
  • Avignon: Guided Sightseeing Tour of Avignon or other Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region
  • Viviers: Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village
  • Tournon: Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities
  • Vienne: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills
  • Lyon: Included Sightseeing Tour; explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux
  • Tournus – St. Jean de Losne: Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin

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 Mimosas!
  • 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!
  • STI SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE! Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal with wine pairing at world-renowned Michelin-star restaurant Paul Bocuse (or similar) while we’re in Lyon, the Gastronomy Capital of France! 
  • Complimentary Welcome Cocktail at our Singles-Only Happy Hour in Marseille (Oct. 11)

*Minimum of 10 guests required. If no Concierge, 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

Sun, Oct 10:  Spend more time in France by adding our Singles Sailing Adventure French Riviera cruise immediately before this cruise!    Marseille– 2 Night Pre Cruise Package Arrivals STI happy hour meetup followed by optional dinner with your STI Concierge.  
Mon, Oct 11:  Marseille – Main Cruise Package Arrivals Welcome drink (included) at hotel bar during  STI happy hour meetup, followed by optional dinner with your STI Concierge.
Tue, Oct 12:  Marseille – Port St. Louis (Embarkation) –  Guided tour, “Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast;” transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception.    
Wed, Oct 13 :    Arles – Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop.  
Thurs, Oct 14:  Avignon – Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes.
Fri, Oct 15 :  Viviers – Guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral.
Sat, Oct 16:  Tournon–Vienne – Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne.
Sun, Oct 17:  Lyon – Guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill. **STI INCLUDED SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Five-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing at Michelin-star Paul Bocuse!
Mon, Oct 18 :  Tournus – St. Jean de Losne – Cheese tasting on board; optional excursions
Tues, Oct 19 :  St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation) – Main Cruise Package ends Transfer to Lyon for flight home or to Paris or OPTIONAL 2 Night Post Cruise Package in Paris  (Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; high-speed TGV train from Dijon to Paris)
Wed, Oct 20:  Paris, France – OPTIONAL 2 Night Post Cruise Package  – Choice of guided sightseeing or “Heart of Paris” walking tour to see Paris’ historic sights  
Thurs, Oct 21:  Paris, France – Optional Post Cruise Package ends
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Sunday – October 10

Extra night pre cruise members arrive in Marseille. Transfer to hotel on your own. STI happy hour meetup followed by optional dinner with your STI Concierge.

If you are taking advantage of the extra pre cruise package, you will depart on October 9 from North America.

Day 1 – Monday – October 11

Included pre cruise night in Marseille. If you’re arriving today, transfer to hotel on your own . Welcome drink (included) at hotel bar during  STI happy hour meetup, followed by optional dinner with your STI Concierge.

Day 2 – Tuesday– October 12

Marseille  Port St. Louis (Embarkation)    (B,D)

Guided tour, “Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean Coast;” transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception.

Day 3 – Wednesday – October 13 (B,L,D)

Arles, France

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a hike with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

 

Day 4 – Thursday – October 14 (B,L,D)

Avignon, France

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon—with its ramparts encircling the city—and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region.

Explore Avignon on your own for the city’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

 

Day 5 – Friday – October 15 (B,L,D)

Viviers, France

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers.

CLASSIC Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON

 

Day 6 – Saturday – October 16 (B,L,D)

Tournon–Vienne

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

In the late morning cruise to Vienne.

VIENNE

Roman and Middle Age History

CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.

Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

 

Day 7 – Sunday – October 17 (B,L,D)

Lyon, France 

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.

Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS

 

Day 8 – Monday – October 18 (B,L,D)

Tournus – St. Jean de Losne

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.

DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

 

Day 9 – Tuesday – October 19 (B)

St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Lyon airport (LYS) before Noon.

**ADD MORE FUN TO YOUR VACATION BY ADDING ON OUR TWO-NIGHT PARIS PACKAGE! Click “Book Now” to add this package before it sells out!

 

 

 

 

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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 return date. 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.

Flight and Passport Info: *Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive an email with a link to a Vacation Form. The form will ask for all your pertinent information such as passport info as well as flight info. Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return.

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 vacation begins Marseille on Oct. 11, with one night in a Marseille hotel. The cruise ends in Lyon on October 19. So the trip is 8 nights/9 days.

You can arrive in Marseille (MRS) at any time on Oct. 11, but it would be great if you arrive by 5:00 pm in order to make our STI Singles Only Happy Hour at the hotel.

Your return flight should depart on Oct. 19 no earlier than 12:00 pm (noon).

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 June 10, 2021. 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 June 10, 2021, 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 June 11 and July 13, 2021  – 35% penalty applies.

– Between July 14 and August 12,2021- 50% penalty applies.

– After August 13, 2021, 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.

Allow 90-120 days for a refund as suggested by Avalon Waterways during COVID-19. All refunds will be made via company check.

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.

Arrive in Marseille before 5:00 pm on Oct. 11.  in order to join our Singles Only STI Welcome Happy Hour.

Come in a day early for peace of mind and get a head start on making new friends by booking our 2-day pre-cruise package in Marseille, with accommodations at Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu .

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 both pre and post cruise packages, 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 Marseille, fly into Marseille (MRS) on October 11, 2021, by 5:00 pm. You may be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes at 8 a.m. on October 19, 2021. Departure airport will be Lyon (LYS): We recommend scheduling your flight after 12 p.m.

If you decide to take advantage of the 2-night pre cruise in Marseille, then you should arrive on October 10 at any time.

If you decide to join the 2-night post-cruise stay in Paris, then you should schedule your return flight to depart Paris (CDG) on Oct. 21.

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 arrival date (October 11), transfers are $49 one way from the airport to the hotel. On tour end date (October 19), transfers are $49 one way from the ship to the airport.

Transfers on non-tour dates (Oct. 10) are available at a rate of $69 each (from Marseille airport to hotel).

There are no scheduled transfers from the Paris hotel to Paris (CDG) airport on Oct. 21; however, your concierge can assist with your transportation once on site.

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 June 10, 2021. 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 roommate 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.

The Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting and features two full decks of suites 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, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary computer use in public areas and Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro.

– **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 27 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 meet in Marseille, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Get Together. Once onboard the ship, our first evening begins with a 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 mid 60s to low 70s and sunny. Evenings can be a bit cooler, usually in the mid-to-low 50s. 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 international airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for free. 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 layered 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.
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– 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 return. 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, 14 days prior to trip start date.

The Poetry II has free unlimited 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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After more than 15 years in the travel industry, in 2012 I joined the Singles Travel International team. I have enjoyed escorting groups around the globe and I am always ready for adventure! My hobbies besides traveling, include kayaking, fishing, and just being outdoors with my family. I look forward to the opportunity to show you the world!

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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