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A unique tour of Berlin and Amsterdam, with a magnificent round trip 12 night Baltic Cruise from Amsterdam to St Petersburg. Cruising highlights include ports stop in Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Denmark and an overnight stay in St Petersburg, Russia.

Arriving to Berlin, enjoy a four night stay, for an in depth discovery of a city where East and West were once divided by The Berlin Wall. Escorted by a local Berlin guide, you will gain a true appreciation for this fascinating city with a history like no other. From Berlin, fly to the cruise departure port of Amsterdam for an overnight stay and Van Gogh museum visit before embarking on your cruise.

From Amsterdam, embark on a cruise of the Baltic Sea on board Royal Caribbean’s stunning Brilliance of the Seas. Enjoy your Baltic cruise at a beautiful time of year, with longs day of sunlight and countless port stop excursions available.

On the return to Amsterdam after your cruise, be greeted at port by your Amsterdam tour host for two final nights of stay. Enjoy touring the charming countryside and the city.

This unique itinerary is a small group experience only for solo travellers.

INCLUSIONS

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights quality hotel stay
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Welcome drink day one, Berlin
  • Brewery Tour & Tasting, Berlin
  • Theatre Show, Berlin
  • Sightseeing including entrance fees, as detailed by itinerary
  • English speaking local tour guides (days 1- 6 & days 18-20 )
  • Prepaid tipping for local guides in Berlin & Amsterdam
  • One way economy class airfare Berlin to Amsterdam
  • Airport transfers on day one and final day*
  • Cruise terminal transfers in Amsterdam
  • Private group touring
  • Small group touring, maximum of 20 travellers 

Cruise Inclusions: 

  • 12 nights cruise accommodation, on board Brilliance of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
  • All meals while cruising on Brilliance of the Seas
  • All taxes and gratuities for ship personnel

* Arrival airport transfer provided for a nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  
* Departure airport transfer provided for a nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

Travel insurance is mandatory, and is in addition to the package price.

Departure Dates for this tour

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26 MAY - 14 JUN 2019
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$10985 Tour & Cruise*
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SAVING #1: Book & pay the tour deposit by Thursday 18 October 2018
SAVE $700 with your own room | $300 if you twin share *

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit by Wednesday 19 December 2018
SAVE $400 with your own room | $150 if you twin share*

*Conditions of Early Bird Offer:  To qualify for the Early Bird Saving you must book your airfare with us as part of the package. Refer to our booking terms for full details.

Twin share = share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

STANDARD PUBLISHED PRICES (Per person in AUD)

Own Room

Tour & Cruise Package with Inside Cabin (category 2V)

$11685 
EARLY BIRD SAVING #1
$10985

Tour & Cruise Package with Oceanview Cabin (category 8N)

$12335
EARLY BIRD SAVING #1
$11635

Tour & Cruise Package with Balcony Cabin  (category 2D)

 $13585
EARLY BIRD SAVING #1
$12885

PRE TOUR: BERLIN - Radisson Blu 25 MAY 2019 including breakfast

$320

POST TOUR: AMSTERDAM - Movenpick 14 JUNE 2019 including breakfast

$650

SHARE & SAVE

If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $4090 on package price with a balcony cabin. Sharing with a roommate match is offered in the tour & cruise with balcony cabin package.

* SEE 'MORE INFORMATION' section below for Other Price Information


TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • An in depth discovery of Berlin, Germany with a local guide uncovering the history of East and West Berlin.
  • Time at leisure in Berlin to make your own discoveries.Highlight dinners at local restaurants in Berlin and Amsterdam
  • Show night at Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin
  • Craft brewery tour and tasting, Berlin
  • Visit the city of Potsdam, with a concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • View the works of Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • Experience 12 nights on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, all meals included
  • Visit the ports of Skagen & Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden
  • Explore the Eastern European ports of Tallin, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia including an overnight stay in port at St Petersburg
  • Explore historic townships and the Dutch countryside outside of Amsterdam including Zaanse Schans, Marken, and Volendam
  • Visit the medieval city of Edam, exploring on foot and tasting some real Edam cheese.
  • Enjoy a group lunch in Volendam at a famous local Dutch restaurant
  • Return to Amsterdam after your cruise for a 2 night stay
  • Small group touring for solos only

PRE TOUR STAY 
Consider arriving a day before the tour starts, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

Should you opt to arrive the day prior to the tour comment, and given you book your flight with us on a nominated tour flight, the arrival transfer is included as part of your package.

DAY 1
Arrival Day
 

Welcome to Berlin. Arriving on a group nominated flight, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to our hotel.* This evening, meet your fellow solo travellers for a welcome drink and a trip briefing with your tour director.

Meals: no meals included 

* applies to passengers that have booked a group nominated flight with us a part of the package. For passengers making other arrival arrangements, ask about our transfer options.  

DAY 2
History of Berlin

Today, unravel the fascinating history of Berlin that makes this city unique with a discovery of West and East Berlin.

Start out with a morning city orientation tour of the major points of interest including the Brandenburg Gate and Charlottenburg Palace for photo stop moments, the Kurfürstendamm - one of the most famous avenues in Berlin with Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and KaDeWe, Potsdamer Platz. We also go by the Government Quarter with German Parliament, and Unter den Linden with historic buildings along the tree-lined avenue.

Of course, a visit to Berlin is like no other city given the remarkable history of the Berlin Wall.   At Check Point Charlie, the former border crossing between the West and the East, wander the area and try to imagine how it was in the times when The Berlin Wall divided a country and its people.  Nearby to Check Point Charlie, we stroll to the Topography of Terror Documentation Center – a centre of remembrance and a portrayal of the reality of a dark history through the use of photographs and documents to illustrate the history from the time the Nazis took power under the end of the war. There’s time on your own at the Centre to take in the exhibition at your own pace.

OPTIONAL VISIT:
At the end of the day there’s the option of a unique experience with a visit to the DDR Museum. Immerse yourself in everyday life of the former East Germany. The exhibition encourages its visitors to touch, feel and interact, so as to reach a full understanding of the past. Explore all aspects of daily life behind the Berlin Wall and the workings of the State and Stasi.  This is an unguided visit and it’s not necessary to pre book this visit. For anyone not wishing to make the visit, there’s a transfer back to the group hotel.

An entry fee to the Museum applies, and is to be paid by each visitor (not included with tour package).                       

Tonight, from our hotel we stroll to a nearby Berlin Brewery, pioneers of craft beer where we take a brewery tour and have a beer tasting. Afterwards, dinner follows at the Brewery.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3
Berlin | Visit Potsdam

This morning we travel to the city of Potsdam, about an hour’s drive from Berlin.

Potsdam is rich in culture and history with a concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Aside from the palaces, its parks and luxury villas have given Potsdam its charm.

The main attractions of Potsdam include the palaces and there are guided tours of two of the town’s superb palaces; Sans Souci, built by Frederick the Great, and Cecilienhof Palace. While visiting Potsdam there will be some time at leisure to wander the historic city centre.

Later in the day, we return to Berlin. 

HIGHLIGHT
Tonight, join together for some fabulous Berlin entertainment at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, a theatre famed for its must-see grand and glitzy shows.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 4
Berlin At Leisure

We’ve kept the day free so you have the chance to indulge in your choice of sightseeing. Berlin’s impressive Museum Island, home to five museums including Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum), Bode-Museum, Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Altes Museum (Old Museum) offer an easy way to enjoy your day.

For others it’s a chance to explore any one of the many neighbourhoods of Berlin such as Prenzlauer Berg in the East – with its cosmopolitan vibe, many eateries and cafes and home to creativity. Or Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in the West, a stylish area and with its own shopping precinct. There’s plenty to discover and with easy to navigate public transport it’s a great chance to indulge in your own discoveries.

We come together tonight for a farewell Berlin dinner at a local restaurant. With many daylight hours, it is a nice walk with your guide to the local restaurant for an evening of beautiful dining. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 5
Berlin to Amsterdam 

This morning we transfer from our hotel to the airport for our flight to Amsterdam. 

On arrival to Amsterdam, there‘s some time set aside for lunch. After, a visit to the Van Gogh Museum with the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), one of the most famous artists in the history of Western art and one of the most recognised artists of Dutch times.

We check into our hotel before the day’s end and the evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 6
Amsterdam | Cruise Embarkation

Your morning will be free until it becomes time to transfer to the port to embark on your 12 night Baltic Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel and escort you to your embarkation point. It’s here you wave goodbye to your local guide, and cruise together with your fellow solo travellers to Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Denmark before returning to Amsterdam.

It’s a beautiful time of year to cruise the Baltic Sea, to see in the summer and enjoy long day of sunlight.

Once on board, settle in, relax and get to know your ship. If you embark within lunch hours you can take lunch on board the ship.  Group dining is arranged in the main dining room each evening of the cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (ship), Dinner (ship)

CRUISE ITINERARY
DAY 6 to DAY 18

Date

Port Location

Arrive

Depart

DAY 6

Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

5:00PM

DAY 7

Cruising

 

 

DAY 8

Cruising

 

 

DAY 9

Stockholm, Sweden

10:00AM

6:DAY 

DAY 10

Tallinn, Estonia

11:00AM

6:00PM

DAY 11

St. Petersburg, Russia

7:00AM

 

DAY 12

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

6:00PM

DAY 13

Helsinki, Finland

7:00AM

3:00PM

DAY 14

Cruising

 

 

DAY 15

Skagen, Denmark

11:00AM

5:00PM

DAY 16

Copenhagen, Denmark

8:00AM

6:00PM

DAY 17

Cruising

 

 

DAY 18

Amsterdam, Netherlands

6:00AM

 


DAY 18  
Arrive Amsterdam.  Visit Zaanse Schans, Marken, and Volendam

Disembark your cruise ship this morning and your local guide will greet you at the port. We’ve got some wonderful visits lined up today that combine lovely landmarks of Holland.

"Zaanse Schans", is a small community north of Amsterdam where there used to be 700 windmills. Today only five are left, but still impressive and enchanting and definitely worth a visit - true Dutch culture!  Also, get a glimpse into a wooden shoe factory to watch the traditional production of the "Klompen" and how they are painted.

We drive through the peaceful countryside of Holland, to reach the medieval city of Edam, exploring on foot and tasting some real Edam cheese. Then, onto Volendam, a picturesque fishing village of enchanting streets, cafés and restaurants that will take you back to ancient times.

We have lunch in Volendam at a famous local Dutch restaurant offering a menu of typical Dutch cuisine, using local produce.  From here, it’s a boat ride to the island of Marken, a quaint seaside town, rich in cultural history and a place where many residents have preserved island traditions. 

As our countryside touring comes to an end the return route promises a magnificent view of Dutch landscapes, canals and lakes and leads past the old Zuiderzee town of Monnickedam, which was an important harbour hub many centuries ago.

Meals: Breakfast (cruise ship), Lunch 

DAY 19 
Amsterdam 

There’s no better way to relax and take in the sights of Amsterdam than with a canal boat ride and a short walking tour of Amsterdam. Your morning discovery also includes Dutch cheese tastings with the ideal accompaniment of a glass of wine. During the walk, you are presented with a beautiful picture of the cultural and architectural history of Amsterdam. You will also see the lovely shops, cafes and restaurants that add to the character of the city.

This afternoon is at your leisure to explore and make your own discoveries. You may like to visit the famous Rijksmuesum, a grand museum of arts and artefacts of Dutch history. The Rijksmuseum holds works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others.

Tonight, our farewell dinner at a superb restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 

DAY 20 
Departure

Airport transfer to meet nominated group flight.  Enjoy a final breakfast at our hotel.  There’s an airport transfer provided for the nominated tour flight/s.

Meals: breakfast 

* applies to passengers that have booked a group nominated flight with us a part of the package. For passengers making other arrangements, ask about our private transfer options. 

 

 Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS  & CRUISE ACCOMMODATION

Destination

Accommodation Name

Nights of Stay

Berlin

Radisson Blu

4

Amsterdam (Pre Cruise)

Sir Albert

1

Baltic Cruise

Brilliance of the Seas

12

Amsterdam (Post Cruise)

Mövenpick Amsterdam City Centre

2


Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

RADISSON BLUE, BERLIN, PREMIUM ROOM

SIR ALBERT, AMSTERDAM (Sir Deluxe Room)

MOVENPICK CITY CENTRE, AMSTERDAM

RADISSON BLUE, BERLIN (PREMIUM ROOMS)

With a central location between Alexanderplatz and Museum Island, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin is within easy reach of the city centre’s top attractions. In fact, you can enjoy one impressive attraction right in the hotel lobby: the AquaDom, the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium. This towering glass centerpiece teems with colourful sea life – a magical sight that will get your stay in Berlin off to a memorable start.

FANTASTIC DINING, FITNESS AND SPA FACILITIES
This stylish spa hotel features contemporary décor and comfortable furnishings in all 427 rooms and suites. Standard room amenities include free high-speed Wi-Fi, premium movie channels and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Set against a stunning waterfront backdrop, the Berlin restaurant HEat offers a tempting ethnic-inspired menu, open kitchen and private dining facilities. If you prefer coffee and cake or a delicious cocktail after a day spent exploring the city, head over to the Atrium Bar, situated just under the AquaDom.

When you’re ready to really unwind, Heaven Spa & Fitness awaits. Keep up your fitness routine in the gym, take a dip in the pool or sweat out the cares of the day in our bio sauna or Finnish sauna. For a little extra pampering, indulge in one of our relaxing spa treatments. 


SIR ALBERT, AMSTERDAM (PRE CRUISE STAY)
Sir hotels are our home.​ 

Located in Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter—the stylish and diverse De Pijp district—Sir Albert is the perfect launch spot to the Albert Cuypmarket and beyond. Books. Prints. Designer fashion. Designer plants. With high ceilings and large windows, rooms at Sir Albert merge historic detail with clean, modern style. Sir signature bedding featuring 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens will be your dreamy playground for big nights in.  

WiFi is complimentary in your room.


MÖVENPICK HOTEL AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE, AMSTERDAM (POST CRUISE STAY)

Spectacular views over the city and vistas over the river IJ are just some of the highlights at Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, just 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport. With its fantastic location in the heart of the city centre, this 4-star hotel is also within walking distance of Amsterdam’s historical centre, its central station and many museums. 

All of the 408 rooms offer great views, complimentary WiFi Internet, organic fair-trade linen, wellness area access and free shuttle transfers from the station. 

Dining is a pleasure in the Silk Road restaurant, while Silk Bar is a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation, head to the Lifestyle Studio which features a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, ice fountain and massage room.

Best known for:

  • 408 Rooms and suites with views and free WiFi
  • City centre location close to Central Station
  • Two saunas, gym, massages and ice fountain
  • Restaurant and bar

BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS, ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Ship Information

Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas and wide open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-storey central atrium, lifts facing the sea and floor to ceiling windows throughout, you'll never be at a loss for an incredible view. Bask at the tranquil Solarium pool, recharge at VitalitySM Spa or reach new heights on our signature rock-climbing wall. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with Broadway style shows, Casino Royale®, plus 16 bars and lounges that never feature a cover charge.

SHIP STATS 
Gross Tonnage        90,000
Length                    293.2 m (962 ft)
Max Beam               32.3 m (106 ft)
Draft                       8.5 m (28 ft)
Cruising Speed        25 knots 

Link to Ship Information  


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SEE ABOVE - DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TOUR

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Berlin, Germany      
Depart from: Amsterdam, Netherlands 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The nominated tour flight with airport transfers is available at time of quote request. Alternative flights are also available. The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

TRANSFERS
When you book the nominated tour flight with us as a part of your package airport transfers are provided on day one and the final day of the tour.

 

Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, there are services on this tour must be booked well in advance such as the flight from Amsterdam to Berlin. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 20 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
The maximum pace is set (in Berlin and Amsterdam) at 3 out of 5.  While cruising, set your own pace and for this reason the cruising pace is set at 1 out of 5, the most leisurely of paces.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Touring in Berlin and Amsterdam is considered a moderate pace. There is some free time included throughout the visit to these cities. Walking will make up parts of the itinerary, including standing on foot for longer periods of time.

While cruising, set your own pace. The shore excursions are at your leisure and option. Shore excursions may be booked directly with the cruise ship or otherwise by your own arrangement. There is no obligation to book shore excursions while in port and you may stay on the ship or otherwise disembark without having booked shore excursions.

A reasonable level of fitness as a minimum is recommended for joining this tour. 

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice.  

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

While cruising, all meals are included and group dining is set for our group in the main dining room on board the ship.

GROUP GUIDES
This itinerary combines land touring and cruising. 

Tour Arrangements, Berlin & Amsterdam
It is a private small group tour during your visit to Amsterdam and Berlin. There is a local guide from Berlin and from Amsterdam. Your tour guides are there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

The flight from Berlin to Amsterdam is unescorted.  The group farewells the local Berlin Guide and is greeted by a local guide from Amsterdam on arrival. 

Cruising, 12 Night Baltic Cruise
While cruising, a group escort is not included. However group dining is arranged each evening for the group in the main dining room.

When you disembark from your 12 night cruise in Amsterdam you are hosted by a locally based tour guide.

TRANSPORT

  • A private air-conditioned vehicle in Berlin and Amsterdam
  • A one way economy seat flight Berlin to Amsterdam
  • Some boat travel (on the canals) in Amsterdam
  • A luxury cruise ship on board Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas for the Baltic Cruise.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
While touring, each guest is permitted to travel with one bag, limit of 23kg as a maximum per bag.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Internet in Europe these days is widely available and broadband or wifi services are now very common place, as well as being pretty fast. Mobile phone coverage is also widely available in most areas.

Onboard the ship, guests can access the internet and emails during their cruise either via their own wireless devices or in the ships computer room (royalcaribbean online®)

Fees to access the internet are the same whether making use of the ships computers or personal wi-fi enabled deviced.  Prices are available once you register online with the Cruise Ship online ‘Cruise Planner’

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

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