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Solos Only

A unique discovery with the highlights of Paris to Amsterdam, before embarking on a magnificent roundtrip twelve night Baltic Cruise from Amsterdam to St Petersburg, Russia.

Arriving to Paris, enjoy a two night stay, including visits to the iconic sights of this magnificent city. From Paris, travel to the cruise departure port of Amsterdam - along the way, enjoying a stay in the charming city of Bruges, Belgium and enjoying the Dutch countryside. Arriving to Amsterdam, relax with your two night pre cruise stay including highlight city touring.

After enjoying touring by land, cruise the Baltic Sea with this unique itinerary visiting ports of Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden plus a highlight two day cruise ship visit to St Petersburg, Russia.

On return to Amsterdam be greeted at port by your tour host for a final night of stay and farewell dinner.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden
  • Travel Style:
    Tour and cruise
  • Accomodation:
    Ship cabins,Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price with your own room from $9785. Airfares additional. *EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Cruise
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
  • Trip Code:
    baltic18-6
  • Terms:

INCLUSIONS

Tour Inclusions:

  • 6 nights quality hotel stay
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing as detailed by itinerary
  • Private group touring
  • English speaking local tour director (days 1- 6 & days 18-19 )
  • Local guides as indicated by itinerary
  • Prepaid tips for tour personnel
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and final day*
  • 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
  • Cruise terminal transfers
  • All taxes and gratuities for ship personnel

* airport transfers included when the nominated tour flight is booked with us as part of your package

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Discover the sights of Paris including entry to The Louvre
  • Get to know your solo traveller group at a welcome dinner at a local Parisian restaurant
  • View Bruges from a different perspective on board a canal cruise boat
  • Enjoy time in the Dutch countryside
  • Visit Volendam, Netherlands for a lunch at a cheese and clog farm.
  • View the works of The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others
  • Experience 12 nights on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, all meals included
  • Visit the Scandinavian 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.
  • Visit the historic Dutch city of Haarlem
  • Return to Amsterdam after your cruise for an overnight stay
  • Small group touring

PRE TOUR STAY – SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2018
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, to allow time to adjust to the new time zone. The costs of the additional hotel night of stay and airport to hotel transfers applies.

DAY 1 - MONDAY 4 JUNE 2018
Arrive to Paris

Welcome to Paris.

If you arrive on our nominated tour flight * you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure. In the early evening, meet with fellow travellers and your guide for your pre tour briefing. The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: n/a

* booked with us as part of your package. If you make your own flight arrangements on the same flight, you can join the tour group transfer for a small additional charge. 

DAY 2 – TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2018
Paris, City of Light

A wonderful day ahead to visit the top spots of Paris including The Eiffel Tower, a visit to The Louvre (without the queues) including time to view The Venus de Milo and of course, The Mona Lisa. Also, explore the iconic Notre Dame cathedral and view the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysee.

This evening, join your group for a three course dinner and a glass of wine, at a local Parisian restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018
Paris to Bruges, Belgium

This morning we set out for our journey to Belgium.  This afternoon in Bruges, take in the sights on a walking tour and enjoy a Canal cruise for a different perspective of this beautiful city.

Famous for its beer, Bruges is the place for a brewery visit and time for a cleansing ale.

There’s also some free time to make your own discoveries. With endless chocolate shops you may find yourself sampling chocolate and maybe a visit to their Chocolate museum.

This evening, join together for a group dinner in Bruges.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4 - THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
Bruges – Antwerp - Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Today we make our way to Amsterdam for our two night stay, via the Dutch countryside.  We stop in Holland’s famous town, Volendam for a lunch at a cheese and clog farm.

From Volendam, we pay a visit to the charming seaside village of Marken and then onto Amsterdam. Later in the afternoon, the group will check into the hotel and the rest of the day in Amsterdam is at your leisure.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 - FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands 

We have today to make discoveries of Amsterdam including a visit to The Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s House ;

  • The Rijksmuseum holds works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others; van Gogh has his own museum
  • Explore Anne Frank's House for a moving introduction to this young girl's story (upon availability – cannot be guaranteed)

This afternoon is free to make your own discoveries. Why not wander around the Jordaan, a charming neighbourhood with narrow alleys and leafy canals.

Tonight, come together for a three course dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 6 - SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018
Amsterdam – Cruise Ship

After breakfast at your hotel, there is a bit of free time before we transfer to the cruise terminal in Amsterdam to embark on your 12 night Baltic cruise on Royal Caribbean’s ‘Brilliance of the Seas’.

Once onboard, 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  

CRUISE ITINERARY - DAYS 6 TO 18
Saturday 9 – Thursday 21 June 2018
 

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

09 JUN

Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

5:00PM

10 JUN

Cruising

 

 

11 JUN

Skagen, Denmark

7:00AM

4:00PM

12 JUN

Cruising

 

 

13 JUN

Tallinn, Estonia

11:00AM

6:00PM

14 JUN

St Petersburg, Russia

7:00AM

 

15 JUN

St Petersburg, Russia

 

6:00PM

16 JUN

Helsinki, Finland

7:00AM

3:00PM

17 JUN

Stockholm

7:00AM

4:00PM

18 JUN

Cruising

 

 

19 JUN

Copenhagen, Denmark

10:00AM

6:00PM

20 JUN

Cruising

 

 

21 JUN

Amsterdam, Netherlands

6:00AM

 

 

DAY 18 – THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Disembark and be greeted by our group host in Amsterdam.  From the ship we transfer to Haarlem for a visit of the historic city.  There will be time at leisure to enjoy lunch, before we check into our hotel in the afternoon.

After your hotel check in, the afternoon is at your leisure. Tonight, a final group dinner to farewell everyone before your home or onward journey tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 – FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018
Depart Amsterdam, Netherlands

Breakfast at the hotel. There is a group transfer provided for the group to meet the nominated tour departure flight *

Meals: Breakfast

*available to all tour passengers in the group.

 

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

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Paris

Crown Plaza Republique

2

Bruges

Hotel De Medici

1

Amsterdam

Estherea Hotel

2 + 1

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CROWNE PLAZA REPUBLIQUE, PARIS
This 19th-century building with its striking façade is the home of the Crowne Plaza Paris République, a 4-star hotel situated on Place de la République. Guestrooms are spacious and contemporary in style. All rooms and suites are equipped with modern en suite facilities and include a flat-screen tv. The hotel also features a restaurant and a bar. The restaurant serves traditional French cuisine while the bar offers a variety of drinks, cocktails and snacks. Guests can also relax in the club lounge. Buffet breakfast is served daily.

HOTEL DE MEDICI, BRUGGE
Hotel de' Medici is located on one of the most romantic canals of Brugess, only few minutes walking distance from the main market square in the centre. It has 101 rooms. All are equipped with en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, individually controlled air – conditioning and heating, radio and hd flatscreen tv's with various in-house movies, in - room safe, minibar, hairdryer, direct telephone. It has a bar and buffet restaurant.  Buffet breakfast served daily.

ESTHEREA HOTEL, AMSTERDAM
Boutique hotel Estheréa is housed in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam's oldest major canal and part of the ring of canals added to the official UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. Situated in the heart of Amsterdam within walking distance to dam square, central railway station, shopping centres, museums and theatres. The hotel has 92 rooms, renovated recently, accessible by elevator, are equipped with shower/wc, radio, television, safe, minibar et phone. There is also breakfast room, bar and internet access.

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. It's the amazing holiday you've been searching for. 

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 Cabin Information

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. 

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit by 19 December 2017
SAVE $400 for tour package with your own room | $250 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* ‘share refers’ to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

Per Person AUD

Single Room

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

$10185

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

$11585


OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:
 

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2690 on tour and cruise with oceanview cabin or $3390 with balcony cabin, on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $xxx per person for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and $xxx for Perth. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $400 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Monday 5 March 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded. 

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Paris, France                         
Depart from: Amsterdam, Holland

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

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

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

FLIGHT ITINERARY
Please refer to your quote for details on flights.

TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are included when the nominated tour flight is booked with us as part of your package.

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, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

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

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
On tour in Europe from Paris to Amsterdam is considered an easy to moderate pace with some free time included throughout your tour. There are some days that are faster-paced than others and some days of long distance driving are required.

While cruising, each evening group dinner is available in the main dining room. The shore excursions are at your leisure and option. The final two days in Amsterdam are leisurely.

A reasonable level of fitness as a minimum is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for two kilometres on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs.  Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

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 TOUR DIRECTOR
On Tour, Paris to Amsterdam
For the touring, Paris to Amsterdam days 1-6 and days 18-19, this is a private group tour with a coach driver and English speaking, locally based tour director.  Your group tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.  In addition, local guides are included for major sightseeing tours as detailed by the itinerary.

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

When you disembark from your 12 night cruise in Amsterdam you are hosted by a locally based tour director for your final two days of your itinerary.

TRANSPORT
Touring is by a private air-conditioned coach and luxury cruise ship onboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.

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 services are now very commonplace, as well as being pretty fast. Mobile phone coverage is also widely available in most area’s.

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®) located by the Centrum on deck 4. Additional computer terminals can be found on decks 5 and 7.

Fees to access the internet are the same whether making use of the ships computers or personal wi-fi enabled devices and are as follows:

Basic rate of $0.75 per minute or guests can select a pre-paid package as listed:
$24.95 for 37 minutes ($0.66 per minute)
$49.95 for 89 minutes ($0.56 per minute)
$99.00 for 206 minutes ($0.48 per minute)
$199.55 for 554 minutes ($0.36 per minute)
$399.95 for 1599 minutes ($0.25 per minute)

All prices are subject to change without notice.

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