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About Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands

Currency
Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc. France, Germany and The Netherlands use the Euro. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
Languages
Swiss, French, German and Dutch, but most people speak English
Itinerary
  • Sunday, April 22 — Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
  • Monday, April 23 — Breisach/Black Forest, Germany
  • Tuesday, April 24 — Strasbourg, France
  • Wednesday, April 25 — Mainz/Heidelberg, Germany
  • Thursday, April 26 — Koblenz/Rhine Gorge/Rüdesheim, Germany
  • Friday, April 27 — Cologne, Germany
  • Saturday, April 28 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Sunday, April 29 — Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Disembarkation)
Vacation Stretchers
We will be offering a 2-night and 3-night pre packages in Zurich, and a 1-night and 2-night post packages in Amsterdam. Information on these will be available 11 months prior to the trip. Please check our Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.
Activity Level
These trips do require a level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (walking on cobblestone streets, some stairs). Though portable wheel chairs and scooters can be collapsed and stored in the lobby of the riverboat, they cannot be driven to your cabins or other parts of the ship. They may only be used on tours, and that can be difficult because of the cobblestone streets, stairwells and the need to lift them up on curbs.
If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • Transfer to the ship from our host airport hotel in Zurich on embarkation day
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on board the beautifully designed ms Felicity
  • All meals while on board
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Bottled water replenished in cabins daily
  • Wireless internet in public areas of ship
  • Olivia entertainment and programming
  • Included sightseeing tours in each port
  • Headsets for guided tours
  • Gratuities to ship’s staff
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Transfer from the ship to the Amsterdam airport
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages, additional bottled water and soft drinks (except where indicated)
  • Tips to local guides on daily tours
  • Phone/Fax/Internet (wireless is additional at hotel, but included on board)
  • Salon services
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa for travel to Switzerland, France, Germany or The Netherlands. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
 
2018 SWITZERLAND TO AMSTERDAM RIVERBOAT
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 4/22/2018    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   7/26/2017 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 7/27/2017 9/24/2017 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 9/25/2017 11/23/2017 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 11/24/2017 12/23/2017 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

12/24/2017   100% of trip cost

Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
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Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
Start meeting new friends right away! If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia’s Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Switzerland to Amsterdam Riverboat 2018 Group on Facebook.
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Travel and arrival

Air Travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and out of Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS). We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our pre- and post-trip stretchers to enjoy all Zurich and Amsterdam have to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. If you are not taking our 3-night pre-package, we encourage you to consider arriving at least one night prior to the cruise in case of delays. We are offering a one-night pre-package at our host hotel, the Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport. An included transfer from this hotel to the ship will be provided on April 22.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Trip date begins April 22, 2018
Arrive into Zurich prior to 3 pm. Shuttle from the Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport Hotel to the ship is included and will depart at approximately 4 pm. The ship is approximately one hour from Zurich. Please note that ship embarkation begins at 5 pm.
Pre-Trip Extension April 19-22, 2018
We are offering a 1-night hotel pre-extension in Zurich, and a 3-night pre-trip extension in Zurich and Lucerne. The hotel utilized for the pre 1-night will be the Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport. The hotels utilized for the pre 3-night are the Hotel 25 Langstrasse Zurich by the train station and the Radisson Blu Lucerne. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Rooms may not be available for check-in until 3 pm.
End of Cruise Departure out of Amsterdam, April 29, 2018
Your flight can depart Amsterdam airport at any time on April 29. Transfer to the airport will be on your own. The ship reception can assist you with your taxi to your next destination.
Post-Trip Extension April 29-May 1 and April 29-May 2, 2018
We are offering 2-night and 3-night hotel post-packages in Amsterdam. The hotel utilized is the Double Tree by Hilton Amsterdam by the train station. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Rooms may not be available for check-in until 3 pm.
Airfare discounts
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our Airfare Specials tab for the most up-to-date information.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances. For travel in Europe, we recommend no more than one large piece and one smaller carry-on for ease of travel.

During your trip

Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Getting to your ship – Included Group Transfer
If arriving on the day of embarkation, you will meet at our host hotel, the Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport, Walter Mittelholzerstrasse 8, 8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland for your transfer to the ship. A complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel will be available. Your transfer to the ship is included in our group transfer. The transfer should take approximately 60 minutes. Information on ship location will be in your final documents.
If you are booked on our 3-night pre-extension in Zurich, you will be transferred directly to the ship from Lucerne.
Your ship
The beautifully designed ms Felicity features sliding glass doors in almost every stateroom. The staterooms and suites are well-appointed and are amongst the largest on the river. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
  • Entirely non-smoking interiors
  • Lounge
  • Beautiful bar
  • Library
  • Sun deck
  • Air conditioning and laundry service
  • Fitness center
  • Panoramic windows throughout every ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Included shore excursions with local guide
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Space to relax & unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos and lattés
  • Self-service coffee and beverage station
  • A lounge serving premium spirits (extra charge)
  • Fitness center
  • The Comfort Collection Beds
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, complimentary juices and made-to-order egg station
  • Complimentary soft drinks with lunch
  • Al fresco lunches on the Sky Bistro
  • Chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Four-course dinners with open seating
  • Complimentary regional wines at dinner
  • Free soft drinks or beer with dinner
  • Night snack served at 10:30 pm
  • Remarkable service throughout the cruise
  • English-speaking crew
  • Non-smoking interior
Cabin amenities:
  • 172 sq. ft. Staterooms, some of the largest on the river
  • Most with sliding glass doors
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/glass doors
  • Flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Spacious 3-door closets for ample storage
  • Non-allergenic duvets & pillows
  • Pillow-top hotel beds
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Bottled water replenished daily
Dining
Fine dining on board offers European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is sit-down menu service.
Electricity
The cabins have 110- and 220-volt electricity. Adapters should be 2-round prongs.
Entertainment & programming
We will bring two Olivia entertainers to perform on several evenings, as well as utilize some of the local entertainment along the way.
Narration about the Rhine River will be given as we sail through historical areas and traverse the many locks. There will also be special talks about the history of the areas we visit.
River cruising is about port destinations. Don’t expect the same activity-packed schedule you might find on a big ship or at a resort! A typical day is a walking tour of a new city, lunch on board, and another walking tour, free time to explore or optional tour in the afternoon. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a fun and informative lecture on the history of the area or take that well-deserved nap. It’s your vacation! In the evenings, we are delighted with local entertainment or one of our two Olivia entertainers. After the shows, enjoy our river-ship version of “Club O” with our talented staff taking turns being a “Guest DJ” to provide dancing music in the main lounge. Or you may choose to get to bed early for your next full day!
Excursions
A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. Optional tours are available to book on board that range from approximately €39 to €60. These tours do not conflict with the included tours.
We will designate a group on each included tour as a “gentle walkers” group. This is for those who need a little extra time walking, perhaps have scooters, canes and even for photographers who like to stop and take more photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide. A sample of one can be found here, but they have several different styles to choose from.
Gratuities
Gratuities are provided for your Avalon Cruise Director, cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, reception, bar staff and other-behind-the-scenes crew members and are included in the cost of the cruise.
Tipping is not included for the local guides. Below is a suggested guideline:
Local Guide: ½ day - €2-€3 or full day €4-€5
Bus driver: €1
Should you receive exceptional service and wish to tip more, this is completely at your discretion.
Internet / email / fax
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces and in your cabins for use on your personal laptops and iPads. There is an onboard internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the reception desk for a charge.
Laundry services
Laundry and pressing service is available. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.
Medical services
The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.
Money: Paying for things on board
The currency used on board is €Euros. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.
Phone
Each cabin has a phone to call cabin-to-cabin and international/local calls. There is an additional fee to use this phone for international or local calls; cost is available on board.
Smoking policy
The ms Felicity has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on french balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
Salon services
There is an onboard beauty salon. Hair appointments and manicures are available for an additional fee. Massage services and pedicures are not available, but we can make recommendations in some of the ports we visit for these services.
Solos
We will have a solos program on board led by a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
We will be disembarking the ship in Amsterdam between 8 am and 10 am on April 29.
Transfers to the airport
Private taxis can be arranged with the reception staff on board the ship. The cost of a taxi will range from €45 to €65 depending on traffic. It is approximately 30-40 minutes to the Amsterdam airport (AMS).
Post-Vacation Stretchers
We have optional 2-night and 3-night post packages in Amsterdam to extend your visit. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information.

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