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About Our Destination

Currency
The Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg use the Euro. Check www.xe.com for current rates.
Languages
Dutch, German and Luxembourgish, but most people speak English!
Itinerary
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020                Amsterdam, The Netherlands (All aboard 5 pm / Overnight)
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020                    Amsterdam, The Netherlands              
  • Friday, October 9, 2020                         Cologne, Germany                   
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020                   Koblenz – Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim, Germany
  • Sunday, October 11, 2020                     Cochem, Germany   
  • Monday, October 12, 2020                    Bernkastel, Germany                   
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020                   Remich, Luxembourg
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020              Remich, Luxembourg
Vacation Stretchers
We will be offering a Pre-program in Amsterdam, and a Post-program in Luxembourg. Information on these will be available approximately 9 - 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 for up to 3 hours, which may include walking on cobblestone streets and stairs. A “Gentle Walkers” Group is included on most included walking tours, which accommodates those needing a little extra time and sometimes a shortened version of a tour, keeping in mind as few stairs as possible. If you are bringing a portable wheel chair or collapsible travel scooter, they must be able to collapse and be stored in your cabin. They cannot be used to get around the ship, only to use while off the ship. They may be used on tours that are accessible, but that can be difficult because of the cobblestone streets, stairwells and need to lift them up on curbs.
If you do have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you to lift the scooters down the gangways, up and down curbs, and up and down stairs.

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What's included?
  • All accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on one of the finest river boat cruises sailing from Amsterdam
  • All meals while on board
  • Champagne at breakfast daily
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, juices during all meals
  • Olivia signature entertainment and programming
  • Local entertainment
  • Bottled water replenished in cabin daily
  • Included sightseeing tours in each port
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
What's not included?
  • Transfer from Amsterdam airport to ship, or ship to Luxembourg airport
  • Optional tours
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, and soft drinks (except where indicated)
  • Phone/Fax, 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 the Netherlands, Germany, or Luxembourg. 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” and then “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.
 
2020 AMSTERDAM TO LUXEMBOURG RIVERBOAT
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 10/7/2020    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   1/11/2020 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 1/12/2020 3/11/2020 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 3/12/2020 5/10/2020 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 5/11/2020 6/9/2020 75% of trip cost

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

6/10/2020 10/7/2020 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, but it isn’t too late. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 (within the U.S.) or 415-962-5700 (outside the U.S.) and select option 1 to speak with a travel consultant.

Travel and arrival

Air Travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS) and out of Luxembourg International Airport (LUX). We encourage all passengers to extend their trip with our Pre- and Post-trip Vacation Stretchers to enjoy all Amsterdam and Luxembourg have to offer, as well as to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
All flights should arrive into Amsterdam (AMS) by 2 pm on October 7 to give yourself plenty of time to make your way to the ship. You can board the ship anytime on October 7, store your luggage and either explore Amsterdam or utilize the lounge to rest before your cabin is ready at 4 pm.
Flights may depart Luxembourg (LUX) any time on October 14 since our ship will arrive to Remich, Luxembourg on October 13, and we will overnight there.
If your flight times are close to these cutoff times, please call 800-631-6277 to confirm that they are okay.
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.
Preferred travel agency
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost. For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (M–F: 8:30 am–5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, (Amsterdam to Luxembourg Group) on our Connect page. You can also join the Amsterdam to Luxembourg Group on Facebook.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Vacation Stretchers
We will be offering Vacation Stretchers in Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Information on these will be available approximately 9-11 months in advance of the trip.
In Amsterdam, you might enjoy a walking tour of the Red-Light District, the LGBTQ area of Amsterdam, or visit one of the many popular museums. In Luxembourg, the adventure continues where you will be taken from the ship to follow the wine route to Grevenmacher, visit local villages, included wine tasting, have lunch in Echternach, visit the famous Vianden Castle and medieval town of Vianden. You’ll return to your hotel in Luxembourg for dinner on your own.
Luggage allowances
Airlines often restrict (or charge) for 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 a smaller carry-on for ease of travel.

Transfers and meeting up with Olivia

Getting to your ship
The Amsterdam airport is approximately 30 – 40 minutes from the river boat.
Port Address
The exact docking location is not determined until closer in, and sometimes not until the day of landing. We will provide a phone number to call on the day of embarkation in case you need to get directed to the ship.
Check-in
Embarkation and check-in will be available in the afternoon. For early arriving flights, you can board the ship, drop off your luggage and enjoy the public spaces. You can also venture out on your own to enjoy Amsterdam. Suites and staterooms will be available to access after 4 pm.
Your Ship
The beautifully designed Avalon Imagery II features sliding glass doors in most staterooms. The staterooms and suites are well-appointed and are among the largest on the river. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
  • An entirely non-smoking interior
  • Lounge
  • Beautiful bars and lounges
  • Sun deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
  • Laundry service (not self-service; check pricing on board)
  • Fitness center
  • Panoramic windows throughout the ship
  • Elegant, contemporary design throughout
  • Included shore excursions with Local Guide, and all tipping to guides included
  • Headsets for shore excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Space to relax & unwind
  • Premium coffees, cappuccinos, and lattes
  • Coffee self-serve beverage station
  • A lounge serving premium spirits (extra charge)
  • Maintain your routine in the fitness center
  • The Comfort Collection Beds
  • Premium L'Occitane bath amenities
  • Daily early- and late-riser breakfast
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine, with complimentary juices and made-to-order egg station
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • 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
Cabin amenities:
  • 172 - 200 sq. ft. Staterooms and Suites, some of the largest on the river
  • Most with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Large bathrooms - showers w/ glass doors
  • Flat-screen satellite TV with movie channels
  • Spacious 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 and Moselle Rivers will be given as we sail down the historical areas and go through the many locks, and there will be special talks about the history of the areas we visit.
River-Cruising is about port destinations. Don’t expect the same ship-activity packed schedule you might find on a big ship or resort! A typical day is a walking tour of a new city, lunch on board, and another walking tour, free time or optional tour to explore. 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 €79, or more. Optional tours do not conflict with the included tours.
We will designate a group on each included tour whenever possible 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. They have all sorts of different styles to choose from on amazon.com.
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 now included for the local guides and bus drivers on included tours and optional tours. Should you receive exceptional service and wish to tip more, this is completely at your discretion.
Internet / email / fax
Complimentary WiFi is included on board in public spaces and in your cabins for use on your personal laptops, phones, and tablets. 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 and dry cleaning
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 in Euros 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 Avalon Imagery II has entirely non-smoking interiors. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on the cabin french balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck.
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

Airport Transfers
Transfer from Amsterdam airport to the ship, and the ship to the Luxembourg airport are not included. The ship’s Reception can help guests with hiring their own taxi transfers to Luxembourg airport at the end of the cruise.
Vacation Stretchers
We will have optional Pre-trip Vacation Stretchers in Amsterdam, and optional Post-trip Vacation Stretcher in Luxembourg to extend your visit. Please visit Vacation Stretcher for more information approximately 9 - 11 months prior to the trip.

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