Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 2 Nights In Aix-En-Provence & 2 Nights In Nice For Wine Lovers (Southbou

10/16/2019 through 10/17/2020
10/16/2019 through 11/07/2020
Avalon Waterways

This fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers combines the best of Holland, France, and Germany. Begin in Holland’s vibrant capital of Amsterdam, with a canal cruise through the 700-year-old city. Visit Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries, and Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to the unrivaled natural beauty of the Black Forest.

Taste some of Burgundy wines on board your ship, and visit the Chardonnay wine region. Cruise to France’s culinary capital of Lyon, and visit the Place des Terreaux fountain of famous postcards, then visit the Beaujolais region to taste famous wines.

Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of 16th-century sites in Tournon, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes and enjoy a wine tasting on a visit to the Chteauneuf du Pape wine country. Sail on the Rhône River to Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. In the second portion of your cruise a Master of Wine will travel with you and share lectures, tastings and food and wine pairing expertise. End your vacation with 2 nights in Aix en Provence and 2 nights in Nice. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®-a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, and help arrange your activities and excursions.

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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 10 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on board

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food & wine pairing dinner

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour, visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 16 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 17 Aix-en-Provence–Nice: travel to Nice by high-speed TGV train (first class); guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town

Day 18 Nice: day at leisure

Day 19 Nice: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Amsterdam
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Koblenz-rhine Gorge
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Day 5 Mainz. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 6 Strasbourg, France
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) Beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Port - Saint - Louis (Disembarkation)-aix - En - Provence
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Day 16 Aix - En - Provence
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Day 17 Aix - En - Provence - Nice
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Day 18 Nice
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Day 19 Nice
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