Rhine & Rhône Revealed For Wine Lovers

09/18/2019 through 10/25/2019
09/18/2019 through 11/12/2019
Avalon Waterways

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône, Saône, and Rhine Rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.

Begin your adventure on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, to relax beside the deep blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and join an excursion to the wine region of Chteauneuf du Pape. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of 16th-century Tournon. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, and you’ll next take a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay for wine tasting. A Master of Wine will travel with you on this first portion of the cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to food and wine pairing.

Your next stop is Breisach, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest. In Strasbourg, France, stroll through the waterfront promenade of quaint shops and bistros of the picturesque La Petite France district. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

A stay in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam is the perfect way to end this sensational European river cruise. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten lined with homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.”

Included Features:

Day 1 Côte d’Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d’Azur–Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; scenic cruising in the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 3 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 5 Cruising–Viviers: onboard lecture; guided walk, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting; guided walk in Vienne; onboard food & wine pairing dinner

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; guided tour to Beaujolais

Day 8 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: Chardonnay excursion; wine & cheese tasting on board

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Basel (Embarkation): choice of visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, or visit a wine cellar; transfer to the ship

Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Excursion to Heidelberg. Mainz: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

Day 14 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Côte D’azur, France
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Day 2 Côte D’azur Arles- (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arles
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Day 4 Avignon
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Day 5 Viviers
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Day 6 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 7 Lyon
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation)- Beaune- Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 10 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 11 Strasbourg, France
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Day 12 Ludwigshafen, Germany-heidelberg Excursion
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Day 13 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge
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Day 14 Cologne
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Day 15 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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