This mesmerizing journey sets off along the Rhine, then continues on the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's Black Forest and to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France's Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a Burgundy wine tasting or a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint Chalon-sur-Saône and set sail for lovely Tournus, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Before disembarking your ship in Arles, sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting). Your vacation ends with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d - Azur. This cruise vacation has it all - castles, historic sites, delightful towns, and more!
Highlights & Sightseeing
Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM
Days 1-2 Amsterdam (Embarkation): welcome reception, canal cruise on Day 2
Day 3 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk
Day 4 Koblenz - Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz - Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; excursion to Heidelberg, guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral; onboard woodcarving demonstration
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: visit a local woodcarver's workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)"Beaune - Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation)"Tournus: transfer by motorcoach to Beaune, choice of visit of the Hôtel-Dieu or Burgundy wine tasting; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Tournus: guided sightseeing of Tournus, visit the abbey of St. Philibert; cheese tasting
Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing in Lyon, picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 11 Lyon: day at leisure
Day 12 Tournon/Tain l - Hermitage - Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
Day 14 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)"Côte d - Azur: evening in Côte d - Azur
Day 16 Côte d - Azur: your vacation ends this morning
Buffet breakfast in Côte d'Azur; superb dining with meals on board featuring full breakfast with complimentary sparkling wine, lunch with complimentary soft drinks, and dinner including complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks; a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner; one sitting with open seating arrangements
- The Rhône/Saône section of the October 22 departure is offered as an exclusive Wine Appreciation Cruise, including special lectures and tastings at no additional cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.
- In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
- Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change becomes necessary, a substitute will be offered.