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Rhine & Rhône Revealed — Northbound 2016 / 2015 / 2017

16 days from Côte d - Azur to Amsterdam (WLA)

  • Cruise Overview
  • Day By Day Itinerary
  • Included Highlights & Features
  • Dates & Prices
Rhine & Rhône Revealed – Northbound Rhine & Rhône Revealed – Northbound

Cruise Overview

Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d - Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and (daylight permitting) sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner, before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as , Chalon-sur-Saône, and fascinating Beaune await you in France. Travel by motorcoach to Basel and embark on a mesmerizing journey along the Rhine. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam. Be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey.

Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 14-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1 Côte d - Azur: welcome to France

Day 2 Côte d - Azur?Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 3 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing in Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Cruising - Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon/Tain l - Hermitage - Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 8 Cruising-Chalon-sur-Saône: day at leisure; cheese tasting

Day 9 Chalon-sur-Saône (Disembarkation)"Beaune - Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; motorcoach transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 11 Excursion to Heidelberg: guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat

Day 12 Mainz - Rüdesheim: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; enjoy a special treat

Day13 Rhine Gorge - Koblenz: cruise through the Rhine Gorge; choice of guided sightseeing in Koblenz or visit Sayn Manor House

Day 14 Cologne: choice of guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk

Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise

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

Meals

Buffet breakfast (B) 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

NOTES:

  • 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.