2019 : Rhine & Rhone Revealed for Wine Lovers (WAL-T2) - Expression & Poetry II
16 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur
This fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saone, and Rhone 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 Burgundy wines on board your ship, take an excursion to the Chardonnay wine country, and sail to Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Visit the picture-postcard Place des Terreaux fountain, choose to visit the Beaujolais region for a tasting of its famous wines. Also, visit the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage, and take a guided walk of Tournon, with its Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle, followed by wine and chocolate tasting. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Sample wine in the Chateauneuf du Pape wine region, and cruise on the Rhone River to visit Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh.
A Master of Wine will join you for the second part of your European river Cruise for wine lectures, tastings, and food and wine pairing. Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating Cote d'Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea-a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): 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-Rudesheim: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre: Transfer to Beaune, visit the Hotel-Dieu, or join a wine tasting in a local cellar; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; free time in Macon or Chardonnay excursion
Day 10 Lyon: Onboard wine and cheese tasting; guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 11 Lyon: A free day to explore this fascinating city at leisure, or excursion to Beaujolais; onboard food & wine pairing dinner
Day 12 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyeards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes and excursion to Chateauneuf du Pape
Day 14 Arles: Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-Cote d'Azur: Travel by motorcoach to Cote d'Azur
Day 16 Cote d'Azur: Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age Classic Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age"
Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savory and sweet Dutch specialties, OR a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.
You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B, L, D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City Classic Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Discovery Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
Later local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ
(B, L, D)
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History Classic Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country Discovery Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. Discovery Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
(B, L, D)
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine Classic Enjoy a Guided City Walk, including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Classic Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel," OR:
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B, L, D)
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages Classic Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B, L, D)
BREISACH, GERMANY. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest Classic Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR:
Discovery Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration
Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine.
EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE
After breakfast drive to Beaune. Classic Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights, OR
Discovery Visit one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France's main wine producing areas
This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® with a brief evening cruise to Seurre.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE
(B, L, D)
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone
Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. Discovery Onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine
Discovery Take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Castle of Cormatin.
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX
(B, L, D)
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Sail for lovely Lyon this morning. Discovery Enjoy a delicious Wine and Cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine on board your ship.
Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.
Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B, L, D)
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon Discovery Take an excursion to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.
Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France! An optional wine blending workshop is also available.
Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals. Discovery Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine
EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON
(B, L, D)
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards Discovery Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting paired with chocolate at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR
Active Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting).
World History in a Charming French Country Village Classic Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.
EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON
(B, L, D)
The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes, OR Discovery Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.
Alternatively take a guided Optional Excursions to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.
Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES
(B, L, D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights Classic Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-CÔTE D'AZUR
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera
After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Call 1 (800) 658-0869 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14502188
- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 9/30/2019
- 16 Days
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Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
Extra nights per person in Cote D'azur:
in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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