Rhine & Rhône Revealed For Wine Lovers

09/04/2019 through 10/26/2019
09/04/2019 through 11/13/2019
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 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 Chteauneuf du Pape wine region, and cruise on the Rhône 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 Côte d’Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea-a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Included Features:

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–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic 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; 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 Hôtel-Dieu, or join a wine tasting in a local cellar; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Seurre–Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; free time in Mcon 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 Chteauneuf du Pape

Day 14 Arles: guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur: travel by motorcoach to Côte d’Azur

Day 16 Côte d’Azur: 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. Black Forest Excursion
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-seurre
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Day 9 Macon
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-côte D’azur
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Day 16 Côte D’azur
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