Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 2 Nights In Paris & 2 Nights In London With Jewish Heritage (Northbound)

09/21/2019 through 07/11/2020
09/21/2019 through 08/01/2020
Avalon Waterways

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône 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. Your river cruise vacation begins in Port St. Louis, France, from where you’ll set sail to Arles-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Transfer to Basel to explore the legendary Rhine River and its Jewish culture and heritage.

You’ll stop in Breisach, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, well known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. In Strasbourg, France, stroll through the picturesque La Petite France district and the old streets of the Jewish quarter. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg’s castle, or stop in Mainz, one of the ShUM cities, for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Enjoy the opportunity to take a Jewish history tour in this fascinating city. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, where a guided walk shows you the highlights of this 2,000-year-old city. A stay in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam is the perfect way to conclude this sensational European river cruise. And 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.” Do not miss a visit to the ancient Jewish quarter. While sailing, Join onboard lectures to learn more about the European Jewish culture, history and traditions.

Travel via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms vacation package of 2 days each in Paris and London begins, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.

Included Features:

Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on board

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Basel (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

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

Day 11 Mainz: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 13 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise, see the Jewish quarter

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)–Paris, France: transfer from your ship to the train station then travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)

Day 16 Paris: guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise

Day 17 Paris–London, England: travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)

Day 18 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 19 London: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Port St. Louis, France (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Arles
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Day 3 Avignon
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Day 4 Viviers
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Day 5 Tournon
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Day 6 Lyon
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Day 7 Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
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Day 8 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune- Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 10 Strasbourg, France
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Day 11 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 12 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge
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Day 13 Cologne
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Day 14 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation) - Paris, France
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Day 16 Paris
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Day 17 Paris-london, England
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Day 18 London
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Day 19 London
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