CRUISETOUR

Rhine and Rhône Revealed With Paris and London – Northbound (22 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Côte d'Azur, France to London, United Kingdom
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DAY 1
Côte d'Azur, France

Welcome to France! Located between the mountains and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, the Côte d'Azur is synonymous with prestige and beauty with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Time at leisure lets you get acquainted with this amazing place.

DAY 2
Côte d'Azur, France
Arles, France
Camargue, France

This morning, enjoy free time to explore further or join an optional excursion to Nice, the "Queen of the Riviera". In the early afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Arles in the Provence region, where you'll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then (daylight permitting) sail toward the mouth of the Rhône, with a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 3
Arles, France

In Arles, capital of the Provence, join your local guide for a tour of the city. See the church of St. Trophime, dating from the 12th century, and visit the Roman amphitheater. Still used today, the amphitheater dates to the 1st century, and was constructed to hold over 20,000 spectators. Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by the special light of the Provence and spent a very productive year in Arles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Avignon, France

During your guided tour of Avignon this morning, you may choose to join an included visit of the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the residence of sovereign popes. With a living space equivalent to four Gothic cathedrals, it is the largest Gothic fortress in the world. Alternatively, you may opt for only city sightseeing and more free time to explore on your own, or to join an optional outing to Pont du Gard or to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Viviers, France

A leisurely morning onboard to relax and enjoy the passing scenery. After lunch, join your local guide for a walk around the charming town of Viviers, which developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The Old Town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman, and medieval influences. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Tournon, France
Vienne, France

The twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage lie nestled among vineyards between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. Enjoy a guided walk of Tournon, one of France's oldest medieval cities, with its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins. Arriving in Vienne in the late afternoon, a guided walk shows you the charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Explore the town center to see the Roman Theater, which once held 13,000 spectators, and the Augustus and Livia Temple, built around 20 BC and converted into a church in the Middle Ages. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Lyon, France

Lyon is France's third-largest city and its gastronomic capital. Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, the city's prosperity dates back to the 16th century and is due to commercial, industrial, and banking activities. Roman remains, many excellent museums, and much Renaissance architecture delight visitors. You are joined by a local guide as you survey the city from Fourvière Hill—with its splendid views over the city—and explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its maze of medieval alleyways and Place des Terreaux, a popular area with lively cafés, monuments, and the famous fountain often depicted on postcards. Be sure to sample Beaujolais, the wine of the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Saint-jean-de-losne, France

Today is a leisurely day! A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available, or simply relax onboard. While sailing to St-Jean-de-Losne, enjoy an onboard cheese tasting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9
Saint-jean-de-losne, France
Beaune, France
Basel, Switzerland

After breakfast, disembark the Avalon Poetry II and head by motorcoach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte-d'Or area and Burgundy's wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden's painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France's architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Basel, and this evening, meet the crew of the Avalon Tranquility II at a welcome reception. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10
Breisach, Germany
Black Forest, Germany
Breisach, Germany

Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Strasbourg, France

Situated on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg blends the cultures of both countries in a delightful way. As capital of the Alsace region and seat of the Council of Europe and European Parliament, it is without a doubt an important city, yet it manages to retain its historic charm. In fact, on your walking tour you will discover Europe at its most quintessential. Visit the monumental red-sandstone Gothic cathedral with its ancient murals, stained-glass windows, and fascinating astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France district, home to half-timbered houses, quaint shops, inviting bistros, and a waterfront promenade. Also spend time exploring Place Kléber, a large historic square in the heart of the city, and Place Gutenberg in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, which features a statue of the inventor of the printing press. This afternoon, an optional excursion into the Alsace wine country is available. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Speyer, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Speyer, Germany
Mainz, Germany

Today an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of Heidelberg Castle, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. You'll also see the famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel". At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with "civilized" origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germany's largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the city's annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, the father of modern printing, was born here and during a guided walk you'll visit the captivating Gutenberg Museum. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Koblenz, Germany

This morning dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, where you'll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and enjoy a special treat. Downstream from Rüdesheim is the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet—the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive equestrian statue of German Emperor William I. Join your local guide for a walking tour of the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Cologne, Germany

One of Germany's largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled Gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or Jewish Heritage walk. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built—a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafés, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kölsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Today you arrive in Amsterdam! Holland's sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafés, and restaurants has a distinct ambiance. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age". There's free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join a biking optional excursion (weather permitting). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paris, France

Disembark your Avalon ship for your included transfer to the train station, where you will travel via high-speed Thalys train (first class) to join your Monograms package. (Breakfast)

DAY 17
Paris, France

Morning guided sightseeing takes you to Notre Dame cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its famed 13th-century Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best viewing points. Also enter the world's most visited museum, the Louvre, to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays). (Breakfast)

DAY 18
Paris, France

Your local host can suggest options, like an excursion to Monet's Giverny or Versailles Palace, a visit to Musée d'Orsay, where to try French onion soup, and many other possibilities. (Breakfast)

DAY 19
Paris, France
Chunnel
London, United Kingdom

Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (standard class). (Breakfast)

DAY 20
London, United Kingdom

Morning guided sightseeing includes London's landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline. (Breakfast)

DAY 21
London, United Kingdom

Your local hosts will be pleased to give you some interesting suggestions for the day—perhaps a visit to the blood-curdling London Dungeon or Madame Tussauds' celebrity wax figure exhibition, and an acclaimed West End show with pre-theater dinner at a London restaurant. (Breakfast)

DAY 22
London, United Kingdom

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Rhine and Rhône Revealed With Paris and London – Northbound map

What's Included

Included

  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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