CRUISETOUR

Rhine and Rhône Revealed – Southbound (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Amsterdam, Netherlands to Côte d'Azur, France
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be onboard ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free to 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. (Dinner)

DAY 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot castle—Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3
Cologne, Germany

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City. Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4
Koblenz, Germany
Rhine Gorge, Germany
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

Travel Through 2,000 Years of Monumental History. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5
Mainz, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Mainz, Germany

Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6
Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7
Breisach, Germany
Black Forest, Germany
Breisach, Germany

Black Forest Excursion. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8
Basel, Switzerland
Beaune, France
Saint-jean-de-losne, France
Seurre, France

After breakfast drive to Beaune. This afternoon, travel to St-Jean-de-Losne to board your Suite Ship® on the Saône for a brief evening cruise to Seurre. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9
Mâcon, France

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Lyon, France

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Lyon, France

French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon. 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! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Tournon, France
Viviers, France

A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. Viviers: World History in a Charming French Country Village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Avignon, France

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence. Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône wine region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Arles, France

Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights. 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Arles, France
Côte d'Azur, France

Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Côte d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (Breakfast)

DAY 16
Côte d'Azur, France

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Rhine and Rhône Revealed – Southbound 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

Insider Tip

Step aboard Europe's youngest fleet and you'll find yourself surrounded by the most expansive views, innovative technologies and inspired designs.

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

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