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RHINE & RHONE REVEALED - CATEGORY E (WINE THEMED CRUISE) - 2019

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise holiday along the Rhône, Saône, 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.

Begin with an overnight on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, with plenty of free time to explore and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. The twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways. Disembark and travel to Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital. Visit the Hôtel Dieu charity hospital before proceeding to Basel, Switzerland, to board your Rhine River cruise vessel.

Your first stop is 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 with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

A stay in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam is the perfect way to end this sensational European river cruise. 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.”

Wine Appreciation Themed Cruise
This departure operates as a special Wine Appreciation themed cruise at no extra cost. Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished wine authority will teach you the ropes as you visit a wine village and attend tastings to test your newfound talent.

Inclusions

15 breakfasts
15 lunches
15 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $9,474
Start Location
Cote D'azur
End Location
Amsterdam
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
14 Oct 201929 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $9,474
28 Oct 201912 Nov 2019On RequestAUD $8,643
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: COTE D'AZUR, FRANCE.
Bienvenue en France! Take free time today to admire Cote d'Azur-with its enchanting yachts, glamorous villas, and famous events. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
Day 2: COTE D'AZUR - ARLES (EMBARKATION).
The Camargue National Park. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to Arles to board your Suite Ship. Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhone for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting). (B,D)
Day 3: ARLES.
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 Amphitheatre in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrieres de Lumieres (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 Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 4: AVIGNON.
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. DISCOVERY - Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region. Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard. 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-Benezet. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 5: VIVIERS.
World History in a Charming French Country Village. DISCOVERY - Join an Onboard Lecture hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to Viviers. 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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
Day 6: TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE.
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards. CLASSIC - 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. In the late morning cruise to Vienne. DISCOVERY - Enjoy an Onboard chocolate and wine tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing. VIENNE: Roman and Middle Age History. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. DISCOVERY - This evening, join an Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 7: LYON.
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourviere Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafes, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. DISCOVERY - Take an guided tour to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (B,L,D)
Day 8: ST. JEAN DE LOSNE.
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone. Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River. DISCOVERY - Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a delicious wine and cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine while sailing to St. Jean de Losne. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (B,L,D)
Day 9: ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)- BEAUNE- BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION).
Drive to Beaune and transfer to Basel. 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 a typical Burgundy wine cellar. This afternoon, take by motorcoach to Basel to board your Rhine river cruise. EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,D)
Day 10: BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST.
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 Excursion 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. Explore on your own this afternoon taking a bike from the ship or hiking up to St. Stephan's Cathedral. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 11: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages. CLASSIC - Come along for City Sightseeing, including the city's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France. Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kleber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums. EVENING CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L,D)
Day 12: LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY-HEIDELBERG EXCURSION.
Castle Walls and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine. 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 a hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below. Enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon. MAINZ: Turning the Pages of History. CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)
Day 13: RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE.
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, OR: ACTIVE - Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down. DISCOVERY - Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting. Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. KOBLENZ: Travel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History. CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
Day 14: COLOGNE.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Captial City. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host this morning, OR: 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 Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 15: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND.
Colourful 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." 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)
Day 16: AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)