Day 1: AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION).
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (D)
Day 2: AMSTERDAM.
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."
Join a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through Amsterdam to sample savoury and sweet Dutch specialties, OR a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 3: COLOGNE, GERMANY.
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City.
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! Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment. VERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
Day 4: KOBLENZ-RHINE GORGE.
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.
RUDESHEIM: 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.
DISCOVERY - Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 5: MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION.
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine.
CLASSIC - Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
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 an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 6: STRASBOURG, FRANCE.
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages.
CLASSIC - Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
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. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,L,D)
Day 7: BREISACH, GERMANY. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION.
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 Tour 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.
Follow your visit to Colmar with a free afternoon in Breisach. Take a bike from the ship, or walk among the pastel-painted houses above the Rhine. EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL (B,L,D)
Day 8: BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE.
After breakfast drive to Beaune.
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 one of the biggest cellar in Burgundy, one of France's main wine producing areas.
This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship with a brief evening cruise to Seurre. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE (B,D)
Day 9: MACON.
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone. Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River.
DISCOVERY - Onboard lecture hosted by your Master of Wine.
DISCOVERY - Take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Castle of Cormatin. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trevoux this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TREVOUX (B,L,D)
Day 10: LYON.
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France. Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.
DISCOVERY - Enjoy a delicious Wine and Cheese tasting hosted by your Master of Wine on board your ship.
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.
Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet. Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 11: LYON.
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon.
DISCOVERY - Take an excursion to the lovely Beaujolais area and learn more about its light and pleasant wine.
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! An optional wine blending workshop is also available. Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals.
DISCOVERY - Onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON (B,L,D)
Day 12: TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE .
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards.
DISCOVERY - 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. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting paired with chocolate at the Cite du Chocolat at Valrhona, OR
ACTIVE - Hike in the vineyards and take in the breathtaking views from the hills (weather permitting).
VIVIERS: World History in a Charming French Country Village. 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 CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 13: 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, OR;
DISCOVERY - Enjoy a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.
Alternatively, take a guided Optional Excursions to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard or 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. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 14: 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 Cafe Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 15: ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-COTE D'AZUR.
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera. After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
Day 16: COTE D'AZUR.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)