Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 2 Nights Aix-En-Provence & 2 Nights Nice – Southbound

09/19/2019 through 10/12/2019
09/19/2019 through 11/02/2019
Avalon Waterways
Avalon Expression

This mesmerizing journey begins with a river cruise along the Rhine River, and you’ll continue river cruising along the Saône and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg-Germany’s oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France’s Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Before disembarking your ship in Arles, sail into the peaceful Camargue area (daylight permitting).

Transfer to Aix en Provence for two nights and the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walk along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, so in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence’s healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties.

Finally we’ll take you by private car, minivan, or motorcoach to Nice for your last two nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, you may want to take an excursion to Monaco, to St. Tropez, or to Cannes, known for its famous film festival. In both cities, we provide the services of Local Hosts®-a “friend in the city” to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and provide you with suggestions for the best places to sample the local specialties. Transfers to and from your hotels and the train stations, as well as hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.

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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat

Day 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to the Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

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

Day 9 Seurre–Mcon: leisurely cruising; free time in Mcon; onboard cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 11 Lyon: day at leisure

Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Aix-en-Provence: transfer to Aix-en-Provence; guided walking tour; visit Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Day 16 Aix-en-Provence: day at leisure

Day 17 Aix-en-Provence–Nice: travel to Nice by private car, minivan, or motorcoach; guided walking tour with Promenade des Anglais and the old town

Day 18 Nice: day at leisure

Day 19 Nice: your vacation ends this morning

Itinerary

Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 2 Amsterdam
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Koblenz-rhine Gorge
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Day 5 Mainz. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 6 Strasbourg, France
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Black Forest Excursion
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation)-beaune-st. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)-seurre
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Day 9 McOn
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 12 Tournon/Tain L’hermitage
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Day 13 Avignon
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-aix - En - Provence
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Day 16 Aix - En - Provence
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Day 17 Aix - En - Provence - Nice
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Day 18 Nice
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Day 19 Nice
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