AVALON 2020: Rhine & Rhone Revealed with 1 Night in Marseille, 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London for Wine Lovers (Northbound) (WLA1-T1)
22 Day River Cruise Marseille to London
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhone 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. Start with an overnight on the captivating Marseille, and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Your river cruise vacation begins in Port St. Louis, France, from where you'll set sail to Arles-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre. In Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes-the largest gothic fortress in the world and, later on, join an excursion to the wine region of Chateauneuf du Pape. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you'll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Take then a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. A Master of Wine will travel with you on the first portion of this cruise and will hold lectures, tastings and will introduce you to the concept of food and wine pairing. Continue on the Rhine and stop in 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. Visit the ruins of Heidelberg's castle, and stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the captivating Gutenberg Museum. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, where a guided walk shows you the highlights of this 2,000-year-old city. A stay in Holland's popular, modern capital of Amsterdam is the perfect way to conclude this sensational European river cruise. And 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." Then you'll transfer to Paris for your Monograms vacation package, including 3 nights in Paris and 3 nights in London. Enjoy guided sightseeing and take photographs of the iconic landmarks of these 2 beautiful cities. All of this, and plenty of free time to explore on your own, gives you variety, convenience, and the chance to make this fabulous vacation your own!
|Day 1||Marseille||Welcome to Marseille. Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.|
|Day 2||Port St. Louis||Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean CoastJoin your expert Local Guide for an included sightseeing before joining a motorcoach transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES(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 Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR: DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You'll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles.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, before sailing to Avignon. DISCOVERY Join a lecture about wine hosted by your Master of Wine.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. 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 VillageEnjoy a leisurely morning sail 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.DISCOVERY This evening, join an onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON(B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Tournon||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. DISCOVERY Enjoy an onboard chocolate and wine tasting hosted by your master of wine while sailing to Vienne.VIENNERoman and Middle Age History CLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. 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 a 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 TOURNUS(B,L,D)|
|Day 8||ST. JEAN DE LOSNE||Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone DISCOVERY Join an excursion that will take you to a Chardonnay cellar for a wine tasting.Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saone River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious cheese and wine 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||BEAUNE BASEL||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.This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel to board your Rhine river cruise.EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,D)|
|Day 10||Breisach||History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest 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 butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany's southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners' process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tastingYou may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG(B,L,D)|
|Day 11||Strasbourg||Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's 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.Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN(B,L,D)|
|Day 12||Ludwigshafen||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.Alternatively, enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour. MAINZTurning 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||Rhine Gorge||Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryDISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR: ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rudesheim.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. KOBLENZTravel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ(B,L,D)|
|Day 14||Cologne||Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland 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||Canals of Colorful Amsterdam 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. You may also choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)|
|Day 16||Paris||Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class). (B)|
|Day 17||Paris||Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hotel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.(B)|
|Day 18||Paris||Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the 'City of Lights'. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay in Paris(B)|
|Day 19||London||Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).(B)|
|Day 20||London||Morning guided sightseeing includes all of London's famous 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; Buckingham Palace 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. (B)|
|Day 21||London||Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore London at your own pace. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of it.(B)|
|Day 22||London||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
|US$ Price Details|
Port charges:$364Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.Extra nights per person in Marseille: in single room from $228 to $287, in twin room from $133 to $165 All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:Category / Decks / PriceD / Indigo Deck / $398B / Sapphire Deck / $2,298A / Sapphire Deck / $2,398P / Royal Deck / $2,598Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4,398NOTE:
- Special Interest Cruises: Culinary March 24; Jewish Heritage July 14; Wine Appreciation October 6 & October 20
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