2019 : Rhine & Rhone Revealed - Northbound (WLA) - Poetry II & Expression

16 Day River Cruise Cote d'Azur to Amsterdam

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhone, Saone, 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 Cote d'Azur, and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhone River sits Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. 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. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Disembark and travel to Beaune, visit the Hotel 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. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River.

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."

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Cote d'Azur : Welcome to France
Day 2 Cote d'Azur-Transfer to Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 3 Arles : Guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre
Day 4 Avignon : Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
Day 5 Cruising-Viviers : Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Vienne : Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne
Day 7 Lyon : Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 8 Cruising St. Jean de Losne : Day at leisure; cheese tasting on board
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation): Visit the Hotel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 10 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest : Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 11 Strasbourg : Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 12 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg : Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 13 Rudesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz : Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
Day 14 Cologne : Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 15 Amsterdam : Canal cruise
Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    CÔTE 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

    (B, D)

    CÔTE 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).

    Day 3

    (B, L, D)

    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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

    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.

    Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    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.

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or 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-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    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/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    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 VIENNE

    Roman 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

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    LYON

    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, 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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

    Day 9

    (B, D)

    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.

    This afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel to board your Rhine river cruise.

    EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH

    Day 10

    (B, L, D)

    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

    Day 11

    (B, L, D)

    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 Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.

    EVENING CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN

    Day 12

    (B, L, D)

    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

    Day 13

    (B, L, D)

    RÜDESHEIM-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

    Day 14

    (B, L, D)

    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 Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

    Day 15

    (B, L, D)

    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND

    Colorful 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

    Day 16

    (B)

    AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Notes

  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Call (636) 391-1000 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13849911

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cote d'Azur  
    Day 2Arles  
    Day 3Arles  
    Day 4Avignon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Vienne  
    Day 7Lyon  
    Day 8Cruising St. Jean de Losne  
    Day 9Basel  
    Day 10Breisach  
    Day 11Strasbourg  
    Day 12Mainz  
    Day 13Koblenz  
    Day 14Cologne  
    Day 15Amsterdam  
    Day 16Amsterdam  
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    Disclaimer

    Port charges:
    $364

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Cote d'Azur:
    in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on 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 / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $398
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
    P / Royal Deck / $2598
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

    NOTES:

  • Special Interest Cruises: Jewish Heritage July 23, Wine Appreciation October 14 & October 28 & October 29

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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