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Avalon Waterways Rhine & Rhône Revealed – Cruise Only Northbound (WLA0)

15 days Arles to Amsterdam 
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône 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.

Your river cruise vacation begins in 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 with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

You’ll 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."

Ships: Poetry II & Tranquility II - Poetry II & Expression
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Avalon Highlights & Sightseeing

Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): welcome to France; onboard welcome reception; cruise into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)

Day 2 Arles: guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater

Day 3 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 4 Cruising–Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 5 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 6 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 7 Cruising–St. Jean de Losne: day at leisure; cheese tasting

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

Day 9 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar

Day 10 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 11 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz

Day 13 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 14 Amsterdam: canal cruise

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning

Special Interest Departures

10/15/2019 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only
10/29/2019 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers – Cruise Only

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Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARLES (EMBARKATION)
 The Camargue National Park

Board your Suite Ship® in Arles.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Before dinner sail toward the mouth of the Rhône for a taste of the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park (daylight permitting).

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Day 2ARLES
 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

(B,L,D)
Day 3AVIGNON
 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône 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

(B,L,D)
Day 4VIVIERS
 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

(B,L,D)
Day 5TOURNON/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 Rhône 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

(B,L,D)
Day 6LYON
 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 Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ST. JEAN DE LOSNE

(B,L,D)
Day 7ST. JEAN DE LOSNE
 Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Enjoy a leisurely cruising day along the majestic Saône 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

(B,L,D)
Day 8ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION)— BEAUNE— BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
 Drive to Beaune and transfer to Basel

CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-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 9BREISACH, 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 10STRASBOURG, 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

(B,L,D)
Day 11LUDWIGSHAFEN, 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 Histo

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 12RÜDESHEIM—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 13COLOGNE
 Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital 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

(B,L,D)
Day 14AMSTERDAM, 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

(B,L,D)
Day 15AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Avalon Pricing Details

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 Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

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 / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398

Avalon 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.

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*07/14/2018 Special Offer/Promotion $6,448.00
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*09/03/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $7,498.00
*10/01/2019 Special Offer/Promotion $7,198.00
*10/15/2019 $6,898.00
*10/29/2019 $6,198.00
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