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Avalon Waterways Vacations - Themed River Cruises - Wine


Wine River Cruises

Your palate will applaud as you learn what to look for in a good wine. A distinguished Master of Wine will teach you the ropes at onboard tastings that may include wine & cheese and wine & chocolate, and at a special onboard food-and-wine-pairing dinner. Along your river cruise, you can test your newly developed sommelier talents as you visit wine villages, wineries, and famed wine cellars for tours and tastings in a very special atmosphere.

The following cruises and dates are are Wine Themed River Cruises from Avalon Waterways:



07/27/18 - Burgundy & Provence with London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLJ1-T2)
07/27/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WLA-T2)
07/27/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Paris & London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLA1-T2)
07/27/18 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WLJ-T2)
07/27/18 - Grand France for Wine Lovers (WLP-T3)
10/19/18 - Grand France for Wine Lovers (WLP-T3)
10/19/18 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WLJ-T2)
10/19/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Paris & London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLA1-T2)
10/19/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WLA-T2)
10/19/18 - Burgundy & Provence with London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLJ1-T2)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WAL-T1)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers (WAL1-T1)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers (WAL2-T1)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers (WAL1-T)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers (WAL2-T)
10/20/18 - Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WAL-T)
10/20/18 - Grand France for Wine Lovers (WPL-T3)
10/22/18 - From the Danube Delta to Prague with Transylvania for Wine Lovers (WONE-T1)
10/24/18 - From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers (WON-T1)
10/25/18 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WJL-T)
10/25/18 - Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WJL-T1)
10/25/18 - Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - Southbound (WJL1-T1)
10/25/18 - Burgundy & Provence with Barcelona for Wine Lovers - Southbound (WJL2-T1)
10/27/18 - Danube Dreams with Berlin for Wine Lovers - Eastbound (WDBE-T2)
10/29/18 - Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers (WDB-T2)
10/31/18 - The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers (WBN-T3)

Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WJL-T1)


11 days from Paris to Cote d'Azur
Take a wondrous river cruise journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing of the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! And since this is a cruise with a wine theme, our Master of Wine will join you on board and share his expertise at lectures and tastings. This France river cruise adventure begins with two overnights in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A city tour will show you the must-see sights before you take the TGV train to Dijon. Stop in Beaune to visit the Hôtel Dieu or opt for a tasting of the famed Burgundy wines of the region.

Before reaching Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting; and during your stay in the city, enjoy an excursion to taste Beaujolais wine before you prepare your taste buds for an onboard exclusive food and wine pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. Beautifully nestled among vineyards you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon, a medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Chocoholics will delight in a chocolate and wine tasting on board as you continue your France river cruise to historical Avignon, home of the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, and pay a visit to the famous Châteauneuf du Pape wine cellars. Arles, on the Rhône River, is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day.

End this historical and delightful river cruise through France with an overnight stay on the picturesque French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Explore this captivating area and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/25/2018 - (WJL-T1) Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - $3,749.00


Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WLJ-T2)


11 days from Cote d'Azur to Paris
Take a wondrous journey through beautiful France along the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing of the well-known French treasures and some hidden gems too! And as this is a cruise with a wine theme, you’ll be joined on board by our Master of Wine who will share his expertise at lectures and tastings.

Begin with an overnight on the captivating Côte d’Azur. Explore this elegant area before heading for the Rhône River and Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes, the largest gothic fortress in the world, and later visit the famous Châteauneuf du Pape wine cellars. As you cruise to Viviers, chocoholics will delight in an onboard chocolate and wine tasting! 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, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. During your stay, enjoy an excursion into the Beaujolais region for a sampling of the wine before you prepare your taste buds for an onboard food and wine-pairing dinner, hosted by our Master of Wine. And as you cruise to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy a tasting of cheese and wine. Before heading for Paris, visit Beaune and perhaps opt for a tasting of Burgundy wines!

This river cruise vacation in France would not be complete without a stay in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A city tour will show you the must-see sights and you’ll have free time to bask in the lavish cafés and explore on your own.

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/27/2018 - (WLJ-T2) Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - $4,249.00
10/19/2018 - (WLJ-T2) Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - $3,999.00


Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers (WJL-T)


11 days from Paris to Cote d'Azur
Opportunities abound on this delightful vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, the “City of Light.” Transfer to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu and then, board your ship in quaint St, Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. And because this cruise has a Wine Appreciation theme, you will be joined on board by a Master of Wine, who will share his knowledge of French wines while hosting a tasting of cheese and wine, and chocolate and wine, as well as a food and wine pairing dinner. Your vacation ends with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. This cruise vacation has it all—historic sites, delightful towns, and more!

Departures (Land)
10/25/2018 - (WJL-T) Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers - $3,749.00


Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - Southbound (WJL1-T1)


14 days from Paris to Nice
Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then take the high-speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your river cruise ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.

Disembark your cruise ship in Arles and transfer to Aix en Provence for the start of your Monograms extension. With two overnights, 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, and 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 whisk you via high-speed train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco, St. Tropez, or 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, and help arrange your activities and excursions. Your Local Host can also provide suggestions for the best places to sample the local specialties, as well as be there to help you feel comfortable in each city. Transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, and hotel reservations with daily breakfasts, are included.

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/25/2018 - (WJL1-T1) Burgundy & Provence with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - Southbound - $4,682.00


Burgundy & Provence with Barcelona for Wine Lovers - Southbound (WJL2-T1)


14 days from Paris to Barcelona
Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with two overnights and guided sightseeing in Paris, then travel by high speed train to Dijon and continue by motorcoach to fascinating Beaune for a visit of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for lovely Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area.

Disembark your river cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, the splendid Côte d’Azur, for a final night in France. Then, transfer to Nice airport for the start of your Monograms extension. We've arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with your hotel reservation, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, transfers to and from your hotel and airport, and more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the city, so we've arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this fantastic city. A perfect vacation of river cruise sailing and land sightseeing!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/25/2018 - (WJL2-T1) Burgundy & Provence with Barcelona for Wine Lovers - Southbound - $4,664.00


Burgundy & Provence with London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLJ1-T2)


14 days from Cote d'Azur to London
Opportunities abound on this delightful river cruise vacation to learn about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera—the inimitable Côte d’Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner (daylight permitting) before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, St. Jean de Losne, and fascinating Beaune await you. Take the TGV train from Dijon to Paris for two overnights, guided sightseeing, and free time to explore the remarkable “City of Light” on your own. Then, trade your “Bonjours” for “Cheerios” as you are whisked away to London for three exciting nights.

Your Monograms package includes hotel reservations, guided sightseeing, daily breakfasts, a destination guide to familiarize you with the city, and best of all—the services of a Monograms Local Host® to welcome you and lend a helping hand throughout your stay! This “friend in the city” can answer your questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation what you want it to be. In this exciting city, guided sightseeing will help you to see all the famous sights—Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, and more. Enjoy VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece and the wedding site for Lady Diana and Prince Charles. You’ll have plenty of free time to perhaps visit Madame Tussauds celebrity wax figure museum, join a London pub dining experience, or enjoy an illumination cruise on the Thames. Day trips are available out of the city to mysterious Stonehenge, the pretty Cotswolds, or Windsor Castle to visit the State Apartments. Monograms offers over 40 exciting activities and excursions, so there’s plenty to choose from to make your vacation perfect for you!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/27/2018 - (WLJ1-T2) Burgundy & Provence with London For Wine Lovers - Northbound - $5,152.00
10/19/2018 - (WLJ1-T2) Burgundy & Provence with London For Wine Lovers - Northbound - $4,885.00


Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers (WDB-T2)


10 days from Prague to Budapest
Start your European adventure with two nights in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, then sail along the Danube River, and end in Hungary’s vibrant capital of Budapest. As this is a cruise with a wine theme, a Master of Wine accompanies you and will share his expertise at lectures and wine tastings!

In Prague, guided sightseeing shows you the city’s best-known treasures and an excursion takes you to Mĕlník to visit the wine cellars of the Lobkowicz family. Then drive to Regensburg, one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities. Lovers of architecture will delight in the treasures this town has to offer. Enjoy a tasting of local sausages before heading to Deggendorf, where your river cruise journey begins. Passau, the “City of Three Rivers” lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. Walk the city with a Local Guide and admire the patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In Linz, Austria, walk around the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city and prepare your taste buds for an exclusive onboard food and wine-pairing dinner hosted by your Master of Wine. Enjoy the magnificent views as you cruise through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. Stop in Melk to visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey; and in Dürnstein, you may wish to join an interactive wine experience and tasting. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. Enjoy a guided tour of this magical city and then take time to explore on your own. In Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and a visit to gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Lastly, a local expert shows you the must-see sights of Budapest, then takes you to visit wine cellars right in the heart of the city! A perfect ending to this timeless European river cruise.

Departures (Land)
10/29/2018 - (WDB-T2) Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers - $2,919.00


Danube Dreams with Berlin for Wine Lovers - Eastbound (WDBE-T2)


12 days from Berlin to Budapest
Your European adventure begins with two nights in Germany’s capital, Berlin! A local expert will show you the major sites, such as the restored Reichstag building and the elegant Kurfürstendamm. See the Holocaust Memorial and be sure to get a photo at the famous Brandenburg Gate—one of Germany’s best-known landmarks. Then, travel to Dresden, known for its baroque architecture and historical buildings badly damaged during WWII, but restored to their former glory.

Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Guided sightseeing shows you its best-known treasures. See the Astronomical Clock, Hradcany Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Stroll across Charles Bridge, shop for hand-cut crystal, and mix with the locals on Wenceslas Square. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities and architecture lovers will delight in the treasures it has to offer. Guided sightseeing will show you the Old Town Hall, the Porta Pretoria—gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD—and many mansions with high towers denoting the status and wealth of their early owners. Enjoy a tasting of local sausages before heading to Deggendorf where your river cruise journey begins. A Master of Wine will accompany you on board and share his special expertise with interesting lectures and wine tastings! Passau, Germany, is called the “City of Three Rivers” as it lies at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Explore the city with a Local Guide and admire the Patrician houses and baroque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Linz, Austria, offers the Hauptplatz, Austria’s largest medieval square which forms the center of the city. Enjoy the magnificent views as your river cruise takes you through the picturesque wine region of Wachau Valley. In Dürnstein, visit the famous blue and white Stiftskirche and enjoy an interactive wine tasting. Vienna, the “City of Music,” makes an immediate impression with its lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace and neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a guided walk takes you through the delightful Old Town and to the gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral.

In Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, see the must-see sights with a local expert, stroll along the main shopping street of Váci utca, take pictures from Fishermen’s Bastion, and visit wine cellars right in the heart of the city!

Departures (Land)
10/27/2018 - (WDBE-T2) Danube Dreams with Berlin for Wine Lovers - Eastbound - $3,513.00


From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers (WON-T1)


20 days from Bucharest to Prague
Sail from Bucharest, Romania, to the mouth of the Danube where it flows into the Black Sea, explore the Danube Delta, and visit many exciting cities along the Danube River. From Budapest to Nuremberg, this cruise focuses on wine, and you’ll be joined on board by a Master of Wine who will share his knowledge and expertise at lectures, wine tastings, and an exclusive food and wine-pairing dinner. A visit to a cellar in Mĕlník introduces you to some of the wines of the Czech Republic.

Romania’s lively capital of Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. During guided sightseeing, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe and historical Royal Palace Square. Travel to Fetesti and sail to the mouth of the Danube River, then visit the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta; Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and Arbanassi; take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert introduces you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade; and in Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In lively Budapest, guided sightseeing shows you the must-see sights. In Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, revel in the sights of Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. Your Europe river cruise continues to charming Dürnstein and Melk for a visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a tasting of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. There’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg.

Your Danube river cruise vacation concludes in Prague, one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. See the many historical treasures with a local expert and join an excursion to nearby Mĕlník for a visit to the Lobkowicz family vineyards and wine cellars for a perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

Departures (Land)
10/24/2018 - (WON-T1) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - $6,469.00


From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only (WON0)


16 days from Bucharest to Nuremberg
Start this incredible journey in Bucharest, Romania, sail to the mouth of the Danube where it flows into the Black Sea, explore the Danube Delta, and visit many exciting cities along the Danube River. From Budapest to Nuremberg, this river cruise focuses on wine and you’ll be joined on board by a Master of Wine who will share his knowledge and expertise at lectures, wine tastings, and an exclusive food and wine-pairing dinner.

Your vacation starts in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, with a transfer to Fetesti where your ship is docked. Sail to the mouth of the Danube River, then visit the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta; Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and Arbanassi; take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert introduces you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade; and in Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In lively Budapest, guided sightseeing shows you all the must-see sights. In Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, revel in the sights of Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. Your Europe river cruise continues to the charming towns of Dürnstein and Melk for a visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a tasting of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. There’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg (where you’ll be treated to a tasting of German sausages), and Nuremberg, where this memorable river cruise vacation concludes.

Departures (Land)
05/19/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,649.00
06/14/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,599.00
07/12/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,399.00
08/30/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,949.00
09/20/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,949.00
10/18/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $6,049.00
10/25/2018 - (WON0) From the Danube Delta to Prague for Wine Lovers - Cruise Only - $5,649.00


From the Danube Delta to Prague with Transylvania for Wine Lovers (WONE-T1)


22 days from Bucharest to Prague
Start this incredible journey with an excursion from Bucharest into Transylvania. Sail to the mouth of the Danube where it flows into the Black Sea, explore the Danube Delta, and visit many exciting cities along the Danube River. From Budapest to Nuremberg, this river cruise focuses on wine, and you’ll be joined on board by a Master of Wine who will share his knowledge and expertise at lectures, wine tastings, and an exclusive food and wine-pairing dinner. A visit to a cellar in Mĕlník introduces you to some of the wines of the Czech Republic.

From Bucharest, Romania’s capital, journey into Transylvania to visit Dracula’s Bran Castle and Peles Castle in the Carpathians. Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and historical treasures. During guided sightseeing, you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe and historical Royal Palace Square. Travel to Fetesti and sail to the mouth of the Danube River, then visit the serene Danube Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s guided sightseeing in Constanta; Bulgaria’s ancient capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and Arbanassi; take pictures of Belogradchik’s eclectic rock formations and the spectacular scenery of the Iron Gates. A local expert introduces you to Serbia’s capital of Belgrade; and in Pecs, Hungary, visit the Underground Tombs, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. In lively Budapest, guided sightseeing shows you all the must-see sights. In Austria’s magical capital of Vienna, revel in the sights of Hofburg Palace, the Vienna Opera House, and much more. Your Europe river cruise continues to charming Dürnstein and Melk for a visit of the magnificent 11th-century Benedictine Abbey. Later, enjoy a tasting of the Wachau Valley’s famous wines. There’s guided sightseeing in Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg.

Your Danube river cruise vacation concludes in Prague, one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. See the many historical treasures with a local expert and join an excursion to nearby Mĕlník for a visit to the Lobkowicz family vineyards and wine cellars for a perfect ending to a memorable river cruise vacation!

Departures (Land)
10/22/2018 - (WONE-T1) From the Danube Delta to Prague with Transylvania for Wine Lovers - $5,649.00


Grand France for Wine Lovers (WPL-T3)


16 days from Paris to Côte d’Azur
This splendid vacation showcases France’s exciting scenery, history, and culture as you sail along its beautiful rivers. Embark in Paris and head northwest along the Seine River up to the picturesque Normandy region. Dock at Vernon and choose between a guided visit of Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or remarkable Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys—home of Château Gaillard, built by England’s King Richard the Lionheart in 1196—and enjoy a guided walk. In Caudebec choose between several excursions: an excursion along the Thatched Cottages or Normandy Abbeys routes, and an excursion to the Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating “Taste of Normandy.” On to Joan of Arc’s historic Rouen, then in Conflans, choose between a guided excursion to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris for guided sightseeing or a “heart of Paris” walk. Disembark and travel south to fascinating Beaune for a visit of the Hôtel-Dieu. In St. Jean de Losne board your second cruise ship and sail on to Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, Viviers, and Avignon. And because this portion of the cruise has a Wine Appreciation theme, you will be joined on board by a Master of Wine, who will share his knowledge of French wines while hosting a tasting of cheese and wine, and chocolate and wine, as well as a food and wine pairing dinner. Your vacation ends with an overnight on the stunning Côte d’Azur.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WPL-T3) Grand France for Wine Lovers - $6,009.00


Grand France for Wine Lovers (WLP-T3)


16 days from Côte d’Azur to Paris
This river cruise highlighting the best of France is certainly grand! The first part focuses on wine and you’ll be joined by our Master of Wine who will share his expertise at lectures and tastings.

Begin your adventure on the Rhône River in Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world; later visit the famous Châteauneuf du Pape wine cellars. As you cruise to Viviers, chocoholics will delight in an onboard chocolate and wine tasting! 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, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. During your stay, enjoy an excursion into the Beaujolais region for a sampling of the wine before you prepare your taste buds for an onboard food and wine-pairing dinner, hosted by our Master of Wine. And as you cruise to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting! En route to Paris, visit Beaune and perhaps opt for a tasting of Burgundy wines! Transfer to the Seine River for the next portion of this Grand France river cruise vacation, which offers a choice of excursion opportunities, such as a visit to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, the Point du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery; a visit to delightful Les Andelys, Joan of Arc’s Rouen, and the choice between a visit to Vincent van Gogh’s Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine’s Malmaison.

Enjoy wine, cheese, beautiful scenery, and stops in the most charming and historical parts of France, and end your adventure in Paris—one of the world’s most romantic and vibrant cities! A guided walk through historic Île St. Louis with its narrow streets, and Île de la Cité, where medieval Paris was founded, will be a delight.

Departures (Land)
07/27/2018 - (WLP-T3) Grand France for Wine Lovers - $6,709.00
10/19/2018 - (WLP-T3) Grand France for Wine Lovers - $6,109.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WAL-T1)


16 days from Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône 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.

It all begins in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. The best way to see the treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city best known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, comes alive on a guided walk. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Stroll through the picturesque La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest—an area of unrivaled natural beauty—best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you’ll go on a guided walk of Tournon—a medieval treasure with Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.”

Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL-T1) Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers - $6,058.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WLA-T2)


16 days from Côte d’Azur to Amsterdam
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhône, Saône, 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 French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, with plenty of free time to explore and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. On the Rhône River sits Arles, France—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. 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, France’s gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways. Disembark and travel to Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital. Visit the Hôtel 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 with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water.

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.”

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/27/2018 - (WLA-T2) Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers - $6,708.00
10/19/2018 - (WLA-T2) Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers - $6,058.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers (WAL-T)


16 days from Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur
This mesmerizing journey sets off along the Rhine, then continues on 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 of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. And because this cruise has a Wine Appreciation theme, you will be joined on board by a Master of Wine, who will share his knowledge of French wines while hosting a tasting of cheese and wine, and chocolate and wine, as well as a food and wine pairing dinner. Your vacation ends with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. This cruise vacation has it all—castles, historic sites, delightful towns, and more!

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL-T) Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers - $6,058.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers (WAL1-T1)


19 days from Amsterdam to Nice
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 for the conclusion of this fabulous river cruise and land vacation, we’ll whisk you via high-speed train 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.

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL1-T1) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - $6,991.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers (WAL1-T)


19 days from Amsterdam to Nice
This mesmerizing journey sets off along the Rhine, then continues on 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 of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. And because this cruise has a Wine Appreciation theme, you will be joined on board by a Master of Wine, who will share his knowledge of French wines while hosting a tasting of cheese and wine, and chocolate and wine, as well as a food and wine pairing dinner. This cruise vacation has it all—castles, historic sites, delightful towns, and more! Transfer to Aix en Provence for two nights for the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, walking 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, and 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 whisk you via high-speed TGV train to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, guided sightseeing with a Local Expert 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 you arrange your activities and excursions, and provide you with suggestions for the best places to sample the local specialties, as well as be there to help you feel comfortable in each city. Transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations, and hotel reservations with daily breakfast, are included.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL1-T) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Aix-en-Provence & Nice for Wine Lovers - $6,991.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers (WAL2-T)


19 days from Amsterdam to Barcelona
This mesmerizing journey sets off along the Rhine, then continues on 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 of Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Seurre, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. And because this cruise has a Wine Appreciation theme, you will be joined on board by a Master of Wine, who will share his knowledge of French wines while hosting a tasting of cheese and wine, and chocolate and wine, as well as a food and wine pairing dinner. This cruise vacation has it all—castles, historic sites, delightful towns, and more! Transfer to Nice airport for the start to your Monograms extension. We've arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing with local experts, transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airport, and more. Plus, we know you are not familiar with the city, so we've arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer questions, share inside information, help you arrange your activities and excursions, and more. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on a beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this fantastic city.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL2-T) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers - $6,973.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers (WAL2-T1)


19 days from Amsterdam to Barcelona
This mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation begins on the Rhine River and then continues on 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. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. Disembark your river cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, the splendid Côte d’Azur, for a final night in France.

Transfer to the Nice airport for the start of your Monograms extension. We've arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with hotel reservations, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, transfers to and from your hotel and airport, and more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the city, so we've arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi’s extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this fantastic city!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
10/20/2018 - (WAL2-T1) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Barcelona for Wine Lovers - $6,973.00


Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Paris & London For Wine Lovers - Northbound (WLA1-T2)


22 days from Côte d’Azur to London
This delightful river cruise and land vacation is an exciting opportunity to learn all about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight on the French Riviera, also known as the captivating Côte d’Azur. Then, travel to Arles in the Provence region to board your ship and (daylight permitting) sail into the peaceful Camargue area during dinner, before returning to Arles. Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne and fascinating Beaune await you in France. Travel by motorcoach to Basel and embark on a mesmerizing journey along the Rhine River. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidelberg—Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. Visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam.

Then you’ll transfer to Paris by high-speed train for your Monograms extension. We've arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with local experts, transfers to and from your hotels and train stations, and more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the cities, so you’ll have the services of friendly and knowledgeable Local Hosts® to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. The moment you arrive in Paris, you’ll feel the magic. We’ve scouted out the best place to capture a photo of the iconic Eiffel Tower and we’ll also take you to Notre Dame Cathedral to admire its amazing stained-glass Rose Window and the Louvre museum to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures. With three overnights, the “City of Light” is yours for discovering. An included high-speed train transfer whisks you from Paris to London, where you’ll spend three nights and have plenty of time to investigate just what makes England so jolly. You'll hear the inside stories around places like Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Go inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, the iconic cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. You’ll also be able to take photographs of Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Shard—just to name a few iconic London landmarks. 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!

For specific details on this special interest river cruise, please view the day-by-day itinerary.

Departures (Land)
07/27/2018 - (WLA1-T2) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Paris & London For Wine Lovers - Northbound - $8,670.00
10/19/2018 - (WLA1-T2) Rhine & Rhône Revealed with Paris & London For Wine Lovers - Northbound - $7,928.00


The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers (WBN-T3)


13 days from Budapest to Prague
The delightful Danube sets the stage for this incredible journey as you sail through beautiful scenery and quaint towns. Begin in Budapest, Hungary, with two overnights and guided sightseeing. Enjoy Hungarian cuisine, explore its famous produce market—Central Market Hall, wander around the former royal palace grounds, explore its famous churches, or visit one of the many museums. And as an added feature, we’ll take you to wine cellars in the center of Budapest for a special wine tasting in a unique atmosphere. A Master of Wine joins you as you sail westward, with guided sightseeing in magical Vienna, Passau, and medieval Regensburg. You have the choice of taking a guided walk in the charming town of Dürnstein, and see the baroque Stiftskirche Visit the awe-inspiring Benedictine Abbey in Melk and enjoy wine tasting in Melk and beer tasting in fascinating Regensburg. There’ll be a special onboard food and wine pairing dinner hosted by the Master of Wine. Disembark your ship and travel to the “Golden City” of Prague for a final three overnights, guided sightseeing, and plenty of free time to discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in the square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. All of this and more await you on this marvelous vacation!

Departures (Land)
10/31/2018 - (WBN-T3) The Blue Danube Discovery for Wine Lovers - $3,509.00


The Legendary Danube for Wine Lovers (WNB-T1)


11 days from Prague to Budapest
From the splendor of Prague to the Gypsy violins of Budapest, you’ll treasure every moment of this memorable Danube River cruise. Enjoy three nights in Prague with guided sightseeing as well as time to explore this marvelous city on your own. Discover the Hradcany Castle grounds, wander through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, shop for hand-cut crystal, savor authentic Czech dumplings, stand in Wenceslaus square where protestors demonstrated against Communism, or visit one of the many churches. Then drive to Nuremberg and set sail for medieval Regensburg, where a Master of Wine joins you, continue to sail to Passau, Vienna, and Budapest, with guided sightseeing in each city. As an added feature, we’ll take you to wine cellars in the center of Budapest for a special wine tasting in a unique atmosphere and you will be delighted by wine tastings and a food and wine pairing dinner hosted by the Master of Wine. Sail through the fascinating Main Danube Canal and witness the scenic beauty as you cruise past quaint towns. Attend a beer tasting, tour Melk’s splendid Benedictine Abbey, and experience the music, art, culture, and historical sights in romantic Vienna—a memorable vacation!

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