Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 1 Night In Marseille (Northbound)

07/20/2019 through 09/04/2020
07/20/2019 through 09/22/2020
Avalon Waterways

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 Marseille, 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. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Disembark and travel to Beaune, 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. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view 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.”

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Day 1 Marseille: welcome to France

Day 2 Marseille-Port St. Louis (Embarkation): guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception

Day 3 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes

Day 5 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral

Day 6 Tournon-Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne

Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill

Day 8 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on board

Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune–Basel (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception

Day 10 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller

Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral

Day 12 Mainz: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 13 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time 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

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Day 1 Marseille, France
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Day 2 Marseille-port St. Louis (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arles
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Day 4 Avignon
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Day 5 Viviers
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Day 6 Tournon
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Day 7 Lyon
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Day 8 Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune – Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 10 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 11 Strasbourg, France
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Day 12 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 13 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge
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Day 14 Cologne
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Day 15 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)
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