Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure. 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 2 AMSTERDAM
Colorful Amsterdam—with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden AgeCLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
Day 3 COLOGNE, GERMANY
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR:
Day 4 KOBLENZ—RHINE GORGE
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments.
Day 5 MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of WineCLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
Day 6 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal VintagesCLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
Day 7 BREISACH, GERMANY. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION
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:
Day 8 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)—BEAUNE—ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)—SEURRE
After breakfast drive to Beaune CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgement
Day 9 TOURNUS—MÂCON
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Tournus this morning 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.
Day 10 LYON
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of FranceSail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon, with its numerous churches, from Fourvière Hill. 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.
Day 11 LYON
French Food and Wine—La Vie En Rose in Lyon Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is is known as the gastronomic capital of France! Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France’s third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city’s more than 100 murals. EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON
Day 12 TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards
Day 13 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.
Day 14 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.
Day 15 ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)—CÔTE D’AZUR
Spectacular Seascapes of the French RivieraAfter breakfast this morning, you’ll drive to the Côte d’Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Côte d’Azur stretches along France’s Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy. (B)
Day 16 CÔTE D’AZUR- BARCELONA, SPAIN
After breakfast at your Avalon hotel, an included transfer takes you to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona, where you will join your Monograms vacation. (B)
Day 17 BARCELONA
Starting from Plaza Catalunya, morning guided sightseeing includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllò. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.(B)
Day 18 BARCELONA
Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day at leisure, including an excursion to Montserrat, a trip to the Aquarium, a guided tour of the Picasso Museum, or a visit to whimsical Tibidabo Amusement Park. (B)
Day 19 BARCELONA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.(B)