Rhine & Rhône Revealed – Southbound 2019
16 days Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur
Starting at $6,336
Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
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!
Destination & Sightseeing
|Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation):||welcome reception|
|Day 2 Amsterdam:||canal cruise|
|Day 3 Cologne:||choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour|
|Day 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim:||guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat|
|Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg:||guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat|
|Day 6 Strasbourg:||guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral|
|Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest:||choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar|
|Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)–Seurre:||transfer to Beaune, visit the Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception|
|Day 9 Seurre–Mâcon:||leisurely cruising; free time in Mâcon; onboard cheese tasting|
|Day 10 Lyon:||guided sightseeing , picture stop on Fourvière Hill|
|Day 11 Lyon:||day at leisure|
|Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers:||guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral|
|Day 13 Avignon:||guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes|
|Day 14 Arles:||guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)|
|Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)–Côte d’Azur:||evening in Côte d’Azur|
|Day 16 Côte d’Azur:||your vacation ends this morning|
- 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.
|Amsterdam||Cote d'Azur||Cote d'Azur|
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