Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London (Northbound) 2022 - 19 Day River Cruise Port-Saint-Louis to London
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Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London (Northbound) 2022

19 Day River Cruise Port-Saint-Louis to London

Starting at $8,274


Destinations & Sightseeing
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Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers begins in Port-Saint-Louis where you’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the city in Provence, which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. Cruise to picturesque Avignon for sightseeing in the fortress city, and sail to the charming village of Viviers to see the Romanesque cathedral and historic Old Town. The Saône and Rhône Rivers meet in wonderful Lyon. Explore the city on a guided sightseeing tour. Transfer to Basel to embark on your Rhine River cruise. Take an excursion to Bavaria’s Black Forest before sailing to Strasbourg, France. Follow the Rhine on to Mainz and Rüdesheim, and sail through the stunning views of the Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. Cruise to the Rhineland’s capital city of Cologne and choose between a guided city walk to see its magnificent Gothic cathedral, or a walking tour of the city’s notable Jewish heritage sites.

Your cruise continues to the colorful city of Amsterdam, where you’ll explore Holland’s capital city with a canal cruise, before traveling via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms® vacation package begins. Spend two days each in Paris and London, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.



Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Port St. Louis (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop, or walk with your Adventure Host
Day 3 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
Day 4 Viviers: Guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral or walk with your Adventure Host
Day 5 Tournon-Vienne: Choice of guided walk in Tournon or bike with your Adventure Host; choice of guided walk in Vienne or hike with your Adventure Host
Day 6 Lyon: Guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 7 Tournus–St. Jean de Losne: Cheese tasting on board
Day 8 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Basel (Embarkation): Visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to a local winery in Breisach or bike with your Adventure Host
Day 10 Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host
Day 11 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 12 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
Day 13 Cologne: Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure Host
Day 14 Amsterdam: Choice of canal cruise or walk with your Adventure Host
Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris: Transfer from your ship to the train station then travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)
Day 16 Paris: Guided sightseeing, Seine River cruise
Day 17 Paris-London: Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (standard class)
Day 18 London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays)
Day 19 London: Your vacation ends this morning
Notes:
  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

ITINERARY

Day 1
PORT ST. LOUIS, FRANCE (EMBARKATION) Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

Day 2
ARLES Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise through nordic walking in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles, OR: 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. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Take free time to stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, before sailing to Avignon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
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Day 3
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. 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
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Day 4
VIVIERS World History in a Charming French Country Village Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers. ACTIVE Walk your way up to Vivier's hilltop Cathedral with your Adventure Host, OR: 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
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Day 5
TOURNON A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. ACTIVE Bike along the Rhone river with your Adventure Host, OR: 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 ACTIVE See Vienne from atop, hike up to a viewpoint with your Adventure Host, OR: 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
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Day 6
LYON La Vie En Rose in Lyon 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 TOURNUS
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Day 7
TOURNUS–ST. JEAN DE LOSNE Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne. 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
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Day 8
ST. 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

Day 9
BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. ACTIVE Enjoy the view on a relaxing bike ride along the Rhine with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: DISCOVERY Visit to a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
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Day 10
STRASBOURG, FRANCE A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR: CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s Gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—The pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAINZ
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Day 11
MAINZ, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below, OR: 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: 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
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Day 12
RÜDESHEIM–RHINE GORGE Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR: DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. 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 Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ
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Day 13
COLOGNE Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR: DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites. OR: CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral. Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
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Day 14
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Canals of Colorful Amsterdam ACTIVE Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR: 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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
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Day 15
AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS, FRANCE Transfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)

Day 16
PARIS Morning Guided Sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also, admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a Seine River cruise. Spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's most important landmarks
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Day 17
PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (standard class)
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Day 18
LONDON Morning Guided Sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline
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Day 19
LONDON Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
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