Rhine & Rhône Revealed – Côte d’Azur to Amsterdam
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Day 1 (Fri) Cote d’Azur.
Travel to Nice where you will be met and transferred to the Cte d’Azur for one night at the Fairmont Monte Carlo (or similar), Monte Carlo.
Day 2 (Sat) Cte d’Azur – Arles ( Embarkation )
This morning, enjoy free time to explore further or join an optional excursion to Nice, the Queen of the Riviera. In the early afternoon, transfer by coach to Arles in the Provence region, where youll board your river cruise vessel. Before dinner, meet your crew at a welcome reception, then (daylight permitting) sail toward the mouth of the Rhne, with a unique opportunity to experience the tranquil vistas of Camargue National Park. (B, D)
Day 3 (Sun) Arles.
Included today: Arles guided sightseeing.
Day 4 (Mon) Camargue Region – Avignon.
Included today: Avignon guided sightseeing.
Day 5 (Tue) Cruising – Viviers.
Included today: Viviers guided walk. A leisurely morning on board to relax and enjoy the passing scenery as you cruise. After lunch, join your Local Guide for a walk in the charming town of Viviers, which was developed around its Romanesque cathedral. The old town has an appealing mix of Christian, Roman and medieval influences. (B, L, D)
Day 6 (Wed) Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage – Vienne.
Included today: Guided walks in Tournon and Vienne.
Day 7 (Thu) Lyon.
Included today: Guided sightseeing.
Day 8 (Fri) St. Jean de Losne
Today is a leisurely day! A choice of optional excursions, including a visit to a wine cellar, is available, or simply relax on board. While sailing to St. Jean de Losne, enjoy an on-board CHEESE TASTING. (B, L, D)
Day 9 (Sat) St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)BeauneBasel, Switzerland (Embarkation):
Included today: Visit Htel Dieu or sample Burgundy wines. After breakfast, disembark the Avalon Poetry II and transfer by coach to Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Cte d’Or area and Burgundy’s wine capital. Although life here centers around wine, Beaune offers much more with its ramparts, medieval houses, cobblestone streets, and historical monuments. Visit the Htel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 and paid for by the chancellor of Burgundy after the Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s population destitute. Today, it houses Van der Weyden’s painting of The Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlights. After lunch, continue to Basel, and this evening, meet the crew of the Avalon Tranquility II at a welcome reception. (B, D)
Day 10 (Sun) Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest
Included today: Guided sightseeing. Excursion to the Black Forest, visit a woodcarver’s workshop or visit a Black Forest open-air museum. Located at the foot of Kaiserstuhl Mountain on the French-German border, Breisach is the gateway to Germanys BLACK FOREST region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its forests of thick pine trees. The area got its name because the forests are so dense that local residents described them as black. Surely the most well-known products from this region are Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. You may opt for a visit to the workshop of a local woodcarver who produces clocks and other carvings, or to the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof to see how life was lived in this area centuries ago. (B, L, D)
Day 11 (Mon) Strasbourg
Included today: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 12 (Tue) Excursion to Heidelberg – Mainz
Guided visit of the castle, see the Great Vat in Heidelberg; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz Today an excursion takes you to Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, which was founded in 1386. Visit the imposing ruins of HEIDELBERG CASTLE, towering magnificently over the city and among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Youll also see the famed GREAT VAT, the Worlds Largest Wine Barrel. At nearly 23 feet high and 28 feet wide, the cask holds over 58,000 gallons of wine and has a dance floor built on top of it! In the afternoon, arrive in Mainz. Strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Main Rivers is Mainz, with civilized origins dating back to around 38 BC. Today, this is Germanys largest and most important wine market. The Altstadt (Old Town) has many intriguing shops and the whimsical Fastnachtsbrunnen (Carnival Fountain) on the Schillerplatz, a tribute to the jesters at the citys annual Carnival celebration. Gutenberg, father of modern printing, was born here and during a GUIDED WALK youll visit the captivating GUTENBERG MUSEUM. (B, L, D)
Day 13 (Wed) Rdesheim Rhine Gorge – Koblenz
Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum and enjoy a special treat in Rdesheim cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz. This morning dock in pretty Rdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. Visit SIEGFRIEDS MECHANICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM, where youll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and enjoy a SPECIAL TREAT. Downstream from Rdesheim is the dramatic RHINE GORGE, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom. Then, arrive at the place where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meetthe Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its impressive equestrian statue of German Emperor William I. Join your Local Guide for a WALKING TOUR of the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, which reveals an eventful past through its castles, fortress walls, towers, squares, and monuments. (B, L, D)
Day 14 (Thu) Cologne.
Included today: Choice of guided city walk or Jewish Cologne tour. Cologne is one of Germany’s largest cities, with a river skyline dominated by the soaring twin spires of its magnificent gothic cathedral. This afternoon, choose between an included guided city walk or a ‘Jewish Cologne’ tour. The Old Town offers up a great choice of cafs, shops and taverns so be sure to try a Klsch, the favourite local beer and shop for a bottle of 4711, the original ‘eau de cologne’. (B, L, D)
Day 15 (Fri) Amsterdam.
Included today: Canal cruise. Holland’s delightful 700-year-old capital is sophisticated and modern, with a rich and fascinating history. The works of famous Dutch masters can be seen in world-renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by canal boat, cruising along elegant grachten lined by stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s ‘Golden Age’. (B, L, D)
Day 16 (Sat) Amsterdam – UK.
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)