2021 Season

Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 1 Night in Marseille for Wine Lovers (Southbound)


cruise: WALE-T2 16 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Marseille
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. Begin 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. Visit Strasbourg, France on the French-German border, then to Breisach, Germany—gateway to the Black Forest.

With a Master of Wine accompanying you on this portion of your cruise, you’ll hear interesting presentations on winemaking and be hosted for delicious wine tastings and pairings. Set sail for Mâcon and take an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar. Enjoy an onboard wine and cheese tasting before a culinary tour in Lyon and a guided tour to Beaujolais. Explore medieval Tournon with a wine and chocolate tasting at the Cité du Chocolat at Valrhona or hike in the vineyards. Visit charming Viviers, Arles, and Avignon, including a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. After your cruise, spend one more night in France in the captivating Marseille. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea—a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!
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Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 3 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: Choice of guided walk in Mainz with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, or a guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or a hike up Philosophers' Way

Day 6 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 7 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): Transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Mâcon: Leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion

Day 10 Lyon: On board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, and picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard lecture

Day 11 Lyon: Culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food and wine pairing dinner

Day 12 Tournon-Viviers: Choice of guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Day 14 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)-Marseille: Transfer to Marseille; guided tour

Day 16 Marseille: Your vacation ends this morning
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cities and locations


Avalon Choice

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

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.
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