2021 Season

Through the Stones & Storybook Settings with 2 Nights in Paris & 2 Nights in London


cruise: WZA4-T3 8 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam
DISAPPEAR ON A MAGICAL SAILING WITH DIANA GABALDON

Go tell the bees that … you’re invited to get insider stories from international best-selling Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon, on a week-long Romantic Rhine cruise. Disappear in the magic of this river that gifts you a sail through time and tales, cliffside castles and custom-rich villages in the storybook settings of fabled, fairytale lands. Hear the Drums of Autumn calling you to fall for the Old World in new ways on this special Suite Ship sailing from Basel to Amsterdam with your favorite storyteller! Call your cruise clan and make a plan today! “Je suis prêt” (I am ready). You will experience two, exclusive on-ship events with your celebrity host, plus you will have the opportunity to share the entire vacation experience with Diana Gabaldon.

Your stunning Rhine River cruise begins in Basel, Switzerland, with stops in France, Germany, and Holland. Sail to Breisach, your starting point for an excursion to Black Forest. Then venture on to Strasbourg, France, to see its Gothic cathedral with stunning murals and stained glass. Sail to Ludwigshafen for an excursion to Heidelberg Castle, or join your Avalon Adventure Host® for a hike up Philosophers’ Way. You can alternatively visit the Gutenberg Museum for amazing history of the early pio-neers of printing. Visit Koblenz and Cologne, and arrive in Amsterdam for a guided canal cruise through the colorful city.

Transfer by high-speed train to Paris to start your Monograms® vacation package with two nights in “The City of Light.” Your guided sightseeing with an expert guide includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a Seine River cruise. Enjoy guided sightseeing of London’s iconic landmarks, including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Enjoy free time as well to explore London on your own. Monograms is with you all the way with helpful onsite support from your expert Local Hosts® in both Paris & London.Your scenic river cruise on the Rhine River, with a Monograms vacation package in Paris and London are the perfect combination to unlock a guided European vacation of a lifetime.
Diana Gabaldon

Disappear on a Magical Sailing with Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER novels and is described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting ’Scrooge McDuck‘ comics.”

A scientist with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology and a specialty in scientific computation, Ms. Gabaldon jumped the academic rails in 1991, when the adventure began with the classic OUTLANDER, and has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels, with 26 million copies in print worldwide, in 40 countries and 36 languages.

In 2014, STARZ created a popular television series (also called “OUTLANDER”) based on Ms. Gabaldon’s books.


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Day 1 Basel (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 3 Strasbourg: Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral

Day 4 Mainz: Choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers' Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

Day 5 Rüdesheim-Rhine Gorge-Koblenz: Visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz

Day 6 Cologne: Choice of 'Cologne Highlights' walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour

Day 7 Amsterdam: Canal cruise

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)-Paris, France: Travel to Paris by high-speed train (First class)

Day 9 Paris: Guided sightseeing, Seine River cruise

Day 10 Paris-London, England: Travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)

Day 11 London: Guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul's Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 12 London: Your vacation ends this morning
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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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