2019 : Rhine & Rhone Revealed with 3 Nights Barcelona - Southbound (WAL2) - Expression & Poetry II
19 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Barcelona
This mesmerizing river cruise and land vacation begins on the Rhine River and then continues on the Saone and Rhone Rivers. Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany's Black Forest and to Heidelberg-Germany's oldest university town with its imposing castle. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France's Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hotel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon, France's gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Daylight permitting, sail into the peaceful Camargue area. Disembark your river cruise ship and arrive in the French Riviera, the splendid Cote d'Azur, for a final night in France.
Transfer to the Nice airport for the start of your Monograms extension. We've arranged your flight to Barcelona, Spain, along with hotel reservations, daily breakfasts, sightseeing with a local expert, transfers to and from your hotel and airport, and more. Plus, we know you may not be familiar with the city, so we've arranged the services of a friendly and knowledgeable Local Host® to answer questions, share inside information, help arrange your activities and excursions, and make you feel right at home. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide that features a drive along the elegant Passeig de Gracia, and visits of Gaudi's extraordinary Casa Batlló and Sagrada Familia Basilica. In your free time, you could explore the Picasso Museum, catch some rays on the beach, or have fun at Tibidabo Amusement Park. Your Local Host can help you make the most of this fantastic city!
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne: Choice Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim: Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; 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 the 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 Hotel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; 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 Amphitheater; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-Cote d'Azur: Evening in Cote d'Azur
Day 16 Cote d'Azur-Barcelona, Spain: Transfer to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona
Day 17 Barcelona: Guided sightseeing, visit visit Casa Battló and Sagrada Familia Basilica
Day 18 Barcelona: Day at leisure
Day 19 Barcelona: Your vacation ends this morning
You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.
Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
Suites & Staterooms:
Health & Fitness:
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. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure.
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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
(B, L, D)
Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age Classic Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."
Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.
You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
(B, L, D)
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City Classic Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: Discovery Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.
Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO KOBLENZ
(B, L, D)
Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History Classic Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments.
Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. RÜDESHEIM
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country Discovery Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. Discovery Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM
(B, L, D)
MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine Classic Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.
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:
Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.
EVENING CRUISE TO STRASBOURG
(B, L, D)
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages Classic Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.
You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today.
Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon shopping or sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.
EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH
(B, L, D)
BREISACH, GERMANY. BLACK FOREST EXCURSION
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest Classic Visit the charming village of Colmar on a Guided Tour of its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings, OR: Discovery DISCOVERY Discovery Join a full-day Guided Visit to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional Bavarian butter-making demonstration.
Explore on your own this afternoon with a bike from the ship or with a hike up to St. Stephan's Cathedral.
EVENING CRUISE TO BASEL
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION)-BEAUNE-ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)-SEURRE
After breakfast drive to Beaune Classic Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement.
This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® on the Saone for a brief evening cruise to Seurre.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SEURRE
(B, L, D)
Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone
Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.
Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX
(B, L, D)
Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon, with its numerous churches, from Fourvière Hill. 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 biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.
Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
(B, L, D)
French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon
Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is is known as the gastronomic capital of France!
Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals.
EVENING CRUISE TO TOURNON
(B, L, D)
A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards 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 Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage. VIVIERS
World History in a Charming French Country Village 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 CRUISE TO AVIGNON
(B, L, D)
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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES
(B, L, D)
Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights 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 that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.
Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.
Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)-CÔTE D'AZUR
Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera
After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.
CÔTE D'AZUR- BARCELONA, SPAIN
After breakfast at your Avalon hotel, an included transfer takes you to Nice airport for your flight to Barcelona, where you will join your Monograms vacation.
Starting from Plaza Catalunya, join a morning guided sightseeing tour which includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera. Visit Gaudi's Casa Batllò and the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica.
Your Local Host has many recommendations for your day at leisure.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 19 Days
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Dates and Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in the pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $186. Required intra-vacation air segments: Nice to Barcelona. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227
Extra nights per person in Barcelona:
in single room $239, in twin room $130
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $398
B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
P / Royal Deck / $2598
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398
- Special Interest Cruises: Jewish Heritage July 23, Wine Appreciation October 29
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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Booking your Vacation with Air
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- Special Interest Cruises: Jewish Heritage July 23, Wine Appreciation October 29