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15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Amsterdam 2020

15 Day Avalon River Cruise from Côte d’Azur to Amsterdam

Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Northbound) River Cruise (WLA)

Starting from $6,598
Ship(s): Avalon Expression, Avalon Poetry II

River Cruise Description

On your 15 Day Avalon River Cruise From Port-Saint-Louis to Amsterdam 2020, take a plunge into French and German culture on this spectacular European river cruise along the Rhône and Rhine Rivers. The views will be fabulous so be sure to bring your best camera to catch the incredible panoramic views and natural beauty that will surround you on this enchanting adventure. Your vacation starts in Port St. Louis, France. From there, you’ll set sail to Arles—well known for being the inspiration for the paintings crafted by the master artist Van Gogh and as well as home to the first century Roman Amphitheater. While on your European river cruise, the city of Tournon is set beautifully among lush flourishing vineyards and you’ll enjoy a guided walk of this medieval delight which boasts many Roman remnants and ruins that still reside there today. Gaze in awe at the beauty of an entrancing sixteenth century castle. Lyon is a treasure of medieval and Renaissance design.

During your European river cruise, you’ll stop in Breisach, the door to Germany’s Black Forest, famous for its namesake Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and cuckoo clocks. In Strasbourg, France, walk through the pleasant La Petite France district. Visit the remnants of Heidelberg’s castle, or stop in Mainz for a guided walk and a visit to the fascinating Gutenberg Museum. Sail through the sensational Rhine Gorge, the most delightful and appealing stretch of the Rhine River. Your last stop in Germany is Cologne, where a guided walk will take you on a tour of all the magnificent treasures of this 2,000-year-old city. While enjoying your European river cruise, a stay in Holland’s well known, modern day capital of Amsterdam–known for its eclectic mixture of classic and modern architecture, is the ideal way to close this memorable European river cruise. On your 15 Day Avalon River Cruise From Port-Saint-Louis to Amsterdam 2020, it is highly recommended that you take a canal cruise along the exquisite Grachten–the best way to see the fortunes of this 700-year-old city– lined with houses that were constructed during the city’s “Golden Age.”

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*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.

Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit and the $250pp land promo. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFYFY

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit www.iflybags.com for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX
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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. 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.
  • Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arles (Embarkation)

Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding

Welcome to romantic France! This afternoon, you’ll board your luxurious river cruise ship docked in charming Arles, situated in the beautiful Provence region. Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm.  Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm

(Dinner)

Day 2 Arles

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, OR:

You might instead like to join 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. At your leisure, we recommend stopping in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

Consider taking a  Guided Optional Excursions to visit 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. At your leisure, explore Avignon’s art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Tournon

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 Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
Vienne
Roman and Middle Age History
Classic
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Lyon

Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France
Classic
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(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Tournus-St. Jean de Losne

Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Guided Optional Excursions inslude a visit to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Or, you might just like to relax during 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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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.

You will travel by motorcoach to Basel this afternoon to board your Rhine river cruise.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest 
Discovery
Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting, OR: 
Discovery
Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernhof open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Strasbourg, France

Gothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages
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.

Consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to the splendid Alsace wine country, or a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings. Or  you might prefer spending a free afternoon sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. Excursion to Heidelberg

Castle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine
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 a Hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below.

Or, you might enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour.

Mainz
Turning the Pages of History
Classic
Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country
Discovery
Based on your departure, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.
Discovery
Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience, OR:
Active
Take a Guided Hike through the vineyards with your Adventure Host, and enjoy the view with a cable car ride back down.

This afternoon, you’ll have opportunity to just kick back on the Sky Deck as you sail through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Cruise 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

Explore Koblenz on your own before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Cologne

Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland
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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Amsterdam, Holland

Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Classic
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”

During tulip season, we highly recommend you take the 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, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Or borrow a bike and take the Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)

Although your vacation ends this morning with a wonderful breakfast, we hope this fabulous 15-day cruise experience leaves you with a wealth of great memories and some amazing photographs of your amazing journey to share with loved ones back home.

(Breakfast)

 

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