16 Day Avalon River Cruise from Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur 2019

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

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Southbound River Cruise (WAL)

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River Cruise Description

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along three picturesque rivers: the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône. The sensational landscapes you’ll encounter along the way will be spectacular. That means you need to be sure to have your camera with you to capture the fascination and grandeur of this magnificent 2019 16 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur.

Your European river cruise journey will get underway in Holland’s fashionable, modern capital city of Amsterdam. You’ll discover that the best way to see the terrific treasures of this 700-year-old city is on a fascinating tranquil canal cruise along the exquisite Grachten. Your next stop is in charming Cologne, Germany, an ancient 2,000-year-old city best known for its elegant gothic architecture and magnificent world-famous twin-spired cathedral. It is said that this city comes alive when you are on your wonderful guided stroll. You’ll cruise through the sensational Rhine Gorge, considered by many travelers to be the most beautiful stretch of the gorgeous Rhine River dotted nearly every mile with ancient magnificent castles standing majestically upon the cliffs 400 feet above the water. You’ll discover that Strasbourg, France, situated on the French-German border, entirely blends the fascinating cultures of both countries. You’ll marvel as you stroll through the picturesque La Petite France district with its popular shops, bustling bistros, and quiet waterfront promenade. You’ll enjoy your visit to beautiful Breisach, Germany, considered the gateway to Germany’s world-famous Black Forest – an area of unequaled natural beauty – and also known for its popular Black Forest ham, delicious cherry cake, and the iconic cuckoo clock.

You’ll love your tour of fascinating Lyon, France’s culinary capital city, which is an amazing example of impressive historic medieval and Renaissance architecture. You’ll discover the lively Old Town with its ancient maze of medieval alleyways. Your adventure continues to the charming twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, wonderfully nestled amongst lush green grape vineyards. It’s here you’ll go on a captivating guided walk of charming Tournon – considered a marvelous medieval treasure with ancient Roman ruins and a majestic 16th-century castle. In quaint Avignon, you’ll tour the elegant Palace of the Popes and don’t miss taking pictures of the bridge featured in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.”

You’ll enjoy your last night in France on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur. It is, without a doubt, the perfect venue as your fabulous 2019 16 day Avalon river cruise from Amsterdam to Côte d’Azur comes to an end. So relax and enjoy your final stroll along the remarkable deep blue water of the Mediterranean Sea!

River Cruise Promos

FREE AIR + $1,000 Off per couple

Book a select 2019 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, 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 24 - November 4, 2019.

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 $500pp 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 CruiseExperts.com 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. PRMYFZ
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)

Greetings from the energetic and unique city of Amsterdam! Famous for its intricate canal systems and bike paths, this capital city of the Netherlands had humble beginnings as a small fishing village in the 12th century. Today, Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most innovative and revolutionary cities in the world. The area is known for its abundance of museums – more than 60 around the city – which exhibit works from renowned artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Spend your time this morning exploring the city’s architectural landmarks, boutiques, and restaurants or take an optional excursion to visit Zaanse Schans.  During this tour, you will visit the area’s beloved housing structures and notable Dutch craft workshop. This afternoon, it will be time to board your Avalon river cruise vessel. Enjoy a lively meet and greet reception with your ship’s crew before dinner. NOTE: All guests must be onboard by 5 p.m. (Dinner)

Day 2 Amsterdam

It is no secret – one of the best ways to travel around Amsterdam and see the sights is via the city’s elaborate canal system. Today you will take a Canal Boat tour and have the opportunity to witness the area’s exquisite housing structures and seductive architecture as you travel through the Grachtengorgel – also called the Amsterdam Canal District.

After your tour, spend some free time as you wish browsing the city for trinkets, souvenirs or some local fare. Later today, it will be time to say farewell to beautiful Amsterdam and cruise towards Germany. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Cologne, Germany

This morning, enjoy a peaceful cruising experience where you can catch up on your rest or a good book. You will soon arrive in the breathtaking city of Cologne. The fourth largest city in Germany, Cologne is uniquely situated on both sides of the Rhine River. One of the area’s most famous historical landmarks is its gothic-styled Kölner Dom (the Cologne Cathedral).

During your time in this city, choose from two exciting and educational excursions. First, join a guided city walk where you will have an opportunity to see unique architecture, landscapes and learn historical facts about the area. Alternatively, you can join the Jewish Heritage Walk and become educated on the area’s Jewish history, its destruction during the Holocaust and how it has successfully rebuilt itself.

Your time in Cologne would not be complete without a trip to the area’s Old Town. Here you will find countless shops and restaurants. Mingle with the locals, enjoy a beloved lager and take in the lively atmosphere! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Koblenz – Rhine Gorge – Rüdesheim

Begin your day in the mesmerizing 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz. Comprised of countless Castles, towers, fortresses, market centers and historical landmarks, it uniquely sits at the convergence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers. This city is considered to be the cultural and business epicenter of the Middle Rhine region. Be sure to join the local guide today for a walking tour that will transport you to some of the area’s most popular destinations.

Next, prepare to cruise through one of the most beloved areas in the world – the Rhine Gorge. This incredible stretch of river is as scenic as it is seductive. It contains bewitching cliffs that rise over 400 feet above the waters and which are lined with extravagant castles and structures. During this time, you will hear the legend behind the infamous Lorelei Rock and the beautiful women who would lure sailors in this area to their death.

Last, your excitement-filed day concludes with some time spent in Rüdesheim. This stunning wine town is home to many historical landmarks. Take a trip to the notable Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. Here you can witness one of the world’s largest collections of self-playing music boxes and calliopes in all shapes and sizes. If there is time, stop by the area’s Drosselgasse, an energetic cobblestoned street consisting of bars, shops and attractions including open-air wine gardens, live performances, and boutiques. Tonight, a special treat is yours before you return to your Avalon river cruise vessel for dinner. What could this treat be? The suspense will be over soon enough! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg

The important city of Mainz will be yours to explore on the fifth day of your river cruise adventure. Originally founded as a military post and fort city by the Romans, this area is now considered to be the most vital wine market in Germany. Your time here begins with a guided sightseeing walk through the area’s Altstadt or Old Town. Here you will find countless boutiques and vendors, plus the famed Carnival Fountain.

 Once lunch has concluded, it will be time to join an excursion to Heidelberg. Famous for being home to Germany’s oldest university (constructed in 1386), this city also houses the renowned Heidelberg Castle. Your local guide will transport you to see the impressive ruins of this structure, said to be one of the most vital Renaissance structures still remaining north of the Alps. With unforgettable scenery and exquisite architecture, you will surely want your camera on hand when you visit this location!

 As the day progresses, enjoy a trip to the famed Great Vat. Considered to be the largest wine barrel in history, this enormous structure can hold up to 60,000 gallons of wine and measures 23 feet in height by 28 feet in width. And, the intrigue doesn’t stop there – a dance floor was even constructed on the top of the Great Vat!

With picturesque landscapes in every direction, mountains, valleys and memorable views, you are sure to fall in love with romantic Heidelberg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is an intoxicating city that distinctively blends culture and ambiance from both France and Germany, as it is located on the border of both. The area proceeds to display its medieval past while also exhibiting its innovative future. Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and home to countless vital institutions including The Council of Europe, The International Institute of Human Rights, the European Parliament, and Eurocorps.

During your time here, a guided sightseeing tour will transport you to one of the area’s beloved destinations, the renowned Strasbourg Cathedral. Famous for its ornate stained-glass, visitors often marvel at the Cathedral’s Romanesque and Gothic architecture and astronomical clock. After your Cathedral tour, visit the La Petite France district. Here you will have an opportunity to see delightful shops, half-timbered homes, ancient murals, magnificent stained glass, and beautiful winding lanes and roads.

No trip to Strasbourg would be complete without exploring Place Kléber, a vibrant and famous square located in the city’s center, and Place Strasbourg, another historic square that pays homage to the printing press inventor. If you are seeking a unique excursion today, consider signing up for an optional trip to the stunning Alsace wine region.

Once you return onboard your Avalon cruise vessel tonight, enjoy a unique woodcarving demonstration after dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion to the Black Forest

Day seven of your Europe river cruise journey includes an extraordinary trip to Breisach. Located on the French-German border at the foot of breathtaking Kaiserstuhl Mountain, this area is the connection to the Black Forest region, famous for its unparalleled beauty and appeal.  Comprised of thick pine trees and alluring forests, the area was cleverly titled the Black Forest because of the trees appearance and thickness giving it a black impression to nearby residents. You may be familiar with some of the famed products from this area including Black Forest ham, cuckoo clocks and Black Forest cherry cake.

Take part in one of two excursions available during today’s trip. For artisans, you may delight in a visit to a local woodcarving workshop where you can watch the production of clocks and carvings. Alternatively, for museums enthusiasts, explore the open-air Museum of Vogtsbauernhof. This tour offers you a special perspective of what life was like in this area centuries ago! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today, a local guide will transport you to numerous landmarks around the city. Marvel at the Roman ruins near the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, and feel like a local as you explore the intricate medieval streets in Old Town and Place des Terreaux. In this area, you will find countless cafes, boutiques, landmarks and the city’s prominent fountain. No trip to Lyon would be complete without sampling the region’s prized wine, the Beaujolais! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) – Beaune, France – Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation) – Tournus

Once breakfast has concluded this morning, it will be time to say farewell to your Avalon vessel’s crew. After disembarking from your ship, you will head for Beaune just over the border as you cross into France. Located between Geneva and Paris, Beaune is considered to be the wine capital in this area. The town is completely surrounded by some of the most popular wine villages in the world, and it owes the majority of its financial livelihood to making and selling wines.

Two exquisite excursions are available to choose from today. First, architectural enthusiasts will delight in an included guided excursion to the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune Charity Hospital. Constructed in 1443 by Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, the structure was once a hospital for the destitute. Considered to be one of the best examples of French architecture, the structure now serves as a popular museum.

If wine tasting piques your interest today, choose to join a wine tasting of prized Burgundy selections and then heading to Chalon-sur-Saône. Once you have arrived there, it will be time to board your next Avalon river cruise vessel. Enjoy another festive meet and greet celebration with your ship’s crew before cruising towards Tourus. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 9 Tourus

Welcome to Tournus, a beautiful commune located in the Bourgogne region of Eastern France. With just a small population above 5,000 residents, this area is famous for numerous landmarks that you will visit on with a local guide. First, stop by the area’s renowned Church of St. Philbert, built in a Burgundian Romanesque style. Next, spend some time browsing through nearby delightful lanes and streets, or pick up a craft or souvenir in the nearby shopping area.

Several distinctive excursions will be available to you after lunch, including a trip to a famed wine cellar located here. Once onboard the ship tonight, prepare yourself for an exciting cheese tasting before sitting down for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 Lyon

Welcome to the stimulating city of Lyon. Considered the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille, Lyon is famous for its cuisine, history and architecture. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many industries thrive in this area including banking, cinema, software, fabric and biotech.  Visitors can’t get enough of the city’s Roman landmarks, numerous museums and exquisite architecture everywhere they turn.

Today, you will join a local guide who will bring you to numerous hotspots around the city. Stop by the Roman ruins near the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, and stroll along the intricate medieval streets in Old Town and Place des Terreaux. Here you are sure to find countless shops, cafes, landmarks and the city’s prominent fountain. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11 Lyon

Today it is time to take advantage of some free time to explore however your heart desires. Stop by one of Lyon’s numerous museums such as the Fine Arts Museum, considered one of the largest art galleries in all of France. To explore Roman artifacts and objects, visit the renowned Gallo-Roman Museum. If being outdoors piques your interest today, Lyon is known for its stunning landscapes, parks and gardens. The Jardin Botanique de Lyon is considered to be France’s most extensive botanical garden. Ask your Cruise Director for additional suggestions on excursions as well as places to sample local cuisine and wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12 Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage–Viviers

Today it is time to explore the enchanting cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage. Join a local guide to be transported around Tournon, an ancient medieval city that is comprised of fascinating Roman ruins and an impressive 16th century castle. During the late afternoon, you will spend time in the small, walled city of Viviers where an included guided walk will get underway. Here you will stroll around a delightful town that was built around its main landmark – an exquisite Romanesque Cathedral. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 Avignon

Greetings from the historic city of Avignon. Often called the “City of Popes,” (as seven successive popes resided here) this area’s historic center is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During today’s guided sightseeing tour, you will explore the Palace of the Popes constructed in the 14th century. Next, swing by the renowned Saint Benezet Bridge to take some incredible photographs. Additional excursions are available today including a trip to the area’s famed wine cellars or to the Pont du Gard. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 Arles

Welcome to the beautiful city of Arles! Located in the south of France, the area has numerous must-see landmarks, such as its Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles – considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today you will join a local guide who will transport you to numerous hotspots in the city including the famed Roman Amphitheater. This fascinating structure dates back to the 1st century, can hold an impressive 20,000 people, and is still in use today! Next, depending on time and daylight, cruise to the Rhône to witness the magic of Camargue National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation) – Côte d’Azur

Upon conclusion of breakfast this morning, you will travel via motor coach to the beautiful area of Côte d’Azur for an overnight stay in France. Often called the French Riviera, Côte d’Azur is the Mediterranean coastline of France and known as a popular resort and tourism area. With over 300 days of sunshine here each year and awe-inspiring scenery, it is no wonder countless people flock to this area to cruise and vacation. Explore for yourself or inquire about suggestions and insights to the area’s hotspots. (Breakfast)

Day 16 Côte d’Azur

Your unforgettable 16-day Avalon river cruise vacation will conclude today in breathtaking Côte d’Azur after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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