A Culinary Experience On Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Southbound)

07/04/2020 through 03/28/2021
07/04/2020 through 04/14/2021
Avalon Waterways

Immerse yourself in the cultures of Germany and France, including a spotlight on French cuisine on this European river cruise on the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. With a master of wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.

Your European river vacation begins 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. Take a guided walk through Cologne, Germany-a 2,000-year-old city best known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral.

Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Lyon is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the city of Tournon beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. In Avignon, visit the Palace of the Popes and take pictures of the bridge from the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.” This remarkable river cruise takes you to Arles, the capital of the Provence region and famous for its 1st-century Roman Amphitheater. Your European river cruise on three beautiful rivers-the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers-will carry on in your favorite travel memories for a long time to come.

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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 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard cheese and wine tasting

Day 10 Lyon: guided sightseeing; picture stop on Fourvière Hill; onboard pastry demonstration

Day 11 Lyon: culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon; onboard chocolate and wine tasting, guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes; onboard food and wine pairing dinner

Day 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the RomanAmphitheatre, or painting workshop

Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): your cruise ends this morning

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Day 1 Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
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Day 1 Overnight Docking In Amsterdam
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Day 2 Classic Explore The Iconic Waterways Of Amsterdam On A Guided Canal Cruise Past Stately Homes Of ...
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Day 2 Afternoon/Overnight Cruise To Cologne
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Day 3 Cologne, Germany
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Day 4 Rüdesheim
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Day 4 Overnight Docking In Rüdesheim
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Day 5 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 5 Mainz. Heidelberg Excursion
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Day 6 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 6 Strasbourg, France
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 7 Evening/Overnight Cruise To Basel
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Day 7 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 8 Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) – Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
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Day 8 Overnight Cruise To McOn
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Day 9 Overnight Docking In Trévoux
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Day 10 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 10 Lyon
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 11 Classic Join A Culinary Walk Through The City To Discover Why It Is Known As The Gastronomic Capi...
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Day 11 Lyon
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Day 11 Evening Cruise To Tournon
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Day 12 Viviers
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Day 12 Discovery Enjoy An Onboard Chocolate And Wine Tasting Hosted By Your Master Of Wine
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Day 12 Evening/Overnight Cruise To Avignon
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Day 12 Tournon
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Day 13 Discovery This Evening, Join An Onboard Food And Wine Pairing Dinner Hosted By Your Master Of Wine
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Day 13 Classic Take A Guided Sightseeing Tour Of The Fortress City Of Avignon-with Its Ramparts Encircli...
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Day 13 Evening Cruise To Arles
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Day 14 Breakfast|lunch|dinner
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Day 14 Arles
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Day 15 Breakfast
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Day 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)
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