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Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 2 Nights In Nice (Southbound) on Avalon Expression

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Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous European river cruise vacation along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. Enjoy spectacular views and romantic splendor of this magical journey ending with a night in Marseilles. It all 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. Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city best known for its Gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, comes alive on a guided walk. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful view of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Breisach, Germany, is 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 with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the city of Tournon beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you’ll take a guided walk in 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 in the famous song "Sur le pont d’Avignon." Enjoy your 2 last nights in in the captivating Nice in the French Riviera. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea-a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise through Germany and France!

Included Features:

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 or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 4 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge with breathtaking views of ancient castles, towering cliffs, and the legendary Rock of the Lorelei; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure Host

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: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure Host

Day 7 Breisach: Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badischer Winzerkeller

Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Chalon-sur-Saône (Embarkation): Transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception

Day 9 Tournus: Guided walk in Tournus; on board cheese tasting

Day 10 Lyon: Choice of guided sightseeing with picture stop on Fourvière Hill or bike with your Adventure Host; on board lecture

Day 11 Lyon: Culinary tour

Day 12 Tournon-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral

Day 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the Popes

Day 14 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure Host

Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-Nice: Transfer to Nice; guided tour

Day 16 Nice: Guided tour

Day 17 Nice: Your vacation ends this morning

About Avalon Expression
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Discover the world along its great rivers and legendary waterways. Avalon’s state-of-the-art Europe and Asia fleets feature our award-winning Suite Ships®, with the largest staterooms, widest views, the most modern amenities, included shore excursions, and more. Cruise through South America, India, and Egypt in relaxed luxury with Avalon. It’s the only time we approve of letting the world pass you by!
Mar 28, 2023 through
Apr 13, 2023
Mar 24, 2023 7:00 PM
16 Nights from
$6,277.00 (USD)
Per Person
Includes discount: $1400.00, Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
7312399
Apr 25, 2023 through
May 11, 2023
Apr 21, 2023 7:00 PM
16 Nights from
$7,797.00 (USD)
Per Person
Includes discount: $750.00, Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
7312589
May 23, 2023 through
Jun 08, 2023
May 19, 2023 7:00 PM
16 Nights from
$8,347.00 (USD)
Per Person
Includes discount: $500.00, Intra-vacation air transfers. Arrival and destination airfare not included.
7312611
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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.