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Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 1 Night in Amsterdam, 2 Nights in Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights in Nice (Southbound) 2022

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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. Begin your Rhine & Rhône Revealed vacation your way with a one-night stay in Amsterdam! Join us for an off-the-beaten-path guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets before embarking on your Suite Ship®. 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 Heidelberg. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. Transfer to France’s Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hôtel-Dieu before boarding your second Suite Ship® in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon. Visit France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. After disembarking your ship in Port-Saint-Louis, transfer to Aix-en-Provence for the start of your Monograms vacation package. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its mix of architectural styles. Walk in the footsteps of Cézanne with free time or on a tour of the artist’s hometown.Travel to Nice for your final two nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host® who is available to assist you throughout your stay in Aix-en-Provence and Nice.

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
    Welcome to Holland.

    Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
  2. Day 2
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Amsterdam Off the Beaten Path. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.

    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, consider joining a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    AMSTERDAM
    Canals of Colorful Amsterdam

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

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

    This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available or take some free time to explore Amsterdam’s colorful streets and canal houses, galleries, and shops.

    AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    COLOGNE, GERMANY
    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.

    Spend 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 CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    RÜDESHEIM
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    Sail through the Rhine Gorge to Rüdesheim and past the legendary rock of the Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors.

    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
    Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

    CLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing, OR:

    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.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

    Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities.

    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.

    Choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—the pre-WWII fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today.

    Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city center.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
    German Winemaking and the Beautiful Black Forest

    DISCOVERY Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR:

    DISCOVERY Visit to Badischer Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Learn about German winemaking in the vineyards of Baden, and enjoy a wine tasting.

    You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar in the morning, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BASEL

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) BEAUNE–ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (EMBARKATION)
    Disembark your ship and drive on to Beaune.

    CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, 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®.

    OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MÂCON

    (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    MÂCON
    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Mâcon along the majestic Saône 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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TRÉVOUX

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    LYON
    La Vie En Rose in Lyon Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. 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 Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

    DISCOVERY Be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture on board your ship.

    Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    LYON
    Adventures in Food and Wine

    CLASSIC Join a Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

    The rest of 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    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.

    Enjoy a leisurely sail to Viviers after lunch.

    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.

    Later, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AVIGNON

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    AVIGNON
    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

    Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

    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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhône 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

    ACTIVE Grab a Nordic walking stick for a walk with your Adventure Host.

    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:

    DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist.

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) a unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.

    Take free time to stop in Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine.

    EVENING CRUISE TO PORT ST. LOUIS

    (B,L,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  16. Day 16
    PORT ST. LOUIS (DISEMBARKATION)–AIX-EN-PROVENCE
    Leave your Avalon vacation upon disembarkation in Port-Saint-Louis, and take the included transfer to Aix-en-Provence to join your Monograms package. Your guided walking tour includes a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    AIX-EN-PROVENCE
    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown. Your Local Host will help you get the most out of your stay.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  18. Day 18
    AIX-EN-PROVENCE–NICE
    Travel by high-speed train (First class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the Promenade des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice, and a walk through the charming Old Town.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  19. Day 19
    NICE
    Your Local Host has recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  20. Day 20
    NICE
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Globus' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Globus has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Globus' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Globus' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Globus will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Globus' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Globus will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Globus' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Port charges:
$392

Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.

Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability).

Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

Amsterdam: Westcord Jakarta
A unique sustainable hotel in Amsterdam, where two worlds connect. At the former location where ships left for Jakarta, lies a green oasis in the centre of the city. Hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms with a Indonesian influenced style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Café Jakarta or get a drink at the Malabar. Be pampered in luxury and relax in our wellness and swimming pool with views towards the river IJ.
Address:
Javakade 766
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Amsterdam: Moevenpick Amsterdam City
A stylish 408-room hotel in the perfect location, this waterfront property offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout. The chic restaurant serves creative international cuisine and there is a fabulous bar serving drinks and light snacks which is also a great spot for a nightcap. For relaxation there is a Lifestyle Studio featuring a gym, Finnish sauna, bio sauna & ice fountain.
Address:
Piet Heinkade 11
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Aix en Provence: Grand Hotel Roi René
This inviting 134 room boutique property is built in a courtyard style around the swimming pool and garden terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A beautiful seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. The hotel restaurant serves traditional southern French cuisine which can also be savored on the outdoor terrace and the hotel bar offers a good choice of snacks and drinks.
Address:
24 Boulevard Du Roi Rene
Aix-En-Provence , France
Nice: Aston La Scala
This 7-story hotel features 150 guestrooms and a rooftop terrace with seasonal swimming pool and amazing views over Nice. The chic L'Horloge Restaurant serves tasty local specialties prepared by Chef Julien Perrier; while the 7th-floor 7 Blue Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas.
Address:
12, Avenue Felix-Faure
Nice , France

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Questions & Answers

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Globus Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.9
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 8904 reviews about Globus Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

This was our first tour with Affordable Tours and Globus. This planned trip exceeded our expectations, from the hotel accommodations, meals, and the guided tours. Special mention to our great tour director, Chiro who ensured that everything ran smoothly, Gerardo, our bus driver, and also tour guide Yvonne. The whole crew went above and beyond what they were supposed to do. Great, reputable company! My husband and I are already talking about planning another Italy tour, hopefully one with Chiro as the tour director.

This trip has exceeded my expectations.

Every aspect of the trip was very smooth. Director provided excellent information on what was upcoming. Local guides were great in sharing personal stories tied in to what was being seen.

Amazing trip, and tour guide. Would recommend to others

Everything was terrific. Would do this again. G

I found Globus Tours (sold by Affordable Tours) to be a good mix of guided tours and free time. The extra excursions offered were excellent and well organized.

This was a first rate, professional tour company. We had an excellent experience.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The drivers were above expectations. Rooms and meals were great. Would use Affordable Tours and Globus again.

Our tour guide Helen is excellent, she is very knowledgeable in history and explain things very clear. She is caring and did a very good job and made this trip memorable and the groups are easier going and made a great difference for this trip. Thank you for your services and certainly I will recommend my friends and I hope in near future l will make another trip with you and your company. Thank you.

Our tour director (Bob) and driver (Joe)) we're truly outstanding. The itinerary was great. Highly recommend.

My trip was fantastic, hotels, staff and guide your director was outstanding!!! Very happy with my trip, and will book another trip again we Affortable tours !

Fantastic trip. One of the best trips I ever took.

The tour operator are exceptional professional and friendly

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