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Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Southbound) 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. The views will be spectacular so be sure to pack your camera so you can capture the romance and splendor of this magical journey. 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. 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 in the famous song “Sur le pont d’Avignon.” This remarkable river cruise will take 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 favourite travel memories for a long time to come.

  1. Day 1
    AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
    Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.

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

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM

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    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    COLOGNE, GERMANY
    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland

    ACTIVE Enjoy a bike ride like the locals in Cologne with your Adventure Host, OR:

    DISCOVERY Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites, OR:

    CLASSIC Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    RÜDESHEIM
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country

    En route to Rüdesheim, sail through the Rhine Gorge (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Take in the breathtaking views of ancient castles perched on cliffs 400 feet above the water, and pass the legendary Rock of the Lorelei—where the mythological siren’s songs lured ill-fated sailors.

    ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim, OR:

    DISCOVERY Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; enjoy a tasting of the authentic Rüdesheimer coffee.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RÜDESHEIM

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    MAINZ. HEIDELBERG EXCURSION
    Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World’s Biggest Wine Barrel

    ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an inspiring walk in Heidelberg, the Philosophers' way, OR:

    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."

    EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG

    (B,L,D)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE
    A Grand Cathedral and La Petite France

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

    ACTIVE Discover Strasbourg by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    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 a local winery in Breisach, where you will learn about German winemaking and enjoy a wine tasting, OR.

    CLASSIC Join A Guided Tour to explore Freiburg’s medieval city center, sheltered by the Black Forest amid vineyards and gardens of the Upper Rhine Valley.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    BASEL, SWITZERLAND (DISEMBARKATION) BEAUNE–CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE (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 Chalon-sur-Saône to board your Suite Ship®.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN TOURNUS

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    TOURNUS
    Pearl of Southern Burgundy

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

    CLASSIC Tucked away in the southeast corner of Burgundy, Tournus is one of the oldest and most important monastic centers in the region, Our Local Guide will show the highlights of this delightful town.

    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)

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    LYON
    La Vie En Rose in Lyon Sail for lovely Lyon this morning.

    ACTIVE Discover Lyon's architectural district by bike with your Adventure Host, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, OR:

    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.

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

    Later enjoy live entertainment after dinner.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    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

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    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

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    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

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    ARLES
    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

    ACTIVE Get your daily dose of exercise through a Power Walk in Arles with your Adventure Host, OR:

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

    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.

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

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)
    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

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    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.

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Accommodations

Gateway city for departures is Marseille.

Port charges:
$420

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.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Globus Tours Customer Reviews

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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
4

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We have taken several tours with Globus and will continue due to their professionalism, knowledge and quality of service.

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was everything we expected and more. I would definitely book another trip with Globus. I look forward to my next tour.

Globus was a highly reliable company as usual.

The Globus tour director was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and kept us occupies during the bus rides. The accommodations were very nice and conveniently located.

Globus is a first class operation. We have never gone wrong in booking a tour with Globus.

This trip to Portugal, Morocco and Spain was wonderful. A great experience from start to finish. Globus Tours are top notch.

It's usually hard to beat our expectations of a trip but Avalon most certainly did it. The atmosphere delivered, the food, the excursions and their wonderful staff made our vacation more than memorable.

Globus always provides very high quality. We were completely satisfied with our experience.

We have traveled many times with Globus. We consistently have found this tour operator to be reliable.

Excellent itinerary, outstanding guide, and a wonderful trip to a delightful country I would strongly recommend.

The tour cities and sites we visited were all great. The pace of the tour was good (not rushed with time to rest, shop or sight see on our own). Our tour director was fabulous (good communicator, knowledgeable, nice sense of humor). Our driver was a wonderful driver, I always felt safe. The extra excursions (I purchased all 4) were excellent and reasonably priced. I will use Globus again.

Globus Escapes are an economical way to travel during the off season. For me, I often prefer the off-season because there are fewer crowds. I especially appreciate the local tour guides in each area.

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