Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 1 Night in Marseille, 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London (Northbound) 2020
Rhine & Rhône Revealed with 1 Night in Marseille, 3 Nights in Paris & 3 Nights in London (Northbound) 2020
Operator: Avalon Waterways
Starts: Marseille, France on Mon, Oct 05, 2020
Ends: London, England on Mon, Oct 26, 2020
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River Cruise Itinerary
This delightful river cruise and land vacation is an exciting opportunity to learn all about France and the French. Your adventure begins with an overnight in Marseille, then travel to Port-Saint-Louis to board your ship and sail into the peaceful Camargue area. Arles, Avignon, charming Viviers, medieval Tournon, Vienne, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as St. Jean de Losne and fascinating Beaune await you in France. Travel by motorcoach to Basel and embark on a mesmerizing journey along the Rhine River. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Strasbourg, Koblenz, and Cologne, as well as an excursion to the Black Forest and to Heidel-berg—Germany’s oldest university town. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river dotted every mile with castles. You can choose to visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam.Then you’ll transfer to Paris by high-speed train for your Monograms vacation package. Your 3-night stay in the “City of Lights” is complete with a local host® and expert guides to assist you with everything you need to discover Paris. You’ll take a high-speed train from Paris to London for a 3-night stay in this dynamic city. See such traditional sights as Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the iconic cathedral where Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married. Take photographs of the iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Shard. All of this, and plenty of free time to explore on your own, gives you variety, convenience, and the chance to make this fabulous vacation your own!
Day 1 (Mon, Oct 05, 2020): MARSEILLE, FRANCEWelcome to Marseille. Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.
Day 2 (Tue, Oct 06, 2020): MARSEILLE—PORT ST. LOUIS (EMBARKATION)Spectacular Seascapes of the Mediterranean CoastJoin your expert Local Guide for an included sightseeing before joining a motorcoach transfer to board your Avalon Suite Ship.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES(B,D)
Day 3 (Wed, Oct 07, 2020): ARLESInspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights 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: Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer.Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON(B,L,D)
Day 4 (Thu, Oct 08, 2020): AVIGNONThe City of Popes in Picturesque Provence 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON(B,L,D)
Day 5 (Fri, Oct 09, 2020): VIVIERSWorld History in a Charming French Country VillageEnjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers. 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.EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON(B,L,D)
Day 6 (Sat, Oct 10, 2020): TOURNONA Rendezvous with Castle Views and VineyardsCLASSIC 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.In the late morning cruise to VienneVIENNERoman and Middle Age HistoryCLASSIC Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills.Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON(B,L,D)
Day 7 (Sun, Oct 11, 2020): LYONAdventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France 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 riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNUS(B,L,D)
Day 8 (Mon, Oct 12, 2020): TOURNUS—ST. JEAN DE LOSNEWine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne.DISCOVERY Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ST. JEAN DE LOSNE(B,L,D)
Day 9 (Tue, Oct 13, 2020): ST. JEAN DE LOSNE (DISEMBARKATION) BEAUNE–BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)Drive to Beaune and transfer to Basel CLASSIC Visit the Hôtel-Dieu Charity Hospital in Beaune, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden’s painting of the Last Judgment and is one of France’s architectural highlightsThis afternoon, travel by motorcoach to Basel to board your Rhine river cruise.EVENING CRUISE TO BREISACH (B,D)
Day 10 (Wed, Oct 14, 2020): BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FORESTHistory, Artistry, 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 Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden—ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, 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 CRUISE TO STRASBOURG(B,L,D)
Day 11 (Thu, Oct 15, 2020): STRASBOURG, FRANCEGothic Giants, Petite France, and Varietal Vintages CLASSIC Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg’s s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line—an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive 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 LUDWIGSHAFEN(B,L,D)
Day 12 (Fri, Oct 16, 2020): LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERGCastle Walls and the World’s Biggest Barrel of WineCLASSIC 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.Alternatively, enjoy a brief cruise to Mainz this afternoon and join our included tour. MAINZTurning the Pages of HistoryCLASSIC Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing.Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN MAINZ (B,L,D)
Day 13 (Sat, Oct 17, 2020): RÜDESHEIM—RHINE GORGEEat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine CountryDISCOVERY 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, OR: ACTIVE Enjoy a hike with your Avalon Adventure Host through the picturesque vineyards of Rüdesheim.Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to Koblenz. Sail past the legendary rock of The Lorelei—where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. KOBLENZTravel Through 2000 Years Of Monumental History Enjoy free time in Koblenz before a relaxing evening on board with dinner and live entertainment. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ(B,L,D)
Day 14 (Sun, Oct 18, 2020): COLOGNEProst! 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.Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years! AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)
Day 15 (Mon, Oct 19, 2020): AMSTERDAM, HOLLANDCanals of Colorful Amsterdam CLASSIC Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” 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. You may also choose an Optional Biking Tour to discover the countryside.OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM(B,L,D)
Day 16 (Tue, Oct 20, 2020): AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)-PARIS, FRANCETransfer from your Avalon ship to the train station, where you begin your Monograms package. Travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class). (B)
Day 17 (Wed, Oct 21, 2020): PARISMorning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Embark your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804; Hôtel de Ville, the city's municipal headquarters; the Conciergerie, formerly a notorious prison where Marie-Antoinette spent the last days of her life; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more.(B)
Day 18 (Thu, Oct 22, 2020): PARISEnjoy a full day at leisure to explore the “City of Lights”. Your Local Host® will help you get the most out of your stay in Paris(B)
Day 19 (Fri, Oct 23, 2020): PARIS—LONDON, ENGLANDTravel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).(B)
Day 20 (Sat, Oct 24, 2020): LONDONMorning guided sightseeing includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. Take photos of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays). Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline. (B)
Day 21 (Sun, Oct 25, 2020): LONDONEnjoy a full day at leisure to explore London at your own pace. Your Local Host® will help you get the most out of it.(B)
Day 22 (Mon, Oct 26, 2020): LONDONYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
- 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.
Day 1 Marseille: welcome to France
Day 2 Marseille–Port St. Louis (Embarkation): guided tour; transfer to the ship; onboard welcome reception
Day 3 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, or painting workshop
Day 4 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
Day 5 Viviers: guided walk, visit Old Town and the cathedral
Day 6 Tournon–Vienne: guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Vienne
Day 7 Lyon: guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 8 St. Jean de Losne: cheese tasting on board
Day 9 St. Jean de Losne (Disembarkation)–Beaune–Basel (Embarkation): visit the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune; transfer to Basel; onboard welcome reception
Day 10 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller
Day 11 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 12 Mainz: choice of guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ Way, or visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
Day 13 Rüdesheim–Rhine Gorge–Koblenz: visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; cruise through the Rhine Gorge; free time in Koblenz
Day 14 Cologne: choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 15 Amsterdam: canal cruise
Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation)–Paris: transfer from your ship to the train station, then travel to Paris by high-speed train (first class)
Day 17 Paris: guided sightseeing, Seine river cruise
Day 18 Paris: full day at leisure
Day 19 Paris–London, England: travel by high-speed Eurostar train (standard class) to London
Day 20 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)
Day 21 London: full day at leisure
Day 22 London: your vacation ends this morning
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 price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Marseille:
in single room from $228 to $287, in twin room from $133 to $165
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Prices shown include cruise in Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.