Rhine & Rhône Revealed (Southbound)
Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. 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. Explore Cologne, Germany-a 2,000-year-old city best known for its Gothic-style architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, on a guided walk. Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles. Visit beautiful Strasbourg, France, on the French-German border, for a perfect blending of the cultures of both countries. Stop in Breisach, Germany, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty. Cruise to Lyon-a stunning 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. Take a guided walk through 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 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.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: Canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour or bike with your Adventure HostDay 4 Rhine Gorge-Rüdesheim: Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim or hike in the vineyards with your Adventure HostDay 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’ WayDay 6 Strasbourg: Choice of guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the Gothic cathedral or bike with your Adventure HostDay 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 receptionDay 9 Mcon: Leisurely cruising; 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 tourDay 12 Tournon-Viviers: Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon: Guided sightseeing, visit to the Palace of the PopesDay 14 Arles: Choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshop or walk with your Adventure HostDay 15 Port St. Louis (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning
Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Mainz. Heidelberg Excursion
Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) Beaune – St. Jean De Losne (Embarkation)
Port St. Louis (Disembarkation)