Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers actually begins with two nights in Nice on the French Riviera. From the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, you’ll travel to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship. A Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the city in Provence, which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest Gothic fortress in the world—and take a guided tour to Châteauneuf du Pape. Sail to the charming village of Viviers to see the Romanesque cathedral and historic Old Town. In Lyon, take a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines. Cruise to Mâcon for an excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar.
Transfer to Basel to start your Rhine River cruise. Enjoy a Black Forest excursion, before sailing to Strasbourg, France, and follow the Rhine on to Mainz and Rüdesheim to sail through the stunning views of the Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz. Cruise to the Rhineland’s capital city of Cologne and choose between a guided city walk of Cologne, and see its magnificent Gothic cathedral, or a walking tour of the city’s notable Jewish heritage sites.
Your cruise continues into the colourful city of Amsterdam, where you’ll explore Holland’s capital city with a canal cruise. Travel via high-speed train to Paris, to begin your Monograms holiday package with two days each in Paris and London. Enjoy including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Monograms Local Hosts in both of these exciting cities.