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. 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.
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: Cruise through the scenic Rhine Gorge with breathtaking views of ancient castles, towering cliffs, and the legendary Rock of the Lorelei; 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 walk the Philosophers’ Way with your Adventure HostDay 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 a local winery in BreisachDay 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Beaune-Chalon-sur Saône (Embarkation): Transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Tournus: Guided walk in Tournus; 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 Arles (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning
Amsterdam, Holland (Embarkation)
Mainz. Heidelberg Excursion
Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
Basel, Switzerland (Disembarkation) Beaune – Chalon - Sur - Saône (Embarkation)