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®. Take in the beautiful countryside, quaint villages, and towns, as you sail through the most captivating views of France. Indulge in the legendary cuisine of France on this culinary focused cruise through Burgundy and Provence. With a Master of Wine on board and special culinary highlights throughout your cruise, you’ll sample regional French specialties with onboard wine tastings with cheese and chocolate and wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy a pastry demonstration by a French chef, and attend a cooking class.
You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles—the city in Provence, which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. Cruise to picturesque Avignon for a sightseeing in the fortress city, and sail to the charming village of Viviers to see the Romanesque cathedral and historic Old Town. The Saône and Rhône Rivers meet in wonderful Lyon. Explore this city, joining a guided sightseeing tour. Join a 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 2 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.