Rhine & Rhône Revealed With 1 Night In Marseille, 2 Nights In Paris & 2 Nights In London (Northbound

04/18/2019 through 09/04/2020
04/18/2019 through 09/26/2020
Avalon Waterways

Join your exclusive host and author of the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling OUTLANDER series, Diana Gabaldon, for a week on the Rhine River. With 35 million copies in print in 43 countries and 39 languages, Ms. Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series has added to the storytelling tapestry of our lives while also inspiring travel with her literature. Her award-winning series on STARZ has brought to life the backdrops of Scotland, North America, France, Germany as well as dozens of destinations across the globe. Join us for this special departure with Diana Gabaldon, an inspiring storyteller sharing an inspired cruise–and daily excursions–with an intimate group of her fans. Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers actually begins with a night in Marseille. From the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean, you’ll travel to Port-Saint-Louis to board your Avalon Suite Ship®. You’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Arles-the city in Provence which inspired works by Vincent van Gogh. Cruise to the picturesque Avignon for a sightseeing in the fortress city, 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 colorful city of Amsterdam, where you’ll explore the Netherland’s capital city with a canal cruise, before traveling via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms vacation package of 2 days each in Paris and London begins, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.

Included Features:

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; special treat; 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, France: 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–London, England: travel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class)

Day 19 London: guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays)

Day 20 London: your vacation ends this morning

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Day 1 Marseille, France
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Day 2 Marseille-port St. Louis (Embarkation)
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Day 3 Arles
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Day 4 Avignon
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Day 5 Viviers
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Day 6 Tournon
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Day 7 Lyon
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Day 8 Tournus-st. Jean De Losne
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Day 9 St. Jean De Losne (Disembarkation) Beaune – Basel, Switzerland (Embarkation)
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Day 10 Breisach, Germany. Excursion To Black Forest
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Day 11 Strasbourg, France
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Day 12 Ludwigshafen, Germany. Excursion To Heidelberg
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Day 13 Rüdesheim-rhine Gorge
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Day 14 Cologne
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Day 15 Amsterdam, Holland
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Day 16 Amsterdam (Disembarkation) - Paris, France
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Day 17 Paris
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Day 18 Paris-london, England
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Day 19 London
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Day 20 London
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