Rhine & Rhône Revealed For Wine Lovers (Southbound)
This fabulous European river cruise along the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers combines the best of Holland, France, and Germany. Begin in Holland’s vibrant capital of Amsterdam, with a canal cruise through the 700-year-old city. Visit Cologne, Germany, a 2,000-year-old city known for its gothic architecture and famous twin-spired cathedral, and sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries, and Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to the unrivaled natural beauty of the Black Forest.Taste some of Burgundy wines on board your ship, and visit the Chardonnay wine region. Cruise to France’s culinary capital of Lyon, and visit the Place des Terreaux fountain of famous postcards, then visit the Beaujolais region to taste famous wines. Beautifully nestled among vineyards, you’ll find the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage, where you’ll go on a guided walk of 16th-century sites in Tournon, followed by a wine and chocolate tasting. Cruise to historical Avignon and see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes and enjoy a wine tasting on a visit to the Chteauneuf du Pape wine country. Sail on the Rhône River to Arles, France-famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. In the second portion of your cruise a Master of Wine will travel with you and share lectures, tastings and food and wine pairing expertise.
Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): onboard welcome receptionDay 2 Amsterdam: canal cruiseDay 3 Cologne: choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tourDay 4 Koblenz–Rhine Gorge–Rüdesheim: free time in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; special treat; visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in RüdesheimDay 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg: choice of guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, or guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat, or hike up Philosophers’ WayDay 6 Strasbourg: guided sightseeing, visit the La Petite France district and the gothic cathedralDay 7 Breisach: choice of excursion to Black Forest, or visit to Badische Winzerkeller Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)–Beaune–St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation): transfer to Beaune, visit Hôtel-Dieu; onboard welcome receptionDay 9 Mcon: leisurely cruising; onboard lecture about wine; Chardonnay excursion Day 10 Lyon: on board cheese and wine tasting; guided sightseeing, picture stop on Fourvière Hill; lecture on boardDay 11 Lyon: culinary tour; guided tour to Beaujolais; on board food & wine pairing dinnerDay 12 Tournon–Viviers: guided walk in Tournon with wine and chocolate tasting, or hike in the vineyards (weather permitting); guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedralDay 13 Avignon: guided sightseeing, visit Palace of the Popes; guided tour to Chteauneuf du PapeDay 14 Arles: choice of guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheater, or painting workshopDay 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)