A Master of Wine will accompany you on your river cruise in France with presentations, tastings, and wine pairings along the way. Your Avalon river cruise on the Rhine and Rhône rivers begins in Port-Saint-Louis where you’ll 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. 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 embark on your Rhine River cruise. Take an excursion to Bavaria’s Black Forest, before sailing to Strasbourg, France. Follow the Rhine on to Mainz and Rüdesheim, and 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 to 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, before travelling via high-speed train to Paris, where your Monograms® holiday package begins. Spend two days each in Paris and London, including guided sightseeing and helpful onsite support from expert Local Hosts® in both these exciting cities.