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2019 : Rhine & Rhone Revealed - Southbound (WAL) - Expression & Poetry II
16 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur

Immerse yourself in French and German culture on this fabulous Europe river cruise vacation along the Rhine, Saone, and Rhone 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 stretch of the Rhine River dotted every mile with ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Strasbourg, France, located on the French-German border, perfectly blends the cultures of both countries. Stroll through the picturesque La Petite France district with its quaint shops, delightful bistros, and peaceful waterfront promenade. Breisach, Germany, is the gateway to Germany's Black Forest-an area of unrivaled natural beauty-best known for Black Forest ham, cherry cake, and the cuckoo clock.

Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways. Continue to the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage beautifully nestled among vineyards. Here, you'll go on a guided walk of Tournon-a 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."

Enjoy your last night in France on the captivating French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. Relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea-a perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime European river cruise!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Amsterdam (Embarkation): Welcome reception
Day 2 Amsterdam : Canal cruise
Day 3 Cologne : Choice of Cologne highlights walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Day 4 Koblenz-Rhine Gorge-Rudesheim : Guided sightseeing in Koblenz; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim; special treat
Day 5 Mainz. Excursion to Heidelberg : Guided walk, visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz; guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat
Day 6 Strasbourg : Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
Day 7 Breisach. Excursion to Black Forest : Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
Day 8 Basel (Disembarkation)-Beaune-St. Jean de Losne (Embarkation)-Seurre : Transfer to Beaune, visit the Hotel-Dieu; onboard welcome reception
Day 9 Seurre-Macon: Leisurely cruising; free time in Macon; onboard cheese tasting
Day 10 Lyon : Guided sightseeing , picture stop on Fourvière Hill
Day 11 Lyon : Day at leisure
Day 12 Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage-Viviers : Guided walk in Tournon; guided walk in Viviers, visit the Old Town and the cathedral
Day 13 Avignon : Guided sightseeing, visit the Palace of the Popes
Day 14 Arles : Guided sightseeing in Arles, visit the Roman Amphitheatre; sail into the Camargue region (daylight permitting)
Day 15 Arles (Disembarkation)-Cote d'Azur : Evening in Cote d'Azur
Day 16 Cote d'Azur : Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM


  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day


    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1



    Welcome to Amsterdam. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

    Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm.

    Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

    Your day in Amsterdam is free explore at your leisure.

    During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year.

    Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.


    Day 2

    (B, L, D)


    Colorful Amsterdam-with Canals, Crooked Houses, and Cuisine of a Golden Age Classic Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam's "Golden Age."

    Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Muiderslot Castle-Holland's most beautiful, best-kept medieval castle.

    You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam's many fascinating museums or galleries.


    Day 3

    (B, L, D)


    Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland's Capital City Classic Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: Discovery Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne's important Jewish heritage sites.

    Don't miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!

    Later, local musicians will join us on board for live entertainment.


    Day 4

    (B, L, D)


    Travel Through 2000 Years of Monumental History Classic Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortress walls, towers, squares and monuments.

    Relax on the Sky Deck for an afternoon cruise through the Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim. Sail past the legendary rock of the Lorelei-where the siren of mythology sang songs to lure ill-fated sailors. RÜDESHEIM

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country Discovery Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience. Discovery Based on your departure date, enjoy either a Coffee Tasting or a Wine Tasting.

    Enjoy live entertainment on board your ship this evening.


    Day 5

    (B, L, D)


    Printing Halls, Castle Walls, and the World's Biggest Barrel of Wine Classic Enjoy a Guided City Walk including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum to see the captivating history of printing. Classic Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the "World's Largest Wine Barrel," OR: Active Join your Avalon Adventure Host for an afternoon Hike up Philosophers' Way for an inspiring view of the city below.


    Day 6

    (B, L, D)


    Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages Classic Join a City Sightseeing Tour, including Strasbourg's gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District.

    You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace's wine country today.

    Alternatively, enjoy a free afternoon shopping or sampling the local cuisine in Place Kléber, or pay a visit to one of Strasbourg's many wonderful museums.


    Day 7

    (B, L, D)



    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.

    Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.


    Day 8

    (B, D)


    After breakfast drive to Beaune Classic Visit the Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital, built in 1443, today home of the Van der Weyden's painting of the Last Judgement.

    This afternoon, travel to St. Jean de Losne to board your Suite Ship® on the Saone for a brief evening cruise to Seurre.


    Day 9

    (B, L, D)


    Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saone

    Enjoy leisurely cruising en route to Macon along the majestic Saone River. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Discovery Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship.

    Enjoy live entertainment while sailing for Trévoux this evening.


    Day 10

    (B, L, D)


    Adventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

    Sail for lovely Lyon this morning for French fare. Classic Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon, with its numerous churches, from Fourvière Hill. You'll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux.

    Spend free time biking through Lyon's town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhone and Saone rivers meet.

    Later on board your ship, be our guest for a WWII & French Resistance Lecture, and enjoy live entertainment after dinner.


    Day 11

    (B, L, D)


    French Food and Wine-La Vie En Rose in Lyon

    Enjoy a free day in Lyon, or choose a Guided Optional Culinary Walk through the city to discover why it is is known as the gastronomic capital of France!

    Your day is free to explore, relax, or shop in France's third largest city. Take a bike from the ship and explore local produce markets and parks, or take a leisurely tour of the city's more than 100 murals.


    Day 12

    (B, L, D)


    A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards Classic Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon-one of France's oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhone River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.

    World History in a Charming French Country Village Classic Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You'll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.


    Day 13

    (B, L, D)


    The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence Classic Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the fortress city of Avignon-with its ramparts encircling the city-and a visit to the amazing Palace of the Popes.

    Guided Optional Excursions include a visit to the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard, or a trip to the famed wine cellars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a true taste of the Rhone wine region.

    Explore Avignon on your own for the city's art and culture, theatre, and museums. Be sure to snap photos of the captivating countryside, historic monuments, and the medieval Pont Saint-Bénézet.

    Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.


    Day 14

    (B, L, D)


    Inspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights Classic Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles-the captivating city of the Provence region. You'll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city that inspired the works of Vincent van Gogh.

    Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d'Enfer.

    Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine.


    Day 15



    Spectacular Seascapes of the French Riviera

    After breakfast this morning, you'll drive to the Cote d'Azur for your last night in France. Known also as the French Riviera, the spectacular Cote d'Azur stretches along France's Mediterranean coast from Toulon to the border of Italy.

    Day 16



    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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    16 Days
    Cruise Ship
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    Day 1Amsterdam  
    Day 2Amsterdam  
    Day 3Cologne  
    Day 4Rudesheim  
    Day 5Mainz  
    Day 6Strasbourg  
    Day 7Breisach  
    Day 8Seurre  
    Day 9Macon  
    Day 10Lyon  
    Day 11Lyon  
    Day 12Viviers  
    Day 13Avignon  
    Day 14Arles  
    Day 15Cote d'Azur  
    Day 16Cote d'Azur  
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    DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
    April 02, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    April 02, 2019Cat D, E$5,038.00 (USD)Quote
    April 02, 2019Cat A, B, P$7,436.00 (USD)Quote
    April 16, 2019Cat D, E Quote
    April 16, 2019Cat A, B, P Quote
    April 16, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    April 30, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    April 30, 2019Cat D, E$6,088.00 (USD)Quote
    April 30, 2019Cat A, B, P$8,386.00 (USD)Quote
    May 28, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    May 28, 2019Cat D, E$6,888.00 (USD)Quote
    May 28, 2019Cat A, B, P$9,186.00 (USD)Quote
    June 11, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    June 11, 2019Cat D, E$6,888.00 (USD)Quote
    June 11, 2019Cat A, B, P$9,186.00 (USD)Quote
    July 09, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    July 09, 2019Cat D, E$6,388.00 (USD)Quote
    July 09, 2019Cat A, B, P$8,686.00 (USD)Quote
    July 23, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    July 23, 2019Cat D, E$6,388.00 (USD)Quote
    July 23, 2019Cat A, B, P$8,686.00 (USD)Quote
    August 20, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    August 20, 2019Cat D, E$6,638.00 (USD)Quote
    August 20, 2019Cat A, B, P$8,936.00 (USD)Quote
    September 03, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    September 03, 2019Cat D, E$7,288.00 (USD)Quote
    September 03, 2019Cat A, B, P$9,586.00 (USD)Quote
    October 01, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    October 01, 2019Cat D, E$6,738.00 (USD)Quote
    October 01, 2019Cat A, B, P$9,036.00 (USD)Quote
    October 15, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    October 15, 2019Cat D, E$6,338.00 (USD)Quote
    October 15, 2019Cat A, B, P$8,636.00 (USD)Quote
    October 29, 2019Royal Suite Quote
    October 29, 2019Cat D, E$5,438.00 (USD)Quote
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    Port charges:

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
    in single room from $204 to $387, in twin room from $132 to $227

    Extra nights per person in Cote D'azur:

    in single room from $242 to $541, in twin room from $152 to $295

    All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.

    To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:

    Category / Decks / Price
    D / Indigo Deck / $398
    B / Sapphire Deck / $2298
    A / Sapphire Deck / $2398
    P / Royal Deck / $2598
    Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $4398


  • Special Interest Cruises: Jewish Heritage July 23, Wine Appreciation October 29

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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