Immerse yourself in the cultures of Germany and France, including a spotlight on French cuisine on this European river cruise on the Rhine, Saône, and Rhône Rivers. 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.
Enjoy a canal cruise in splendid Amsterdam, as well as guided sightseeing in Cologne, Koblenz, and Strasbourg. Delight in excursions to Germany’s Black Forest and to Heidelberg. Also, sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, see the legendary Lorelei rock, and visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. A motorcoach transfer takes you into France’s Burgundy region to fascinating Beaune for a visit to Hôtel-Dieu. Next, board your ship in quaint St. Jean de Losne and set sail for Macon, France’s gastronomic capital of Lyon, as well as medieval Tournon, charming Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. After disembarking your ship in Port-Saint-Louis, transfer to Aix-en-Provence for the start of your Monograms extension. Enjoy guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its blend of architectural styles. Here, in Cézanne’s hometown, spend free time with a tour to walk in the the artist’s footsteps.
Travel via high-speed train to Nice for two more nights in France. Here, you’ll walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time, perhaps take an excursion to Monaco or Cannes—known for its famous film festival. At your service is an expert Monograms Local Host who is available to you throughout your stay in Aix-en-Provence and Nice.